We are going to be driving from Seattle, Wa to Austin, TX in about a week (so early days of February) with our dog (a lab). Looking online, the route that seems to come up as the quickest is through Eastern Washington, North East Oregon, South West Idaho, down through Moab, UT, then to Albuquerque, NM and then through West Texas into Austin. I'm not familiar with anything after Eastern Washington and wanted to get some advice about traveling this route in winter. Does anyone have route suggestions for best routes/roads/mountain passes for doing this trip in winter? Does anyone have suggestions about how to manage an active lab during a 4 day road trip?
Thanks in advance for your help.