Traveling is fun, yet exhausting. Especially, if you are traveling with your loved ones like children, favorite pets, etc. You must have impeccable planning skills to ensure you have a stress-free vacation.
Ideally, whether you are traveling by air or by land, you make sure everyone, including yourself, is comfortable before, during, and after the trip.
In fact, a Netizen, whom message she posted on Facebook had gone viral, shared the same sentiments. She shared two disturbing photos taken by a Tacloban-based Photographer named Galvhin Ray.
Source: Krizette Laureta Chu / Photo by Galvhin Ray
The photos described a bus conductor removing some packages and bags inside the luggage compartment.
According to Galvhin and how Krizette described it, “the dog looked like it was out of its mind, straining against its cage, as it was being put back inside the bus compartment.”
She even said, “a little mercy naman. Economy on a cramped airplane on a 16-hour flight to SF is torture enough, right? The worst part is, the bus wasn’t full (as you can see)!and the dog could have been made to stay in the bus.”
Here’s the full post:
Calling all dog owners and bus companies.
Please do not do this to your dog.
Tacloban photographer Galvhin Ray just saw this dog being unloaded in Samar as thebus conductor was removing some packages and bags inside the luggage compartment. The bus was from Manila to Maasin, a 21 hour bumpy, extremely hot, extremely claustrophobia-inducing road trip.
According to Galvhin, the dog looked like it was out of its mind, straining against its cage, as it was being put back inside the bus compartment.
A little mercy naman. Economy on a cramped airplane on a 16 hour flight to SF is torture enough, right? The worst part is, the bus wasnt full (as you can see)!and the dog could have been made to stay in the bus.
A few reminders:
1. You can stow smaller dogs in carriers under seats in some US buses. Can we explore that?
2. Have a pet-friendly bus option for passengers traveling with their pets.
3. During bus stops for meals, take your dog out and walk him.
4. If he will endure an especially cruel trip, leave the dog at home na lang, or pay extra at the airline or a door-to-door van.
5. keep the dog in a cool place. Heat and humidity can trigger nausea.
6. Dont feed the dog two hours before trip
7. Ask your vet for motion sickness meds if needed.
If hindi kaya, financially or otherwise, dont let your poor dog travel????
i hope bus companies address this because not all our countrymen can afford to travel in air conditioned buses or airplanes and are left with this heartbreaking option. No owner wants to see their dog suffering like this.
Essentially, all of her tips are seen on the Philippine Animal Welfare Society or paws.org website.
According to them:
DOMESTIC TRAVEL – BY BUS (Source: paws.org/seen on their website)
Aside from the anti-rabies vaccination, we suggest the ff for travel by bus:
- your dog/cat be in a crate/carrier (to avoid accidental escaping or bites) — we suggest this for travel by taxi and other modes of public transportation as well
- call the bus company ahead of time and inquire if they accept dogs
- be prepared to pay extra (or offer the bus company to pay extra) as if you were paying for an additional person to have the crate beside you or near you.
Everyone deserves to be comfortable when traveling. So, if you want your pets to enjoy the trips, create a checklist before traveling.
Do you have any tips to share when traveling with pets?