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Hiking Mt. Whitney
Hounds in the high country
“I didn’t know dogs were allowed on this trail,” the woman said, watching as my two dogs leaped from the car. I had just pulled into the parking area at Whitney Portal, 13 miles west of Lone Pine, Calif., and we were getting ready to hike the Mt. Whitney Trail. Known to the Owens Valley Paiute as Too-man-go-yah, or “very old man,” Mt. Whitney—at 14,496 feet, the highest peak in the contiguous...
Blog: Guest Posts
Safety Belts and Sanity
A journey to find the perfect dog seat belt
It all started with a Golden Retriever. Well, a photo of one anyway, placidly enjoying a car ride, all from the comfort and safety of a seat belt designed for dogs. It’s amazing what good marketing can do to instill a dream in your mind: “Hey, that could be my life.” While my two dogs are usually fairly well behaved in the car (aside from that incident when Skip pooped in the backseat while I was...
Blog: Guest Posts
Travel Tips
Rachel Ray asks where to stay
When celebrity chef/magazine mogul/ubiquitous TV presence Rachel Ray needs tips on traveling with a pup—who’s she gonna call? Well, Bark magazine, of course. Check out editor-in-chief Claudia Kawczynska’s suggestions on pet-friendly accommodations.
Dog's Life: Travel
The Simple Life: Camping—The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Vacation
I’m fairly certain there are few experiences that compare to a campfire, a good guitar, close friends and a great dog. A clear night with wood smoke circling up into the trees while your dog lies at your feet beats Walden Pond any day, hands down. Getting away from the office and streetlights and spending a few days as nomads under the Milky Way grants us dog owners a perfect summer vacation...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Car Theft
Heat isn’t the only danger for dogs in the car
People travelling to conformation shows and dog sport trials spend a lot of time on the road, stopping at hotels and restaurants. When weather permits, “dog show people,“ myself included, will sometimes leave the dogs in the car for a short period of time to pack luggage or to eat a meal. Care is taken to make sure the dogs are cool, windows are open, fans are on and shade cloth covers the car,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Canine Car Safety
How to protect your dog while driving
I recently saw a dog tossed around the back of a vehicle when the driver had to stop suddenly to avoid an accident. Luckily the dog was okay, but many dogs who are not so fortunate are injured in car accidents. The saddest thing to me is that it can be avoided.   The best ways to protect dogs while they are in cars is with the use of crates, seat belts, or barriers that keep the dogs in the rear...
Blog: Karen B. London
Big Dogs Deserve Vacations, Too
Do hotel size restrictions make sense?
Many hotels have size restrictions on the dogs they allow to stay with them. Typically, in hotels with such restrictions, dogs must be under a certain weight, such as 20, 25, 30 or 35 pounds. There is a new campaign to allow dogs of all sizes to stay in hotels so that they, too, can travel with their families. This campaign is called “Give Big Dogs A Break” and was launched by two groups. Go Pet...
Blog: Guest Posts
Large, Fragile and Valuable
Should dogs get their own seats on airplanes?
Reader comments to TheBark.com are almost always onpoint, insightful, informative and polite--even about issues that makes us want to tear our hair out. We saw a pretty heated but information-loaded string of feedback to a post by JoAnna Lou last fall. She wrote about people who falsely claim their dog is a service animal in order to qualify for privileges not ordinary extended to companion dogs...
Blog: Karen B. London
Traveling Without Dogs
Who cares for them in your absence?
I recently returned from nearly two weeks in Nicaragua. The trip was the field component of Northern Arizona University’s course “Tropical Forest Insect Ecology” for which I am one of the instructors. With a thousand things to do before departure--including taking exams, writing papers, packing, arranging for mail to be held and newspapers to be stopped, attending to vaccinations and anti-...
Blog: Guest Posts
Guests Behaving Badly
Hotel horror stories from dog-friendly hotels
If you enjoy road-trippin’ with your dog and hope the universe of hotels opening their doors to pooches will continue to expand, you don’t want a high profile travel writer to nearly step in a pile of poop in a dog-friendly hotel. It’s not good for the cause. Unfortunately, that’s what happened. MSNBC.com travel maven Harriet Baskas, who recently updated Bark readers about pet relief stations at...

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