Archive for July, 2011

Gold Country CA: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Now Allows Dogs On the Train Rides

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Dogs Are Now Also Allowed ON The Train Rides As Well!

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Highway 49
Jamestown,
California
209-984-3953

This park is home to one of America’s last authentic, operating railroad roundhouses. Still a popular Hollywood location site, Railtown 1897 has been called “the most photographed railroad in the world.” “Petticoat Junction,” “The Wild, Wild West,” “High Noon,” “The Virginian,” and “Unforgiven” were all filmed here. Movie crews also produced the railroad sequences in “Back to the Future Part III” at Railtown. Dogs on leash are allowed in the park, and are now allowed on the trains as well.

Doggone Fun! DogFriendly.com’s 2011 Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit In the U.S.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

DogFriendly.com’s Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities in the United States for 2011 give you a wide variety of pet-friendly places to visit.

Portland Oregon tops DogFriendly.com’s 2011 list of the pet-friendliest vacation cities in the United States. Home to the famous and dog-friendly Rose Gardens and the Lucky Lab you and your dog would have a great time in Portland. These top cities are chosen for their pet-friendly accommodations, transportation, beaches, park, attractions, stores, dining and more. Here are the remainder of this year’s Top 10:

2. Chicago – Visit the Navy Pier, dine in elegance, cruise on a pet-friendly tour boat or walk the parks of the city.

3. San Diego – The country’s best dog beaches and trails and world class pet-friendly shopping centers.

4. Seattle – Take public transportation with your leashed dog. Many pet-friendly venues in a dog-friendly city.

5. Philadelphia – Get a famous cheese steak. See historic early American sites and stay in a downtown luxurious hotel.

6. Minneapolis – Great hiking trails and parks, pet-friendly dining. A pet-friendly atmosphere throughout.

7. Austin – Dog-Friendly parks. Outdoor cafes. Take tours and see the sites. See the Zilker Gardens and the Congress Street bats.

8. Alexandria/ Washington D.C. – See the capital’s sites, walk in charming Old Town, take a dog cruise on the Potomac.

9. New York – Luxury hotels welcome dogs, Central park beckons, off-leash parks everywhere. Shop the famous stores with your dog.

10. Indianapolis – Many historical sites, Nature preserves, trails and parks. Many of the cities tourist sites can be viewed with a dog.

Honorable Mentions: Charlotte, Dallas, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh.

Since 1998, DogFriendly.com has been providing information for people who travel with Dogs world-wide.  Find the dog-friendly guides on the web, as a free iPhone app, Android app and mobile website and as paperback books and Kindle, Nook and other ebooks.

Len and Tara Kain and dogs Yukon and Benji

Len and Tara Kain and dogs Yukon and Benji

Record Heat Wave Threatens Pets: In Minutes, Cars Can Kill Dogs Left Behind

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

As record high temperatures scorch much of the United States, RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization, is reminding pet owners to avoid leaving their dogs in hot cars ­ a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death.

“Often people leave their dogs in the car while they shop or run errands, but doing so when the weather is warm can literally be a death sentence for your pet,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.

Forsyth offered five reasons why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly:

1. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

2. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

3. Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

4. A dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a vehicle’s internal temperature.

RedRover has received numerous reports of dogs being left in hot cars this summer. “We are imploring pet owners, please, never leave your dog in a car in warm weather,” Forsyth said. “It’s like putting someone you love in an oven and walking away.”

To learn more about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars and download educational fliers and posters, visit www.MyDogIsCool.com.

RedRover (formerly United Animal Nations) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.redrover.org