Archive for January, 2012

Top 200 Places: Fort Bridger State Historic Site in Wyoming

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Fort Bridger State Historic Site
37000 Business Loop I 80
Fort Bridger,
Wyoming 82933

A state Historical Landmark, this museum consists of several restored buildings and shares a rich cultural and military history. There is an interpretive archaeological site, gift shops, and a reconstructed trading post on site. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings unless they can be carried; they must be leashed and under their owner’s control at all times.

Top 200 Places, 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 Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at 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.

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Charlotte: Bark In The Ballpark on April 22

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Knights Stadium, April 22, 2012
First Pitch at 2:15pm
Knights’ furry fans will receive the royal treatment all game long, beginning with a pet themed giveaway at the front gates. A Doggie Vendor showcase will be set up for viewing on the concourse throughout the game. Dogs will also have the opportunity to participate in several in-game promotions and activities including a pregame doggie parade and a costume contest. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of York County. Special seating in LLR or grass berm for dogs & owners. No dogs will be permitted in the field box area. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

To purchase individual tickets please contact the Charlotte Knights at 704-357-8071. Avoid Lines, Buy tickets online at

Cure Your Child’s Pet Phobias

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The dark and monsters under the bed may be at the top of your child’s “things I’m afraid of” list, but what about your household pet? Although playful (and cuddly), dogs can be intimidating, especially if they are a new addition to your home. Initially, your child may need time to adjust to the loud and continuous barking, the running, and jumping, but there are solutions available to help ease their fears. Heidi Ganahl, the CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet services company with 150+ doggy-day and overnight care franchises and Home Buddies of Camp Bow Wow, has provided a five-step program to help kids overcome their pet phobias.

Tips for Curing Your Child’s Pet Phobias

1. Pet Practice: Try showing your child how to interact with pets by using a stuffed animal. Show him or her how to safely play with their furry friend. A stuffed animal can make for a lovable practice buddy that your child will feel more comfortable around.

2. Story Time: Read your child stories about happy pets and their owners. Depending on your child’s age, this can greatly impact how they feel about dogs and cats.

3. Don’t Force Contact: Forcing your child to pet an animal or insisting that a pet is harmless may only increase their fears. It’s important to keep your child calm around the dog or cat. If they are forced to make contact, it may only frighten them (or the animal) even more.

4. Play Date: Once your child stops fearing pets at a distance, it may be time to gradually introduce him or her to a friend or relative’s dog or cat. At first, make introductions brief if your child seems hesitant. Over time, lengthen the amount of time spent.

5. Adopt: Finally, take your child to a pet adoption site, and allow them to pick out their new pet! The excitement of having the pet of their choice, may be the incentive they need to let go of their fears. Camp Bow Wow franchises across the country offer adoption services, so be sure to visit your local branch.