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Saturday Blog Hop

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 10, 2011

Visit lots of great dog blogs!

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September 8, 2011


If ever I get a chance to visit Florida, I’d like to travel with my dogs to Tampa Bay, Florida.  There is so much to do here, and not just for you… Your dogs can come and enjoy too!!!

There are more hotels which allow dogs in Tampa Bay, Florida than you can shake a stick at!  La Quinta, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Ramada, Red Roof Inn, Sheraton Hotel, are just a few of the pet friendly hotels.  If you want to stay in a resort, guess what?  There are plenty of pet friendly resorts as well, and even RV parks and campgrounds.

There are a few great pet-friendly state parks including Honeymoon Island State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, and Caladesi Island State Park.  Other pet friendly parks include Flatwoods Wilderness Park, Lake Park, and more.

Take your dog and visit the Florida Botanical Gardens or the Heritage Village.  Dogs on leashes are allowed in the outdoor areas.  You can visit Adventure Island and Busch Gardens, but dogs aren’t allowed inside the parks.  But if you don’t want to leave your dog in the hotel or RV, these places have a temperature-controlled kennel where your dog can stay for a very small fee.

Dogs are allowed in the common areas of Hyde Park Village shopping center.  Many stores will allow dogs inside and a few even have water bowls ready for your pet.  There is even a Block Pawty in September at this location!

Check out the fenced in dog park on the beach at Davis Island Dog Park.  I think my dog Maya would love to play on beach!  There are a number of other dog parks in the Tampa Bay, Florida area including Mango Dog Park, Walsingham Park Paw Playground, Enterprise Dog Park, Sand Key Park Paw Playground, and more.

There are so many outdoor restaurants which allow dogs that we just don’t have enough room on this blog to list them all.  To find out more information about the pet friendly locations in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, visit  If you drive to Tampa Bay, be sure your dog is safely restrained in a dog car harness or car seat for dogs.  Don’t forget, has lots of other great dog travel destinations.

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Wordless Wednesday Dog Blog Hop

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 7, 2011

Maya in the car

Share the fun and visit lots of dog blogs!

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Pet Safety on Labor Day

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 4, 2011


It is the last holiday of the summer so let’s go enjoy it!  Many of us will be hanging out at the lake this Labor Day weekend.  If you’re like me, you are going to take your dog.  Here are a few important pet safety tips to remember:

* When driving out to the lake, be sure everyone including your pet is safely restrained in the vehicle.  Your dog should use a pet safety device such as dog car harness, pet car seat, or pet crate.
* Be sure everyone wears sunscreen.  Consider sunscreen for your dog too – especially if your dog has short fur.
* Pet safety means keeping your dog on a leash unless he is in an off-leash area for dogs.  There are many reasons for keeping your pet on a leash.  You don’t want him wandering off and getting lost.  With so many people about, you do not want your dog getting into trouble with people or other dogs.  And you don’t want your dog wandering around picking up scraps of food or garbage.
* Bring plenty of water.  Don’t forget your dog’s water bowl so he can drink too.  Just because you are at the lake doesn’t mean your dog should be allowed to drink from it.
* Be aware of the dangers of heat stroke.  Watch for signs and if any person or pet exhibits signs, get them somewhere cool as soon as possible.  Signs of heat exhaustion include vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, and increased heart rate.  For dogs symptoms also include excessive panting, pale gums, and/or a bright red tongue.
* Stay away from pond scum.  As per our pet safety article on our American Dog Blog, blue-green algae can be harmful for both you and your pets.
* If you are going on a boat, be sure everyone including your pet wears a life jacket.  Boating accidents are common and should your dog fall or get tossed overboard, you want him to be able to keep afloat until help comes.

If there are any other pet safety issues you can think of, let us know.  And have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!!!

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Music to Calm Dogs in the Car

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 3, 2011

Through a Dog's Ear: Driving Edition 

I was lucky enough to win a sample CD from Through a Dog’s Ear.  I liked it and upon reviewing their website, I found the perfect CD related to pet travel.  It is called the “Driving Edition“.

Music can be very soothing.  It is a great way for us to relieve stress and unwind.  And it can even help dogs.  The creators of Through a Dog’s Ear have done bio-acoustic research on the effect of music on dogs.  Imagine what a selection of music perfectly suited to the acclimations of your dog’s sense of hearing can do for an overly excited dog in the car or for a dog who is very nervous in the car.  Visit Through a Dog’s Ear for more information.

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September 1, 2011


Pet Auto has lots of pet car hammock products including the Guardian Gear pet car hammock, Wander pet car hammock from Kurgo, and the Outward Hound pet car hammock.  All the pet car hammock products at pet auto are similar in style and use.

A pet car hammock helps to keep your dog in the back seat.  And it also helps to protect your dog in a minor accident.  Because a pet car hammock covers the floor of the back seat, your dog won’t get thrown onto the floor if a minor car accident should occur.  A dog getting thrown onto the floor could suffer broken bones.

Best of all, a pet car hammock also protects your car from muddy paw prints and dog hair.  The pet car hammock products work by hanging off the front and back headrests of your seats.  If you back seats do not have headrests, then you probably will not be able to effectively use a pet car hammock.

If the pet car hammock products all work the same, what makes the pet car hammock from Outward Hound different from the other pet car hammocks on Pet Auto  The biggest difference is the price.  The Outward Hound pet car hammock is the least expensive.  The cloth is a bit thinner than the cloth of the other pet car hammock products, but it is just as durable.  And the Outward Hound pet car hammock does not come with all the added features that the Wander pet car hammock comes with (ie water bottle and carrying bag).

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