Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • So… you know where to go… but how are you going to get your dog there? Tips for car travel with your dog.

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    While bringing your pet along on your family vacation can be a wonderful way to include your pet in on the family fun. It’s important to know that pets do not travel the same way we do. Many times, long rides in the car, unfamiliar locations and new surroundings can contribute to pet anxiety. ThunderWorks wants to remind you that while it may be fun for the pet owner to have their buddy by their side as they embark on new adventures, there are a few things to keep in mind when traveling with your pet.

     

    Make them comfortable.

    o   Be sure your pet has enough room in the car so they aren’t squished. For added comfort and calming, make sure you have a ThunderShirt with you for the car ride and spray their shirt or a blanket from home with ThunderSpray for additional calming.

    Make more frequent pit stops.

    o   Dogs might not be able to hell you when they have to “go” be aware that they often need to eliminate more frequently and account for the time you’ll need to stop, walk and use the bathroom. We recommend using the ThunderLeash in case added restraint is needed in a new surrounding. (You also won’t have to pack a harness!)

    If your dog is extremely anxious in the car.

    o   Consider using a ThunderCap. This helps reduce some of the visual stimulation that a pet experiences, which helps them in stressful situations. Also, consider a distraction toy, to help your dog focus on something else, rather than the car!

    Most important… BE SAFE!

    o   It’s a lot safer for everyone if your dog is securely fastened or confined during car trips. A large dog in your lap or a small one bouncing around the accelerator pedal can be distracting and dangerous—and should you have an accident, your unrestrained dog might be thrown about the cab. Popular options for safe dog travel include dog seat belts, crates and car barriers. If you use a seat belt, be sure to put your dog in the backseat. When riding in the front, dogs can be injured or even killed if you have an accident and an airbag deploys.

    o   Don’t forget to microchip your dog before leaving home, and attach an ID tag with your cell phone number to his collar. If you’re traveling to multiple places during your trip and you don’t have a cell phone, you can buy inexpensive temporary ID tags to use along the way.

    o   Never leave your dog in a hot or cold car unattended. Doing so isn’t just uncomfortable for your dog—it can be life threatening.

    o   Identify emergency animal clinics close to locations you plan to visit during your trip. This is an especially important precaution if your dog is enjoying his golden years.

  • Hop In! 5 Fun pet-friendly vacation destinations!

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    Summer is coming! Do you have any trips planned? Well, if you are looking for some places where you can bring the WHOLE family… including your dog. Look no further!

    Here are 5 pet-friendly destinations throughout the United States where you can hit the road, get out of town and most of all… have a great time!

    San Diego, California
    The warm Californian climate makes this a year-round animal playground, and there’s a wonderful selection of both pet-friendly and off-leash beaches. The Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center has an off-leash park as part of this sprawling facility, making this a one-stop entertainment center for both pets and their people. A pet sitting service is provided at $5 an hour so that pet parents can enjoy a meal in one of numerous eateries. Seaside La Jolla boasts a selection of pet-friendly restaurants such as the Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar on Prospect Street that offers great sea views from its outdoor patio. In addition, your dog may enjoy a kayaking excursion around La Jolla Bay — although pet life jackets are provided, dogs should be good swimmers. (via)

    Austin, Texas

    When you’re ready to leave the mountain life behind, it’s time to take your dog on an urban adventure. In Austin, you and your dog can travel most anywhere together. Most retail establishments have adopted a dog friendly attitude as long as the dogs are well-behaved and friendly. Most restaurants in Austin follow a similar mindset and allow for your furry friend to hang out on the patio as you take in the sights as well as the food of the thriving city.

    When the cityscape begins to become overwhelming for either you or your dog, Austin also offers over 15 off leash dog parks to take your pooch to unwind and socialize. It is very important on a trip like this to observe your dog’s emotions and take care of their instinctual needs. (via)

    Portland, Oregon.
    Traveling and touring can be thirsty work. The Lucky Labrador Brewing Company is a great place for both beer and man’s best friends. The brews with dog-inspired names cater for all tastes. Looking for a little perk-me-up? The Iron Mutt Coffee Company will ensure that you get a great caffeine fix while your pooch enjoys fresh eats and a complimentary biscuit. The Portland Saturday Market located under the Burnside Bridge between S.W. Naito Parkway and S.W. 1st Ave. offers an eclectic mix of merchandise and is a great place to stroll and shop. There’s no shortage of off-leash dog parks in the city — be sure to visit the Hoyt Arboretum on S.W. Fairview Boulevard. that offers canine visitors more than 185 acres of greenery to enjoy. (via)

    Key West, Florida.

    This beautiful beach town is the perfect spot if you love great food, great music, nightlife and relaxing by the water. Key West is also a great place for pets because they have a huge dog beach, a dog park and even dog kayaking and pet-friendly eco charters! Plus, there are many great places to stay and eat that are very pet-friendly. One of the most popular pet-friendly hotels is the Sheraton Suites on South Roosevelt Blvd. This hotel is located right across the street from Smather's beach so you can take a stroll with your pup. In addition, the hotel has a lagoon-style pool and a restaurant and bar. There is no pet fee and two dogs under 80 pounds are welcome. Rates start at $139 a night. Another popular place to stay is the Banana Bay Resort and Marina. This adults-only hotel also does not charge a fee for pets and they are very negotiable on the number and size of pets that can stay. The hotel has a private swimming beach, hot tubs and free breakfast. Rates start at $149 a night. (via)

    Lake Placid, New York.

    Combining luxury with rustic Adirondack comfort, Lake Placid Lodge's dog-friendly cabins feature lake and mountain views and large, wood-burning fireplaces where your pup is sure to enjoy lounging in a lodge-provided pet bed while snacking on homemade treats. The grounds include pet-friendly lakes and trails, and if staff is available you're welcome to leave your pooch at the front desk while you enjoy dinner in the main lodge. Cabins start at $500, and the lodge charges $75 per night for one dog, or $250 per night for two.

    While you're out on the town, pick up some goodies at Jake Placid Doghouse, which offers premium treats, organic foods and unique toys and apparel. Then stop by the Bluesberry Bakery for some human treats like a spinach and feta croissant or the chocolate torte. Spot is welcome to join you at the outdoor table. To work off those snacks, head to Mirror Lake for a 2.7-mile walk around the lake, and if the weather's right, take a dip at the dog-friendly sandy beach.(via)

  • Hey you pet moms!

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    Looking to spend some quality time with your pooch? Well, we are offering up some fun ideas and activities that you and your fur babies can do this Mother’s Day… or any day!

    Take a nice walk!

    Sure, any day is good for a walk, but maybe you can reserve Mother’s Day for that special hike you’ve wanted to try! Another fun idea might be to see if there are any nearby farmers markets in your area that you and your furry buddy can explore!

    Enjoy brunch together!

    It’s more and more common for most restaurants to be pet-friendly as long as your dog is well behaved and leashed. You might want to make a reservation and give the restaurant a head’s up that you’ll be bringing your dog, but what sounds better than some delicious food and your lovable pet by your side?!

    Make a card!

    Are you sending a card to your mom? Why not let the dog send one too?! Make sure you are using pet-friendly (non-toxic) paint and send a “Pawsomely personal” card from your pup!

    Spend time with other dog moms!

    Do you have friends who also own dogs? Consider hosting a “Bow Wow Brunch” for both dogs and dog mommies! You can serve both human and doggie delights and let everyone enjoy each other’s company!

     

    We wish all of those human and pet mom’s a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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