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Old 02-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've found a link for a site that sells a heated bed that plugs into the ciggarette adapter, but will this kill the battery if the car isn't running?

Hound Warmer

"Perfect for pets on the road. Just plug the Hound Warmer into your cigarette plug, and keep your pet warm. Once plugged in, it quickly reaches 105-108 degrees F and continues to maintain that temperature. Because it only draws 22 watts of power, you can safely use it all night long for those lenthy road trips."

Does that mean because it only draws 22 watts your car does or does not need to be running?
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Most likely it will kill your battery. You could maybe heat it up and then unplug it. You have to be real careful leaving the dog. Not because it's dangerous or anything like that, but people will go fucking insane. They see a dog in a car and they automatically think execution. The main thing I would worry about is people being douchebags and calling the cops.
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Why don't you just have a buddy watch your dog for the day? Everybody has a friend that's good with dogs. Offer to pay them off with a case of beer or something. That way you're not worried about your dog in the car the whole time your on the mountain.
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Better idea ^
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Why don't you just have a buddy watch your dog for the day? Everybody has a friend that's good with dogs. Offer to pay them off with a case of beer or something. That way you're not worried about your dog in the car the whole time your on the mountain.
I actually would prefer that... only problem is that every one of our friends goes up to the mountains just about every single weekend.
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If you have a nice bed for your dog that is warm, get her a nice coat to help keep her warm and she should be fine in all but the coldest of temps. A friend of mine had a pitbull that they left in the car all the time doing this. He was fine. The biggest thing to watch out for is sunny days. Even when it's cold out, a sunny day can heat the car up to a dangerous temp. On a warmish day, it gets dangerous very fast. So you really have to keep that in mind.
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I am also somewhat restricted on my times because of my dog, but anything under 8-9 hours she is fine as far as needing to go outside goes.

If I know I'm going to be gone longer than that, I'll either leave her with my relatives or bring her to 'doggy daycare' where she gets to play the whole day with other dogs. I like the Camp Bow Wow places if your area has one. They run about $25 for the day and $40 for overnight stay.

It can be a pain (or get expensive) if you're gone a lot snowboarding, but I'd rather ride a little harder and have a little bit shorter day than to leave my dog sitting in the car all day. That's why I prefer to make a sandwich and take some granolas with me and eat on the lifts, rather than taking an actual lunch break.
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I am also somewhat restricted on my times because of my dog, but anything under 8-9 hours she is fine as far as needing to go outside goes.

If I know I'm going to be gone longer than that, I'll either leave her with my relatives or bring her to 'doggy daycare' where she gets to play the whole day with other dogs. I like the Camp Bow Wow places if your area has one. They run about $25 for the day and $40 for overnight stay.

It can be a pain (or get expensive) if you're gone a lot snowboarding, but I'd rather ride a little harder and have a little bit shorter day than to leave my dog sitting in the car all day. That's why I prefer to make a sandwich and take some granolas with me and eat on the lifts, rather than taking an actual lunch break.

Our dog can last 12 hours most likely (she has before) - its just that on the weekends we don't like to be gone longer than M-F when we're at work...

That said, part of the reason I'm asking is because we are sick of the driving up and back each day and were considering getting a place (that allows dogs) for the night. But the problem is that depending on when you have to check-in on arrival, and check out on departure. If a hotel lets you check in at 2pm... you basically can't ride that day at all because there will be nowhere to put the dog. Once we got the hotel room, we would have no problem leaving her there for however many hours, as she already does this while we are at work. Same thing for check out, if we have to be out by 11am and now have nowhere to put the dog... can't ride much past 10am. Those time frames are just examples, but pretty common with most hotels/rentals.

Again - not saying I'm going to be doing this and not saying that boarding her is not a better option. Just looking at all angles to see if building her a "nest" in the trunk would keep her warm for a few hours.
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Have you looked into any type of doggy daycare? Just a quick look and it is only $25 for a full day.
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