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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter

Dog-friendly vacations are the best when you are visiting a pet-friendly city like St. Augustine, Florida. During our dog-friendly vacation to Florida, the family stayed two nights in St Augustine, Florida. The Nation’s Oldest City has definitely been on my radar for many years.

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St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and offers not only great beaches, outdoor activities, dining, shopping, and historic attractions, but St. Augustine is very pet-friendly! Dexter the Dog and I love to travel and visit dog-friendly cities.

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Pet-friendly St. Augustine knows how to welcome their canine friends. St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and The Beaches have approximately 50 pet-friendly accommodations ranging in price points and variety – from hotels, to bed and breakfast, inns, and beach resorts. Leashed dogs are welcome in several area attractions including Colonial Quarter Museum, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, Schooner Freedom, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Red Train Tour, Ghost Tour, and various dog-friendly restaurants. You can read more on Dexter’s and my experience at Ripley’s and the Red Train here.

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While visiting, Dexter and I weren’t only allowed in a lot of stores, restaurants, and attractions, we were welcomed with open arms, water bowls, and dog treats.

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Dexter drinking from the Fountain of Youth

We enjoyed strolling through St. Augustine’s historic district, where he was welcome in most stores. I’m not sure if all stores are dog-friendly, but each one I asked, said yes. 🙂 There were a lot of dog-friendly outdoor restaurants; it was hard to choose. We decided to eat at Taberna del Caballo. The service, setting, and food were great! A little taste of Spain in each bite. Dexter enjoyed a nice, icy water and, of course, I provided him with some extra treats and fresh veggies from my plate.

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St. Augustine beaches are even dog-friendly! St. Augustine and the surrounding area has some of the best beaches in Florida. That was a welcomed treat, as a lot of the beaches on the west side of Florida are not dog-friendly unless they are a specific dog beach. We visited Ponte Vedra Beach, where Dexter enjoyed mucking around the beach, sniffing the waves, and trying to eat the sea shells on the shore.

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If you are looking for dog-friendly beaches, historic attractions, outdoor activities, dining, and shopping, you won’t want to miss St. Augustine on Florida’s Historic Coast. While many vacation spots boast of pet-friendly hotels or dog-friendly beaches, few destinations are as canine-centric as Florida’s Historic Coast.

Before you go, make sure you check out St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau for guides, maps, things to do, and much more.


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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 

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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. I went inside The Monument Gift where they not only sold souvenirs from the Battle of Bennington in 1777, but tickets to tour the 306-foot-tall monument. I asked if the monument tour was dog-friendly and they explained as long as the tour guide was okay with it, yes. He was, so we did!

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Dog-Friendly Bennington, Vermont

As the tour guide, Dexter, Levi, Chris and I took the elevator ride to the top of the Bennington Battle Monument, the tour guide provided us with a little lesson on the monument’s history. A group of people wanted to commemorate the Battle of Bennington and decided a monument would be a great way to memorialize the battle and at the same time store all the military supplies which had been the object of the battle.

After some funding and design issues, a proposal from John Phillipp Rinn, an architect from Boston, was approved. William Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts was hired as the contractor. The foundation was laid in 1887 and the monument was completed in 1891. The monument is constructed from blue-grey magnesian limestone and rough-faced, with the exception of two horizontal bands near the observatory level. The observation level has 20 eleven-foot slotted openings that provide a wonderful view of the area.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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The tour guide told us we could visit as long as we wanted, there was no hurry. We strolled around the top of the monument, looking out all the windows. From the observation level, we could see Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. The view was amazing and Dexter really enjoyed sniffing the windows. The inside wall of the observation level had large aerial photos of the area. It was quite a unique experience.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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After our inside tour of the monument, we went back down to stroll the grounds, which had a number of additional monuments and memorials. The four of us had a really nice dog-friendly day trip visiting Bennington Battle Monument. If you find yourself in the area, grab your dog and camera, and go check it out.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review from Nina’s on the Beach Cafe . However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

When my family, including Dexter The Dog, and I arrived at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe for lunch, we were impressed to see that the outdoor tables were clean and shaded by large table umbrellas. We choose a table that had a slight view of the water. Our server came quickly after we sat down and welcomed us, including Dexter.

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Nina’s offers breakfast and lunch service from 11am – 2pm. The menu offered a variety of food items including soups, salads, breakfast foods, and sandwiches. It wasn’t going to be an easy decision for me since there were a variety of menu items I would enjoy. I ended up going for the club sandwich, a triple-decker BLT with turkey and a side of french fries. My mom went for the Reuben sandwich and my step-dad went for the triple-decker club sandwich with ham.

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Our food arrived quickly and it was obvious by just looking at the plate that the ingredients were fresh. The club sandwiches were delicious, moist and filling. The french fries were crispy and not greasy with a great flavor. I hate greasy food! My mom said her Reuben was perfect and the meat was lean and not fatty like some other Reuben sandwiches. The portion sizes were great, although my Mom only had room for half of her sandwich; it was packed high with corned beef!

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I really enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe. The service was very welcoming and quick. The food and location were perfect for a dog-friendly casual dining experience. Nina’s on the Beach Cafe is a good neighborhood family restaurant that I can recommend. So bring the pooch and head on out to St. Pete to enjoy this dog-friendly cafe.

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Dog-Friendly Knoxville, Tennessee-Where we visited on this trip to Tennessee: Holiday Inn Knoxville West

Knoxville, Tennessee: On our way home from our Madeira Beach, Florida vacation, Dexter The Dog, Grandma, Eddie, and I had an overnight stay in Knoxville, Tennessee. We tend to travel 8 hours or so, before stopping for the night. Before even starting on our adventure to Florida, we had booked a two queen bed suite at Holiday Inn Knoxville West. Another perfect location for us, just off Interstate 75. Easy on and easy off.

View of potty area from our room.

Holiday Inn Knoxville West grounds were very well kept. The folks did the check-in while I walked Dexter on the dog-friendly grounds. Our room was ideal for dog guests. We were on the ground floor with convenient access to a pet walking area that even included a pet pick up station.

The dog-friendly hotel in Knoxville, TN was perfect for our overnight stay. We had two very welcoming and comfortable queen beds, work space, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker (including tea bags), and a nice bathroom including some pampering items.

The Holiday Inn included an indoor dining restaurant, Gibby’s Dining and Drinks, so we didn’t even leave the hotel once we arrived. The folks ate at the restaurant while Dexter and I enjoyed the restaurant take-out-style. We missed out on their cushioned chairs, drinks from the bar, mingling, and live entertainment and dancing, but enjoyed our meal just the same. I had an amazing fresh hamburger loaded with avocado and hand cut fries. It was delicious and cooked perfectly.

The hotel stay was quiet and peaceful. Just what we weary travelers needed. After a restful sleep, we hit the road to head back to Ohio. Staying at Holiday Inn Knoxville West in Knoxville, Tennessee was a great experience. It is certainly a dog-friendly hotel I can recommend with confidence. The grounds were well-maintained, it was a perfect location off the highway, family friendly and I appreciated the indoor restaurant.

Knoxville, Tennessee Links On This Trip: Holiday Inn Knoxville West

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Dog-Friendly Valdosta, Georgia-Where we visited on this trip to Georgia: The Quality Inn South

Valdosta, Georgia: On our way to Madeira Beach, Florida, Dexter The Dog, Grandma, Eddie, and I had an overnight stay in Valdosta Georgia. Traveling from Ohio to Florida in one day just wasn’t going to happen. Before we left for our trip, we booked a room with two double beds at The Quality Inn South. The location was perfect for us, just off Interstate 75 and north of the Florida-Georgia line and it was easy to find. This meant that we would be refreshed for our following day of travel and eager to visit the Florida welcome center bright and early. We were minutes from a variety of restaurants, which we appreciated after a long drive.

The Quality Inn South’s grounds were very well landscaped. Upon entering the check-in area, I was greeted by the friendly hotel clerk who made me feel welcome. The hotel lobby was bright, clean and inviting. As Dexter The Dog and my folks continued to walk to our room, I was again struck by the hotel grounds. Nothing fancy, but impeccably clean. The dog-friendly hotel room was perfect for our overnight stay. We had two comfortable double beds, desk, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. I especially appreciated the vanity sink and mirror outside of the bathroom. This is a great convenience when traveling with family. I went down to the front desk to ask for extra bath towels and the clerk was very kind and agreed, no questions asked. For whatever reason, getting more towels is like pulling teeth at some locations, but not here.

Once again, I go back to the hotel grounds. Since I travel with Dexter The Dog, having potty spaces is very important to me. And there were plenty of grassy spots for Dexter to relieve himself. We had a great spot right outside our door, a huge, I mean huge, area in front of the hotel, and in the central courtyard another great walking spot that included a pool, sauna and kid’s playground!

The hotel stay was quiet and peaceful. Just what we weary travelers needed. After a restful sleep, we hit the free continental breakfast. The breakfast bar was clean, full and fresh. They had a variety of juices, milk, coffee, bagels, muffins, donuts, fruit, yogurt, scrambled eggs, meat and a waffle maker. I actually made my first waffle! Dexter, of course, got his scrambled eggs.

Staying at The Quality Inn South in Valdosta, Georgia was a great experience. It is certainly a dog-friendly hotel I can recommend. The grounds were well-maintained, it was a perfect location off the highway, family friendly and I felt very safe walking the hotel grounds, something I value.

 Valdosta, Georgia Links On This Trip: The Quality Inn South

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Dog-Friendly Madeira Beach, Florida-Changing Tides Cottages Review. We arrived at our destination, Changing Tides Cottages at Madeira Beach. We were welcomed by the friendly maintenance man, Mark, and his yellow lab Eli. Changing Tides is more than a dog-friendly cottage rental company, they cater to dogs and their families. This is definitely a retreat that Dexter and I can get behind.

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Madeira Beach, Florida: Dexter The Dog, Grandma, Eddie, and I headed to Madeira Beach, Florida for a fun dog-friendly vacation. This was going to be a trip that revolved all around Dexter and having fun. The plan was to take our time traveling from Ohio to Florida and stop along the way to enjoy some dog-friendly attractions, stay overnight and to arrive in Florida ready to enjoy the Florida sun and orange juice.

Two A.M. came bright and early, and we headed out on our dog-friendly vacation. Dexter is always a great traveler, so he’s never a worry. We stopped along the way for potty breaks and much-needed stretching. Our first overnight was in Valdosta, Georgia. We stayed at The Quality Inn South. After a much-needed meal and sleep, we were on the road again.

We arrived at our destination, Changing Tides Cottages at Madeira Beach. We were welcomed by the friendly maintenance man, Mark, and his yellow lab Eli. Changing Tides is more than a dog-friendly cottage rental company, they cater to dogs and their families. This is definitely a retreat that Dexter and I can get behind.

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Mark and Eli walked us to our 2 bedroom cottage. I was in awe of the well-kept grounds and the amazing view of the harbor. The entire grounds were fenced in, and dogs were encouraged to be off-leash. All the cottages were shaded by impressive tropical trees and plants, and had a cute enclosed patio decorated with lights. Our quaint cottage came with a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bedding, linens, and flat screen TVs. Changing Tides also provides an onsite laundry, gas grills, complimentary kayaks, and even deep-water boat slips. If you are planning a relaxing, dog-friendly vacation, you should check out Changing Tides.

Our family of 3 stayed in the Southwest Cottage. This 2-bedroom dog-friendly cottage had a queen in one bedroom and twins in the second, with plenty of dresser and closet space and room to spare. The kitchen overlooked the living space, making it very welcoming. The cool tile floor made this Florida cottage very dog-friendly, and Dexter really enjoyed lying on the tile. The most enjoyable part of the dog-friendly cottage was the patio that overlooked the harbor. We spent every morning and evening on the patio sipping coffee and enjoying the wildlife. Dexter particularly loved the lizard hunting, although he never did catch one.

During our week’s stay, we enjoyed sitting and fishing on the community dock and chatting with our neighbors. Kathy, our host, is such an amazing woman. You can tell she takes great pride in running her cottages. She even made a point to let us all know that there was a live, wild manatee show right off the dock. The fish frequently jumped around the harbor, but never on our fishing poles. Haha! Luckily, my step-dad Ed took a charter boat to catch some Gray Snapper.

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Fishing on the dock

We tend to take dog-friendly day trips while vacationing, and our location was perfect for this. John’s Pass Village’s restaurants, shops, sailing and boat rentals, charter fishing and jet skis were only two blocks away, an easy walk for our family. Changing Tides is 20 minutes from St. Petersburg or Clearwater, 30 minutes from Tampa and 90 minutes from Orlando. After our day trip, we would retreat back to the beautiful property and enjoy the evening on our patio or dock.

Kathy has gone all out to ensure guests have the best stay at her property. The grounds were always maintained, and if we ever needed anything she was always accessible, as was the handyman. This is a perfect location for couples, families, and most importantly, dogs! I highly recommend Changing Tides if you are looking for a relaxing, dog-friendly cottage in Madeira Beach, Florida. If you stay, please say give Eli a scratch, and Kathy’s dog Ace a pat.

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Madeira Beach, Florida Links On This Trip:  Changing Tides, Sweet Sage Cafe and  Nina’s on The Beach Cafe

 

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Whether you are traveling with your dog for vacation or just a weekend getaway, safety is always important. This is particularly true if you are traveling alone. You can read my post Solo Driving With A Dog-Safety Tips for more ideas on how to stay safe. But today, I’m going to talk about keeping yourself and your dog safe during your dog-friendly hotel stay. Here are 11 hotel safety tips to get you started on a safe and fun vacation with your dog.

  1. Research Dog-Friendly Hotels: Before you even get to #2 on the list, do your research. Check out the location of the hotel, their reviews, and even a crime check of the area. Finding a hotel that is dog-friendly can also mean the hotel is less than secure. You can visit Google maps and get a pretty good idea of the area by viewing up and down the road with the Street View option.
  2. Book Your Reservation: Booking your dog-friendly accommodations ahead of time can save you a lot of grief and time checking in. You also don’t want to think you have an ideal hotel only to find out they are booked full, and you end up driving all over a new town trying to find a dog-friendly hotel. Request a room not on the ground floor (See #4).
  3. Park Close When Checking In: Park as close to the check-in, ideally under the covered port if it’s open. Unfortunately, some criminals target vacationers and nothing says vacationer like someone checking into a hotel.
  4. Checking In: When you check in, ask the front clerk not to announce your room number, to write it down and make sure your room is not on the ground floor. Being on the ground floor is easier for criminals to break into and could have unsavory people loitering around. However, being higher than floor 6 is too high for firetruck ladders. Your dog is also a consideration during this part. Assuming the weather is reasonable and I am able to park close, I leave Dexter inside his locked dog crate inside the locked car while checking in.
  5. Visual Inspection: Before moving your gear into your hotel room, check your room (without your dog). Check to ensure it is clean and up to your standards. This is also the time to make sure that nothing is left for your dog to eat like pills, candy, food wrappers, or who knows what. Check under the bed, in the corners – do a thorough visual sweep. Look at the windows and door to make sure they are secure and locked, including any adjoining rooms. Look at the evacuation card on the door, so that you know where the stairs are in case of an emergency. Check the telephone to make sure it works properly.
  6. Moving In: Once again, park as close to the elevator as you can, to make moving into your hotel room as quick and easy as possible. If the hotel provides luggage carts, this will make your move easier and hopefully with fewer trips. This is another time I keep Dexter in the car, I don’t want to have to worry about him getting in the way, trying to manage the cart, my luggage, and Dexter going up and down the elevator. Try to take the elevator alone. If not, avoid pushing your floor number until the other guests have pushed theirs. Be aware of yourself and the others in the elevator. Stay close to the elevator buttons with your back against the wall. By staying close to the elevator buttons, you will be able to hit the emergency button if needed.
  7. Bringing In Your Dog: Before you walk your dog up to your hotel room, take him for a good potty break, preferably in a well-lit location. Look for a location that is very visible to the front desk area, with people coming and going. This is not a time to be unseen. As always, pick up after your dog and do not allow him to water the ornamental flowers or outdoor furniture.
  8. During Your Stay: While you are in your hotel, keep the door locked, dead-bolted, and chained with the Do Not Disturb sign up. If your hotel does not have a deadbolt, consider bringing a portable door lock. You can also increase your safety by bringing a portable hotel room motion detector or portable door alarm. Close your curtains so people cannot view inside your room. Keep your room key and your car keys next to your nightstand for easy access. Never open the door to anyone you were not expecting. If they claim to be the hotel staff, security or a police officer, call the front desk to verify.
  9. Potty Breaks: Just like in #7, make sure to stay in an area that is visible and well-lit when you are walking your dog. Try to get your dog to do his last call before it gets too late at night and dark.
  10. Leaving Your Room: If you intend to leave your room while you stay, make sure any valuables are stored safely in the hotel safe, a portable safe or not left behind. Turn on the television, lights and place the Do Not Disturb sign on your door prior to leaving.
  11. Room Cleaning: I personally do not have the hotel staff clean my room during my stay. I will, however, get fresh towels every morning from the front desk.

I’ve talked with people who are afraid to travel because they have heard so many traveling nightmares. Please don’t let these stories stop you from taking a vacation with your dog. Bad things can happen anywhere at any time. Just be smart and safe and have a great time!

 

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Traveling with Dogs | Travel Safety When On The Road With Your Dog. When you and your dog are hitting the road for your dog-friendly vacation, the actual road trip can be the best part! Sometimes people are so focused on the destination, they forget to stop and smell the flowers, a part that a traveling dog really should be doing frequently. Here are my top 5 tips to make your journey to your vacation with your dog a fun one.

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Dog-Friendly Vacations

How To Travel with Pets

5 tips to make your dog-friendly vacation a fun and safe trip. Dog-friendly vacations and traveling with dogs can be great if you follow a few travel safety tips. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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When you and your dog are hitting the road for your dog-friendly vacation, the actual road trip can be the best part! Sometimes people are so focused on the destination, they forget to stop and smell the flowers, a part that a traveling dog really should be doing frequently.

Here are my top 5 tips to make your journey to your vacation with your dog a fun one.

  1. Research the Route: Before you hit the road with your dog, hit the internet. Map out your journey and start to look for dog-friendly establishments, tourist spots, and parks. You can plan pit stops and potty breaks at the best spots. If you are traveling alone, this is extra important, because you need to stretch your legs.
  2. Call or Email: After your dog-friendly internet search, make sure you follow through with an email or phone call to double check that an establishment is dog-friendly and if there are specific rules for dogs. Some dog-friendly activities are specific to certain days or seasons, and it’s always possible that ownership or management has changed policies from what’s online. It’s a good idea to confirm your plans ahead of time.
  3. Potty Breaks: Stop often to stretch your legs and to get your dog out walking and sniffing. Depending on how often your dog travels, he may be a little stressed, so don’t rush him to do his business. On leash, let him sniff around and investigate. If he’s enjoying the trip, and I sure hope he does, take a little stroll around the rest area. Of course, don’t forget to pick up after he does his business!
  4. Half-Way Point: During some vacation road trips, the drive will be over 5 hours, which may indicate an overnight stay or two. These overnight retreats can be just as fun as the end destination. A little research can lead to a really fun day. When Dexter The Dog and I travel, we tend to leave at 3 am or 4 am to ensure our day trip will have plenty of time to enjoy the dog-friendly town of choice.
  5. Take Photos: That’s a given, right? Taking our dogs on dog-friendly vacations is so much fun and having great photos helps us relive the trip. Don’t be shy – snap a selfie or two!


Do you have any pet travel tips to share? Tell me in the comments.

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Finding a dog-friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge. Believe me, I know. I also understand why so many hotels have a no dog or no pet policy. What!? Why would a dog-crazy mom say that? Because some dog guardians are just plain rude and inconsiderate. When dog owners travel with their dogs, they have an obligation to be a very polite and unobtrusive guest. This goes for Fido too.

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Traveling with Dogs in Pet-Friendly Hotels

Dog-Friendly Hotels ~Dog Etiquette and Guidelines

Traveling with dogs can be a blast. Finding a pet-friendly hotel is usually at the top of the list. Here are my top tips for dog hotel etiquette. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Finding a dog-friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge. Believe me, I know. I also understand why so many hotels have a no dog or no pet policy. What!? Why would a dog-crazy mom say that? Because some dog guardians are just plain rude and inconsiderate. When dog owners travel with their dogs, they have an obligation to be a very polite and unobtrusive guest. This goes for Fido too.

Here are my top tips for good doggy hotel etiquette.

  1. Clean Dog: Before you pack your dog on his dog vacation, make sure he is clean and well-groomed. Dogs do not have to have a doggy smell; if he does, he is overdue for a dog bath. A clean and brushed dog not only will leave less fur behind, but he will also look nice and attractive to other hotel patrons. Learn how to give your dog a bath.
  2. Flea-Free: We’ve heard about hotel bed bugs, what about dog fleas? Yuck. But, as you probably already know, I’m an advocate for safe and natural flea treatments and solutions. You, too, can have a healthy, flea-free dog by following these steps.
  3. Polite Leash Manners: It’s wonderful when you find a dog-friendly hotel, but that certainly doesn’t mean everyone wants to say hello to your dog. Don’t take offense; not everyone is a dog person, or feels comfortable with strange dogs. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when in a public location, and do not allow your dog to sniff a person or another dog without asking permission first. Keep your dog at least 5′ away from other people and dogs. Need help to teach your dog leash manners? Read more here.
  4. Pick Up After Your Dog: Got poop? If so, pick up. This means you are responsible for having at least 3 poop bags on you at all times. You never know if your dog is going to get a little stressed walking down the hall, so better safe than sorry. When you leave your house with your dog, poop bags should always be in your pocket.
  5. Dog Blanket: If your dog will be on the hotel bed, you should cover the bed with your own blanket. This will help keep the hotel room hair-free after your departure.
  6. Dog Towels: Cleanliness is key if you want to be a good dog guest. If you travel with a variety of absorbent dog towels, you will be saving the hotel cleaning crew work.
  7. No Barking: People take vacations to get away from it all, and relax and have a good time. It is not enjoyable if hotel guests have to listen to your dog barking all day and night. Learn how to teach your dog not to bark.
  8. Clean Your Room: I know, you’re not ten, but leaving your hotel room neat and tidy is going to make a nice impression. Dog people really can be enjoyable hotel guests!

Have you ever experienced a less than welcoming hotel experience because of your dog? Tell me in the comments.

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Dog-Friendly Michigan Vacations

Dog-Friendly Vacations: Frankenmuth, MI Dog Bowl 2014

Dog-Friendly Vacations in The Midwest

Dog-Friendly Frankenmuth, Michigan Dog Bowl 2014

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Dog-Friendly Vacations: Frankenmuth, MI

Once again the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl was a huge success. If you recall, I have been participating in the Dog Bowl now since 2010. The reason is pretty simple: it’s loads of fun! This year, Grandma, Mom, and I met up with some of our Cavalier friends. Miss Penny and I go way back….we actually met at the Dog Bowl in 2013! You might also recall our big dog-friendly Chicago trip we took. Talk about a lot of fun.

This year’s dog bowl was of course in Frankenmuth Michigan, which is pretty dog-friendly year around.
We particularly like the Frankenmuth River Place Shops where the Dog Bowl was held. A lot of the shops have a paw print on their door, which means friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome! That’s me!!!

Dog-Friendly Michigan Vacations
Dog-Friendly Michigan Vacations

One of the things I like to do every year at the Dog Bowl is wade in the water areas. They have these wonderful watering spots all through the shopping area. For some reason, I start a trend when I go in and other dogs follow. I’m not sure why – maybe they are shy at first.

Dog-Friendly Frankenmuth, Michigan
Dog-Friendly Frankenmuth, Michigan

A dog adventure isn’t complete without a boat ride! At least that’s what I think. Each year we ride the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. It is a wonderful experience for the entire family, including us dogs. It’s a family run riverboat, and they are so kind, generous and have a great tour. I’m not sure if they are dog-friendly all the time, or just during the Dog Bowl. You should contact them to make sure before planning your trip.

So that about wraps up that dog-friendly adventure in Michigan. Just counting the days until the 2015 Frankenmuth Dog Bowl!!


Have you visited Frankenmuth, Michigan with your dog? Tell me in the comments.

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