This is a guest post from Roxanne Hawn, a freelance writer and author of the wonderful blog Champion of My Heart. Roxanne and her husband share their home with Lilly, a smooth-coated Border Collie, and Ginko, a Lab-Greyhound mix. I asked Roxanne to write this post after I saw a tweet she’d written about the rattlesnake encounter she describes. Rattlesnake country is also, often, gorgeous hiking country — Roxanne’s post is important reading for hikers with (or without!) dogs.
When we … Read more
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 … Read more
Brecon Beacons (photo by the National Trust)
I’ve written about National Trust properties before, because the National Trust offers dozens of small, historic buildings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for vacation rental (and many of the properties are dog-friendly). The Trust is best known, though, as the guardian of historic houses, gardens, monuments and landscapes that the public can visit — including Chartwell, Sutton Hoo, and Lindisfarne Castle. I visited their site last night, after finishing a massive coffee-table … Read more
This week it’s all about fun places to visit with your dog! Let’s start inland, with a quick article from Doug Gelbert about taking your dog to the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico — I particularly like his suggestion of going for a night hike when the moon is full.
Thumbs up for sand, you say, but make it coastal. Smart Poodle Publishing has a dog-friendly beach suggestion for Hollywood, FL, along with some good photos, and Beach Lovers Guide … Read more
What a fun bunch of links this week! First up: Two blogs I hadn’t seen before — Raoul’s Travels, featuring Raoul the pug (currently in Paris) and The Vagabond Adventures, featuring Lucie, Lachlan and Bow Wow (currently traveling across Africa for the charity Back to Africa).
Hiking is clearly on people’s minds, because three separate sites posted useful articles this week about hiking with your dog. Check out this interactive map of dog-friendly trails in North America, posted by Ruff Wear’s … Read more
This week’s first link asks “Which of Montana’s cities is most dog-friendly?” and describes dog-friendly places and businesses in Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, Flathead Valley, and Billings. And the answer is? Missoula appears to be the leader, but there are excellent options for dogs and their people in all of these cities.
A new (to me) blog called How Sam Sees It has just started a feature called “Pet Friendly Arizona!” Check out Sam the Golden Retriever’s suggestions for fun … Read more
This week’s links are a real grab-bag — all over the map, and lots of different topics, but all fun. Here we go:
Pet Airways brings us not only pet-only flights (now also to Omaha, Atlanta and Phoenix) but also write-ups of pet-friendly activities in areas served by the airline. This one, by guest author Arden Moore, describes a variety of great dog-friendly activities and places in Ventura County, CA.
Farther north on the California Coast, Bay Area Hiker has posted a … Read more
Each state has its own rules about hunting (in the case of migratory fowl, the states cooperate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate hunting) and the dates of hunting seasons for different prey change a bit from year to year. Here in Washington there’s a spring wild turkey season (in about April and May), bear hunting begins in about August, and then nearly every kind of hunting is available from September to December. Some hunting, however, can … Read more
I want to point those of you who haven’t already found it to hikewithyourdog.com, a great site owned by Cruden Bay Books. Parts of the site focus on the two book series published by CBB (Doggin’ America and A Bark in the Park) and the company’s dog hiking tours. Most of the site, though, offers useful information about hiking, camping and going to the beach with your dog.
It lists U.S. and Canadian parks that welcome dogs, and offers alternatives to parks that ban … Read more
Photo by apartment 131
This post started as an idle stroll down memory lane: My college roommate has family on Block Island and took me there on a couple of day trips, and then I took my parents there on longer visits, so when I bought my first dog-oriented New England guidebook I turned to the entry for Block Island and found…well, very little. The Dog Lover’s Companion to New England lists and describes a number of parks on the … Read more