Taking A Dog Along With You

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Jared H.'s Comment
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So I've been looking into a company and already know they allow dogs and have no size or weight restrictions. I also pretty much know the answer to this question but figured maybe someone out there knows something and let me know. So I have a very large dog and I'm wanting to know how realistic is it to take a big dog with you in the rig. Yes I know they would take up more room and I'd be fine with that, mostly just wondering if it's even possible. Dog in question is actually a great dane, like I said I'm expecting there is no way this would be even possible but curious if anyone out there has ever seen a dog of that kind of size in someone's rig?

Deb R.'s Comment
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Yes, that's a big dog! It may depend on how motivated you are to bring him/her along. Maybe give up the bottom bunk to your baby, and you sleep in the top bunk. Space-wise, would it really be much different than driving with another person?

Jared H.'s Comment
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Having a dog that size you get used to giving up space. I've heard of people saying they have removed the passenger seat and that the company they were with allowed them to do this. I'm looking into Jim Palmer Trucking and wondering if anyone knows if removing the passenger seat is something they would be receptive to? Main issue really is trying to figure out how to get a large dog into the cap. I'm guessing the truck is too high for them to step into and the dog weighs 120 lbs. Any creative ideas would be appreciated

Tractor Man's Comment
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I am a dog owner and animal lover in general. I don't think it would be fair to a large dog to be cooped up in a truck virtually 24/7. Trying to find time to walk/ take potty breaks etc. I have been assured that my first year will be hectic enough without the added responsibility of taking care of my dogs needs. Just my 2 Cents

Rob S.'s Comment
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I am a dog owner and animal lover in general. I don't think it would be fair to a large dog to be cooped up in a truck virtually 24/7. Trying to find time to walk/ take potty breaks etc. I have been assured that my first year will be hectic enough without the added responsibility of taking care of my dogs needs. Just my 2 Cents

This, exactly.

Deb R.'s Comment
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I drive with my 65 lb. pit bull. She is kinda old & arthritic, so no way is she going to jump in and out on her own, and I'm sure not going to lift her in and out. Our solution is a folding pet ramp that I bought at a dog show; it is perfect! I have seen the exact ramp for sale in the Drs. Foster and Smith catalog, it is the Travel Lite Tri-Fold pet ramp. It is rated to 200 lbs. and folds up so I just slide it in front of the passenger seat. I set it on the top step, so she still has a little ways to go at the top to get into the cab; she usually waits for me to give her her a final boost, but a long legged Dane would not need an assist. I would love to show you some pictures of how we use it, but . . . dah . . . I can't even manage to get an avatar pic to stay on here.

drsfostersmith.com Travel Lite Tri-Fold Pet Ramp

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Deb R.'s Comment
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That last bit all ran together, drsfostersmith.com is the website, just look under "ramps" or "dog ramps"

Jared H.'s Comment
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I agree with one of the posts above and normally would never considered cramping such a large dog into a small space like that. But she is getting old and if anyone knows much about great danes they are not as active a breed compared to others. With the exception of taking her on a walk she sleeps on the couch all day, age has caught up to her. So in her case I feel she would be happy sleeping on the bed and maybe it forces me to make a stop ever 2 to 3 hours to give her a short walk but hey it wouldn't hurt me to move my legs as well

Anchorman's Comment
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I drive with my 65 lb. pit bull. She is kinda old & arthritic, so no way is she going to jump in and out on her own, and I'm sure not going to lift her in and out. Our solution is a folding pet ramp that I bought at a dog show; it is perfect! I have seen the exact ramp for sale in the Drs. Foster and Smith catalog, it is the Travel Lite Tri-Fold pet ramp. It is rated to 200 lbs. and folds up so I just slide it in front of the passenger seat. I set it on the top step, so she still has a little ways to go at the top to get into the cab; she usually waits for me to give her her a final boost, but a long legged Dane would not need an assist. I would love to show you some pictures of how we use it, but . . . dah . . . I can't even manage to get an avatar pic to stay on here.

drsfostersmith.com Travel Lite Tri-Fold Pet Ramp

Here is a photo from Amazon who has it listed for $61.99 & Free Shipping.

tri-fold vehicle dog truck ramp

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jared H.'s Comment
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And if you ever get a chance could you let me know what the exact model and name of that ramp was?

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