Tips for Traveling with Pets [infographic]
Tips for Traveling with Pets [infographic]
So You Want to Travel to the Bay Area Pet Expo. Join the Club!
Think of the Bay Area Pet Expo and images come to mind: miles and miles of canine and feline and avian related tables filled with products galore, free product samples, contests, giveaways and happy dogs eating treats, wagging tails meeting other canines.
Before you attend this annual Santa Clara Fairground event (this year featuring Shorty Rossi and his pack of pit bulls), which takes place Saturday, January 11, from 10 am to 4 pm, here are some things to consider.
Get there early. There is no fee to attend but parking on the street fills up fast. Parking is $8 and the lot is very busy.
Make sure that your pooch is able, willing and ready to attend an event with hundreds of strange canines, felines and people. I had to park Cici outside tied to a pole for five minutes while I ran around inside and she was not a happy camper. Neither was the alternative (bringing her inside where the noise and excitement of meeting so many people, canines and felines in an enclosed space was too much for her). She was and I was not prepared for the chaos of the event.
There is a new Wags Hotel for pooches in nearby Redwood City. Your dog can play with other pooches for a few hours while you peruse, talk to dog experts and meet and greet at the Expo.
Your pet must be immunized in order to attend the event (and also to play at the doggie daycare), please bring proof of rabies and other vaccinations.
If you do not live in the area, and must stay overnight: (some hotels have group discount rates)
Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City is half an hour away from San Jose
San Jose area hotels have pet friendly lodging including :
Hilton San Jose
300 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy - Large pets up to 75 lbs, USD $75. Non-refundable fee. Bed and bowls limited.
2585 Seaboard Avenue
San Jose, CA 00000
There are no deposits or fees. Up to two domestic pets (cats or dogs) per room. When you check in, please let the front desk staff know.
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy - $50 nonrefundable fee. Pets under 100 lbs. welcome.
Pet Amenities - Pet bed pillow upon request, water, food bowls with mat, pet treat.
Points of Interest - Walking trails, dog parks, pet store (all within 4 miles)
Rates - Single, Double: starting at $89
The Pet Expo website has a link to the Fairfield Inn, San Jose Airport area
Pet Contest, Free Microchipping and Low Cost Vaccinations, Pet Talent, Pet Agility Demonstrations, Musical Chairs and more.
Shorty Rossi, the pit boss, runs Shortywood Productions, a Hollywood talent management company for little people, as well as Shorty’s Rescue, his pit bull rescue group.
Be sure to catch Shorty onstage, discussing his passion – rescuing Pit bulls! Stop by to get an autograph or picture with Shorty,, his dog Hercules and help support his charities!
Please visit Shorty’s site for more information: www.shortyrescue.com
Adopting a pet?
Bring a crate and/or leash with you for your new family member. Crates and pet carriers often sell out. Be a good girl scout and be prepared.
Take the Tully Rd. exit West. Proceed 1.5 miles. The blue arch of the Fairgrounds is visible on the left.
Powder…cold, wet, white and fun to make snowballs and snowpeople with as well as to ski on. Our furry friends with four paws like snow as much as people do. And Lake Tahoe (north and south) is a perfect place to hit the snow trails and resorts. Lazy, couch potato puppies can sit by the fire while active animals can hike in the fluffy white stuff during the winter.
The mountains are alive with the sound of dogs frolicking in the snow. Taking your dog skiing might require some patience, practice and coordination. (Me, the only time I ever went skiing in my life, I failed at the bunny slopes in NY but there are plenty of people who ski and who knows, maybe Fido is a natural born skier).
Check it out: Heavenly is ski resort in south tahoe has pet friendly trails with no fee
Our favorite place to stay in South Lake Tahoe is the Three Peaks Resort. They have various kinds of lodging available from a motel type log cabins to suites with kitchen and living room.
$25 pet fee
The Lake Tahoe Basin offers level paths perfect for pampered pooches. Among the most scenic trails: Meiss Meadows, Echo Lakes, Angora Lakes, and Lily Lake.
Cross country ski areas, nordic trails and snowshoe trails are all pet friendly.
2 miles of trails
$50 season trail pass for dogs for cross county ski trails
all of the trails in Truckee are pet friendly
restaurants with outside patios usually are pet friendly
call (888) 229-2184 visitors bureau
All things Dog in North Lake Tahoe (this link is the best resource for travelers):
Dog Friendly skiing trails:
Dog Friendly Lodging:
Squaw Dogs (Dog Friendly store at Squaw Valley):
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn (pamper your pooch in style at PlumpJack):
All dogs are welcome; a one-time, non-refundable $150 cleaning fee will be assessed upon check-in.
Dog Friendly Villages:
Squaw Valley, www.squaw.com
Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/Default.htm
Northstar California, www.northstarcalifornia.com
Thanks for all of the info from the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative
Dogs must be on a leash and under an owner’s control at all times while on Northstar property and in the Village at Northstar. Any messes created need to be cleaned up by the dog’s owner.
On the Mountain
During the winter, dogs are not permitted on the mountain with the exception of the monthly Moonlight Snowshoe Tours.
During the summer, four-legged friends are welcome to ride the Gondola and hike with guests while on leash in the Mountain Biking & Hiking Park.
Dogs are not permitted in the lodging units at Northstar, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging, and the Northstar Lodge-Hyatt® Residence Club. Dogs are welcome in the lodging units at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for a $125.00 non-refundable (one time) fee.
Main Phone: (530) 562-3000
Guest Fax: (530) 562-3001
Sales Fax: (530) 562-3024
Central Reservations: (800) 514-4685
The holiday season is truly UPON us, jack frost nipping at our paws… chanukah and thanksgiving arrived around the same time this year.
Will you buy your cat or dog a gift for the holidays? How about a gift for your dog walker, pet sitter, pet rescuer or for that oh so very special pet parent/guardian in your life?
Here are a few suggested gifts for your four legged friends and a few human gifts, too.
1. A happy dog box: Cici received a box filled with toys and treats and your dog can too. This should be called the happy people and dog box because it lasts for hours/days and makes everyone happy. There was a very nice selection and assortment of treats.
Monster mouth toy… I have never seen her play with a toy for as long as this one. You can hide treats inside the mouth and your dog will enjoy finding them.
Curly chew bully stick
Waste bag container
Jump your bones kangaroo treats
Cloud star hip and joint treats, bacon and cheese, grain free
Woofables gourmet dog cookies
Each monthly box, worth over $30, comes packed with high-quality dog treats, toys, and accessories specially selected for canine health and well-being.
You can find out more info at the link below:
2. Lupine leash and harness. Cici received two sets that consisted of a step-in harness, leash and collar, one 3/4 wide and 1 inch wide. We LOVE THEM except the clasp is hard to open.
Lupine Collars and Leashes has been selling collars since 1991. They have developed a very successful line of woven patterned nylon collars, leashes and harnesses for dogs and cats. Not only are there great designs but the quality of the products is exceptional. They even offer a lifetime Even if Chewed Guarantee, which really means that they will replace any product, no matter how or when it was damaged–even if chewed!! And no receipt or shipping fee required! In addition, all the products are made in New Hampshire.
Please visit the website (www.lupinepet.com)
3. Bravo raw food
Cici scarfed up the raw turkey and was licking the bowl and the floor clean, which means she really really loved the food. She was begging for more.
I like the ingredients…
The one drawback is that I wish it came in burgers rather than a big huge loaf because I had to defrost the entire thing, and then feed it to her quickly, so 1/4 of the loaf the first day which was too much food in one day… and too much food in a week…
4. Spring natural dog food
Turkey, chickpeas, peas, dried eggs, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, natural flavors, salt, spinach, tomato pomace, calcium carbonate, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, chicory root extract, dandelion greens, mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, choline chloride.
Every recipe is made in the USA.
5. Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm
Sweetness from your pet deserves sweetness from the hive. All natural beeswax pulls moisture from the air and feeds the skin while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Subtle scents of Clary Sage and Basil are said to calm, soothe, and focus your pet.
Apply Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm to your pets nose, paw-pads, dry spots, hotspots, and sores. The easy to use applicator is pet tested and pet owner approved. Give your pet the very best in skin care.
Doggie and Me Balm is supposed to be good for pet owners, too. Use it on dry human elbows, hands, knees and heels. Feels soft and soothing. Doggie and Me Balm is made with 100% all natural ingredients. Has a kind of earthy herbal smell. Comes in a deodorant type looking jar or a candle jar without the wick.
6. Kurgo Auto barrier
Keep Fido in her place
Cici loves to jump into the driver’s seat when I run into the store. I come back to find you-know-who drooling on the steering wheel and getting the front seat all hairy.
Here is where the Backseat Barrier™ comes in. Super stylish, this cloth barrier attaches to the back of your front seats, creating a soft wall between you and Fido…blocking that little space above your center console. She can still sit and peer through the mesh top; you can even reach back for a scratch if necessary. Most importantly, this barrier helps to keep you distraction free while driving, and keeps your pup safely out of the front of the car.
This products is versatile and simple to install and remove. See for yourself how just a tiny bit of separation makes you a better puppy parent and driver.
7. Perfect leash
Similar to the stereotypes people use about pit bulls, when I first saw The Perfect Leash, all plastic, and I thought it was one of those leashes with the retractable line, I was not impressed, but then I Looked Further and actually tried out the leash rather than base my review upon false premises. I liked the way it kept Cici from pulling me down the street. Unfortunately, Cici lost the Walker leash so I cannot use it anymore.
Designed with both the dog and human in mind, the flexible Perfect Leash makes a great gift for dog owners who want to bring comfort and enjoyment back to their walks.
The Perfect Leash line of pet accessories includes a full-length dog walking leash (the Walker) that suits large and small dogs alike. Made of a proprietary polyurethane formula, the Walker’s flexibility provides an enjoyable walking experience for both the dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk the family dog with ease, confidence and comfort. Unlike cloth leashes, the Perfect Leash is odor resistant and easy to clean.
The Walker is the only full-stretch dog leash on the market! Its high flex capability provides an enjoyable walking experience for both dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk your dog with ease, confidence and comfort. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blaze Orange, JD Green, Safety Green, Military Green, Tan, Pink and Purple.
Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy the entertaining stories of the 24 dogs in this book. Dogs are ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They serve and love us as only they know how. Accompanied by 175 color images, discover the remarkable connection between dogs and humans through the inspiring stories of 24 dogs and the owners whose lives they have made better. Meet Paddington, the official greeter at Thorncroft Equestrian Center , and Cody, a search and rescue dog. Learn the story behind Pals for Life, an organization that provides therapy animal visits, and Francisvale, a safe haven for abandoned dogs. The stories range from service dogs that make life easier for those in need to much-loved household pets that offer love and companionship each day for family members.
Author and dog enthusiast, Lisa Loeb, speaks here about her new book.
Size: 6″ x 9″ | 140 illustrations | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344688 | Binding: hard cover |$19.99
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects.
Beautiful Old Dogs
This beautifully illustrated book features 44 color photographs of senior dogs taken by the late photographer Garry Gross and edited by David Tabatsky. An incredible tribute to the souls of elderly canines.
In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 11/5) the relationship between humans and dogs are explored in over 44 stunning color photographs from Gross and through short essays and poems from a range of writers, including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day and Marlo Thomas.
In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS, Gross showcases the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, though it was the older, more senior dogs that most fascinated him. After retiring from the world of fashion photography, Gross established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families and shortly thereafter decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs.
Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one silly dogs caught in mid-shake. This graphic photo book by award-winning internally recognized photographer Carli Davidson shows how funny dogs look caught with: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way. You’ve never seen dogs looking like this.
A few years ago Carli Davidson was a volunteer at dog shelters. In 2010, she began photographing the rescue dogs in mid-motion, capturing their movements at a thirteen-thousandth of a second. She called the project Shake and posted a few pictures on Facebook—they quickly went viral, and she was covered on Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to name a few. In a 90-day period her site spiked to 8.5 million views.
One hundred adorable models posed for the book. Sixty-one of them, including Scooby the Rottweiler, Greta the Shi Tzu, Twinkie the Jack Russell Terrier, and the famous, mixed-breed Ramen Noodle were selected. Two photographs of each dog are featured side-by-side in the book to capture the motion of their shakes. One photo shows the dog beginning to turn; the other shows its wild hair and fabulous facial expression mid-twist. Many of the dogs are shaking off water and the high quality of the photo shows the droplets as well.
9. Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Nah. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than 60% of dog owners never brush their dog’s teeth. The main reason is that it’s just too difficult.
To help improve the state of canine oral hygiene Kissable has launched two new ‘Brushless’ Dental Solutions to make dental care easy for the owner and painless for the pooch. Instant Fresh Breath Foam adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush! Oral Care Water Additive is a super-easy-to-administer liquid. Just add a capful to your pet’s water. No toothbrush required.
Instant Fresh Breath Foam
This all natural breath foamer combines the deodorizing powers of baking soda and peppermint with the anti-bacterial power of aloe vera. All promote excellent oral cleanliness which results in fresher breath. The sweet-tasting minty foam immediately adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush| 8oz
Oral Care Water Additive
Helps loosen plaque build-up and freshens breath while your pet drinks from the water bowl. Just add a capful to your pet’s drinking water when you refill the bowl and the ingredients in the product do the rest. When the pet drinks from their water bowl, the liquid will pass over the teeth and gums leaving behind ingredients that promote fresh breath and oral cleanliness| 16oz
I put the foam into her mouth. She gave me clenched teeth mouth, which was perfect, i moved her lip and put the foam on her teeth, used my fingers and rubbed it on. i give her water with her food so not sure how to make that work … smells nice and pepperminty… Cici in general has pretty good breath for a dog, because I feed her high quality foods and treats, no kibble… raw foods and still it is nice to be able to give your dog a sweet smelling minty fresh mouth.
Ecowelldog donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of its products to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Ecowelldog creates eco-friendly grooming and wellness products for the modern dog. They use the finest (“better than human quality”) ingredients to solve the toughest problems that dogs face, like itchy skin, tear stains and bad breath. Ecowelldog is sold and recommended by veterinarians aroun
last Friday was my birthday and I had planned to drive down to Morro Bay with my dog and this gal who has been my driver for the past six months. Things started not seeming right with this person on Halloween and I began a search for another driver. After a couple of weeks, there was time for things to cool off. I decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and a second chance and hired her again to take me shopping. More problems and she was having personal issues. OK. stuff happens, right.
Well, I realized that there was actually something completely else that I wanted to do on my birthday (rather than go to Morro Bay) and I did not know how to get it all worked out yet it came together very easily. There was even a Wags Hotel in Redwood City (where the event I wanted to go to was being held) and they were offering a FREE first stay for the dog. Next, my roommate decided he wanted to go to Redwood City to visit a friend of his and he would rent the car. Then he changed his itinerary to San Jose, but we could still drive together.
The Hotel Sofitel where the event I went to was being held is pet friendly and offering a discounted rate of only $99 but with all the other expenses I could not stay over. The hotel charges $20 a night per pet. So we decided to drive up and come back after the event (which ended around midnight). The Wag Hotel required more vaccinations than Cici has plus their hours would mean that instead of Cici playing with other dogs, she would mostly be in a strange room by herself. So I opted to leave Cici home. I figured that she would do better in her own home environment with familiar smells and items, toys and food.
It did not occur to me to look for a pet sitter. I called upon the driver gal (since she knows my dog and has worked with dogs) and my neighbor to look in on Cici. If the gal would walk Cici and feed her around 4 pm and my neighbor would check on her about 9 pm, I thought she would be OK. She mostly sleeps from 5 pm on most days/nights.
On Thursday, the gal drove me shopping and to dinner and I paid her and gave her the key and instructions.
On Friday, we left around noon and arrived back home around 3 a.m. Imagine my shock, when I saw that she had not bothered to show up and feed and walk my dog. Thankfully, Cici was just fine. I had left the door to the backyard open for her so she could do her business any time she wanted. And she must have spent the time sleeping away. Still, she was VERY happy to see us. And was rewarded for NOT tearing the house apart with some bacon and sausage we had brought back from breakfast at Denny’s.
The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I discovered there was NO message on my phone, email or Facebook page from this person. What the heck was going on? I expected that at the very least there would be an explanation and apology. Instead there was nothing. As time went on, I became more livid. My neighbor came by and told me he just plain forgot to come by. He apologized and gave me the key back. I should have gotten his phone number to remind him since I knew that he has a bad memory. But what was up with the driver??? I sent her a nasty Facebook direct message and received no reply, no phone message.
By Monday, I decided to call the police and/or a lawyer (I have Legal Shield) for advice. Thinking about things this person told me about themselves had me more and more concerned. She has an arrest record for shoplifting and is not allowed to go into Target. She is very young with a five year old daughter who lives with her mother but she lives with a drug addict friend. She was concerned about being evicted and on her Facebook page she put up very strange, provocative (sexual) images and sayings. She was supposed to be going to Heald college to become a police officer yet this is how she conducts herself?
The lawyer said that he would call her and tell her to get the money and key back to me by Wednesday. She told him that her car broke down and that she would get me the friggin key and money whenever she could. Nasty and cursing at a lawyer. The lawyer did say that he managed to tell her that if anything happened to this house (if it were to be broken into while she still has a key), that she would be liable.
Now I do not believe for a minute that her car broke down. If so, and she were an honest and responsible person, she would have called and left me a phone message and apologized at the very least. Otherwise, she should have found a way to get here and GET THE JOB DONE (a ride from a friend, a bus, whatever). I have been told that people with arrest records cannot ever become police officers. And so I now believe this person to be a liar and a thief.
I sent her an email (after unfriending and blocking her on Facebook) letting her know that I do not believe her and that she needs to get the key and money to me by tomorrow. If she is unwilling to do anything else, she can MAIL the key and money.
I tried calling some professional pet sitters for tips how to avoid such a situation. One tip was to get references. Another was to not pay the person ahead of time. What would you do? I think that this situation is unique and I am endeavoring to learn from it (while processing my anger). I am thankful that I never drove down to Morro Bay with this person. And thrilled that Cici is such a rock star. I have left her alone for 2-4 hours maximum in the past. I would not ever leave her alone for 14 hours but next time, she will be with a reliable pet sitter who will love her and do the job.
Does a pet sitter need to be bonded and insured in order to be hired? Would you have a written contract even for a one time situation?
The Marriott Hotel nearby the Sofitel charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee. There are other less expensive hotels in the area that are also pet friendly (Good Nite Inn, Motel 6) but not nearly the same quality of hotel accommodations and amenities for humans.
I have another driver in my neighborhood taking me shopping tomorrow. But so far, the drivers have not been very reliable. One gal could not even drive her own stick shift vehicle. Should I find another source to hire people other than craigslist? I cannot pay much but I try to go above and beyond (fed the other gal, took her to the movies one time, and accommodated her schedule and requests). A courteous, responsible and professional person communicates honestly and GETS THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT. At least that is my standard. No More Flakes Need Apply.
DogVacay.com and other organizations provide in-home dog care while you are away. What do you do when you travel and cannot take your pets???
You may visit Las Vegas on a regular basis. But there are a couple of other cities nearby that you might consider going to and taking your pooch with you.
Laughlin is about 1-1.2 hour south of Las Vegas , 90 miles south of Las Vegas, Located along the Colorado River, Laughlin offers all types of water activities including camping, boating, jet skiing, fishing, etc. The casinos that line the river offer live entertainment and casino gaming. And the atmosphere is of a small town rather than a large city. If your dog loves the water, this may be a fun place to visit. Probably the best time to visit is fall, spring or winter. Summertime is HOT HOT HOT outside, even hotter than Las Vegas.
Pet Friendly Lodging
The Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall offers 416 rooms including 30 clean and comfortable Pet Friendly rooms and 80 overlooking the beautiful Colorado River.
There is no size limit on pets, and pet rooms run $10 above the price of standard rooms. To reserve a pet room, you should reserve over the phone at 800-634-3469.
Rooms start at just $29.00 per night, plus tax. Pet rooms do require a $100 cash deposit upon check-in and is returned after inspection at check-out.
I have stayed at Harrah’s Laughlin by myself pre-Cici and it is a wonderful property. Clean rooms with all kinds of amenities including fast food and a restaurant on the property. It is also very affordable to stay in the Central Tower.
Harrah’s Laughlin (harrahslaughlin.com) offers guest rooms in multiple towers, an on-site casino, pool, riverside beach, fitness center, day spa and on-site shopping. The PetStay program at Harrah’s allows only dogs, with a weight limit of 50 pounds, and comes with additional room amenities, including food and water dishes, treats, a mat and disposable waste bags. Upgrading to a pet room costs an additional $40 fee per night.
Scenic mountain view with one king bed or two double beds located in the Central Tower. Includes, pillow top mattress, granite counters, hairdryer and iron/ironing board. Our PetStay Classic rooms come with a welcome treat and a dog food and water bowl. Guests traveling with their dog will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage and/or cleaning charges that may be incurred. Up to 2 dogs per room are permitted and each dog must weigh less than 50 pounds.
River view room with one king bed or two double beds located in the Central Tower. Includes pillow top mattress, granite counters, hairdryer, coffee maker and iron/ironing board. Our PetStay Premium rooms come with a welcome treat and a dog food/water bowl.
Dogs are allowed on some of the water taxis, depending upon the Captain and the dogs. Dogs are also allowed to walk on leash on the RiverWalk and at the beaches.
Dogs are allowed in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, but must be kept on a leash (not to exceed a length of 6 feet). Never leave dogs in the car as temperatures can reach 130 F. Pick up after your pet and don’t leave any trash along the trail. There is a bathroom, and trash cans can be found in the parking lot at the entrance to the trail.
Grapevine Canyon is located south of Spirit Mountain, which is a designated wilderness area in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is about 15 minutes by car from Harrah’s. Spirit Mountain and the surrounding canyons are considered sacred grounds of the Yuman tribes including the Mohave, Hualapai, Yavpai, Havasupai, Quechan, Paipai and Maricopa. The main attractions along the Grapevine Canyon trail are the petroglyphs, rock drawings created by Prehistoric Indians.
Grapevine Canyon is accessible from the Christmas Tree Pass Road, located off State Highway 163, six miles west of Davis Dam at mile marker 13. Turn right onto the dirt road. Two miles from the highway, a short spur road to the left leads into the parking area for Grapevine Canyon. Remember to carry plenty of water. Be sure to remove all your trash from the area. Remember this is a sacred area, take only pictures and memories, leave only footprints – on the trail! Source: www.nps.gov
Laughlin Visitor Information Center
1555 Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029
About 20-30 minutes from Laughlin are two cities in different states, Bullhead City, Arizona and Needles, California.
Best Western Bullhead City Inn
GOOD NIGHT INN
2201 Rancho Colorado Blvd., Bullhead City 86426 928-758-1711 Toll Free 866-758-1718
Indoor Hotel with 3 floors, 71 rooms. Free Parking & Wireless Internet. Outdoor Pool Wheelchair Access and handicap rooms available. 24 Hours Front Desk, hotel elevator. Air conditioning with daily maid service. Many room amenities, such as telephone, refrigerator, and cable tv. Non smoking rooms & suites available (extra charge). Pet Friendly (extra charge)
Travelers Inn of Bullhead City
1616 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442 928-763-1002 or Toll Free 866-763-7110
118 rooms with connecting rooms available. Indoor Hotel with Complimentary Breakfast. Free parking including boat & RV parking. Amenities include Wireless Internet, Outdoor Pool, Wheelchair Access & handicap rooms. 24 hour front desk, fax service, AAA Discount, and Air Conditioning. Winter Resident Rates Daily maid and wake-up service, telephone (free local calls), cable television & non-smoking rooms. Small Pet friendly, extra charge. Smoking and Non-Smoking Rooms
America’s Best western
1102 E. Broadway
Needles, CA 92363
Pets are allowed with manager’s approval. All pets are allowed for a daily charge of $10. have a garden for walking pets.
Desert Mirage Inn
AVI RESORT RV PARK
10000 Aha Macav Parkway
Laughlin, NV 89028
166 spaces. Full hook-ups, pull thru’s, laundry, convenience store, gas-diesel-propane, boat launch, marina with fueling facilities, cable TV & telephone hook-ups. Largest private beach on the river, PWC rentals, smoke shop &fireworks, swimming pool. Pets welcome.
RIVERVIEW RV RESORT
2000 E. Ramar Road
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
150 sites. Full hook-ups with cable TV. Laundry, showers, club- house, pool, golf, pro shop, gym, shuffleboard (indoor), billiards, jacuzzi, sauna, craft room, small pets OK.
Mesquite is north of Las Vegas and the weather is a bit cooler. There are fun places to visit along the way from Vegas to Mesquite. Also, you can easily drive to Utah from Mesquite. It is a small town atmosphere, too and lots of retirees live here.
I have stayed at the Virgin River and Cici may or may not have been with me during one visit (I cannot remember)… The hotel rooms are regular motel fare and affordably priced. We also stayed at a local motel that was expensive. There were lots of places around town to walk Cici and parks to picnic.
The Virgin River offers affordable deals on conveniently located hotel rooms. getting to and from the Virgin River is a cinch— right off Exit 122 on I-15 in Mesquite Nevada, about an hour north of Las Vegas and a half hour south of Saint George, Utah. The Virgin River is the best pet friendly hotel in Mesquite, and for just $10 extra per day and a $50 pet deposit, your beloved animal friends can enjoy their own vacation in one of their pet friendly rooms.
Holiday Inn Express
$20 pet fee per night
Best Western Mesquite Inn
The Best Western Mesquite Inn offers pet-friendly accommodations with complimentary high-speed Internet, cable television, and a continental breakfast. An outdoor pool and hot tub, in addition to the free parking that the Best Western offers, should please both business travelers and vacationers. The inn is minutes away from the airport, shopping centers, golf courses and casinos.
Best Western Mesquite Inn
390 N Sandhill Boulevard
Mesquite, Nevada 89027
Toll Free Reservations:
Desert Palms Motel
Similarly to the Best Western, the Desert Palms offers pet-friendly accommodations with complimentary wireless Internet and cable television. The motel supplies each room with a microwave and refrigerator but is also minutes away from many restaurants and drug stores. The Desert Palms Motel is a short drive from golf courses, three casinos and some 24-hour shopping locations.
Desert Palms Motel
92 West Mesquite Boulevard
Mesquite, NV 89027
Nevada Welcome Center in Mesquite Nevada
460 N Sandhill Boulevard, Mesquite, NV 89027
Pet Friendly Hafen Trailside Park in Mesquite NV is known locally as the Dog Park and it has a fishing pond, too. On Nov 23, the Nevada Dept of Wildlife is scheduled to deliver 150 lbs of rainbow trout to Hafen Pond – local residents enjoy fishing in this park, but those trout won’t last long!
Mesquite has several pet friendly parks – dogs have to be on a leash and you must pick up after them. Yes, that means poop patrol – plastic bags are provided.
Desert Rose Park, near West Old Mill Road, is designed for children and dogs. An interactive playground, with a sandbox, two sets of swings and bicycle rack, is featured in the main area of the park. More than 50 percent of the playground is located in the shade. Desert Rose Park has a public restroom and a group of both large and small covered pavilions with picnic tables. A barbecue is located to the side of each pavilion. Adult, child and dog drinking fountains are located throughout the park. Plastic bag dispensers for animal waste and trash stations are also located in the park. Desert Rose is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Desert Rose Park
251 Marilyn Parkway
Mesquite, NV 89027
Hafen Trailhead Park, near Grapevine Road, features a shaded playground with volleyball and basketball courts, fishing pond and both covered and uncovered picnic tables. Hafen is park of the city’s trailhead park system that provides paths to other parks and a dog park. Lighting allows guests to use the basketball and tennis courts and the barbecues and picnic tables. Four lighted tennis courts are also located at Hafen. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hafen Trailhead Park
450 West Hafen Land
Mesquite, NV 89027
Jensen Trailside Park has covered lighted pavilions, barbecue grills, picnic tables and playground areas. Sports fields include open fields for soccer, football and basketball and volleyball courts. These have lights for evening and night play. Drinking fountains and dog waste disposal stations are also available at Jensen. The park is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Jensen Trailside Park
220 Riverside Road
Mesquite, NV 89027
The Library Park, near Desert Drive, Marilyn Redd Park, off Kitty Hawk Drive, Pulsipher, at the end of Second Street, and the Veterans Memorial Parks offer park basics of grassy areas, covered picnic tables with barbecues and a shaded playground. Redd Park has additional daylight-hour basketball and volleyball areas. Library Park is connected to the city trail system. The parks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
121 W. First North
303 Hafen Lane
Veterans Memorial Park
501 Hillside Dr.
Marilyn Redd Park
251 Marilyn Parkway
Mesquite, NV 89027
Fun things to do with dogs for the spooky holiday
Nowadays the whole entire family can join in the fun of the holiday season. There are a variety of entertaining activities to do including Howloween events such as costume parties and parades featuring canines as well as fundraisers, shopping and ghostly tours. You should be able to take the entire family pumpkin shopping. Here is a sample of what is going on in the Monterey Bay area this year.
pumpkin patch shopping
there is a long list of places where they will have kid friendly pumpkin patch events here, if you want to go, call to see if they are also pup friendly
Make a peanut butter and pumpkin doggie treat for Fido
Carve the pumpkin to look like your dog
the City of Carmel-by-the Sea is celebrating its 97th Annual Birthday Celebration and Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The parade begins at 11AM meandering through the commercial district on Ocean Avenue. Adults, children and leashed dogs are welcome to participate in the parade. Make sure you wear your costume and join City Dignitaries riding in grand old cars as the City salutes its residents, as well as elected and appointed officials.
A wonderful hot dog lunch and entertainment await outdoors at Sunset Center parking lot (located on San Carlos between 9th and 10th) beginning at high Noon! Tickets for the lunch will be available for purchase at Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall (E/S Monte Verde btwn Ocean & 7th) and the Carmel Chamber of Commerce (W/S San Carlos btwn 5th & 6th) and at the event, buy early, as a limited number are available. $5 for a hot dog lunch including chili, chips, a drink, ice cream, cake and coffee (donated by the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross). For ticket information please call 831/620.2020.
For up-to-date information please call 831/620.2020, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
October 26, 2013 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
7902 Moss Landing Rd.
Moss Landing, California
Ph: (831) 718-9122
Taco bar, live music with Carolyn Sils Band, drawing, dog costume contest, awesome prizes!
Entry: $5 Donation to POMDR (Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)
Savor a special Haute Style taco bar available for purchase for $15.00 (BBQ is optional)
Wine and Beer also available for purchase.
Costume Contest at 1:45 p.m. judged by Mike Hale:
-1st Prize $100 gift certificate to The Haute Enchilada,
-2nd Prize $50 gift certificate to The Haute Enchilada,
-3rd Prize $25 gift certificate to LightHouse Harbor Grille
Trick or Treat Pacific Grove
All are encouraged to put on their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout downtown Pacific Grove, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages welcome. Look for the Halloween balloons at participating businesses.
Zoom Room Howl-o-ween Spectacular
Join the annual Howl-O-Ween party and fundraiser at Zoom Room, 120 Central Ave., Pacific Grove on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2-4 p.m. This dog-friendly event will include costume contests, doggie games and prizes, tasty treats, adoptable dogs, and Halloween portraits. Information: (831) 717-4580.
Pumpkin Pandemonium & Community Trick-or-Treat
Join the annual free family fun at this year’s Pumpkin Pandemonium and community trick-or-treat, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey. Information: www.shopdelmonte.com.
Don’t forget to enter our Halloween pet photo contest, to win prizes,
Film at 11, cute youtube video about a girl and her dog who travel from Wisconsin to Hollywood….
Jahnna and her dog, Gizmo, move from Wisconsin to Hollywood for her attempt at becoming a famous actress. The film crew documents the outlandish obstacles that take place when the two try to find a place to live.
2Fur1 2:1 – Gizmo, We’re not in WI anymore!
2Fur1 Web Series 2013!
New episode every Tuesday!
There’s a total of 11 episodes!
Will a Midwestern gal, a talking dog, and her film crew survive Hollywood?
2Fur1 is a comedy mockumentary where a film crew follows two best friends, a girl and her talking dog, to Hollywood. The star struck girl can’t catch her big break while her dog seems to be making his mark. The dog lands every acting audition and pays their bills even though he wants nothing to do with the industry. Will their friendship stay strong or will the dog end up stealing the show?
“A higher percentage of properties than ever permit pets (61 percent, up from 52 percent in 2010), according to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
“…Kimpton, which does not charge for pets, also has daily complimentary wine hours (known as “yappy hour” at one of the brand’s hotels) at which dogs and owners mingle over cocktails as if they were a New Yorker cartoon.
Going away for a weekend with your pooch, just you and the dog, or planning trips to visit the family for the upcoming holidays?
Take a few essentials with you for a fun, healthy, safe escape. Some of these would make great gifts for the hostess, relatives, friends, or whoever you are visiting
l. a pit bull tote bag to carry snacks, waste bags, pet food and more
What better way to show off my poochie love for pit bulls than with a tote bag that can carry a bunch of travel items in it in the car? It also is good for taking shopping when you do not want to put stuff in plastic or paper bags.
Dog City and Co. is a Chicago-based company that makes these totes : http://www.dogcityandco.com/totes/. The price of the bags are $20. All of the products are the designs of owner Niki Crowe. Niki is very active in animal adoption and donates a portion of each sale to shelters and other organizations.
2. Sea buckthorn lotion, love the fruity smell and the way my legs feel after awhile, smooth as glass, this is a lotion that smooths away dry skin and soothes the itches with all natural ingredients. Incredibly moisturizing with Omega 3, 6, 9. Non-GMO ingredients. Scented with orange oil. Love love love this lotion. When traveling my skin gets extra dry and I do not always remember to pack lotion with me on the road. But this lotion is a MUST BRING WITH ME.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E.
3. a great doggie book to read: The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn, another fun adventure in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. A road trip from Arizona to Louisiana, with a bunch of suspects and crimes to solve. Chet learns firsthand about alligators and swamps and boats. There are oil wells, drug dealers, shrimp heists, a kidnapped inventor and family feuds to deal with and a roller coaster ride of who done its.
4. Vitamins from Drvita, also dog food, treats and vitamins, supplements for dogs
On the road, we do not always eat great so it is good to be able to take these vitamins with us. Been taking these vitamins twice a day with meals, supposed to be three times, but that is a bit much for me. There are a lot of good ingredients and there is no vitamin (icky) smell nor does it seem to come out in the bathroom (you know what I mean). These are capsules not hard tablets which makes a difference. And they are easy to take since there is no bad taste. I also like that there are no gmo ingredients.
DrVita Six Daily Advanced Multi-Vitamin provides your body with over 100 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fermented whole foods, herbs and other powerful nutrients to promote anti-aging, healthy energy production, good cardiovascular and immunity. These nutrients include effective dosages of alpha lipoic acid, magnesium, B-complex and CoQ10 for healthy energy production, standardized green tea equivalent to five cups of tea to protect cells from damaging free radicals and resveratrol found in red wine that are missing entirely in most multi formulations. Six Daily also contains 10X higher levels of vitamin D3 when compared to others based on recent studies showing this is the amount required for optimal blood levels to promote healthy bones, cellular health and immunity.
we would also like to try some of their dog food, vitamins and supplements
5. Some pure and tasty dog treats for the pooch
Gotta bring treats for the spoiled brat Polka Dot Princess, she is the boss, and knows what she likes. And she loves Whole Life freeze dried fresh dog treats… Cici says yummy and wants more… she gives them four paws up and so do I… this is why:
There is only ONE ingredient… beef, venison, chicken, wild caught fish, cheese or sweet potatoes.
All of the meats, with the exception of venison are shipped directly from farmers to a USDA human food facility that cuts, slices or cubes them, then pre-cooks them by either steaming or roasting. The meats are then flash frozen and shipped to their facility where they are freeze dried and packaged in house by staff.
The freeze dried beef strips are extremely lean making them low in fat, calories and carbs. They are an ideal healthy snack for both dogs and cats. The single ingredient formula provides pure protein without fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives.
They use USDA certified hormone free lean top round from Washington State.
Freeze dried treats can be quickly rehydrated in warm water to produce a soft meaty texture ideal for older pets or those that have difficulty with hard treats.
I gave them to Cici both as a treat and I was able to crumble them in my hand to make them smaller as well as put some on her food that was rehydrated and she loved them both ways.
According to John Gigliotti, founder and CEO, “Every ingredient in our products comes from handpicked farmers, ranchers and fishermen we know personally and trust. We buy the highest quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish that we can find and continue to search for the best, like a high-end restaurant. And every Whole Life treat is made in western Massachusetts, in our own state-of-the-art facility.”
Pet parents will be equally pleased to know that Whole Life freeze-dried treats are made from only 100 percent human-quality, hormone-free, free range, and organic ingredients, and that every ingredient is sourced in the U.S. Each variety is produced in small, fresh batches and tested for quality and safety. This extraordinary attention to detail results in a line of products with exceptional aroma and palatability. For more information, visit www.WholeLifePet.com orwww.facebook.com/WholeLifePet.
Within the last week, 11 major wildfires have blazed across California. With the unusual increase in wildfires due to California’s bone-dry conditions, it’s crucial for families to have an emergency evacuation plan in place for not only themselves, but also their pets. In the heat of the moment, pet owners may overlook the key actions that will save their pet’s life if they don’t have a preconceived plan. Brad Kriser, pet expert and founder and CEO of Southern California-based Kriser’s, shares his advice on how to keep pets safe during a wildfire.
1. Prepare essential supplies: Having your pet’s daily necessities packed and ready to go in an easily accessible place is the first step. It is recommended to stock up on two weeks’ worth of supplies because wildfire disasters may last longer than a few days. Some necessary supplies include sealed pet food and water, a leash with a collar that includes an identification tag, pet medication, supplements and a portable pet carrier big enough to give your pet extra wiggle room. If possible, include your pet’s bed, calming doggie music, Rescue Remedy and toys to help reduce stress.
2. Research local boarding facilities and animal shelters: Don’t wait until the wildfire happens before you start finding local boarding facilities and animal shelters that will house your pet in the event of an emergency. Create a list of local pet boarding facilities and animal shelters along with their contact number and address. Also, if you’re staying at a local hotel, check in advance to see if they are pet friendly during emergency disasters.
3. Gather pet records: It’s important to have accessible copies of your pet’s medical records because many boarding facilities will require proof of up-to-date vaccinations as well as medical documentation. Another thing to have on hand is a recent photo of you and your pet together along with a detailed description of your pet, which will help others identify them in case you and your pet become separated and will also serve as proof of ownership.
4. Consider getting your pet microchipped: According to a study published in the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs had a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent while cats had a return-to-owner rate of 38 percent, so microchipping your dog or cat will significantly increase the chance for you and your pet to be reunited during an emergency. Also, it is crucial for the microchip to be registered and up-to-date in the database so that people are able to contact the pets’ owners once found.
5. Know the signs of smoke inhalation: Even if the wildfire is not at your door step, the decrease in air quality in the surrounding areas can negatively affect your pet’s respiratory system. Some symptoms of smoke inhalation include coughing and wheezing. It is best to keep your pet indoors as much as possible and to continually observe your pet for any changes in behavior.
Be a good pet guardian and prepare in advance for emergencies.
Thank you to Brad Kriser for this list of tips.
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