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Animal Behaviour – Taking Your Dogs On Holiday
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Animal Behaviour – Taking Your Dogs on Holiday

Taking your dogs on holiday? What next?

I received my monthly magazine “Getaway” today, and my eye, drawn to an article about planning to take your dogs on holiday. This had me thinking, deciding first where the wife and I are going to spend our holidays is difficult enough, but now the dogs!

My dogs have spent all their lives in big gardens, they hardly need a holiday. For that matter a holiday from what? Do they need a break from sniffing the neighbours dogs? Barking at the passing traffic? Doing their best to chase my friends away from visiting?

We, the wife and I, occasionally vacation at the sea. My imagination started to run and I pictured the dogs seeing the sea for the first time. I think their reaction would likely be, that this is not a place for dogs, “This place isn't for us,” the older one would say “look at the size of the cat's sand box! The cats here so big, they'll likely chase us up a tree.” The youngster's reply “Look at the size of their water bowl, it goes on forever!”

My dogs are not lovers of water, so they will not swim in the sea, neither have I ever seen them building sand castles in the children's sand pit, so that's out. What am I going to do with two world-weary dogs, whilst the wife and I try to relax and swim?

We like to spend time in our world-famous Kruger National Park. Going to have trouble here, as you're not allowed to take pets into this vast reserve, but for the sake of the article lets imagine you can. Driving along with the window slightly ajar to allow a head-out stance for the dogs. The first lion pride encountered would likely elicit the following reaction. “Hey bud,” after withdrawing the head at extreme speed “look at the size of these cats! Never seen anything with so much hair around the neck.” the youngster, after peering through the glass, no way he's putting his head out, “You know what? I would like to see our owner give that baby a bath. His language would be colourful. But one thing for sure, I'm not trying to get them up a tree. If the branch broke... I picture pancakes”

Travelling on and encountering an elephant, (head again withdrawn) “What in the Lords name is that? Same colour as a rat, feet like plates, easy to catch, will be slow, but what do you do with that long snout?” the likely response, a simple “If that's his nose, don't want him smelling my butt!” The giraffe's long neck, “My oh my, wonder what happened to him?” The crocodile will astound them, “If that lizard starts to climb our walls after insects, I'm out of there.” The younger dog, prone to catching our lizard family and controlling the population, “Look, what scares me those teeth! Many of those little blighter’s have bit me on the lip, but this one, it's going to hurt!”

The Rhino, Hippo and antelope, likely to elicit similar comments, but the good old Vulture has my imagination working overtime. For those that have never seen a vulture frenzy on a carcase, it is hard to describe, birds from far and wide, will descend after a kill, in their numbers. These birds are known as the cleaners, they will strip a bone to the white, but they do it with the table manners of a … picture a party of twenty year old men, told as they're handed a plate of food, “when your finished eating, the strippers will begin”, got the picture?

How would my dogs react to this scenario? (not the strippers, I mean the vultures). “Look at the size of those pigeons, and they don't eat the corn the Boss normally throws out!” The youngster, drooling at the mouth, “Wow, but they are as stupid as pigeons, they leave the best part. Wouldn't mind getting my mouth around one of those bones.” The older dog, thinking a moment, “Definitely don't want to compete with them for a titbit of chicken, they're like vultures!”

No, my dogs can stay at home whilst I go on holiday, I think it does them the world-of-good to miss me for a week or two.


Street Talk

Great article Rob, yes my dog would be a snack for them weighing only 10 lbs lol

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks William, see comment below.

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  about 6 years ago

Yes, Rob i agree

  
  about 6 years ago

I'm with you Rob and look at the other side of the argument... all those animals looking at your dog and thinking "lunch!"

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  about 6 years ago

Now there's another article, wondering what the animals think.

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  about 6 years ago
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