Winter camping and dog racing - balancing dogs and baby.

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This weekend, many of our friends are kicking off the 2015 racing season with SHCV Race 1. We can't be there, but we hope everyone has a brilliant weekend! We will be at home, looking after this little guy. 

We are also working on some changes to our camping and travelling equipment - to make camping a more baby friendly experience. Which I'm hoping will be more pleasant for everyone camping around us - noone wants to try to sleep next to the Rage Baby!

For the last several years, J and the dogs have taken our big trailer to the races, and its been very comfortable. It transports up to six dogs, sleeps two adults, and has room for a small camping kitchen. J has done a brilliant job wiring up floodlights, rigging an enormous water bladder and stocking the trailer with every possible gadget and tool for a successful weekend out in the winter weather. 

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However, the interior of the trailer was something that wasn't very baby friendly. The metal interior could be as cold as a freezer in the winter weather, and the limited space made it hard to see how we could fit a bassinet, let alone playpens, high chairs or any other equipment. I had trouble climbing in and out, and was worried about a small child crawling out the high door and falling. Plus, I was keen to find a cleaner solution, after having Frankie sneeze on my pillow once too often!

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It was time to say goodbye to the trailer and look for something more family friendly. We opened up the trailer in the backyard to clean it out and take photos to advertise it for sale. The dogs were very excited - they love travelling in the trailer and were keen to hop into their berths, just in case the trailer was going somewhere. 

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Our last family outing with the trailer was to visit the SHCV Sledding Workshop at the You Yangs. Being so close to Melbourne, we were able to be there for a couple of hours in the afternoon, before coming home to sleep warm and toasty in our own beds. It was lovely to sit in the bush, warm in the afternoon sun, walk the dogs, chat to friends and enjoy ourselves. The Wee Monster seemed to approve of the bush environment and the dogs were thrilled to be out and about, even if it was too warm for a run.

 

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Although we were prepared to assist with the Workshop, we weren't asked to. I think everyone decided that we needed to relax and nap!

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