Archive for August, 2013

The Pet-Friendly Great Smoky Mountains

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

For people Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the country. While it is not among the most pet-friendly National Parks, there is still a lot in the area to entice a pet person to visit. The area covers the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountain National Park. There is excellent pet-friendly lodging in the area. There are also pet-friendly vacation rentals to meet your needs should you prefer a vacation home rental. If camping is your thing, there is pet-friendly camping in the Smoky Mountain National Park and multiple area private campgrounds.

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Portland Oregon – One of the Most Pet-Friendly Cities in America

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When you mention the Portland Oregon dog-friendly scene to any self-respecting well traveled local dog they will immediately think of The Lucky Labrador. There are actually four of them throughout the area. The Lucky Lab is a brewery with a, you guessed it, a Labrador Retreiver mascot on their beer labels. But you don’t have to like beer to go here. They have a menu of salads and deli sandwiches as well. Your dog can accompany you to the outside areas of each of the locations. But Portland is not a one “Lab” town. Also try out the Tin Shed Garden Cafe which comes complete with a dog menu alongside its natural, organic and healthy people foods.

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Grand Canyon – The Dog-Friendly Rim Trail

Monday, August 26th, 2013

People traveling with dogs know that dogs are not allowed “below the rim” of the Grand Canyon. If you want to travel down the trail to the bottom of the canyon with a four legged companion than a mule will have to do. This fact turns off many travelers with dogs in tow towards a visit to this very popular and awesome National Park. It need not be avoided. In fact, we consider the Grand Canyon one of the most dog-friendly of the National Parks. What is not as often mentioned is that, while dogs are not allowed below the rim of the canyon, 98 percent of visitors do not hike below the rim. It’s a very strenuous hike.

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Grand Canyon