This week’s collection starts with a link from Santos L Halper about the logistics of traveling with a crated dog from Vancouver, B.C. to Paris. I love the details, and I love knowing (from an e-mail I received) that Santos the whippet is now investigating Paris’s parks. An early report: “Carousel de Louvre has been the best for a runner like me. Parc des Buttes Chaumont was a bust (too hilly). Hope to get to the Bois de Vincennes soon.”
Speaking of international travel, reader Jane told me about a new feature on PetVacations.com: Pet-friendly hotels outside the U.S. (previously, the site focused on pet-friendly hotels in California, Arizona, New York and Texas). I’ve never worked with the company, but it looks like a resource worth checking out.
Here in the U.S., Have Dog Blog Will Travel reported on the most romantic (and pet-friendly) inns in California, and Rod Burkert, of the Take Paws team, found his lost shaker of salt not in Key West, but rather just outside Key Largo. Take a look at their new dog-friendly road trip planner — they’ve been using it a lot, now that their RV is their home.
Here’s a blog I just learned about yesterday: youdidwhatwithyourweiner. Subtitled “An Adventurous Weiner Dog Blog,” it chronicles the authors’ adventures — including hiking and snowshoeing — with Chester and Gretel, their intrepid Miniature Dachshunds. I have long wanted to go snowshoeing with Chloe, which I think she’d love. My husband, however, will take some convincing. I’ll leave Chester and Gretel’s blog open on his computer and see if the pictures wear down his resistance.
I’ll leave you with two thought-provoking articles — another one from the Burkerts, about working with your dog to make her a comfortable traveler (Amy and Rod’s dogs both have issues, but travel well with the help of consistent, ongoing training), and one from Will My Dog Hate Me, proposing that dog owners practice “ethical pet travel” — that is, choosing not to visit places that have breed bans and tolerate puppy mills, and letting local tourism boards know the reason for your choice to travel elsewhere.