Tips for a Fun Road Trip to the Beach with Fido

Tips for a Fun Road Trip to the Beach with Fido A road trip to the beach can be some of the best times for you and your dog. The fresh salt air, the surf and wiggling your toes in the sand are part of what you both love most about a trip to your favorite dog-friendly beach. My Jack Russell Terrier Zoe just loves the off-leash beach park we visit often in the summer.  I so enjoy watching her frolicking and playing with other well behaved dogs and chasing away those pesky seagulls from our picnic area.  Look into planning a day at a dog-friendly beach in your area this summer. Here are a few tips helpful tips to make it fun and safe for you and Fido:

Dog Road Trip Safety: Don’t let your dog to ride in the front seat on your beach road trip, no matter how much your dog enjoys it. Dogs riding in the front seat can be thrown into the windshield if you have to make a sudden stop. If your dog is like mine they want to ride in the car on your lap, this will interfere with driving or they can fall down by the gas and brake pedals, causing an accident. Airbags can also pose a hazard to dogs if they deploy while they are in the front seats. Keep dogs in the back seats hooked to a Bark-Buckle Up harness or in a crate to keep them and your family secure and safe. Do not leave your dog alone in the car even if you only stop for a short break, in the shade, with the windows cracked and a full water dish. During warm summer temperatures your car can heat up to uncomfortable or outright dangerous for your dog in just a few minutes. Be sure and offer plenty of water and rest stops to relive themselves and keep everyone comfortable on the drive.

Tips for Happy Dogs at the Beach:

1.      Make sure to set up an umbrella or canopy for a shady rest spot and plenty of fresh water so your dog is not tempted to drink sea water, which can make your dog car sick or worse on the way home!

2.      Dogs do sunburn, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin like my Jack Russell Terrier Zoe.  Limit your dogs exposure and apply sunscreen to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside and re-apply after swimming just like people should.

3.      Exposure to hot asphalt or sand can burn a dogs paws. You may need to be prepared to pick your dog up and carry him to protect his tender paws if it gets too hot.

4.      Dogs can get bitten by sea lice and stung by jellyfish.  Check on local beach conditions to make sure they will be safe for your dog.

5.      Keep an eye on your dog and do not let them get over exuberant in their excitement running and playing on the beach. Sand is harder to run on especially for older dogs, be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t over-exert or get injured.

6.      Ocean water can damage your dogs fur and coat and make him smell funny later, so rinse your dog off at the end of the day; this also will help protect the interior of your car.

7.      Bring some fun toys your dog loves to chase like a ball that will float or a Frisbee. I never get tired of watching Zoe plays fetch in her oh so entertaining “Jack Russell” style.

8. Be careful letting your dog swim in strong tides and know if rip currents have been reported.

Reminder ALWAYS clean up after your dog and do not bury it in the sand. Bring plenty of bags and a scoop to pick up after your dog’s business! The beach is such a fun place to take your dog, and a perfect summertime activity as long as you make sure you do everything the safe way.


Solved: poor acceleration problem?

Check engine light was steady “ON” on dash.Getting car module scanned showed error P0141. Error P0141 is for oxygen sensor problem. If the air filter is plugged it can cause increased fuel consumption and in severe cases it can cause running problems. The O2 sensor code you have is for the heater inside the coil. In order for the O2 sensor to work properly you need to have the sensor hot. In the past the engine would run in a predetermined fuel map until the O2 sensor was hot and started working.

At that time it would switch and add/subtract fuel by using the O2 sensor. That few minutes or so when this was happening (engine running off fuel map before O2 sensor was hot) was causing increased emissions and to stop this they started making O2 sensors that have a heater inside. It’s similar to a toast coil. It’s a wire inside that gets really hot as soon as the engine is started to reduce the time the O2 isn’t working. What usually happens is that wire inside breaks and the computer doesn’t see any change on that wire when it’s sending current too and then it sends a code and turns on the check engine light.

But in case if you still get error Check engine light on dash then, I would take off the cat. after the header and check for a plugged exhaust. You should be able to see light through it. Looks like a honeycomb just smaller cells. It should not look melted or anything and should not have chucks of anything falling out or anything. If it looks good then you need to check the header for blockage. I think you may have a blockage. Another thing you can do is put a vacuum gauge on the intake manifold and watch the needle after you rev the engine up and let it idle. It will drop down on the gauge if it’s got a blocked exhaust.