1 Year Old Chihuahua Dumped at High Kill Shelter, Crying in Fear All Day

If you are like most pet owners, you consider your pets as part of the family. That makes it especially difficult to leave your pets at a boarding facility when you go away on a vacation. Plus, you miss the chance to share some fun and exciting experiences with your furry friends.

Luckily, many hotels now allow pets to stay in rooms with their owners. Call ahead and ask when making reservations. Some properties do charge a small additional fee for pets in the room. This is understandable when considering the time involved in cleaning pet hair from the furniture.

If your pet is accustomed to having a rug or blanket to sleep on, then by all means bring it along. This makes your pet feel more "at home" and comfortable in new surroundings. They know where they are supposed to lie down because they have their familiar item to designate the space that is "theirs." If your pets are crate trained, you have the perfect "luggage" to bring along. My own spoiled terrier sleeps on the bed at home, so I always bring an old sheet to cover the hotel bedspread, protecting it from his shedding.

Visiting new areas can be very exciting for your pet. Dogs will tend to pull on a leash more when they have so many new sights and smells to absorb. When I undertake a hike with my dogs in a new environment, I typically switch from a collar to a harness. It causes less stress to the dogs necks and gives me an added sense of security should one of them get to close to the edge of an overlook or perhaps a bridge. It may be silly, but should I need to haul a dog back up to safety, I know the harness won't slip off.

Always carry plenty of fresh water for your pets in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. A smaller empty container fits easily into a day pack and can be filled from your own supply of bottled water. It is as important to hydrate the animals as it is to hydrate yourself. You may want to slip a couple of hard dog "cookies" into your pocket to reward your pet being such a good traveler.

Avoid a change of diet while on the road. Different types of food than what your pet usually eats can cause gastric distress, as can adding a lot of "samples" from your own meals. If you choose to ignore this advice, you may have a more fragrant roommate than you anticipated. This can be especially bad in a vehicle during a rainstorm when you can't open the windows. Beware.

For the most part, pets are happy simply because they are with you. With days full of exploring, you will both sleep well when the day has come to an end and wake up ready to experience a new day filled with experiences you can share.

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Life can sometimes through the fastest curve balls at you, that are almost impossible to hit. In one moment, you live a life so blissful, you would never think in your mind that things could take a turn for the worse. For a pup named MILA recently surrendered to the high kill Carson Shelter, she could tell you all about dealing with curve balls if she could talk.

Her owner didn’t want her anymore, and so after years of loyalty, love and unwavering devotion, she mercilessly dumped this precious pup at Carson Shelter, leaving her all alone to fend for herself. In fact, according to my source at the shelter who wishes to remain anonymous, during the intake, her owner couldn’t spend the five minutes to give basic information like an age.

One way she deals with the noise, chaos, and confusion of life at Carson Shelter, is to find the nearest corner and bury her head in a makeshift pillow she made out of her toys. According to my source, at night, the unnamed pup tucks herself into a fetal position on a favorite blanket, and quietly sobs herself to sleep. Sad indeed.

🔹 Chihuahua 🔹 AGE:1 years
🔹 Female (S) 🔹 ARRIVED:2/1
🔹 AVAILABLE ON: 2/12

We are NOT the City Shelter to where pictures were taken. FOR MORE INFO ON THIS PET please contact:
Carson Shelter at 310-523-9566
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248
Ask for information about animal ID #A5253447

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Have you ever taken a holiday and found other families vacationing with their dogs? Many people now include their dogs on holidays, and maybe you can too! Here are a few things to think about before you bring your dog:

Does your pet want to travel? Lots of dogs are more than happy to embark on a new adventure... but that's not true for every dog. To travel safely and comfortably, dogs should be healthy, calm in new situations and around, house-trained, and should enjoy traveling. A stressed-out dog will in turn cause stressed-out people. A happy and well-mannered dog, on the other hand, will make them a joy to have around on holidays.

What do you want to do during your vacation? We are so attached to our dogs that sometimes it's hard to leave them behind, even when it's in their best interests. However, if you plan to do things during the holidays that don't include your pet - such as visiting attractions that don't allow pets - then it might be best to call up a trusted friend or family member to watch your dog, or hire a reliable pet-sitter or boarding kennel. It's just not fair to bring your dog along, then immediately leave him alone in an unfamiliar hotel room all by himself for most of the day (that's assuming that the hotel even allows pets to be left alone in the guest room). But if you're going to be relaxing by the lake or exploring the local parks and trails, then a vacation with your dog is a great option.

How will you be traveling? Most people who travel with their pets will travel by car, and with good reason. In a car, you can check on your dog and make sure he's doing well. On a plane, most dogs will have to fly in the cargo hold and you won't be able to check on their well-being.

What are the accommodation's pet policies? Pet policies can vary widely from place to place. Check to see if there are size restrictions on dogs; if there's a maximum number of dogs allowed per room; whether there are extra pet fees; and what other rules they have for people traveling with dogs. For example, accommodations often don't allow pets to stay unattended in guest rooms.

Are you prepared to be a goodwill ambassador for pet travel? Many hotels and accommodations won't allow pets of any kind, regardless of the size of the pet or how well-behaved it is. Some lodgings used to allow pets and no longer do so because of a bad experience with a visiting pet. Yet there are many wonderful, friendly, well-behaved pets who are excellent guests. Dogs who are the best guests are those who are reliably house-trained, well-mannered around people and other pets, and generally quiet (or will be quiet upon command). The goal is to enjoy your vacation with your dog while also allowing other guests to enjoy theirs too.

Of course, it should go without saying that everyone should clean up after their dogs. That includes picking up after them as well as wiping off their paws or toweling off water/dirt from their coats before re-entering the guest room. If we can show that our dogs are great guests (and we're great owners!), then accommodations will continue to welcome them. Happy travels!

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