Posts Tagged ‘Dog-Friendly’

Pets are more than Property – Let Them Live On

Monday, May 20th, 2019

In Virginia, a healthy Shih Tzu was euthanized after the death of its “owner” who left explicit instructions in her will that the dog be put down and laid to rest with her on her death. Apparently, this happens from time to time. This is entirely unacceptable and should be illegal. It needs to be clearly outlawed without wiggle room in all states. No pets should be euthanized by their guardian when healthy. Especially not to be buried with them.

It’s bad enough that sometimes shelters feel they need to euthanize an animal because it can’t be adopted out after trying to do so. We wish this never happened as well. This dog easily would have been adopted. But the executor refused to budge and the dog was taken to a vet and euthanized. Shame on the vet – euthanizing a healthy animal. Shame on this woman. Shame on the executor.

How was this allowed? In most states pets are personal property – no different than a table or chair. If you want to destroy your table you can. If you want to euthanize a healthy pet you may as well. This needs to change.

Pets are not tables. They are not chairs. They are not property. They are living beings with feelings and with connections to other living beings. People have emotional support animals. They have service animals. They have therapy animals. They do not have tables that can do this role.

This is not the only way that the law fails pets and those who truly care for them. Stealing an animal (Kidnapping) is the same as stealing property of the same “value” in cash. Likewise, killing someone else’s loved pet gets you minimal punishment. This legal definition must end. Pets are far more than that. There needs to be a definition for pets between property and humans where many of the laws protecting humans apply to pets and they are no longer treated as property.

Are we the Egyptian Pharaohs who killed their wives, families and servants when they died? Are we no better? This should never be allowed to happen again in America.

Dog-Friendly Sacramento California

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

More Dog-Friendly Places in Sacramento

Old Town

The state capital of California, Sacramento, is a bustling city of 500,000 people with a metro area population of 2 million. The city was founded in 1839 by John Sutter and grew in prominence due to the gold rush. Many of the older buildings are preserved at the Old Sacramento Historic Area along the Sacramento River. Sacramento sits in the middle of the Central Valley of California about 30 miles west of the Sierra Nevada foothills and about 90 miles from San Francisco. The winters are wet and the summers are very dry and very hot, with high temperatures often at or near 100 degrees. Sacramento has a lot of dog-friendly attractions and things to do both in the city and within a few hours drive where you can take a day trip and return to your accommodation in town.

There are many dog-friendly hotels in Sacramento. Downtown there is the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel next to the State Capitol and near all of the government buildings and the dog-friendly Downtown Plaza Shopping Center. There is the Hilton Sacramento Arden West next to Arden Fair Mall (which is not dog-friendly). If you want to stay in historic downtown Folsom the Lake Natoma Inn would be a great choice. This hotel overlooks Lake Natoma and is on the 20 mile American River Trail. There are also many other pet-friendly hotels in various parts of Sacramento, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Roseville. If you are planning to camp while in the Sacramento area there is the Sacramento Metropolitan KOA just west of the city and a KOA about 30 miles east of town on Highway 50 near Placerville. Cal Expo, the State Fairgrounds, also has an RV Park if you are attended an event at the fairgrounds. Small dogs that can be carried in a carrier are allowed on the RT buses and light rail.

While in Sacramento any dog should be taken to Old Sacramento Historic Area along the river in downtown. This dog-friendly area has shops, patio dining and historic buildings from the 1860s. The Top Hand Ranch Carriage Rides that leave from here will take your dog on their shorter tours of Old Sacramento or there longer tours that go past the State Capitol and government center. You can also take a self-guided walking tour of Capitol Park which surrounds the California State Capitol. If you would like to wine taste in Sacramento the Scibner Bend Vineyards are located at 9051 River Road. There is lots more wine tasting about 1 hour out of town in El Dorado and Amador Counties. This area has developed into a second Napa Valley. Shopping in Sacramento with your pet is excellent, with the Downtown Plaza Shopping Center for downtown shopping and in Folsom the new Palladio offers a European style outdoor shopping environment with upscale stores and patio dining. Day trips from Sacramento include a trip to Napa Valley about 2 hours away and, in the fall, a trip to Apple Hill just past Placerville to visit the apple farms in season.

Sacramento has a lot of dog-friendly dining in most parts of town. It should be easy to find an outdoor patio which will welcome your dog. Downtown Plaza has the River City Brewing Company and Johnny Rockets. Folsom’s Palladio has a number of excellent patio restaurants as well. Try Panera Bread, San Francisco Sourdough, or Freebirds World Burrito.

For exercise for you and your dog, there is the American River Parkway which weaves its way for 32 miles from downtown to Folsom Lake. This is a bike and hiking trail. Please keep your dog on leash on the trail. Folsom Lake State Rec Area surrounds Folsom Lake and the Folsom Dam. Gibson Ranch Park is predominantly an equestrian park but leashed dogs can share the trails with the horses. William Land Park, south of downtown, houses the Sacramento Zoo (dogs not allowed in the zoo) and lots of room to walk. A good place to walk is also Old Sacramento as well as Old Town Folsom. Sacramento has quite a few off-leash dog parks located in each part of town and there seem to be more each year. Most have fencing, water, benches and clean up stations and many have separate areas for small dogs.

Nearby trips to Sacramento include the San Francisco Bay Area, Gold Country, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe and Reno.

Colorado Jeep Tours announces Dog-Friendly Jeep Tour Policy

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Colorado Jeep Tours, located in the Royal Gorge region of Canon City, Colorado, is pleased to announce their new dog-friendly guided jeep tour policy, effective April, 2017. As more travelers are choosing to take their four-legged family members along on vacations, Colorado Jeep Tours has recognized the need to allow dogs onboard their off-road scenic guided tours. Now, with some exceptions and specific rules in place to insure the safety and enjoyment of all guests, dogs of all sizes and breeds – from tiny purse pups to giant breeds – will be allowed to ride along on excursions to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Red Canyon Park, and the Gold Belt Scenic Byway, an all-day adventure that travels to the historic gold mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado.
In order to participate in the tours, advance reservations are required (making note of the dog), along with a pre-tour signed Dog Waiver, and a day-of-tour clearance from the Colorado Jeep Tours guide and/or management. There is no fee for lap-held dogs on tour but, due to limited space in the jeeps, large dogs that cannot be held safely by the owner will be assessed a seat fee. For safety reasons, dogs may only participate in the jeeping portion of any combination tours, and cannot be taken into partner businesses (i.e. train rides, horseback riding, ranch chuckwagons, etc) unless those venues specifically permit dogs.
Colorado Jeep Tours offers high-quality, scenic, and educational tours, providing local information on such topics as history, geology, and paleontology while traveling on some of the most beautiful roads and trails in the Royal Gorge region of Fremont County, Colorado. For more information, visit and click “Download Dog Waiver” in the black box at the bottom of any page, or call the Colorado Jeep Tours reservations at office at 719-275-6339.