Sedona Arizona Tops DogFriendly.com’s 2020 Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions

May 16th, 2020

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Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet.

May 15, 2020 — Sedona / Grand Canyon Arizona together top the DogFriendly.com Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions for 2020. – Take a leashed dog on the Grand Canyon rim, stay at any of a number of pet-friendly Sedona resorts and hike or take a dog-friendly jeep. Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet. The rest of the year’s Top 10 are:

2. Cape Cod Massachusetts – Beaches, Boats and surf for you and your dog. B&Bs and patio dining in most of the towns. Many miles of dog-friendly beaches.

3. Key West / Florida Keys – Quaint dog-friendly B&Bs, a large choice of fully outdoor dining and bars, a dog-friendly aquarium and other attractions.

4. Carmel / Monterey Carmel Beach is off-leash friendly, there are numerous fine hotels walking trails both paved and dirt and patio restaurants.

5. Lake Tahoe / Virginia City- Stay at a nice vacation rental, enjoy winter or water sports, visit the old west in Virginia City.

6. Black Hills – Camping and park options are everywhere. There are dog-friendly attractions to keep you busy for a while.

7. St. Augustine – Take a boat or ghost tour. Visit the Fountain of Youth. Lots of dog-friendly shopping and dining around Old Town.

8. Chattanooga – Shop and Dine along the river. Visit Rock City Gardens and hike the area and Ruby Falls.

9. Bar Harbor/Acadia – Acadia National Park is very dog-friendly with many trails. Take a boat, camp or hike. Dine in town or in the park.

10. Amarillo – Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park for great dog-friendly hiking. Take in Cadillac Ranch and stay and have a large steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch.

DogFriendly.com also has dog-friendly tips for social distancing as well at its blog at https://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?p=3495.

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When We Can Venture Out Again – DogFriendly.com’s Tips on Social Distancing With Your Dogs

May 5th, 2020

A Dog Lover’s Guide to the COVID Stay At Home Orders





DogFriendly.com (https://www.dogfriendly.com) has spent over 20 years helping people find places to which to take their dogs. From hotels to attractions, restaurants to beaches, shopping, dog parks, RV parks, city and state parks, hikes and more DogFriendly.com  has searched for places to take your dog where they would also be welcome. Now, oddly, it is we that are banned from places even more so than our four legged friends. Whereas people could go everywhere we were limited where we could take our pets. My, how things are different now.

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Your dog is probably happy that you are home so much more! More playtime, more snacks and, if your area permits it, maybe plenty of walks. Dogs during this time need to stay on leashes more than ever as they can create more human to human contact. By visiting with other dogs your dog will bring you close to the other dog guardians and visa versa. Also, although there is no evidence of dogs catching coronavirus they are certainly capable of bringing it back to you on their fur.  As states are opening up most of us are or will shortly be able to walk our dogs on leash.

Dogs have been known to participate in business meetings on Zoom, school classes over the Internet and even live broadcasts by the news media from their living room. Some dogs are becoming famous in their own circles in this way. I myself have heard barking during my kids classes and on news reports.

Dog Parks in most states have been closed for the initial shutdown stages but some are now opening up with phase one openings. Check your local regulations.  Parks in some cities and states have been closed too but with proper social distancing many have remained open. Again, dogs should remain on leash when in parks and well controlled in dog parks. Some people who require limited risk of infection should pick the slower times to walk their dog or go to the neighborhood dog park.

With takeout food the norm at restaurants your pup may have felt the playing field even up. Whereas you have been allowed to dine in restaurants, Fido has not been allowed to, restricted to the outdoor seating areas which have now also been closed to their human companions. Your dog will love take out food where you find the nearest picnic bench, your house deck or your living room and enjoy dinner with them. As restaurants open up we will likely want to eat outdoors more in an area more accessible to our furry buddies.

Traveling in an RV or tent camping is good for your dog and likely good for avoiding Corona-virus for people. Unlike a hotel room, where you don’t know who stayed there the night before and have lots of doorknobs to touch you bring your lodging with you when camping. And you can bring your dog. Social distancing is easier as well. What’s not to like there? Maybe mosquitos.

“Of course, we have never seen a situation such as this in our lifetimes.” says Len Kain, President and Editor in Chief of DogFriendly.com. “Never have so many places been closed to us and our dogs. To your dog, there is some good and some bad about the current situation. As things open up more dog-friendly places will too”.

After 9/11 we saw a big uptick in traveling with your family and your dogs. People traveled by car for a while more than planes. They stayed closer to home and wanted to keep the whole family together. It is likely we will see a similar pattern as the country opens up from Covid-19. DogFriendly.com will continue to list places that, as things begin to open up, your dog can do with you. From hotels, cabins, RV parks, parks, dog parks, outdoor restaurants, hiking trails, shopping, transportation and more hopefully we will resume something closer to normal soon.

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Oppose Florida Bill HB 243 – A Trojan Horse to ban dogs from retail

October 3rd, 2019

Florida is proposing a 2020 bill (HB 243) that Dog Lovers need to seriously take a look at and oppose.

While claiming to ban dogs from the “Inside” portions of restaurants – where dogs have been banned by law for many decades – this bill would not be needed for that. The current doggy dining laws opens up only outdoor areas of restaurants for dogs and only those where the dog doesn’t have to walk inside the restaurant to get to the outdoor section. So this new bill is entirely unnecessary regarding restaurants.

So why the bill? The wording (Places of Business’s are listed as well as restaurants) appears to go way beyond restaurants and include retail of all kinds. This includes malls – many Florida malls allow and are frequented by dogs that are carried or in carriers or on leash. Stores – such as Home Improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot and all other stores that dogs may be allowed into by the stores owners. Pet Stores may not even be able to allow dogs…

The bill also contains a requirement to set up a location where people can report any business violating this law… So that it will be easy for a single individual to file complaints where ever they see a dog.

This bill seems to be a Trojan Horse – using restaurants as its cover but targeting dogs everywhere. It has no purpose for restaurants – but would establish a ban on dogs in retail.

At the very least it is unnecessary. At the worst it is awful. It should go nowhere…

Text of Bill – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/243/BillText/Filed/PDF