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Book reviews

Travel book review: Woodall’s Camping and RVing with Dogs

I bought this book partly because I yearn to travel in an RV, if only just once, but largely because there are plenty of dog owners out there who already do. I’m happy to report that it’s a practical and useful handbook that RVers will find very helpful — car- and tent-campers will also find it worth reading, but its main focus is on the logistics of traveling in an RV with one or more pets (the authors have two  … Read more

Travel book review: Ella in Europe — An American Dog’s International Adventures

This memoir, written by Los Angeles-based author Michael Konik, describes his trip around Europe with his Belgian friend Sandrine and his white Lab/greyhound mix Ella Guinevere. Konik’s love for his dog is charming, as is his delight at seeing her in places she’d never enter in the U.S. — restaurants, high-end hotels and shops, an amusement park ride, and tourist attractions (including Beethoven’s Vienna apartment). His flights of fancy (could Ella be the reincarnation of Mozart?) can be wearing, but  … Read more

Travel book review: Eileen Barish’s Doin’ series

I don’t know Eileen Barish, but I want her life: the dates of her books listed on Amazon indicate that she spent a number of years writing dog travel books (the Doin’ series), then changed direction and started a series of guidebooks about lodging in various European countries’ monasteries (punctuated, a couple of years ago, with a book about “luxury resort and destination spas” in the U.S.). How fun!

This post talks about her Doin’ series (the titles are in the  … Read more

Travel book review: Canine Washington

I just love this book! Canine Washington (by Cheryl S. Smith) is full of useful information about “where to play and stay with your dog” in Washington state, and it’s beautifully-organized. Each geographical location is clearly divided into helpful categories: dog parks, hikes and dog-tolerant parks, dog-friendly activities, dog-tolerant hotels and campgrounds, pet stores, doggy daycare and grooming, vets and emergency care, and shelters. In a complicated area, like Seattle, the parks and services are grouped by neighborhood.

It was published in 2005, so it’s  … Read more

Travel book review: Dog Lover’s Companion series — Seattle edition

In an earlier post, Dog Jaunt praised the eleven books in the Dog Lover’s Companion series of dog-centric travel guides. I was happy today to come across a twelfth — the newly-published The Dog Lover’s Companion to Seattle (May 2009). It turns out to be a subset of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Pacific Northwest (May 2009), so if you already own the Pacific Northwest guidebook, there’s no need to buy the Seattle guidebook as well — unless, like  … Read more

Travel book review: Traveling with Your Pet — The AAA PetBook

I just bought the 11th edition (2009) of this guidebook, published annually, and I’m thrilled to death. What a great book! It won’t keep you awake at night with a cliffhanger ending, but it’s densely-packed with really useful information. The bulk of it is a list of pet-friendly AAA-approved hotels across the U.S. (and Canada too). Some are in major metropolitan areas, and those are interesting but not crucial (it’s easy, after all, to do an online search for pet-friendly  … Read more

Travel book review: The Dog Lover’s Companion series

I own seven of the eleven Dog Lover’s Companion guides published by Avalon Travel, and it’s only a matter of time and travel before I own the remaining four. To date, they cover the following regions: Boston, California, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, New England, NYC, the Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco and the Bay Area, and Washington D.C.

The books are marvelous — thorough, useful, and well-written. I especially appreciate the detailed reviews of local dog parks and parks that tolerate  … Read more

Travel book review: The City Dog series

There are ten of these guidebooks currently available new on Amazon, covering the following areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. There is also an additional volume called City Dog: Hotels & Resorts for You and Your Dog.

So far, I only own the one for NYC (2005 edition), and I used it fairly heavily during a recent visit to friends in Greenwich Village. The things I liked most about it were its  … Read more