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February 26, 2013
"Enchanted Hill" by Dawn Ross

“Enchanted Hill” by Dawn Ross. A pastel representation of a scene at Georgetown Lake in Texas.

We had about a foot of snow last week. And we’re expecting another foot of snow today. While my dogs really love the snow, some days I wish I were back in Texas enjoying its milder winter weather. I used to live in central Texas and there are so many pet friendly places there that I miss.

My favorite places to take my dogs were Georgetown Lake, Zilker Park and its connecting trail to the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, and the Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas. I believe much of the Bastrop State Park burned from the major forest fires in 2011, but much of it is still intact too. The image above is a drawing I made in pastels of a scene that I saw at Georgetown Lake when I hiked it with my dog Smokey. This one below is of me and Smokey at Georgetown Lake.

Me & my dog Smokey at Georgetown Lake ~1996

Me & my dog Smokey at Georgetown Lake ~1996

Another great place to visit in central Texas is Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is named from an interesting rock formation which can be hiked or climbed. There are lots of places around Enchanted rock to hike and dogs love it! Go in the cooler weather in winter to avoid the rattle snakes! Here is a review from the DogTipper dog travel experts – http://www.dogtravelexperts.com/postcards/enchanted-rock-state-natural-area-fredericksburg-texas.

Another place to visit in the Texas Hill Country includes the River Walkway in San Marcos. You can almost always see people with their dogs swimming there… maybe not in winter months, but winter in Texas is very short. The Riverwalk in San Antionio is great too, although it is not really a place to swim, but a place to shop. Walk the Riverwalk in San Antionio, then sit down at an outdoor cafe for a bite to eat. The Alamo, too, is off the Riverwalk, but dogs are not allowed. You can see the Alamo very well from the street with your dog, so it would be worth stopping by. GoPetFriendly has done a great review of areas in the Texas Hill Country – http://gopetfriendlyblog.com/pet-friendly-tour-of-texas-hill-country/

I’ve also enjoyed taking my dogs to McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. The park has lots of campsites, trails for hiking and mountain biking, and fishing areas. You can go swimming too and have a wonderful family picnic.

McKinney Falls State Park

A scene from McKinney Falls State Park.

There are many many more places in central Texas to visit. These are just a few of the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Have any of you ever been to central Texas? Tell us about your experience.

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February 18, 2013

If Maya & Pierson could drive, where would they go? To the food store, of course! Now that Maya has a driver’s licence, I’m going to have to take away her credit card. I might also have to make sure she doesn’t hang around with the wrong crowd at the dog park. Oh, goodness! There is so much to worry about when the kids grow up and go out on their own. At least I know Maya wears her seat belt when she is in the car.

Who’s idea was it to make it legal for dogs to drive anyway? Apparently, Subaru has!!! Yep, Maya’s driver’s license is with Subaru.

Subaru DL 4 MayaHow can you get a driver’s license for your dog? By visiting Subaru’s Facebook app – http://subar.us/USzh6V. This app is super easy to use. I simply typed in Maya’s name and information, then downloaded a photo of her. Please note that Subaru posts these driver’s licenses on their FB page so use a fake address. How do you like our fake address? Get it? Here’s one for Pierson too. Notice his address.

Subaru DL 4 Pierson

By the way, Subaru has a number of other fun apps on their FB page. You can also put your dog in a Subaru, ask a dog expert about a Subaru, and map your dog walk.

If you haven’t seen any of the funny Subaru dog commercials, check this one out – http://bit.ly/WW7C2Y. Like all the funny Subaru dog commercials, it is super-hilarious!

By the way, Subaru is doing a contest for two Visa gift cards! The first place winner gets a $350 Visa gift card and the second place winner gets a $150 Visa gift card. This contest is open from today through 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, February 24th. There are a ton of ways to enter. Just do the tasks listed in the Rafflecopter below:
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Disclaimer – We are being compensated by Subaru for this post. Please note, however, that we would not have agreed to post at all if we did not agree with the content. We love the funny Subaru dog commercials and have posted them before, unpaid. The other content we have been asked to post, like the Puppy Bowl promotion, has been a lot of fun and the Subaru Facebook app is cute.

 

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February 13, 2013

For our participation in the Super Dog Sunday event, we were entered into a prize drawing. We didn’t even know our participation meant a possible prize so when Maya & Pierson won, it was a super surprise! For in case you weren’t aware, the Super Dog Sunday helped to benefit the Petfinder Foundation. While the twitter party is over, Super Dog Sunday continues with more possible prizes. Keep an eye out on this blog or our American Dog Blog for a giveaway of a Kumfy Koats. In the meantime, check out the pictures of Maya & Pierson with their prizes:

Maya & Pierson sit amongs all the great winnings.

Maya & Pierson sit amongs all the great winnings.

This is what they won – two dog books, two toys, a paw-wipe towel, Toby & Max jewelry, a lickety stik dog treat, and a natural remedy for dog aggression (I can’t wait to try it on Pierson when he goes out and sees other dogs).

Pierson is telling me how much he loves his plush football dog toy.

Pierson is telling me how much he loves his plush football dog toy.

 

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Pet Travel Destination Tuesday – 1

Author: MayaAndPierson
February 12, 2013

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Spring is coming soon… just a few weeks away for the official spring equinox. I’m not only excited because of the nicer weather, but also because spring break is coming! I’m not sure what we are going to do yet, but I do know that we will be taking the dogs with us. What are you going to do for spring break? How about visiting somewhere that is pet friendly so that your best friend can come? Here are some pet friendly ideas from our previous posts and from GoPetFriendly.com.

Here is a fun place just for dogs at Lake George, New York: Canine Camp Getaway

We will probably visit Clinton Lake, Kansas, which is a 15 minute drive from home. If you’re in Kansas or western Missouri, stop by and say hi!

Chicago, Illinois was voted one of the top 10 dog friendly cities. Here is a list of all 10 dog friendly cities: Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities

Portland, Oregon is also on the list as one of the top 10 dog friendly cities.

Tampa Bay, Florida has some fun things you can do with your dogs.

So does Colorado Springs.

Sedona, Arizona has a lot of hiking areas that are great for you and your dog.

Sedona, Arizona has a lot of hiking areas that are great for you and your dog.

Years ago, my dog Smokey and I went to Sedona, Arizona. That was the best pet friendly vacation ever!

Barton Creek Greenbelt located near Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Barton Creek Greenbelt located near Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Austin, Texas also has a lot of pet friendly places to visit. I should know, I used to live there!

Austin is in the Texas Hill Country which is a very beautiful part of Texas. The Hill Country covers a number of cities and towns in central Texas. GoPetFriendly has visited quite a few places in the Hill Country that are dog friendly: Pet Friendly Tour of the Texas Hill Country

How about visiting a pet friendly beach? More specifically, how about taking your dog to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?

Camping would be a fun thing to do with the dogs. Believe it or not, my husband has never been camping. Hmmm. Here is a pet friendly camp site in North Carolina worth checking out: Four Paws Kingdom

I hope you liked my first edition of Pet Travel Destination Tuesday. I am going to try to do this every Tuesday – the key word being ‘try’. 😉 For the most part, I may only feature one place a week instead of an entire list like today. If you would like to recommend a pet friendly place to visit, please email us at naturebydawn@gmail.com. Feel free to send your recommendation along with a photo of your pets!

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February 7, 2013

My dogs love to ride in the car! Whenever I go someplace where my dogs are allowed to go too (since I won’t leave them in the car by themselves) I take them with me. So, bank drivethrough, fast food drivethrough, let’s go Maya & Pierson! Even better, let’s go to the dog park or the pet supply store to buy some toys!!!

Speaking of riding in the car, I absolutely love all the hilarious Subaru dog commercials. Did you see the new ones when you watched the Puppy Bowl? I had a teaser for one of the commercials last week. Here is another teaser. Then below that is one of the full commercials. Seriously funny.

I like this one, except the dog should not be sitting in the lap! Where’s your seat belt, miss/mr puppy? At least Grant Weber, the Subaru Salesman, isn’t actually driving with the dog in his lap.

When you watched the Puppy Bowl, did you get a chance to use the IntoNow app which presented Subaru content in conjunction with the show? I did and I liked it a lot, although I did have a bit of trouble figuring out how to use it. Also, because of my phone some of the links on the app did not allow me to use them… like the one for making a dog driver’s license. Fortunately, these are available on Subaru’s Facebook page. I will give it a try soon, then will let you know what I think.

We seldom do paid posts, but when we do it is because we like the content we are being asked to present… in this case, the funny Subaru dog commercials. We’ve posted these commercials a number of times in the past, unpaid, so it isn’t that much of a stretch to have a paid post. This is a paid post, although the text content associated with these videos is all our own.

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Super Fun Puppy Bowl IX App & Subaru

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 31, 2013

Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™

You’ve seen those funny and cute Subaru dog commercials, haven’t you? You know, the dogs driving a subaru to go camping and skiing, or driving a Subaru to the grocery store only to have a cat driving another Subaru steal their parking spot (that’s my favorite). Well, Subaru has more great commercials for you. And this year, they are associated with the Puppy Bowl IX.

There are four new commercials that we are aware of. And this year, it’s not just about the dogs. Grant Weber, is a human Subaru Canine Sales Associate who specializes in selling the Subaru to dogs. He makes an appearance in a most of the commercials but our favorite is the one with the dogs Toby and Keys getting ready for a tailgate party:

We just love this Subaru commercial:

If you have never seen the Puppy Bowl before, it is a MUST SEE for dog lovers. Imagine a bunch of cute adoptable puppies on a mini football field romping around and having a good time. You can watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet on February 3rd, 3pm p/e time.

Want to make watching the Puppy Bowl an even better experience? Download this app on your tablet or mobile phone: http://blogp.ws/Wxa8ia

The app can be downloaded now but won’t activate until the start of the Puppy Bowl. Watch the Puppy Bowl in unison with your app, see additional cuteness content, and interact with the show! The app also brings in new hilarious Subaru Dog tested. Dog approved.™ commercials.

Remember, you can download the app now but it only becomes available at 3pm e/p on February 3rd. If you miss that airing, Animal Planet replays the show throughout the rest of the day.

This post is sponsored by Subaru, Dog Tested. Dog Approved™ campaign. Yes, we here at PetAutoSafetyBlog.com are being compensated for this post. But please note that we agreed with this arrangement because we love that Subaru goes out of their way to be dog friendly, because we love their hilarious dog commercials, because we love the adoptable dogs in the Puppy Bowl, and because we love the message of the Puppy Bowl. I personally, can’t wait to use this app myself on February 3rd!

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January 16, 2013

Catch that football Maya!

Pierson is doing the touchdown dance for Super Dog Sunday.

Maya & Pierson tackling a football player for Super Dog Sunday.

What is Super Dog Sunday? Click this image to find out more.

 

For more Wordless Wednesday pet photos, check out the blog hop below.

 

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December 26, 2012

Be sure to check out my last post about visiting my mom and stepdad in Missouri. I ended up going by myself because my husband’s boss wouldn’t let him have Monday or Wednesday off. Since it is a 5 hour drive, it didn’t make much sense to drive there and only visit for one day. Besides, I had that Dixie Stampede to take my mom and stepdad to on Sunday. That is a lot of driving back and forth. So my husband stayed behind and took care of Maya & Pierson. Here are the photos I took on my visit to my mom’s:

Me petting Sandy the goat. She loves for her chin and cheeks to be scratched.

My mom’s 10 chickens. There is Pixie, Cochise, and I don’t remember the names of the others.

This is one of my mom’s rabbits, Buck.

My mom’s dog Solo. She is such a sweetie!

Rocky is getting old. He is 10 years old and resting here on the bed.

This is a photo of one of the horses at the Dixie Stampede. They did not allow us to take photos of the show itself. 🙁

As I said, my husband had to stay behind because of work. It was very sad. But it looks like he had a good time with Maya & Pierson. And our friends Sha Sha and Jinbo were there too.

Here is my husband with Pierson. It looks like they had a great time without me. 😉

Our friend Jinbo has Maya & Pierson doing tricks. They got lots of holiday treats too!

For other great pet photos for Wordless Wednesday, check out the blog hop below!

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October 17, 2012

You can win a $25 gift card for the month of October. Simply send us a photo of your pet on vacation and like us on Facebook. Click HERE for more details.

In the meantime, here are some really old photos of my dogs past. These were taken several years ago before digital cameras. The first one is from the 80’s. Far left is my Sheltie, Cassie. That’s me in the pink pants. Then my two cousins in the middle and far right. We are visiting Grandma’s house.

The second picture is of Smokey and Becky Anne. They are spending the day at the lake. This was taken sometime in the 90’s. Smokey is the black Lab/Border Collie/Shepherd mix. Becky Anne is the Shepherd/Whippet (?) mix. Becky Anne has no tail because she lost it after being hit by a truck. Thankfully, her tail is all she lost.

Be sure to check out our blog post from September 28th, 2012 for details on how you can enter your pet travel photo into our contest and win a $25 gift card. And check out other great pet photos on the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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October 10, 2012

Pet Auto Safety had a fantastic time this Sunday at the Dogtoberfest in Lawrence, Kansas. The event was huge and there were lots of activities. I tried to get as many photos as I could of the different events, but I was stuck at my own booth most of the time. So I asked Jim Sovanski with Sovanski Photography, who also had a booth at the event, to share some of his photos. As you can tell, his photos came out much better than mine. 🙂

 

This is a photo I took to show how crowded it was at Dogtoberfest despite the chilly weather. The Greyhound Rescue was right next to us.

This is the photo I took of the huge Irish Wolfhound. You can see how amateur the photo is by my shadow. That’s the Wolfhound’s friend the Corgi in the back and part of my Maya in the bottom right corner.

 

Compare my photo to this much better photo by Jim Sovanski. The Irish Wolfhound’s name is Quinn.

 

Here is a woman and her Dachshund sitting down and enjoying an event at the Dogtoberfest. They could be watching the stage where there were costume contests and other pet contests, they could be watching the dogs in the agility course, or they could be watching the disc dogs in action.

 

Here is an adorable dog dressed up for Dogtoberfest.

 

We had a tax man come by to make sure we had our sales tax permit. This dog is checking him out to make sure he dotted his i’s and crossed his t’s.

 

A beautiful Border Collie in front of Jim Sovanski’s booth. 🙂

 

If you like Jim Sovanski Photography, he does digitial paintings as well. Look how beautiful this dog digital painting is.

 

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