7 Tips For Bike Riding With Your Dog

Biking With Dogs
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As temperatures warm up and daylight lingers just a bit longer, pet owners are taking advantage of the summer months with their dogs. While many pet owners choose to go on a walk, some enjoy biking with their dogs. Before grabbing your dog and bicycle, check out these dog safety tips first.

1. Size of Dog Matters

When humans pedal bikes, they move really fast, so only bike with a dog that can keep up. Think twice before exercising with an energetic Chihuahua, terrier or hyperactive young puppy. Small dogs must run at maximum capacity during a bike ride, and it’s impossible for them to comfortably maintain this speed.

Additionally, biking with a dog under two years old is highly discouraged because adolescent dogs are still growing, and high impact exercise can cause permanent damage. Ideally, it’s best to bike ride with healthy medium or large-sized dogs over two years old.

2. Introduce Dog to Bike First

Bikes are spooky to dogs, especially if dogs haven’t been introduced to one before. Think about it from a dog’s perspective: Bikes are big and move awkwardly plus they can run over dog toes.

To get your dog used to a bike, push your bike alongside slowly during a walk. If your dog still avoids your bike, have a friend push your bike during walks. Once your dog is comfortable with a moving bike right next to him, it’s time to bike slowly.

3. Position is Key

Teach your dog to hang out on the side of your bike. Your dog should not cross over in front while you’re riding. Better yet, use a safety device to hold your dog’s leash in place. This way, you can use both hands to steer your bike.

My favorite is the Springer Dog Exerciser. This device attaches to your bike and keeps your dog safely away from moving bike wheels. Before riding off into the sunset, attach your dog to this safety device and push your bike around for a few days.

4. Start Slow

Once you’ve installed a bike safety leash attachment and your dog is comfortable walking next to a moving bike, it’s time for a slow and short bike ride. Start by pedaling slowly up and down your driveway, which includes turns to the left and right. Reward your dog with tiny bits of yummy treats for moving with the bike.

After a few practice sessions on your driveway, try biking with your dog about a block away from your home. Continue to move slowly, so your dog learns to enjoy jogging alongside your bike.

Increasing distance and duration will slowly build your dog’s endurance. Each week, add 2-3 minutes to your bike ride. Don’t expect your dog to run at maximum speed for longer than a few minutes, so slow down and provide multiple breaks for your dog. Offer your dog plenty of water and potty breaks during exercise sessions. Take it slow.

5. Skip Warm & Hot Days

When it’s above 80 degrees, it’s probably a bit too warm for long bike rides with dogs. Your dog is covered with a fur coat that traps heat and causes him to warm up quickly. During hot summer days, bike ride with your dog early in the morning. If you’re biking with your dog at night or during dark early mornings, ensure your bike and your dog’s collar contain reflective strips. Better yet, skip hot and humid days.

6. Check Paw Pads Frequently

Your dog’s paw pads will take a beating during bike rides, especially on concrete and asphalt roads. Starting slowly provides time for a dog’s paw pad to adjust to rough surfaces, but sometimes it’s too much.

Before a bike ride, stand on a sidewalk or road with bare feet. If you’re unable to stand on it yourself, then your dog should not run or walk on it. Hot pavement will burn pads, but excessive running on hard surfaces can burn pads too. Check your dog’s paw pads often during bike rides. Choose sidewalks that have grassy areas. These will be much easier on your dog’s paw pads.

7. Allow Your Dog to Set the Pace

When walking, jogging or biking with a dog, it’s important to allow your dog to set the pace. Dogs feel most comfortable trotting when they’re able to cover ground effortlessly. Running at maximum speed is too much for a dog, so watch your dog’s gait as you vary speeds on your bike. Slow down and watch your dog’s movement for an easy trot, then adjust your pedaling speed to maintain that trot.

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7 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to the Beach

Bringing Your Dog to the Beach
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Summertime means fun in the sun, so why not bring your dog too? Beach vacations provide plenty of opportunities to relax in the sand, splash in the ocean, work on your suntan and spend precious time with your dog. To ensure your beach vacation is enjoyable for both you and your dog, check out these tips for bringing your dog to the beach.

1. Check If Your Dog Likes the Beach

Before planning an amazing beach getaway with your dog, make sure she likes walking in sand and water. While it may seem like all dogs love the beach, some dogs really don’t like sand and water at all.

If you’re not sure, take a half-day trip to a local dog beach or lake, and try it out first. Over the last two decades, only two of my dogs enjoyed swimming while the other six refused to step one foot in the water. If your dog loves to swim and frolic on a sandy beach, then start planning your dog-friendly beach getaway now!

2. Beware of Loose Dogs

Most dog-friendly beaches allow dogs to play off-leash, which can become an issue quickly. Dog park-type beaches are not the safest place for dogs, as many are allowed to bully dogs.

More than 90% of my dog aggressive clients have been bullied at dog parks, and now we need to address the issue. If your dog is not dog-friendly, or you would rather skip a dog beach, then find a secluded dog beach vacation spot where dogs walk on-leash.

3. Use a Long Leash

Speaking of leashes, it’s best to use a long leash (10-foot) and harness to keep your dog safe during beach walks. Your dog can still swim with the safety equipment on, but you’ll be able to pull her back to shore if she swims out too far or waves become rough. While it’s cute to imagine your dog chasing seagulls, many dogs run away and get hurt chasing animals and birds. Leashes are safety lines, so keep your dog safe.

4. Beware of Hot Sand

Hot sand is painful—very painful. If a surface is too hot for you to stand on, then it’s too hot for your dog too. Carry your dog to wet sandy areas to prevent paw burns. Or place rubber bottom booties on large dog paws until you reach your shaded beach lounging spot. Check your dog’s paw pads frequently for burns or irritations from sea creatures or salt water.

5. Provide Shade & Water

It’s hot sitting on a beach, so provide plenty of shade for your dog. Bring a large umbrella, a cooling pad (keep it in an ice-packed cooler), and frozen food stuffed Kongs. Bring a gallon or more of cold water and keep it in your cooler.

Offer your dog cold water often, and keep his water bowl in the shade. Limit your dog’s sun exposure. If your dog starts panting excessively, cool him down with cold water, leave the beach ASAP and find the closest veterinary clinic.

6. Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Short-coated breeds, or freshly shaven dogs, will need sunscreen. Purchase a chemical-free sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and apply often per directions. If your dog swims, choose a waterproof chemical-free sunscreen for maximum protection. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen liberally on your dog’s ear tips, nose and paws!

7. Rinse With Clean Fresh Water

Once back home or in your hotel, wash your dog with a gentle dog shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Sand embedded in hair scratches and irritates skin, which can cause rashes and hot spots. In addition, salt water can damage your dog’s coat. As a best practice, wash and rinse your dog twice, then rinse again.

Enjoy your dog-friendly beach vacay!

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This Dog “Riding a Bike” is the Cutest Thing Ever

Hey Mom! Look what I can do! This little puppy running in the air is just about the cutest thing ever and reminds us just how closely our sweet little pups are watching every step we take (or pedal, as the case may be!).

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Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing a Relative or Friend

posted from http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2017/03/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend/

John Unger cradling his beloved senior dog Schoep in the calming waters of Lake Superior to help alleviate his arthritis.  Schoep lived to the ripe old age of 20.


Originally written and published by Frank McAndrew of Knox College on The Conversation


Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.

When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.”

However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Many times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide to me that they grieved more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives. Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one. Unfortunately, there’s little in our cultural playbook – no grief rituals, no obituary in the local newspaper, no religious service – to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can make us feel more than a bit embarrassed to show too much public grief over our dead dogs.

Perhaps if people realized just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their dogs, such grief would become more widely accepted. This would greatly help dog owners to integrate the death into their lives and help them move forward.

An interspecies bond like no other

What is it about dogs, exactly, that make humans bond so closely with them?

For starters, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans over the past 10,000 years. And they’ve done it very well: They’re the only animal to have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends. Anthropologist Brian Hare has developed the “Domestication Hypothesis” to explain how dogs morphed from their grey wolf ancestors into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same way as we interact with other people.

Perhaps one reason our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships is that dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback. (As the old saying goes, “May I become the kind of person that my dog thinks I already am.”)

This is no accident. They have been selectively bred through generations to pay attention to people, and MRI scans show that dog brains respond to praise from their owners just as strongly as they do to food (and for some dogs, praise is an even more effective incentive than food). Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret human emotional states from facial expression alone. Scientific studies also indicate that dogs can understand human intentions, try to help their owners and even avoid people who don’t cooperate with their owners or treat them well.

Not surprisingly, humans respond positively to such unrequited affection, assistance and loyalty. Just looking at dogs can make people smile. Dog owners score higher on measures of well-being and they are happier, on average, than people who own cats or no pets at all.

Like a member of the family

Our strong attachment to dogs was subtly revealed in a recent study of “misnaming.” Misnaming happens when you call someone by the wrong name, like when parents mistakenly calls one of their kids by a sibling’s name. It turns out that the name of the family dog also gets confused with human family members, indicating that the dog’s name is being pulled from the same cognitive pool that contains other members of the family. (Curiously, the same thing rarely happens with cat names.)

It’s no wonder dog owners miss them so much when they’re gone.

Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is so painful because owners aren’t just losing the pet. It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a primary companion who provides security and comfort, and maybe even a protégé that’s been mentored like a child.

The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules – even their vacation plans – can revolve around the needs of their pets. Changes in lifestyle and routine are some of the primary sources of stress.

According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet owners will even mistakenly interpret ambiguous sights and sounds as the movements, pants and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owners who had very high levels of attachment to their pets.

While the death of a dog is horrible, dog owners have become so accustomed to the reassuring and nonjudgmental presence of their canine companions that, more often than not, they’ll eventually get a new one.

So yes, I miss my dog. But I’m sure that I’ll be putting myself through this ordeal again in the years to come.

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Woman Heroically Smashes the Window of a Mercedes With a Car Jack to Save a Roasting Dog

posted from http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2017/06/woman-heroically-smashes-the-window-of-a-mercedes-with-a-car-jack-to-save-a-roasting-dog/


Shawna Harch didn’t plan on becoming a hero on Friday, but that’s exactly what she did.  It was about 90 degrees outside when she a dog in a black Mercedes barking in distress.  She tried other avenues, but eventually was forced to smash one of the windows with her car jack.  But it wouldn’t break….

The Portland, Oregon woman was meeting some friends and family for drinks on the evening of the 23rd and had just parked on a metered street when she heard a tiny dog barking frantically.  She walked towards the noise and saw the pup in a small crate in the back of a Mercedes.  All of the windows were rolled up, and the sun roof was cracked open about an inch.

The parking slip was time stamped from 4:47 till 6:47.  It was just about 5, so the owner might not return before it was too late to save the dog.  Shawna called Multnomah County Animal Services, who directed her to call the nonemergency police line.  But it would take them too long to arrive, and she knew the dog wouldn’t survive much longer.

“By this point, a passerby named Suzanne had stopped to ask what was going on. My sister, Lia, had also arrived. The three of us began going around to every business in the immediate area, asking if anyone owned the vehicle,” Shawna explained on her blog page.

“Everyone said no. At that point, a waitress from Caffe Allora came out and informed us that she’d noticed the owners of the car enter a big apartment building next door. I knew there was no way I’d be able to locate them in time, even if I could find a way to get into the building.”

As the minutes raced by, the situation grew more dire.  The dog had stopped barking, and was now slumped against the side of the crate, panting hard.  Shawna had been a communications and PR specialist for an emergency animal hospital, and had seen dogs with heatstroke.  But she had never been in this predicament before.

“I desperately tried to set off the car alarm, in the hopes that the owners would hear it and come outside. I shook the car and hit it with my hands, feeling like a crazy person. No luck.”

According to Suzanne, a law had just been passed the day before allowing good Samaritans to break windows to save dogs from hot cars without having to worry about getting in trouble.  Shawna remembered that she had a small jack in her trunk.

“I grabbed it, my fists clenched and heart racing. I’d never damaged anyone’s property, and I certainly don’t like making a scene,” she said.  “I’m an introvert, and this was way outside of my comfort zone. I clenched my teeth and swung the car jack like a baseball bat as hard as I could.”

But the window didn’t break.  It didn’t even crack.  She hit it again, harder this time, but still nothing.

“I began to feel the tears building up. I was trying with all my might to get to this poor dog, but I couldn’t physically break the window. My hands were bleeding and I was beginning to fear the worst.”

She saw two men approaching, and asked if they knew how to break the window.  They didn’t, but a minute later, three men pulled up, and one of them offered to let her use his stainless steel water bottle.  She held up the jack, and hurled it squarely at the center of the window.

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“Oh, shit!” he said in surprise.  “You won’t break it if you hit it in the middle – you have to aim for the corner.”

Shawna struck the corner, and this time the glass cracked.  She broke through it, unlocked the door, and pulled the crate out.

“The crew at Caffe Allora had brought over a big tub of water to help cool the animal.  After we tended to the dog, Suzanne began sweeping the glass and I went to clean myself up.  During all this commotion, another concerned passerby named Mary Ann had stopped to be a second witness, in case I needed support when the police arrived.”

Officers arrived just then, and Shawna showed them where the dog was.  As they checked it out and took down information from the heroine, two young men, about 18, emerged from the apartment building.  They were dumbfounded by the scene before them, seemingly unaware that having the moon roof cracked was inadequate.  Shawna and the police explained that it wasn’t, and the car owner thanked her for saving the dog.

It seems preposterous that so many people are oblivious to how quickly a life can perish inside of a hot vehicle (have these people never gotten into a car on a hot day and immediately rolled down the windows and blasted the ac??), but sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time, and the outcome is usually not this positive.

“In circumstances like these, inaction is unacceptable. The craziest thing we can do is nothing. Speak up. Act swiftly and responsibly,” Shawna said.  “In Oregon (and some other states), you have the law on your side. But more importantly, it’s the right thing to do.”

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Your Must-Stop List of Dog-Friendly Spots Near 10 Major Highways

posted from https://www.rover.com/blog/make-your-hound-the-modern-day-marco-polo/

Imagine going on a road trip with your dog where every restaurant you go to, trail you hike, and hotel you choose is dog-friendly. Is this possible? Yes! But who’s going to do all of that research for your route?

We did the digging for you, plus got advice from Rover.com employees about the best dog-friendly places around the country. Here’s a goldmine of places to stop with your dog along 10 major interstate highways so you can make your dog the modern-day Marco Polo.

Organized by interstate and direction, this is a “must-stop” list for big-city dog-friendly pubs, restaurants, hikes, hotels, and more while on your adventure.

Don’t fret about wanting to visit some places that aren’t dog friendly. Book a Rover.com sitter in the area you’re in for the day or night and get your adventure on while your dog has an adventure of his own.


  • Consider lodging like AirBnB to find unique, dog-friendly places to stay
  • Bring a tent along in case tent camping is the best choice for the area you’re in–it’s usually dog-friendly
  • Call ahead to ensure restaurants are open when you get there and are still dog-friendly (some places have seasonal hours, and laws may have changed)
  • For maximum safety, make sure your pet has all the required vaccinations, and follow local leash laws

Location Map For Listed Destinations

If you’re plotting your journey on a map, this is a handy tool.

Jump to Section:

I-20 Texas to South Carolina
I-35 Texas to Minnesota
I-75 Florida to Michigan
I-95 Florida to Maine
I-94 Montana to Michigan
I-70 Maryland to Utah
I-10 Florida to California
I-40 North Carolina to California
I-80 New Jersey to California
I-90 Massachusetts to Washington

1-20 South to East (Texas to South Carolina)
Jackson, Mississippi
Pig and Pint: While in the South it’s important to enjoy some barbecue. Pig and Pint offers a uniquely delicious twist on the classics. Dogs are welcome on the patio here–just know that yours will likely beg for scraps the entire meal.

Outlets of Mississippi: Take your leashed dog on a shopping spree. This is a fun place to window shop–treat yourself and your pup!

Holiday Inn Express Jackson Downtown Coliseum: This is an affordable place for you to rest. Your dog is welcome for an additional fee that won’t break the bank.

Atlanta, Georgia
Joe’s on Juniper: Touted as one of Atlanta’s favorite dog-friendly outdoor dining spaces, Joe’s On Juniper has beer, cocktails, Thai nachos, and more.

ParkGrounds: This is a must-stop spot if there ever was one. This coffee shop has an attached dog park where your dog-friendly pooch can mingle with other dogs and play off some pent-up energy. There’s a covered patio here, with both the dog park and the cafe having separate entries. Beer, coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dogs. Solid decision for an afternoon.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Paces Ferry: If you’re seeking a hotel with no extra pet fee, this is a good option.

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel: For an additional pet fee (and a luxurious, unique experience), check this gem out.

Charleston, South Carolina
Lost Dog Cafe: Enjoy a bite and the Dog Wall of Fame in this eclectic cafe in Folly Beach. Named after the owner’s dog, Hocus, this bistro serves huge breakfast burritos and excellent coffee and is said to be a “must eat” in the Charleston area. The best part is you get to hang out indoors with your dog and a mason jar mimosa.

Old Charleston Ghost Tour: Give you and your dog a good spook on this fun walking tour. Starting in Washington Park and lasting 90 minutes, the tour is a unique way to bond with your dog and spend an evening in the city.


Best Western Charleston Inn: This inn has pet-friendly rooms for an extra fee. The location is accessible to historic tours, as well as the cruise terminal.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Charleston Riverview: For no pet fee, you and your dog can have a comfortable stay here.

1-35 South to North (Texas to Minnesota)
Austin, Texas
Red’s Porch: Aptly named, this restaurant has an awesome upstairs porch; outdoor seating is dog-friendly. If you’re in the mood for some corn hole, darts, and fried okra, this is the spot.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve: Your dog is welcome here as long as he’s on-leash at all times. The path is shared with bicycles, so if your pup is skittish of bicycles this may not be a good fit for him.

Red Bud Isle: If you’re seeking an off-leash run for your dog, this is the spot. This piece of land is a peninsula, with swimming for water-loving dogs. Bring a towel and a tennis ball and enjoy a beautiful southern afternoon!

Hilton Austin: There’s a pet fee here, but this is an overall affordable stay in the Austin area.

Airbnb: There are numerous affordable, dog-friendly listings on Airbnb for the Austin area. Check out the website and make sure to double check with your host that it’s okay to have your four-legged buddy with you during your stay.

Kansas City, Missouri
La Bodega: If you’re in the mood for the traditional duo of tapas and wine, La Bodega is a solid choice. There’s ample outdoor seating where your dog is welcome. Also, bottles of wine are half price on Mondays–just saying.

Trolley Track Trail: This trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to converting unused railroad tracks into hiking trails. Dogs are welcome on-leash here and the path is shared with bicycles so please be mindful if your dog is skittish of them.

Westin Kansas City and Crown Center: If you’re seeking an exquisite hotel stay to unwind from long days of travel, look no further. There’s no additional pet fee here (weight limit of 40-lb dog–larger dogs will require a fee) and your dog will be given a dog bed for his stay, courtesy of the hotel.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wilde Cafe and Spirits: This cafe in Dinkytown, an exciting Minneapolis neighborhood, boasts an awesome patio view of the Mississippi River and delicious food. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Stone Arch Bridge–a Minneapolis landmark.

Luce Line State Trail Park of the Rails to Trails Conservancy: Get out and stretch your legs on this converted railroad through Minneapolis (This is the same nonprofit mentioned in the Kansas City trail recommendation).

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West: For an affordable and comfortable night under a roof, check in here with no extra fee for your dog.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: If you’re planning on checking out The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, this is a great choice for lodging if you want to treat yourself. The room prices are higher than others in the area, but there’s no additional pet fee.

I-75 South to North (Florida to Michigan)

Tampa, Florida
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Believe it or not, Tampa has been voted the number one dog city in the United States. Check out Mad Dogs and Englishmen for bangers and mash, which has a large patio for your and your dog to enjoy.

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park: If your dog could use a break from the Florida heat, take him to this off-leash beach for a romp in the water with some new friends.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel: Two dogs are welcome with you here for no additional fee (80 lb. limit). There’s a swimming pool here and riverwalk right outside the hotel, which makes for a great place to stretch your legs with your four-legged travel companion.

Atlanta, Georgia
Brewhouse Cafe: There may be a trend here but if you’re still in for bangers and mash, try this cafe in Atlanta. This is also Atlanta’s premier soccer bar, if you’re a fan. The patio is dog friendly and it’s said that the wait staff is very attentive to four-legged friends.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: If you’re in the mood for a beautiful walk with your dog in Atlanta, check out this nature area. There’s a lot of birds and other woodland animals here, so be sure to keep your dog on leash while enjoying the walk.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Paces Ferry: If you’re seeking a hotel with no extra pet fee, this is a good option.

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel: For an additional pet fee (and a luxurious, unique experience), check this gem out.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Wurst Bar in the Square: Bring your dog–and grab a dog–and enjoy the back patio of this trendy spot. If you’re more of a taco person, they’re killer here.

Otto Armleder Dog Park: This 10-acre fenced dog park is separated into three sections, one of which is designated for small dogs and puppies.

Millennium Hotel: In the midst of downtown, this is a great option for taking a much needed rest. Your dog is welcome for an additional fee but must be crated if you leave the room without him, making this a good option for crate-trained dogs, or if you don’t plan on leaving your dog unattended.

I-95 South to North (Florida to Maine)

Raleigh, North Carolina
Lonerider Brewing: Join the outlaws and enjoy great beer with inventive names and clever descriptions. This brewery is just down the street from Sal’s Branch Trail, under the Play recommendation for Raleigh.

Sal’s Branch Trail: This is the perfect trail if you don’t have much time but in dire need of getting out for some fresh air. At 2.7 miles long, this trail takes about an hour.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Raleigh Crabtree: For a reasonable price and no pet fee, stay in a comfortable bed with your dog of any size.

Boston, Massachusetts
Wired Puppy Cafe: As the name implies, this is a dog-friendly coffee shop–even indoors! If you’re hankering for brunch and a bowl of biscuits by the door, this is the place for you.

Castle Island Beach: If you’re looking for some beach time, bring your dog to this on-leash area for a stroll along the water.

Peter’s Park: This off-leash area is a great choice for your small or shy dog, as there’s a separate section for them. It is a relatively new park and reviewers rave about its cleanliness.

Onyx Hotel: This hotel is on the pricier side, but boasts no additional pet fee for your dog of any size, who will receive a warm welcome here. There are paths right by the hotel for walks, and if you’re looking for some urban hiking, it’s right in the midst of the action of downtown Boston.

I-94 Mid to East (Montana to Michigan)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Camp Bar: Enjoy a bloody mary with your pooch on this two-story patio.

The Backyard: This place is awesome for a unique picnic-style outing. Grills are available so you can cook your own meat and veggies and the large fenced-in grassy area is available for dogs to romp around. There’s also beer and a large projector which could be playing a movie. This is a must-see in Milwaukee.

Granville Dog Park: This park is large and has woods, hills, and a grassy area, all off-leash accessible. It is perfect for running around after a lovely picnic at The Backyard before getting back in the car to continue your journey.

Quality Inn Milwaukee: This affordable stay requires an additional pet fee but remains a good value. Free breakfast and close proximity to downtown make this a good spot to stay for a night or two on your journey.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wilde Cafe and Spirits: This cafe in Dinkytown, an exciting Minneapolis neighborhood, boasts an awesome patio view of the Mississippi River and delicious food. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Stone Arch Bridge, a Minneapolis landmark.

Luce Line State Trail Park of the Rails to Trails Conservancy: Get out and stretch your legs on this converted railroad through Minneapolis (This is the same nonprofit mentioned in the Kansas City trail recommendation).

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West: For an affordable and comfortable night under a roof, check in here with no extra fee for your dog.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: If you’re planning on checking out The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, this is a great choice for lodging if you want to treat yourself. The room prices are higher than others in the area, but there’s no additional pet fee.

I-70 East to West (Maryland to Utah)

St. Louis, Missouri
Boathouse Forest Park: American fare and dog-friendly paddleboats on the lake–truly a unique experience. There’s an off-leash area here as well for dogs, and outdoor seating to enjoy a meal with your dog at the restaurant.

Frenchtown Dog Park: This .75 acre park is well-kept and permits off-leash dogs for an adventure in the sun.

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis: You can bring up to two dogs to stay with you here, 40-lb. Limit, for no extra fee. All of the rooms here welcome dogs, so you won’t have to worry about finding appropriate vacancy.

Denver, Colorado
Forest Room 5: Are you looking for a hip night spot in Denver with fire pits and a creek? Of course you are, and this is your spot. The beautiful, rustic patio is dog friendly and the food gets rave reviews.

The Watering Bowl: It should be a thing in every city to have dog parks attached to restaurants, right?! This gem of a spot is a tavern which boasts a 7000+ sq. ft. outdoor dog park. This, appropriately, is also nested under Play.

The Watering Bowl: So nice it’s mentioned twice. (See Eat for Denver)

Hotel Monaco, Denver: There’s no additional fee for your dog at this beautiful hotel. The hotel is on the expensive end, so it is a great place for treating yourself after being on the road. Plus, dogs of all sizes are allowed at no extra charge–win!

I-10 East to West (Florida to California)

Phoenix, Arizona
O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nanobrewery: Noted as one of the most dog-friendly places in Phoenix, this brewery has views of the canal and a dog-friendly porch.

South Mountain Park and Preserve: 51 miles of hiking trails for you and your on-leash dog to enjoy. Please be advised that dogs are prohibited on the trail when the temperature in Phoenix exceeds 100 degrees fahrenheit. Keep you and your dog safe!

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort: If you’re looking for a neat stay experience, this is the spot. The grounds are fun, with pools and interesting foliage. Two dogs can stay with you for an extra fee (75 lb. weight limit).

Los Angeles, California
Grand Central Market: Dogs are allowed just about everywhere here. This market is like an indoor food mall with tons of unique and delicious options. It is located in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, so there’s also a chance you’ll spot a celebrity (and maybe their dog!), or two.

The Waffle on Sunset: Get your dog a “woofle” to enjoy on the Waffle’s dog-friendly patio while you sip on a $6 double-sized mimosa. We’re not kidding.

Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park: Make your way to this sliver of wilderness in the city. With amazing views of the city and seemingly endless trails, both you and your dog will have a great time.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills: This is a great place to stay while in the LA area–no additional fee for your dog and no size limit. Not to mention, you can order spa services to your room for yourself for an ultimate night of “treat-yourself”.

I-40 East to West (North Carolina to California)

Nashville, Tennessee
Cafe Fontanella: If you’re craving Italian food with homemade tomato sauce, followed up with a hike, go here! This cafe has a dog-friendly patio and has hiking trails right next to it to walk off some carbs prior to loading back in the car.

Jackson’s Bar and Bistro: Good food and covered outdoor seating for you and your dog to enjoy. Reviewers say this is a great place for their furry friend. If you’re hankering for some American fare and outdoor lounging, check it out!

The Trails at Fontanel: If you’re looking for some sightseeing as you stretch your legs, this is a good option. You and your leashed dog can walk along the well-maintained trail and take in a famous mansion (Fontanel) and Whites Creek.

La Quinta Inn and Suites, Nashville Airport: On trend with other La Quinta’s mentioned in this list, this is an affordable, comfortable stay with no extra charge for your four-legged buddy.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rock & Brews: Good food, good beer, dog-friendly patio and a ton of fun. This is a chain of restaurants so there’s a chance that if you come across another with a dog-friendly patio elsewhere.

Edmond Dog Park at Bickham-Rudkin Park: A 5-acre park with swimming and plenty of room to run off-leash. This is a great place to stop while in Oklahoma City.

OKC PawPark: This large off-leash area is bordered by a pond (swimming!) and has a separate section for dogs who need a little less action, such as injured or elderly pups.

Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel: If your dog is under 50 lbs., he’s welcome for no additional fee. This is the largest business and convention hotel in downtown, so there’s sure to be a lot going on and exciting events to discover in the area surrounding the hotel. This is a good option if you’re looking to make the most of your stay in Oklahoma City.

I-80 East to West (New Jersey to California)

Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska Brewing Company: Okay, there are a lot of places to drink beer on this list, I know. But they all have something unique to offer and this brewery is no exception. Dogs are welcome outdoors! It’s small, artisanal, and independent–a true Omaha gem.

Forge in the Forest: With a very dog friendly patio and menu just for Fido, this is a fun spot to stop in Omaha.

Walnut Creek Park Off-Leash Area: This park with swimming area is fenced on three sides, so if your dog likes to swim and keep swimming with no regard for recall, this may not be a great decision. For dogs who love to fetch and return consistently, this is a fun spot.

La Quinta Inn Omaha Southwest: No pet fee. Comfortable rooms. Well-rated. Per usual for this listing throughout the country. Three dogs, with no size limit, are allowed here for no extra charge–perfect if you’re traveling with a friend or two with a dog in tow.

Chicago, IL
Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier: Located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this is a great spot to hang out on a beautiful afternoon. They’ll bring your dog a souvenir water bowl to keep, and a treat, while lounging on the patio.

Mercury Canine Cruise: If you have a free afternoon in Chicago, take your dog on a historic boat cruise of Chicago. There’s a narrator who will detail the rich history of Chicago, with fun dog facts along the way.

Montrose Dog Beach: This off-leash area is great if your dog wants to actually swim in water, rather than cruise around on the water. There’s a dog wash station as well so you don’t have to return to the car with a happy, muddy mess.

Hotel Allegro: This beautiful, historic hotel is located in the theatre district of downtown Chicago. Plus, there’s no additional pet fee for your dog of any size.

I-90 East to West (Massachusetts to Washington)

Buffalo, New York
Resurgence Brewing Company: Great food and craft beer with a dog-friendly patio.

Niagara Falls Park: If you’re in the mood for sightseeing (and checking out one of the seven natural wonders of the world), leash up your dog and go for a stroll on the park grounds. Reviewers note that there’s no clean up stations or water available for your dog so come prepared.

Holiday Inn Buffalo International Airport: This spot has an extra fee for keeping your dog with you, and they must be under 50 lbs.

Cleveland, Ohio
Luxe Kitchen and Lounge: Dogs are welcome on the patio of this trendy spot. Folks rave about the Ricotta Gnocchi and deviled eggs on the menu.

Lakewood Dog Park: This is a fenced off-leash area which borders the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, which features numerous trails to take your dog on-leash. This is a perfect stop for allowing your dog to expend energy off leash, then leash him up and walk around with him in a gorgeous area of the city.

Radisson Hotel Cleveland Gateway: This is an affordable hotel with a pet fee, chosen for its proximity to sightseeing in downtown Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a 15 minute walk away. Cleveland sports stadiums are also in the area if you’re more of a sports fan.

Seattle, Washington
Norm’s Eatery and Ale House: Dogs are allowed indoors here–there’s even a menu just for them with an assortment of items, including sweets and chicken. Take a moment to appreciate all of their adorable patron photos (hint: mostly dogs.)

Buckley’s in Belltown: There are a couple of different locations, but if you want to stop in for a pint and Wisconsin cheese curds (this is a Green Bay Packers’ fan bar) while sightseeing around Belltown in Seattle, go here. Dogs are welcome indoors–just make sure to keep him on leash since it gets pretty busy in there.

Discovery Park: This wilderness area of Seattle is said to be what Seattle looked like before settlement. There are numerous trails to take your dog for an on-leash urban hike. A couple spots along the trail offer astounding views of the Puget Sound and surrounding land.

The Edgewater Hotel: Trust me on this one–this place is worth it. There will be an extra fee for your dog to stay with you, but you’ll be on the waterfront a walk away from amazing food and the ferris wheel. The hotel itself is beautiful and well-maintained with a lodge-type ambiance.

Canada, eh?

Our article covers U.S. destinations, but if you’re planning a summer journey through Canada, never fear. There are many amazing places to stop. You can find a list of must-see spots for you and your dog at Travel Canada.

Hit the road, explorers!

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Check Out These Early Prime Day Deals for Dog Lovers

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Attention dog lovers! Enjoy up to 20% off selected dog foods and treats in a pre-prime day celebration of deliciousness. Amazon is getting the party started a little early this year with tasty bargains your dogs will love. Check out some of our favorites.

Savory grain free jerky style snacks in  4 tempting flavors.  $6.99 4 oz

Boost your dog’s diet with this convenient freeze dried meal topper. Meal mixers are grain free and raw— a great way to  increase your dog’s protein intake without changing her diet completely.  Choose from Turkey, Seafood, Chicken, or Beef  $35.99 18 oz

This hearty kibble comes in a flavor and size for every dog. Lifesource bits provide bonus anti-oxidants and minerals.  $14.99-$47.99

Crunchy baked treats in a variety of flavors and sizes for every dog.  $4.99 20 oz

Perfect for dogs with food allergies. This limited ingredient kibble boasts no grain, potatoes, or chicken, and comes in three protein varieties: Beef, Turkey, and Lamb. Size and prices vary. $19.99-$62

Soft and delicious grain free treats, perfect for training. 5 tasty flavors to choose from. $5.55-$7.48  6 oz

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Officers Use Cheetos & Belly Rubs To Negotiate With Fugitive Dog On The Run

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The officers of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Police Department are not only animal lovers, they also have a flair for comedy! A Facebook post describing a “standoff” between the SFPD and a “four-legged canine suspect” has received over 5,000 likes and laughs since it appeared Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred the previous day when the dog – “who refused to identify herself” – ran loose through a busy roadway, nearly causing several accidents.

Image Credit: City of Sioux Falls, SD Police Department

The pup defied direct orders from the officers to exit the major thoroughfare, but they were eventually able to corner the wily fugitive in a residential backyard. That’s when “negotiations” began.

Officers Hunt and Dunn tried to sweet-talk the cunning canine with promises of Cheetos and belly rubs, but clearly they underestimated her. She refused to surrender, forcing the officers to devise a Plan B.

According to the SFPD Facebook post, footage of Officer Hunt’s efforts to lasso the dog were unsuccessful, but “very fun to watch.”

Image Credit: City of Sioux Falls, SD Police Department

Finally, they gave up and called in the big guns, but even Animal Control officers were no match for the Pibble perp!

“Animal Control responded to assist and the unnamed dog was nearly caught before it morphed into former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders and juked Sgt. Siebenborn, Officer Hunt, and Officer Dunn out of their shoes as they tried to grab on as she ran by.”

Image Credit: City of Sioux Falls, SD Police Department

After one final freedom run through the streets, the suspect decided to throw the officers a bone and surrender. She laid down, accepting her payoff of free belly rubs, and was taken in without further incident.

The female Pit Bull mix will remain in the custody of Animal Control until her owners can be located.

All Images c/o the City of Sioux Falls, SD Police Department

Tags: loose dogs, police department, police officer, south dakota

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5 Ways to Prep for Take Your Dog to Work Day

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June 23rd is Take Your Dog to Work Day, one of our favorite days of the year! Who doesn’t want to watch their coworkers fawning over their precious pup? However, before you pack up your dog to join you on your daily commute, here are five ways to make sure it is enjoyable for both you, your dog and your colleagues.

Is Your Workplace Dog-Friendly?

Take Your Dog to Work Day was started by Pet Sitters International in 1999 as a way to show off the companionship of dogs and promote pet adoption. However, this day is not a legally binding agreement for all employers, so please check with your company to ensure you are allowed to bring your dog into the office.

You should also check with your co-workers and ensure no one has serious allergies or a fear of dogs before deciding to participate.

Pack Accordingly

Your dog’s briefcase for the day should include the following:

  • A leash – For walking your dog as they will need frequent outdoor breaks.
  • Dog food – Preferably dry dog food as it has less of a smell than the wet kind.
  • Dog bowls – You should have two bowls on hand for your pup: one for their food and one for their water.
  • Healthy dog treats – You will want to have treats on hand when your co-workers want to introduce themselves to your pup. A healthy treat is always a good ice-breaker.
  • Toys – Does your dog have a noiseless toy that keeps them occupied and happy? Bring it for them to enjoy when that mid-afternoon boredom starts to set in.
  • Pillow – If your office space has enough room, bring your pup’s regular dog bed or pillow so they will feel comfortable if they want to nap during the day.
  • Cleaning supplies – In case your dog has an accident, be sure to have a spot cleaner with you to ensure the mess is taken care of right away.

Clean Them Up

Get them ready the night before with a bath to ensure they smell nice, a brush-out to remove excess hair and reduce the amount of shedding, and a tooth brushing to help reduce the doggy breath smell that your co-workers may not be used to.

If your dog is showing any symptoms of being sick such as sneezing, displaying lethargy or not eating, do not bring them to work. The last thing an office needs is a dog that transfers a sickness to other dogs that may be there for the day. Plus, an unfamiliar environment may add further stress to a sick dog.

Schedule Your Day

As cute as your dog may be, you still have a responsibility to get your work done. Try to schedule your breaks and lunch as a time to take care of your pup’s feeding and bathroom breaks outside.

Keep in mind that some offices may feature recycled air that could be drier than what your dog is used to. This may require them to need more water, which in turn may mean more bathroom breaks.  Keep an eye on them and take them out when necessary.

Exit Strategy

It’s possible that Take Your Dog to Work Day may not be an event your dog will like.  They may not enjoy hanging around your work, meeting many strangers or the new environment. If your dog is clearly uncomfortable, try to leave early. There is no point in causing your pup the undue stress of a situation that is unpleasant for them.

No matter what time you leave the office with your dog, the key is to leave it as clean as it was before you arrived. Take home any of their leftover belongings and clean up any messes they may have made. The day should be as successful for your office and co-workers as it is for you and your pup!

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Join North Shore Animal League America's Pet Sponsor Program

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At North Shore Animal League America, we make every effort to find the best home for those special-needs dogs and cats in our care. Sadly, some of the pets that arrive here have been abused, neglected, injured or suffer from chronic illnesses.

As a sponsor, your monthly gift will help care for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. And our Sponsor Program also helps pregnant animal mothers and their newborn puppies and kittens in our Nursery. 


Your monthly support will:

  • Help fund major operations and provide ongoing medical care for as long as your chosen pet needs it.
  • Ensure that animals who were abused neglected, or abandoned receive love and attention at our no-kill rescue facility
  • Make you an essential part of a grateful pet’s life!

When you join our Sponsor Program, you’ll also receive a personalized certificate and color photo of your chosen pet, a letter of appreciation, and quarterly updates on the wellbeing of all of our special-needs animals.

Help us to help them. Choose a special pet to sponsor today at: animalleague.org/sponsor or call us at 877.BE.MY.PAL


North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue shelter in the world and a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization

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