I’ve been in 5 states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) in just 2 days with nobody to talk to except for myself and Abbie dog. And I’ll admit, I thought that I’d be on the verge of crazy at this point but I’ve actually found the whole experience to be nothing short of amazing!
While Abbie isn’t much of a conversationalist, she’s great at adventuring and might just be my favorite road trip partner EVER.
And she’s not just my fave road trip partner because she’s super cute. Here are my 10 reasons why dogs make the best road trip partners:
- They don’t care where you stop or when. Want to take an awesome photo with the Wyoming sign? They won’t say a word. Take a bunch until you get it perfect. Want to pee every 5 minutes? They’re down with that.
- You can sing in the car as loud as you want. They might look at you a little funny but they won’t say a word (or change the station on you!).
- You can stop and pee as often as you want to. They won’t say a word and probably want to pee every 5 minutes with you anyway!
- Funny smells? If something is smelling funky and you’re with friends in the car, you can always blame the dog. Like no question. Blame the dog. And then blame them again.
- They don’t need to stop for lunch. Want to power through and just keep driving? They’re fine eating their kibble on the run while you make a mess of your steering wheel as you try to spread your peanut butter on an apple (for my husband’s sake, I have NEVER done that while driving).
- They’re up for anything: If you want to just get out of the car and sit in a park, they’re cool with that. Want to sit in a parking lot and check your email? They’re good with that too – they may even use it as an opportunity to snuggle with you.
- They keep you walking! One of my all time favorite things about road tripping with my pup is that they keep you active while you travel. You always have a great excuse for fitting in a quick run, hike, or walk around town.
- They aren’t great conversationalists but they’re great conversation starters! If you’ve spent a significant amount of time alone (especially while you’re driving), once you get out to explore a little (even if it means just taking a walk), dogs are a great way to start conversations with others. I got a great cafe recommendation just by going to the dog park…just sayin’.
- They always love you. Its the little things, like when you jump out of the car to pump gas real quick, and you get back in, they’re aways super happy to see you and love to let you know it.
- They’re damn cute. If nothing else, they’ll bring a smile to your face.
Have you ever been on a road trip with your dog? What was the best part?
Stay sweaty friends!