Dog Options While Riding
Wondering if anyone has any experience with keeping their dog in the car while they are on the mountain. Now first of all, let me say that I wasn't planning on just leaving her in the cold ass car while I'm gone for 8 hours. But something to note is that she is a pit bull, meaning she is short haired (not a husky or something that would love the cold weather).
Here are my thoughts: I have an Audi A4 sedan and I have the option to drop one side (or both) of the back seats for access to the trunk. I was thinking that I could leave one of those "doors" open so that my dog could get into the trunk or anywhere else in the car. Now the trunk itself I was thinking I could throw a few blankets in there and possibly even buy some of those hand/feet warmers and throw them back there as well, to generate some heat. Leaving only one of the "doors" open between the backseat and trunk will allow for most of the heat to stay in the trunk area, but still allow her to get out of the trunk and walk around if she so desires.
Again - this is only an idea, so don't go all PETA on me. The reason I bring up this "idea" is because its been a pain in the ass to drive 1.5 - 2 hours to the mountain, ride for about 4 hours, and then have to drive 1.5 - 2 hours back. Can only ride until around 1pm or so, or else you get caught in traffic and it ends up taking you longer than 2 hours to get home.
So if I were to come up with a way that the dog could chill (no pun intended) in the car while my gf and I are riding, that would help greatly to get a full day in and not worry about having to rush back to the dog. We would defintely come back every hour or so to check on her, let her go to the bathroom, etc.
Would those hand/feet warmer packets even provide enough warmth? If not, is there a way to somehow rig an electric blanket to something other than the car (so the battery doesn't get killed)? Anything campers use (besides a sleeping bag) to provide warmth? I'd definitely have to run a "test" with a thermometer to see if it kept the trunk warm enough - but just looking for ideas.