ROAD TRIPPIN' WITH MY ROTTIE
Creature Companions|February 2021
A Road Trip with your doggo!
Mriganka Chandra

My dear fellow dog parents, what are the first things that spring to your mind when you hear that? – Excitement, entertainment, adventure, and tons of cute pictures to post and cherish! Initially, even I had similar ideas while planning my first long road trip with my dog.

Being from an army background, hopping from one place to another every other year had certainly become a part and parcel of life for us, a family of five, me, my parents, my younger brother, and our youngest member – Panzer, our four-year-old Rottweiler. With my father not accompanying us as he used to be on duty, our transit times before this journey was from Lucknow to Dehradun and from Dehradun to Delhi, so we usually decided to travel by train. But this time, we had to travel from New Delhi to reach a small town called Mhow, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. My father planned a two-day road journey with a night halt at Jaipur in between. All the other requirements were being looked after by my parents and I had the responsibility of Panzer.

Let me give you a small introduction to my fiercely loyal Rottweiler. Panzer was a dream dog since his puppy days. With no demands, no complaints, and absolutely no incidents of We had to commence our journey on Monday and with two days in hand I formulated a travel checklist for my doggo so that I don’t skip on anything essential; the list was as follows:

1. A spare collar and leash – with the strength of a Rottweiler, it is obligatory to be prepared beforehand.

2. Food and water bowls – I bought steal bowls, swapping the ceramic bowls that I use at home, as they are easier to clean and durable during a journey.

3. Two sets of sheets/blankets – we were traveling in the month of October and Panzer liked being cozy.

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