Writer Seeks Information On Trucking With Pets

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Hilary S.'s Comment
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hello! i'm new to this site, not because i'm considering a trucking career - though it looks very interesting - but because i'm a writer writing about trucking w/ pets. so far, i've spoken with two wonderful women about working life with their small dogs aboard. in the effort to get a well-rounded view, i'd also like to hear from men as well as couples driving in the company of their pets, maybe a couple of whom are larger dogs, or cats.

thank you so much!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh I know there's a long-time member of ours - Guyjax - and he had a dog with him for a long time and really loved it. He'll be dropping in soon and I know he'll give you something. I never traveled with a pet but I did have some flies and bees come in the window from time to time but I'm almost certain that's not what you're asking smile.gif

Our website has a list of trucking companies that allow pets so check that out.

List of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Hilary S.'s Comment
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Oh I know there's a long-time member of ours - Guyjax - and he had a dog with him for a long time and really loved it. He'll be dropping in soon and I know he'll give you something. I never traveled with a pet but I did have some flies and bees come in the window from time to time but I'm almost certain that's not what you're asking smile.gif

thanks, brett! i've also left word online for a guy who travels w/ his pet pig.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Meet Skipper. I had him on the truck for 3.5 years when I was a lease driver at another company. I am a company driver now and can't have him on the truck and I dearly miss him. Awesome companion. He was comic relief when I needed it. He was a friend that would listen when I was having a bad day. He liked my music without complaint. He always seemed to know when I was a bit stressed cause he would lay his head on my leg while I was driving and I would reach down and pet him and without realizing it the stress from that situation would be gone and I would be miles down the road before I knew it. In many ways he is my child. He is family. He stays at home now a days cause he has to guard the house while I am a way...or at least HE thinks he has to.rofl-1.gif Just about as pure of a relationship as one can have with another being.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have here on the forums or email me at guy_hodges@yahoo.com or hodges.guy@gmail.com or through this sites email. Either way I will try to answer any questions you may have.

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Hilary S.'s Comment
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Meet Skipper. I had him on the truck for 3.5 years when I was a lease driver at another company. I am a company driver now and can't have him on the truck and I dearly miss him. Awesome companion. He was comic relief when I needed it. He was a friend that would listen when I was having a bad day. He liked my music without complaint. He always seemed to know when I was a bit stressed cause he would lay his head on my leg while I was driving and I would reach down and pet him and without realizing it the stress from that situation would be gone and I would be miles down the road before I knew it. In many ways he is my child. He is family. He stays at home now a days cause he has to guard the house while I am a way...or at least HE thinks he has to.rofl-1.gif Just about as pure of a relationship as one can have with another being.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have here on the forums or email me at guy_hodges@yahoo.com or hodges.guy@gmail.com or through this sites email. Either way I will try to answer any questions you may have.

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thank you so much, guyjax! i'll be in touch! hilary

Hilary S.'s Comment
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Hello - i'm looking for the name and tel. # of an off-leash truck stop with green patches for truckers' dogs. whether this is the same as the truck stop in amarillo, tx, that has fenced runs for dogs, i'm not sure. but if anyone has contact info for one or two of the better truck stops for truckers driving with dogs, that would be great. thank you so much! hilary smithdancing-dog.gif

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Those places are super rare. While most truck stops have grass that pets can use most do not have pet assigned areas. Safer to have a leash on a pet anyway in a truck stop cause sadly truck drivers act like they forget they know how to drive in a truck stop. Speeding and not paying attention while in the truck stop is a major concern and if did not want to take the chance they would run over my dog. It would not go well for them if that were to happen.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Hilary S.'s Comment
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Hello -

Still working on my article. Can anyone guide me to a good source for answers to the following questions? I've already asked them of truck info.net, but spokesperson there was unable to help.

Ideally, I'd like to get a current (2012-2013) statistic on how many Class 8 trucks vs. how many passenger cars are out on the road at a given time in the United States.

Truck info.net states that 2 million tractor-trailers are operating in the U.S., but there's no date on this. Am I correct in assuming that this is a 2012-13 figure, or could I obtain a figure for these dates?

The site also states: "In 2006 the transportation industry logged 432.9 billion miles. Class 8 trucks accounted for 139.3 billion of those miles, up from 130.5 billion in 2005." Are there Class 8 stats for 2012-2013?

Are the following statistics for 2012-2013, or can I get updated dates? "The United States economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the U.S., accounting for $671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods transported by truck in the U.S. alone. Add $295 billion in truck trade with Canada and $195.6 billion in truck trade with Mexico."

Thank you so much to anyone who can help me with this!

Hilary

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Hilary S.'s Comment
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I also need to get the following answered. Thank you again for your time and effort!

1. as i understand it, a trucking company's profit depends on expedient delivery. does this put pressure on the driver to achieve his/her fastest delivery time possible? or, are there only certain cases, where a tight driving schedule might be caused by, say, having to wait the maximum time for a load to come out, which then minimizes a trucker's window to deliver it to the next spot?

2. am i understanding correctly that, while sleeping overnight in their trucks, drivers have the option of idling or not, and idling will keep the truck warm? i've read a little about heated bunks, but i've also heard about truckers waking up in a cold truck on a 27-degree, or colder, morning and feeling extremely - well - cold. also, are drivers responsible for the cost difference in gas incurred by an idling truck?

3. would you agree that many truckers choose the profession for what one driver's described to me as "being a paid tourist"? obviously, the stresses of the job temper that description, but from what i've read and been told, after the hazing period of learning the ropes, there is that aspect . . . among the continuing stresses.

Thank you again. I really appreciate your help!

Hilary

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Michael W.'s Comment
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Oh I know there's a long-time member of ours - Guyjax - and he had a dog with him for a long time and really loved it. He'll be dropping in soon and I know he'll give you something. I never traveled with a pet but I did have some flies and bees come in the window from time to time but I'm almost certain that's not what you're asking smile.gif

I'm really new here, found this site while doing some research about this industry and let me start by saying, this site kicks ass! The quality and variety of resources on this site are without equal. Ive been thinking seriously about getting into this industry and this website has been answering all of my questions and concerns, from what to look for in a school and what the job market is really like out there for those getting started... Everything from soup to nuts all here....

So why did I land on this thread and what's my question?? I am really interested in learning how practical it is to take my dog on the road with me. Did a little search and this thread came up! I'm just coming off a divorce and I had been self employed for years and I'm liking the idea of getting into this industry and traveling but me and my best friend have been thru a lot, and if I'm gonna be happy I'd really like to know my 22 pound buddy can hang out. He loves to ride and hates to be left home alone...

I'm hoping to 'bump' this thread and see if anyone out there can tell me any more about how things are with respect to bringing dog along as companion. I'm interested in any input/ advice on the topic that might be helpful

Michael

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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