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Doggone Spring Break 2013

Our pet policy here at Have Dog Blog will Travel is that we will feature places we like that have Dogitude, (go above and beyond to welcome dogs and their people) and even places we have never been if they allow ALL breeds of dogs, do not restrict pets based upon weight nor size, do not charge enormous pet fees, and are generally pet friendly and dog tolerant (although we prefer places that really welcome pets with big open arms and hearts).  If your venue does NOT allow dogs like my Cici, then naturally we prefer that you find another blogger to write about your place. Thank you.

Five hotels in New Mexico in three cities that are

pet-friendly and have custom pet-friendly packages and amenities. Note:  The ONLY hotel in Santa Fe that does NOT restrict based upon weight is the St. Francis and we applaud them for that. The other two hotels accept dogs up to 50 pounds. What happens after 50 pounds? Do the dogs woof more, shed more, become a nuisance, are real dogs?  We do not get it, but let it slide since these two hotels would allow Cici to visit. However, for our friends with dogs that weigh 60, 75 , 100 or 150 pounds, we do not condone this nonsense and suggest that you let the hotels know and go stay at the St. Francis.

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque:


Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe:


Lodge at Santa Fe:


Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe:


Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces:



Lincoln City OR has a reputation for being a pet friendly place to visit. From lodging options, to activities, Lincoln City has a lot to offer travelers and their furry companions.


Check out pet resources here:


A few hotels in Lincoln City that offer pet friendly options:




More Lincoln City, Oregon info… Cici and I LOVED staying at the Capt. Cook Inn when we were there… it was a small motel, with LOTS of pet friendliness, privacy, clean and quiet at a very affordable price. We felt welcomed, it was charming and truly nice people in the midst of a very busy city. A hidden treasure.




Other pet friendly hotels along the Oregon Coast…




The Woodmark Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, Wash. The Woodmark Hotel is dedicated to providing all guests with a home away from home, which for many means travelling with their faithful canine companions.

Amenities for four-legged travelers are available upon request, and are offered free of charge. The shoreline paths, nearby city parks and beautiful scenery are perfect for a leisurely dog walk or invigorating run, ensuring a restful night sleep for all. The Woodmark provides everything needed to pamper pups with complimentary use of a cushy pet bed, food and water dishes, plus Woody’s walking map, bottled water, leash, tennis ball and doggy biscuits. Simply request a pet friendly stay upon booking and all the items will be waiting in-room.

First to welcome two- and four-legged travelers to the property is Woody Mae, a black Labrador retriever and the hotel’s “Director of Barketing.” In June through September, Woody Mae also hosts Yappier Hour on the Beach Café lawn, where pups and their people can enjoy the lake views, warm weather and a cocktail.

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The Woodmark requires no additional fees to travelers with pets. For more information about The Woodmark’s pet policy, go to… http://www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-pet-friendly-hotel.php

New York and DC 

Pet-friendly Affinia Hotels, has properties in NYC and D.C. The boutique hotel collection caters to man’s best friend with Happy Tails which includes:

  • Good Karma Rope ToysTM by Jax & Bones for the pup to chew, play, tug, or fetch
  • Plush, eco-friendly dog beds by Jax & Bones
  • Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Food and water bowls (offered in deep and shallow depths)

Additionally, extra services can be arranged including pet psychic, grooming, walking/pet-sitting services, and much more.  Some Affinia hotels even go above and beyond:

·        The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel in Washington, DC invites your pup to enjoy their famed restaurant, Art and Soul, established by celebrity Chef Art Smith, where Fido can crack open a “Bowser Beer” (a non-alcoholic canine brew), enjoy a “Hungry Dawg” six ounce grilled steak and linger on a “Raw Deal” frozen dog bone. All of these items are on the restaurant’s Pooch Patio menu:  http://www.artandsouldc.com/images/Puppy_menu.pdf.

·        Affinia Manhattan is an official host hotel of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and was the home to the Best of Show winner for two years in a row!

·        TripAdvisor rated Affinia Dumont, located in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, as the number one pet hotel for the second year in a row.

There is a $25 surcharge per stay.

More about dog friendly NYC and Wash DC




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spring break dog

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

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

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


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

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


• Disneyland

• Pristine Beaches – Newport, Laguna, and Huntington

• Fashion Island & South Coast Plaza Shopping

• South Coast Plaza

• Legoland

• Balboa Island Ferry

• Orange County Performing Arts Center


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

Austin, Texas

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

Pet Fee: $65 nonrefundable deposit

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

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

You must go east to Maine!

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


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

lobby is a dog print…

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


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

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

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

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

Pet Friendly Hotels in Orlando


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

pet-friendly program



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

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

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

Lodgings for a minimum three night stay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

parking, free local phone calls, NO resort fees.

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


Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

room service with dry and canned dog food available.

The Pets Can Stay Standard designation signifies that Hyatt Regency

Bonaventure has met the following mandatory certification criteria:

* Equal Service

* No Arbitrary Pet Fees

* Acceptable Accommodation and Non-Smoking Options

* Fair Kenneling Policies

* Safe Environment

* Pet Policies Available Upon Request

* Food/Water Bowls

* Licensed Accommodation Provider


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

would be welcome, but it most definitely is!

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

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

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

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

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


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

the “I hate to ski” package.

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

Washington DC

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


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

our stay at Hotel Madera – it’s a Kimpton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the property’s website:



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

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

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

roundabout that was up the street from the hotel].

Washington, DC Pet Friendly Hotel

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

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

Dogs at Play – Nearby Dog Friendly Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rates from $279 and up for doubles

Includes dog fee



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

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

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


Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Old Saybrook, CT

Inn listing link:


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

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

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

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

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

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

and one complimentary dog walk!

The Cheshire – Saint Louis, MO

Inn listing link:


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

your Specially Designated Pet Friendly guest room with amenities provided by

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

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

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

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

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

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

your pet is in the room.




New Hampshire

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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holiday pet friendly lodging

Perhaps you are going to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving and have all your arrangements made. If not, and you want to take your furry friends with you and are looking for some pet friendly possibilities, you might consider visiting one of the places or venues below…

Note: Cici and I have NOT visited any of these venues so we cannot recommend whether they are truly pet friendly with Dogitude or simply pet tolerant…If you go, please let us know. We have visited various Red Roof Inns and can say that they are pet friendly, in that they do NOT charge fees for pets and they do not offer amenities. They are affordable and do NOT limit pets by breed or weight.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is considered a very “pet friendly” state; and has many lodging places that

roll out the red carpet for dogs at any time of year. Here are some


The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls http://millfalls.com/index.htm,

Meredith, NH – This vacation destination on the shores of Lake

Winnipesaukee, has all the perks of a pet-friendly environment that

allows guests to not only bring their furry friend along, but also

provides several amenities :

Pet Friendly Rooms and Service at Church Landing and The Inn at Mill

Falls <http://millfalls.com/inns/pet_friendly.htm> :

Upon checkin at the Mill Falls Inns, pets are greeted with a special

dog or cat treat and a personalized sign for being such a “good boy or girl” on

the trip. Pets and guests are then shown to a room that comes equipped

with a special pet bed, a water and food bowl, a blanket to sit on if

they are allowed on the couch, a kitty litter box for cat-friendly rooms

and a special bag filled with treats and a map of the walking trails

that Fido can meet and play with new friends. After a day filled with

either swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee or walking along its beautiful

shores, both pet and owner can book a massage appointment at the Cascade

Spa <http://millfalls.com/cascade_spa/index.htm> at Church Landing!

Small animal practitioner DeAnne M. Racz provides soothing cat or dog

specific massages. In addition, pet sitting and veterinary information

are both readily available at the front desk.

*While The Inns charge a $25 fee per pet for pet specific rooms, $10 of

that fee goes to the New Hampshire Humane Society to aid in the rescue

and care of animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The

Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have contributed a total of $8,990 to the New

Hampshire Humane Society since 2008.

The Lazy Dog Inn http://www.lazydoginn.com/, Chocorua, New Hampshire

was Voted “Most Pet Friendly B&B in North America,” this inn provides guests and their dogs traditional New England comforts in a historically rich 160-year-old farmhouse. Meghan and Molly, two golden retrievers, are the inn’s ‘doggie hosts.” Picturesque hiking and walking trails give two-and four-footed visitors much to do in the surrounding area. 603- 323-8350, (888-323-8350), www.lazydoginn.com

Golden Girls

The Notchland Inn http://www.notchland.com/welcome.html, Hart’s

Location, NH, The Notchland Inn occupies a granite manor house,

completed in 1862, within the White Mountain National Forest with

sixteen individually appointed guestrooms with woodburning fireplaces.

The inn serves a 5-course dinner and full country breakfast in the

fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond and gardens. The COTTAGES

are the Inn’s newest accommodations and pets are welcome. The cottages

offer the Inn’s perks and atmosphere while affording more independence

for guests.

Village House Bed and Breakfast http://www.villagehouse.com/,

Jackson, NH, The Village House Inn is home to the Yellow Snow Dog Gear

(collar and lead manufacturing company), in a three story home that

offers accommodations with the carefree ambiance of visiting a well

loved relative. It is located just through the covered bridge in Jackson

Village on six acres of rolling green lawns overlooking the White

Mountains. The owners of the inn also manufacture dog collars and leads

right on the property. Their understanding and interest in dogs led them

to welcome well behaved dogs into Village House. Guest comment: “Our dog

got to play with her dog in training (they have a nice big run out

back). We chatted with another couple there and everyone had a dog.”


Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona is a pet-friendly hotel, where pets stay for free. Guests receive a welcome pet amenity that includes dog treats, a double-sided bowl for water and food, a pick-up-after-your-pet bag, and a sign that says ‘Pet in Room’. Furry friends are welcome to enjoy the hotel’s lush grounds and courtyards with lots of room to throw a ball or a Frisbee! For more information on this restored mid-century property, please visit the website at www.hotelvalleyho.com.

Red Roof Inns

Red Roof offers guests with pets comfortable lodging at a great price year round: http://www.redroof.com/about-us/why-red-roof/pet-friendly

Red Roof is also offering guests an additional 20% off when they book 10 days in advance of Thanksgiving with their furry friends.

Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is pet friendly, inviting guests to

bring their dogs along with them on their holiday getaway. Upon arrival

to the resort, guests traveling with pets will receive a personalized

welcome amenity consisting of a Ritz-Carlton water bowl and biscuits

that guests may take with them on their departure.

Also, the Resort’s renowned culinary team will feature a special

Thanksgiving Buffet for resort and local guest in celebration of the



Iron Springs Resort http://www.ironspringsresort.com/ is a recently-renovated property along the Washington Coast, with 24 oceanside cabins and a sandy beach. Throughout the entire resort, guests will find amenities, specific for canines from the dog washing stations and plush and absorbent dog towels in each cabin to the complimentary tennis balls available in the check-in office. For dog-owners, the fully stocked kitchens provide everything they will need to create a full Turkey Day spread. Plus forget the olive oil, or need to grab an extra bottle of wine? The General Store in Cabin No. 1 has plenty of basics that may get left behind. Plus, for those dogs that want to wear their Iron Springs pride, there are branded collars and leashes available in the store as well.

For those after less of an “out-of-town” stay, the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa http://www.thewoodmark.com/in Kirkland, WA, has plush accommodations that cater to four-footed and two-footed guests alike. Upon check-in to a dog-friendly room, there will be a full spread waiting for the traveled pups to use throughout the stay, including a cushy pet bed, food and water dishes, bottled water, leash, tennis ball and doggy biscuits. There’s even a walking map to take the pup on a waterfront stroll along Lake Washington, right outside the hotel doors. Making the whole holiday even easier, the hotel restaurant, Bin on the lake http://binonthelake.com/, is serving a decadent Thanksgiving Dinner with a side of spectacular views. And finally, don’t forget to pet Woody on your way in and out! The resident Labradoodle is Director of Guest Satisfaction and loves a good rub on the head.


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Dog Rescue: Cat fight

Update: Sad news… not only has there been a lawsuit with allegations of a stolen dog, but now the organization’s leader, Tamira Thayne, is being accused of misappropriation of funds and other illegal actions. She has been living on the property. There were 150 rescue reps around the country, now there are 25. Shannon Allen, the national rescue coordinator just quit.  And now it seems that the Good Newz Rehab Center is a bust, going belly up.  And who suffers the most, the dogs who DO DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER.



ok, another dog fight has turned into a cat fight… she said vs she said… when the dog poop hits the fan it stinks up the whole entire house … Patrick’s custody battle was settled by a Judge’s verdict … but here I am right smack in the middle of a different situation.  On the one hand, I think with all of the many animals who need homes it seems crazy for people to be fighting over the custody of any one pet. And yet as an animal owner, I know how bonded and attached one gets to a pet. And the more I learn about the situation, the worse it gets.

Ladies, can we please resolve this situation peaceably. Cici’s plea.

With mixed feelings here we go:

It started off innocently enough… someone asked me what I was doing about a situation and I had no idea since I did not know there was a situation…

since I had just interviewed the person that they were asking questions from (and not getting any answers) I offered naively to send the questions directly to the source.

Shocked and appalled I received a very unprofessional, to say the least, answer.

here are the questions:

do not know a thing about this situation in Washington Dogs Deserve Better, a friend is asking questions, see below, can u let me know the answers thanks.

I just found out the story about Joel on Bring Joel Home that your organization took him away from his new owner. Why did you do that? Is Joel still alive? What was your rationale? What are you doing to resolve this horrible issue and the trauma it clearly would cause Joel… who was brought back to life by Dr. Suzanne Fiala. Please explain how this was in the best interest of Joel, which should be your only concern.. the well being of the animal? I am shocked and would greatly appreciate answers. Thank you for honoring your mission of caring about animals.

here is the answer:

Oh, Jesus, yes he’s alive and in a good home…here’s an article written by the good doctor...http://www.psycheducation.org/start/fiala.htm

That might explain a bit of the drama. She changed our adoption contract to say she could pen him, and she made other changes too…so we pulled him and put him in another foster home.

How does sending a link to an article about someone’s mental health eight years ago answer the  questions about taking a dog away from a Doctor who fostered a near death animal back to health and who was in the process of adopting him????

the back story

the entire sad tale from start to finish on CNN:  Animal Rescuers Gone Wrong


One comment of many that I have read sums it up:  No, the drama is because they were responsible for a death of a dog and Dr. Fiala confronted them. A few hours after they were called out for being the cause of a dog’s death, they yanked Joel. Very disturbing, political, and wrong.

Joel was a starving pitbull similar to Patrick prior to being placed in the home of Dr. Suzanne Fiala after which he grew healthy, and in the process was adopted. Shortly after settling in, Joel was taken from Suzanne and her family by the very agency that “rescued” him.

The answer to me seemed below the belt. I have since written back and asked for another reply, answers to questions and suggested DDB get a grip with so much on the line and so far received two responses.

1. They were not responsible for the death of a dog. That’s all lies based on her need for drama and destruction. Joel is in a safe, drama-free home, where he will remain.

2. As the case is in litigation, that’s all I am authorized to say by our attorney. You can post what you’d like. We are a great group and we work very hard for chained dogs. No, we are not perfect. No one is. But we made the right decision in this case, and we will not be going back on that decision.

Now that she has managed to destroy those who wanted to help chained dogs in Seattle, there is no help there for the dogs.

I will continue to help chained dogs to the best of my ability. If people don’t like that, then they may stop asking us for help and deal with it themselves. Simple enough.

Blaming Dr. Suzanne publicly without answering questions

DDB put the link to the article, adoption contract and a note online on their Facebook page which showed Dr. Suzanne’s personal info. WHAT, Seriously?

Photos from DDB Statement regarding Suzanne Fiala and Joel in Washington State  (Note: Cici and I have jpgs evidence)

wanted to post a photo of Joel from DDB site but have not been able to do so but here is one page of the adoption contract where DDB says Dr. Suzanne made changes to it…

WHY NOT COME CLEAN AND ANSWER QUESTIONS????  Instead DDB is banning and deleting comments asking questions ala you know who instead of answering.  Deja blue.

Seems to Cici that Dogs Deserve Better has A LOT AT STAKE HERE and are putting THEIR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION AND REPUTATION on the line by behaving badly making animal advocates question THEIR involvement with DDB.

Since DDB is raising HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS and wants to raise MILLIONS to purchase and renovate the Michael Vick property, is planning to open in July and is doing tons of PR in order to fundraise, this situation has given me and many pause, to say the least.  I have to speak out especially since I just interviewed the founder, Tamira Thayne and have given her group PR on this blog.   I know how overwhelming it can be to do publicity and to do a HUGE project. Not an excuse for bad behavior, just a context. I guess this would be one way to bail. Not wise nor professional in any way. And who gets to suffer? The doggies.

As it is plenty of people have had reservations about the project. Since dogs sniff with their noses, they will be able to smell what happened on the property, the blood, carcasses of dead dogs, and so on, I won’t go into the gore and graphics. For the story, read the Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant. How will dogs respond to that negative energy and vibes?  Certainly, NONE of the former v-dogs will EVER go back there to revisit their horrendous past. And frankly, I was invited to go there but I declined. I would not bring Cici there and subject her and myself to that. Still, I gave Tamira and the project the benefit of the doubt. But color Cici and I appalled beyond belief now that we are hearing about this situation. So imagine how others are feeling, too.

DDB seems to be stonewalling and it is not going well…

from Dogs Deserve Better
This page is reserved for FANS of Dogs Deserve Better. All those interested in hearing our side of of the Joel story are welcome to visit our notes page. This is all that we are at liberty to post at this time. The story will be told in its entirety once the the legal proceedings are over.

the DDB Washington chapter was closed a few days ago.  They were running as an unregistered NPO. That begs the question of what was being done with the donations and what other compliance issues there may have been. If DDB Washington was not registered with the Secretary of State in Washington, yet running as an NPO and have shut their doors, what happened to the donations?  Is the Attorney General looking into this?  What about the rescued animals? where are they and what happens to them?

Other comments:

This public “dog fight”, will ruin DDB’s reputation if not destroy the organization…

Every day animal rescues and groups are shut down because of pettiness and infighting. Dogs lose. Volunteers lose. Everyone loses. Lose lose lose.

The razor’s edge of having power, influence, arrogance without the character and integrity to manage such responsibility.

am very disturbed at the possibility that someone’s treatment for a medical problem is in any way being held against them, or published to others. This in no way answers the questions being asked and goes back to the dark ages when mental illness was stigmatized…

What saddens me the most is this puts all their state chapters at risk of losing credibility.  now you start to question the group as a whole and I hope DDB central is realizing the damage they are doing to the entire group.

It is now eight weeks since Joel was taken. If he is happy and healthy, perhaps he should stay where he is. But there are other concerns and questions.

The way you are handling this issue with Joel is sad, and your actions and non-answers are tarnishing your own name. You have done so much good and achieved so much.  Please reconsider and come to an amicable settlement in this case. For Joel’s sake and for all the people who have supported you over the years. Our reputation, at the end of the day is all we have. Do not tarnish yours any further.

What a shame. Fosters or potential fosters will think twice, donors – like I am… will really think twice and wonder where will the money will go…

A petition to Bring Joel Home was started.


Open letter to Ms. Tamira Ci Thayne and Dogs Deserve Better

From Suzanne J. Fiala, MD

Dear Ms. Thayne,

I have followed your postings regarding the increasing pressure to hold yourselves accountable regarding the taking of Joel and your questionable activities, with interest. As you and I both know, there are many dark details regarding this story and I for one have nothing to hide. Can you say the same?

Your attempts to disparage my integrity and credibility by posting a link to my article, “Normal is a Place I Visit”, published in JAMA in 1993, are particularly disappointing. To quote one of my friends, “Is that the best you got?” First and foremost, thank you for opening a side discussion regarding mental illness, which, by the way, afflicts one in five Americans. It is a ‘cause’ of mine about which I am as passionate as I am about animal welfare. You see, it is the last foothold of public prejudice and stigma perpetrated by the ignorant, as a means of trying to discredit and humiliate those of us born with a genetic illness.

As my article states, Ms. Thayne, were I afflicted with breast cancer or cerebral palsy, would you attempt to use those things against me as well? 
The fact is that I am incredibly proud of my ‘coming out’ article regarding personal struggles with mental illness. Though the facts in that article remain true, my life eight years later has moved on to a more integrated ‘whole’ and my daily life experiences are quite different. But to be published in one of the two the premier medical journals of the world with a readership in the millions is no small feat. My article received more public attention and praise when it was published than any other first-person article in JAMA before or since. And it is still used today at medical schools and psychiatry residencies as a training tool around the country. So thank you for bringing it up; I am most proud of that article, and I continue to be an outspoken advocate about the destigmatization of mental illness and promoting education of the ignorant about this very important issue.  Clearly you have not been so enlightened, and your actions have only highlighted the importance of the cause.

My credentials, Ms. Thayne, are as follows: I went from being a welfare mother of two, to becoming an articulate, educated, and beloved physician and productive member of my community. I have six children, the youngest three adopted children from eastern Europe, all of them older, at-risk children.

I have accomplished twice as much as many people do in a lifetime, and have had to work three times as hard to get there. And I have twenty five years of education, graduated from the top medical school and residency in the country with honors and special recognition, and was elected chief resident of my residency training program. And I am also an animal lover and advocate of a lifetime.

As to your bio, Ms. Thayne, I do believe and know that you have done much good for suffering animals, and for that I commend you. But dare I say, you have lost your way somewhere, and deception, arrogance and considering yourself above the laws of decency and what is morally right have taken a front seat. We both love animals and share a desire to protect and defend. However, we disagree on this point: the ends DO NOT justify the means.

As we both know, I was a praised and favored, tireless volunteer for DDB –Washington for six months, from October 2011 through March 2011. I have the evidence, because I have saved every FB posting praising me, every email and text; along with all the questionable things that followed. How is it that the Washington DDB Rep Kelly Page was my patient, my friend, and my fan for years, had been out to my house numerous times, and entrusted me with ELEVEN DDB pitbull/mixes in need for fostering, and enthusiastically supported my adoption of Joel, until I dared to complain?

And how is it that my adoption contract (a one-way contract NOT requiring a countersignature, as is evident by both copies of my correspondence as well as by your contract yourself), should happen to be altered and revoked just one week after I blew the whistle on DDB?

Rather than attacking me personally, or producing a contract that has been clearly altered, how about providing some ANSWERS?

And how about addressing the fact that DDB-Washington collected over $500 in donations for Joel’s care, NONE OF WHICH WENT TO PAY FOR THOSE ITEMIZED EXPENSES? (and yes, I have those documents as well.) Or admitting that your high-priced attorney was breathing down my neck with a written threat the VERY DAY that Joel was taken from daycare, advising me to cease and desist or risk legal proceedings from you? (Yes, I have that document, too.)

Or let’s discuss this: HOW IS IT THAT DDB-Washington solicited charitable contributions within the state of Washington for all of its years in our state, without registering with the Washington Secretary of State’s office as a charity? (I am sure you are aware that this violates the Consumer Protection Act, and is punishable by large fines, not to mention what it does to your credibility.) And that you and DDB, Ms. Thayne, sought to file a charitable org application to the state of Washington ONLY 4 DAYS AFTER MY COMPLAINTS, on April 11, 2011? Is it purely coincidence, or were you perhaps trying to get your affairs in order and clean up your act before we looked further?

I would suggest that your fans from other states check with their state Attorney General/Secretary of State’s office, and I believe they will discover, as I have, that you don’t appear to be registered in ALMOST ANY state as a charitable organization. Yet you continue to solicit funds…as you have for years. That is what I mean when I refer to your arrogance and apparent belief that you are above the law. 
Ms. Thayne, I did try my best to resolve this with you privately and amicably. But you have stonewalled me, racked up thousands of dollars in litigation costs (that your supporters mistakenly believe is going to rescue dogs?), and with no end in sight. Is that really where your donors want your money to go? To fight me, one individual, over Joel? Let’s let them decide.

I look forward to your response, and I do hope you have the courage to leave this letter on your website as an open response to the public. If not, I ask you, what do you have to hide? As before, since the day that you seized Joel, I remain open and willing to talk with you as one animal advocate to another. What I want is simple. I want Joel back. One has only to look at our photos, our video, talk to our friends and neighbors, to know that Joel and I belong together. It is as simple as that.

NEVER did you contact me, return my requests for dialogue, respond to my concerns or investigate DDB-Washington, which started this whole chain of events. NEVER did you contact my veterinarian to ascertain what type of pet owner I am, or how I treat my animals. NEVER did your regional rep Marie Belanger get in touch with my contacts, and inestigate my concerns about the doings in Washington state. Had you done so, you would not have found one single person to say a disparaging word about me, and would have found a pile of evidence to support my disillusionment with DDB.

As I have time and am able, I WILL be scanning and posting all of the documents in my files: the misappropriated money by DDB Washington that went ?where exactly, the praise and love I received from DDB reps as a foster, the DDB announcement posting my adoption of Joel, the letter of attack sent by your attorney the day that you took Joel advising me to back off, and the perjured comments by Ms Page, Washington DDB rep, and her chums that were filed in court 2 weeks ago, along with copies of evidence refuting their lies one point at a time.

You see, Ms. Thayne, I have nothing to fear; because truth and evidence are on my side. What do you have? The misguided judgment to attack my mental health publically, and a forged contract. I for one am comfortable letting public opinion weigh in on this issue.

And by the way, it’s Dr. Fiala, not Ms. Fiala.

I supported myself through school and have 25 years of education. I am very proud of my life and accomplishments, and my achievements stand for themselves. I am a humanitarian, a healer, an advocate for the underserved and the underdogs, and the environment. And I have nothing to hide. Can you say the same? I welcome your response.

Suzanne J. Fiala, MD

Seattle, WA

June 3, 2011

the good Doctor and her furry friend Joel that she nursed back to health.

there are MANY pages of evidence/proof from Bring Joel Back Home: 120 pages of scanned documents revealing DDB’s praise of Dr. Fiala UNTIL the day she complained, DDB announcing Joel’s adoption on FB, DDB’s 11th hour application to become a legal Washington charity dated April 11, four DAYS after Dr. Fiala’s complaint (after years of soliciting funds illegally in WA), Comments from Thayne and Belinger, much more

here are a couple…


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spring break 2011

Note: We have NOT stayed at any of these hotels or inns so we cannot vouch for them and they are not rated for dogitude. We have been to Sedona and Pyramid Lake, and feel they are worth exploring as possible fun Spring Break getaways with your pets.

Sedona, Arizona
Owners Steve and Connie Segner built a luxury boutique hotel with the idea of catering to discerning guests and their pets. Segner has had a longtime involvement in the pet care industry, as owner of a pet food company and developing one of the first premium dog foods in the industry. To the Segners, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets.

El Portal is Sedona’s original pet friendly bed and breakfast with four enclosed pet patios.

El Portal Sedona Hotel

95 Portal Lane

Sedona, AZ 86336


For dog park, restaurants, other lodging and activity info in Sedona, visit:


Portland, Oregon

The Hotel Monaco Portland offers a pet package called Portland Unleashed Pet Package (starting at approx. $189/nt). Here are the details:

-A doggie makeover at LexiDog (near hotel)
-Copy of “Dog Lover’s Companion to the Northwest” book (in room, for use during your stay)
-Transfer on the Portland Lite Rail
-Trail mix kit (for humans and pets alike)
-Hiking map of Forest Park
-Urban map of pet-friendly breweries and restaurants in the Portland area
-Oregon micro-brew for you (and doggie beer for your pooch)
-Pet leash for your furry friend

Other pet friendly hotels in Portland, http://www.vintageplaza.com/vpzspec


dog parks, http://www.ecoanimal.com/dogfun/oregon.html


Seattle, Washington

The Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle loves four-legged companions and welcomes pets of all shapes and sizes at no cost. Additionally, they provide:

-doggie welcome board (dog-shaped chalkboard welcoming each dog at the hotel)

-complimentary dog beds

-dog bowls

-dog treats

-dog sitting and grooming

-turndown service just for dogs

The housekeeping staff will create a dog-shaped towel at turndown service, complete with sunglasses and a bone with the dog’s name on it.

-The local tour company, Evergreen Escapes offers special tours for dog owners (by private request) and even have a dog listed on their website as a team member

Local activities:

Explore the Olympic Sculpture Park together (free)

Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island (approx. $7) and visit the dog-friendly Bainbridge Island Vineyards followed by a stop at the off-leash park Eagledale (and if you’re hungry, both Bainbridge Thai Cuisine and Emmy’s Vege House are pet-friendly)

Take the Dog for a Hike

The pet-friendly Blue Heron Bed Breakfast on Orcas Island is offering a spring break special for dogs. Owners pay, dogs are free! Hike Turtleback Mountain behind the Blue Heron one day and Mt. Constitution at Moran State Park the next day. Binoculars, water, homemade granola, and dog bones are provided for the hike. Room rates are $95 to $145. Pets are free. Valid 4/1/11 through 4/30/11. YOU MUST MENTION “HAVE DOG BLOG WILL TRAVEL” TO RECEIVE THIS PACKAGE.

The San Juan Islands of Washington State – Lopez, Orcas and San Juan are only 30 minutes from Seattle by air, or two-and-a-half hours by car and ferry. Dogs are welcome on Kenmore Air seaplanes/wheeled planes and on Washington State Ferries.


982 Deer Harbor Rd

Eastsound, WA 98245


Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Located about an hour from Reno. It is a great place to camp out with your dog, if the weather is good.  Unlike Lake Louise, Lake Tahoe and other famous lakes, Pyramid Lake is a completely natural environment. The Paiute people take a lot of pride (and care) in the lake, and they are reluctant to turn it into the next Lake Tahoe.  The Lake is 125,000 acres, lots of beach to explore. There are no homes or businesses crowding around the lake. The land around the lake is home to several caves with ancient petroglyphs, and artifacts.

Be sure to visit The Stone Mother. There have been reports of people hearing the cries of an invisible baby when they’re at the Lake. Some have even heard the laughs of children.  The legend: after traveling to Pyramid Lake to meet the man ruler of the lake, the Stone Mother was in awe. The man ruler was so handsome! They were married and had many children. Many of their children were unruly and the man ruler became angry. He decided to separate his children. The man ruler sent his oldest son west with one of the girls. They became the Pitt River Indians. He sent another couple east and they became the Bannocks. The remainder of the children stayed home. The woman was so upset over the separation that she wept.

Aside from the mysterious pyramid and Stone Mother, there is also a small island in the lake (close to the Pyramid). This island doesn’t look like anything special, that is until March/April each year when thousands of pelicans fly in. The pelicans hang out for a couple of months on the island so check them out.
You can purchase a pass for Pyramid Lake from most businesses in Reno or Sparks. Or, you can purchase your pass online. Day use passes cost just $6 per vehicle. There are also options for camping and fishing. It is dog friendly, dogs must be on leash, and you and Fido can camp out.

For more info, visit http://www.pyramidlake.us/


By the way, in Reno, there is a very peaceful haven of a lake Virginia Lake Park, where I took Cici a few times. She liked to chase the ducks. Dogs are supposed to be on leash. It is a peaceful place for a picnic or a walk with your dog in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.



Asheville & Wilmington, North Carolina

If you must go to the beaches, go to Wilmington.

Asheville, near the mountains, seems a lot pet friendlier though. Both may have crowds of spring break partiers.


Pet friendly parks http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/parks_landscaping/parks/city_parks.aspx


Pet friendly Wilmingtonian Hotel http://thewilmingtonian.com/pet-friendly/


Pet friendly campground at Carolina Beach, from tents to motorhomes,  http://www.carolinabeachfamilycampground.com/




Go geo-caching April 16, 17 in Beavers Bend State Park.

In McCurtain County, families can golf, horseback ride, geo-cache, canoe, hike, bike, parasail, jet ski and, fish trout. In McCurtain County, your vacation or weekend getaway can include almost any kind of lodging you prefer, from a rustic cottage or fisherman’s retreat to modern motels to elegantly appointed log cabins nestled in the towering pines, as well as unique bed  & breakfast inns.

Dog friendly cabins and hotels are listed on McCurtain County Website  at http://www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com/.

Beavers Bend State Park is filled with camping areas. that they are ALL dog friendly. The Kiamichi mountains have hiking trails dogs love. And Broken Bow lake is a place dogs can explore.

McCurtain County is a 2 to 4-hour drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, OK, Tyler, TX, Little Rock, AR and Shreveport. LA.

To make reservations, visit:  http://www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com/ or call 800-528-7337 for more information.  From $50 per night to over $350 per night, depending on how large a cabin/home is and how many bedrooms and how many people staying.  Pet fees vary per lodging operator.

Park City, Utah

Some reasons to go:

Visit http://www.parkcityinfo.com

1) Travel time is at a minimum, just 35 minutes from a major international airport (SLC). transportation from Salt Lake International Airport is provided by All Resorts Express http://www.allresort.com/ratesservices.aspx It is an easy 35 mile drive from the airport to Park City along Interstate 80.

2) The last few weeks of ski season, crowds are at a minimum and resort rates are lower

3) Once the mountain closes for skiing (approximately April 15), outdoor recreation options include mountain biking, hiking and fishing and the food scene is fantastic. Rates are more than 40% lower than during the winter months.

4) Park City is the home of the annual Sundance Film Festival in January and is popular for artists and is one of the most beautiful towns in America.

5) It is a pet-friendly and eco-friendly historic mountain town. One luxury hotel that is pet friendly is the Montage Deer Valley. Below is their canine ambassador, Monty, a Bernese Mountain dog and link to an article about the hotel in the local newspaper.


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free weekly giveaway ends tomorrow… yurts anyone?

ok, you have one more day, the last few days no one else has submitted any entries… which makes us think that we should give people a shorter amount of time… for the next giveaway, you will have a day or two… Internet time is faster than real time…   we have some wonderful new surprises and resources coming up… 

yesterday, while writing about yurts and affordable and alternative housing for my blog for the Seattle newspaper, I came across two cute photos (below)… a dog in a yurt and a couple of llamas in a yurt…since I don’t yet know how to post photos there, and since they are animals, thought I’d post them here for you to enjoy… and if you don’t know and want to know what a yurt is, visit my other blog below (hint: a yurt is a round or circular or dome housing structure used by nomads in Mongolia, Russia and even in the USA)…  am thinking that they will come in handy on some land for the K9 healing center, some yurts for the animals, a yurt for myself, for staff and guests… yurts are in campgrounds across America, there are yurt bed and breakfast inns, and yurts have endured extreme weather such as snow, rain, and heat… they are extremely affordable… portable… and easy to put up, good for emergency relief shelter, nomads, dog kennels, dog weddings, mobile offices, writer’s retreat, artists studio, dog camps, doggie daycare and doggie education centers.  Women writers with dogs retreat and healing center… 

If anyone would like to donate land, yurts, expertise and other resources for the doggie healing and education center, please let me know.  we will need to set up a 5013c non-profit status, grants, and donations… am going to announce a Creative Expression contest this week which will help launch and fund the healing center so get in on the ground floor, for the pups. 








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