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Budget-Friendly Tips for Getaways with Your Furry Best Friend





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This guest article was written by Nick Burton.

Are you and Fido ready to hit the road and make some memories? Adventures with a beloved canine companion can quickly go downhill without preparation. Here’s how to ensure you and your pooch will not only have the best of times, you won’t overspend in the process. 

Accessories to Ease Travel

A few well-chosen accessories can go a long way toward ensuring you and your dog stay comfortable and safe throughout your travels. There are bowls specially designed to collapse so meals and storage are easy-breezy, and car seat covers to protect your vehicle from hair, muddy paws, slobber, and any unexpected accidents.

When it comes to keeping your sidekick in his seat, choose a restraint that is fitting for your dog’s size and personality type. If you have a small dog who isn’t overly active, a booster seat or safety harness could be perfect. Bigger dogs can also enjoy the freedom and safety of a harness, and active dogs can benefit from a carrier or crate. 

For the accessories you and Fido need, stretch your travel budget by shopping online and using offers such as Ebates coupons and discount codes from your favorite retailers. You can apply the funds you save toward your and your dog’s fun.

Places to Go, Things to Do

Strange as it is to some of us, there are places that don’t welcome dogs. With that in mind, long before you pack Fido’s bags, do some research to ensure you and your pooch are heading somewhere you’ll both enjoy. And for those times you need to leave your dog alone, make arrangements for a trustworthy pet sitter to take care of your traveling companion. It’ll ease your mind knowing someone is tending him, rather than worrying that he’s stressed out. 

There are dog-friendly destinations far and wide for nearly anything that suits your fancy. If ocean waves, sands, and seagulls beckon, Travel + Leisure notes there are some outstanding dog-friendly beaches, such as the dog beach in Florida’s Fort Myers, Jekyll Island Beach in Georgia, and Topsail Beach in North Carolina. Exploring national parks can be big fun as well, but make sure you do some checking because some are more dog-friendly than others. More in the mood for urban adventures? Look to cities like Chicago, Seattle, or Denver. Finding places that encourage your pooch to be himself will ensure you make the most of every moment. 

When booking lodging, make reservations with pet-friendly hotels or vacation rentals. Websites like Expedia make it super simple to find the accommodations you want since you can search by pet-friendliness, and on top of that, joining their rewards program can stretch your budget. 

Bells and Whistles

You might be surprised to learn you don’t need to do all the driving when you reach your destination. You can save money by using public transportation in many locations; just verify restrictions before you and your pooch climb aboard, since some systems require a carrier. 

Along those same lines, it’s important to be conscientious of other travelers throughout your journey. If you and your dog are planning potentially muddy outings, like to a dog park or on hiking trails, bring along a paw washing device to tidy up before you hop into a bus, board a train, or re-enter your hotel. For example, the Dexas Mudbuster is small, convenient, and affordable, and you can explore their current offers to make the most of your money.

Of course, throughout your travels, you’ll want to clean up after your dog, so have a plan in place for dealing with waste. An economical solution is the GoGo Stik — it’s a clean, durable, efficient design, convenient to operate, and you can use any style bag so there is just the one-time purchase — all topped off with a money-back guarantee. 

Planning a getaway with your dog needn’t be complex or expensive. Accessorize appropriately, make arrangements in dog-friendly places, and grab a few gadgets to make comings and goings a breeze. With these smart strategies, you and your best friend will have a terrific time!

GoGo Stik Review, “I just love this, I bought two…”

 January 15, 2016
I have 5 dogs and I can tell you I have tried everything for this nasty chore. I just love this, I bought two!! Actually, two works for me perfectly.
I use one in my right hand to scoop into the one in my left hand, then after that one is full I am free to load the right hand stick, not having to go back to base to get more bags. Since I am tall, I would like one just a little longer, but I highly recommend this product. The customer service is wonderful too! Looking forward to future products. Thanks!!!

Pumpkin Spice Dog Biscuit Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Dog Biscuit Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Dog Biscuit Recipie:
goodbiscuits

We know that your dog is a special member of your family, With that in mind, we want our blog to reflect the special place the hold in your home. This means sharing news, recipes, tips and tricks to help you care for your all of your family.

This week, that includes a recipe we found for homemade Pumpkin Spice Dog Biscuits. We know this time of year, pumpkin spice everything comes on the market. Because not all of the pet treats you find in the store are the healthiest option for your pet, we will share with you a way to treat your pet and feel good about it.

Pumpkin Spice Dog Biscuts:

Recipe type: Doggie Treats

Prep time:  20 mins

Cook time:  40 mins

Total time:  1 hour

We hope your dog loves it as much as ours did.

A healthy, yummy treat for your best friend!


Ingredients Dog Biscuts

  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a stand mixer, mix together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon
  3. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.
  4. Roll the dough into a ½-inch-thick roll. Cut into ½-inch pieces.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

 

The author of this recipe states on her blog, that she developed it after finding that the dog treats in her cupboards, did not pass muster. She shared this and it looked so dare we say yummy, we wanted to share it with you.

We hope your dog loves it as Max did.

Recipe Source:
http://amuseinmykitchen.com/2012/01/11/woofies/

 

 

Emergency Dog Care Check List

Do you have an emergency dog care check list?  Many of you know that your family is ready, but have you stopped to think if you are ready for your pet too?
Our dogs are such important members of our families. We have been watching the news stories about the fires out west and hearing about a strong hurricane season.
This can add up to some very concerned pet owners trying to figure out how to prepare everyone in the house for an emergency. To help you do this, we have put together an emergency preparedness check list.
Feel free to download the pdf or print this out.

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GoGo Stick review by Sean D says that “I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome…scooping poop has never been easier.”

I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome. There is a technique to it but once …
By Sean M Donnellanon September 5, 2015 Verified Purchase
I never ever review products but I felt necessary on this one. I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome. There is a technique to it but once you get that down, scooping poop has never been easier. Great job on this product!