Traveling With A Dog: A Conversation with Christie Maruka

April 21, 2016
Traveling With A Dog: A Conversation with Christie Maruka

This month, we’re interviewing women from all over the world and asking them about their travels with their pets. We had the privilege of speaking with Christie Maruka about her experiences traveling with a dog. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation.

Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are some of the places you’ve traveled with your pet?

My name is Christie Maruka and I am a fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant and have worked in the fashion industry for the past 30 years. My website and business is FashionFixNJ. I have traveled with Rosie who is a Goldendoodle all over the east coast. I take her into Manhattan when I am visiting designer showrooms or for a quick meeting. Rosie is in training to become a therapy dog and will eventually be able to visit hospitals for kids and nursing homes. So it’s important to socialize her and get her used to many different situations, noises, and places. We walk the boardwalk every day for exercise together. We like to eat outside at restaurants together and Rosie knows to sit quietly when at a restaurant. I drive back and forth with her to Florida where I have a second home. I also take Rosie to her big brothers baseball games that are sometimes out of state. I stay in pet friendly hotels.

What was the process like for taking your pet on your travels? What did the destination require you to do?

No special process for taking Rosie, other than packing all her toys, food and bowls, treats and several leashes (because she chews them in 2 seconds).

What were the expenses associated with taking your pet on your travels?

The expense is usually a $20-$30 pet fee for hotels.

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What sorts of obstacles, if any, did you run into?

Rosie is very young still and she gets anxious in hotels because of all the noises, doors banging and people outside in the halls. So sometimes she keeps me awake all night with her pacing in the room. We are trying to help her through this. Practice makes perfect!

What are some tips you’d give to others interested in traveling with their pets?

Make sure you bring her immunization records just in case you ever have to board your pet unexpectedly.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experiences?

I love spending time with my dog and including her in (almost) everything I do and making her a big part of my family. Traveling with Rosie is fun and knowing that she makes people smile with her funny, friendly, and loving personality is wonderful!

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