On The Road With Pets

by Wendy on May 23, 2017

information courtesy of Jan Bradfeldt (photos courtesy of RVIA)

Jan Bradfeldt, co-owner of Snowcreek Shorthairs and owner of Oregon Urban Dog, has bred and raised shorthairs for 38 years, producing two National Specialty winners, multiple Best in Show dogs, International Champions, Master Hunters, and Obedience-titled dogs. Her kennel is best known for producing dogs with the “complete package” – loving personalities, beautiful conformation, and excellence afield. www.OregonUrbanDog.com

Jan has three decades of experience in the show ring as well as teaching agility, obedience, puppy manners and socialization. She’s the authority behind AskJan, an online forum that provides dog owners with helpful tips on raising a dog of any age. Jan also wrote Pause for Paws, an exceptional primer that provides puppy owners with step-by-step information about choosing the right puppy, house training and puppy manners.

In 2010 Jan launched Oregon Urban Dog, a product line of of high-end, quality dog collars, leashes and other supplies; safe, long-lasting and age-appropriate toys; plus a line of herbal-based dog shampoo. She offers here a few tips on how to prepare for traveling in an RV with your pet.


  • Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Bottled Water
  • Crate
  • Extra Bedding
  • Baby Gates
  • Ex-pens
  • Dog/Cat Toys
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Light Up Tags
  • Arm Bands
  • First Aid Kit for your pet
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Picture of Your Pet
  • Health Certificate
  • Decal on front door or window


Basic First-Aid Supplies

  • Absorbent, sterile, non-stick gauze pads
  • Vet wrap, for bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray, antiseptic ointment
  • Blanket (a foil emergency blanket) or towel
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting – do this only when directed by a veterinarian or poison-control expert)
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should NOT rise about 103*F or fall below 100*F)
  • Scissors (with bunt ends)
  • Tweezers
  • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian MUST tell you the correct dosage for your pet’s size.
  • Penlight
  • Plastic syringe
  • Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when youi travel)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • A pet carrier

Pet-specific Supplies

  • Pet first-aid book
  • Phone numbers
    • Your veterinarian
    • The nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions)
    • Poison control center or hotline (such as ASPCA Poison-control Center, which can be reached at 800-426-4435 )
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag)
    • Proof of rabies-vaccination status
    • Copies of other important medical records
    • Current photo of your pet (in case he/she gets lost)
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle or strips of cloths to prevent biting (don’t use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)

Contact your vet immediately for first aid, if you feel your dog has been poisoned. Almost every town has an emergency pet hospital.


  • Chocolate
  • Coffee Beans
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes
  • Fruit Pits
  • Sugarless Candy


  • Azalea
  • Cactus
  • Daffodil
  • Holly
  • Lilly
  • Philodendron
  • Many flower bulbs


  • Antifreeze (even a small amount can be lethal)
  • Bleach, Cleaners
  • Insecticides
  • Mothballs
  • Human Vitamins & Pain Medications (teach the “Leave it” command)
  • Gasoline, Moto Oil
  • Unprotected Electrical Cords


  • Trembling
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea








Solar Eclipse 2017

by Wendy on May 18, 2017

written by Rob Lafferty  /  photos and graphics courtesy of NASA

If you’ve been on another planet for the past year, you might not know there’s a total solar eclipse coming to the Great Northwest this summer on August 21. A great many people have heard, however – and by the time you read this, almost every public and private camping location within the shadow track of the eclipse will have been reserved.

That’s because Oregon will be the point of first contact in North America for the path of the moon’s shadow as it crosses between the Earth and the Sun. The central Willamette Valley becomes an ideal location for eclipse trackers to view this rare and spectacular celestial event. People from all over the United States and overseas were waiting to book sites as soon as they became available.

The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and last through 11:30 a.m., Pacific Time. A 60-mile wide path of totality – when the moon completely blocks the sun – will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. and last for about 2 minutes. It first touches the Oregon coast between Newport and Lincoln City, then sweeps eastward across Oregon and on to Idaho and the rest of the country before leaving the continent at the South Carolina coastline.

Anyone within the path of totality will be able see the sun’s corona as it forms a fiery fringe surrounding the moon. Observers standing outside that specific track path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

Outside the path of totality, you’ll see the chromosphere – a thin band of deep, beautiful red hugging the sun. The sky will darken and everything will seem sharper and clearer.

All Oregon state park sites in the shadow zone are fully booked for the nights of Aug. 18-20. There are plans to add 1,000 additional campsites for reservation; for more information, go to www.come2oregon.com/oregon-state-parks-open-additional-eclipse-camping.

Campers may be able to find a spot in a parking lot or field at a day-use-only park, but there will be no hookups or shower facilities, and perhaps not even fire pits or picnic tables. Some day-use state parks also lack flush toilets, although portable toilets are being added where possible.

Aside from the state parks there are numerous city, county, federal, and private campsites across the state, but there is little or no chance of getting a space in those places unless you already hold a reservation.

Transportation officials are predicting unprecedented traffic and crowds the weekend of the eclipse. Traffic may be at a standstill on all major highways and freeways the morning of Aug. 21. It may be impossible to drive into the path of totality that morning.

Eye Safety During A Total Solar Eclipse
It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate, indirect method to watch the event. This also applies during a total eclipse, right up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.

During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the sun, but it’s crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses.


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