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Seven Most Pet-Friendly Cities In US To Visit This Holiday Season

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Pet Friendly Cities In USA

Festive season is in full swing just waiting for you to take a ride and enjoy your vacation in full-fledge. And, going out for a holiday with your four-legged friend is just like an added cream and if your travel destination is pet-friendly then it is to cut a cake and have it.

So, to help you select the best pet-friendly destination to enjoy with your furry pal, here we have pinned the road map with the top cities to visit.

Most Pet Friendly Cities in the U.S. America – 2016 / 2017

Orlando, FL  

A proximity to rich Disney World, Orlando provides a fairyistic opportunity for all including your four-legged members to have fun. The land opens up the gateway for people to bring their furry pals along with them on vacation.


With its pet-friendly arena, the city boosts some of the world’s most extravagant pet-friendly hotels, along with an exclusive collection of dog sitters and groomers.

Portland, OR


Well-known as Rose City, Portland has everything unearthed to bring in the real joy for the pets. Booming with 30 and more off-leash parks and an unbelievable number of pet massage therapists, the city welcomes pets showering love. Furry pals are welcomed all over the city offering more fun-filled activities for you and your pooch to engage in.

Las Vegas, NV


With all its booties, beauties and bars, it welcomes you to explore its pet friendly restaurants, hotels, bars and parks. With an exclusive grandeur for furry pals, the city hosts lavish parties for four-legged friends treating them with exotic treats and dishes. Lanes embedded with pet spas and clubs, the people of Las Vegas have that special nerve to shower incredible love upon pooches and kitties. They also care their loving pets with essential pet supplies and pet health treats to maintain their fitness and stamina.

Austin, TX

Austin, TX Pet Friendly

Being little weird, the city has over the top love for furry pals. From pet spas, pet parks, and pet saloons, the city houses everything to spoil your pet and take them along fun filled activities. This hipster town is specially known for its food trucks, mouth-watering food and moreover, pets can even get more fun with fun trucks. If you love yoga, then pose for Austin Doga with your dog. This is the best city to have fun and enjoy with your dog as acclaimed by some of the pet magazines including Dog Fancy Magazine.

Seattle, WA


Though home for rainy weather, it gives no chance of depression for pets on visit. The hub for number of pet groups, Seattle opens up a wide arena with a huge pet-loving parks along with pet-coming-along culture.

San Diego, CA

sandiego ca pet friendly

Being as the America’s finest city, San Diego offers terrific weather conditions, pet friendly parks and beaches and bundle of pet services to cherish with your furry pal. The city center hosts Surf Dog Competition, which is a thrill to watch.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix-AZ Pet Friendly

Phoenix in Arizona is extremely pet-friendly. Famous for the love for the pawed companions, Phoenix have tons of pet stores, restaurants, trails, parks and activities for dogs. Every year, the greater Phoenix valley also organizes numerous pet events. The city with warmth welcomes pets everywhere, wherever you go.

With these cities to enjoy with your furry pals, Get Set GO!!! Start preparing your bucket list of activities that you would love to do with your lovable companions and get onto the heels to prepare for the holidays.

Well, have we missed any of your pet-friendly city. Do share with us.



Winters and Pets – Care and Concerns

January 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Winters and Pets – Care and Concerns

Winter care for the pets is a demanding task. The chilly weather affects humans and animals alike. The freezing effect of the snow season is not tolerable by the otherwise warm animals. Pet parents need to take additional care of their furry kids to combat the stress of this cold environment. The best way to deal with the low temperatures is to keep the pet indoors. It becomes far more important if the pet is young. Therefore, your pups and pussies need to stay within home to avoid the chill. Read more…

Moving Overseas With Pets – Basic Guideline to Follow

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment


Relocating to a different land may be your dream come true or a milestone achieved. You may be happy to move, but transferring from your location is a bit complicated process especially when you are planning to shift with your four-legged companion.

Advance planning, learning the rules and regulations for animals about that country, travelling with pets and their safety, all these you need to consider meticulously when transferring to different nation. To help you ease your stress when considering relocating overseas with your pet, check here the few tips and basic guidelines. Read more…

Service dog a Saviour to teen boy

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Patrick and Mary Lou in class

Fourteen-year-old Patrick Maresh’s life has changed for the better when his service dog, Mary Lou stepped into it. Patrick and the 2-year-old Labrador/golden retriever mix have been constant companions since he received her as a canine assistant in July.

Patrick is nonverbal, has sensory issues and low muscle tone which meant he struggled to get around safely. Before Mary Lou’s arrival, Patrick was so afraid of being bumped into and knocked over, his mother, Jan Maresh, said. He would flatten himself against the lockers and not move out of fear. A specialist informed Jan Maresh that Patrick seemed to have an affinity with dogs and would benefit from having a service dog.


The Process

It took over four years of being on the waiting list before Patrick was able to have a service dog. Service dogs require a lot of training and, depending on their specialisation, are worth in excess of $25,000. After filling out a questionnaire, writing essays, gathering letters of recommendation and producing a DVD of Patrick’s developmental history, the Maresh family submitted an application to Canine Assistants, a Georgi0based organization that provides service dogs, in 2006. Soon after, they were notified that Patrick was on the list to become a recipient.

Whilst on the waiting list, the Maresh family took it upon themselves to dog-sit as many dogs as possible when friends and neighbours went on vacation. As they had never had a pet before, this was their opportunity to learn about dog care and to prepare themselves for the long-term commitment of having a dog. Service dogs in particular need a lot of attention paid to them for Canine Assistants to be satisfied the dog is being looked after well.

“They (Canine Assistants) take it very seriously. These dogs are a huge investment on their part,” Maresh said. Maresh said recipients enter a contract with the organization spelling out their responsibilities. For instance, recipients must weigh the dogs four times a year and submit the information to Canine Assistants. If they allow the dogs to become obese and fail to take action to solve the problem, the organization reserves the right to take the dogs back.

“Technically, this dog is on permanent loan,” Maresh said. “It’s a full commitment and it’s not something to take lightly.”

How Mary Lou chose Patrick

Finally, in July 2010 the Maresh family headed for the two-week training camp in Georgia, where Patrick would meet his canine companion. During the first two days, recipients are introduced to dogs that trainers have selected as potential matches for the individuals.

“The dogs really pick the recipients,” Maresh said. “The dogs can sense by your energy what your need is.” The dogs typically make their selection by putting their paws on a recipient’s lap and seemingly looking into their eyes, she said.

It took five dogs before one that seemed a perfect match was found. Once the selection is made, recipients work with the dogs and their trainers in the afternoons while attending lectures on dog management in the mornings. By the second week, they go on public outings with the dogs. The family are then required to take a final written exam before they graduate. The Maresh family passed successfully and Mary Lou came home with them.

Man’s best friend

The dog accompanies him to his special needs classroom at Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove, where she lies by him as he works and walks with him as he passes through the halls. Now he is able to walk down the halls confidently with Mary Lou by his side.

Patrick now goes with his family to watch his sisters participate in high school sporting events and cheerleading competitions. Previously, he wouldn’t enter the gym because of the sensory overload. “He’s able to tolerate a lot more,” his mother said. “Now he walks right. She’s at his side. We sit in the bleachers with everybody else.”

Maresh can’t explain it, but Mary Lou makes Patrick calmer. “He’ll pet her. He’ll interact with her. Then he can focus back on wherever we are,” she said.

Mary Lou has brought Patrick positive attention, his mother said, “He walks the dog and people say hello to him. It’s like his parade.” Maresh said Patrick enjoys the attention. Although Patrick always has been sociable, sometimes people would avert their eyes and not reciprocate, she said. “It’s almost like she brought people to him,” she said. “If you have a dog, everybody says hello. It’s just amazing.”

Maresh said Mary Lou will remain Patrick’s canine assistant during her working life of nine to 10 years. When a dog ages, the recipient has the option of applying for another service dog and keeping the older dog as a pet.

For information on Canine Assistants, visit its website at

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Six new breeds at the 135th Westminster Dog Show

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Six new breeds will be strutting their stuff in the ring for the first time as the 135th Westminster Dog Show takes over Madison Square Garden next week. This year’s new dogs include:

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin spaniel

Official state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is used as a hardy retriever of upland birds as well as water fowl. The Boykin Spaniel is popular in the Southern United States among bird hunters. It is liver-brown in color, a medium weight dog around 16 inches in height. This dog is said to loyal, enthusiastic and a water-lover.




Bluetick CoonhoundThe Bluetick Coonhound

The official dog of the state of Tennessee, Blueticks are said to be curious and have a tendency to follow their noses. They may wander off if they pick up an interesting scent and decide to not return when they’re called if they’re too preoccupied with locating the cause of the scent. Therefore it is not advisable to let them off-lead in an unsecured area. Their name is due to their unusual coat color of dark blue,with a mottled body and large black spots on back, ears and sides.

This large dog has a life expectancy of about 11-12 years on average and needs plenty of exercise and a large yard.



Redbone CoonhoundThe Redbone Coonhound

Bred for hunting hunting bear, raccoon, and cougar; this handsome dog is medium to large in size with a keen sense of smell. As the name suggests, this breed is red in color and isn’t suitable for a home with cats but makes a good companion dog if exercised often.

The breed is even-tempered and trainable in the home, and wants to please its owner. It is a healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 11-12 years.






The Leonberger

This beautiful giant was originally bred in Germany with the aim of breeding a dog that closely resembled a lion. Once a breed owned by Royalty, this breed is good at guarding livestock, water-rescue and search and rescue. They are bred to be well-mannered and even-tempered so they make great family dogs and love to swim, hike and pull carts and sleds.

Weighing in between 45 and 78 kilos, depending on whether it is male or female, these dogs are large and require regular walks and grooming.




Icelandic SheepdogThe Icelandic sheepdog

Iceland’s only native dog, the Icelandic sheepdog is a small to medium, energetic and friendly dog. Related to the Spitz group of dogs, the Icelandic sheepdog has a double coat that requires a lot of grooming. Despite it’s size of around 12-16 inches, it is a great herder of farm livestock.

A very active little dog that needs a large amount of exercise to keep it happy but can adapt to living indoors or outdoors and even apartment life, provided it is walked often.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a healthy breed with a life average of 12 years.





The Cane Corso

A loyal guard dog and companion, the Cane Corso is a large breed that is part of the Mastiff group. This stocky dog is usually black, silver grey or sandy colored with expressive eyes and a soft, short coat. They require a moderate amount of exercise and can become overprotective of their property, even though they weren’t ever bred to be guard dogs like other Mastiff breeds.

The Westminster Dog Show will take place Monday and Tuesday.

SeaWorld join forces with FL rescue shelters to aid animal adoption

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.,  is joining forces with the SPCA of Central Florida and Orange County Animal Services to encourage more people to adopt dogs and cats in need of a home.

“SeaWorld’s Happy Tails” is a new animal adoption campaign that offers pet lovers two free single-day admissions to SeaWorld when they adopt a dog or cat from one of the participating animal shelters. Tickets are valid for admission to the park for a day at any time within one year of receipt.

Over 39,000 animals in need of a good home are impounded each year at the SPCA of Central Florida shelters in Orlando and Sanford, and the Orange County Animal Services shelter in Orlando. SeaWorld’s National Animal Ambassador has said the new program, starting today, is SeaWorld’s way of supporting the ‘incredible organizations and saying ‘thank you’ to people who help save animals’.

‘We are thrilled to partner with SeaWorld for an innovative program that benefits both pets and people in our community,’ said assistant manager of Orange County Animal Services, Dil Luther. ‘Saving a shelter pet’s life is a reward in itself, but a trip to SeaWorld is a generous ‘thank you’ new adopters will undoubtedly enjoy.’

Details of the program, including participating shelters, can be found on

Dogs Deserve Better group seeks to buy Vick dog fighting property

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Dogs Deserve Better rescue group plan to purchase the property that was Michael Vick’s dog fighting facility in order to turn it into a dog rehabilitation sanctuary.

The property is located in Surry County, VA and if bought, the 15 acre grounds would become the aptly named “Good Newz Rehab Center”. The center would include large penned area for dogs to run, many individual pens and a facility to help distressed dogs recuperate. The five bedroom luxury home would be turned into official offices for the group.

$600,000 will need to be raised by 3/20 in order to secure the property and an estimated 3 million in total will be needed for the full renovation. The group from Central Pennsylvania’s founder and CEO, Tamira Thayne stated, ‘our efforts at this time matter, because we recognize that this horrible thing happened, but now let’s turn it into something positive.’ Thayne went on to say that certain parts of the facility would not be built on and would be fenced off as a memorial to the dogs that were lost as a result of Vick’s fighting operation.

Dogs Deserve Better have a Facebook page named ‘999,999 Friends for the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained Dogs‘ in order to raise funds and awareness for the cause. The theory is that if 999,999 people join and donate just $1.00, then they will be able to afford the property and start work on it soon after. Donations are also being accepted on the Dogs Deserve Better website.