4 Tips For Better Short And Long Distance Travelling With Dogs


Written by:  Amber Kingsley

Most dogs love nothing more than riding alongside with their masters on a good old-fashioned road trip. While the days of allowing them to stick their head out of the window are, for lack of better terms, pretty much out the window due to safety concerns. The best place for an animal travelling inside our vehicle is riding inside a crate or secured into another device that keeps them safe in the event of an accident, traversing sharp turns or coming to an abrupt stop.

Whether we’re going someplace local, like a trip to the veterinarian’s office, or on a cross country adventure, there are some things to know before taking off. Speaking of going to the vet, here’s the first of our terrific tips on making this journey more pleasant for them.

#1 – Better Vet Visits
Just as much as dogs enjoy riding in our automobiles, some are not particularly happy when this trip ends at the veterinarian’s office. But there is a way to lessen the blow about these regular visits. If your dog is a regular co-pilot on some of your local excursions, think about taking them to this office that doesn’t require them getting a shot or some other negative experience.

In other words, you could just swing by the vet’s office when you don’t have an appointment after a long walk through the parking lot or neighboring streets. Take them into the lobby on leash and give them a treat at the end of this process. This way they won’t always associate going to the doggie doctor with something unpleasant.

#2 – Pit Stop Perils
On the other hand, long distance travels can come with some unexpected surprises that many masters often overlook. One thing we do know for sure, we should plot our course with our pet in mind that includes puttings pit stops in place at rest areas, parks or other places we can take our dog out to stretch their legs and “do their business.”

Speaking of these potty breaks, while we’re responsible pet owners who clean up their animal’s waste, we can’t guarantee other people are doing the same. Domesticated pets and wildlife feces can transmit a number of different diseases so we need to be on the lookout for these droppings and keep our pets away.

#3 – Before A Bigger Journey
If your pet has not experienced a long journey, perhaps they’ve only gone on short drives and errands, you might want to work them up to greater distances over time. Try working them into your schedule when you take longer journeys before taking off on a really lengthy adventure.

If you’ll be crossing state lines or other types of boundaries, be sure to have all of your pet’s paperwork on hand. While this isn’t usually an issue, you never know when you might need this type of information when travelling. Don’t forget their microchip documentation in the unlikely event you become separated from your best friend.

#4 – Your Pet’s Travel-Ready Kit
You should always have food, a few treats and fresh water available for them inside your vehicle even if you’re only planning a short trip. You never know for sure if you’ll run into a lengthy traffic jam, have car trouble or another type of an unexpected delay.

Speaking of the unexpected, part of your pet’s travel package should also include an animal-friendly first aid kit with some of these items:


  • Hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Gauze, scissors, tape and disposable gloves
  • Towels and grooming wipes in case of an “accident”
  • A flashlight, again in case of the unexpected

Don’t forget your pet’s favorite blanket and toys. These familiar items will make both short and longer journeys more pleasant for them especially on those treks of many miles. Just the the popular motto of the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” for everything the open road could possibly throw your way and have fun out there!







What You Need To Know About Traveling With Pets During Winter

3 Unusual Tips For Driving Long Distances With Pets in the Winter

Written by:  Amber Kingsley

Recently we posted some important information about travelling with your pet through the busy terminal at JFK international airport, but if you’ll be taking your four-legged friend with you via an automobile this winter, there’s some more tips you should know before taking on this venture. While we’re all aware of the dangers of an animal trapped in a hot car during the summer months, old man winter can carry some unique dangers of his own.

First off, whether it’s January or July, you should never leave a pet unattended in an automobile, no matter how briefly you’ll be gone. Forget about the elements for just a moment, there’s also a possibility of your animal being stolen, even if you lock your vehicle.

 Since this information is a little on the obvious side, let’s take a look at a few lesser known perils and tips when it comes to travelling with your pets during this much cooler time of the year:

#1 – Serious Pit Stop Pitfall
We all need to make some stops while we’re travelling whether we’re relieving ourselves or replenishing ourselves with food or drink. When it comes to water, make sure your animal never drinks from puddles, gutters or other places where there is standing water, especially at rest stops, parking lots and other areas frequented by other automobiles.

There is a chance, albeit remote, that your pet could consume antifreeze (or another toxic liquid) that may have leaked from other vehicles. For example, if a dog (or cat) ingests just a couple of tablespoons of antifreeze, they could die in just a few short hours. The only sure fire way of protecting them from this poison is to make sure they never consume it in the first place.

#2 – Circulation Concerns
If you’re keeping your pet confined to a crate when travelling, although this is perhaps one of the safest places for them in a vehicle, if you think you’re doing them a favor keeping the windows closed and heater running for their comfort, think again.

According to a recent report, air circulation inside your car is important to all your passengers, especially for a dog or cat travelling in a crate. The same is true for packing items around or near their carrier that could obstruct their breathing and make them very uncomfortable. Pack accordingly to ensure your pet has plenty of circulation to keep them safe.

 As you probably already know, on our home page, you can search for pet-friendly places for you and your furbaby to stay while you’re out on the road, but you can also find some other options for animal friendly locales while you’re travelling. Think of mapping out your travel plans that will take you through (or more precisely to) certain destinations during your journey that will benefit your pets as well.

 For instance, you can also search for places to stop that are animal-orientated or allow pets on their premises. There are many eateries with outdoor venues like patios that will let you bring Fido or Fluffy on their property. Granted you’ll have to keep your dog (or cat) on a leash, but they’ll still be with you and not left alone and unprotected in your car.

 We all make some special exceptions, go out of our way a little and alter our plans to accommodate family members and friends while we’re driving. Since our pets are also a part of our family, the same considerations should apply to them as well.

 Happy holidays and safe travels!

The ARK at JFK – Pet Holiday Travel Tips

The ARK at JFK Pet Oasis

With the upcoming holiday travel season, The ARK at JFK, the world’s first privately-owned animal reception terminal and quarantine which recently opened in New York City, shares their “Top 10 Pet Travel Tips

Elizabeth A. Schuette, Managing Director of The ARK, gives her expert travel tips from micro-chipping your pet in advance, researching the individual country (or state) for importing your pet using the USDA-APHIS Pet Travel tool, making sure your individual carrier accepts your cat or dog’s breed, using a pheromone collar if your pet is traveling in a crate, among many others. Elizabeth’s full Top 10 list is included below.

The ARK at JFK Pet Oasis

The ARK at JFK is located at New York’s JFK on 14.4 acres and is opening up in three phases in 2017. As part of Phase 1, The ARK Pet Oasis and Equine Export Center opened January 2, 2017 and have welcomed horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, mice, goats, pot-bellied pig and many other animals. Phase 2 includes the The ARK Aviary and Equine Import Quarantine, which opened in September 2017. Phase 3 services will include a long-term pet boarding facility in 2018. Approved by the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), The ARK was constructed by ARK Development, LLC and is a $65 million state-of-the-art facility.

In addition, The ARK is partnered with the SPCA’s Operation Baghdad Pups Worldwide program. For members of the U.S. military stationed on bases all over the world who befriend local animals during deployments (and become their companions), Operation Baghdad Pups rescues and reunites these patriot pets with our service members in the U.S. To date, they have rescued over 650 animals from multiple countries in the Middle East, Central Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Equine Export Horse Weigh




  1. Do Your Homework on Individual Country/State Requirements – Research the country and/or state requirements for importing your pet by using the USDA-APHIS Pet Travel tool. A number of countries require advance notice and preparation, so be sure to plan ahead.


  1. Do Your Homework on Your Specific Airline Carrier – Make sure your carrier accepts your cat or dog’s breed, since there are various breed restrictions according to individual airlines. Not all planes are equipped to handle live animal cargo and not all flights accept in-cabin animals. Pay attention to time of day and heat/weather restrictions as well, since they vary based on individual carriers.


  1. Register & Microchip Your Pet in Advance – Before your trip, be sure to register and microchip your pet in advance, with all important information on a tag attached to collar.


  1. Bring a Copy of Veterinary Papers – Bring an extra copy of your pet’s veterinary documents


  1. Bring Extras – Bring an extra collar and leash along and also keep a current photo of your pet in case s/he gets lost.


  1. Pack the Essentials – Pack a first aid kit for your pet, all of his or her medication needed for trip duration, and a day’s worth of food in case of flight cancellations or delays.


  1. Direct Flights – Use direct flights if possible and travel during non-peak flights.


  1. Stay Calm & Carry On – Always keep calm around your pet so they do not sense your stress or anxiety.


  1. Flying via Travel Crate – If your pet is flying as live cargo in a travel crate, use a pheromone collar or spray inside the crate to help to de-stress and calm. Also acclimate your pet with the travel crate so that s/he feels safe and comfortable inside it and place a photo of your pet along with emergency contact information on the crate. Also always ensure that the travel crate is International Air Transport Association (IATA) compliant and in good condition.


  1. Luggage vs. Your Pet Companion – If planning a move and flying out of JFK airport, consider arranging for your pet to fly a day later than you so you are not juggling your luggage and your companion. Your pet can stay at where s/he will get food, water, outdoor relief, spacious kennel, and lots of love. We will provide transportation to the airline and ensure the travel crate is properly marked, labeled and ready to be checked-in.

    The ARK at JFK Pet Oasis


Dog Swim Days 2017 – Swimming Pools Go to the Dogs


During the dog days of summer dog swim days are held at public swimming pools and water parks across the country, usually as the pools are closing for the summer and before they’re drained. Dog Swim Days are the one time of the year when dogs are welcomed to dog paddle, fetch and play in the pool.

Green Valley
Paws in the Pool
August 18, 2017
Desert Hills Center Pool

Mountain Home, AR
Dog Pool Party
August 13, 2017
Mountain Home Swimming Pool

Cameron Park, CA
Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake
August 12, 2017
Cameron Park Lake Lagoon

Porterville, CA
Paws in the Pool
September 16, 2017
City Pool

Templeton, CA
Dog Splash Days
September 9-10, 2017
Templeton Community Pool

Arvada, CO
Dog Swim Day
August 19, 2017 at two outdoor swimming pools – Lake Arbor and Seacrest

Aspen, CO
Doggie Day at the ARC
September 9, 2017
Aspen Recreation Center

Boulder, CO
Dog Dayz
September 11, 2017 through September 23, 2017
Scott Carpenter Park Pool

Broomfield, CO
Dog Daze at the Bay
September 9, 2017
Broomfield Bay Aquatic Center

Denver, CO
Dog Daze at F-15 Pool
September 9, 2017
F-15 Pool

Denver, CO
August 13, 2017
Cook Park Pool

Englewood, CO
10th Annual Doggie Plunge
September 9, 2017
Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center

Fort Morgan, CO
Doggy Day
August 13, 2017
Riverside Park Swimming Pool

Grand Junction, CO
Dog Days at Lincoln Park Pool
September 10, 2017
Lincoln Park Pool

Greeley, CO
Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day
August 26, 2017
Discovery Bay Waterpark

Lakewood, CO
Bark-N-Splash Bash
August 12 and 13, 2017 at Morse Park Pool 
August 27, 2017 at Carmody Outdoor Pool

Longmont, CO
Dog Swims at Roosevelt Pool
August 15, 2017
Roosevelt Activity Pool

Parker, CO
Barker Days
September 9, 2017
H2O’Brien Pool

Thornton, CO
Paws for a Dip
August 19, 2017
City Pool

Rocky Hill, CT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 22, 2017
Elm Ridge Outdoor Pool

Wethersfield, CT
Annual Dog Swim
August 19, 2017
Mill Woods Swim Pond

Coral Gables, FL
Paws in the Pool
October 1, 2017
Venetian Pool

Deerfield Beach, FL
October 7 and 8, 2017
Quiet Waters Park

Hollywood, FL
K9 Water Festival
October 14 and 15; October 21 and 22, 2017
Castaway Island Water Park

Royal Palm Beach, FL
Waggin’ at the Waterpark
October 14, 2017
Calypso Bay Waterpark

St. Petersburg FL
Dog Swim Day
August 12, 2017
Fossil Park Pool

Tampa, FL
Annual Doggie Paddle
November 11, 2017
Copeland Pool

Holly Springs, GA
Paws in the Pool 2017
October1, 2017
Cherokee County Aquatic Center

Pine Mountain, GA
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
September 19, 2017
F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Lava Hot Springs, ID
7th Annual DogAPoolooza – Open Swim for Dogs
September 9, 2017
Olympic Swimming Complex

Nampa, ID
10th Annual Pooch Party Stoll & Splash
August 26, 2017
Lakeview Park

Mascoutah, IL
Pool “Paw”ty
September 4, 2017
Mascoutah Swimming Pool

Franklin, IN
Doggie Pool Day and Pet Fair
September 5, 2017
Franklin Family Aquatic Center

Kokomo, IN
Pooches in the Pool
August 20, 2017
Kokomo Beach

Lafayette, IN
Pooch Plunge
August 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Castaway Bay

Ankeny, IA
Pooch Paddle Dog Swim
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

Cedar Rapids, IA
K9 Splash
August 12-13, 2017
Bever Pool

Des Moines, IA
Doggie Dive
August 20, 2017 and September 4, 2017
Aquatic Center and Pool

Dubuque, IA
Doggie Dip
August 12, 2017 at Sutton Pool
August 26, 2017 at Flora Pool

Marshalltown, IA
9th Annual Dog Days of Summer Doggie Dip
August 28 and August 29, 2017
Marshalltown Aquatic Center

Norwalk, IA
Dog Swim
August 23, 2017
Norwalk Aquatic Center

Hays, KS
Dog Swim
August 19, 2017
Hays Aquatic Park

Leawood, KS
13th Annual Doggie Dunk
September 5, 2017
Leawood Aquatic Center

Lawrence, KS
Pooch Plunge
September 5, 2017
Outdoor Aquatic Center

Lenexa, KS
Tails on the Trails Dog Swim
August 12, 2017
Ad Astra Pool

Merriam, KS
Pooch Paddle
September 5, 2017
Merriam Aquatic Center

Mission, KS
Pool Party for Pooches
September 5, 2017
Mission Family Aquatic Center

Pittsburgh, KS
11th Annual Dog Swim
August 21, 2017
Pittsburgh Aquatic Center

Wichita, KS
Dogs Days of Summer
August 21, 2017
College Hill Pool

Lexington, KY
Doggie Paddle
September 9, 2017
Woodland Aquatic Center

Louisville, KY
Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Calypso Cove Water Park

Brownstown Charter Township, MI
Dog Day at the Pool
September 10, 2017
Lake Erie Metropark

Madison Heights, MI
Red Oaks Waterpark Dog Swim
September 10, 2017
Red Oaks Waterpark

Midland, MI
Pooches at the Pool
September 9, 2017
Plymouth Pool

Oak Park, MI
Dog Day at the Oak Park Pool
August 27, 2017
Oak Park Pool

Troy, MI
Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Troy Family Aquatic Center

Waterford, MI
Waterford Oaks Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Waterford Oaks County Park

West Bloomfield, MI
Pooch Plunge West Bloomfield
August 26, 2017
West Bloomfield Aquatic Center

Ypsilanti, MI
Annual Dog Swim
September 9 and September 10, 2017
Rolling Hills Water Park

Chevy Chase, MD
Dog Swim
September 17, 2017
Somerset Pool

Ocean Pines, MD
Doggie Swim
September 9, 2017
Mumford’s Landing Pool

Rockville, MD
Doggie Dip Day
September 9, 2017
Rockville Swim and Fitness Center

Northfield, MN
Dog Swim
September 1 and September 2, 2017
Old Memorial Pool

Starkville, MS
7th Annual OCHS Dog Paddle
August 12, 2017
Moncrief Park Pool

Columbia, MO
Pooch Plunge
Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

Ellisville, MO
Pooch Plunges
September 7 and September 9, 2017
EDGE Aquatic Center

Hazelwood, MO
Dog’s Day at the Pool
September 5, 2017
White Birch Bay Aquatic Center at White Birch Bay

Kansas City, MO
Dippin’ Dogs Swim Party
September 9, 2017
Springs Aquatic Center

Kirkwood, MO
Dog Pool Parties
September 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all dogs)
September 7, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. for dogs 25 pounds and smaller; 6:00-7:30 p.m. for all dogs.
The Kirkwood Aquatic Center

O’Fallon, MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

St. Charles MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
August 14 and August 17, 2017
McNair Aquatic Center

Lincoln, NE
Dog Splash 2017
Star City Shores

Omaha, NE
Doggie Dip 2017
August 6, 2017 at Lee Valley Pool
August 13, 2017 at Gallagher Pool

Papillion, NE
Dog Day at the Bay
September 10, 2017
Papio Bay Aquatic Center

Lebanon, NH
Paws in the Pool
August 20, 2017
Lebanon Veterans Memorial Pool

Maplewood, NJ
Dog Days of Summer
September 9, 2017
Maplewood Community Pool

Wildwood, NJ
Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”
September 10, 2017
Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers

Greenville, NC
Doggie Pool Party
August 13, 2017
Greenville Community Pool

Bismarck, ND
Pool Pooch Party
August 13, 2017
Wachter Aquatic Complex

Avon Lake, OH
12th Annual Big Splash Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Avon Lake Municipal Pool

Bellefontaine, OH
Dog Day at the Pool
August 13, 2017
Hoffman Municipal Pool

Bexley, OH
Paws in the Pool
September 5, 2017
Bexley Pool

Brook Park, OH
Brook Park Annual Dog Swim 2017
August 19, 2017
Alice M. Hassing Waterpark

Hinckley Township, OH
Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza
August 27, 2017
Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool

Independence, OH
Dog Swim & Fun Day
September 2017
Independence Outdoor Pool

Lakewood, OH
2017 Lakewood Dog Swim
September 5, 2017
Foster Pool at Lakewood Park

Mason, OH
Dog Day
September 10, 2017
The Beach Waterpark

Shaker Heights, OH
Doggie Dip
September 9, 2017
Thornton Park Pool

Willowwick, OH
Dog Dayz Swim at Manry Pool
August 16, 2017
Manry Pool

Bartlesville, OK
Dog Days of Summer Pool Party
August 13, 2017
Frontier Pool

Broken Arrow, OK
Pooch Plunge
August 19, 2017
Family Aquatic Facility

Stillwater, OK
Pooches in the Pool
August 13, 2017
City of Stillwater Municipal Pool

Pendleton, OR
Doggie Dip Day
September 6, 2017
The Aquatic Center

Allentown, PA
Doggie Dips
August 19, 2017 at Mack Pool
September 2, 2017 at Jordan Pool

Boyertown, PA
Boyertown Yip and Dip Dog Swim
September 10, 2017
The Boyertown Community Pool

Elysburg, PA
Doggie Dive
September 10, 2017
Knoebels Amusement Resort

Pittsburgh, PA
Pooches in the Pool
September 4, 2017
Boyce Park

State College, PA
September 10, 2017
Park Forest Community Pool

Greenville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Otter Creek
September 23, 2017
Otter Creek Waterpark

Mt. Pleasant, SC
Dog Day Afternoon
September 9, 2017
Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County Park

North Charleston, SC
Dog Day Afternoon
September 10, 2017
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park

Huron, SD
Four Paws Pool Party
August 20, 2017
Splash Central

Sioux Falls, SD
Check website for date
Laurel Oak and Terrace Park Family Aquatic Centers

Spearfish, SD
Dog Days of Summer
September 5, 2017
Spearfish Rec & Aquatic Center

Hendersonville, TN
2017 Canine Summer Splash
September 9, 2017
Sumner County YMCA (Outdoor Pool)

Bedford, TX
Dog Splash/2K-9
September 9, 2017
Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center

Cedar Hill, TX
Paws in the Pool-ooza
August 12, 2017
Crawford Park Pool

New Braunfels, TX
Doggie Dip Day
September 10, 2017
Landa Park Aquatic Complex

North Richland Hills, TX
Doggie Beach Bash
September 23, 2017
NRH2O Family Water Park

Garland, TX
12th Annual Dog-a-Poolooza
August 19, 2017
Holford Community Pool

Garland, TX
Wags and Waves
September 9, 2017
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark

Grapevine, TX
Doggie Dive-In
September 9, 2017
Pleasant Glade Pool

Lubbock, TX
K-9 Splashfest
August 13, 2017
Montelongo Pool

Mesquite, TX
Doggie Splash Day
August 13, 2016
Vanston Pool

New Braunfels, TX
Doggie Dip Day

September 10, 2017
Landa Park Aquatic Complex


Odessa, TX

Pet Splash 2017

August 6, 2017
Sherwood Aquatic Center

Ricardson, TX
Dog Splash Day
August 19, 2017
Terrace Pool

 Rowlett, TX
Pooch Plunge

August 13, 2017
Wet Zone


Provo, UT
3rd Annual Puppy Paddle Pool Party
September 2, 2017
Provo Recreation Center

Salt Lake City, UT
Doggie Day
September 9, 2017
Liberty Park Pool

Sandy, UT
Dippin’ Dogs
September 9 and September 16, 2017
Alta Canyon Sports Center


Montpelier, VT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 23, 2017
Montpelier Swimming Pool

Rutland, VT
Dog Days of Summer Pool Party
September 27, 2017
Northwood Park Pool

Abingdon, VA
Coomes Center Doggie Swim Day
September 16, 2017
The Coomes Center

Alexandria, VA
Annual Doggie Swim Day
September 15, 2017 for dogs 50 lbs and under – Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center
September 16, 2017 for dogs over 50 lbs – Old Town Pool

Fredericksburg, VA
“Doggone” Pool Party
September 9, 2017
Loriella Park Pool

Harrisonburg, VA
Dog Days Dog Swim
August 27, 2017
Westover Pool

Lovettsville, VA
Lovettsville Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Lovettsville Community Pool

Norfolk, VA
Dogs Gone Swimming 2017
September 16, 2017
Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

South Riding, VA
Dog Swim
September 9, 2017
Town Hall Pool

Virginia Beach, VA
Wags ‘N Waves
September 17, 2017
Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Williamsburg, VA
Drool in the Pool
September 9, 2017
Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Spokane, WA
Doggie Dips
August 27, 2017 at Comstock Pool
August 28, 2017 at Shadle Pool
August 29, 2017 at Hillyard Pool
August 30, 2017 at Cannon Pool
August 31, 2017 at Liberty Pool

Tacoma, WA
Pooch Pool Party
September 9, 2017
Stewart Heights Pool

Yakima, WA
Paws in the Pool
August 27, 2017
Franklin Pool

Morgantown, WV
Dog Day in the Pool 2017
August 20, 2017
Marilla Pool

Appleton, WI
Doggie Day at the Pool
August 26, 2017
Mead Pool

Eau Claire, WI
Doggie Swim Fest
September 4, 2017
Fairfax Pool

Madison, WI
Dog Paddle 2017
September 10, 2017
Goodman Pool

Menomonie, WI
Dog Swim at Wakanda Water Park
September 2, 2017
Wakanda Water Park

Milwaukee, WI
12th Annual Labor Day Doggy Dip
September 4, 2017
Cool Waters in Greenfield Park

Onalaska, WI
Diggity Dog Dip
September 2, 2017
Onalaska Aquatic Center at Van Riper Park

Reedsburg, WI
Pooches’ Plunge
September 9, 2017
Reedsburg Municipal Pool

Sparta, WI
Dog Days
August 27, 2017
Sparta Family Aquatic Center

Wausau, WI
Dog Gone Pool Parties
August 13, 2017
Marathon Splash Pad

Gillette, WY
FKF Pooch Plunge
August 26, 2017
Gillette City Pool

Laramie, WY
Dog Day in the Park
August 27, 2017
Washington Park

Sheridan, WY
Dog Swim Day
August 26, 2017
Kendrick Park Pool


















Woof Woof Develops an Airport Bathroom Preference in Philadelphia PA

Most bathrooms for dogs at airports are now nearly identical: fake grass and a fire hydrant. But I learned Woof Woof has a weird preference. He prefers the bathroom isn’t flushed after each use so he can smell that previous dogs have been there, but not so much that he sees another dog’s poop. That should be cleaned first.

Philadelphia International Airport, Animal Relief Area

Check out more information on Pet Relief Areas at U.S. Airports

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof


Woof Woof Stays at the La Quinta Broadway in Myrtle Beach SC

Woof Woof was in Myrtle Beach for his first professional conference in May: BlogPaws, a professional development event for pet writers. Before taking the big plunge into his career, he needed a day of rest away from the conference hotel. He chose the La Quinta Broadway.

There was nothing particular he noticed aout the room. He didn’t jump onto the bed or look towards the view. He really just sniffed around. But what he did notice was a lot of barking as he walked through the hallway. While he has stayed at many dog friendly hotels, this one seemed to have the most dogs. He was often petted and acknowledged. It was if it was truly his hotel.

Location wise, the Hollywood Wax Museum is across the street for humans, and Broadway on the Beach, an outdoor shopping area that welcomes pets, is a short walk away. The boardwalk, however, is just over a mile from the hotel. Myrtle Beach gets hot during the summer months. It’s a nice stroll in the very early morning or in the evening. Otherwise, it was a bit too hot for Woof Woof and resulted in a lot of panting and a request for me to carry him.

I’d stay there again with Woof Woof in cooler months or for one evening where we just want to rest away from the boardwalk.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Broadway Area, Myrtle Beach SC

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof



Take Your Dog Out to the Ballgame – Dog Friendly Baseball Games 2017

For these special events, a section of the stands is reserved for people and their dogs.

* Kansas City Royals – Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kansas City Royals vs. the Giants
The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2017! This year’s three events will be held on April 19, May 30 and August 30, 2017.

Kansas City Royals

  • Tampa Bay Rays – Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Houston Astros
    The Tampa Bay Rays invite you and your puppy pal to Dog Day at the Rays at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Houston Astros!


  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Chicago Cubs
    Pup Nights are back, and you can reserve your seats now to enjoy the excitement of Bucs baseball with your pet at PNC Park. Miller Lite Rooftop seating is reserved for dog owners and their pets, with fun activities planned for both dogs and owners.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the New York Mets
    Back by “Pup”ular demand! Purchase a discounted ticket for you, your family, and your favorite family pet. Proceeds from your pup’s ticket will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.


  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates
    Our popular dog lover games are back! Reserve your seats today for Bark in the Park presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish and Kroger to enjoy the excitement of Reds baseball alongside your pet at Great American Ball Park. This year’s four events will be held on May 3, June 7, August 29 and September 21, 2017.


  • Chicago White Sox – Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Chicago White Sox vs. the Minnesota Twins
    This year’s two events will be held on May 9 and September 6, 2017.


  • Texas Rangers – Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Texas Rangers vs. the Oakland Athletics
    Bring your dog to Globe Life Park on Saturday, May 13th! Dress your dog in their best Rangers gear and participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track. Don’t miss out on this unique event to watch the Rangers take on the A’s with your favorite furry friend!

Texas Rangers

  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Washington Nationals


  • Seattle Mariners – Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Chicago White Sox
    Grab your dog and join us at Safeco Field for one of three (3) Bark at the Park Nights. Dog Pack includes a human ticket, dog ticket, Mariners dog tag and postgame walk around the bases for just $50. This year’s three events will be held on May 18, July 6 and September 5, 2017.


  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Miami Marlins
    On Saturday, May 20, the Dodgers will hold Pups at the Park at Dodger Stadium. Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park and help cheer on their home team as the Dodgers host the Miami Marlins at 7:10pm.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, May 20, 2017
    St. Louis Cardinals vs. the San Francisco Giants
    On Saturday, May 20th, the St. Louis Cardinals host the 13th Annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark. The purchase of a special ticket will grant you and your pooch the opportunity to enjoy the game in pet-friendly sections of the ballpark. You and your pooch are then invited onto the field to participate in a pre-game costume parade around the warning track.

St. Louis Cardinals


  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Miami Marlins – Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Miami Marlins


  • Milwaukee Brewers – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    Milwaukee Brewers vs. the San Francisco Giants
    The Brewers are letting the dogs out for Miller Park’s first-ever Bark at the Park event, presented by Nylabone and Pets Add Life. As part of this special event, your four-legged friends can accompany you to the game as you cheer on the Crew alongside your canine companions. All dogs^ will receive a collapsible Brewers dog dish*, plus the first 300 dogs signed up will have the opportunity to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track with their owner.


  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals



  • San Francisco Giants – Sunday, June 11, 2017
    San Francisco Giants vs. the Minnesota Twins

    Photo by Minnie & Max the Pugs

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Colorado Rockies



  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Tampa Bay Rays


  • San Diego Padres – Thursday, June 29, 2017
    San Diego Padres vs. the Atlanta Braves
    Put the PET in Petco Park! San Diego Padres fans, bring your dog to the game on June 29, 2017 for the Dog Days of Summer at Petco Park. Up to 500 dogs will be permitted and an advance application is required. You and Rover can watch the Padres face the Seattle Mariners from the Park at the Park.

San Diego Padres

  • Seattle Mariners – Thursday, July 6, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Oakland Athletics


  • Oakland Athletics – Friday, July 14, 2017
    Oakland Athletics vs. the Cleveland Indians
    To participate in Bark at the Park, presented by AvoDerm Natural and Nylabone, you must purchase a special event ticket.


  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Milwaukee Brewers


  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Detroit Tigers


  • Colorado Rockies – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Colorado Rockies vs. the Atlanta Braves
    The Colorado Rockies are proud to announce the annual Bark at the Park on Wednesday, August 16th, presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone. Dogs and owners alike can partake in the fun and festivities as the Rockies take on the Atlanta Braves. With each paid human ticket one dog is allowed in for free. Special event tickets, proof of vaccinations, and signed waivers are required for participation.

Colorado Rockies

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers


  • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the New York Mets


  • Kansas City Royals – Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Kansas City Royals vs. the Tampa Bay Rays


  • New York Mets – Monday, September 4, 2017
    New York Mets vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Chicago Cubs


  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Houston Astros

Seattle Mariners

  • Chicago White Sox – Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    Chicago White Sox vs. the Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox


  • Washington Nationals – Thursday, September 7, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies


  • Arizona Diamondbacks – Sunday, September 10, 2017
    Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the San Diego Padres
    Bark at the Park at Chase Field is presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone!
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – Dog Days of Summer
    Dog Days of Summer ticket packages are available starting at $160 and include a semi-private space with all the necessities for four people and one dog. Each table comes with access to All-You-Can-Eat hot dogs, soda, water, popcorn, peanuts, and chips. Fans must purchase entire table.Located along the main concourse behind the left-center field wall, the PetSmart Patio features a family-friendly atmosphere with multi-tiered seating that is perfect for groups of humans and canines of various sizes. For each Dog Days of Summer game held at Chase Field, pets can enjoy concessions such as dog-friendly ice cream. As part of the Dog Days of Summer ticket package, pet parents will also receive a PetSmart “Doggie Bag,” complete with free items from PetSmart.Directly behind the PetSmart Patio will be the PetSmart Park, an outdoor and indoor (air conditioned) dog park so even in the heat of the summer dogs can run around and play. The outdoor park will feature a baseball theme complete with a baseball diamond and a grassy outfield – perfect for dogs to explore, play ball with other dogs or find their perfect “spot” to go to the bathroom. Each of the games will feature an MVP — Most Valuable Pup — shout out.

Arizona Diamondbacks Dog Days of Summer

  • Houston Astros – Sunday, September 17, 2017
    Houston Astros vs. the Seattle Mariners
    Join us for the annual Dog Day at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, September 17th as the Astros take on the Seattle Mariners. A special Dog Day ticket is required if you are wanting to bring your pooch to the ballpark on 9/17.

Houston Astros

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Milwaukee Brewers


  • Cincinnati Reds – Thursday, September 21, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds


  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Baltimore Orioles


  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, September 30, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates

    Washington Nationals