Car trip across Canada with a canine? Go Zolo!

This Summer, an adventurous couple from Seattle is setting out in a diesel conversion van to journey across Canada with Zolo, their slightly neurotic dog. Along the way, their trip will be documented at using words, videos, pictures, and an original webcomic. And upon returning from their epic adventure, their collection of multimedia awesomeness will be turned into an ebook that’s part travelogue, part guidebook.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Look at Zolo below, he thinks it’s going to be fun.

Zolo Car trip across Canada with a canine? Go Zolo!

Zolo – hero to neurotic dogs everywhere! (picture via the Redell family)

These world travelers (Charlie and Alexis have traveled the world, and Zolo, himself, comes from Taiwan) certainly know what they are doing, but here’s where you get to be part of the fun.

A Kickstarter has been started for the Zolo Neurotico project, and YOU can help push them across the finish line of their monetary goal for this trip. As of today, they only need about $2,000 more before June 8th. That means if only 80 of you awesome readers chipped in $25 each, Zolo hits the road for awesome adventures in Canada! Visit the Kickstarter page to see where the money is going, and the thanks you will get for your pledge. The Redells are both freelancers and will be working during their trip, but the costs of this project can be defrayed by the Kickstarter donations.

Spread the word about this fun project, won’t you? Click the awesome cartoon Zolo below to go directly to the Kickstarter page!

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Guest Post: The best dog boarding options this spring

The holiday season is a busy time for most people. If you have kids, the months of March, April, and May are filled with vacations, parties and family visits. Many people head out of town to spend spring break with their extended family. Loving dog owners may feel guilty about leaving their pet during the holidays but if they are not able to bring their dog with them, they have no other choice but to leave them behind. Since it can be extremely difficult to find a pet sitter during the spring holiday season people need to find a good overnight dog boarding facility that will take good care of their pet.

pet on bed Guest Post: The best dog boarding options this spring

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The difference between a kennel and a pet hotel

Kennels and pet hotels both care for dogs while their owners are out of town but they offer different levels of service. A basic kennel keeps dogs in cages. They do not supply pet beds or structured play areas. Kennels let dogs out into a fenced area but not all kennels walk the dogs or play with them each day. Kennels are the cheapest boarding option because they only offer basic care and services.

A pet hotel offers a more luxurious setting for dogs. Rather than staying in a cage, dogs stay in their own spacious suites that include lighting and a comfortable bed. Staff members do their best to make the dogs feel secure. Some dog boarding facilities even play soft music at bedtime to help dogs relax in their new environment. Staff members monitor pet hotel guests 24-hours a day and if any sudden health issues arise, the animals receive professional medical treatment right away.

People who have an energetic dog should choose a dog hotel that offers doggy daycare services for boarded dogs. Not all dog hotels offer doggy daycare but they do take the dogs for daily walks and give them the opportunity to run and play in an indoor or outdoor play area. Pet hotel staff members take the time to talk to and play with all of the dogs in their care. Some pet hotels also offer grooming services.

How to select the best facility

Whether people choose to take their dog to a kennel or pet hotel they need to find out more about the facility before dropping off their pet. People should always take the time to walk through the entire facility, including outdoor dog runs or play areas to see if the environment is safe, clean and cheery. Pet owners should take note of how the staff treats the animals and check for signs of a poor quality facility such as empty food and water dishes, foul odor, lack of bedding and toys or unhappy staff members. If the pet owner wouldn’t dream of spending one night at the facility they should not leave their pet there.

All good dog boarding facilities have strict rules and requirements. They ask that boarders and doggy daycare participants be up to date on their vaccinations and they do not let mature animals participate in group activities unless they are spayed or neutered. These rules are put in place to protect all of the dogs staying in the facility. People should never leave their dog at a boarding facility that does not ask to see a copy of the animal’s immunization records.

Nobody likes to leave their dog but people who find an excellent dog boarding facility can relax knowing that their favorite animal is in good hands. Many modern facilities even give their customers the opportunity to view the different rooms of the pet hotel online via webcam so they can check on their pet anytime they please while they are away.

Written by Robert Gold, a writer for Paradise 4 Paws.

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How to do a beach vacation – by Izzie

Hi, Izzie here. I was looking through photos with my mom human recently and realized I’ve been on SO many vacations, mostly to the beach, that surely I’m an expert on beach vacations by now. If you’ve never been on a vacation to the beach with your humans, here are a few of the basics you need to know. I don’t expect you to get it perfect your first time out (we can’t all be Izzie, afterall), so plan on a few vacations to get the hang of things.

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This is me on my first ever trip to the beach. My mom human had a hurt foot, so as she propped up her foot, I got to sit on her lap. Like a boss. I carefully watched what all the other dogs were doing, then I eventually went and explored “my beach.” A few lessons here: 1) puddles at the beach taste icky, 2) seaweed bad, 3) driftwood sticks good.

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Besides dogs there are weird birds at the beach called seagulls. At first they scared me, but then I realized that their sole purpose in life is to hang out trying to get food all day. Mad respect. They drop this little white/light green stuff – DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, eat that stuff.

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Back in the hotel room, make sure you look happy, like freakishly deliriously happy, 100% of the time. In the future this will be recalled by your humans and they will say things like “we HAVE to take Izzie on vacation because it makes her so happy.” Heh. You got ’em where you want ’em after that.

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However, it IS ok to look sad when it’s time to leave. “Awww look, Izzie doesn’t want to leave” they’ll say. This may speed up the time between leaving and another beach vacation. Another valuable lesson in this picture is bring a friend. Octopus here always goes to the beach with me. His squeaker is still in tact for now, so we have to have elephant toy without a squeaker for night time to be quiet for the other hotel guests.

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Now this picture is very important. On vacation there is a thing called “room service.” Dude, a person can bring things like bacon right to your room! I refer to that person as “bacon man” and I loves him. Also, because your humans are on vacation, they are a bit laid back with the rules. Work this. Place yourself conveniently located next to the food when it arrives. Make a face that is combination cute and semi-starving and before you know it they are handing you food off their plates! Score! Now only if we could make this happen at home…

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Another important opportunity for food is at the local coffee shops. If your humans like to stroll around the little shops, stopping for coffee might include a cookie. Even if your humans don’t get a people cookie to share with you (like if they are selfish bastards), many of the little shops sell dog cookies or have a treat bowl on the counter. This seems totally appropriate and everywhere should do this. By the way, don’t I look pretty fetching in this jacket? My mom human got it for me before this last vacation in January. A styling jacket means more random humans walking by will oooh and ahhh over you and say you are cute, as they should.

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Sometimes your humans will just want to relax. Make sure you’ve gotten your petting allotment in, and then chill by yourself and let them do things like read a book in peace for a bit. If you are too needy with the attention, it can be a negative. Sometimes you have to leave the humans alone to do their stupid stuff that does not involve you.

Hope these tips for taking a beach vacation were somewhat helpful. All these pics were taken in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I highly recommend it there as the whole town is super dog friendly.

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Travel with Fido? Around the US? Do it!

Ever wish you could take off and see hundreds of places around the United States? Ever wish you could bring Fido? You may say “yes” to both questions, but where to start? Now with The Ruff Guide to the Unites States, you can get the inside scoop from someone who has done just that – traveled the US – and with her pooch!

Melissa Halliburton, the founder of the popular pet-friendly travel website, has put together info on her travel with Ace, and has an awesome book raring to go, but…

Printing is expensive, and here’s where she needs a little “kickstart.

Melissa’s book is now a project that you can financially back on the social funding site, KickStarter. Visit the KickStarter page for this book and learn of the varying ways you can support this project – getting it out there for people to see!

An awesome video of some of Melissa & Ace’s travels has been put together that had me raring to donate to support this project. I hope after watching the video you feel the same!

Keep in mind that the deadline to fund this KickStarter project is December 25th.

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