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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...
News: 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...
News: 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...
News: 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-...
News: 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...
Dog's Life: Travel
Tracking Down Dog Fun
In Illinois & Indiana
Midwestern folks are often friendly (even in the big cities!) and love to talk about dogs. Don’t hesitate to ask people where they like to take their pups. With their help, you’ll discover new places to visit and make new friends on the way. In Chicago. Start your day with a walk through Grant Park, located downtown and nicknamed Chicago’s “Front Lawn” for its lovely lakeside view. If it’s hot...
Dog's Life: Travel
Dog Fun on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Florida’s hidden gem
Roll through Florida’s northwest panhandle and you’ll find yourself in a world presumed long-lost. On one side, the Gulf of Mexico shimmers like molten silver beyond stretches of wetland prairie; on the other, slash pines stand in perfect formation. Clouds billow above white sand beaches, where long walks and calm, clean water refresh both human and canine spirits. This piece of Old Florida is...
Dog's Life: Travel
Super-Dog-Friendly Pacific Northwest
Washington & Oregon adventures
Every dog has his day, and in the Pacific Northwest, he also has nights and weekends. For endless and economical summer (and all season) fun, here are four favorites. Beach-Town Fun. Manzanita (northern Oregon coast)—all beach resort and no pretense, this seaside escape is so dog-friendly we call it “Muttzanita.” Dig for treasure on a seven-mile strip of windy sand, hike Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain...
Dog's Life: Travel
Dog-Friendly Dude Ranches
Go west, and take your dog along.
Hankering for a taste of the Old West? Want to take your canine companion along on a fun-filled and unique summer vacation? Consider a dog-friendly dude ranch. More dude ranches—or guest ranches, as most are now called—are catering to those of us who can’t imagine a vacation without our dogs. Each has different rules and expectations for dogs, so contact any ranch you’re considering visiting and...
News: Karen B. London
Holiday Travel With Pets
Tips from American Humane
Every year, millions of people travel with their dogs over the holidays. And every year, many of those people vow not to do it again next year. Long car rides and airplane rides can be extremely stressful for our dogs and for us as well. Considering safety issues such as crates for car travel and whether a pet is healthy enough (physically and emotionally) to travel by air is important. If the...

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