Ever since Kiva came into our lives nearly 12 years ago, all our vacations have been dog-centered. She's traveled with us to 21 states, criss-crossed the country a few times, and has frolicked everywhere from mountain meadows covered in wildflowers to cool, coastal beaches.
Kiva n' Me, Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1999
Kiva's an excellent traveler – I always say that of the three of us in the car, she's definitely the most well-behaved!
We wanted to make sure Ruby is at ease on long car rides and staying in unfamiliar places, so we planned a weekend getaway to Steamboat Springs, CO. May is my favorite month to travel with dogs because most destinations are still off-season. No crowds, cool enough for dogs to hike and walk around comfortably, and very easy to find pet-friendly places to stay at reasonable prices.
Cabins are great fun and would've been our first choice, but for this trip we wanted Ruby to experience a regular room, so we chose one of the typical chains.
We definitely had a lot of practice having Ruby wait to enter/exit through doors,
and calmly walk down hallways.
Ah, that exciting moment before you first open the door to your room. Will we have a good view? What kind of amenities will be provided? Maybe there's a shower cap!
Ruby dashed in and immediately rubbed against the bed, I guess to mark her territory,
and Kiva claimed her spot.
Years of road trips with a dog means you don't expect the super-deluxe room. For the most part, you get what they give you. We had called and booked something a bit larger (they knew we were traveling with two dogs) but when we arrived, they said pets were not allowed in the room we booked. That's fine. When you're with the pooches, you just roll with it.
If you've ever traveled with a dog, you know that in this setting, their keen sense of smell is both hilarious and frightening. They find certain spots to be very...intriguing. 'Nuff said. We don't even want to know.
Kiva is particularly concerned with hygiene when we travel. She felt the bathroom might've been somewhat suspect. And there's Ruby finding another...spot.
The "view" was of the pool, which, being May, was thankfully deserted. But when we arrived, she did see some kids splash around. We couldn't believe it, because we thought it was pretty chilly, but I guess kids don't care. If there's a pool, they're in it!
All in all, it was totally fine for our purposes and both Kiva and Ruby made themselves at home right away. I would have liked the larger room because we always eat meals in our room with our dogs, we never leave them alone. But that's ok, we were all pretty cozy.