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July 30, 2013
Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Last week, we had a review from Lily Grace’s mom on the Ruff Rider Roadie seat belt for dogs. Lily Grace went on a long road trip from Florida to Connecticut. So our pet travel destination that Tuesday was for Hartford, Connecticut. This Tuesday, we’re reviewing southern Florida, where Lily Grace rode from.

There are so many pet friendly accommodations in southern Florida that finding one will take almost no effort at all. Just visit DogFriendly.com to get a list.

Take your dog for a walk along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. Also in Fort Lauderdale, shop along the Las Olas district and stop for a bite to eat at an outdoor cafe. Some are dog friendly. Or you can shop along the Worth Avenue shopping district in Palm Beach.

And OMD! There are a number of parks and beaches in southern Florida. I’m just going to name a few.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

There are lots of dog parks too. Here’s one in Boca Raton:

Check out this other video of dogs having fun at the beach in Fort Lauderdale:

Doesn’t southern Florida look like fun? What would you and your dog do if your pet travel destination was southern Florida?

 

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July 26, 2013

We didn’t have many pet travel safety questions this past week. Our dog blog is more of an informational blog and doesn’t inspire a lot of comments. We do have a lot of readers, though. And our readers generally prefer to ask their questions by email or phone.

Which Size Dog Safety Belt Should I Get?

An important question that came up and comes up often is, how do you know what size of dog safety belt to get? This is not always easy since each manufacturer determines its own size standards. Take the recent review on the Kurgo Go-Tech pet seat belt. The medium size should fit most dogs between 25 and 50 pounds, but there are so many different shapes and sizes of dogs within this range that it is impossible for this size to fit them all. Consider a Bulldog, and then consider a Whippet. Both could fit within Kurgo’s medium weight range. But the neck of a Whippet is so small and narrow while the Bulldog’s is thick. I doubt the medium Kurgo Go-Tech would fit the Whippet while it might fit the Bulldog perfectly.

The medium Kurgo Tru-Fit style, on the other hand, might fit both dogs since the neck size is adjustable. The Ruff Rider Roadie also has an adjustable neck size (except smaller sizes). For both the Kurgo and the Ruff Rider Roadie, the most important size measurement is the girth size. The girth size is the measurement around your dog’s chest just behind the front legs. See how to measure your dog’s girth (chest) below.

Maya's Measurement for Dog Seat Belt

Maya gets her girth measured to see what size of dog seat belt is right for her.

The Bergan dog safety belt is the most flexible when it comes to sizing. Both the neck and the chest sizes are fully adjustable. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Italian Greyhound or a Mastiff. It is the weight of the dog that is most important. However, the small Bergan may be too big for really tiny dogs like Chihuahuas. And while the extra-large Bergan is the largest of all the extra-large size brands we have, it still may be too small for really big dogs with a chest (girth) size greater than 50 inches around.

Pros and Cons of Each Brand of Seat Belts for Dogs

Gizmo from Terrier Torrent commented about a recent review we posted on the new Kurgo Go-Tech harness. He liked how the review listed both the pros and the cons. We like it to. What works for me and my dogs may not work for you and yours. There are a lot of factors to consider. Check out our post from February 16th, 2013 where we attempt to list the pros and cons of our four most popular brands – Compare Pet Seat Belt Brands. This post does not yet include the Kurgo Go-Tech since this is a brand new style.

Help us out for the next Follow Up Friday by asking more questions about pet travel safety. Don’t just ask about seat belts for dogs. Ask about other products. And ask us some general pet travel questions too. We’d love to help. 🙂 And we will give you the pros as well as the cons.

Thank you, Heart Like a Dog, for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop!

 

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Lily Grace Ruff Rider Roadie

Lily Grace wearing her Ruff Rider Roadie dog seat belt while on a 1,300 mile trip to Hartford, Connecticut.

We just received a wonderful review of the Ruff Rider Roadie dog car restraint:

“We just completed a 1300 mile trip from Bradenton, Fl to West Palm Beach, Fl to Hartford, CT with my 11 month old Australian Labradoodle Lily Grace.  I loved the Ruff Rider because there is no way she could pop it open and get out of it and I knew she was protected from sudden stops.  I ordered a size three and it fits her great because of the pleats underneath the chest.  She weighs abut 35 pounds but has a deep chest.  As you can see Lily Grace was very comfortable in the seat belt.  Lily Grace also has a hammock in the car.  Safe dogs make happy pet Mommas.”

We couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much for sharing this great review of your new dog seat belt. And thank you for sharing the adorable photo of Lily Grace. 🙂

Now that you’re in Hartford, what are some things you and your dog can do? We checked out DogFriendly.com and found a couple of things. There are some great scenic walks through Talcott Mountain State Park. Also, there is a very long trail that goes all the way through both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Get on the Metacomet-Monadock trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail, from 3022 Albany Ave in West Hartford. There are other entrances to this trail as well.

We found a few more things for you and your dog to do on CBS Connecticut – Best Places to Take Your Dog in Hartford. One place mentioned is the Wethersfield Dog Park. Here is a cute video of dogs at the dog park.

Another place mentioned is the Farmington River Trail. There is an entrance from Sperry Park in Avon, CT (about 20 minutes west of Hartford).

And you have to go see Bushnell Park! There is always something going on there. Dogs on leashes are welcome in most areas.

Bushnell Park in Hartford Connecticut

Anyone who’s been to the Hartford, Connecticut area, are there any other dog friendly places you can go? What are some other great pet travel destinations?

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We don’t have much of a chance to do any long distance traveling. So we live vicariously by GoPetFriendly, Roxy the Traveling Dog, and other dog blog travelers. Where have they been lately? Some very beautiful and interesting places. See where these dog bloggers have been, then visit their site for more fantastic photos.

Colorado Springs

Ty & Buster with GoPetFriendly.com go to Salida, Colorado – The above image is actually of Colorado Springs. Salida, Colorado is two hours west and just as beautiful (as is most of Colorado). Go check out GoPetFriendly.com to see Ty & Buster in some gorgeous scenery in Salida.

Yellowstone Geyser

Roxy & Torrey with RoxytheTravelingDog.com go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming – The above image is actually from Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is known as the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks. Go visit Roxy’s blog at RoxytheTravelingDog.com to see Roxy & Torrey in the beautiful area of Jackson Hole.

Waterfall in Highlands, North Carolina

Rocco with ToDogWithLove.com go to Highlands, North Carolina – The above image is from a waterfall in the area of Highlands, North Carolina. This photo does not do justice to the photos on Rocco’s blog, ToDogWithLove.com. Go check it out!

Have you been on vacation with your dog yet? Where is your favorite pet travel destination? Share and show us some pictures. 🙂

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July 9, 2013

The Versatile Blogger Award

Our blog was nominated for an award at the end of last month! It is the Versatile Blogger Award and we were given it by our friend Hawk at BrownDogCBR.blogspot.com. We are so excited because this is the first time our Pet Auto Safety blog has been nominated for such an award!

How does this nomination work? It is like a digital chain letter. A blogger who is nominated then awards 15 other bloggers and those 15 other bloggers nominate 15 more. The award makes its way around the internet, with some bloggers getting the award multiple times. But it serves another purpose too. If you’re reading my blog and you like it, then this award allows you to discover other great dog blogs that I like. It is a fun way to share!

Below are some of my favorite dog bloggers (in no particular order). Be sure to check them out. They are all fun and pawesome!

Brown Dog CBR – This is the blog for Hawk, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I love this blog because there are a ton of photos of Hawk and he is always looking at interesting things and doing fun stuff.

2 Brown Dawgs – This is the blog for Thunder, Storm, and Freighter, also Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I discovered this blog through Hawk’s blog. I love this blog because these three dogs do field training and it is so interesting to learn the process.

Sugar the Golden Retriever – This is the blog for Sugar… yep, a Golden Retriever. I first discovered the blog when Sugar was in Hawaii. The pictures were always fun and beautiful. Sugar is in Chicago now, but the blog is still fun. You can recognize Sugar by her purple shoes!

Roxy the Traveling Dog – This is the blog for Roxy, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and Torrey, an Australian Shepherd (mix?). They get to travel all around the United States. Their parents do this fun thing where they go on Rendezvous. You really have to visit their blog to find out more.

Snoopy’s Dog Blog – Snoopy is an adorable Bearded Collie. He’s always up to some kind of mischief! If you need a cuteness fix, this is always a fun blog to visit.

All Things Dog Blog – This is the blog for Tanner and Oliver and it is one of the first blogs I started following when I started. Carrie, Tanner and Oliver’s mom, gave me a lot of great tips in getting my blog going. And she’s a great fan of keeping her dogs safe in the car!

Clowie’s Corner – Clowie is a Great Pyrenese. She is a beautiful sweet dog – a true gentle giant. She always tells such great adventure stories in her blog.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews – Flea is the writer of this blog and she has several pets – Flash and Patches (Australian Shepherds), O’Bunner and Humperdink (rabbits), Jimmy (duck), Ryan (Goose), and a ton of chickens that I can’t remember the names of. I only recently discovered this blog and fell in love with it right away. Flea is so funny and the way she presents things makes for some very entertaining reading.

Something Wagging This Way Comes – This is another humorous blog, although sometimes serious. Honey, a Golden Retriever is often the focus. Honey is a great dog and gives her owner a great insight into life.

Rumpy Dog – Rumpy is a Siberian Husky. He and June Buggie tell us about several animal welfare issues and what we can do to make sure that we are looking out for their wellbeing. There is also some dog and cat cuteness going on there.

Dakota’s Den – Dakota is an adorable Sheltie. I am partial to Shelties since my first very own dog was a Sheltie. Dakota blogs about a variety of things from pet care, prizes, cute pictures, and more.

Glo Girly – This blog is hilariously cute. GloGirly is the blogger, but she talks in the voice of Katie and Waffles, her cats. These two cats are always up to something.

Go Pet Friendly – Ty and Buster are the dogs in this blog. They get to travel all over the country. I first noticed them when they traveled through Texas. Since I lived in Texas for many years, Ty and Buster’s adventures made me a little home sick.

Kirby’s Dog Blog – If you like cute little fluffy dogs, then you’ll love Kirby. Kirby’s mom, Leah is adorable too. This blog is all about innocent cuteness.

Oz the Terrier – Oz is an adorable Cairn Terrier, which I am partial to since Toto of the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn. I’ve lived in Kansas these past ten years so how could I not love Toto! I’ve followed Oz for some time but really enjoyed their March blog posts which featured Irish Limericks about several dogs in the dog blogging world, including Maya & Pierson! So fun and creative!!!

There are a lot of other dog blogs that I follow, but I had to narrow them down to fifteen. Be sure to also visit Leroy and Sherman’s blog, My Brown Newfies, the Long Life Cats and Dogs blog with Pixels and Litchi, Will and Eko’s blog, Brooks (RIP) and Kelly with Peggy’s Pet Place, Pepper Paws, Mollie and Alfie, Maggie with Wag the Dog UK, Remy with One Blue Dog, Gizmo with Terrier Torrent, and the list goes on. And don’t forget to take a trip to visit my dogs, Maya and Pierson, at AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com!

Me and My Dogs maya and Pierson

Left to right: Maya, Dawn, Pierson

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June 25, 2013
Savannah Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

If you’re interested in American history, then you will love Savannah, Georgia. It is rich in American history! Settled in 1733, it was one of America’s first colonial cities. It also survived the Revolutionary War, a couple of devastating fires, an outbreak of yellow fever, and the Civil War. Read more of Savannah’s history at SavannahVisit.com.

Savannah can also be a fun pet travel destination to visit with your pet. According to DogFriendly.com, this city has no less than 50 pet friendly accommodations! That includes the Thunderbird Inn which is featured in this fantastic video below:

Dog friendly historical sites you can visit include Fort Pulaski National Monument, Old Fort Jackson, and Fort McAllister State Historic Park. If you’re still not tired after visiting all these places, go shopping along the Savannah Riverfront area. This area is about 9 blocks long and features parks with statues and huge live oak trees, a great view of downtown from across the Savannah River, street performers, and of course, great places to shop and to eat with your furry best friend.

Despite Savannah’s location near the beach, there were no pet friendly beaches that we could find. The city does have a dog park, the Savannah dog park. Your dog followed you wherever you wanted to go. Now it is his turn to lead the way!

Include your pet in your next vacation plans. Be sure that if you’re driving to your pet travel destination that your dog wears his pet seat belt or rides safely in a secured dog travel crate. And make sure you all have fun!

Oh, and take pictures to share with us. We’d love to see your dog enjoying the family vacation. 🙂

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June 11, 2013

Look what we won! No travel destination today. But we do have a great calendar from GoPetFriendlyBlog.com with lots of great photos of their dogs Ty and Buster at great pet travel destinations.

Me Dogs Calendar 3

Look what we won from GoPetFriendly.com!

The calendar is titled “Travels with Ty & Buster”. This month for June, Ty and Buster are pictured at Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s a great photo of them chilling out on some nice lush green grass in front of the scenic harbor. There are also photos of them in Stowe, Vermont, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Newport, Rhode Island.

Ty and Buster in Woodstock

One of many great photos of Ty & Buster in the GoPetFriendly.com calendar. Click the photo to visit their blog and see more photos of Ty & Buster in Woodstock, Vermont.

Another thing I love about the calendar is that in many of the photos, Ty and Buster are wearing their Kurgo dog car harnesses!!! It’s so great seeing these guys traveling safe as they visit so many wonderful pet travel destinations across the continent.

Do you want a Ty and Buster calendar? You can win one too. Just enter the Friday Photo Challenge which is held EVERY Friday on GoPetFriendlyBlog.com. This week, enter HERE. Then visit their blog regularly for other photo challenges.

 

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Eureka! I think I’ve found a great and relatively nearby pet travel destination. I love nature, I love history, and I love a little fantasy. And Eureka Springs, Arkansas has it all!

For fantasy, check out Castle Rogue’s Manor. I called them yesterday and confirmed that friendly pets on leashes are allowed. This is a scenic castle built from the native trees of the Ozarks, including black walnut and Arkansas red cedar. The following photos were taken by our friend Flea at the Jones Natural Chews blog.

Castle Rogue's Manor 1 Castle Rogue's Manor 2

For history, check out the following two videos of pet friendly places.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

For nature… Well, Eureka Springs is situated in the Ozarks. There are nature trails galore! Hike to some interesting rock formations – Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge. Or go check out the Beaver Dam just west of town.

This pet travel destination is only four-and-a-half hours from where I live. Hmmm. Perhaps I should put the dog car harnesses on Maya and Pierson, hop in the car, and go to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. What do you think?

 

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May 28, 2013

Carmel is the Ultimate Pet Travel Destination

Labrador at Carmel Beach

No, that’s not my Maya in the photo above. I wish it was. I think she’d really like to visit the beach in Carmel, California. I bet your dog would too. Carmel, California was voted Best City for Pet Travelers by GoPetFriendly.com‘s readers in 2013. Here’s why.

Check out how much fun these dogs (and people) are having at Carmel City Beach where dogs are allowed off-leash.

Garland Ranch Regional Park looks like a great place to take a nature walk. Check out this video of a beautiful dog named Lilly at Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Didn’t get in enough walking? Take your dog on a two hour walking tour through gardens, cottages, and more with the Carmel Walks walking tour.

There are also a lot of fun places to shop in Carmel. Several shops at the Carmel Village shopping area along Ocean Avenue are pet friendly. The PortaBella restaurant has a dog friendly outdoor patio on Ocean Avenue. There are a number of other restaurants in Carmel that have dog friendly outdoor patios, such as Cafe Stravaganza, Forge in the Forest, Plaza Linda, and Flaherty’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar.

After all that walking, relax with a nice glass of wine at Taste Morgan.  This is a winery where well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome.

Oh, we forgot to mention pet friendly accommodations. There are a number of them in Carmel, California. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the only pet friendly accommodation we found on DogFriendly.com that doesn’t charge any additional pet fees.

I don’t think I’ve covered everything there is to do with your dog in Carmel. If you want to know more, check out DogFriendly.com and GoPetFriendly.com. If you’ve already been to Carmel with your dog, tell us about it. Or tell us your favorite pet travel destination. Don’t forget, wherever you travel, be sure your best friend travels safe.

 

 

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May 21, 2013

I had a chance to visit New York City for the first time last year. Since I couldn’t take my dogs on that trip, I thought I would share a blog post about pet friendly New York by our favorite Beagle, Maggie, at WagTheDogUK.

Here are some photos of dogs that I took while I was in Manhattan.

Lots of open space in Central Park. There is no designated off-leash area but there are off-leash times.

Lots of open space in Central Park. There is no designated off-leash area but there are off-leash times.

If you think New York is too crowded to have two big dogs, you're wrong. These two pups enjoy it here.

If you think New York is too crowded to have two big dogs, you’re wrong. These two pups enjoy it here.

Early AM, lots of people headed to Central Park to walk their dogs.

Early AM, lots of people headed to Central Park to walk their dogs.

In the fast paced life, you can take your dog for a walk, stop at an outdoor cafe for a quick breakfast, and take care of business on your cell phone all at the same time.

In the fast paced life, you can take your dog for a walk, stop at an outdoor cafe for a quick breakfast, and take care of business on your cell phone all at the same time.

The biggest dog in New York is Balto. I love this statue!

The biggest dog in New York is Balto. I love this statue!

 

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