The Road Ahead : April 2011
HELEN WHEE WE HAVE A new addition to the family -- a border collie named Jack. So now not only the seats in our Subaru Forester are filled to capacity, so too is the boot. It has been many years since I've experienced road travel with animals. The stench of dog breath in the upholstery, the glue-like saliva on the windows ... I think there's a reason dogs have four legs -- so they can walk. But I appreciate that dogs need to run at the beach or visit the vet. We don't have a good history of travelling with pets. The first time we took our cat to the cattery we discovered he hated car travel as much as he hated his cat box -- the combination of the two sent his stomach into overdrive. Let me just say this -- there isn't an air freshener in the world that can overpower the result. Deciding animals inside cars was a bad idea, we decided to play it safe and take our dogs at the time to the beach in the back of a ute. Once they were tied securely into the tray we took off, only to grind to a halt when one of the dogs decided to try bungy jumping. Aside from a touch of gravel rash on her bottom she was okay, but so traumatised by our experience were my husband and I that we vowed never to travel with pets again. And for eight years we didn't. Whether it's a case of memory loss or the invention of the pet car harness, we have once again ventured into that great unknown of car travel not just with a four-legged animal, but three two-legged ones as well. It didn't help that our middle son was initially terrified of the dog. The dog, on the other hand, was overly fond of said son. So began a love-hate relationship that saw the dog sit with his head resting on our boy's car seat, and our boy adopting the brace position adopted by passengers in a crashing aircraft. The other members of the family thought this was hilarious, until we discovered that travelling in that position made said son car sick. Again, there isn't an air freshener in the world that can fix that. Fortunately, after a few weeks the dog and our son became best mates and harmony was restored in the back seat. In fact, when comparing road travel with three kids as opposed to road travel with a dog, the latter is certainly easier. Well, quieter anyway. Note: no animals or children were harmed in the writing of this column. There's a reaso dogs have four --sotheycanw travelling with pets good idea or bad jok For all car servicing with no surprises, call Auto Leaders... Beenleigh 3382 6300 Caloundra 5499 6088 Maroochydore 5451 0777 Mermaid Beach 5538 3525 Nerang 5596 6555 Southport 5591 9050 South Tweed Heads 5524 9400 Underwood 3299 1000 www .autoleaders.com www.autoleaders.com www .autoleaders.com 6 AUT 16766 Xpress Lube $99 While you wait Save Money Now with our new XPRESS LUBE which includes: Change engine oil Change oil filter Under bonnet checks including: Brake fluid, air filter, coolant, drive belts Auto fluid, power steering, batter y Fill washer fluid, check wipers, wash screen Check lights, tyre pressures, exhaust *4WD and Vans subject to $30 extra *Non standard and exotic cars may be extra *Ser vice includes 5 litres engine oil APR/MAY 2011 THE ROAD AHEAD 57 nla g: a k LLS n egs alk. ke?