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Who let the pit bulls out?

Below is how to answer fear mongering anti pit bulls pro BSL letters/opinions published in newspapers…  Last week, the Orlando Sentinel published a couple of opinion pieces by noted and discredited pit bull hater Colleen Lynn… all about how safe Orlando will be when pit bulls are banned.

I wrote a letter to Mike Lafferty the Opinion editor and asked if Colleen Lynn should be banned from speaking about pit bulls and suggested that they pick more credible writers and also counter with differing opinions (which to his credit, they did, he informed me).

Here is how the pit bull community responded:

“We all want to live safely, including with dogs. With that purpose in mind, we should adopt policies that have succeeded, and avoid ones that failed.

Breed-specific regulation did not originate with pit bulls. Long Branch, N.J., banned the Spitz in 1878. Massachusetts banned bloodhounds in 1886. Australia prohibited the further importation of German Shepherd dogs in 1929.

None of these breed-specific regulations made communities safer, and all have long since been consigned to the dustbin reserved for government failures.”


“…This is how dog attacks happen. A dog is causing problems in a neighborhood, the owners are not responsive, people try to get somebody to do something and the people who are supposed to be addressing these issues (animal control or the police) don’t respond because there is no injured party and the threat to public safety isn’t abundantly obvious until the dog has either hurt someone or is threatening to do so right before the officer’s eyes.

“Today, the Sentinel ran an editorial from noted pit bull hater Colleen Lynn, who runs an organization called DogsBite.org., called “Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent.” She claims that pit bull bans will help keep communities safer because, in theory, the dogs that she thinks are doing all the biting won’t be around anymore. She cherry-picks a bunch of dubious statistics (for instance, she cites a dated CDC study that looked at dog breeds responsible for dog bites over a period of years that the CDC itself has said really didn’t prove much of anything; they’ve since stopped using breed as a way of categorizing dog bites because they say their findings weren’t really conclusive enough to draw conclusions) and some sensational information (for instance, she says pit bulls don’t let go of what they’re biting until they’re dead – which is why people sometimes say they are “dead game.” That’s a whole lot of malarkey, but also beside my point for now) and concludes that a pit bull ban would keep people from being mauled by dogs.”







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Pet Food Execs Eat Their Own Food

Pet360.com Challenges Pet Food Execs to Eat Their Own Food

The Pet360 team recently traveled to the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida and put representatives from major pet food manufacturers to the test. Spokespersons from twelve pet food companies were asked to eat their company’s pet food live on camera, and each one graciously accepted the challenge. These videos are the first in Pet360.com’s ongoing “Eat Your Food” series which will continue to put pet food brands to the test.

“For the longest time, the biggest decision regarding pet food was whether to purchase wet or dry,” explains Jon Roska Jr., VP of Merchandising at Pet360. “Now-a-days, pet owners are faced with a multitude of decisions, and there are a variety of gourmet options to choose from. We want to give brands the opportunity to prove that their food is the highest quality option for our customers’ pets, and what better way is there to do that than by consuming the food themselves?”


Designed to highlight many of the most popular pet food brands, the “Eat Your Food” series also provides manufacturers the opportunity to promote the nutritional benefits of their pet food formulas. To check out Pet360.com’s “Eat Your Food” video series, click here.

*Pet360 strongly discourages consumers from eating their pet’s food at home. Participants in the “Eat Your Food” series are representatives of professional pet food companies.

About Pet360

Pet360.com is a personalized website dedicated to simplifying pet parenting. At Pet360, each member’s experience is tailored to their individual needs based on the type, breed, gender, age and size of their pets. By offering relevant tips and expert advice, connections to others with similar pets and the convenience of home shopping all in one place, Pet360.com is the ultimate resource for pet parents – available anytime, anywhere. For more information, watch the Pet360 Video or visit www.Pet360.com.

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Very Important Pets

Vacationers traveling to Orlando no longer have to leave their beloved Fifi or Fido behind. Rosen Hotels & Resorts is now offering a VIP ̶ Very Important Pet ̶ package that enables guests to bring their family pet with them on vacation at no extra charge. The VIP Package is available at all four of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ value-priced, AAA Three Diamond properties, including the Quality Inn International,  Rosen Inn closest to UniversalRosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista (LBV).

Not only will guests save the money they would have spent boarding their pet in a kennel, but they’ll also enjoy the following perks when they book the VIP package now through Dec. 31, 2013:

  • Customary pet fee of an additional $15 per night waived as part of this package.
  • Complimentary American breakfast buffet for two each morning.
  • “Pet Welcome Kit,” which includes a pet feeding bowl, dog or cat treats, eco-friendly “relief” bags, a “Pet in Room” door hanger and an ID collar to be worn by the pet throughout the stay.
  • Complimentary internet/WiFi in guest rooms and public areas.
  • Complimentary daily scheduled transportation to Universal Orlando®, SeaWorld Orlando®, Aquatica® and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando® (reservations required). The Clarion Inn LBV also provides complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World® theme parks.
  • Complimentary parking.
  • Deluxe accommodations with two double beds, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and electronic safe.
  • Kids Eat FREE Program (children 9 and under eat free with each paying adult)
  • Kids stay FREE.

Pets must weigh less than 50 pounds, be put on a leash and supervised at all times when outside the guest room.


One of the newly renovated rooms at Quality Inn International

To view the complete pet policy, visit  www.orlandohotels4less.com.


To book online or for more details, visit www.orlandohotels4less.com or call 800-999-7300 and ask for the Very Important Pet package. This special package rate is based on double occupancy and does not include tax.

The three International Drive properties offer guests complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Universal Orlando®, SeaWorld Orlando®, Aquatica® and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando® (reservations required). The I-Ride Trolley stops in front of each hotel, providing low-cost transportation to more than 75 stops in the International Drive attractions area. The three hotels are conveniently located off I-4, on International Drive, in the heart of the attractions area and just 12-15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.

Only service dogs can get into the attractions (seeing eye, etc…)
There is a dog park on Apopka Vineland at Dr. Phillips park within 3 miles, also there is a dog beach one hour away at Ponce-Inlet (south of Daytona Beach near the lighthouse). A great place to eat at is Yellow Dog Eats Café where doggies are welcome, and the hotel’s Bar & Grille has outdoor seating where Fido can sit with his best friend.


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Pit bull news

When it rains, it pours in pitbollian land, it seems, whenever there is news, there is lots of it these days… so here’s a bit of what is going on… 

Patrick Update

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that the Kisha Curtis case is scheduled to continue today, Friday February 22nd at 9:00 AM. While this case has taken almost two years to get to where we are and that is so difficult for many to understand, the NJSPCA does appreciate the efforts of the Essex County Prosecutors Office and the patience of Judge Cassini. The justice system grinds forward so slowly in some cases but the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has and continues to take this case seriously. Frustration is often expressed when cases drag on but the single most important fact of this case is that Patrick has recovered, is doing amazingly well and is happy and loved with the Scavelli’s. I personally have no doubt that Patrick will be forever, “Patrick Scavelli” !!! Capt, NJSPCA

Curtis continues to deny abusing/neglecting and abandoning Patrick, asked for pre-trial intervention, it was rejected, and the next hearing date is April 8.


Good news

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass legislation that will protect dog owners in Maryland from discrimination. Dog owners, property owners, concerned citizens and lawmakers have all been working together to find a solution to a 2012 Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that put severe financial and emotional burdens on dog owners and landlords. Next up, the bill goes to the Senate where, according to the Baltimore Sun, it is expected to be favorably received. There is no ‘us vs. them” in Maryland: everyone is working together to achieve safe, human communities!


Hero Dog Saves Couple From Apartment Fire


A dog’s heroics helped one family escape an apartment fire over the weekend.

The dog woke up a couple in the nick of time after a fire burned an apartment building in Sheffield, AL. The couple said that if their dog didn’t wake them, they wouldn’t have made it out alive.

Boots is a 9-month-old pit bull mix. Her owner, Brandon McDonald, said he and his wife were asleep in an upstairs apartment when the fire broke out early Saturday morning.

He said the dog kept nudging him, and even barked a couple times, but it wasn’t until she latched onto his arm that he then opened his eyes and saw smoke inside their apartment. Mcdonald said the dog’s bite didn’t break the skin or leave any bruises.

Like others in the building, the couple lost everything in the fire, but they said they’re thankful to still have the dog and each other.

“I’ve always kept a pit bull,” said McDonald. “I won’t ever be without a pit bull again. I will never get rid of my dog. I love my dog to death.”

Firefighters believe the fire started in a downstairs apartment. An exact cause has not yet been determined.


Detroit area may lift ban of pit bulls…


In Nevada



A Broward County, Florida commissioner has filed a motion to make it illegal to own “pit bulls” in Broward County. This issue is on next week’s commissioner’s meeting agenda. PLEASE SHARE and please make your polite and respectful opposition to this proposal known to the county commissioners. It is very important to note that Florida state law PROHIBITS cities from passing BSL

Florida Statute 767.14 prohibits local governments from regulating dogs due to breed.


“According to a 2008 study, “Breed Differences in Canine Aggression,” pit bulls are markedly less aggressive toward their owners when compared to other dogs. And the breed has displayed below-average levels of aggression when encountering strangers.”


“Breed-specific legislation is useless. BSL accomplishes nothing. It doesn’t improve public safety, or even prevent dog bites. It’s expensive. It does nothing to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for their actions, while at the same time punishing responsible dog owners, and here’s the kicker: Not one single animal welfare organization supports the policy. Not one.” ~Shorty Rossi



Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link



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oh brothers Doggy food

Brothers Complete is a family-owned and operated Pet Industry business – not a wholly-owned subsidiary of some conglomerate with fingers in any number of different pies.  Brothers Pierre and Aaron Earling believe good nutrition is the key to a pet’s health and well-being. As proprietors of The Doggy Store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, they’ve  recommended foods to their clientele for years. And determined they would formulate a product on their own that would surpass anything currently available.


Brothers Complete is a grain free, white potato free dog food, with white meat, red meat, allergy and fish formulas.

Cici was excited to try out all the yummy foods and treats. Drooling… delicious… she is a big fan and has enjoyed every bite and below are the things I am most happiest about. Feels good to feed her high quality foods and treats.

The Brothers Complete White Meat Formula uses Chicken as its main source of protein, with a good portion of egg and turkey meal included for added animal protein. Because white meat has a low ash content, this formula allows for high absorption of nutrients. The tapioca starch is obtained from the roots of the cassava plant (manihot esculenta) and is a natural source of very low glycemic carbohydrates. The tapioca starch used in Brothers does not contain the additional ingredients (like sugar and milk) normally added to tapioca for human consumption. This low glycemic starch allows Brothers to formulate a food that is closer to a dog’s historic diet which is based predominantly on animal protein, fat, and bone.

Ingredients: Chicken meal, tapioca, turkey meal, dried eggs, sweet potato, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Menhaden fish meal, dried chicken liver, pumpkin, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, blueberries, cranberries, apples, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, spinach, DL-methionine, L-lysine, taurine, mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary extract, Green tea extract, lecithin, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, L-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Organic branched Inulin/FOS, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus oryzae).

In the last few years, some commercial pet food manufacturers have eliminated or restricted the use of grains but have substituted white potato instead. White potatoes have a higher glycemic index than white sugar (80 to 110 versus sugar at 65) so it puts a strain on the adrenal and pancreatic systems when it spikes the blood sugar and produces a large insulin response every time the dog eats. The high glycemic property of the white potato also feeds the Candida Albicans yeast in the colon which, when overgrown, becomes a fungus whose rhizomes grow into the mucosal lining of the intestine and contribute to a condition known as “leaky gut” which allows matter from the colon, including the Candida Fungus, to get into the blood stream which usually leads to a host of skin conditions and allergy-related problems.

One of the problems with white potatoes, under less than perfect conditions (when too old, sprouting small roots, exposed to warm temperatures above 50 to 65 degrees F for too long, or exposed to light for too long) is that they generate a neurotoxin called solanine which can be extremely toxic. Potatoes rejected from the human food chain, and used in the dog food industry, are all too often a source of excessive solanine in dog food.

Potatoes and grains (due to improper preparation) are also a source of “Lectins” which compromise the effectiveness of the colon and can severly reduce the ability of the cilia to extract necessary minerals and vitamins from the food they eat.

Another possible problem when potatoes are heated to high temperatures is the production of acrylamide which is a recognized carcinogen. For these, and other reasons relating to a dogs health, all of Brothers Complete Formulas are grain and white potato free.

Brothers is the only dry dog food we are aware of that stores their food in air-conditioned storage facilities to maintain the freshness built into it.

Most dog foods spend 3 to 6 months in hot warehouses before reaching the retail outlets. Then they can sit on shelves in pet food stores for several more months before being purchased by the customer.  At Brothers Complete, two days after the food is made it is put in a dark, air-conditioned storage facility where it stays perfectly fresh until it is shipped to  customers or sold in the store. Brothers manufactures only small batches and sell directly to the consumer. There are no middle men.

Cici also got to try the dog biscuits On The Lamb, Country Chicken, Red Meat Raves and the Dehydrated Chicken Breast, (which she scarfed up right away!) and the Dehydrated Canadian Beef Liver, YUM…

Brothers Complete “On The Lamb” dog biscuits are a departure from the “same-old, same-old” – a real taste sensation your pet will get excited about. Made in the USA, these healthful biscuits contain only wholesome real food ingredients, and, of course, are grain and white potato free. “On The Lamb” Dog Biscuits will keep your pet happy as a bunny.

INGREDIENTS: Lamb Meal, Tapioca Starch, Green Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver, Sweet Potato.

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spring break dog

Americans are gearing up to hit the road and the air during the upcoming two months in search of the ultimate spring break destination—and record-breaking gas prices don’t seem to be holding them back. Despite the squeeze on family budgets, hotel and air bookings have increased significantly over 2011, according to American Express booking data.

Top domestic destinations this year include cityscapes such as New YorkBostonLos Angeles, and San Francisco and warm-weather hot spots such as MiamiHonolulu, and West Palm Beach.

The top spot for hotel bookings? Las Vegas aces it. Meanwhile, college students will rock out at Arizona’s Lake Havasu and the Colorado River; South Padre Island on the Texas gulf; and assorted beaches along the Florida coast.


The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview is an all-suite property so there is more room for your dog.

The one time pet fee is $100 (non refundable).


• Disneyland

• Pristine Beaches – Newport, Laguna, and Huntington

• Fashion Island & South Coast Plaza Shopping

• South Coast Plaza

• Legoland

• Balboa Island Ferry

• Orange County Performing Arts Center


Most Marriott hotels are NOT pet friendly but this one is.

Austin, Texas

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is situated along the banks of the Lower Colorado River about 20 minutes from the Austin airport and 30 or so minutes from downtown Austin. It features 491 guest rooms. The resort offers guests a true, luxurious wilderness escape located on over 400 acres of diverse Texas terrain adjoining the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Pet Fee: $65 nonrefundable deposit

Amenities include  Renegade Trailhead equestrian facility, a spa and Audubon-sanctioned golf course (which has a bird blind for those who are fans of feathered friends). In addition to golf and horseback riding, guests may enjoy floating down the Crooked River, hiking along 16 miles of trails, kayaking and rafting on the Colorado River, and a nightly roasting of s’mores at one of the outdoor fire pits. The resort features weekly live music and boasts seven on-site dining options offering everything from a light snack to a fine dining experience. For reservations or information contact 512-308-1234 or visit at www.lostpines.hyatt.com

Here are some eco friendly, off the beaten path places and big cities on the east coast to consider bringing your pets for spring break.

You must go east to Maine!

The Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046.


Beautiful hotel that is so dog friendly that the seat coverings in the main

lobby is a dog print…

VIP’s (very important pets) are always welcome at Inn by the Sea


Dogs Days at Inn by the Sea include in room spa services, amenities and over the top pampering for both traveling pets and their human companions. One of the first luxury hotels to accept pets, Inn by the Sea has welcomed man’s best friend for over 18 years with complimentary stays, water bowls, beach towels, cozy L.L Bean dog blankets, handmade treats at turn down, and a seasonally updated brochure with information on leash free beaches , dog parks and local pet services.

Gourmet pet menus for in room dining, dog walking and doggie day care as well as pet massage is all available for doggie divas. Dogs are welcome to join their humans for meals AL Fresco on the seaside deck or full menu service in the fireplace lounge.

VIP’s (very important pets) are invited to lap it up at happy hour. In house pets are welcome to enjoy complimentary ice cream on the boulevard while humans are invited toorder drinks from the signature cocktail menu or bar on the outdoor boulevard. A dollar from each signature drink will be donated to the animal rescue league. Dress code: casual leashes .

Crescent Beach is closed to dogs during the Piper Plover mating season in the summer, but other local beaches have pet hours, and Great Pond trail is a wonderful nature walk for the whole family.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Orlando


It’s not often you find a #1-rated-on-TripAdvisor hotel which is ALSO pet friendly.  Orlando Resort offers 2- and 3-Bedroom suites in a most desirable location, at the foot of International Drive, a short hop to Disney, SeaWorld, Universal or numerous water parks.

pet-friendly program



Beach Vacation Rentals is a group of boutique lodgings in Pompano Beach,

Florida, 15 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale. Offer studios, 1/1s and

2/2s (small cottages and apartments) at five nationally rated Superior Small

Lodgings for a minimum three night stay.

Believe that TINY dogs are part of a family, as much as people’s children and

that people should be able to travel with their dogs as much as possible.

Our guests love taking their dogs to the city’s brand new, state-of-the-art

dog park, Canine Corner — that recently opened and is free of charge about

five-minutes from our properties. We are one of the few pet-friendly

lodgings in the area. Accept small, well-behaved dogs under 20 pounds.

There is a pet fee, similar to an extra person charge. Properties have full kitchens, king beds, laundry, BBQ, beach gear,family games, DVD, stereo system and more. There is free wi-fi, free

parking, free local phone calls, NO resort fees.

For photos, videos, descriptions, rates and terms please visit


Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa

www.bonaventure.hyatt.com located in Weston, Fl  welcomes all pets. The hotel became Broward County’s first Certified Green Lodging Hotel in April 2008. The AAA-rated Four-Diamond hotel offers 501 luxurious rooms and a conference center covering more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space.

The hotel received certification from Pets Can Stay as one of the leading hotels that hosts pets. The pet friendly Weston, FL hotel was independently certified by Pets Can Stay as meeting or exceeding all criteria required for the Standard Certification designation allowing guests to share their room with their pooch for $50 per visit. As a traveler, you are staying at an establishment who cater to the travel experience of the pet-toting traveler.

Upon check-in, canine guests will receive a bone as well as temporary

identification tags with the hotel’s contact information in case they

happen to stray away. Owners will be given information about scenic

dog-walking routes around the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure’s lush 23 acres

and will be provided with “doggie bags” for easy clean-up during walks.

Special amenities include turn-down service with a nighttime treat and

room service with dry and canned dog food available.

The Pets Can Stay Standard designation signifies that Hyatt Regency

Bonaventure has met the following mandatory certification criteria:

* Equal Service

* No Arbitrary Pet Fees

* Acceptable Accommodation and Non-Smoking Options

* Fair Kenneling Policies

* Safe Environment

* Pet Policies Available Upon Request

* Food/Water Bowls

* Licensed Accommodation Provider


Located on the Crystal Coast – North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks – is the pet-friendly, oceanfront Atlantis Lodge. The Atlantis Lodge provides one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and private balconies overlooking the ocean. Accepting pets in all accommodations, the lodge allows up to two pets at $15/pet per night.

The Crystal Coast is the favored Atlantic Beach destination for generations. The authentic “coastal experience” features waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy sparkling beaches. Offering activities from dining on “fresh from the docks” seafood and exploring historic haunts in a 300-year-old town to enjoying 85 miles of silken shoreline and diving the No.1 dive destination in North America, the Crystal Coast provides an active and engaging getaway. The Crystal Coast offers a variety of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget from seaside cottages to massive beach mansions.

For more information on the Atlantis Lodge, please visit www.atlantislodge.com. For more information on the Crystal Coast, please visit www.crystalcoastnc.org.


Aside from the pipe-smoking Bull Dog on the Inn’s sign, you would never

guess this charming and romantic Vermont Inn prides itself on being pet

friendly. Why? Because the Phineas Swann in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is

beautifully maintained and so quaint you wouldn’t think your Great Dane

would be welcome, but it most definitely is!

The Phineas Swan has been voted a “Most Pet Friendly B&B,” but it has also

been awarded as the “#1 Rated B&B/Inn in Vermont State” by TripAdvisor

ratings. Room rates are affordable and include a all-you-can-eat gourmet

breakfast. Ski and other outdoor recreation packages can be put together to

provide the most value for your stay. Options include the “Pet Perfect Ski


http://phineasswann.com/winter-vacations.php#PetPerfectSki or

the “I hate to ski” package.

This Inn is a must-stay for dog lovers traveling through New England.

Washington DC

If you plan to visit the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, check out this info on pet friendly hotels, dog parks and more …


my boyfriend and I took a road trip from Chicago to DC with our dog.

our stay at Hotel Madera – it’s a Kimpton

property (all Kimpton properties are dog friendly). For my dog, it was a

great trip – the staff LOVED her and would give her treats anytime she

passed through the lobby. The hotel also provide bowls, beds and other pet

amenities you may have forgotten at home. Walking around the neighborhood

(Dupont Circle) with her was like walking with a celebrity – mostly due to

the young people who occupy the neighborhood (my guess is that many of them

love dogs but don’t have time for one).

This is the property’s website:



DC itself is a great walking city. The weather was nice when we were there,

so our dog got to stay outside with us when we ate at the restaurants with

outside seating. She also enjoyed our daily walks up to Dupont Circle [the

roundabout that was up the street from the hotel].

Washington, DC Pet Friendly Hotel

We know that the star in your entourage is the four-legged friend who rules the pack and rocks the catwalk. Bring your furry companions to Hotel Madera in Washington, DC, and enjoy special attention at check-in, pet-friendly amenities and a perfect setting for tail-wagging getaway.

We love pets as much as you do – that’s why we don’t charge any extra pet fees, regardless of the size or weight of your best friend. Although Hotel Madera is a pet-friendly hotel, we do understand that some folks are prone to pet allergies. We offer a pet-free floor for sensitive guests. Use our pet registration form.

Dogs at Play – Nearby Dog Friendly Parks

S Street Dog Park
S Street at 17th Street NW, Washington DC 2009

Shaw Dog Park
1651 11th Street NW (Between North Q Street and North R Street) Washington DC 20001

Walter Pierce Dog Park
Biltmore Street NW and Calvert Street NW Washington DC 20009

Guests may request pet services including but not limited to pet sitting, dog walking, and pet spa services by contacting the front desk.

The Fairmont, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

High-class canines that pad their way into The Fairmont will be treated to all the amenities of the “It’s A Dog’s World Package.” The hotel website quips that pristine pooches will relish in the luxurious guest room; dog treats handmade by the hotel’s executive chef; a special pet “Do Not Disturb” sign for the door (the sign’s green paw means “Please service room, animal companion exploring city,” while the red paw means, “Do not disturb, animal”) and best of all, 5 percent of your room rate is donated to theWashington Animal Rescue League.

According to traveltips.usatoday.com, “The Fairmont’s Very Important Dog (VID) treatment includes healthy treats made by the executive pastry chef and dishes that use fresh, sustainable, locally grown ingredients.” The package also includes bottled water, a place mat and walking maps that show the nearby parks, pet-friendly cafes and stores.

Rates from $279 and up for doubles

Includes dog fee



Pet-friendly bed and breakfasts that go out of their way to make you furry friend feel at home while on the road.

From dog-gone delicious treats to custom doggie beds you and your pet will feel spoiled when you stay at one of these pet friendly B&B’s!

For a full list of pet-friendly specials, visit:


Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Old Saybrook, CT

Inn listing link:


Doggie On The Go – Bring your furry friend to our pet-friendly hotel in

Connecticut and treat him or her to a Bone Voyage! When you make your

reservation let them know your pets name and breed so when you arrive your

special guest dog-friendly amenities will be catered specifically for him!

You dog will be treated like a VIP (Very Important Pet) with this package

including welcome treats, souvenir bandanna, a custom-made doggie day bed

and one complimentary dog walk!

The Cheshire – Saint Louis, MO

Inn listing link:


Cheshire Noble Pet Program – Their Director of Pet Relations will furnish

your Specially Designated Pet Friendly guest room with amenities provided by

Nestle Purina including: Special “Noble VIP” treat at check-in A

size-appropriate doggie bed A two-section dog bowl, and a complimentary

coupon for one 20lb or smaller package of PurinaR brand Dog or Cat Food, any

variety. Right next door is Forest Park where your pooch can enjoy a game of

fetch or Frisbee. Arrangements can be made for walkers and sitters and

you’ll receive a special door hanger to alert other guests and staff that

your pet is in the room.




New Hampshire

Waterville Valley Resort New Hampshire is the perfect one tank trip and a

park the car getaway for travelers seeking family fun this spring. Designed

as a pedestrian and pet friendly resort, with free public trolleys, the

nation’s first network of trails, and the first Dark Skies town in NH,

Waterville is the place to park the car, and enjoy a gas-free vacation.

Waterville Valley Resort is just 2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from


Dogs are welcome at the Snowy Owl Inn and Resort, Waterville

Valley, NH  http://www.snowyowlinn.com/hotel-policies

Pet Rooms: While the Inn is “dog-friendly”, our four-legged friends are only allowed in certain designated rooms. A $15 per pet per night non-refundable deposit is chargeable in addition to the base room rate for dogs staying in these rooms. Sorry, but the Inn does not allow cats, birds, snakes, pot-bellied pigs, or any other animals. Dogs only please.


Come visit the Cumberland Valley In south central PA. Our area is just under 2 hours from Washington DC by car and we can offer lots of great outdoor activities for canine guests.

http://www.pheasantfield.com/  Pheasant Field B&B  is located just 1/2 mile off of the Appalachian Trail – lots of great hiking there! And provide pick-up or drop-off for easy hiking.   B&B is located on 10 acres so there is some great space for frisbee with Fido or just a quiet walk. AAA discount is available for lodging at Pheasant Field B&B.

There are several state parks in the area – all dog friendly.  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/kingsgap/index.htm  Kings Gap  and http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace/index.htm Pine Grove Furnace State parks provide wonderful hiking trails, some great environmental education and beautiful views.

There are some restaurants in our historic town of  http://www.lovecarlisle.com/ Carlisle that have outside seating for Fido.


Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is located 1/2 a mile from Hocking Hills scenic Cedar Falls, Logan, Ohio. The region offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing, as well as exquisite photo opportunities. The Inn’s pampering spa offers a full compliment of spa services. Fine American cuisine is the specialty at the Inn’s dining room and meals are prepared with the finest organic herbs, produce and ingredients.

The inn is dog friendly and now has add on packages specifically for dogs and their owners. The Pampered Dog Package is a fun and unique way for guests and their companions to always remember their stay and a Paw Prints Gift Bag is the perfect necessity to every trip with man’s or women’s best friend.

The Pampered Dog Package, priced at $115, treats guests and their companions to photographs of time together at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. A private photographer will capture memories, put the photos into an album and provide a CD to guests to take home. When guests arrive with their dogs to their room, a doggie gift bag will be waiting for guest’s furry friend. The gift bag is filled with treats, a tennis ball, pickup bags, feet wipes and recyclable food and water bowl.

The Inn ONLY allows a dog in Trillium and Yarrow Cottage and Strong Wolf  log Cabin. Guests are not permitted to bring dogs into any other lodging unit. Advance dog reservations are required. Limitations apply so please check our Pet Policy for more information. Dogs are not permitted on the patio for breakfast or dinner. You may bring your dog for lunch, but they must be wearing a muzzle and leash. Pets are not permitted any where else on the property.

The Inn limits the number of dogs to no more than two and size of your dog to no more than 75 lbs.  All dog guests must be completely free of fleas and ticks, be well groomed and up to date on shots and vaccinations.

A pet fee of $45.00 for your dog will be added to your accommodation charges.  Your cottage or cabin will be inspected immediately after check out and any damages will be assessed and charged accordingly.  Any additional cleaning that is needed due to excess dirt or fur left by your dog will result in a $50/hour cleaning fee.



An eco-conscious/pet friendly four-star boutique hotel in downtown Minneapolis. This might not be the first city that people think of when they consider spring break, but there is 90,000 miles of shoreline… more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

Pet info: http://www.grandhotelminneapolis.com/minneapolis-hotel/pet-friendly-hotel

Amenities: http://www.grandhotelminneapolis.com/minneapolis-hotel/luxury-hotel-services


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Justice in Florida

in Florida a young black teen is killed… no arrest has been made?

am glad to hear that if you kill a dog in Florida, you go to jail… but what about the killer of this boy, why is George Zimmerman not in jail????

A former homicide detective says that with the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Florida has made it legal to kill black kids like Trayvon Martin but not dogs…

As head of neighborhood watch for The Retreat at Twin Lakes, George Zimmerman had called police in February to report 17-year-old Martin as a suspicious person, but by the time the officers arrived, the young man was already dead.

According to reports, police said Martin had been returning from a local store with Skittles and an iced tea.

Zimmerman claimed he had been forced to use his 9mm handgun shoot Martin in self-defense.

Tapes from 911 dispatchers later revealed that Zimmerman had been told not to pursue Martin. …



Condolences to the Martins… RIP Trayvon Martin…

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good news for pit bulls

Some good news on the pit bull front…

Georgia, possibly Hector and Handsome Dan’s mama, just got adopted into her forever home !!!!  am so happy for her and her new family.


There is word on the street that several cities with long-standing bans against pit bulls are going to be repealing the bans… Miami, Florida for one. That would be awesome.

Will there actually be a Patrick’s Law enacted finally?

LEGAL ALERT : Senator T. Kean, Jr has sponsored Senate Bill S1303 called Patrick’s Law …… This bill, designated as “Patrick’s Law,” increases to crimes of the fourth degree, the offenses of depriving an animal of necessary sustenance, or abusing an animal, and it increases the grade of these offenses to crimes of the third degree if the animal dies as a result of these acts. The civil penalty for these offenses would also be increased under the bill to a fine of $1,000 to $3,000 for a first offense, and $3,000 to $5,000 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill would additionally increase the criminal and civil penalties for the following offenses: 1) inflicting unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal or creature, by any direct or indirect means, including but not limited to through the use of another living animal or creature; 2) unnecessarily failing to provide a living animal or creature of which the person has charge either as an owner or otherwise with proper food, drink, shelter or protection from the weather; or 3) leaving it unattended in a vehicle under inhumane conditions adverse to the health or welfare of the living animal or creature. The criminal penalty would be increased to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000, or imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. If an animal is needlessly killed or dies as a result of one of these violations, or the person has a prior conviction for a violation of this provision, the person would be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. The civil penalty recoverable under R.S.4:22-26 would be increased to a fine of $500 to $2,000. Furthermore, the bill requires that court-ordered restitution include the monetary cost of replacing the animal if it died or had to be euthanized because of the extent of its injuries, in addition to reimbursement of any costs for food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care or treatment, or other costs. The bill clarifies that the reimbursement would be for costs incurred by the owner of the animal, if the owner is not the person committing the act of cruelty. This bill is being introduced in response to the treatment of Patrick, a pit bull in Newark, who after being starved to an extremely emaciated condition, was placed in a garbage bag, and dropped down a garbage chute in an apartment complex in that city. The dog is now being cared for and recuperating after a maintenance person in the building collecting garbage noticed movement in one of the garbage bags and found the dog still alive inside.
another pit bull puppy was thrown in the trash, and the puppy was paralyzed… but miraculously was saved… beautiful story


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Florida vacations for dogs

FloridaVacationAuction.com, is a website which offers consumers the opportunity to bid on Florida vacation product offerings (hotels, resorts, vacation homes, attractions, etc. throughout the state).They offer a special “Pet Friendly” section where consumers can go to either place a bid on a pet friendly hotel and save as much as 80% off rack rates OR they can use the “Buy Direct” option and still save as much as 20%.

As a dog lover himself, FloridaVacationAuction.com Founder and Chief Executive felt it was important to offer this option to consumers.  “I travel frequently with my dogs and I know that having a single resource where people can find pet-friendly accommodations in Florida would be a huge benefit to families.”

A sampling of current and upcoming pet friendly accommodations available through FloridaVacationAuction.com include:

Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Florida – starting bid of $290 for a 5 day/4 night stay.

The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach – current winning bid of $135 for 3 days/2 nights.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld – current winning bid of $75 for 3 days/2 nights.

Clarion Resort Hotel & Water Park in Kissimmee, Florida – starting bid of $55 for 3 days/2 night.

For additional information about pet friendly accommodations in Florida, visit FloridaVacationAuction.com and click on the “pet friendly” button in the right hand column.  There is no cost to become a member of the site or to place a bid.

FloridaVacationAuction.com, the official auction partner of VISIT FLORIDA, is a website which offers consumers the opportunity to bid on Florida vacation product offerings (hotels, resorts, vacation homes, attractions, etc. throughout the state) at a savings of as much as 80% off rack rate.  The site also offers a “Buy Direct” option, which offers flash-sale type savings at 20% or more off retail without having to participate in the auction. For additional information, visit www.FloridaVacationAuction.com or call 239-333-4444.




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a thriving pet friendly economy

Popular consensus holds that the recession is negatively affecting most Americans (the 99%). Yet pet owners are still managing to spoil their pets even in this economy. Approximately $50.84 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S. in 2011. That’s a lot of dog cookies and bones. A majority of the money will be spent on boarding, health care (vet bills), and pet travel including stays at pet friendly hotels.

When traveling with pooches, many pet parents are concerned about items such as fees, amenities, policies, location location location, as well as pet friendly hotel chains that cater to Fido.

Pet friendly accommodations include low or no pet fees, lots of amenities including pet tags, beds, treats, lots of room to walk the dog, potty waste bags, pet menus, and lodging that offers pet friendly perks such as pet massage, yoga (doga) classes, doggie gyms, a pet mascot, pet friendly concierge and other hotel employees and a location nearby to dog parks, dog beaches, dog friendly wineries, and/or other dog friendly places and activities. Other amenities offered at pet friendly hotels include Spa treatments for dogs. And high-end toys, jeweled collars and their own wardrobes. Even camp, gourmet treats, a water bowl and fresh bottled water.

Hotels that are pet tolerant (as opposed to friendly) with restrictive policies (weight and breed restrictions), high pet fees, and low on amenities do not get as much pet traffic as pet friendly hotels.

Spending on pet services, such as grooming, boarding and day care, is expected to top $3.65 billion. Brands from Old Navy to Paul Mitchell and Omaha Steaks all have pet lines now, according to the American Pet Products Association.

For more information, visit our pet friendly travel blog posts here at Have Dog Blog Will Travel. Some are listed by the city (Las Vegas, Half Moon Bay, for instance). We share our experiences at various pet friendly hotels/venues as well as make recommendations in our free online pet travel resources for pet parents traveling with Fido and Fluffy.

Visiting another city/town for the howlidays? Have Dog Blog Will Travel offers a directory and online guide of pet friendly hotels and accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline policies, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.


some pet friendly lodging from miami to arizona


this Great Dane dog is ready to roll… :-)


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