Category Archives: camping

In a dog eats cats world 

 

A headline reads: a celebrity sums up politician in epic three words on twitter, or somebody says something outrageous, ugly or otherwise.

you click on the headline because you have just got to hear, watch, read what they said. and you need a laugh and it is guaranteed to be uproariously funny, right. but when you watch the video or read the tweet, it is dumb. you’ve just been had again and again by headlines designed to get you to click on them.

and sometimes it is bait and switch. the headline says one thing and then you click and it discusses, explains, opines about something else.

we know that too many politicians and others rely upon lies aka 1984’s war is peace, freedom is slavery, etc. and Goebbel’s propaganda strategy (that worked) that you keep on telling the lie over and over ad infinitum ad nauseum and eventually people will believe the lie no matter all of the facts, debunking of the myths, and countering intelligence that others do.

lies and fear mongering have worked for many years. It usually always is about politics and votes. Like the great bathroom debacle in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s transgender bathroom battle: what sparked it, and what’s next http://gu.com/p/4j7gg/stw

Transgender Dog Unsure Which Tree To Pee On

 

Transgender-Dog-1024x576

https://www.ncscooper.com/transgender-dog-unsure-which-tree-to-pee-on/

and some people continue to tell BIG LIES knowing that they are false in order to sell products, services, ideologies and candidates.

truth vs lies.

facts vs myths, stereotypes and propaganda

BIAS against pit bull type dogs based on myths

http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/is-it-time-do-away-breed-names-shelters

http://barkpost.com/shelter-removes-breed-labels-study/

pitbull-logo-watermark

 

There are myths and stereotypes told about everyone. And especially those who are not white and male and rich are punished for not being white, male, pretending to be Christian while not following Jesus’ edicts and rich. And there are myths and stereotypes told about various dog breeds, Muslims, Mexicans, gay people, transgender people, Jewish people, women, African Americans, homeless people, poor people, and the list goes on.

Did you know that being aka existing without a home in the US is a crime? That is, if you are eating, sleeping, sitting, lying down in public, camping, parking overnight, you can be arrested, and have all of your meager belongings taken away from you, next thing will be breathing in public…. aka taking up space on the planet, our tax dollars at work.

Many people think that people without homes are lazy bums who refuse to work or want to be homeless, are drug addicts, alcoholics, or mentally ill. And being homeless aka a criminal for being alive, will never happen to me!

Except that it does and has happened and the homeless population is primarily made up of formerly middle class people including single moms with children, women leaving domestic violence and/or abusive situations, seniors, half who cannot afford housing and more than half in CA, veterans, working poor, people who have lost their homes due to foreclosure, illness and other reasons. Traumatized people who have been banned and evicted from society. Your former neighbors trying to survive without sleep, no bed, unable to go to the bathroom, take a shower, or even to sit down or lie down or JUST BE ALIVE.

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 4.23.21 PM.png

“Since the year 2000, more than 80 percent of metropolitan areas saw their household incomes decline, pointing to a shrinking middle class that’s fueling economic insecurity.”

http://www.salon.com/2016/05/14/the_middle_class_is_dying_partner/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-homeless-doj-20150907-story.html

But people can discern the Truth in their heart of hearts. Some people want to believe the lies for their own personal reasons, agendas, and motives. If you are a builder, developer, or landlord who wants to make maximum amounts of money, you can tell yourself that seniors, poor people,disabled people, single moms with children, and others can find some place else to live. Except they cannot and you know it.

And if you are a church or a nonprofit agency who is supposed to be helping house or feed or find jobs or whatever for other people and all you are really doing is you are making a very good salary, work in a luxury building, and/or spending the donation and grant money you garner on everything but what your stated mission is, that your charity spends a very small percentage, if any, on their stated goals, then you know in your heart that you are cheating, stealing and NOT DOING YOUR JOB. Why does a nonprofit in Monterey, for instance, need hundreds of thousands of dollars, feeding homeless women, when ALL of the food is donated and their staff is all volunteers? Where is that money going? Hint, it is NOT being spent on Housing women without homes. Not even for a single night.

Why are millions of dollars raised every day/week/month/year to HOUSE PETS but so little raised to HOUSE HUMAN BEINGS  ???? What if there were charities who housed BOTH HUMANS AND THEIR PETS AND/OR HOUSED HUMANS SO THAT THEY COULD FOSTER OR ADOPT A PET???

Think of all of the humans languishing and dying on the streets, in cars and all of the pit bull type dogs being euthanized and / or dying in shelters.

There are some folks coming up with creative solutions to house people and pets.  How about you???  What are you doing to house people and pets???  What can you do? What are you able / willing to do?

What people do not realize is that when people without homes have pets or even if they do not have pets, that pets ARE affected, too.

Thanks !!!

A fun contest from the good folks at Advances Shelter systems, Inc., creator of SHIFT PODS that serve as temporary and / or emergency housing for all kinds of folks around the world, for festivals, events and camping options for those who like to travel and the great outdoors.

Stark white and ready for some street art! Good with a spray can? Send shift pods your art! If they like it they may send you a SHIFTPOD to paint for their charity auction for Ecuador. These ARTPODS will be auctioned off to raise money to help people who lost everything in the huge earthquake. #‎emergencyresponse #‎shiftpod #‎shelterpod #‎artpod #‎burningman #‎festival #‎ecuador #‎earthquake

 

13133255_267855783561327_3018561215718309246_n

Leave a comment

Filed under animal rescue, Baby Boomers, breeds, California, camping, Canada, contest, creative artwork, dogs, end dog racism, Uncategorized

Walking dogs across USA

Kait & John Seyal, along with their two dogs Max & Grace, walked across the US from DE to CA. They walked to promote pet therapy and animal rescue. Along the way, they stopped at hospitals, nursing homes, veteran facilities, children’s homes and anywhere else where a dog is needed. They relied on the kindness of strangers to get through this journey with giving them a place to stay, food, company, etc.

How inspiring!

1 Comment

Filed under all you need is a dog, All you need is love, animal rescue, animals, camping

A romantic dog away

Finnegan and Blue, the 7 and 15 year old Golden Retriever and Aussie Shepherd mix greeted us at the door. They let themselves in and out of the house numerous times during our stay. And Finn opens guest room doors and lets dogs outside of their rooms upon occasion.

There is also an elusive cat. If your doggie has cat issues, like Cici, you might want to let them know in advance.

We enjoyed the lovely wine and cheese afternoon refreshment as well as the delicious breakfast of eggs benedict with country fried potatoes and fruit parfait, orange juice and our choice of hot beverage (tea or coffee).

Our room was cozy with a gas fireplace for heat as well as individually controlled heat and air conditioning unit on the wall. We had our own patio although it was too chilly to sit outside. The bed was nice and big and Cici of course joined me on it.

index01http://www.mccaffreyhouse.com/sonora-hotel-dog-friendly.html
sig-dog-friendly

 

Michael and Finn

 

index03dogindex05dogindex06

 

From the beginning, in 1996, the McCaffrey House B&B in Twain Hart (about 10 miles north of Sonora) was pet friendly. Husband and wife Michael and Stephanie moved to Twain Harte from San Jose. He was a graphic designer seeking to retire and paint watercolors and Stephanie was an event planner. They often spent time in Twain Harte during the summers at Stephanie’s family cabin. When they moved onto the property, they tore the cabin down and designed the house that “we’d love to be a guest in.” There are eight guest rooms, three downstairs are pet friendly.

Some secrets to their success as innkeepers are to always take time off, make your home a sanctuary for your family and hire a housekeeper and innsitter. The best part of having an inn, Michael explained, is that they get to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world and it’s a great place to live. Living in a tourist area is fun. There are no traffic jams. It is stress free, A slow leisurely pace of life.

People from all over the world have stayed at this B&B (countries: England, Germany, Asian countries, people who want to visit Yosemite, go hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, wilderness adventures, repel down the rocks, go fishing and enjoy the outdoors at nearby Pinecrest Lake). Yosemite is about an hour away.

According to Michael, every season is different in this rural community and there are many pet friendly hiking trails, lakes and dining options including the Ephernson House, The Rock (a tavern) and Cafe Blossom that allow dogs on their patios.

The Sugar Shack is a yummy bakery about three miles up the road. In Pinecrest, Cold Spa Village and Mia’s restaurant are pet friendly. About 45 miles away, Kennedy Meadows (5,000 feet elevation) provides cabins, camping and a restaurant, (known for its Sunday night prime rib dinner), all are pet friendly.

The sugar Pine Trail is a good flat trail walk on with dogs.

McCaffrey House: 23251 Highway 108 – Twain Harte, CA 95383
The Inn is located 11 miles east of Sonora and one-half mile above the East Twain Harte exit on Highway 108. Do not turn into the town of Twain Harte) Turn right off of Highway 108 just beyond the 4,000 elevation marker sign. The McCaffrey House is approximately three hours from the Bay Area, four hours from the Monterey Peninsula, and one hour from the Central Valley

TUESDAYS ARE FREEStay any three nights that include a Tuesday and pay 1/2 price for Tuesday. Stay any four nights that include a Tuesday and it is FREE.Must call to book. Request at time of reservation. Holiday periods excluded. Subject to availability.

Leave a comment

Filed under All you need is love, B&B's, big dogs welcome, California, camping, dog friendly, dogs, Gold country, K9 travel, keep pets safe, pet friendly dining, pet friendly lodging, pet travel, travel with dog, travelwriting, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

Mt Shasta pet friendly

 

The best times to visit: spring and fall when temps are moderate. in summer, temps get into the high 90’s and 100’s, pooches paws can get burned on the pavements so beware and prepare if you plan to stay in town during the summer… there are lots of lakes and hiking trail activities to cool off, camping and of course Mt. Shasta.

Lakes

Castle:  From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. and cross over I-5. You will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stage Rd. which is in front of the Fish Hatchery & Sisson Museum. Turn left onto Old Stage Rd,. In ¼ mile the road will fork. Stay to the right onto W.A. Barr Rd. and continue past the Mount Shasta Resort golf course, cross over the Box Canyon Dam and turn left onto Castle Lake Rd. which is ¼ mile from the dam bridge. Continue on this road for 7 miles and you will arrive at Castle Lake.

McCloud River with three waterfalls

From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. to I-5 south towards Dunsmuir. Take the Hwy. 89 exit towards McCloud; drive past the town of McCloud and continue 5.5 miles to the “Fowler’s Campground Lower Falls” sign and turn right. The parking area at Lower Falls is 1 mile. You can hike to the Middle Falls and back to the parking area in about 1.5 hours, and hike to the Upper Falls and back to the parking area in about 3 hours. If you don’t wish to hike, you can drive to see the Middle and Upper Falls from the viewing areas off of the campground road which is located about ¼ mile before the parking area.

You can take your dog paddle boarding on Lake Siskiyou

Pet policy:

Pets are not allowed at the beach area, food service areas or in any lodging units.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort is a pet-friendly Resort.  We welcome your leashed, accompanied pets in any other area of the Resort, including the Marina

At Mt. Shasta City, Take Central, (#738) I-5 Exit. Go West, away from town to STOP. Turn LEFT, Bear Right after 1/4 mile at fork. Go past golf course and over dam. Entrance 1.5 miles on RIGHT

530.926.2610

http://www.reynoldsresorts.com/LakeSiskiyou/rules_and_regulations.html

Hiking

Lake Siskiyou Trail

Dogs are allowed anywhere on the network of trails within the Old Ski Bowl ridge line, where even in high summer you can usually walk to the snow. Rover has to be leashed at the Bunny Flat and Panther Meadows rest areas, and the only extended dog-friendly hike is the Gray Butte Trail, a 3.4-mile round trip out of Panther Meadows. This very special path, accessible June into October, crosses a sacred Native American site and takes in otherworldly stands of old-growth fir and mountain hemlocks to reach a saddle with expansive views. At an altitude of 9,129 feet, you’ll both be panting, but oh so glad you came.

Check in with the Mount Shasta Trails Association for other dog friendly hikes in the Mount Shasta region.

Dog Park

Mt Shasta City Park

From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St. to the traffic light at Mt. Shasta Blvd. Go left and continue approximately 1 mile until you see the Mt. Shasta Animal Hospital sign on the right. Turn left at the next street which is Nixon Rd. and then turn right into the Mt. Shasta City Park.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is a very popular attraction. You can view the mountain best by taking the “scenic drive” which is 14 miles long and takes about 30 minutes driving time each way. From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St.; pass the traffic light and continue several blocks where the road curves to the left becoming Everitt Memorial Highway. Continue on Everitt Memorial Highway for 12 miles where you will come to the Bunny Flat parking area and if the road has been cleared of snow, drive another 2 miles to the Old Ski Bowl parking area. The views are outstanding and you will see nature in its grandest.  Dogs must be on leash and are not allowed above 10,000 feet.

Sacred Sites

The “Mt. Shasta Sacred Sites Guidebook”, available at the Visitors Bureau. There are 13 sites considered to have special energy.

Lavendar farm has an on site dog

http://www.mtshastalavenderfarms.com/

VonMArtin2

Dog Sledding

http://visitmtshasta.com/activities/dog-sledding/

Camping:

Campgrounds are generally pet friendly. The mineral springs is probably not.

Stewart Mineral Springs

Phone: 530-938-2222

Website: http://www.stewartmineralsprings.com

Location: 4617 Stewart Springs Rd., Weed, California 96094

Soothing, hot mineral baths and/or revitalizing massage. 15 private bathing rooms where water bubbles up from the springs, is heated, and run into deep tubs for soaking as the mineral water purifies your body, a large wood sauna to complete the purifying process, and 3 massage tables to work out the kinks and ease your muscles. The bathhouse is surrounded by wide wooden decks overlooking the beautiful Parks Creek, where you may sunbathe and relax to the sounds of the rushing stream. Restaurant, Native American Sweat Lodge, Conferences and Retreats, lodging and camping available. 15 rooms, kitchen, cabins, teepee, rec. room. public showers. Resort is under pine trees next to Parks Creek. Mineral baths and large sauna. Native American Sweat Lodge.

http://visitmtshasta.com/activities/camping/

http://visitsiskiyou.org/

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stnf/home/?cid=STELPRDB5360169&width=full

Pet Stores

Noah’s Ark Feed Barn

Phone: 530-926-6562

Location: 925 Lassen Ln., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet Grooming, doggie daycare and boarding

Furpurrsons Pet Resort

Phone: 530-926-0480

Website: http://www.furpurrsons.com

Location: 5821 Truck Village, Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet boarding. Doggie day care. Grooming and spa. Boutique. Large exercise areas.

Your dog has to have ALL its vaccinations including bordatella, a week ahead

They offer a spa package for dogs that includes a blueberry vanilla edible facial, hydrotherapy massage, bath, shampoo, $18 to $90, small to large dog

Stacey Chiment, co-owner helped me with this blog post. She was a lot more helpful than the Chamber of Commerce.

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 6.17.37 AM

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 6.17.20 AM

Pet friendly lodging

Finlandia Motel

Phone: 530-926-5596

Website: http://www.finlandiamotelandlodge.com

Location: 1612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

The Family owned Finlandia Motel and Lodge offers spacious newly remodeled rooms, an authentic Finnish Sauna, hot spa, kitchenettes and view of the towering mountain. Now the family home is available for rental. Guests seeking accommodation with space for socializing, a fully equipped kitchen will delight in the three-bedroom, two-bath lodge. Larger groups can gather together around the living room fireplace and later retreat to 23 other deluxe or standard, pet friendly rooms. Price range $60-$250.

McCloud Hotel

Phone: 530-964-2822, 800-964-2823

Website: http://www.mccloudhotel.com/

Location: 408 Main Street, McCloud, California 96057-0730

Located only 5 miles from the Mount Shasta Ski Park and in the heart of historic McCloud , this boutique hotel has 16 rooms. All rooms have private baths, 4 rooms have 2 person Jacuzzi tubs. Rates range from $120 – $195 (for 2 persons) and include a full breakfast and a wine/appetizer hour from 4 – 5 PM daily. Dinner is served to both hotels guests and the public Thursday – Sunday evenings between 5:30 and 8 PM. Reservations are strongly suggested. Open year round. Pet friendly in the four first floor rooms (additional fee of $25 per pet).

Railroad Park Resort

Phone: 530-235-4440

Website: http://www.rrpark.com

Location: 100 Railroad Park Rd., Dunsmuir, California 96025

railroadparkresortoffice@gmail.com

 Offers camping tent sites too.

Sleep in an authentic caboose and dine in antique rail cars beneath magnificent Castle Crags. Caboose motel open year round. The Dinner House/Lounge and RV campground are open spring through fall. Motel features pool, spa, and cabooses outfitted for your comfort. Many pet-friendly rooms. For reservations, info and photos visit our website at rrpark.com.  pets $15.00 per pet/per night.

Swiss Holiday Lodge

Phone: 530-926-3446

Website: http://www.swissholidaylodge.com

Location: 2400 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

21 rooms. Rates $55-$150 plus tax. Continental breakfast, phones. Pool, hot tub, pets OK, cable TV (HBO) and WiFi. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every room. Rooms with views of Mt. Shasta; offer a kitchenette unit. Enjoy continental breakfast and use of community kitchen. AAA approved.

Strawberry Valley Inn

Phone: 530-926-2052

Website: http://www.strawberryvalleyinn.com

Location: 1142 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Relax, Revive, and Retreat at the Strawberry Valley Inn. Set in a picturesque storybook setting of stone rock siding, beautiful trees and flowers, with a backdrop of Mt. Shasta. This cozy boutique hotel is conveniently located near the town center close to shopping, restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. Each room is uniquely decorated with amenities such as suites, luxurious down bedding, cable TV, and ipod docking stations. Continental breakfast is served each morning inside the lovely historic Inn. Both individual and side by side massages are available in the Inn or guests can book an In-room massage. Morning stretch yoga and evening meditation are available seasonally.  Pet fee $15 per night

http://strawberryvalleyinn.net/

http://visitmtshasta.com/lodging/motels-hotels/

B&B’s

Mt Shasta Inn

Pets are welcome in the first floor guestrooms but not in the Lobby or Dining Room. There is a nice field across the street from the Hotel which is perfect for exercising your dog and we can provide plastic bags to pick up the icky pooh stuff which may then be deposited in our dumpster near the rear parking lot. There is a one time charge of $25 for your pet to join you in the room.

http://mccloudhotel.com/the-inn/policies/

http://visitsiskiyou.org/where-to-stay/bed-and-breakfasts/

 

2 Comments

Filed under Adventure, California, camping, dog travel, dogs, Mt. Shasta, pet care, pet friendly dining, pet friendly lodging, pet travel, snow, travel, travel with dog, Uncategorized

Save money on pet friendly travel

Gas prices may be soaring along with the temperatures but that does not mean that you have to spend a fortune on your summer vacation with Fido. Doing a little research, planning and strategizing ahead of time can save you both time and bucks without pinching too many pennies on safety and for pampering and missing out on all the fun.

Taking Fido with you means that you will start your vacation ahead of the curve by saving kennel and boarding fees ($30+ a night). Create a budget, bank the bucks and keep a reserve on hand just in case.

Book a reservation at a pet friendly venue during the week (Sunday through Thursday) that either does not charge a pet fee, one that charges a refundable fee or one that charges a small fee for the entire stay and for more than one pet, if you have more than one (rather than a daily charge). $10-30 for an entire stay is reasonable. $50 per pet per night is exorbitant. Avoid holidays and weekends when the prices soar. Take advantage of specials such as Very Important Pet Packages that include amenities and pampering activities such as massage, grooming, doggie menu items or spa time.

Booking with chains such as Red Roof Inn or LaQuinta that offer membership discounts, free WIFI and breakfast can also reduce costs. Or an all-inclusive resort may be the best way to go depending upon where you are traveling. Camping is another option for budget friendly outings.

Avoid expensive hotel fees for phone calls and WIFI by making calls on your cell phone, a prepaid cell phone and getting online at the library or other places that offer free WIFI.

Check out the best gas prices online using GasBuddy.com, http://www.gasnearu.com/ , http://www.gaspricewatch.com , http://www.motortrend.com or an app.

If you are a member of AAA, you can have one of their travel experts plan your trip. And you can obtain books with maps and information on your destination(s), including prices, that you can take with you.

Bring snacks, treats and water with you for humans and canines to munch on while traveling to cut down on stops at fast food places and road venues with higher prices. At each of the rest stops, you can easily feed the beasts and walk them.

Plan local dog activities that don’t bite into your budget such as swimming at the beach or lake, visiting dog parks, shopping at pet stores and malls that accept pets, tastings at pet friendly wineries, hiking trails and more. There may also be doggie special events, parades, and /or festivals that you can attend for free or low cost. You might splurge taking a class or two on surfing, agility or doggie yoga.

ValetBarking

If you are renting a car, be sure that it is with a pet friendly car rental place such as Hertz, Avis, Advantage, Dollar, Budget and National. Avoid extra fees for fur by covering up the seats with blankets and sleeping bags and/or put pooch in a kennel. And same goes with the hotel. There is no reason to pay extra hairy fees if/when you are prepared with your own doggie towels, sheets and plastic to cover the furniture. Rinse and wipe muddy / sandy paws outside the room.

 
Having Fido’s favorite bones, toys and chews on hand will also save you from having to pay extra fees for boredom and/or destructive chewing in inappropriate places such as hotel furniture.

Bring Fido’s food with you so that there are no upset tummies to deal with and no extra costs. Even when you eat at pet friendly restaurants (patios), your dog can enjoy their regular meal. The hotel concierge, local visitor bureau and/or pet friendly travel blog (such as Have Dog Blog Will Travel) should be able to provide a list of possible venues where you and Fido can eat together.

Research local doggie daycare and/or pet sitters in case you want to visit amusement parks, castles and/or other local attractions that do not welcome dogs. A few hours without Fido can still be fun without breaking the budget.

If you are traveling with a bully breed or a dog that LOOKS like a pit bull (whatever that means or another banned  breed such as Rottweiler, German Shepherd or Corso), steer clear of places that have strict Breed Specific laws such as Denver and Miami. And be sure the hotel has no breed, weight or size restrictions.

Be prepared for emergencies. Know where the local vet is and the cost of an emergency visit. And pack a first aid kit that can take care of minor incidents and keep Fido pest free. Research local flora and fauna and keep away from the poison ivy, oak, snakes, ticks and other possible bugs that can spoil your vacation.

 You and Fido deserve to have a fun and memorable holiday away from home. Using the tips above, you will be able to relax and enjoy your time together.  

69673_10151521526075429_1560456285_n

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, all you need is a dog, auto club, B&B's, beach, breed specific laws, California, camping, chew toy, dog friendly, dog spa, dog travel, dogs, four paws up, K9 travel, keep pets safe, pet friendly dining, pet friendly lodging, pet friendly winery, travel with dog, Uncategorized

Memorial Day pet friendly

We all have our favorite places to visit (perhaps a bucket list for you and the dog?) … if we were traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are a few favorite places to visit easily from Monterey County… Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay, Napa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Mendocino … We love them all… Still, here is a trip we are longing to explore again in a heartbeat…  beaches, wine and cheese and chocolate and redwood trees… who could ask for anything more?

282266_640337849317097_1176948472_n

Wine countries

Our favorite pet friendly wineries…

Larson Family Winery 

23355 Millerick Road

Sonoma, CA

707-938-3031

Larson Family Winery

Navarro Vineyards 5601 Highway 128, Philo; (800) 537-9463; www.navarrowine. com. Doggie heaven. There are always treats and a bowl of water in the tasting room. Picnic tables are around the grounds, and there’s a fenced-in dog exercise area.

Toulouse Vineyards 8001 Highway 128, Philo. (707) 895-2828; toulousevineyards.com. Dogs are free to roam the big warehouse of a tasting room or outside on the loading dock.

(Contact me for a free list of pet friendly wineries in California)

Mendocino

Pet Friendly Avenue of the Giants

from Willits to Garberville is about 1 to 2 hours (twisty and windy) and then to Orick another 2-3 hours….very twisty and windy from Oregon to Crescent city (just beyond Orick)   Orick is north of eureka and arcata

and Trinidad is just before Orick, or south of Orick on the way to Eureka and Klamath is just north of Orick a few miles

if you take the 5 rather than the 101 north, you wind up in Medford, Oregon…

Ruffing it in the redwoods

If your dog has a certain affinity for trees – and what dog doesn’t? – they’ll certainly enjoy a fragrant stroll among the tallest in the world. Humboldt County has some of the few places where you can let your dog scamper among redwoods. And while other regions boast of having a single off-leash dog beach, Humboldt has six of them – one of which awaits at the end of a scenic 5-mile coastal trail.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2685

Beaches

Several County Beaches allow dogs to run without a leash on the wave slope within voice command:

Clam Beach 

Big Lagoon

Moonstone

Luffenholtz

Mad River County Park

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Leash only

Trinidad State Beach, 

Little River, and Dry Lagoon. 

http://www.friendsofthedunes.org/resources/dog/

http://www.treesofmystery.net/trails.php

Pet Friendly lodging

Motel Trees across from Trees of Mystery

http://www.treesofmystery.net/motetree.htm

$60 + per night

Humboldt Gables Motel

Rio Dell Clean, comfortable, AAA approved, & just a few minutes from the Wild and Scenic Eel River.

RATES STARTING AT $60

707-923-2721

Sherwood Forest Motel

Urban luxuries in a northcoast motel located in the center of a beautiful redwood forest.

http://www.sherwoodforestmotel.com/

 Travel Inn

Clean and comfortable stay at a reasonable price. Close to the redwoods. Travel packages for groups.

Econo Lodge Downtown

Humboldt County’s best in the budget segment. Close to Old Town. Indoor pool.

Bode Suites & Rentals

Perfect choice for a 30 day+ stay. Comfortable, convenient and affordable in the Eureka area.   53/day (30 day minimum).

stay far far far away from the eureka motel 6 worst place ever

 

http://redwoods.info/capsule.asp?seeall=yes&category1=Lodging&searchtype=&petswelcome=yes&orderby=&searchphrase=

http://www.redcrestresort.com/rates.html

visit to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center in Weott, 6 miles south. The friendly staff will be happy to answer all your questions. Then it’s time to go! Hiking, biking are literally at your doorstep and golfing is just a short drive away. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and rafting are possible on one of our six spectacular rivers. Search for shells and agates on one of the many redwood coast beaches.

Traveling North from Redcrest

Visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale which is listed on the Historic Register. See the many turn of the century homes and shops. Many movies have been filmed there, the most recent being The Majestic, with Jim Carrey. Don’t miss the cemetery, it’s awesome.

In the “Good Ole Summer Time”, Fortuna, Eureka and Arcata have an old-fashioned farmers market once a week, featuring all home made crafts and home-grown produce. Stroll the boardwalk and visit the quaint shops in Old Town Eureka.

Visit picturesque Trinidad, a fishing town with a scenic harbor. Hike on Trinidad Head and stroll along the beautiful beach and view the historic lighthouse. If pulling the handle of a slot machine makes your day be sure to visit the Casino in Trinidad.

http://www.trinidadcalif.com/lodging.html

Orick is about 20 miles north of the town of Trinidad

orick

Sounds like music, reminds me of Orick, CA where we heard the elks mating

Visit spectacular Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. Jurassic Park, The Lost World was filmed in the canyon, you don’t want to miss it. Watch out for the elk in the meadows at the Fern Canyon turn off and on Gold Bluffs Beach.

http://www.redwoodparkslodge.com/about/index.php

http://www.redwoods.info/

Traveling South from Redcrest

You don’t want to miss the Rockefeller Forest. Turn off of the Avenue of the Giants onto Mattole Road and drive through the largest virgin forest in the world, just 4 miles south of Redcrest Resort, where you will find the tallest trees in the world. Continuing on this road past Rockefeller Forest, the Lost Coast Loop will take you through Petrolia, where oil was first discovered in California. While driving the Lost Coast you will pass through the furthest western point of the 48 states. The Lost Coast Loop takes about 3 hours (you should start with a full tank of gas) and you will see the scenic back country, and end up in the Victorian Village of Ferndale.

Ever see a black sand beach? Take a drive to the scenic fishing village of Shelter Cove. Watch the fishermen clean their day’s catch. Watch the sea lions on the rocks or maybe you will spot a whale in the distance.

The rugged coastline of Humboldt County proved an obstacle to early road builders, and so Highway 1 gives up just north of Fort Bragg and heads inland to join up with Highway 101. This mostly undeveloped coastline became known as the Lost Coast. While some sections are only accessible on foot, there is one route, known as the Lost Coast Loop that provides a pleasant day drive that will take you through giant redwood forests, to the splendid scenery of the rugged coastline, and then end up in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. Works just as well in the other direction too. Just make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave, as services are sparce.

dogs451-2

1 Comment

Filed under Adventure, Bay area, beach, Bodega Bay, California, camping, dog friendly, dog travel, dogs, K9 approved, K9 travel, keep pets safe, pet friendly dining, pet friendly lodging, pet friendly winery, pet travel, travel with dog, Uncategorized

Six Tips for Moving Fido

6 Tips for Moving Fido Across Town or Across the Country

 Guest blog post…David Shapiro (see bio below) 

If you are making a move – whether across town or across the country – there’s a lot to think about, and it can be even more stressful when you consider how your dog will handle it. As you pack and prepare for the move, most dogs will sense something is changing but they won’t understand what is going on until moving day arrives. Dogs are highly sensitive to their surroundings and what you consider “home” means even more to them – because it’s their territory. But even though moving may be stressful for dogs, there are still steps you can take to make the move as smooth as possible for your pets.

 

Across Town

If you’re moving to another neighborhood within the same city, follow these tips to help your dog(s) adjust to their new surroundings:

 

1.       Take him for walks in the new neighborhood before the move. Dogs can

become more anxious when they are in a new location, wanting to sniff and inspect everything. Some are intimidated by new surroundings, so walking on a leash with you there will make them feel more secure. Make frequent trips to your new neighborhood if possible so your dog will feel safe and comfortable with his or her new home.

2.       Transport your dog separately. On moving day, ask a friend or family member to watch Fido for you so you can turn your full attention to the moving process. Once the movers leave your new home and the commotion has ceased, bring your dog over to inspect his new territory. Walk him on the leash so he feels secure during his grand tour of the new house and yard; then let him off to explore.

3.       Establish a routine ASAP. Because pets tend to feel safest with a routine, get into one as soon as you can. This may be difficult with boxes to unpack and other arrangements to make, but be sure your dog is still getting fed at the same time every day and that he’s being exercised daily. If too much energy builds up, your pup will likely have more time and energy to be anxious.

Moving - Golden Retriever 

Across the Country

Moving to another state is a different matter altogether. First, you must decide whether you want to transport your dog via plane or car. Because airlines typically allow only small dogs – ones whose carriers can fit under your seat – on a plane and requires others to be placed in a potential unsafe cargo hold, driving is likely your best option. For driving your dog across the country, follow these tips:

 

1.       Exercise your dog more frequently before the move. In the week leading up to the trip, take your dog for walks more often or take him to the dog park for more exercise. You want Fido tired out for the car ride so he can get the zoomies out and not be nervous or anxious. If you’re too busy with moving details to exercise him yourself, hire a neighborhood kid, a dog walker or ask a friend to help out.

2.       Prepare supplies for the drive. Even if your dog is potty-trained, line the car with extra rags and towels just in case. Also, create a green pet first aid kit and include bandages, cotton balls, tweezers, and a digital thermometer, to assist Fido in being calm, sleeping and feeling good during the drive.

3.       Use a kennel or carrier if possible. This keeps dogs most secure on the drive, but it also helps them feel more comfortable and gives them a place to retreat. It’s the safest way for them to travel – for all involved – because it keeps them from wandering underfoot while you’re driving.

 

Whether you’re moving to another house in the same city or to another state altogether, consider how your move will affect your dog. Based on your knowledge of Fido, brainstorm ways to make him feel safe and make preparations accordingly. By thinking ahead, you’ll avoid the heartache and stress often involved with moving pets to a new home.

***

Author Bio: David Shapiro works with moving companies and other small businesses as a marketing relocation specialist. He lives in Arizona and enjoys hiking, golfing, horseback riding and biking.

Note: some people use moving as an excuse to dump their pets at a shelter, please do NOT do that. If you do, chances are that your pet will die at the shelter. If you absolutely MUST, find your pet a safe loving new home that they deserve BEFORE your move. Where there is a will there is a way. I just read a story about a woman who lost her home in my neighborhood, became homeless and was camping out in a tent with her dog. She went to a local animal rescue group for assistance to find her dog a new home. Instead, the group suggested that she let the dog be fostered while she moved from California to Hawaii (where her son lives) and the group raised money for the dog to be taken care of including his flight to Hawaii. Now the two of them are living happily in the Aloha state. Be a responsible pet owner.  Thank you.

Soon, I will be writing a Hawaii pet friendly blog post. It is an onerous procedure (and costly) to bring your pet to Hawaii. Meanwhile, if you want to move your dog to Hawaii, there is now a five day or less quarantine option.  Check it out here…

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/aqs-checklist-5DOL.pdf

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/

PS: All this dog below needs is a black ear and spot on her forehead and a few spots on her belly and this would look like a certain polka dot princess that I know and LOVE.

534089_371280742976251_1544122310_n

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, affordable housing, California, camping, dog friendly, dog rescue, dog travel, dogs, driving, eco friendly/green, four paws up, guest blog, Hawaii, K9 approved, K9 travel, pet care, pet travel, Uncategorized