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Dog's Life: Travel
Volunteer Vacations
See the world, lend a hand
Many animal lovers find that visits to exotic locales can be more upsetting than enjoyable. The sight of abandoned or neglected dogs and cats can not only ruin a trip, but will often stick with them long after they return home. Volunteering with an animal welfare organization is a great way to experience new places without feeling like a helpless observer. Today, these kinds of global...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog and Driver: Car Chart
How to find the perfect car for your perfect pup
Source: Manufacturers’ websites, Edmunds.com, ConsumerReports.org, Caranddriver.com
News: Guest Posts
Stephen King, Most Famous Victim
Horror stories come true when people don’t secure dogs in cars.
Last week in Verona, Wis., a Boy Scout troop leader and one young Scout were killed when a motorhome crossed the median and hit their SUV. The 62-year-old motorhome driver was distracted when his dog jumped into his lap. Ten years ago, Stephen King was hit and severely injured by a minivan because driver Bryan E. Smith was distracted by his loose Rottweiler. Smith was charged with aggravated...
News: JoAnna Lou
Putting Unused Airline Miles to Good Use
Donate frequent flyer miles to Guide Dogs of America.
I’m by no means a frequent flyer. As I mentioned previously, in a post about Pet Airways, I avoid traveling by plane since my dog would have to fly in cargo. Needless to say, I never rack up enough miles to qualify for a free flight. Rather than let my miles expire, I recently discovered a way to put these points to good use. Northwest and United Airlines let you donate unused miles to the Guide...
Dog's Life: Travel
Dude Ranch
Dog days at Canada’s Flying U
Meadow made a beeline for the bed; the cabin was cool and dark, and she was ready for a nap. This was our third day of exploring trails at the Flying U Ranch, Canada’s oldest guest ranch, and Meadow and Maia, my two- and four-year-old Malamutes, were both happily tired after trotting alongside me and Louis, my trusty steed. In the space of three days, we had covered about 50 miles. The Flying U...
News: Guest Posts
Wanted: Tips on Local Fun
UPDATE, 7/01: Our July/August issue is now on the newsstands, but there's plenty of summer left and we're still interested in hearing from you about your fave places for dog-friendly fun. Please add yours here. For those who so kindly sent in their tips in May, our most sincere thanks—alas, space was so tight that we weren't able to include them after all. But never fear: With this post, they're...
News: Guest Posts
Dog-friendly Hotels?
Double-check the fine pawprint.
As the owner of two 60-pound-plus pups, I am all too familiar with the bait-and-switch described in yesterday’s New York Times: Hotels draw in dual-species families with “dog-friendly” policies and then turn away canines weighing more than a big bag of kibble. Cutoffs start as low as 15 pounds. I really don’t understand why a hotel would exclude large dogs. The author of AAA’s Traveling With...
News: JoAnna Lou
First Class Flights for Pets
Pet Airways opens reservations for inaugural flights.
My idea of vacation is hanging out with my dogs, preferably on the beach. I once drove 20 hours to Florida to avoid putting my pets in airplane cargo. The horror stories of limited oxygen and careless handling have reduced the trips I choose to take. And the U.S. Department of Transportation’s required reporting on animal deaths hasn’t exactly allayed my fears. Recently, my dogs qualified for...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Five Boys and a Bear (and a Bag)
Who knew the wilderness could be so ... wild?
Not long after the Great Mummy Bag Incident, I begin the search for a new sleeping bag. I want one that doesn’t taper. One that isn’t form-fitted like my mother’s Playtex 18-hour girdle. One in which I and my two Miniature Dachshunds, Cooper and Isis, can sleep without starring in an M.C. Escher puzzle. There it is! Right there on page nine of REI’s Memorial Day Closeout Catalog, the “Bark”-o-...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Two Wieners and a Mummy
A camping trip with two Dachshunds is an exercise in futility
I buy a new tent, on sale, at REI’s flagship store in Seattle. I am going camping for the first time since I was 12, when my parents were in charge of setting up the tent. No, wait, I think I’ve been camping once since. My husband set up that tent. I’m no dummy. My mother taught me, and told me often, that practice makes perfect. I read the instructions and set up and take down the tent in the...

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