I posted previously about my top tips for long distance car travel with dogs. Well, my anticipated top tips, because they were based on my thinking in preparation for a long car trip with two dogs.
So how did the trip actually go?
Planning the rest / walking stops were essential because there were huge delays en-route. Our planned 4 to 5 hour journey on the way out took over 8 hours! The dogs would have gone insane had we not broken this up with some breaks.
We made two stops. The first place, Twyford Wood was a good find. Very close to the A1 and easy to explore without getting muddy. It turned out to be a wood around an old World War 2 airstrip (now disused and overgrown). So after a good romp we had a picnic on the airstrip.
The second place was off the A66. We stopped at the ruin of an old Castle which was fenced in and perfect for the dogs to explore. Absolutely beautiful place.
There was a downside however. At the second stop, our larger dog knocked over another dog in play, and the other dog’s owner she started screaming and waving a stick around. She then accused our dog of attacking hers and wanted to report us to the police! All the while both dogs either sat peacefully on their leads or made play bows to each other, and her dog was clearly neither harmed nor distressed. Still, you can meet such hyper-protective and aggressive dog owners everywhere now days.