Archive for May, 2012

Top 200 Places: Salem Willows Amusement Park

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Salem Willows Amusement Park
171-185 Fort Avenue
Salem,
Massachusetts
978-745-0251

A park since 1858, this scenic wooded and hilled peninsula is the place for great outings with shaded seaside grounds, a public pier, grand ocean views, numerous eateries, activity/gaming areas, an historic 1866 carousel, kiddie rides, a bandstand and seating area for outdoor concerts, and more. Dogs are welcome throughout the park and the water areas; they are not allowed in buildings. Dogs must be friendly, under their owner’s control at all times, and leashed and cleaned up after.


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: Baker Beach – San Francisco

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Baker Beach
Lincoln Blvd and Bowley St/Golden Gate Nat’l Rec Area
San Francisco,
California 94129
415-561-4700

This dog-friendly beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dogs are permitted off leash under voice control on Baker Beach North of Lobos Creek; they must be leashed South of Lobos Creek. The beach is located approx. 1.5 to 2 miles south of the Golden Gate Bridge. From Lincoln Avenue, turn onto Bowley Street and head towards the ocean. There is a parking lot next to the beach. This is a clothing optional beach, so there may be the occasional sunbather.


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.

New York State Reduces Access to Campgrounds for Dogs

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Do you have multiple dogs and plan to camp at any of New York State’s campgrounds this year? If you care for more than two canine companions, you’re in for big disappointment.

For 2012, New York State has instituted a new two dog limit per campsite rule — in response to what it described as numerous complaints from campers and campground administrators. Right now, your only options are to exclude one or more of your furry friends from an excursion (unthinkable) or reserve more than one campsite (pricey).

Like most responsible dog owners, we get frustrated with inconsiderate folks who don’t keep Fido on a leash, or refuse to clean up after him, or allow unreasonable barking. But how those real issues have any correlation to the number of dogs at a campsite is beyond us. Whether an irresponsible owner has one dog or six, the problem remains.

If you’re like us, one of the primary reasons we camp is because our dogs are part of the family. And camping is a great vacation for every family member, whether they walk on two legs or four. Mix in one of the many outstanding New York State camping facilities, and a relaxing, successful vacation is almost guaranteed. Well, that used to be the recipe, at any rate.

We have spoken with the Office of Rose Harvey, Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Governor Cuomo’s legal counsel. Both areas informed us that all parks will enforce the new rule, and there is no room for discretion from camp administrators. We respectfully argued that a two dog limit won’t stop irresponsible owners. More distressingly, it punishes owners with more than two dogs who have always followed the rules and been respectful camping neighbors. If you are interested in signing a petition on this issue, go to this petition site: http://www.change.org/petitions/revisit-and-change-the-ny-two-dogs-per-campsite-law

From Cathy Riga on our Facebook Page