Before beginning to share the story of my recent adventure, driving cross country with a dog, more specifically, my wonderful 12, almost 13-year-old Shepard mix, Berlin, it’s important to note for posterity that this trip was completed during the winter of 2020, when COVID was still very much a worry but also the reason this trip was possible.
With the forecasted need to shelter due to the anticipated spike in cases over the holidays, and missing our families out east, my husband, Matt, Berlin and I set out on the open road…with lots of spray disinfectant, face masks, and gloves. No matter what, this was going to be a special and very memorable trip.
Driving cross country with a dog (at any time) should be planned out so you’ll be ready for anything while making the most of it.
Since we were leaving in Winter but desperately wanted to drive through the mountains, I planned and booked hotels for both the northern (through Colorado) and southern (through Texas) route from Los Angeles. After closely watching the weather reports leading up to our departure, we decided to take a chance on the northern route since it looked like we were going to be a day ahead of a snow storm.