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Traveling with Your Pet



Traveling with Your Pet
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.89

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    carsick, carsickness, fatal, incidence, maintenance, schnauzer, additional, orangutans, travelers, disastrous, heatstroke, hawaii, rabies, salamander, carry-on, worthy
     content words:    Jungle Jack Hannah, New York City, While Jack, Jungle Jack, United States, Live Animal, If Jungle Jack Hannah


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Traveling with Your Pet
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Don't put a schnauzer in your suitcase or a kitten in your carry-on. Don't stuff a snake into your shoe or a slip a salamander into your sock. Don't put a turtle in your trunk or a hamster in your hat. Traveling with a pet is a bit more complicated than that.
 
2     Having a pet is wonderful, but what do you do when you want to go on vacation? If you are going camping, some pets can come along. It is a good idea to have a plan to travel with different kinds of pets. One person who has traveled with many animals is Jungle Jack Hannah. He works with all kinds of wild animals and has traveled with lions, tigers, alligators, goats, orangutans, and aardvarks. He also has traveled with hippos, elephants, and camels. Jack knows lots of tricks for traveling with pets and has wild tales to match the wild tails he has traveled with. He has had nocturnal creatures like alligators thrash and splash in the bathtub all night. He has also miscalculated the size of some bigger animals with disastrous results.
 
3     Because of his experiences, Jack recommends making sure that the animal you are traveling with fits into wherever you are going. For example, large dogs might not be welcome in hotel rooms. He once brought camels to New York City to be on a television program with him. He carefully measured the animals ahead of time, but he forgot to measure their humps. The camels were so tall that they knocked out all of the ceiling panels as they were going down the hall to appear on the television program. While Jack and the camels were on the show, the maintenance people repaired the panels, but the camels had to walk back down the hall after the show. The ceiling was wrecked again...and so was Jungle Jack. He said that the camels made an exit worthy of Lawrence of Arabia...and about as expensive as an Arabian trip, too.

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