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Pet Patrol

Join Susie, an Australian Shepherd, as she and her human take you where pets are always welcome. Susie loves to be outside and always with her owner and she knows you want your pets to accompany you on your travels. There are many hotels and vacation spots that cater to your furry friends and Susie wants you to know about them. We also want you to tell us about your most pet-friendly vacations. Too Cute!

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  1. 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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  2. Susie and Beau

    A Tribute and Special Thanks to Two of the Worlds Greatest Dogs

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    Susie and Beau will let you know that this has been a tough year for them and their daddy - Nothing like a major medical issue to stir up the pot.  But we all want you to know what a great comfort it is to have a pet or pets as we grow older and begin to face a variety of medical challenges. Little did daddy know that he was training me to also be a therapy dog for him (and mamma) and Beau has learned much along the way even though he is only 9 months old.

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  3. Susie on the road

    Additional Advice for Taking a Road Trip with Your Pet

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    Susie has shared many different aspects of preparing to take a road trip with your best friend. A few others are worth mentioning as well – the old scout maxim of “Be Prepared!” definitely applies here.

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  4. Amtrak Expands Pet Travel Program

    Amtrak Expands Pet Travel Program

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    Susie has some good news to share with pet owners who travel by rail on Amtrak. Previously a pilot program experimented with including cats and small dogs on select Amtrak routes in Illinois and on the east coast. During the trial last year 2700 pets traveled with their humans.

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  5. An Update to Cruising Opportunities for Your Pet: Queen Mary 2

    An Update to Cruising Opportunities for Your Pet: Queen Mary 2

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    The only real cruising opportunity to Europe with your dog or cat is aboard the Queen Mary 2. Two years ago we reported that the Queen Mary provided for a dozen kennels for passengers pets on the journey from New York to England. Subsequently since that time the Cunard Line has spent $132 million in renovations that include new accommodations for both four legged and two legged passengers.

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  6. Camp Welcome and Orientation

    Arrival at Camp Gone to the Dogs

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    In Albany our new friends Sheri and Anne, who are already alumni of Camp Gone to the Dogs, told us about the camp and gave us an address to input into the GPS. The Garmin actually found it, but typical of most GPS’ it decided to route us by what it saw as the most direct route, which was in the back way through the woods.

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  7. Courtyard

    Artmore Hotel: Atlanta, Georgia

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    Here's my question – do you think you can stay in a boutique hotel in mid-town Atlanta for under $200? The answer is a resounding YES! Now is it going to be 5 star – no, but how about 3 star in the best possible way? Check yourself into the Artmore Hotel built in 1924, sitting among the high rise buildings across from a MARTA station. Their address is 1302 W. Peachtree St., so you are close to the High Museum of Art, lots of great bars and restaurants and in the center of Atlanta's Cultural Arts District. It has an old Hollywood vibe with lots of black and white framed art of music and movie star icons.

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  8. Bardessono

    Bardessono: Yountville, California

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    Want to combine luxury for both you and your pet? Bardessono in Yountville, California is the place for you and your best friend. In fact for the one-time pet cleaning fee of $150 you can have up to two pets stay with you in your room.

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  9. Gardens

    Barnsley Resort: Adairsville, Georgia

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    If you’re a sucker for romance, the great outdoors and a laid back atmosphere, then I have just the place for you! Head south to Adairsville, Georgia and visit the Barnsley Resort. This property begins with a love story and I have to include the Timeline of this estate so you can appreciate your visit to this magnificent area. 

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  10. 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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  11. Beau

    Beau Joins the Pet Patrol: Susie Gains a Brother and a Deputy

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    The only words to describe Beau are “too cute!” Of course Susie calls him the “little dickens.” This may turn into a Lucy/Linus relationship because Susie says that she is the boss, but only time will tell. Needless to say we are all excited at the Boomer Travel Patrol to have a new member of the team, especially one so cute and full of mischief.

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  12. Beau at 11 weeks

    Beau Prepares for the Patrol

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    Beau wants to let everyone know that he is working hard to get ready for full participation in the Pet Patrol. He has already been in training with his daddy and big sis Susie. The little dickens has already mastered “Sit” and “Down,” and has had a perfect score the past 10 days on going potty in his potty box filled with horse bedding material. He also is learning “No,” “Off,” and “Leave it.” The little smarty even understands “get all the way in your box” when he tries to do a lazy two paws in and two out when he pees.

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  13. BEM Gifts

    BEM Gift Shop: Coteau du Lac, Quebec

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    Worth mention for travelers is the BEM Gift Shop at exit (19) of Quebec 20 heading out of Montreal.  The location is very close to the highway and offers easy access and return to the road.

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  14. Hotel Entrance

    Best Western Sovereign Hotel: Albany, NY

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    On Saturday, June 1, the team left Erie to drive to Albany, NY to be close to the camp the night before our arrival in Vermont. Albany was a good stopping point because it put us within 70 miles of Marlboro for an easy drive to registration between 12:30 and 2:30 pm on Sunday.

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  15. 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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  16. Bourdeau Restaurant

    Bourdeau Restaurant: Lancaster,Ontario

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    After leaving Montreal it was already past lunch time and we began to look for a place to stop and have a bite to eat. We left Quebec and barely had entered Ontario when we decided to take exit 814 off of Ontario 401 (the continuation of Quebec 20) which was the exit for Lancaster, Ontario.

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  17. Bowser Beer

    Bowser Beer: Beer for Dogs – Pack it up for your Dog when you Travel

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    One of Susie’s many male admirers brought an interesting and unique product to our attention that she would like to share with her many friends – Bowser Beer. What a great idea! Of course this beer is non-alcoholic and does not contain any hops which are toxic to dogs. In other words, do not give your dog human beer; instead buy him/her a supply of Bowser Beer.  

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  18. Burnham Hotel

    Burnham Hotel: Chicago, Illinois

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    Question: What is historic, pet-friendly, eco-friendly, accessible for special needs and located in downtown Chicago? Kudos to you if you said the Burnham Hotel.

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  19. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

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    Well, I think I’m in love – with the Central Coast of California, that is! I recently spent 5 days driving and staying along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. What a blast from the past and I mean that in a very good way!

     

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  20. Leslie DeFusco Dog Body Language

    Camp Classes: Camp Gone to the Dogs

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    What an amazing week! This was an experience of a lifetime that can be repeated year after year if so desired and have the time, resources and ability to travel. There is no possible way to cover all the bases in a single week of camp. In fact campers are advised, especially the first year, not to try to do too much. Both you and your dog will wear out, both physically and mentally.

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  21. View down by herding area

    Camp Fun & Facilities: Activities, Classes and Lectures

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    After mulling over the camp offerings on Sunday evening, we decided to enroll in four activities: Herding, Interpreting Your Dog’s Body Language, Loose Leash Walking, and Really Reliable Recall. Later in the week we added the Tricks class and a lecture on the herding whistle. Following the early 5 pm Sunday dinner, everyone had a chance to meet the instructors to ask questions about the classes and activities.

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  22. Pup tent

    Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont

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    One of Susie’s many good friends, in this case a human one, told her about a marvelous camp for dogs and their significant others in the beautiful setting of Vermont. Susie’s ears perked up immediately with the familiar “let’s go” look on her face. She made it clear to her daddy that he should check in to this.

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  23. Professor Susie

    Canine Restaurant Etiquette

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    Susie wants to see more and more dog friendly restaurants where she can be with her daddy especially on road trips. In order to accomplish this she wants to get the word out that without proper canine etiquette this cannot happen. 

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  24. Cannery Pier Hotel: Astoria, Oregon

    Cannery Pier Hotel: Astoria, Oregon

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    A unique hotel built on a pier jutting into the Columbia River in Astoria Oregon, the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa is built on the site of the Union Fish Cannery 600 feet into the river. The hotel offers magnificent views into the environs of a working river including views out to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and nearby Washington. Each room has a private balcony out to the river.

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  25. Veterinarian, tech and dog

    Checklist for Choosing a Veterinarian

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    Debbie Murray is a dog enthusiast from LaGrange, KY. She currently has five dogs - all Miniature Australian Shepherds who share a house with her and her husband Paul. Debbie also breeds her pets on occasion to share this marvelous breed with other dog enthusiasts. Susie is excited because she hopes to be getting another mini Aussie to keep her company from Debbie's  next litter. Debbie has been kind enough to share this article on choosing a veterinarian with the Boomer Travel Patrol.

    For more detailed information on Debbie and her dogs you can visit her web site Alangus Mini & Toy Aussies as well as her blog. This article is one recently featured on her blog and offers excellent advice on selecting a veterinarian.

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