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Why My Dog is a Family Member: And You?

My heart beats dog.™ It’s my mantra, my trademark, and I am sure more than one person reading this agrees with me. Looking ahead to my next few days, I realize how very much dogs are a part of my family and a fiber of who I am. I am not alone. My dog is a family member. I am a dog mom. I love it when folks call me a dog mom; I never grimace, furrow a brow, or correct them. In … [Read more...]

Do's and Don'ts When Traveling With Dogs

Are you a road warrior or a road worrier? Twenty years ago when I started traveling with dogs, I admit I fell into the latter category. How could I possibly visit friends across the country and make sure my dog was not left behind? Back then folks used to do a double take when I mentioned traveling with my dog. Today, we know better and we travel more frequently with Fido in … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Roadtripping to Alaska with Dogs

Meet Rocky. Rocky is ready to go on vacation with his mom and dad. He hates it when they go places without him, and he knows they will have a lot more fun if they take him along. He hears they are going to Alaska. He doesn’t know where that is, but road trips to places like Grocery Store, Dog Park, and Vet’s Office have always been fun, so he’s game. Rocky likes Alaska with … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Attacks Items on Beach

It's time for Wordless Wednesday: When BlogPaws blasts out a blog hop, bloggers galore hop aboard, share links and visit each others' blogs. This week, a recap of some adventures captured on film when our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, recently visited the shores of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Though he had been to the ocean before, there was something quite magical in this … [Read more...]

Dog lovers magazine blog gets a makeover

Fidose of Reality, a canine-centric online magazine style dog blog where dog lovers of the highest order unite, recently celebrated its 15-month anniversary. Though I've been a writer for more years than I can count, having a place where fellow dog lovers can find off the beaten path news, real life advice affecting today's pet parents is one of my treasured joys. Now, Fidose … [Read more...]

Dog Friendly Fall Getaways

Do you like to travel with your dog and perhaps pine of seeing some fall leaves turning with Fido by your side? You are in good company. According to Smart Money magazine, more and more people are traveling with pets on dog friendly trips. I count myself as one of the scores of people who takes vacations, day trips, and long weekend getaways with my dog. One of the best times … [Read more...]

Dog Meets Lion Cub

In honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, August 22, we share with you our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, meeting a big kitty! Prince is a rare white lion cub born at Nemacolin Woodlands Wildlife Habitats on July 6, 2010. Dexter is a gem of a Cocker Spaniel born in Pennsylvania on September, 6, 2008. Here, their paths cross. Prince's father is a White Lion, and … [Read more...]

Pet friendly travel goes to New Mexico

by: Jill Lane (with Travelin' Jack) With the beauty of New Mexico’s spectacular Fall Foliage—followed by powdery snow adventures in the high desert Winter Wonderland of our Rocky Mountain areas, it’s a good time for pet friendly travel to New Mexico.  And with so many fabulous and beautiful spots tucked all over the state, there is perhaps no better place than ‘The Land of … [Read more...]

How Many People Travel With Pets

Knock knock, tap tap, hello to all the hotels and bed and breakfasts out there that are not welcoming to pets. We’re traveling with dogs no matter what and if you extend the welcome mat to our pets, we’ll spend our money there. Really. So just how many people travel with pets? One of the biggest travel sites online, TripAdvisor, revealed results of their pet survey of over … [Read more...]

The Truth About Pet Friendly Travel

I've not taken a trip without a dog by my side in close to 20 years, albeit it a few times I flew for business sans Cocker Spaniel. Pet friendly implies the place likes pets and well, they are "friendly" in doing so, right? I have a ton of experience in this department, and nope, nope, and nope again. Generally, I've not had a problem getting my dog into a hotel or bed and … [Read more...]