This week’s Chloe’s Clicks starts with a link that knocked me out. It would never have crossed my mind to ask the Vatican Museum if Chloe could join us in a visit, but intrepid traveler Helen Fazio did just that — and was given permission to see the museum and Sistine Chapel with her Shih Tzu Raja. As Helen says, never be afraid to ask!
A world away from the Vatican, Christina Erb wrote a post for Outside.online about an exciting trail run in Wyoming with her dog Santos, who forgot his healthy respect for moose at a crucial moment. That link led me to a blog I’d never read before, OutsideK9 (the dog blog of Outside magazine). It’s packed with great articles about dog training, outdoor gear and outdoor activities. Grab a coffee (or a sports drink!) and check it out.
Teri Tynes of Walking Off the Big Apple posted a really useful article about walk-up windows in the greater Greenwich Village area where you can grab tasty food while strolling with your dog. Across the country, L.A. Unleashed posted a collection of reader videos showing their favorite Southern California dog parks and beaches. Switching coasts again, Bed & Breakfast Inns Online posted a guide to dog-friendly parks near the small town of Matthews in North Carolina (just outside Charlotte, NC). [The site, by the way, is a useful resource for finding pet-friendly B&Bs, but be sure to confirm that the inn you’re interested in really does accept dog — we found the Covington Inn through B&B Inns Online, and the innkeeper needed to be coaxed a bit to accept Chloe as a guest.]
People looking for dog-friendly rentals in Australia got some good news this week, when they learned that realestate.com.au now includes a pet-friendly search feature. Pet Friendly Rentals had the story, and is reworking its own search tool to take advantage of realestate.com.au’s new capabilities.
The GoPetFriendly team of Rod & Amy Burkert reported this week about a special kind of pet travel: Iraq War veteran Troy Yocum and PTSD therapy dog Emmie (a very lovely Shiba Inu) are walking across the U.S. together to raise funds for struggling military families.
On the dark side of pet travel, Christopher Elliott wrote an article about people smuggling dogs and cats onto planes and into hotels, or misrepresenting their dog as a service animal so that they can travel together. Argh! Stop that!
In his concluding paragraphs, Elliott expresses disbelief that dogs prefer to travel with their humans (rather than staying home), noting that his cats don’t like to travel. That is, of course, comparing apples and oranges. Our four cats loathe change, and I only require them to travel when we buy a new house. Our dog, a breed that demands human contact, wants only to be with us (also, she loves the smells in new places). For her, travel is a delight. I believe that, generally speaking, most cats prefer to stay home and most dogs prefer to be with their humans, but that there are pet-by-pet exceptions to both of those generalizations. Also, the calculus changes when, as is so often the case, the dog doesn’t stay home but instead is boarded at a kennel. A responsible pet owner will know her pet’s preferences, and act accordingly.
And on the very dark side of pet travel, reports are coming in that Israeli security services are requiring that dogs and cats of suspicious passengers be passed through the X-ray machines that scan carry-on items. I’m speechless.
I can’t leave you with that. Instead, take a look at these seriously goofy pictures from an airport in Vancouver, B.C. (scroll down to see Oscar in the jaws of death).