Chloe’s Clicks: This week’s best dog travel links
Time for another mighty Chloe’s Clicks — mighty overdue, in fact, which wouldn’t normally be a big problem except that the first link is a lovely collection of suggestions from Have Dog Blog Will Travel for…dog-friendly spring breaks. However, there is absolutely nothing stopping you and your dog from taking another vacation in the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, Colorado, Utah, or Wisconsin. The Go Pet Friendly Winnebago has left Austin — and while it rolled along the Natchez Trace Parkway, Rod and Amy and the boys also hosted a great post from the Roxy the Traveling Dog team about visiting Sedona with a dog.
Other destination posts you should check out include a delightful one from A Brooklyn Dog’s Life about taking your dog with you to the DeKalb Market, in the Fort Greene neighborhood; a slightly vexed (but ultimately happy) one from NorthJersey.com about finding an inviting dog-friendly hotel on the Jersey shore; and an informative one from the Seattle P-I about dog-friendly places to eat on the Eastside (that is, in the communities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, Bothell, and Woodinville).
I also got an e-mail from the proprietor of Canine Camp Getaway of NY, letting me know about the annual events she runs: “We do one Getaway event per year, held this year from June 24-28 in Lake George, NY, and our dog guests split pretty evenly between large dogs and small dogs. But what makes our Getaways special is that this isn’t just a vacation where dogs are allowed, it’s a vacation where dogs are celebrated — and, indeed, welcomed everywhere from the swimming pool to the bar at Yappy Hour to the dining room. We offer a host of dog activities (swimming, hiking, agility, lure coursing, Frisbee, flyball, canine freestyle dancing, scent detection), classes (Canine CPR, Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen preparation and testing, ‘Barks & Crafts’), games and seminars by top veterinarians, trainers and dog nutrition professionals. It’s not only a lot of fun for the dogs, it’s also a great way for the humans to have fun meeting like minded dog lovers.” Intriguing, right? I’ve provided the link so you can check it out, if you like.
If you simply can’t bring your dog with you, there’s another site that wants to help you: Dog Vacay (announced in a splash of publicity a couple of weeks ago) now has a competitor in a company called Rover.com, and here’s an article from the New York Post that talks about the two services.
We move on to a clutch of articles about places becoming more pet-friendly, including Long Beach and its restaurant patios (following L.A. County’s similar move, earlier this year) and Chicago (fingers crossed). As I said on Dog Jaunt‘s Facebook page, I really like the the matter-of-fact approach of a proprietor of a popular Chicagoland dog-friendly spot: “Common courtesy rules, he said. ‘From time to time, if there’s a dog that’s aggressive, they couldn’t stay. It rarely, if ever, happens.'” An article from Michigan’s Standard-Examiner reports on the success a local mall (Partridge Creek) is having with its dog-friendly policy, and, more generally, about dog-friendly workplaces and stores.
You can help your dog become a good traveler, says Travels with My Dog‘s Helen Fazio — she and Raja are inveterate travelers, so you know her tips are going to be good. Also good: A post from Montecristo Travels about being prepared for emergencies while you’re on the road.
Not good? Yet another article from Christopher Elliott about pet travel, this time in National Geographic, and just as much of a mess as the one he wrote for Frommer’s last fall. For starters, there is absolutely no evidence whatever that a “long-haired Norwegian forest cat in seat 12A” would have any effect whatever on an allergic traveler “in 17D,” and it is deeply irresponsible to suggest that there is. And the throwaway line about how other passengers deserve a “bite-free trip,” implying that bites are also commonplace? That’s bad reporting, designed — yet again — to stir up controversy (and page views), without contributing intelligently to the discussion.
I can’t end with that. Instead, I’m going to leave you with a couple of great posts (and tons of great pictures) from The Road Unleashed: The first is about entering Croatia with dogs, and pet-friendly Istria, and the other is about pet-friendly Zagreb. Good wishes to the gang as they head into Turkey!