When my cousin’s daughter grew up and moved out, she traded in her big dogs for a smaller model that would be ever so much easier to travel with. OK, she didn’t exactly trade them in. But when the golden retriever and German shepard died, she opted for a miniature Dachshund. The dog travels easily in a pet carrier and pretty much goes everywhere with my cousin and her husband.
As a big dog lover and mom of teens who are soon going to fly the nest, I am starting to think about the next phase of my life, just as my cousin did. Certainly, it will involve more travel than I have been able to do with teens who worry about missing too much if they miss a few days of high school.
I’m dreaming of a future in an RV. That, I suspect, will require us to downsize our dogs too. I can’t imagine cramming a rambunctious 80-pound golden retriever and a 45-pound mutt into an RV for long drives across America.