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Memorial Day weekend is upon us and should you’re heading out on a road trip, you don’t have to go away Fido behind. 

It could appear to be an added challenge to have a dog with you within the automobile, but in line with Will and Kristin Watson, it’s all price it. 

The Watsons, together with their 3-year-old daughter Roam and their 10-year-old pit bull Rush, have been traveling in a renovated bus since April 2019. 

“I might not need to do that without Rush,” Kristin told Fox News Digital. “I do know some people don’t bring their dogs along, because they don’t think that their dog would have the opportunity to handle it, but I might say just attempt to see before you simply don’t give your dog the chance.”

“Most dogs really just need to be with their owners in any way that they will, so that they adapt,” Kristin added. “They usually’re just the most effective companions to have on these sorts of trips.”

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When the family moved onto the bus three years ago, Kristin said Rush took somewhat time to regulate to the life-style change, though he was somewhat anxious early on. 

Will and Kristin Watson have been traveling of their renovated bus with their 3-year-old daughter Roam and their 10-year-old pit bull Rush since April 2019. 
(Will and Kristin Watson)

“I believe he transitioned rather well,” Kristin said. “One thing that he did a variety of at first is… while we were driving, he would run as much as the front of the bus after which run to the back after which run to the front and run to back.”

Will explained: “He was having a tough time protecting us after we’re driving on the road.”

Now, the Watsons give Rush some CBD for dogs before they hit the road.

“That has really, really helped mellow him out and have the opportunity to relax while we’re driving,” Kristin said. “It also helps great along with his hips, because he’s getting older. So hopping out and in of the bus, he can do it so a lot better since we began giving him that.”

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Though the Watsons don’t crate Rush on the bus, he does have two spots where he spends most of his time. 

Giving your dog a spot within the automobile – or bus – helps make your pet feel calmer and at home while on the road, in line with Outside magazine. 

When the Watsons first moved onto the bus, Kristin said Rush handled the transition pretty well. 

When the Watsons first moved onto the bus, Kristin said Rush handled the transition pretty much. 
(Will and Kristin Watson)

Within the Watsons’ bus, Rush spends his time either within the front with Will while he drives, or within the back on the bed. 

“He loves to only stick his head out the window of the back and just smell the brand new smells,” Will said. 

The Watsons also leave all of the essentials out for Rush, so he has access to them while they’re on the road. 

“He free-range eats and the whole lot, so he has food and water available and his toys available any time he wants them,” Kristin said. 

The Watsons also make sure that to walk Rush each time they stop – which they do every few hours to stretch their legs and take bathroom breaks.

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Two of the best advantages of getting Rush with the Watsons on the road are security and companionship. 

“If Will has to go away me and Roam behind to go on a piece trip, I feel super secure because I actually have my dog,” Kristin said. “He’s considered one of those dogs that, he’s only going to bark if there’s someone sniffing across the bus or something. So he’s an alarm system.” 

Though Rush was a little anxious about being on the bus at first, the Watsons started giving him CBD for dogs, which has calmed him down and helped with his joint pain as he's gotten older.

Though Rush was somewhat anxious about being on the bus at first, the Watsons began giving him CBD for dogs, which has calmed him down and helped along with his joint pain as he’s gotten older.
(Will and Kristin Watson)

“He’s very friendly, but he appears like he’ll bite your head off should you come across the bus,” Kristin added. 

Plus, Rush likes to go on adventures.

“He loves that we go to different places on a regular basis because he gets to smell recent smells and pee on various things,” Will said. 

“If we wish to get out and just walk a trail or go do something, obviously Rush is all the time going to return and he just loves it,” he added. 

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One in all the most important challenges of getting Rush along for family getaways is that some areas aren’t pet-friendly, Kristin said. 

“If you happen to’re going to national parks, a lot of the trails in national parks aren’t dog friendly,” Kristin explained. “So you actually need to be mindful of the weather, because should you’re going to be leaving your dog or any animal behind within the summertime, you might want to do things really early within the morning or within the evenings when it should be cooler.”

The Watsons said that having Rush with them gives them an extra layer of security, plus Rush likes to adventure as much as they do. 

The Watsons said that having Rush with them gives them an additional layer of security, plus Rush likes to adventure as much as they do. 
(Will and Kristin Watson)

The Watsons have a pet monitor, which measures the temperature and humidity levels of their bus and sends them alerts to their phones in case their AC shuts off. 

In addition they have a security system for the bus, so that they can watch and seek advice from Rush, while they’re away.

An added challenge for the Watsons is that Rush is a pit bull, so he’s not allowed at some campgrounds. 

“They consider him an aggressive breed, unfortunately,” Will said. 

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The Watsons said they lean on an internet site called BringFido, which helps them find dog-friendly restaurants, activities and accommodations while they travel.

Kristin added that public lands are also a few of the most effective places to take your dog. 

“I might not need to do that without Rush,” Kristin told Fox News Digital about traveling and living in a bus. 
(Will and Kristin Watson)

“They’re the places with the smallest amount of rules,” she said. “You’ll find beautiful wide-open spaces there to your dog to run around and stuff. So we all the time try to seek out public land places.”

Despite the few challenges, the Watsons haven’t any regrets about bringing Rush on their travels.

“Bring the dog,” Kristin said. “Never leave the dog behind.”

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