Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pet friendly Colorado Springs

Guest blog post by John, the founder of EzyDog. He is an outdoor enthusiast, and an even bigger dog enthusiast.

Note: if you have a pit bull type/mixed breed, please be aware that although pit bulls are not banned in Colorado Springs, they are in Denver, and other nearby cities. Colorado Springs is about an hour south of Denver on I-25. There seems to be some prejudice against the dogs and also an underground of “illegal” dogs from Denver. Be aware and keep your dogs safe at all times.

Here are some dog-friendly spots in outdoorsy, beautiful Colorado Springs—home of the gorgeous Garden of the Gods, spectacular mountain views, and, as you might have guessed, dog-friendly patios, hiking trips, and even puppy pool parties (we’ll get back to this one in a moment).

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If you’re planning a vacation (or a move) to Colorado Springs, here are some of our team’s dog’s favorite spots—to stay, to play, and to relax.

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Our absolute favorite area hotel is, of course, The Broadmoor, with its perfectly manicured gardens, sunny patio spaces, and really tasty (though pricey) cocktails. Luckily, the Broadmoor is pet-friendly—allowing you up to two pets per room at $50 per pet per night.  Note: seems like a very steep pet fee, so Cici and I would consider this more of a dog tolerant hotel rather than a pet friendly one, just because of the pet fee…

The Broadmoor also offers things like gourmet food and treats and special bedding and bowls. And prices per room start around $175.

There are also Hilton hotels for about $90 a night.

Drury Inn Pikes Peak is about $60 a night.

More pet friendly Colorado Springs hotels and attractions…

If you are traveling on a tighter budget, consider renting an apartment through a site like Airbnb. Often even if the ad says no-dogs, people will make exceptions for well-behaved animals (one of our team members has a 75% success rate in asking for exceptions; she recommends sending emails to a handful of great spaces and seeing what opportunities arise, particularly if your dog is a Canine Good Citizen or is therapy trained).

Dog-friendly eating

Our absolute favorite dog-friendly place to eat is the big, sunny patio over at Nosh. It’s a wine and tapas bar located in the heart of downtown and its patio is decidedly dog friendly. In fact, during the summer, Nosh encourages dog owners to gather on Sundays for a puppy pool party complete with water dishes, kiddie pools, and goodie bags full of treats.

If your dog is a social creature, it’s really the perfect outing.

(It’s always a good idea to check with Nosh about the days and times for their puppy pool parties, as they can vary from summer to summer.)

While Nosh is our favorite, there are plenty of other dog-friendly patio options around too—like Ted’s Montana Grill, Champps, and Pizzeria Rustica—so you won’t run out of new places to eat with your fuzzy friends in tow.

More pet friendly dining choices…

Parks and the great outdoors

In addition to the famed Garden of the Gods, which allows leashed dogs in the park and on the restaurant patio, there are a number of parks, trails, and camping areas available for you to get outside and enjoy the wild beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Here are just a few options (we haven’t been to these specific spaces, but we’ve heard great things through the grapevine): Red Rock Canyon (spaces for both on- and off-leash dogs), Seven Falls, Bear Creek Dog Park (we’ve heard this called the best dog park in the country landscape-wise, but we’ve also heard tell of some aggressive dogs there, so be careful).

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A big thanks to Celia Sue for letting us guest post here. We hope this information is useful and that you have an amazing time exploring Colorado Springs with your four-legged family members.

About the author/bio

John Hatcher is a dog lover, outdoor enthusiast, and world traveler. In 2003, he started EzyDog—a company that makes products for active dogs and their owners. He lives in Sandpoint, Idaho with his wife and Vizsla mix and spends as much time outside as possible.

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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).
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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.

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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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Free Pet finder apps

You know you want to adopt a pet and maybe you even know which one. But in this digital age, many people are seeking solutions online to help them bring home the pet of their dreams. Petfinder has an app used with smart phones that can make the whole process easier. And the best part, the apps are FREE… You can Find your Match today, read on…

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Petfinder iOS and Android Apps Help Prospective Pet Parents On the Go 

 

Petfinder, the top digital destination for adoptable pets and the online leader in responsible pet ownership, announces the release of its new Android app today, on the heels of an updated iOS app. With more than one million downloads of Petfinder’s iPhone app to date, pet lovers are using their smartphones to make smart decisions about adoption when looking to add a furry friend to the fold.

 

Both apps are free and make searching for adoptable pets a breeze. Users have access to more than 375,000 pets from approximately 14,000 Petfinder member shelters and rescues. Features spanning both the iOS and Android apps include:

 

·       Searchability by type, breed, gender, age, shelter or rescue group and more;

·       Easy sharing of pets with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter;

·       Ability to save pets as favorites and make notes about individual adoptables;

·       Contact information and directions to the rescue group associated with each pet; and

·       Touching Happy Tail adoption stories.

 

Potential adopters and current pet parents also can find out more about the right pet for their family with handy dog and cat breed guides and access Petfinder’s library of video training materials to help ensure a happy, lifelong relationship with their pets.

 

“We have seen enormous growth in the number of people accessing Petfinder and our resources through mobile devices over the past several years, and we are excited to be able to expand our offerings to consumers,” said Iain Langridge, General Manager of Petfinder. “Petfinder has facilitated more than 20 million adoptions since its founding, and these apps will help us better serve prospective pet parents and our members and, most importantly, to find homes for millions more adoptable pets.”

 

Both Petfinder apps are currently available on the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace.

And before you can say woof woof woof, you and your four legged furry friend will be going to the beach together. Make sure that they have a driver’s license before you let them drive… Happy Adoptions !!!

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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.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/woman_accused_of_cruelty_to_pa.html#incart_river_default

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!

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/politics/House-passes-bill-on-dog-bite-responsibility/-/9379266/19018136/-/l62q68/-/index.html

Hero Dog Saves Couple From Apartment Fire

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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.

http://www.waff.com/story/21235235/hero-dog-saves-couple-from-apartment-fire

Detroit area may lift ban of pit bulls…

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130213/METRO02/302130350/1009/metro02/Waterford-Twp-may-lift-ban-pit-bulls-bully-breeds
**IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED**

In Nevada

http://act.bestfriends.org/page/-/html/022113_Nevada_online.html

Florida

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.

http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/broward-county-fl-proposing-ban-on-pit-bulls/

“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.”

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/02/pit_bulls_not_aggressive_research.php

“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

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Cats and cows and bells, oh my

The thing about both of these products are they are both equally good for use when traveing with your pet and at home. You can take them along with you on a trip, no muss, no fuss.

And these toys are just so doggone cute. Cici has been very gentle with chewing hers up, too… She has received the cat and the elephant and we have been playing tug of war with the cat. I have not allowed her to just chew it up on her own because it’s just so darned cute and it has a squeaky inside.  Kinda fragile, unlike most dog toys, but one of our favorites.  When you get one, be sure to supervise your dog so that they do not swallow the squeaky or other stuffing.

The Monkeez Makes a Difference pet toys feature a wide-variety of squeaky characters, including cats, alligators, monkeys, cows, dogs, elephants, frogs and dog bones. Each toy retails for $7.49.

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In addition to pet toys, Monkeez Makes a Difference features kid-friendly
toys and tools that teach children to give back, including the best-selling
Genuine Monkeez and FriendsT plush characters, online games, real-life Do
Good challenges and a special 10% donation on each child’s behalf to one of
three nationally renowned charities of his or her choice including Best Friends Animal Society.

“There are so many children, families and animals in need not only around
the world, but in our own communities,” Chrysti Carol Propes, director
of Monkeez Makes a Difference says. “Parents are looking
for ways to teach the values of thinking of others and believing every
person can make a difference, and Monkeez Makes a Difference fulfills that
need in a unique and interactive way. On behalf of the entire Propes family,
we believe that even though they may be small, kids can make a big
difference and by creating opportunities like Monkeez Makes a Difference, we
can instill philanthropic values to last a lifetime.”

There are more than 90 plush designs in multiple sizes to choose from, including monkeys, owls, bears, lions, dogs, cats, pigs, cows, octopuses, panda bears, kangaroos, turtles,
koalas, alligators, hedgehogs, elephants, hippos, zebras, frogs, bunnies and
raccoons. Each specially marked character comes with a unique online game
activation code on the tag.

For more info, go to:  http://b2c.monkeezandfriends.com/category/149-dog-toys.aspx

Another adorable product is the PoochieBells®, the original dog doorbell… It is a training tool. Cici is already potty/house trained, she is six years old. And I could see where the Poochie Bells could be a very useful tool for a dog / puppy who is learning and maybe not vocal nor persistent about their needs. All you have to do is train them to touch the bells to alert you that they want to go outside. Of course, hang the bells onto the door and voila. Instant alarm system. What I like about them is they are pretty, useful, and the bells have a nice sound and there are enough of the bells so that you would definitely hear them go ring a ding ding… but in a nice way.

Each PoochieBell comes with simple, clear training instructions.

PoochieBells are for any age, size or breed.

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http://www.poochie-pets.net/Training.html

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Enter to Win: Traveling dogs

Does your dog drive you crazy or drive you to the store?

Be sure to READ BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN WIN CASH !!!

Fur in the breeze, adventure in her blood, born to be wild Cici loves car rides, no matter where we go. She will hop in anyone’s car, (although she has her preferred vehicle, a Subaru, of course). She loves to go to the beach, shopping mall, dog park or to her favorite pet friendly winery. She even loves going to the vet. But, some dogs do not enjoy driving in the car because they associate car driving with getting a bath or haircut and nails trimmed at the groomer or some other terrible experience (going to the vet or worse).  Dogs who fear driving in cars may throw up, drool, whine, shake, cry or otherwise make life miserable for the driver of the car (that would likely by you).

Make traveling with Dog a breeze

You can ease your dog’s anxiety in the car through a number of methods, from giving them Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedy, aromatherapy essential oils (a few calming drops of Lavendar on paws), a calming collar filled with aromatherapy oils and/or play some nice relaxing doggie music made for scaredy dogs like Through a Dog’s Ear by Lisa Spector.

Whenever Cici drives in the car, she is surrounded by her very own pillows and blankets and hitched up to the seat belt but many dogs would prefer and feel safer in a crate or a carrier. NEVER put your dog in the back of your truck, that is one of my pet peeves. What happens when they jump out or if you have to stop quickly? And do not ever let your dog be in the front of the car, sitting on your lap or in the shotgun seat. Much too dangerous. It also goes without saying that your dog should NEVER be put in a kennel on the top of the motor vehicle, either… for ANY length of time.

Cars Made For Traveling Dogs

Car savvy traveling dogs like Cici have voted for their favorite car to drive in. And that car is a Subaru, no matter the model. Cici and I drove our Subaru Legacy station wagon for two years all over California, Nevada and Oregon without a hitch. Well, except for running out of gas and getting a flat tire. Subaru cars are ideally suited to and made for traveling dogs. And their Dog Tested Dog Approved campaign, that we’ve mentioned a couple of times, shows dogs the best car to drive. Grant Weber, Subaru Canine Sales Associate devotes his life selling cars specifically to dogs. Dogs of ALL breeds, little dogs, big dogs, scaredy dogs, brave dogs and most especially traveling savvy dogs.

Watch him sell cars to dogs here…   click on the link…It is funny and Made for Dogs… especially dogs who LOVE to EAT !!!!

 

As part of their campaign, Subaru has launched a facebook app that is FUN and offers some  things to do, such as the Subaru Dog Matcher, the Ask the Expert, Put Your Dog in a Subaru, and the Canine Driver’s License Division (you can make a driver’s license for your dog – I made one for Cici, make sure you put in a fake address).

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Grant Weber suggested Cici would prefer a Subaru Outback for our next car and with the app we can even build our own Outback to our specifications, and the car even comes with snacks, how cool is that?

Cici would look great
in a Subaru Outback.

With the go-anywhere capability of the Outback, you can get away from that fenced-in yard of yours and sniff out some real adventure…

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Enter to Win!

Try the Subaru app out for yourself!

 Like the Subaru Facebook page for a chance to win cash and
tell them that Cici and CeliaSue from Have Dog Blog will Travel sent ya!

Just “like” the Subaru facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card!  One first place prize winner will receive a $350 Visa gift card and one second place prize winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card!  The winners will be announced within 48 hours after the raffle closes.

ENTER HERE.

Like Subaru’s Facebook page FIRST.

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

You can enter once per day until the contest ends at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, February 24.

Start today to win !

Enter once a day for your best chance to win! You can enter with your Facebook log-in or just use your email address.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page and post a photo of your dog driving a Subaru, your dog’s driver’s license, and share what you did with the Subaru Facebook app!

This post is sponsored by Subaru. we are helping spread the woof about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, because [Have Dog Blog Will Travel] only shares news for things we love and support. All opinions are mine.

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Pet photography

cute doggies

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Meet Joshua

http://dogbreathblog.com/2012/12/27/meet-joshua

 

 

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