Many communities throughout the nation provide special parks for dogs to run and play. These dog parks offer activity and exercise for resident and visiting canines.
With spring returning and summer on the horizon, there many days and weeks of wonderful get outdoors as well as traveling weather for you, your family, and your four-footed friends to enjoy. Knowing there are “pet playgrounds” in various locations can assist you and your furry companion.
Throughout the nation dog parks are popular. Many offer fenced-in security where dogs can safely run, play, and exercise. Fenced-in parks mean greater safety, an important concept in a dog owner's mind, especially for owners who travel with their furry friends. An enclosed park keeps dogs from running away and from running onto busy streets. Who wants to lose their dog while on vacation … or any other time?
More and more hotels are becoming pet-friendly, so having a dog park in a community is an added benefit for enticing travelers to stop and even to stay in that town. Such communities become more welcoming to visitors traveling with their dogs because dogs, like people, need to stretch their legs while on a journey.
Dog parks also provide socialization opportunities, again for both the dogs and their owners. While walking or playing with one's dog at a park, a person is likely to engage in conversation with other dog owners … and the dogs are apt to play with one another, running through the park or fetching a ball or other toy. Studies show people who have dogs are more outgoing and engage in more socializing because, well, like with our kids, we dog people like to talk about our furry family members!
Even communities that don’t have an actual enclosed dog park, some provide wonderful walking paths at which owners can give themselves and their furry friends good exercise.
A great resource to learn about pet-friendly places, such as hotels and parks (including dog parks) can be found here: http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/.
As spring enters its full glory, with blooming flowers and budding trees, my thoughts turn to times of upcoming travel. This season, as well as summer and fall, are optimal road tripping times for people, and oftentimes those humans travel with their pets.
My husband and I look to take a vacation this summer to visit family back east, and we will be taking our springer/cocker mix, Mary, along for the L-O-N-G ride. As we make those plans, we’re considering taking in a baseball game. Since we can’t leave the dog in a hotel, we’ve turned to Rover.com to learn about pet sitters in the city that we plan to see the game. We’ve discovered a treasure in that website, as we’ve used it before, when going to a concert in another city and having Mary along on that journey. I recommend pet parents who travel, or who need pet sitting services in their own town, including boarding or daycare, visit Rover.com – the website is very helpful!
Another helpful site is BringFido.com. This site lists pet boarding/sitting services, hotels that allow pets, and even pet-friendly adventures in different locations. This, too, is a very helpful website for people who travel with their pets; the site even provides information on air traveling with pets.
Dog parks and rest areas provide great opportunities for both pet parents and their four-footed traveling companions to get out of the car, stretch, play, eat, and just break up the monotony of driving. Be sure to provide this respite for yourself and your pet.
Here are some other traveling trips for taking your pet on the road with you:
Following these ideas can make road tripping with your pet much more enjoyable and safe! Happy Road Tripping!
April is recognized by animal welfare organizations as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which was chartered in April 1866, there are many signs that an animal might be being abused or neglected:
We can all be a voice for the voiceless and take a stand whenever we believe an animal is being subjected to cruelty and neglect. Let’s create a larger, caring community on behalf of animals, and put an end to cruelty.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.