The first link I gathered this past week, courtesy of @pettravelcom, was an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer about how the author connected with Italians on a recent visit by photographing their dogs. It really speaks to me — we added Chloe to our lives because we wanted pet company on our travels, but I’ve since learned that traveling with her is a wonderful way to meet people, and to meet them at their unguarded best.
The links that followed were all good — let’s start, though, with food. Two Pitties in the City posted an excellent piece, with delightful pictures, about the handful of things they always carry with them so they can have an impromptu picnic at any moment with their pups. Ohmidog!, which is becoming a Chloe’s Clicks regular, knocked my socks off with a post about a Charlotte, NC bar (called The Dog Bar) that allows dogs inside — and heck, all over — simply by not serving food (you bring your own, from nearby take-out places) and using only beer cans and plastic glasses. Brilliant. Brilliantissimo! More places like this, please.
Fido Loves wrote a useful post about dog-friendly restaurants in Boston, kindly grouping their recommendations by neighborhood and offering some excellent advice re doggy restaurant etiquette. Tokyo: My Shiba Inu Life put up a quick post about Mayjane’s, the coffee shop in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Hard Rock Hotel — the patio is dog-friendly. Bouncing back to the East Coast, a blog about Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill published an article appreciating the dog-friendly places and services in the neighborhood, including a couple of restaurants.
And soon we’ll have reports from another community! A couple of Chloe’s Clicks ago, I mentioned that Vero Beach, FL was considering an ordinance that would allow pet-friendly dining in restaurants with outdoor patios. This week I learned that the ordinance passed — and of course I’m delighted.
Turning from food to adventure, the Take Paws team (definitely a Chloe’s Clicks regular) has been covering a lot of ground in the Western U.S. lately, by RV and on foot, and wrote a really sensible, useful post with tips for hiking with dogs. The author of Wilde About Dogs wrote a post about her anniversary trip (with husband and pup Sierra) to the Cienaga Creek Ranch (close to California’s Big Bear Lake) that has me itching to grab Walter and Chloe and go. On the more genteel side of dog travel, Solano Bride offers some useful advice, and tempting choices, for couples who want to bring their dog with them on their honeymoon.
I’ve written in the past about biking with a small dog, and guest poster Kim Garrison has talked about how she got her Japanese Chins (and her Lab mixes) started with a bike attachment, but my friend Karen Friesecke (of Doggie Stylish) found, as always, a creative twist on the topic — check out her link to instructions for making your own bike tether.
I’ll leave you with a link that makes me laugh (and cry a little too). We’ve got to do better, as a group, about picking up dog poop!!