alethe16 wrote:I've never flown with the dog, for the financial reasons you mentioned. I have driven with the dog, but luckily it's only been a 6 hour drive for me, which we can both handle with schedule breaks to walk. If I'm not driving, she sits still on my lap; if I am, she has to be crated, which she is fine with, so long as she can still see me. Luckily, I haven't had to deal with a 13 hour drive.
I think it would be important for you to find some local friends or neighbors who really like dogs, and might be willing to keep her while you're away (I have an agreement with some friends of mine who have dogs that I watch when they go away). Or, you'll need to find a dog sitter. But if you do this, I would try to keep the trip as short as possible, because dogs miss their people.
paratactical wrote:Make friends with the people at the dog parks and check with your vet (another important thing is to find a vet that you and your pooch like) to see if they have recommendations.
I'm so appreciative of all the advice!!
The friends and neighbors route is definitely my best bet. I think I might make the car trip with the dog over winter break - assuming that some smaller test trips go well first.