Dogs are the best friends of men and women alike. In all walks of life, most people’s wellbeing is greatly improved by their furry friends and the steadfast love they show. According to The Washington Post, over 68% of American households own one or more dogs. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that so many people own dogs, but an incredible fact is that 40% of commercial drivers take their pets alongside them in their transport journeys, according to the New York Times!
The Ruff Ruff Road
It’s a well-known fact among drivers that the road can sometimes be rough. Whether it’s a long drive, being away from the family too long, or particularly distressing highway conditions, it can be a lot to deal with daily. Drivers cope with the stressors they face in several ways. Some listen to podcasts or audiobooks, some call their friends and family, others play road games with themselves or their partners, and some have found a unique way of staying entertained and having lovely company by bringing their pets along for the ride.
The cutest company that a driver can have is their wonderful pet. Pets are proven to have a relaxing effect on their owners, dogs especially. One example of a driver who has had wonderful experiences driving with her dogs is Diana Stolsworth, a driver from Texas who has driven with her pets almost since she started driving trucks. She has enjoyed every minute of driving with her pups and encourages others to do so, but she makes it clear that it is crucial to take safety precautions for your pets while on the road. Including lighted collars and harnesses to prevent injury or death in high traffic zones like truck stops.
What’s Up Dog?
This leads us to the requirements for taking a dog with you on the road. Much like taking another person with you, there are certain rules you’ve got to follow. Depending on your company, you may not be able to bring your pet along. If you are an individual driver or your company allows for it, some tips to remember are always bring more food for your pet than you think you’ll need, ensure you have things to entertain them with, take them on regular walks, provide water often, and always remember to have some fun. Many employed people don’t get to see their dogs 24/7 like you do, so this is a very special advantage to driving.
Pets are the better halves of their owners, with sweet spirits and a can-do attitude, your pet can be a great road companion. If you’re interested in bringing your furry friend along for the ride, you should talk to your employer or check the regulations that apply to you, and then bring your dog along for the ride. With your best friend by your side, the road is guaranteed to be a more interesting and adventurous place where you can make incredible memories with your fur baby!