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  1. Studio with Queen Bed

    Beachside Village Resort: Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida

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    With the chill hitting the air and the thoughts of last year’s cold winter, Susie is directing her thoughts to a trip to south Florida for warmth, sun and sand. One property that is in one of the lists of top pet-friendly locations is located just north of Miami in Lauderdale by the Sea and provides access to a good portion of south Florida and a stay on the Atlantic coast.

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  2. Socialization with other dogs

    The Importance of Socialization for Your Dog

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    Many people have misconceptions on socializing their pet. Recently Susie and Beau were at one of our local dog parks and a commotion developed between two dogs. My policy is if it looks like it may get out of hand or even if there are too many dogs in the park – we leave, which we did in this situation.

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  3. It is not hard to notice the stray and abandoned dogs, puppies, cats and kittens which inhabit the streets and temples of Asia

    Not Just another Tourist – Volunteering with Animals

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    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

    Could you imagine your life without the love and companionships of animals? I couldn't. 

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  4. Grand Del Mar

    The Grand Del Mar: San Diego, California

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    Heading to the west coast and looking for a touch of Mediterranean luxury – the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is the place to go if you have a decent budget for your stay. Rooms start at $495 per night and in addition Villa style suites are available.

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  5. Four Seasons Hotel :  St.Louis, Missouri

    Four Seasons Hotel : St.Louis, Missouri

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    Susie has found another great property for dogs and their people. If you are between the coasts and looking for a hotel that is both luxurious and pet friendly, then the Four Seasons in St.Louis certainly fills the bill and snout.

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  6. Beau

    Boomers: The Importance of our Pets

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    A recent incident at a local gathering of friends who are all baby boomers underlined once again the importance of pets in our lives, especially as we age and our children have left the nest.

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  7. Pet cabin (Courtesy of American Airlines)

    Pet Cabins on American Airlines: Available on Select Flights

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    Susie just wants to let all of her smaller canine and feline friends know that they can have it good traveling on American Airlines. Small pets can now travel in luxury with their humans in first class seating on many American flights that have added two pet cabins per plane on select flights from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) and from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO). 

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  8. National Dog Day

    National Dog Day: August 26, 2015

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    Of course Susie and Beau have to shout out to all their buddies to not forget that this Wednesday, August 26, 2015, is National Dog Day - the day to celebrate all things canine and to show appreciation for our best friends and companions.’

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  9. Grand Central Station

    Grand Central Station in New York City

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    On a recent trip to the New York City area I had the pleasure of catching a train at Grand Central Station.  This is a historic building that continues to be used by many commuters, and visited by plenty of tourists.  The building has lots of ramps and elevators, making all trains and platforms accessible for the wheel chair bound individuals.  The trains are also very accessible, and provide much more room than the buses or subways.  

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  10. Paw House Inn

    The Paw House Inn: West Rutland, Vermont

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    The Inn states it well on their home page that “some places accept dogs, other places tolerate dogs, at the Paw House Inn, we cater to dog owners and their dogs.”

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  11. January 2016: National Train Your Dog Month

    January 2016: National Train Your Dog Month

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    Susie has a great suggestion for a New Year’s resolution for you and your best friend. Observe January as National Train Your Dog Month.  Make it into a fun activity for both you and your pet.

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  12. Comfort dogs (Courtesy United Airlines)

    New Canine Travel Perk: Comfort Dogs at Airports

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    Susie was pleased to hear that other therapy dogs are serving as comfort dogs at many airports in the United States. The thousands of years of relationship between dog and man have a plethora of benefits for both species. Dogs make a great addition to any situation in which mankind experiences stress and airports are definitely a place (especially nowadays) where stress is high.

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  13. Pets on Jets – New Rules

    Pets on Jets – New Rules

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    The DOT (Department of Transportation) has issued new rules that took effect on January 1, 2015 that expand and improve rules relating to pets on airline flights. Airline passengers will be able to check all airlines’ animal safety records.

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  14. A Cautionary Tale: the Checked Chihuahua

    A Cautionary Tale: the Checked Chihuahua

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    Susie and her daddy spend lots of time finding information of how to travel with your pets, where you can go with your best friend to enjoy a comfortable stay, where you can eat and be welcome with your dog, as well as cool products to enhance your pet travel experience.

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  15. The Snacky Mouse

    Temptations Snacky Mouse Toy

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    Hi everyone! Miss Kitty here sitting in for Susie. She had a busy Easter and needs to get some rest. Plus, it’s always about the dogs! Finally, I get to say something and address the feline lovers among our readers. I know you’re out there.

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  16. Long Cover Cottage

    Long Cover Cottage: Tenbury Wells, Worchestershire

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    A handsome border collie in the UK told Susie about another great place in the countryside of Worchestershire where both humans and canines can unwind and relax their frazzled nerves from the hectic life of modern times. Take a step back in time by spending some slow time in Long Cover Cottage in rural England.

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  17. Solvit Telescoping Pet Ramp

    Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp: Another Idea for Christmas for Your Dog

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    Susie is still spry and able to jump into the SUV, but she was still impressed with the Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp. Especially for large dogs with hip problems, or any dog with arthritis brought on by old age, the ramp is an excellent addition for making it easier to get your best friend into the car with minimum effort. One of Susie’s cousins is an elderly boxer that has to be lifted into the back on her daddy’s SUV. The Solvit pet ramp makes it easier both on the dog and their human to take them in the vehicle.

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  18. The Ark

    The Ark: JFK Airport is Building a Terminal Just for Animals

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    Susie discovers the creation of an air terminal just for animals in New York called The Ark. She just wonders if they will have to enter two by two?

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  19. Exterior from Gardenside

    The Traddock: Settle, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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    Susie has found another great place to stay in the United Kingdom in another area of the beautiful British countryside.  The Traddock is located in Settle in Yorksire around 40 miles almost due north from Manchester. The Traddock has a country house charm giving the traveler a wonderful base to explore the Dales and other sites of northern England.

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  20. Pet Safety Harness

    Solvit Pet Vehicle Safety Harness

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     Susie is a safety conscious girl and she was delighted to discover that Solvit had a safety harness for dogs. The harness connects to the seat belt in the rear seat of our SUV and protects the dogs in case of an accident or sudden stop. Susie has a medium harness which fits dogs in the 20 – 55 pound range and Beau has a small harness for dogs from 6 – 25 pounds. There are also two sizes for larger dogs – Large for dogs from 45 -  85 pounds and Extra Large for dogs  from 60 – 120 pounds. There is a sizing chart on the Solvit web site for measuring other dimensions to get the best fit for your pet.

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  21. Local scenery

    The Oxford Hotel: Bend, Oregon

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    The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon is a boutique hotel that focuses on making your stay a memorable experience. Bend is located 128 miles east of Eugene in the central part of the state, right in the middle of Oregon mountain country and near to Mt. Bachelor. The hotel offers amenities not found in the other hotels in the area. The Oxford is located in the middle of the downtown historic district of Bend.

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  22. Bicycle basket in use

    Solvit Tagalong™ Wicker Bicycle Basket

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    Susie has discovered another great product for pets. Unfortunately she is too big to use it and even Beau who is 10 pounds lighter is too big as well. The Solvit Tagalong™ Wicker Bicycle Basket is designed for small dogs up to 13 pounds. Besides major trips we also like to take our dogs with us on local excursions and this basket makes it possible to also take them with us on a bicycle. This would also work great if traveling by car or RV and also having a bicycle or bicycles along on the main trip for side excursions and exercise. 

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  23. Itching

    Spring is near – and so are Seasonal Pet Allergies

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    Susie and Beau are anxious to get out and about after the rigors of winter and being restricted to indoors or their own yard.  Everyone is planning to travel, whether locally or on out of town trips, as the weather improves and spring and summer rise on the horizon. Susie once again says what – “Don’t forget to pay attention to your pet’s allergies and be prepared to treat them and deal with your pet’s discomfort.”

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  24. The Lower Fifeheaad Farm

    Lower Fifehead Farm: Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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    Looking for a luxurious country retreat in the English countryside? The Lower Fifehead Farm is a deluxe bed and breakfast that fills the bill. Located in the south of England in Dorset and close to the town of Sturminster Newton the property is just about 50 miles west of Southampton via A31. 

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  25. On right track

    Pets Soon to be on the Right Track

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    Susie and Beau are always glad to hear about new opportunities for pets in travel. It has come to our attention that a bill has recently passed the House of Representatives (HR 2066) that will require Amtrak to allow pets aboard trains. The billed is dubbed the Pets on Trains Act, which is part of a larger package called the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act.

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