Truckin' With The Big Dogs (really Lol)

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Kieran L.'s Comment
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So we are set on doing the OTR team trucking thing and think we will love it, only problem is we have a 75 lb puppy (he's a Siberian Husky/German Shephard mix) who is our furry child and we MUST take him with us when we hit the road. As I'm finding out, this greatly limits our options on companies we could work for, as even most of the ones who allow pets have a weight limit on pets which our pup easily exceeds. We do also have friends and extended family here in the Columbia, SC area who would like to still see us regularly, so we'd like to be able to get home at least once a month, if not more.

Just wondering if any of you big dog truckers have any recommendations on good companies to drive for who accept new (inexperienced) teams with oversize pups?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anchorman's Comment
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Great Answer!

Check out TruckingTruth's List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets!

Anchorman's Comment
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Great Answer!

Check out TruckingTruth's List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets!

Kieran L.'s Comment
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A couple updates to that list based on my chatting with recruiters:

U.S. Xpress: One dog or cat, NO aggressive breeds, $500 non-refundable deposit (deductible from paycheck in $50 payments), copies of pet's shot records must be sent in to the safety department and a copy kept on the truck at all times, pets must be kept on leash at all times when outside of truck, pets must remain in truck when on company or customer property, and must be removed from truck prior to taking truck in for servicing.

Western Express: One dog or cat, NO aggressive breeds, $500 non-refundable deposit (deductible from paycheck in $50 payments), copies of pet's shot records must be sent in to the safety department and a copy kept on the truck at all times, pets must be kept on leash at all times when outside of truck, pets must remain in truck when on company or customer property, and must be removed from truck prior to taking truck in for servicing.

Interestingly, both these companies have the same pet policy worded the same way, and their online chat program as well as online applications are the same too from what I can tell... I wonder if they're owned by the same people or something?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks Kieran. I just updated our list of companies that allow pets to reflect your findings.

Scott O.'s Comment
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National carriers allows dogs with a fee..

Scott O.'s Comment
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I also talked to a us xpress team drivers and they said us xpress is paying team drivers 1000 bucks extra if you stay out more then 45 days... Now he was new so he wasn't sure if that's split or 1000 each... And I'm not sure if its true or not so might want to check on that if your thinking us xpress...

Kieran L.'s Comment
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No problem Brett, I noticed a couple other discrepancies too, like you have A.D. Transport listed both in the list of companies that allows pets, and in the list below that of companies that do NOT allow pets. Also, Navajo Express is listed as allowing pets on the "list of companies that allow pets" but in the listing for Navajo in the company reviews section it says "Pets are not allowed on any company equipment. "

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kieran L.'s Comment
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Also thanks Scott, I will look into that.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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No problem Brett, I noticed a couple other discrepancies too, like you have A.D. Transport listed both in the list of companies that allows pets, and in the list below that of companies that do NOT allow pets. Also, Navajo Express is listed as allowing pets on the "list of companies that allow pets" but in the listing for Navajo in the company reviews section it says "Pets are not allowed on any company equipment. "

Thank you! We've updated our list.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anchorman's Comment
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Interestingly, both these companies have the same pet policy worded the same way, and their online chat program as well as online applications are the same too from what I can tell... I wonder if they're owned by the same people or something?

Many companies use a customized version of the Inteliapp hosted by a company by the name of Tenstreet

Tenstreet is a technology company providing software solutions for the transportation industry.

I would say the online chat progam is hosted similarly also.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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