Archive for December, 2011

Book Review: Musher’s Night Before Christmas

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Musher’s Night Before Christmas
Written By Tricia Brown
Illustrated by Debra Dubac
Published in 2011 by Pelican Publishing Company

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Musher’s Night Before Christmas is a Christmas story for children of all ages. The author cleverly mixes a traditional Santa Claus tale with the story of Balto the sled dog to make this a great Christmas adventure. The story is about when, almost to the end of Santa’s long journey, Rudolph’s nose light gives out.

Santa’s last stop, Nome, Alaska, is having a blizzard. But the children of Nome need their toys! So Santa goes to a grown-up boy named Tom , who is now a musher with a champion dog team, and asks him for help. Soon Tom has eight of his best dogs ready, with his favorite sled dog Kate in the lead. And they are off! Santa flys along and follows the bright light below that is strapped onto the dog sled. Tom cannot see the trail ahead of him. It is all up to the lead dog Kate to lead the team to Nome. They finally reach Nome, and

Santa delivers all the presents. Christmas in Nome is saved! For his help, Santa gives Tom a replica of his sled. This is a great story with cartoon-like illustrations , and I reccommend it to all kids and kids at heart who love a good Christmas story.

Reviewed by Jodi Kain

Top 200 Places: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency (Quebec City Canada)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
2490, avenue Royale
Beauport,
Quebec G1C 1S1
418-663-3330

This 270 foot waterfall is actually higher than its more famous cousin at Niagara. You and your leashed dog may take a cablecar ride up to the top of the falls, take a short 1/4 mile walk to the falls and walk across a narrow bridge at the head of the falls. There is a great view from the bridge. Dogs on leash are allowed on the cablecar and at all outdoor areas and trails in the park. This was definitely a highlight of our most recent trip to the area.


Top 200 Places

DogFriendly.com, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at http://www.dogfriendly.com. Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at email@dogfriendly.com. You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

The blog entries can be found at http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?cat=243, our Facebook page, or Twitter.

Top 200 Places: St Augustine Scenic Cruise

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


St Augustine Scenic Cruise
St Augustine Municipal Marina
St Augustine,
Florida
904-824-1806
800-542-8316

The Victory III departs daily from the Marina in downtown St Augustine for a one hour and fifteen minute scenic cruise. View the historic St Augustine area from the water and bring your well-behaved, leashed dog with you.


Top 200 Places

DogFriendly.com, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at http://www.dogfriendly.com. Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at email@dogfriendly.com. You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

The blog entries can be found at http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?cat=243, our Facebook page, or Twitter.