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DogTripping: Cross Country Rescue

Filed under: Dog News,Travel & Leisuremtest on August 15th, 2013

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

If you’ve ever traveled with one or two of your pooches, you know that it can be a challenge. You have to find places to walk them and if you’re camping out, places to feed and take breaks.

Imagine traveling across country with 25 dogs, 3 RVs and 11 volunteers.

That’s how David Rosenfelt and Debbie Myers moved their band of rescues in 2011 from California to Maine, where they retired.

Rosenfelt, who is a mystery novel writer, penned the non-fiction book, “Dogtripping” about the adventure.

The trip required lots of planning and Rosenfelt wrote, “it made the D-day invasion look like a spur-of-the-moment decision.”

Rosenfelt sat down for a telephone interview with Today and told them that it took 200 feet of portable plastic fencing, which they set up on every stop so the dogs could get out and do their business.

The trip, no doubt, was difficult, but the couple received help from 11 volunteers who were complete strangers to Rosenfelt and Myers until the trip. The volunteers flew from all over the country to take part in a cross-country journey.

Some were fans, others simply dog lovers, but all were up for the copious amounts of poop, drool, pee and other bodily fluids that 25 dogs can produce in a five day cross-country trek.

The couple is not new to the rescue world. They established the Tara Foundation rescue in the mid-90s where they remove dogs from shelters, mostly golden retrievers. However, some of the dogs they remove are mixed breeds.

The Tara Foundation rescue is named after their first golden retriever, Tara, whom they call “The Greatest Dog in the History of the World.” Through the rescue, the couple’s main focus is removing large breed dogs from shelters because the adoption rate is generally lower for larger dogs.

The couple routinely spends $30,000 on veterinarian bills each year, $1,000 per month on food and they administer sometimes up to 80 pills per day to dogs for their various geriatric ailments.

“It takes really special people to adopt elderly dogs, and it takes really, really special people to adopt elderly big dogs,” Cindy Spodek Dickey, one of the volunteers who went on the trip, told Today.

“I mean, if you have any qualms with dog farts, pee, poop, drool and other bodily fluids, then this was not the trip for you,” said Spodek Dickey, president of a marketing and advertising agency in Seattle, who also volunteered for the trip.

“But those dogs! They’d have these huge smiles on their faces. You rarely get to experience love and joy like that. … Every living thing deserves a wonderful life. The world’s a better place because of people like David and Debbie.”

The couple is now settled in Maine where they now have 21 dogs on their property, which Rosenfelt described as so beautiful that it’s like waking up in a Folger’s commercial.

The volunteers who all went on the trip bonded so well that they gave themselves a name, the “merry band of lunatics,” and they hope the book is optioned for a movie.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Rosenfelt as he tells the dogs not to shed in the RVs before the trip from St. Martin’s Press.

What is the largest group of pets you’ve traveled with, have you made a cross country move with your furry kids?

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com.

Here Comes Dog TV!

Filed under: Dog News,Travel & Leisuremtest on July 12th, 2013

If you’ve ever left the television on for your pets while you’re away, you already know the thinking behind the concept of Dog TV, a channel devoted for the sole purpose of entertaining our dogs while we’re away.

Until now, Dog TV has only been available in a couple of limited test markets in Los Angeles and New York City, but as of August 1, will be available to all DirecTV customers nationwide.

Dog TV isn’t the by product of an owner who had a dog, but according to TODAY, it was the idea of Ron Levi, a television and radio host in Israel. Like many of us, Levi noticed how sad his cat, Charlie, looked when he left for work each day.

Levi began doing research into separation anxiety for pets and came to one conclusion. “Regular TV is bad for dogs,” Levi told TODAY. “It’s like the Fourth of July all year round.”

Instead of having programming that had barking dogs, yelling humans, sirens, explosions and other loud, irritating sounds, Levi developed programming to meet specific dog needs, all low key and calming.

The studies he has done show that test subjects, who had cameras watching them watch Dog TV show that they are much happier when their humans return home than those dogs who do not have Dog TV to stimulate them while their humans are away.

Levi told TODAY that doing the research was easy, it was convincing pet parents that their dogs wouldn’t destroy the house when watching the channel that was hard.

The channel has been so successful that Levi is working to get a paid subscription on the internet going for dog parents who don’t have televisions.

His next two endeavors? Developing a cat channel and getting a dog, he says.

This article was originally posted on partner site Pet360.com

Weather Emergencies with Your Dog

Filed under: Dog Life,Travel & Leisuremtest on June 10th, 2013

Natural disaster has become all too common in this day and age. From Hurricane Katrina to the recent tornadoes of Oklahoma, evacuations and fleeing from Mother Nature are a regular occurrence.

In a poll conducted by the Fritz Institute in April of 2006, it was revealed that 44 percent of people chose not to flee with warning of Hurricane Katrina because they would not leave their pets behind.

A natural disaster altered my life and that of my dog’s so deeply that two years ago I was forced to flee from my home due to the devastating nearly epic and tragic flood waters of the Susquehanna River. When my friend, June Myers, told me the Oklahoma tornadoes of recent days touched down 1/2 mile from her home, I was stunned.

I never thought I’d have to evacuate my residence in an emergency situation. Sure, I counseled others via the written word on how to do it and even had an “emergency plan” of my own in place. I just never thought I’d need to implement those best laid plans.


This is what I did when a weather emergency forced me to flee my home. I hope this advice will lend itself well to your own emergency planning.

Threat of Evacuation: My ever-faithful at-my-heels Cocker Spaniel followed me to and fro as I rummaged from closet to closet and room to room, determining what I wanted to take and could risk leaving. What exactly would fit in my car that I truly could not replace? My mood dictated his reaction. Dogs sense how we feel. His low-lying ears and tucked tail forced me to wise up and do as I’ve told others: DON’T PANIC. So what if The Weather Channel has Jim Cantore parked at the foot of the bridge threatening to overflow. Breathe, Carol, breathe. Your dog can do it; so can you.

What I Took: All those baggies full of items I wrote about to have ready to go for Fido? Indeed they were in place and came through with flying colors. What I packed for my dog that I told you to pack for your dog:  (here come the educational bullet points)

  • Food (and now that we have switched to dehydrated The Honest Kitchen food, much easier!)
  • Water: Officials cautioned a week’s supply. We evacuated to a dog-friendly home located two hours away, so not an issue.
  • Food and water bowls: Indeed. Bamboo collapsible bowls in the emergency bag rocked like a charm.
  • Meds and vaccine records: I then stored these in plastic baggies. All of my dog’s items are centrally located in one closet of the house with the exception of food and vet records.
  • Photographs and ID: For safety, security, comfort but also in case Fido goes missing. Please please please do not leave the dog behind. If you couldn’t escape flood waters, neither will Fido.
  • Pet first aid kit, extra leash, toys , treats, dog bed/kennel/comforts of home.

Find a safe place of retreat that ALLOWS dogs:

Having made several calls the night before the mandatory evacuation, pet-friendly hotels within 2-1/2 hours were booked.

  • Be sure to have somewhere to go for backup, a place to crash temporarily, and one that allows dogs.
  • I’d have slept in my car of a vacant parking lot if I had to; but I didn’t. Dog-welcoming friends made our emergency escape feel more like a needed retreat. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around “this is really happening to me/us.”
  • Happily, the majority of local emergency makeshift shelters allowed pets – as long as you had a kennel and vaccine records.
  • If you titer your dog, keep copies of those as well.
  • Write phone numbers down of these locations; more than one, in fact.

Traveling: If your dog doesn’t like car travel, you can try to change this. Assess road readiness with a five-minute trip around the block. Slowly increase the amount of time Fido spends in the car, making the destination worthwhile (i.e., a favorite park). Praise “getting there” with a treat upon arrival. Never take a travel-fearful dog on a road trip. Desensitizing and gradually acclimating Fido takes time and patience. A vet or animal behaviorist can help. Dexter digs travel. So traveling in a car en route to the unknown was second nature for my boy.

During the Flood (of Emotions): As water threatened to ravage my town and residence, being a few hours from home meant tuning in to live streams online and Cantore Stories. As Jim rode through the streets on a boat, an envelope of worry consumed me. What I took to keep me calm? D-O-G.

My town literally came within inches of its own well-being. Looking back on the past 30 days, it seems I followed suit. An earthquake, hurricane evacuation, and threat of flood along with some other life mishaps have shaken me a bit. Survived? Yes. Battered? A bit. Bewildered? For sure.

In the end, it is a lesson learned from a few wigglebutts that brought me a sense of resilience. Following in the pawprints of a few happy-go-lucky cockers, I learned that if you can’t take it with you, it doesn’t matter.  Those monetary things that make the house look pretty are a lot of fun but ultimately, it was the photo albums (yes, real paper, not digital), my previous dog’s cremains, and some important papers I lugged with 14 squeaky balls and a vat of food.

What I Confirmed: My heart beats dog and I’m a heck of a lot stronger than I realized.

The United Animal Nations (UAN) has provided emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services during dozens of natural disasters over the years. Items to take and have ready include:

  • A one-week supply of fresh water. If officials declare your household water unfit to drink, it’s also unsafe for your pets.
  • A one-week supply of food. Store it in a water-tight container and rotate it every three months to keep it fresh. If you use canned food, include a spare can opener.
  • Collapsible food and water bowls.
  • Medication. If your animal takes medication, a replacement supply may not be easily available following a disaster. Keep a two-week supply in your disaster kit.
  • Copies of vaccination records, in case you need to board your dog or leave him or her at an emergency shelter.
  • Photographs of you with your pets to prove ownership.
  • Photographs of your pets in case you need to make “lost pet” fliers.
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Temporary ID tag that you can write your temporary location on (hotel, friend/relative’s house) in case your dog is separated from you.
  • A plastic airline crate or wire collapsible crate, which is helpful for transportation or if you will be staying in a hotel that requires pets to be confined while you are out.
  • Extra leash.
  • Toys and treats. These can help your dog remain calm during a stressful time.

Have you ever been affected by a natural disaster?

This article was originally published on Pet360.com

Road Trip With Dogs to the Drive-In Movies

Filed under: Travel & Leisuremtest on May 29th, 2013

by Carol Bryant

Flicks, fries and Fido. What do these three things have in common? You can find them all at the drive-in movie theater!

Although the numbers of drive-in movie theaters in existence across the United States has dwindled with the advancement of technology, the demand for “watching a movie from the car” is popular, economical and dog welcoming!

When first developing the idea of a drive-in movie, or “drive-in,” as affectionately called by frequent patrons, Richard Milton Hollingshead, Jr. could not have imagined the iconic thumbprint he would embed on American pop culture. By 1957, 3700 drive-ins existed across the United States. Affordability coupled with concessions at the ‘snack bar,’ such as hot dogs, sno-cones, candy and soda set the mood for a fun night out with family, friends, and of course, dogs!

Don and Susan Sanders, authors of the book The American Drive-In Movie Theater, report that about 400 drive-ins are still operational today. “Dogs help us to meet people. People take their dogs to the drive-in and socialize with others who have a pet.”

Cindy Deppe of Becky’s Drive-In of Berlinsville, Pennsylvania knows this first hand. Her parents, William and Alice Beck, started the drive-in in 1946. “More and more patrons are bringing their dogs with them. When the entire family is there and the weather is nice, you just can’t beat it. Bring your blankets and chairs, and sit outside. Fido can relax next to their owners instead of staying home alone,” she said and continued, “Hopefully, patrons will always want to attend the drive-in to relax and take in a double feature with the entire family.”

A sense of family togetherness, whether that family is shared by the two- or four-legged variety, is a tradition passed down through the years. Drive-in theater owners are accustomed to change, from the distant memory of the speaker pole to the dancing hot dogs during “intermission.” One thing that doesn’t change is the sense of together under the stars.

Take a stroll down memory lane and/or create some new memories, all from the comfort of your car. Price wise, this is truly Bowser on a budget. Folks need not worry about a cell phone going off, someone’s head in the way, nor stepping on a sticky mess in a movie theater. Head outdoors and see the stars on the big screen as you cuddle up next to your dog under the night sky.

Dexter and I frequent the drive-in movies a few times a year, and we’ve made friends with several folks who return year after year. It’s a great way to socialize your dog and have a good time as well. Bring the bug spray and blanket!

This article was originally published on Pet360.com.

A Wag-Worthy Weekend in NYC

Filed under: Dog Life,Travel & Leisuremtest on April 15th, 2013

‘I Love New York’, the slogan and ad campaign almost as iconic as the city herself, rings a bell with almost everyone, who hasn’t seen one of those t-shirts, and absolutely rings true for Beau and I. It was my intention to write one piece about New York for this entry, but each area of Manhattan has so many wonderful pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and activities that I decided to provide you with a series of NY locations over the coming month. All perfect for your next pet-friendly jaunt into MetroPAWlolis.

Finding a pet-friendly restaurant in the winter months can be a bit difficult, so your hotel might be the best place to grab a bite. Once the weather warms up finding a great restaurant is like a day at the beach, or at the boat basin as this case. The Boat Basin Café at West 79th Street on the Hudson River is opened beginning in the spring and stays open through the end of October, weather permitting. Your best bet is to go for dinner and take in the sunset over the Hudson, it is stunning. Your well-behaved, leashed pet is welcome to accompany you while you dine outside. On the menu is a nice selection of grilled specialties and your pup is sure to enjoy a cool bowl of water and lots of attention from the adoring staff and patrons alike.

Time to PLAY!

Before your visit to the Boat Basin Café you may want to stop in to Furry Paws located at 141 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10023 212-724-9321 to pick up a little outfit for your luncheon date. You know that it’s all about the fashion in New York and you wouldn’t want him to look like a tourist.

Beau in New YorkOne Pooped Pup?

There is no lack of fantastic West Side pet-friendly hotels. Two in which we’ve stayed and that we adored are The Westin Times Squareand the Algonquin Hotel. These two are very different from one another, but each is superlative in its own way. However, I couldn’t resist telling you about my two favorite pet-friendly hotels in the city; one in Soho and one in Tribecca, so I’ve made one puppy-paw-print sized exception to my West side focus in this ‘One Pooped Pup’.

Often referred to as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, I’m here to tell you the truth (sometimes it naps a little). If you can bare to rest your eyes while in Manhattan, be content in knowing that whatever you’ve missed while you were asleep, something else just as incredible will present itself when you awake, then we have two equally amazing choices for you!

Owned by the same company, Grand Hotels, the first is in Soho. Step through the doors and up the sensational metal staircase and you discover the Soho Grand located at 310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, (212) 965-3000 where you are met with such a combination of interior design eye candy, tasty biscuits, and hip New York vibe that really, just hanging out in the lobby is almost enough, but not quite (you have to check-in). Their pet policy welcomes pet-guests of all stripes and sizes without imposing any additional fee. Upon arrival (or at the time of booking) you can request food and water bowls and a bed for your travelin’ companion (a loaner Kennel is also available if the pup prefers or you’ll need to be leaving that non-barking, good boy alone in the room for a little bit). Toys, treats, and cookies are available for the pup upon request at no additional cost. As if that weren’t enough, when you arrive in your room you will find it’s already occupied; by a goldfish. This is meant to be an amenity for you, the human guest to enjoy looking at but I can tell you, as evidenced by the photo above, the second  Beau saw this magnificent creature he was stricken with the most acute case of puppy-love I’d ever seen. His interest wasn’t the least bit hostile in an, “I want to eat you’ kind of way but in a ‘That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and I’m I L-O-V-E’ kind of way.

A Beau Knows Travel Tip: The most important item to pack in the pups travel bag is his shaded doggles because pretty soon your dog will be as much of a rock-star guest at the Soho Grand as the real rock-star guest who’s fallen in love with him in that stunning lobby. I experienced that the blinding glare from the cameras of the PUParazzi and it can be a little overwhelming if you dog’s not used to that kind of thing.

The sister-property to the SoHo Grand, and in no way ‘the little sister’ is the Tribecca Grand.

As the name implies it is located in Tribeca at 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013. The TriBeCa Grand is a classic New York boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan. Opened in 2000, the family owned property was the first boutique hotel to open in New York’s affluent TriBeCa district and is every bit as wonderful as the Soho Grand, although with a slightly different personality than her sister. Tribecca Grand offers the same pet-amenity package including your roommate, Mr. Gol D. Fish.

As you plan your trip to New York remember to visit the LuxuryPAW Canine Concierge page. Select New York from the drop down box and you will find all of the pet-friendly things we discovered on our last visit to the city.

Beau and I hope you enjoy your tasty bite of the Big Apple and that you will share your review with us by sending an email and some photos. We’d love to start a collection of your PetSetters inspired travels to share with our readers here at Pet360com.

Happy Tails,

Janine and Beau from LuxuryPaw

This article was originally published on Pet360.com

Photobombing Dog Helps Rent Apartment

Filed under: Dog Life,Travel & Leisuremtest on March 27th, 2013

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere, it’s Otis, the photobombing dog who is trying to help his pet parents rent their Chicago apartment on Craig’s List.

The “sunny open 2 BR” as it is described in the ad in Chicago’s Lakeview East, is advertised for $1,900 a month, but the amenities, location and price may not be what ultimately seals the deal.

Otis appears in every photo, just lying on the living room floor, peeking out from behind the bed, or looking from around the kitchen bar.

Otis doesn’t come with the apartment, but his parents, John and Sara Kanive, thought the photobombing in the first picture was funny, according to ABCNews.com. “The first picture I took, of the living room, he was just laying on the floor,” John Kanive told ABCNews.com.  ”So when I saw that picture, that’s when I got the idea to place him in all the pictures.”

But the move may have helped the couple and their dog rent the apartment, which was snatched up within 24 hours of the ad posting.

Kanive says that many people responded and many of them thought the photobomb was the bomb. They included “P.S., I love your dog,” he said.

When the apartment comes up for rent again, will the next inhabitants photobomb a cat into their ad?

The ad ends, “Dogs are OK: woof” and “Cats are OK: purrr.”

What do you think of this unique idea to sell or rent a home?

Photo of Otis via Craigslist

This article was originally published on Pet360.com

A Wag Worthy Weekend in Boston, MA

Filed under: Dog Life,Travel & Leisuremtest on March 26th, 2013

by Janine Franceschi

When we aren’t travelling, Beau and I live in Boston, so we can tell you first hand (and paw) that in Boston we love our dogs and we’ll love your dog too! So bring him along the next time you head to ‘Beantown.’

Boston has long been referred to as a ‘walking town,’ meaning you can literally walk everywhere. This is a fantastic feature for a city to have when you travel with your leashed loved one. Not only that but your well behaved, leashed pup is welcome on Boston’s subway system, the ‘T’ as long as it isn’t rush hour or a busy holiday. Visit the Traveling With a Pet page at MBTA for all the details.

Between walking and the T access getting to the Boston Common for a romp at the public off leash dog area (near Joy Street) is easy.

The area also boasts the Public Garden where you can visit the ducks of the iconic children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings.” The area also features the Esplanade where you can walk, picnic, or take in a free concert on the banks of the famous ‘Muddy Water’ of the Charles River. Another great option is to head to the Commonwealth Mall where you can stroll among the classic brownstones of Boston’s elite.

Your choices are seemingly endless when it comes to choosing a pet-friendly route through the city. However, if you only have one or two afternoons to introduce your pup to Boston, we have a soft spot in our hearts for the Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods. (While you are in Beacon Hill, keep an eye out for that handsome red-head Beau, this is the neighborhood he calls home and he’s something of a local celebrity here; they know him at every retailer who hands out dog biscuits, the hardware store, the dry-cleaners and the local market).

Hungry (For More Than Kibble)?

It’s so like us to think of food first.

If you have a pup that can wait patiently leashed on the patio for you while you go in and place your order then find a sidewalk table at one of our favorite little patisseries, Café Vanille in Beacon Hill. Casual offerings coffee, tea, and pastries can be enjoyed on their patio located on a bustling village corner surrounded by classic Beacon Hill brick buildings overlooking the charming Charles Street. It is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a nibble with some great people and for puppy watching. You’ll be amazed at the amount of dogs that call Beacon Hill home, but it will explain why there’s a water bowl every two or three shops and two pet boutiques in one block.

Ok, alternative number two for pups (like Beau) who really don’t like to wait outside alone; you can head over to Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood. Here you will find plenty of outdoor dining and although some will tell you that dogs are not allowed on the patios (citing the City of Boston Health Code). If you ask different sidewalk hosts or hostesses they might be able to make an exception, just this once for your well behaved angel. You’ll most likely be able to find one or two who are willing.

However, if your angel is feeling a little less than angelic on this particular day, please be considerate of the other patrons and grab a doggie bag. All of us, when we travel with our pets have taken on the mission of representing pet-toting travelers everywhere and need to set a standard of responsible behavior when we do so.

Thirsty (For Affection)?

Now, for that puppy who was so well behaved at lunch, if you continue to stroll down Newbury Street you will find one of Beau’s favorite (I’m not exaggerating) places in the world the Fish and Bone a wonderful pet boutique located at 217 Newbury Street. Open every day 9:30-6:30 (and I’ve seen them open later) not only will they lavish sincere affection (because believe me dogs can tell) on your pup, but they carry the most wonderful selection of toys, treats, specialty organic and raw food diets gift items for your pet or the pet-lover in your life. They do this in truly an educated, effortless, and artistic presentation. It encourages you to linger.

We just love the Fish and Bone and I think you will too. Say hello to Kathy and Zip and tell them Beau from LuxuryPAW sent you.

Time to PLAY!

After all that walking wouldn’t it feel nice to submerge your tired muscles into warm soothing water and have a Hydro massage? I’m talking to the dog here… the  Red Dog Resort & Spa is just the place. They offer a 30 minute Hydro massage for the pup at $35. In addition to the water therapy offerings, Red Dog offers both fitness and fun swims in their heated pools which are exciting and rejuvenating ways to treat your dog to the joys of swimming. Sessions are approximately 20 minutes or 30 minutes long and include splashing in the water and directed play with their Fitness Practitioner.

Sessions are by appointment only so please call ahead. Canine members of the same family can swim in a group for even more fun at a very affordable rate between $25 and $35 per session.

One Pooped Pup? Nighty-Night  & Sweet Puppy Dreams!

When it comes to finding a pet-friendly hotel in Boston there are so many wonderful and varied choices. Just a sampling; the city offers three pet-friendly hotels including the Kimpton Hotels, multiple Westin Hotels, a new W Hotel offering their trademark, “Whatever Whenever” concierge services and the traditional Boston classics – The Four Seasons Boston, and The Boston Harbor Hotel.

However, Beau and I are partial to an elite few; XV Beacon ,the Taj Boston, and the Mandarin Oriental Boston and all three are in the Beacon Hill or Back Bay neighborhood. If we had to choose one of these three, I’m sure Beau would go with XV Beacon (and hey, who am I to argue?). XV Beacon is a fashionable boutique hotel with a wonderful pet program, but Beaus favorite part of the XV Beacon pet program is Heidi, the resident Burmese Mountain Dog.   Always a fan with the ladies! If you see Heidi tell her Beau sends a big (wet/sloppy) kiss and watch her tail start wagging!

Happy Tails to You Wherever You May Roam,

Janine & Beau

This article originally appeared on Pet360.com.

Non-Traditional Places That Welcome Dogs

Filed under: Dog Life,Travel & Leisuremtest on March 20th, 2013

by Carol Bryant

Pet-friendly hotels and bed and breakfasts have sprung up across the world, and with an estimated 72 million dogs sharing American households, people are traveling in droves with pets.

Beyond the pet-friendly accommodations, there are many non-traditional establishments that welcome pets. Malls, gallerias, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and boating excursions have begun rolling out the welcome mat to Fido and his family.

Malls

Grab a leash and a credit card, as shopping is going to the dogs, quite literally. The aptly named Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond, Virginia boasts over 90 stores, many which allow dogs inside. Get a bargain and shop with your dog: Talk about retail therapy. There is no breed, weight, or size limits and all stores that welcome dogs have a sticker indicating so in their front window. Try a Google search on “dog friendly malls” and see what turns up in your area.

Restaurants

From coast to coast, canines are being catered to in al fresco style. Many restaurants and outdoor cafes are opening their doors to dogs, as long as they are well-behaved. Yours truly has been to many a restaurant where my dog sits quietly by my side as a toddler throws a temper tantrum nearby, but I digress.

In compliance with state health codes, more and more eateries are realizing that the way to their patron’s hearts is through their stomach and at the end of a leash—Fido’s. If you are traveling, call ahead or check the local visitor’s bureau to find out what restaurants allow dogs either inside or on their patio.

Sea-Faring Fidos

From whale watching to day cruises, more waterways have adopted the pet-welcoming mantra. My dog and I took a whale-watching excursion in Cape Cod and had a wonderful time. One must ensure that Fido does not get sea sick, so never make a first water trip a long one. Boats and vessels will not turn around and come back if dogs get sick.

Canine Coffeehouse

Do you like to get together with friends for lunch or perhaps get caught up on work in a quiet environment? Coffee hounds can unite where dogs are welcome and embrace the chill out and enjoy the moment attitude as Fido kicks back with you. When in doubt, make a call to your local coffee house and inquire about their dog welcoming policy.

Wherever you go and whatever you do in the course of your day or when vacationing, dogs are part of our culture and part of our travel plans. Retailers are starting to getting wiser to welcoming our well-behaved canine family members to their establishments. We spend more when the entire family can visit, so it is certainly a win-win.

Do you travel or visit places with your dog?

About Carol Bryant

This article was originally published on Pet360.com.

Chocolate Helps Homeless Animals

Filed under: Products & Reviews,Travel & Leisuremtest on February 25th, 2013

One very special chocolate company, though, puts a sweet new twist on that popular expression of love. Rescue Chocolate, a company based in Brooklyn, sells vegan, kosher, and handcrafted candies using organic and fairly traded chocolate. Best of all, Rescue Chocolate’s profits go entirely to animal rescue organizations.

“We work with a different animal rescue group every month, as our featured partner,” explains founder/owner Sarah Gross. The company also teams with other groups on an ongoing basis, selling chocolate at below-wholesale prices for the groups to sell at adoption events or auctions.

The company is the culmination of a lifelong dream that combines two passions: chocolate and animals. “Helping animals has been a long-standing passion of mine. Back in middle school, I used to volunteer at my local animal shelter where I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. Around the same time, I became a vegetarian and then a vegan, because I didn’t want to eat animals or animal byproducts,” recalls the chocolatier. “My interest in gourmet dark chocolate has been a more recent passion. A few years ago I was on a mission to buy (and eat!) all the exotic dark chocolate bars I could find. I also worked at a raw chocolate company where I developed a best-selling flavor. So one morning in December 2009, I had just finished eating a chocolate bar for breakfast (doesn’t everyone?!) and was out walking my dog in the park, when I got the inspiration to combine my two passions into one business.”

The inspiration to combine those loves into Rescue Chocolate was nudged along by Gross’ 5-year-old rescued pit bull named Mocha. “I don’t know much about the early months of her life, but I can surmise that they were horrific. A good Samaritan found her wandering the streets emaciated. Her ears were severely cropped, and she had recently had a litter of puppies. Most likely, she had been in the clutches of dogfighters who then abandoned her when they realized that she is a lover instead of a fighter.”

Today sweet Mocha serves as cover girl for Rescue Chocolate, reminding the public that “Pit Bulls will reflect back what they receive from their human companions, whether that is love and affection or the opposite.” On this Valentine’s Day, hopefully this rescued beauty will inspire lovers to not only enjoy tasty chocolates but to also fund a cause that helps lost, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats find the love they deserve.

Visit Rescue Chocolate.

This post was originally published in full on Pet360.com in the Bark and Purrtect blog.

Dog Safety for Car Travel

Filed under: Dog Health,Travel & LeisureDoggySpace on February 6th, 2010

Automobile accidents in which pets are involved have become so common that most major auto insurance companies have begun to cover pets that ride in the automobile in their policy coverage. If you’re one of the 29 million pet owners who frequently travel with their pet, it may be time to invest in a car seat, belt, or carrier to ensure your dog’s automobile safety.

Fortunately, dog car safety doesn’t mean having to coop your pet up in a kennel, although that is an option for many pet owners. Many dog product makers now make automobile safety devices, like the PetBuckle Seatbelt Harness for all dogs or the PetGear Dog Booster Seat for small dogs. No matter what method you choose it is as important to restrain your dog during any length of automobile trip, as it is to buckle up yourself. Even a fender bender can result in severe damage to your dog if he or she is thrown about or hit by objects that may shift in the vehicle.

Another important aspect of safe dog travel is to ensure that your pet doesn’t hang their head out of the window. A dog whose head is out of the window is more likely to be injured by bugs, flying debris, or severely harmed in the event of an accident. Dogs whose heads are outside of the vehicle can be thrown out of the vehicle or have their trachea crushed by impact with the window frame during an accident.

Any time you transport your dog it is important to make sure that his or her ID tag is attached to the collar. Not only will this help identify your pet in the case of an accident but will help your pet be returned to you should they escape from the vehicle as you are exiting or entering.

Another thing you should carry with you is an emergency list. Creating a sticker, similar to CHAD stickers often placed on children’s Car seats, is likely the best way to ensure your pet’s health and care in the event of an accident. This list should include information such as the dog’s veterinarian’s name and number, and emergency contacts. In the event of an accident this could help your pet to get the medical care it needs, or aid in helping rescuers to return him or her to their family.

We do a lot to prevent injury and loss due to automobile accidents for ourselves, and our canine companions should be no different. By securing your pet while he or she rides in the vehicle, ensuring that your dog is tagged and emergency information is on hand, and protecting them from dangers outside of the moving vehicle, you can give your pet the safe ride he or she deserves.

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