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June 01, 2010

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Travis Crockett

Peanut! What a cool name for a dog. :-)

JoAnna

We have pets and we travel (though not with them), but we don't travel for several months consecutively. Because my husband's a teacher, I know someone is around at least nine months out of the year. We do take trips for a week or two at a time, and yes, we have a pet sitter who comes and stays with the kids while we're gone. It works for us, but then again, I'm not gone for long durations of time like some travelers.

Aracely

I want pictures of Mani!

I really like your thinking, "we'll figure it out when the time comes." Life already has too many daily decisions. There is no need to make decisions when you can wait. I wish Jason's mom had that philosophy. ;)

Keith

My wife and I have three cats. We've gone on 5 and 6 week trips in the last few years, and we've just had to line up caretakers to come every other day. Cats require a bit less maintenance than dogs though. I know Almost Fearless has two dogs and she makes traveling work.

What does it mean that you've gotten a dog? I think it depends on how you decided to get one. Was it spur of the moment? Something you'd planned for many months? etc.

Leigh Shulman

I'm very much of the belief that once I get a dog (or any pet), that I take responsibility for that pet for the rest of its life. So leaving to travel for extended periods of time, now, isn't really an option. Unless, like you, one of us stays behind with Mani.

So I suppose I do mean that free open ended international travel is off the menu for a while.

But that's ok, because there are so many other types of travel, and I can definitely see us moving somewhere else internationally and bringing him with us.

Leigh Shulman

I hope I have that philosophy when Lila is Jason's age.

Photos of Mani coming soon. Probably on Facebook.

xoL

Leigh Shulman

I love cats. Had them for years in NY. Found two at the pound when they were 3 months old and we moved around NYC for the next 13 years.

I don't know what Christine does with her dogs, but I imagine they stay in one place mostly. A friend I met in BsAs brought his dog with him. And I've read of a couple who are traveling around the world with a kitty in their backpack.

As for Mani. We've known for a while we wanted a dog, mostly for Lila. I think it's so important for kids to grow up with animals. So once we realized we would be here for a bit, then a friend offered us this little pup, we said yes.

How do you think it differs depending on how much planning went into getting a pet?

Leigh Shulman

Lol. Jokes on us. He's going to be enormous. He's just three months now, and I can't barely pick him up anymore.

So we just say his name is Manuel. Or that he's the color of a peanut, which he sort of is.

OverYonderlust

We have had a dog for the past 9 years and we now have to find a permanent home for him once we leave to South America. I think it would be unfair of us to ask for him back 6 months to a year down the line. :(

Leigh Shulman

I hear you. That had been our plan with our cats. They were quite a bit older, though and both ended up dying of old age right before we left.

It's tough. But when you know you've found a good home for them, it's the best you can do.

(And hopefully we'll see you here in Argentina, but that is another story).

Jason

This article is about travel and dogs not my mom and I! Lol

Erica

Watch it! You offer your place and we will be there with bells on! <3

OverYonderlust

<.< Meant to sign in. :X

Kyle

Meh, you'll cross the travel bridge when you get there. In the meantime, enjoy the company of your new peanut dog! Sooo adorable.

Carolina

Oh, let me know how it works out for you guys. We have a serious I-want-a-puppy thing going on here in our household but, among other things, I'm worried about our travels with a dog in our family.

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