I’ve thought a lot about the kind of life I’d want to have in the future. I’ve daydreamed about marrying the perfect guy, living in the suburbs with 5 kids, with 3 beautiful golden retrievers as pets, and we’d have a nice big car to fit all of us for our once a month weekend vacations.
As I got older, the dream started to shift and change each year as I’ve gotten more and more exposed to the realities of being an adult. That dream went from 5 kids to maybe 3, then maybe 2… And now, well, maybe none at all. I never actually thought I’d say it “out loud”, but I’m admitting it now… I’m not sure I want any children! The only thing I’m sure of is I want a pet, specifically a dog, maybe a cat. People think it’s crazy, but at this point in my life, I think it’s looking like the perfect life situation for me. Dogs are loyal, they’ll love you unconditionally and when they’re 14 years old in dog years they won’t yell stuff at you like, “you’re ruining my life!!!!!!” and “I hate you!!!!!” …Am I right?
A week ago I, along with other dog lovers, was invited by Chevrolet Philippines to attend their Travel Tails event where we could mingle with cute dogs (!!!!!!), get to know the cool features of their new pet-friendly cars the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Chevrolet Captiva, learn tips and tricks on taking care of our dogs, how to give them properexercise, and how to prepare them for long car rides when we go on vacations. It was during the event when I really realised that having dogs as my children was the kind of life I wanted to live. It’s safe to say I spent a lot of time day dreaming that day. You’re probably thinking, “maybe you don’t want children because you don’t want the responsibility of having one.” and although you’re somewhat right, having a dog is a lifestyle entirely on its own. I learned that there’s a breed of dog for every kind of lifestyle and there’s a lifestyle for every dog — you and your dog need to be a match, in a sense. So, for someone like me who doesn’t want my lifestyle to revolve around another human being, a dog is perfect because they’re less high-maintenance. Of course, if by some miracle I do end up with a child, I wouldn’t mind at all and would love them to hell and back! We’d be one big happy family — me, my perfect husband, our adorable kid and our furry lovable pets.
Chevrolet shares my same belief that pets are not just pets but a part of the family, the way your sister or your brother is part of your family. This is why it’s important for them to cater to all kinds of clients, children or no children, pets or no pets. At the event, I learned that the Chevrolet Trailblazer & Chevrolet Captiva are among the best vehicles to bring pets along for out-of-town trips and city cruising.
Some features of the Trailblazer & Captiva models that make them great for you and your pets:
- Both models have spacious cabins that not only allow enough leg and paw room, but also space for pet toys, food, water containers, a good sized carrier and other pet needs.
- The Trailblazer comes with a 7-inch android system .
- Ready for extreme road and off-road challenges (a must for traveling around the Philippines)
- Powered by tubrbo diesel engines with 6-speed automatic transmissions (I’m not very car savvy but I’ve asked around and this is indeed something to boast about!)
- The Captiva has an ECO Drive button feature that further improves fuel economy.
- Both models deliver fuel efficiency that means less costs, more savings, more miles and fun travel memories for you and your family, canine pet included!
- Not all canines can handle road trips, so it’s best to take a few practice runs before a major journey
- Some dogs get motion sickness, so don’t feed them 2-3 hours before the trip (We’ve learned this the hard way)
- Have bathroom breaks every 2-3. Even though dogs are potty trained, don’t make them hold it in! Imagine if you had to do that. Not pleasant, is it?
- Bring a recent photo of your pet in case you accidentally get separated from him/her. In addition, never let your dog leave the vehicle without a collar, ID tag or leash.
- Never leave your pets alone inside the car. It can get dangerously hot in no time and may result in your pet suffering from heatstroke.
- For dogs with anxiety issues or who bark a lot, try giving them chew treats to keep them occupied.
After learning more about pet safety and tips for taking your pet on the road, I was tempted to take Truman, my family’s own golden retriever, for an out-of-town vacation to somewhere like Subic, just for fun, because he’s never really been out of Manila area. The Travel Tails event was so much fun, and it made me realize how much I missed being around our family dog. I’m scheduling a trip back home for a week just so I could cuddle with him again :-)
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Chevrolet Philippines. Chevrolet had no influence on all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post. All words are entirely my own.