Reminds me of the tale about a guy locally who stopped for a chat while the railway barriers were down. He tied his dog to the barrier.......
The dog did live to tell the tale.
Anyway, thanks for the reassurance. Ive not tied the dogs out before and as I said these 2 are my babies. Bob is a westie, Jack a Scottie. whilst I imagine Bob would happily spend the day lazing in the sunshine Jack is more of a livewire and would run rings around a spike.
After reading your replies Im fairly confident that our first trip will be ok, and belive me Ill sleep easier for not worrying about it!