At Home at Mount Vernon
George Washington had seven dogs as “first pets”—Vulcan, Scentwell, and Sweet Lips (American staghounds); and Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy (black-and-tan coonhounds).
Author E. B. White liked to take his beloved dachshund, Minnie, for visits to the beach. Jack Kerouac claimed that Lucien Carr’s cocker spaniel, Potchki, ate the last part of his manuscript for his book On The Road.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, suggests that if you plan to take a long trip with your dog, take him or her on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening the time you spend in the car.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends that if you travel by car with a dog, it’s best to not let the pet roam around.
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