It’s just a glorious day here in the Pacific Northwest, and, fittingly, this week’s clicks are a bouquet of cheer and inspiration. The first one is from the PNW, in fact — Go Pet Friendly hosted a great guest post about staying at the former officers’ quarters of Fort Worden, just outside Port Townsend, a drive and a ferry ride away from Seattle (remember the movie An Officer and a Gentleman? yep, that’s the place). Four of the little houses … Read more
Posts tagged ‘sailing’
This episode of Chloe’s Clicks is long overdue, but I think that just makes it tastier, like giving the lemons more time to infuse the grain alcohol. The oldest link is from Huffington Post, and points you to five dog-friendly hiking trails in and around Los Angeles. Also from Huff Post? A post about three dog-friendly hotels in Portland, OR — I’d add to the list the Heathman Hotel, our favorite, and the funky Ace Hotel.
In the Bay Area, the … Read more
This week’s links about dog-friendly destinations start with petswelcome.com‘s list of three California getaways — one at Lake Tahoe, one on the coast in Cambria (near San Simeon), and the third in Julian, in the Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego. Across the country, Jessica Marati wrote a post for Gadling about New York City’s best food trucks — food trucks are a terrific resource for visitors with dogs. Heading north, the Montecristo Travels team described a wonderful visit to … Read more
This is a guest post from Lindy O’Malley, who I met when she posted a picture of her husband kayaking with Max, their Papillon, on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page. Earlier this year, she and her husband quit their jobs and began a new life of full-time cruising. She writes a delightful blog called Sea Mist Cruise, packed with pictures, about their travels. My apologies to Lindy: The post she sent looked beautiful — transferring it to WordPress altered … Read more
So you saw my review of Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, you’ve read the book, and now you want to spend a week or two (or longer!) cruising along the canals of France, or perhaps elsewhere in Europe. You can, absolutely, and you can bring your dog with you. I contacted five of the better-known companies that rent canal boats in France/Europe, and all of them allow you to travel with your dog on board. There may … Read more
This photo was taken last July at Devil’s Lake (or “D Lake”), just outside Lincoln City, Oregon. I love how both the boy and the dog are wearing life jackets. I often hear people scoffing about life jackets for dogs (“dogs can swim!”), but they’re really an essential item for dogs who go kayaking, canoeing, boating or sailing with their people. Not all dogs can swim, in fact, and even if they can, they can’t swim for long, especially in cold water … Read more
For those of you thinking about sailing with a dog, take a look at Changing Pace, a blog written by a couple sailing down the United States’ East Coast in their 42′ cruiser Ishmael, with their son Ben and their Australian Shepherd Kooper. Please note that Kooper is not a small dog! And yet he, and they, seem to be having a fine time. You have to read through the entries to find the dog-specific bits (e.g., their 10/14/09 post … Read more
This book, by sailor and author Diana Jessie, is useful but doesn’t evoke the same kind of rapturous praise — from me at least — as Jessica Stone’s book on the same topic. Jessie is clearly an experienced sailor and offers sensible, considered advice about how to handle traveling in a boat with pets, but too much of the book is devoted to general pet care issues. There are, for example, long sections about pet grooming, cat toilet training and … Read more
I recently lavished praise on Jessica Stone’s book Doggy on Deck — Life at Sea with a Salty Dog. One of the resources she listed is a blog called SailCharbonneau.com, which describes “the sailing adventures of the Parks’ Family.” Janet and Blaine Parks and their two Golden Retrievers (Max and Bailey) sail the world on their 1999 Island Packet 40 called Charbonneau, though right now they’re docked in Charleston, refilling the cruising kitty.
Their blog is full of useful information, but … Read more
The second subtitle of this great book by Jessica Stone says it all: “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Before Cruising with Fido.” I can’t rave enough about Doggy on Deck — it’s well-written, it’s thorough, it provides resources for all the products discussed in the text. I’m racking my brains for something to criticize (you know, to show that I have a balanced perspective) but there’s just nothing wrong with this book.
For those of you eager to read more … Read more