HISTORY, ROMANCE AND...CATS!
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a vet by day and author of intelligent historical fiction by night. Grace is an avid reader and believes that smart people need to read romance - as an antidote to the modern world!
Grace is also obsessed by all things feline.
A treat today with an extra post about the epic journey of Bud, the bulldog, as co-driver in the first ever road trip across the US (and some hints on traveling with pets).
In 1903 Bud was
"co-driver" of the first ever motor vehicle to travel coast to coast
across the US. The car was an open-top Winton, nick-named Vermont, with a top
speed of 30 mph. In an era when there were approximately 150 miles of metaled
road in the entire country, this epic trip took 63 days. Neither were there gas
stations (the first gas station was established in 1905) and fuel had to be
obtained along the way from general stores that kept a supply of gas for farm
The trip was the idea of
the magnificently named, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson. However, he did not set
off with a dog, but acquired one along the way. The story goes that Jackson
left his coat at a hotel, and realizing his mistake turned back to fetch it. On
the road, he was stopped by a man asking if he wanted to buy a dog as a mascot.
That dog was Bud, a light-colored bulldog, and Jackson, who had been thinking
of getting a dog anyway, agreed and the princely sum of $15 changed hands.
Bud soon took to his new
life, especially once equipped with a pair of goggles to keep dust out of his
eyes. He sat beside his new master on the passenger seat, staring intently at
the road ahead and quickly became adept at bracing himself against the lumps
and bumps on rocky tracks. Of course, there is no mention of seatbelts, or
other safety devices, but there again I don't suppose they encountered many
motor vehicles coming in the opposite direction on their journey.
How things have changed!
These days it is essential to be safety conscious when traveling with animals.
To make the trip stress-free for pets and humans alike, it is best to plan
ahead. If you would like some tips on traveling with pets and to read the full article, click on any of Bud's pictures.