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Tips: One Cool Dog

| Updated Aug 27, 2017

Tips: One Cool Dog 1If our Norwegian Elkhound dog, Bo, could pass along a tip, this would probably be the one – especially during warmer weather months.

It deals with the one thing he doesn’t really dig about travelling with us across North America in our RV: The heat.

Added to the issue is the fact that a lot of places don’t allow dogs on beaches, etc.

So we got him a cooling pad, which is essentially a mat made out of cold gel.

We bought it at a pet store and Amazon has a whole bunch of them in different sizes.

The pad is soft and the gel inside is noticeably cool to the touch. Bo loves it. He finds it very comfy and in this hot weather, prefers it to the thick cloth bed he usually sleeps in.

We put it on the floor of our Roadtrek for him at night and while we’re driving and, when we are at a campsite, we put it down on top of the ground pad under the awning.

The pads are around $30 or so and they are very easy to clean.

My only suggestion is to get one big enough for your pet to fully stretch out on.

Bo loves his. I bet your pet would as well.

For a complete list of all the products, gear and apps mentioned by Mike and Jennifer on their podcast, YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel and here on the blog, go to

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Jennifer Wendland

Published on 2017-08-27

Jennifer Wendland travels North America with husband, Mike, in a small Motorhome. She has worked with Mike as a television producer and traveled extensively all over the world. She is a self-described "gym rat," enjoying fitness and exercise wherever she goes. She is a certified Water Aerobics instructor and has taught large group classes in leading health clubs for more than 20 years. She and Mike have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They travel about two weeks out of every month. When not on the road, they live in southeastern Michigan.

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