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Old 13-06-2009, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering how people travel long distance (3 hours) with their lab? We have a child seat in the back of our car, and don't want Truffle alone on the backseat with our child (age 3), so we really need him to travel in the boot, but we also need to put luggage in there. What is the best way round this? I had hoped to find a boot divider but can only find ones for MPV's and we have a normal estate car (Almera). Does anyone know anything we can use to split the boot (or any alternative suggestions about where/how Truffle could travel)?

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Dogs go in the boot....Kids on the back seats.....bikes on the bike rack on the back.....Luggage round everyone's ankles and in a roof box.....Sorted! :wink: :lol:
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Lottie had a soft crate in the boot when she was very small.Made me feel happier that she wasn't rolling around.I put her bed in it,a chew bone and I have a road refresher water bowl.The luggage could go round it.I got mine on Ebay for about 20.
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Ruby travels in a metal crate like her one in the house. We pile the luggage around that and on top if necessary.
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I travelled back from Newcastle to London, six hour journey, in a mini with two other passengers and our luggage, which was quite a lot having all spent almost two weeks up there at christmas. Plus all of Stan's stuff. Stan had to share the back seat with my friend and lots of bags- he was not amused, but being the easy going chap he is, he settled down with a glum expression on his face, a mutter about why do women need to pack so many things and he survived!
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Thanks for that Kate - it sounds rather like our car journeys. Toddlers do not travel light!
Our boot isn't big enough for a crate as it is too low at the back (he will be 5 months by the time we go), hence our dilemma about a boot divider.

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Our boot isn't big enough for a crate as it is too low at the back (he will be 5 months by the time we go), hence our dilemma about a boot divider.
You can get crates with sloping sides for such boots at 5 months, I certainly wouldn't leave him loose unless the area is very secure - the whole of my car is given over to the dogs (it is why I bought it) - the girls are shielded in a secure area of the back seat and the pups are crated
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Our crate has a sloping edge to it and is designed for the car. If we left Ruby loose in the boot of the car she would have a whale of a time ? I would have thought it is a bit dangerous for your pup not to be protected from luggage by something.
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Is luggage already going on the back seat secured by seatbelt? If you need that space plus the boot for luggage (yes toddlers and babies need a trailer - I mean for their gear 8O ) then why not the front passenger well? It does mean there needs to be a slim person sitting there but we've travlled with a grownup lab sleeping happily beneath my legs from Ayrshire to Hull

As long as you stop for breaks regularly it should be OK.
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Is there enough room for the childseat, Truffle with a harness, and you in the middle of the back seat to keep an eye on things?

When we used to go away with our children and old lab, he used to lie on the floor in the back in my daughter's foot space, and my daughter spent the journey cross legged! Not ideal by the time she was 16, but there wasn't really any other space for him!

Nowadays, Alfie is a third 'person' on the back seat with a harness if we ever all go away together, but if it's just me and my husband, luggage goes in the boot, and Alfie and me share the back seat.
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