Starting my backpacking journey in search for a puppy.

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1. Posted by daniscott333 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Backpacking ,Journaling. I'm new to the sight. Any feedback?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 657 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi Dani. Welcome to TravellersPoint (TP). First suggestion is to check the local animal shelter for your puppy. Since you're traveling, you might want to consider a grown and trained dog instead of a puppy. Might not be as cute, but would be a lot easier to deal with as you travel. Your fellow travellers might appreciate that too . . . :)

If by "hopping rails" you mean jumping onto freight trains, you might want to consider a safer manner of travel. Either that or get excellent health insurance. Even hitchhiking is safer than hopping freights. Have you considered contacting RV companies to see if they would hire you to move RVs from one part of the country to another? I have a friend whose husband actually does this for a living. She goes with him occasionally and they've been all over the USA.

Whatever you decide to do, I'll wish you Happy Travels and look forward to seeing your blog here on TP.

3. Posted by Dymphna (Budding Member 47 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Consider getting an older dog. One that is about 2 years old from a shelter. At age 2 they turn into adults. They are house broke typically and ready to learn. They are not chewing everything up. Yeah, puppies are cute. But I would rather have a dog.

4. Posted by daniscott333 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the input so far guys!

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2027 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I hope riding the rails is not a serious pursuit the same way as the hobos during the Depression. Paying for the ride and sitting in a seat is a lot safer than trying to hop on a freight train for a free ride carrying a dog!

I think rescuing a dog from death row is a good idea. Two "beings" hitting the road for new adventures and new experiences.

For the US keep in mind the various weather conditions you encounter for each season. Work up a budget and see what you can afford to do.

Have the vet put a chip in the dog in case he or she gets away from you.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jul-2018, at 11:41 by karazyal ]

6. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 37 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

No advice just wishing you good luck.