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Pet peeves while traveling with a dog

Sorry, it’s been awhile but I was just in the hospital and found out that I had blood clots in my lungs. Not fun. cici had to be taken care of by a friend who pampered her, which was great and a real relief. And the hospital stay of six nights was not fun. I am a sick puppy and we REALLY REALLY REALLY need a NEW HOME NOW.  If you are in California and would like us to visit, be your roommates, or know someone who does, then please let us know.

Cici and I put together our top list of pet peeves when traveling with a dog. She does not like it when:

1. a “pet friendly” hotel that does not offer enough green space for my Cici to do her business. And I do not like it when there is no bags or trash cans around to put the business inside and throw away. why should i have to carry it around with me? That is the hotel’s business to provide guests with what they need.

2. when a pet friendly hotel charges ridiculous fees and nickels and dimes you for your pet, (a small refundable pet deposit is ok but a nonrefundable fee for $50 or more? Nope). And these types of hotels usually discriminate on the dogs they will accept such as only dogs under 10 pounds, few breeds, as if they are saying, we will deign to allow you to bring your pet but only if it is not going to be a real dog who will do doggie things. If you have pet restrictions based upon weight, height, breed, we will breeze right by you. We do not like places that discriminate against our dogs based upon the color of their fur, the shape of their heads or their canine qualities that make them lovable to us.

3. dogs like to roll around in the dirt but pet owners do not. We cannot stand “pet friendly” hotels that put you in a dirty, worn carpet, overused room with smelly bedding just because you are traveling with Fido. This is hardly a pet friendly attitude. We do not have to paws up with it either.

4. Pet rules that say that your pet cannot be in the lobby (how are you supposed to enter and exit the place)?, pool, golf course and other areas. If there is no place for the dog to go to the bathroom, are they supposed to hold it in for three days? Maybe you should list where dogs are ALLOWED to be instead of all of the no no’s of where they cannot be. Makes a dog feel kinda unwelcome and does not seem exactly pet friendly to us.

5. Many places tell that you cannot leave the dog in the room unattended even when your dog is quiet, gonna go to sleep, is crated. Are you supposed to pet sit or hire a pet sitter while you are traveling? On some occasions, maybe but if you are just going out for some fresh air, to move the car, or get something from the gift shop, and if it is very hot outside, you are not going to bring your dog with you.

6. When we look at websites of some hotels and B&B’s it is not clear whether they are pet friendly or not. Why make it so difficult for travelers to figure out whether you allow dogs or not? If you have nothing on your website that indicates pet friendly (photos of dogs, pet policies and such), we will whiz right by you and assume you are not the place for us to stay since you did not bother to say.

7. Did your staff miss the memo or staff meeting that told them how to interact with guests with pets? If we ask about your fur friendly amenities, local pet stores, dog parks, vets, and/or activities then we expect your staff to respond with knowledgable answers not treat us as if we asked a terribly embarrassing question or present them with smelly burden of a task. Or tell us to google it ourselves. Hospitality is supposed to be YOUR business. Catlike it. And if you are a person at a Travel WELCOME center, visitors center or some such, then it is YOUR JOB not ours to tell us what the local activities and places are.

Any hotel that offers a pet welcoming committee, no fees, restrictions on weight or breed, has afternoon Yappy Hours, a “dining with pooch” option with room service menu for Fido and some pet amenities like treats, bowls of water, and toys is a really pet friendly place and just the kind of dogitude we LOVE to stay at.

What are YOUR pet peeves about “pet friendly” places???

Cici at the park with my friend Angela while I was in the hospital. Cute as a love bug, huh.  Thank you, Angela, for taking care of my polka dot princess!!!! (She fed her grass fed beef and turkey burgers and more).

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Recent travels in California

well, Cici and I are traveling at the moment. And it has been difficult, folks due to numerous circumstances which I guess is best explained below in the link.

http://www.youcaring.com/elderly-women-50-417682

As we drove from Carson City, Nevada, (where I very much enjoyed going to the Hot Springs and Cici enjoyed being part of a pack of Jack Russells (three) and conquered using a doggie door), we made the “mistake” of going via Highway 299, which I thought was not too twisty and windy but WAS not only that but also HOT HOT HOT (weather), SMOKY from all of the fires, and lots of road work going on. Then when I decided to not go back that way to make our way south, the 101 was not at all as twisty and windy as I recalled. So either I have faulty memory or what?

We stopped in Williams, CA and stayed at a very nice not pet friendly Ramada Inn. Since Cici is my service dog, we were able to stay there anyhow.

We also stopped in Santa Rosa, and at the Solar Institute in Hopland. It was good to see improvements there and we got to see a tiny home (89 square feet) up close and personal. They rent it out for $79-89 a night and it is TINIER than TINY !!!!

We did manage to meet some really kind folks in Arcata, CA (Welcoming Center), treats galore and this photo of Cici…  thanks Leah !

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we wanted to see the trees (and did but for much too short a time)…

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in our nifty new used Jeep and popup camper (don’t even get me started about how challenging it is to drive and park one of these)… suffice it to say that I have massacred a few bushes and thought that I was blocked and unable to get going on quite a few occasions but thanks to kind strangers and prayers been able to get out of REALLY tight spots !!!!

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in Morro Bay, CA Visitors Center, surfing Cici dog

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At the moment, we are back in the Monterey area wondering where the heck to park our camper and sorry selves… but if you read the link above, you will find out more about our adventures

Thanks for reading !

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Booking a pet friendly hotel

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/8-ways-to-spot-a-lousy-hotel-when-booking-online-125266375997.html

another way to avoid a lousy hotel is to see if it is listed in our dog travel guide. We will tell you what we liked about the place, whether the place is dog tolerant or super dog friendly, and how much fun (or not) that we had there.

Plus, we will tell you all about the dog friendly activities in the neighborhood including pet friendly wineries, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails and where you can dine with Fido, and much more.

https://celiasue.com/free-guide-to-pet-friendly-cities/

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Look at us … Top 20 Pet Bloggers

We are happy to announce that we made a list of Top 20 Pet Bloggers… from Trip Advisor…

Yipppeeee….

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Check it out:

http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/blog/top-20-pet-bloggers-of-2015/#sthash.kJZ4ecxi.dpbs

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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.

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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.

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Relaxing Spa in the Desert

If your dog could speak s/he would tell you to Leave the hustle, bustle, traffic, noise and smog behind and bring them to The Dog Spa Resort and Wellness Center for a fun time together. The DogSpa is the pet friendliest place on the planet, never mind Palm Springs and it is for both humans and canines. Talk about dogitude. The place oozes dog friendly vibes. For one thing, dogs go unleash everywhere, there are no pet fees, no restrictions in terms of size, weight and breed, and you can leave the dog in the room if the dog will behave.

That does not mean there are no rules. Guests are reminded not to feed their dogs in public, no treats in common areas, to pick up after their dogs, and to supervise their dogs at all times. The DogSpa is the brainchild of Paula Terifaj, a holistic vet, who knows dogs, knows dog body language and she watches out for any problem dogs. She wants the DogSpa to be a really fun relaxing place for everyone. She also rescues dogs and wants to get the many dogs in shelters adopted into forever homes.

“I wanted to create some place unique, different, a really dog friendly place for people and their four legged family members, to unwind, unplug and relax with fresh air, sunshine and mineral water pools,” she explained. The soothing mineral water is what really attracts people to this area. Year round swimming in a hot springs pool and getting a stress-releasing massage, who could ask for anything more?

Paula bought the intimate hotel in 2009 and spent two years renovating it to her specifications. There is a dog park that is fenced that dogs can enjoy. Dogs Vacation Free here. And if your dog happens to fall into a pool with you, well then, whoopsie. This resort takes dog friendly into a whole other realm.

The point is for you and your dog to share the experience. You do not want to have your dog stuck in some kennel or room while you are away having fun. People benefit from the whole experience and their dogs get to be part of it, too.  Imagine lazy days lying in the sun, swimming in the pool, enjoying the hot tub, and your dog is lying on a towel next to you relaxing, too.

A dog named black lab mix named Jake greeted Cici and I. He was running around the pool with a ball in his mouth that he would not let go of come heck or mineral water. Cici also met one of Paula’s dogs, Brad Pit, a brown beagle and pit bull mix. He was guarding the area between the kitchen and the dog park (a relaxation area). We did not get to meet her other dog, Black Beauty.

 

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We stayed in a luxury Suite 4 (with café kitchen).Cafe Kitchens feature a full sized refrigerator, ice, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, sink, and dinnerware. There are only six unique rooms including Wellness rooms with purified water, air, magnet beds and so much more.

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Ahhhhhhh….

  • Two hot mineral pools kept at the perfect temperature year around. Large swimming pool at a comfortable 88° F and Jacuzzi at a therapeutic 102° F. Both heated without gas by an underground hot water well.
  • Complimentary health conscious buffet breakfast from 8am until 10am.

If you live in LA or San Diego and want to spend a weekend or vacation and enjoy the mineral hot springs pool in Desert Hot Springs (a few minutes from Palm Springs), then this IS the place to visit. It is only two hours from LA and San Diego and you can bring your pooch(es).

 

Speaking of dog parks, Paula suggests:

l. Be prepared and be vigilant.

2. Bring a spray bottle of water, know where there is a hose, or bring an air horn or a whistle to use if dogs are not getting along.

3. Be mindful

4. Keep your eyes and ears on your dog at all times.

5. Be aware of the weather. Dogs should NEVER be left along in a hot car and in the summer, the pavement may be too hot for their paws and can burn their pads.

If you are seeking a small intimate healthy environment to do workshops or seminars or retreats, you may be able to rent the entire property for a yoga workshop, a cooking, meditation, or healthy retreat.

Ask for the Double the Fun special as well as a dog spa gift certificate. You and your dog deserve stress-free pampering time!   Click on the link below to find out more.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/

You can also go shopping with your dog at The River (a dog friendly shopping mall in nearby Palm Desert, yes indeed)…

and there are hiking trails. Click the link below to find out all about the trails, dog park and where to eat with your pooch, too.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/dogs-welcome

 

There are some other dog parks in the area in case you want to visit (but you will enjoy the one at the Dog Spa Resort more than any of the others, we betcha plus who wants to drive all the way to Palm Desert or Indio when you and your pooch came here to stretch your paws and woof it up !

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Beach baby bungalows

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Six reasons your dog’s haircut costs more than yours!

1. Your hairdresser only cuts the top of your head, not your whole body.

2. Your haircut doesn’t include a pedicure.

3. You don’t wiggle, spin, or try to jump out of your  hairdresser’s chair.

4. You don’t go for four weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

5. You don’t try to bite the scissors, brush or the groomer.

6. Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a bath.

Pamper your Pooch – Morro Bay Style!

Pamper your Pooch Mobile Grooming Getaway – Stay the night in one of Beach Bungalow Inn’s pet friendly signature guest rooms and let them pamper your pooch. Fido’s pampering will begin with a full service bath and trim by Pampered Paws Mobile Pooch Grooming, extra fee  for these services.  All dogs are groomed using GREEN products only. * A portion of the sales from your pet grooming reservation will go directly to Woods Humane Society in our community, so book today by calling the Bungalow at: 805-772-9700. 72 hour advance reservations required for these extra services, some restrictions apply, not valid with other discounts, other promotions or during holidays and special events.

Room/Accommodation Price Range: $129 to $319

Dog-friendly policies:

•Size: Maximum 60 pounds

•Maximum number allowed: 2

•Cost per dog: $20 Per Night

•Deposit: $0

•Percentage of rooms that are dog-friendly: Over 50%

•Breed restrictions: Dogs only andtwo2 per room

Dog-friendly property amenities:

•Dog Waste Bags

•Pet Packages

•Dining/water bowls

•Special treats

•Dog-friendly hiking/activity/attractions guide/listings at front desk

•Property will assist in making dog-sitting arrangements

•Doggy blankets and mobile pet grooming available on site for extra cost

Cici and I LOVED staying at the Bungalow. It did get cool at night and the fireplace (not real wood, the  kind that turns on via the wall) was just nice and cozy. Cici did not get a grooming but she did enjoy eating some tortilla chips on the patio with me at MiCasa, a wonderful nearby Mexican restaurant. I had a gigantic chicken burrito with rice and beans on the side.  I had breakfast (compliments of the Beach Bungalow) at a nearby family restaurant that had about six tables and a few outside. The country fried potatoes with cheese and egg on top were delicious and too much for one meal.

This Boutique 1940’s motor Inn has been restored to its mid-century charm with modern conveniences. Each room offers, complimentary full breakfast, free Internet and parking, fireplace, flat screen and cable TV, Turkish robes, slippers, In-room coffee, refrigerator and premium amenities. All rooms are non-smoking; some include full kitchenettes and are Pet Friendly too. Trip Advisor, AAA and Mobile highly recommended. Locatedtwo2 blocks from the Bay, Embarcadero Harbor, beaches and majestic Morro Rock.

http://www.morrobaybeachbungalow.com/index.php/category/specials/

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Reservation Phone: (805) 772-9700

Local Phone: (805) 772-9700

E-mail: info@morrobaybeachbungalow.com

Address:

1050 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA 93442

take 101 south to 41 morro road exit 219, turn right, to 1050

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