Tips for Taking Your Chihuahua on Vacation

Destination Las Vegas

Last weekend I went to Las Vegas for the first time. I can’t say I was very impressed with my mini vacation. Can you believe they don’t allow little Chihuahuas in casinos?! Not that I have any money to gamble with, but I could have done a lot of people watching.

Enjoying the Vegas Strip

Have Chihuahua, Will Travel

I suspected this was going to be a longer car trip than usual because I saw suitcases and my stuff being packed away.

I was placed in my car carrier, strapped to the back seat, and we drove and drove. I tried to nap but I was too excited. I kept my eyes open and watched. Finally we stopped for lunch in Baker. It was a small town. Warm and breezy. Luckily this was October and not July or August, or I would have melted.

Fine dining was limited to Burger King, the only place in town with outdoor tables that were dog friendly.

Checking in to Motel 6

We arrived in Las Vegas around 2 pm. Then we checked in to the Motel 6, next to Hooters and across from the MGM Grand. It was cheap, clean and Chihuahua friendly. The floor was not carpeted but I had my comfy bed, blankets and pillow from home so I was all set. My water bowl was set out, my toys were unpacked and I had a little snack.

Then off we went on a very long walk down what it commonly called the “Strip”. There were too many people for my taste. I was the only Chihuahua walking on this busy street and got lots of attention. Everyone wanted to pet me but I was a bit apprehensive.

Finally we took a detour and eventually ended up back at our new home away from home, Motel 6.

And then I was left alone. But I was so tired I didn’t care. I needed uninterrupted sleep as I had missed several of my naps.

Keeping Your Chihuahua Busy

The next day was much the same. A few long walks, several short walks, a little play time and then some alone time to nap.

Before you know it we were packed and heading home. My little car carrier is nice and safe but a bit constraining. I was so very glad when we pulled into our driveway. I was up and out and ready to play.

I think our next vacation should be a little more Chihuahua friendly.

Here are some vacation trips for your Chihuahua:

  1. When driving, keep your Chi in a carrier, strapped to the back seat. In case of accident you don’t want your little Chi to fly out of the car.
  2. Stop often to let your little dog take a walk and relieve themselves.
  3. Bring your pet’s favorite toys, bed, food, bowls, blankets and treats.
  4. If you must leave your Chi alone make sure they are safe, have an ID tag, and perhaps leave the TV on for company.
  5. Try to find a place with fun activities your Chihuahua will enjoy.

For more information check out Tips on Driving with Your Chihuahua. Also see Las Vegas, Nevada Dog-Friendly City Guide.

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