I can’t think of a good way to organize this week’s batch of links, so I’ll plunge in willy-nilly. Let’s start in Monterey, CA, purely because I got married there (at the Aquarium, which is not pet-friendly). Petswelcome.com posted an overview of things to do and places to eat in Monterey, including a dog-friendly whale watch cruise. Pugs and Lilacs reports that not too far away, in Palo Alto, dogs are welcome at the new branch of Books, Inc., located in the Town & Country shopping plaza.
While we’re on the Left Coast, take a look at this wikiHow video that Doggie Stylish found: How to Teach Your Dog to Surf. I sometimes wonder if surfing dogs are really having fun, but the first picture you see, of “Surf Dog Zoey,” sets my mind at rest. Sticking with the beach theme but heading east, Ask Shores and Islands reports that several beach parks in northern Ohio are dog-friendly.
Travel & Leisure‘s August 2010 issue includes a really delightful article about Miami, a city that clearly loves its dogs. It was a busy week for Travel & Leisure, which also had a segment on the Today Show about the top pet-friendly hotels in the U.S. (hotels in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and Washington D.C. get the nod, along with the entire W Hotel chain). At the same time, TripAdvisor posted its list of the top ten pet-friendly hotels in the U.S. — only one of which (the Loews Coronado Bay Resort) overlaps with the Travel & Leisure list.
Not yet on either list, but likely to become a serious contender, is New York‘s Jumeirah Essex House Hotel, which, The Independent reports, is about to start offering visiting dogs a really impressive bundle of amenities, including Wagwear products and “doggie hospitality attendants.”
Elsewhere in the world, Virginia is for Lovers gathered together a great collection of dog-friendly places to stay (inns, hotels, cabins) in Virginia, and Ottowa Dog Blog is starting a collection of dog-friendly restaurants in Ottawa. MyFOXdfw.com reported that in Britain, pubs owned by the Brakspear Group are now offering visiting dogs a pub menu of their own, including “Liver & Garden Veg chunks in gravy or Chicken & Beef chunks in jelly.”
I’m running out of space, but I need to tell you about a wonderful guest post on Champion of My Heart by Take Paws‘ Rod Burkert, about traveling with a fearful dog (or two, since both of the Burkert’s dogs have issues they’re working through). You should also check out Ask My Dog Norman, a new (to me) site focusing on dog-friendly rentals, condos, and hotels in Boston (the ghost writer for Norman the Miniature Schnauzer is a real estate agent).
In a couple of past Chloe’s Clicks I’ve mentioned that a number of colleges now allow students to live in pet-friendly dorms. This week, BestCollegesOnline.net posted a sensible article with how-to advice for students bringing pets to college.
I’ll leave you with a lovely article from PeoplePets about a family that found their dog while visiting a cat shelter during their vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.