Chloe’s Clicks: Last week’s best dog travel links
I relaxed a little too much this weekend, and failed to write my Chloe’s Clicks post yesterday. Never mind — here it is, and it’s a good one.
We begin with a terrific series of posts that Edie Jarolim, blogging at Will My Dog Hate Me?, wrote about her recent flight from Tucson to San Diego (and back, of course) with her dog Frankie. Edie is a wonderful writer, and she handles her issues (anxiety over Frankie) and Frankie’s issues (diabetes, and potential anxiety, given his unhappiness with car travel) with humor and style. The series begins with making travel plans, continues with buying an in-cabin carrier, considering ways to reduce Frankie’s travel anxiety (wherein it is revealed that Edie “used to love Quaaludes”), and feeding Frankie while traveling, and concludes with the triumphant news that Frankie flew like a champion and Edie did too.
The rest of this week’s links hop around the country, and the globe. Starting here in the Pacific Northwest, CityDog Magazine published a list of beautiful dog-friendly campgrounds in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and British Columbia. The folks at youdidwhatwithyourweiner took themselves and a group of intrepid friends (including two more intrepid Dachshunds) on a serious hike in the Seattle area — the gruelling Mount Si hike — and both species had a great, though exhausting, time.
Dropping down the West Coast, Sue Hecht at Have Dog Blog Will Travel wrote a quick post about dog-friendly places to stay in lovely Ojai, CA. Heading east and north, Tamar Fleishman wrote a very tempting article in the San Diego Reader about visiting Pelee Island, in Ontario, with her dog Jeffy.
We re-enter the States and visit Hershey Park, in Pennsylvania, with help from Amusement Park Mom, who recommends leaving your dog not at The Barking Lot but rather at Club Fido. We head east to catch up with the Kimpton Crawl team, which reported on the dog-friendly B&Bs they found in Maine, Vermont, Quebec, upstate New York, and Ohio.
Down the East Coast we go, to Hilton Head, SC — The Road Unleashed team wrote a post about three dog-friendly restaurants they found, and the photos have me gnawing on my keyboard. We end up in Sarasota, FL, with an article from the Herald-Tribune about the area’s dog parks.
One way to travel between all these stops would be by RV, and who better to write a post about RV rental companies with dog-friendly policies than the Take Paws team? As I said on Dog Jaunt‘s Facebook page, this is a post that I wish I had written.
I’ll leave you with two links from abroad — one is a cautionary post from an Ecuadorian condo rental company, about the hazards of bringing a dog to Ecuador. I include it because it’s helpful to know in advance about the way an unfamiliar culture feels about pet dogs. Despite the warnings, I would travel to Ecuador with Chloe (if the opportunity arose!) — I would, however, use the warnings to help me prepare carefully, and travel respectfully. Compare and contrast this wonderful post from The Vagabond Adventures team, about their recent visit to the Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. All of the pictures are marvelous, but I was riveted by the shot of Bow Wow approaching a jackal — read the caption for the whole story.