Wiener Dog Races in Buda, Texas

This weekend, Buda will host the 16th Annual Wiener Dog Races. The event, created by the Buda Lions Club to support its programs to assist visually impaired children, has grown into a full weekend of country fair festivities that attract visitors from across the U.S., including some 600 dachshunds!

This year, Camper Clinic II is proud to provide a travel trailer for the event, where heath professionals will offer eye exams for kids. After all, we want to be sure the kiddos can see the pet parade, and watch their favorite doxie cross the finish line!

For your entertainment, here’s the funny saga of dachshund Dudley O. Selleck’s training regimen and performance in 2012. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing Dudley again this weekend!

Come and see us this weekend, whether you come by the store to browse the best rvs in Texas, or head over to the Buda Wiener Dog Races!

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Take Homemade Dog Biscuits on your Next RV Road Trip!

I’m gearing up for my next RV road trip through Texas, and decided some homemade dog treats were in order. Now, I won’t have to worry about questionable ingredients or reading the fine print to find out where the treats were manufactured!

Cricket and Max

Cricket often uses Max for a pillow…

With that in mind, I’d like you to meet two of the most rotten, furry, Airstream road warriors on the planet: Cricket and Max. They’re looking forward to taste-testing some of the new recipes I just found.

The first is a peanut butter blend from Paula Deen. Her human recipes have never let me down, so I’m assuming her dog, Bodeen, has an equally refined palette and has approved this recipe.

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Photo of Bodeen’s treats from PaulaDeen.com. Yum!

One of Paula’s tips is that most homemade dog biscuits do well with 1 part liquid to 3 parts dry. Using that guideline, you can customize your recipes by adding and subtracting your dog’s favorite ingredients.

There’s another one with cheese from Allrecipes that looks like a winner. And for variety, check out “Cookies for Canines,” on TheKitchn.com. Their recipes range from vegetarian versions to bacon-flavored yummies.

Dog people tend to bond quickly once you’re set up at your RV campsite, so if you’d like to surprise your new friends, here’s another Paula Deen tip. Buy inexpensive bowls, add a few treats, wrapping the bowl in newspaper, and tie the top with ribbon.

MaxMax just called shotgun! And it looks like I’ve got a plan for the weekend! If you have a favorite dog-biscuit recipe, feel free to share!

~ G. Elaine Acker

 

 

 

Tips for Traveling with Pets

8 ways to keep your pets safe on the road

While writing Pets America’s Pet First Aid Guide, I had an opportunity to work with lots of amazing emergency care veterinarians who offered advice on traveling safely with pets.

Golden Retriever in RV

Bella is a golden retriever who absolutely loves RVing with her pack, the Medleys! Vickie Medley write the blog www.sentimentaljourneyz.com.

If you’re taking your pets on camping trips, you’re probably already savvy about how to plan your route and care for your pets along the way. But I thought you might appreciate a few reminders.

  1. Research emergency vets along your route through the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. You can search for clinics all across the U.S.
  2. Get referrals ahead of time for reliable pet sitters at your destination. http://www.petsitters.org/
  3. Make sure your pet wears identification tags at all times. Add a temporary tag with the local number at your campground.
  4. If your pet has a microchip (of course they do!), call your microchip company to verify that your contact info is up to date.
  5. Talk to your vet about motion sickness. If your pet is new to the travel trailer experience, take a short ride in your tow vehicle to see how your pet reacts, and to find out if they’re prone to motion sickness. If so, talk to your vet about solutions.
  6. Never leave your pet in the hot vehicle. Even if it’s a comfortable 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside the vehicle can reach 120 deadly degrees in a matter of minutes.
  7. Use a crate or harness to secure your pet inside the tow vehicle. Pet seats give pets a comfortable place to sit while the harness secures them safely to a seatbelt. This restraint can save a life.
  8. Take frequent breaks and enjoy the RV journey!

And finally, some pets are homebodies that will never become your next road warrior. And that’s okay. You can show them pictures of what they missed when you get back home.

Jack Russell Terrier

Rosie is always ready to travel with her mom and dad, the DiBonas, who share their Airstream adventures on the blog Streaming Together.

I’ve worked closely with the awesome staff at the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and they’ve got even more great tips on animal care.

Thanks for sharing pictures of you and your pets on the road! We love it!

~ G. Elaine Acker

Send us your camping ideas and pet photos, and WIN!

I’m having a great time writing this RV blog, but I want you to share in the fun, too!

Every month we’ll announce one of our latest blog post topics and ask you for your ideas and photos. Then, when you share, you’ll not only be entered to win great prizes, you might just you might find yourself featured in an upcoming blog post!

This time, our contest is all about the pets! I love road trips with my dogs (and meeting up with my cousin who travels with her seven cats). So in July, I want to write about great pet-friendly camping spots and feature pictures of your pets enjoying the RV life.

Jack Russell Terrier in Airstream

Cricket wants to know where YOU like to camp!

Where do you like to camp with your pets? Will you share a photo or two???

Send me your ideas and photos by SUNDAY, JULY 1, and you’ll be entered to win a Dirt Devil Scorpion courtesy of Camper Clinic II!

Don’t put it off! Email me now at AmericanRVLife@gmail.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

~ Elaine

 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for RV Campers

Mina and Freddie evacuatingWhen Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast in 2008, I was working as a public information officer for the American Red Cross of Central Texas. Based in Austin, we opened 23 shelters for evacuees fleeing Galveston, and in partnership with Pets America, ensured that both people and pets were well cared for.

During the chaos, I couldn’t help but wonder about my buddies who were RV camping in Galveston. Did they get out before the traffic got bad? Did they have plenty of gasoline to make it safely out of harm’s way? Did they have an evacuation plan?

Hurricane Satellite ImageHurricane Season 2012 officially began on June 1, and and NOAA is predicting an “above normal” season of hurricane activity.

“The United States was fortunate last year,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Winds steered most of the season’s tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines. However we can’t count on luck to get us through this season. We need to be prepared, especially with this above-normal outlook.”

If you don’t already have an emergency kit for your RV, here’s a link to a great checklist of preparedness supplies.

And, this checklist from Pets America will help you ensure that your furry family members are included in any emergency preparedness plans.

Houston Jam of 2005 Photo

This photo was taken during the evacuation of Houston during Hurricane Rita in 2005. The photo appeared in EgoTvOnline.com's "Worst Traffic Jams in History" page.

If you’re traveling along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts in your RV this summer and hear that a tropical depression is forming offshore, here are my additional suggestions based on several years experience in emergency management:

  1. Watch the weather reports, and plan more than one evacuation route well in advance.
  2. Evacuate early. Lines of traffic and stretch for miles and move at a snail’s pace once mandatory evacuations are ordered. Gasoline shortages are common.
  3. Stock extra supplies, including bottled water and non-perishable foods and be sure to include your pets in all emergency plans.
  4. Keep your gas tank filled.
  5. Keep your RV’s fresh water tank filled.
  6. Keep your gray and black water tanks emptied.
  7. Check your insurance policy to ensure that you have all the coverage you might need. (But if you evacuate early, you shouldn’t need your insurance agent after the storm!)

By all means enjoy the beach this summer, but make plans now to keep the whole family safe!

Contributed by writer G. Elaine Acker.