A dog friendly amusement park sounds like a dream, right? It’s summer in full swing, dog lovers, and that means family getaways. Millions of families visit amusement parks each summer, yet very few actually allow well-behaved leashed dogs to enter their premises. Fidose of Reality has the scoop on a Pennsylvania amusement park that not only allows dogs in, they welcome them as the full-fledged family members they are.
Of course, a trek to the amusement park means safety matters en route to the fun. A new study has emerged, and we are amongst the first in the nation to report the three stand out products that passed the 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies – a collaborative initiative to examine the effectiveness and safety of pet crates and carriers in the event of a crash.
Dog Friendly Amusement Park
Knoebels is a free-admission dog friendly amusement park for families, with roller coasters, classic rides, award-winning food, campgrounds, a golf course, and a pool. The amusement park is not Disneyland and is not super duper high tech. It feels like yesteryear where life was simple and fun
Here’s the official pet policy: Knoebels insists that all pets be on leashes and kept under control, and all pet owners are required to clean up after their pets. Check, we got that. If you go to an amusement park and it’s summer time, use common sense: Dogs should be well hydrated, have paw protection, and kept in shady areas without having to walk excessive amounts. And if it is too hot out, don’t take a dog to an amusement park. Pets cannot go in gift shops, on most rides, nor in any restaurant. Okay, got it: So here’s how you deal with it.
Food: Most of the food you eat at an amusement park comes from walk up stands where covered tables are nearby. Dogs are welcome at those tables, so we eat any number of foods at the park. They have everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to tacos and pizza. One of the most fun elements of an amusement park involves the not-so-fat-free foods: From cotton candy to kettle corn and everything in between. If you want junk food, sweets, and yummy summer treats: Knoebels has it. There are also healthy items like salads and fruits.
Rides: I would not recommending taking a dog on an amusement park ride, and most rides are off limits to pets. There are over 60 rides for those who want to have some fun on them.
Shops: Peppered throughout the park are shops galore: From my personal favorite, the Christmas Shop, to little souvenir shops, a general store, airbrush shop, and old time photos. We take turns with the dog so we can shop, and it is never a problem for us. There also plenty of games to play throughout the park.
Wi-fi is available, by the way, throughout the park.
What to Pack When You Go: Do you know 10 items to take for a trip like this? Click here to read our Ten Safety Items For Dogs piece along with other tips to rock a road trip with your dog. The park is huge, so take comfortable walking shoes!
Doggie Dive: On Sunday, September 13, 2015, Knoebels will host a Doggie Dive for people and their pets to come out and have fun at Crystal Pool on premises. This event was organized as a fundraiser for local Animal Rescue organizations, and 100% of the proceeds are donated. There will be swimming, a Chinese auction, a bake sale, visits from some rescue organizations, food and much more fun! You can register at the gate the day of the event.
Visit the Knoebels website for complete information at http://www.knoebels.com.
Safe Travels with a Dog
We use a car harness to restrain our dog while traveling. If a pet is unrestrained, or the structural integrity should fail, the dog can potentially strike and injure a human passenger. Many pet parents choose a pet carrier or crate to keep the dog inside while traveling. While many crate and carrier manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested and safe for use in a vehicle, there are currently no test protocols or performance standards in the U.S. to substantiate these claims.
Subaru of America, Inc. and Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, announced the results of the 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies. Here are the three products that passed the test:
(1) Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps, a sturdy travel device that was able to withstand the most significant forces generated in CPS testing with a combination of strong structural support and integrity.
(2) Pet Ego Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier used an innovative ISOFIX-Latch connection, to snap the carrier firmly into place and fully contain the test dog throughout the crash test.
(3) Sleepypod, was also recognized in the carrier category for the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, a product that snugly straps into the seat and showed no evidence of damage after crash testing.
The full product performance report studies can be found at CenterforPetSafety.org.
Do you have any dog-oriented trips planned for this summer? Let us know in the comments below! Does Knoebels sound fun for you?
(Note: We were not compensated to tell you any of this; we just believe in sharing health and wellness fun and tips for dog lovers of the highest order.)