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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Vacationing with your pug

Don’t get me wrong, getting away from the daily grind is fantastic, but for me vacationing without my pugs in tow is not much fun.  So I am always on the lookout for great vacation destinations that are also dog friendly.  DogFriendly.com is a great resource for traveling with your pug and they just recently released this year’s list of the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination Cities in the United States and Canada.  Here are the cities that made the list:

  1. Boston - Take a boat or whale watching cruise. Walk the Freedom Trail, visit Salem and explore history at Minute Man Park. Your leashed dog is also welcome on the subway.
  2. Vancouver - Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge and park. Take a walking tour of Historic Gastown. Take the ferry and visit nearby Victoria and beautiful Butchart Gardens.
  3. New York - Stay in luxury at many fine hotels. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a walking tour of lower Manhattan. Ride the carriages. Watch a morning show. Shop in many famous stores.
  4. San Francisco - Luxurious hotels, outdoor dining, the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach and many off-leash areas. Ride the cable car to the Fisherman’s Wharf area and stroll with your dog.
  5. Austin - Visit Zilker Botanical Gardens, catch a horse and carriage ride, dine in outdoor cafes. See the bats leave the Congress St Bridge at dusk. Use the city’s many parks.
  6. Portland - Enjoy over 20 off-leash areas, an amusement park and the famous Rose Gardens. Dine at the Lucky Lab. Visit the Saturday Outdoor Market and hike in the Colombia River Gorge.
  7. Northern Virginia - Dine or enjoy happy hour in dog-friendly Alexandria. Take the Canine Cruise on the Potomac. Visit outdoor monuments in Washington and Virginia.
  8. Orlando - Stay at resorts such as the Portofino Bay and Sheraton World. Take a boat cruise, shop Winter Park, and dine at Sam Snead’s where Jeb Bush signed the doggy dining law.
  9. San Diego - Off-leash dog beaches. Stay at Loews Coronado Resort. Shop at dog-friendly Otay Ranch Shopping Center complete with a dog park. Dine outdoors. Visit nearby Julian.
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth - Ride a carriage, visit Pioneer Plaza, take a walking tour. Visit Fort Woof dog park and the Stockyard in Fort Worth. Dine on Texas BBQ at outdoor restaurants.

What about you?  What is your favorite dog friendly destination?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tell HGTV how you pamper your pug

HGTV is putting together a segment on dogs that enjoy the finer things in life and they want to know “How do you pamper your pooch?”  So drop them a line and let them know exactly how you pamper your pug.  Who knows, you may even get a shot at being on HGTV.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Free Pet Rescue Sticker

ASPCA Emergency Sticker
The ASPCA is giving away free window decals that alert rescue crews that pets are inside your home.  In the event of an emergency this sticker conveys valuable information to emergency personnel.  So go ahead and get one, the price is right.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Healing Power of Pugs

Read about how a pug helped a young couple cope with the loss of their unborn child.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Pet-Friendly Decorating

An interesting article on how many families are incorporating their pet’s need in the design of their home.  If you are looking for some inspiration for your own home be sure to check it out.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Dogs may dine with owners in FL

Governor Jeb Bush recently signed the “Doggie Dining” bill which allows city governments to decide whether local restaurants may allow dogs to dine with their owners in outdoor seating areas.  Even if a specific county permits dogs in outdoor areas,  restaurants reserve the final say on whether or not they will allow dogs on their premises. 

So far the reaction to the bill has been mixed.  Some think it is great, others think allowing dogs in restaurants is completely absurd.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  The “Doggie Dining” bill is currently under a 3 year test period.  After 3 years, lawmakers will re-evaluate the bill and see how well doggie dining goes over with Florida residents and tourists.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Put your pug’s picture on your Visa card

If you are anything like me, you probably get bombarded with all kinds of credit card offers each day.  Most of the time, I feed all of the offers right into my shredder, but this one caught my eye.  The PetRewards Visa card not only lets you put your pet’s photo on the card, but it also has a rewards program geared towards animal lovers.  The card lets you turn your reward points into discount certificates for pet food, veterinary services or donations to animal shelters.

For complete details check out the PetRewards Visa card website.

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