fun trips for you and the pooch for the New Year

Looking for fun and adventure with your pooch for the New Year?  Here are a few ideas.

The public is invited to bring their real Christmas trees to Perfect Christmas Tree Farm on January 7th, 2012. Regardless of where the tree was purchased, farmer John Curtis calls on everyone to recycle their  real Christmas trees at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. He chips real  trees, no matter what size and makes mulch for the new growing season.

Activities begin at 9:00 AM and go until 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 
7, 2012, only. This is a ONE DAY event.

Even if you cannot make it to this event in New Jersey, perhaps there is a LOCAL event like this in your area. Google, call your local tree farms, media, and find out if you can bring your pooch.

Bring your dog on a leash to the Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, a dog friendly farm. There is a display setup to take pictures with your dog and other loved ones, for Valentines Day. Give the chickens some feed as you pass their coop. A hay wagon is going out for rides around the farm, weather permitting.

The tree chipper accepts any real Christmas tree, clean of metal, tinsel, plastic and ornaments, and turns it into useable garden mulch.

“Nothing is wasted in nature”, says farmer John Curtis. “People think we rent this chipper to collect the mulch. We encourage people to take the mulch. Put two inches around your trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, you have less weeding to do. Plants are preparing for
spring. So should we. Spring is here in less than three months.” He offers everyone to take as much mulch as is needed.

If you have a tree or not, no matter  where you purchased your tree, go to the Mulchfest to share a  winter’s day with neighbors, enjoy free refreshments in a warm historic setting, children’s entertainment and healthy outdoor fun, throughout the day.

Activities start 9 AM with a ceremony honoring the Earth. Christmas trees are then loaded into a chipper. Trees start their return to the earth as nourishing mulch and compost. Mulchfest honors Perfect Christmas Tree Farm’s commitment to local farming, historic
preservation and enriching the earth.

There is no charge for the Mulchfest and attendees are encouraged to take mulch back to their home, to nourish the Earth where they live. Bags are provided.

Now, for the more adventurous and fit among you, an interesting trip to teach your dog new tricks… dogsledding and skiing !!!

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is not your “typical” dogsled touring kennel. Rather, we are home to 130 rescue and second chance dogs andoffer dogsledding trips and pet dog/owner packages to support a non profit sled dog rescue, history and education center, giving second chance sled dogs a home and a job for life. The rescue is strictly no kill.

Pair an inn-stay at a local pet friendly lodging partner such as the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan, NH or the Applebrook Inn in Jefferson, NH with a ski-jor or dogsled clinic with your own pooch. All necessary gear is provided for the guests’ active pup to learn to be a sled dog.

“Over the years we noticed that people travelled to our region with their pet but then they got here and “Fido” had nothing to do. In an effort to solve that problem, these two packages were created:

Ski-Joring with one of our experienced dogs to teach our guests’ pups the ropes or running with a small team is all part of the vacation. Often guests start with Ski-joring on day one and move to the dogsledding clinic on day two during their stay in our area.

Many guests comment that they’ve always wanted to start their dogs in pulling activities and give them a job for physical and mental stimulation. They leave their vacation understanding the gear and training necessary. We are happy to provide email support as they try it on their on at home when they get back (for free of course).

The kennel offers these tours to support the rescue and second chance huskies that call Muddy Paw home. The profits from tours go to the new non profit sled dog rescue, history & education center and the guests appreciate helping a great cause while having the “experience of a lifetime” with their own pet and guides that love dogs just as much as they do!

Ski-Joring is when one or more dogs is attached to a person wearing supportive hip belt via bungee (to absorb shock), non-stretchy tug-lines and an x-back style harness). The person wears cross country skis and works in tandem with their dog to zip along on our groomed trails. Sometimes dog booties are utilized, depending on trail conditions. Moderate physical ability is required for this activity for both the dog and the participant … it is wonderful excercise for both!

Here is a link to the equipment we use: Previous experience cross country skiing is ideal, but certainly not a must, beginners are welcome, we love to teach them how to work with their dogs… we find owners of northern/active working breeds especially see problem behaviors disappear once their dogs are more active and thus physically and mentally stimulated.

For our less adventurous or less physically active guests, they can utilize the ski-jor equipment minus the skis and allow them to learn to work with their dog cani-cross style, which means “dog assisted” hiking or snowshoeing.

Here is a link to ski-joring info  :

If you personally have an active dog, any winter “joring” activity is sure to be a hit!    These activities are wonderful for many large, working type dogs such as Pointers, Hounds, Labs, Goldens, All Northern Breeds, Mixes, Cattle Dogs, etc.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel & Raft NH &

Now for those on the west coast…

You could snowshoe at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and Fido wants to go too.   At Lake of the Woods, there are plenty of trails and room for your dog to run.   Or travel up Hwy 140 to Crystalwood Lodge, where you can take a morning canoe ride on Upper Klamath Lake and before you leave the area, be sure and visit with Liz Parrish and her sled dog team.

Here are some places to consider to stay:

Best Western Klamath Inn,4061 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97603  Phone: 1.800.937.8376 or 1.541.882.1200. Website:  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Quality Inn, 100 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 1.800.424.6423 or 541.882.4666 Website:  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Crystalwood Lodge, 38625 Westside Rd., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.381.2322 Website:  Well-behaved animals: Free

Econo Lodge, 75 Main St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 541.884.7735 Website: Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Shilo Inn Suites & Hotel, 2500 Almond St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 541.885.7980 Website:  Pet fee: $25 per room, dogs only

Days Inn,3612 South 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.882.8864 Website:  Pet fee: Free

Cimmarron Inn, 3060 South 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.882.4601 Website:  Pet fee: $25 per dog, good for 1-7 day stay

Microtel Inn & Suite, 2716 Dakota Ct., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.273.0206 Website:  Pet fee: $35 non-refundable for length of stay

Oregon Motel 8 & RV Park, 5225 N. Hwy 97, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone : 541.883.3431 Website:  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night for motel and $2 pet pet/night RV park

Collier Memorial Park, 46000 Hwy. 97 N., Chiloquin, OR. 97624 Phone: 1.800.0551.6949 or 541.783.2471 Pet fee: Free. Must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft. long and cleaned up after.

And of course Fido will want a day at the spa before that long drive home.  Be sure to check out-Hot Paws Spa & Boutique, 1035 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone 541.273.1883  More info at

For those who prefer sunshine and beaches…

Named one of the “#2 U.S. Destination for Holiday Lights” by Yahoo! Travel and USA Today in 2011, Newport Beach, California is a get-away to the stars and one of the world’s premier vacation destinations for people of all walks of life…and their pets.  With mild Mediterranean weather and sunshine, Newport Beach is Dog-Friendly. From large Huskies to tiny Chihuahuas, every dog imaginable is welcomed in what many describe as the Canine Coast.

With pet-friendly accommodations, stores, beaches and parks, Newport Beach is the ideal destination for a winter weekend getaway with your pet Fido, Fifi, Bolt or Lassie. Take your pooch surfing !

Located on Southern California’s Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach offers pet-owners an array of impressive accommodation choices for the perfect overnight stay with their dog(s).

Our favorite is

The Island Hotel Newport Beach
Pets up to 45-50 pounds allowed (usually). Non-refundable deposit is $100.

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 759-0808.


Newport Beach famous for its ocean-view outdoor shopping prominades, and nothing is better than strolling around with your four-legged companion as humans are not the only ones who can fill shopping bags to their brims. In Newport Beach, there are stores that are “Dog Friendly” and then there are stores with Dogitude…

 Barney’s Barkery

322 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA‎ – (949) 675-0364‎
Dedicated to pampering pets.

2113 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657 – Phone (949) 640-6072

Showcases dog and cat nutrition and specialty products.

Fashion Island   
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 – Phone (949) 721 – 2000

As Orange County’s premier open-air retail center, Fashion Island boasts nearly 200 specialty shops, world-class department stores and a vast array of restaurants and cafes, in a sophisticated yet relaxed dog-friendly atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

Three particularly dog-friendly restaurants include:

Francoli Gourmet Emporium

 Red Robin

Café Beau Solei


Fashion Island, 865 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA‎ 92660 – Phone (949) 717-6888‎ 

Features an impressive selection of  designer-dog-bowls, collars-leads-harnesses and dog  furniture

 Newport Coast Shopping Center
21103-21173 Newport Coast Drive Newport Beach, CA 92657

With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, this shopping destination features five dog-friendly restaurant choices: Pasta Commodore, Kingyo Sushi, First Class Pizza, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill & Mustard Delicatessan.

 Three Dog Bakery
924 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660 – Phone (949) 760-3647‎
Three Dog Bakery provides cookies and snacks for dogs as well as some boutique items. The well-behaved, leashed dog is always welcome.


When it comes to pooches and their owners looking for a little fun in the sun, Newport Beach has the perfect assortment of beaches and attractions. From a stroll, run or Frisbee game on a beautiful beach to a cruise on Newport Harbor, there are lots to do for dogs and their owners.

Crystal Cove State Park & Historic District
Although dogs cannot be on the beaches or backcountry, they are allowed on the paved pathway above the beach. The historic district below features 46 vintage cottages that are clustered in a quaint village setting.

 Balboa Island Ferry
The historic auto ferry welcomes well-behaved dogs of all kinds (in the car or outside on a leash) for the 3-minute trip across the harbor) 


 McFadden Square
The popular gathering spot for visitors, beachgoers, plus dogs and their owners, is at the base of the Newport Pier is the site of the original Dory Fishing Fleet and the original wharf dating back to 1875. A 2,000 pound bronze sculpture by artist Hank Kaminsky commemorating the centennial of Newport Beach is the centerpiece of the square.

Newport Beach
Dogs are allowed on this popular beach before 9:00a.m. and after 5:00p.m.

About Newport Beach, California

Sitting along nine miles of spectacular California coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach is a stunning seaside community famous for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, long stretches of warm clean beaches and year-round Mediterranean climate. With a sparkling three-mile harbor surrounded by gorgeous homes and yachts of every stripe, waterfront restaurants and chic shops bustling with activity, Newport Beach defines the California dream. For more information about Visit Newport Beach and for a free Newport Beach Visitor’s Guide, go to or call (800) 94-COAST.

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