Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Woof Woof the Friendly Rails

I don't fly (call me scaredy cat!)
I like trains
I like dogs
= potential good news for me!

Because I have no actual picture of a dog on a train, imagine your dog here, waiting to board!

...because Amtrak is testing a new pilot program, allowing riders to travel with their dogs!
If it's acceptable for air travel, it seems it should be acceptable for rail travel. Except, the voyage may be longer, and you will need to take into consideration how long Fido can stay in a carrier without needing to relieve himself.

The program is being tested with passengers traveling between Chicago and Quincy Illinois only.
1. Pets cost $25 extra
2. Cats and dogs only. (No bunnies, sorry.)
3. There is a weight limit of under 20 lbs.
4. Pets must be kept in a pet carrier under the seat.

In order to accommodate those people with pet allergies or a deathly fear of dogs, Amtrak will designate one or several cars of each train pet-free.

I would definitely travel by train with my dogs, except neither one is under 20 lbs. The train makes stops that, in some cases,could allow time for dogs to take a quick walk. I've traveled in the sleeper compartment, and think that any size dog should be allowed to travel, uncrated, with their companions there. So far that hasn't been a consideration.

Now imagine yourself with your cat or dog in a carrier under one of these seats.

Some of the comments on an article about the announcement complained that "smelly and yipping" dogs would annoy passengers. Others felt that Amtrak should designate only one or more cars for those with dogs, and keep the rest of the train pet-free (instead of the proposed other way around.)  And those who liked the idea commented that their dogs are better behaved than most children and that they would cause no discomfort to other passengers. 

I have a dream that Amtrak would have one car designated as a dog park! It would be carpeted in AstroTurf and have a little track around the perimeter and climbing toys in the middle, and of course some mighty fine sanitation and odor elimination system! I'd ride the train with my dogs and take them to the dog park car for exercise and relief. Of course I can imagine a multitude of problems with this plan as well, but of course in my dream there are no problems!!

Would you ride on Amtrak with your dog?


  1. We are not allowed on trains here, boo.
    Lily & Edward

  2. Frankie and ErnieMay 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I do believe that if there was train service near here... our mom and dad would LOVE to take us on a ride. We hope this all gets worked out and comes about. IT would be SUPER.
    PeeS... our mom and dad would never let us FLY unless we were in seats with THEM.

  3. Earl gets tremendously excited when in the car.

    I would prefer Earl to sit on my knee if flying, BOL! But that just doesn't happen.

    Lots of Woofs from Earl and I at Earl's World!

  4. Hi Earl! If riding in a car is exciting, imagine how exciting riding in a train would be! I wish you'd get to go sometime. I hope they allow larger dogs and dogs out of carriers. But of course, not all dogs get along together and that is a consideration as well. Have fun Earl!

  5. It wouldn't be much fun for you guys to have to be stuck in a carrier for hours. So many people are traveling with pets, I hope that there continue to be better ways to bring them along. Thanks for visiting ME today!!

  6. As long as we're imaging this dog park car, we might as well imagine a wonderful surface for the poo and all that, that doesn't smell and is easy to clean! Kelly is 32 lbs now, but maybe, just maybe she could pass for 20. Not sure if she'd fit under the seat though! Or stay there!!

  7. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsMay 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I don't like to fly either, so I would definitely bring my dog on a train!


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