Saturday, September 24, 2016

100 Places To See With Your Dog: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

They call Arkansas THE NATURAL STATE for a reason.  The natural beauty throughout the state is simply gorgeous!  Arkansas happens to also be a very dog friendly destination.  When we first discovered Arkansas, it was just a place to stop over on our cross country route with our dogs.  What a surprise when we discovered all the natural beauty and all the places you can bring your dog!  That's when we fell in love with The Natural State.

One of the many cool springs in Eureka Springs,  in Northern Arkansas
 When I started researching dog friendly places in Arkansas, I learned about all the wonderful areas to visit with your dog throughout Arkansas.  Eureka Springs, located in the Northwestern part of the state, lies deep in the magnificent Ozark Mountains.  It's a beautifully quaint, historic town and perfect for a holiday with your dog!

One of the quaint little landscaped nooks around the town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas
There's lots to do in Eureka Springs, most of it centering around historic places and outdoor activities.  There are over 25 miles of deep woods trails or paved paths, easily accessible
from the town of  Eureka Springs.  Visit the Eureka Springs Trails web site for more information and maps.



The central "Square" in the town of Eureka where people gather to relax or listen to some street music.
We really enjoyed the Historic Loop Walk that traverses around the town of Eureka Springs.  There are dozens of beautiful historic homes to see along the walk, as well as many natural cool springs. 

Steps leading down to Eureka's central gathering place.


As you walk through the town and around the Historic Loop, stop to enjoy some of the beautifully landscaped cold spring areas.  As you can see, the town has landscaped these spring areas beautifully!



If you still have some energy left after the Historic Loop, visit Lake Leatherwood.  It's a 1610 acre recreation area with over 25 miles of hiking and biking trails around a spring fed lake. 



Black Bass Lake is another area to visit.  It's got 2 miles of trails and bluffs surrounding it, and includes a half mile trail that is handicapped accessible.  This is great because not all areas of this mountain town are accessible.



After taking in all the beauty and nature Eureka Springs has to offer, give your dog an extra treat by taking him to Bark Park, located in Harmon park.  Note that There are no Wolf Hybrids permitted in the dog park and there’s a limit of 2 dogs per person.  They also don’t permit prong or choke collars (YAY!), nor do they permit collars with spikes on them. 



One of the sunken spring areas, so lovely!



There are plenty of dog friendly hotels and B&B’s in Eureka Springs, as well as dog friendly places to eat (on outdoor patios). 



I found a fantastic dog friendly Inn in the center of Eureka Springs called the Peabody House.  I couldn't believe this beautiful B&B was dog friendly!  We had a separate little cottage behind the main Inn that I just loved.  For some weird reason, it reminded me of a Sea Captain's house.  I honestly don't know what made me feel like that, LOL!



Our cottage was a quaint two story house with a deck off the bedroom upstairs.  The deck was literally RIGHT next to the mountain - I swear you could practically reach out & touch the mountain!  We loved that, and we enjoyed sitting out there each morning and evening with our dogs.  I was so comfortable in the Peabody House, I didn't want to leave at the end of our stay! 

The main Inn at the Peabody House.  We stayed in one of the cottages just behind the main house.
When I booked our stay at the Peabody House over the phone, the Innkeeper kept warning me that the house we were staying in, directly behind the main Inn you see pictured here, was "really tiny".  "Oh don't worry!" I said, I'm from New York and I lived in Manhattan for a few years - I'm used to tiny apartments!"  Well, it didn't seem tiny to me at all - not by NY standards anyway.  It was just perfect.  In fact, I loved staying there so much, it was hard to get me to leave in the morning to go out and explore!



If you're looking for a wonderful Fall trip, I highly recommend a trip to The Natural State, especially to Eureka Springs!



My next 100 Places To See With Your Dog will cover HOT Springs, Arkansas which is in the Southern part of the state.  Stay tuned.



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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Right Choice For Your Dog's Tick & Flea Protection #12Bravecto

Ticks don't go away when Summer ends.  In fact, in many areas of the country Fall is peak time for both Ticks and Fleas!

Ticks don't go away when Summer ends!  Choose the right tick protection for your dog.
Even dogs who aren't active outdoor types are still at risk of being exposed to ticks.  A short walk in the park, around the block or a quick potty break in the yard can put your dog at risk of getting a tick!  Dogs still need tick and flea control.  Choosing the right tick and flea protection for your dog is important.


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I can hardly begin to describe how disgusting it is when you find a tick on your precious pooch.  It sends a shiver down your spine!  I found a tick on Icy a few months ago, and I was not only horrified but I felt guilty at having failed to protect her against this disgusting parasite.  You can read more about poor Icy's tick incident here.


Imagine how sickening it was to find this blood sucking tick on my sweet dog's neck!
Ticks aren't just disgusting looking creatures, they carry diseases that can be harmful to your pet - and to you!  Educate yourself on what kind of ticks are in your area and what diseases your dog could be exposed to on MyPet.com's WHAT'S THAT TICK? page on their web site.

Your dog doesn't have to be the super active outdoor type to be at risk for ticks and fleas.  If your dog can get ticks and fleas right in your own yard or during a short walk, imagine how easy it is for ticks and fleas to latch on to a dog that swims, hikes, or walks through the woods or open fields!

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After your dog has been outside, even if only for a short while, do a thorough check for ticks.  Run your hands through your dog's fur backwards, spreading the fur so you can see all the way down to the skin.  It's easier to see ticks on smooth coated dogs, but still run your hands along their entire body to feel for ticks.  Pay particular attention to their ears and paws. 

When I volunteered at the shelter, lots of dogs came in with ticks.  The majority of the time the ticks were inside the dogs ears and on the bottom of their paws, mainly between their toes.  Visit MyPet.com's web site for tips on Checking For and Removing Ticks.

Icy loves a good roll in the grass. Ticks and fleas love the grass as much as your dog does.  Even a quick roll in the grass with your favorite stick can expose you to ticks and fleas!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Don't Ignore The Pets!

Don't ignore pets during the chaos of Back To School for the kids.  Pets want to be part of the action too!

Don't ignore pets when Back To School time comes around.
Here are some tips to help Ease the Transition of Back to School for Pets.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

REMEMBRANCE

NEVER FORGET
 
SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001


PRAY FOR PEACE BUT FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. 
LET FREEDOM RING!!!!!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dogs Remind People about Happy Healthy Cat Month

In today's Wordless Wednesday, we want to remind everyone that September is HAPPY HEALTHY CAT MONTH!!
 

This photo of an adorable feral kitten is from my blog post on Stray Cats in the Hood? TNR 'em!  TNR, or Trap Neuter and Return feral cats prevents the needless euthanasia of stray or feral cats.  Read more about why this works and why removing feral cats doesn't eliminate feral "cat colonies".

September is HAPPY HEALTHY CAT MONTH!  Celebrate your happy healthy cat
Icy and her beloved kitty sister Maggie peacefully co-existing in our home.  Maggie went over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago. We all miss her so much.  She was a stray kitten in Harlem, New York City when I adopted her.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

100 Places To See With Your Dog: Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico is such a beautiful and diverse state.  You've got artsy Santa Fe to the North, quirky fun Roswell to the South, and culturally rich Albuquerque in between.  New Mexico is nicknamed "Land of Enchantment" because of it's stunning beauty and rich history.  There's so much to see and do in this lovely, dog friendly state!

Dog friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico, dubbed " Land of Enchantment", has so much to offer.
Santa Fe is a culturally diverse, artsy town.  It's interesting that the historic place so many artists are attracted to is the capital of the state.  Founded around 1610, it's the oldest state capital in the United States.  The legendary artist Georgia O'Keefe spent Summers in Santa Fe for several years, inspired by the rich, stunning landscape.  Santa Fe has quite a diverse art scene.  It's not all Southwestern, much of it is quite contemporary. 

At the heart of downtown Santa Fe is the Central Plaza area.   This is where both people and dogs congregate to people watch and check out all the fabulous art galleries, restaurants, and shops that surround the Plaza. 

Icy and Phoebe take a break from the art galleries & shops to rest and people (& pooch) watch.
There are a lot of beautiful statues on and around the Plaza.  This one is particularly detailed and beautiful.


Here's a closer look at some of the detail on this intricate statue:


One of the most popular attractions in the Plaza area is the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  This statue of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, stands just outside the church.  It's one of my favorite statues of St. Francis of Assisi, I think because one of the animals he's standing next to is a wolf!  I love wolves, they're so beautiful.  I guess that's why I love Huskies so much, they look so much like wolves!

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi, which stands outside St. Francis Cathedral.
There are quite a few restaurants in Santa Fe that are dog friendly outside on the patio.

Lunch at one of the dog friendly restaurants in Santa Fe
We stayed in an adorable, adobe style hotel.  It was too hot to light this charming adobe fireplace but we loved it! 
Quaint adobe style hotel in dog friendly Santa Fe, NM
The hotel had a cute little outdoor area off the bedroom.  It was just large enough for us to have a cup of coffee and for the dogs to soak up a bit of sun.


One morning we walked the dogs through the plaza area for a potty break.  We kept walking and walking but Phoebe wouldn't do her business.  I figured she didn't have to go yet so I gave up on her pottying.  Suddenly a lady rushed over to me and called out "Your dog is pooping on the (incredibly crowded) sidewalk!"  Apparently, Phoebe decided mid walk through a crowded sidewalk that it was time for the blessed event to occur.  I was mortified!  It wasn't easy trying to pick up after her with a ton of people rushing by.  Oh well, when ya gotta go ya gotta go!

We were delighted to finally find a really nice walking path just outside the Plaza area where we could take the dogs for a long walk away from the crowd. 

There are lots of dog friendly hiking trails all around Santa Fe as well.  The whole area is so gorgeous, it's a great place to go for a hike with your dog.


There's lots to see and do in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I definitely recommend adding Santa Fe to your list of places to see with your dog!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I love making treats for my dogs when I can, but I usually don't want to spend tons of time on my DIY dog treat projects.   I like my dog treat recipes easy and quick, while still being a delicious and special snack for my dogs!


Here's a really simple DIY dog treat that takes very little time and uses just two ingredients:

PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT DOG TREATS:
5 Tbsp. Yogurt (I used Greek Yogurt)
2 large scoops of Peanut butter

THAT'S IT!! 


STEP 1. Mix the yogurt and peanut butter together in a small bowl until blended.


STEP 2.  Add the mixture to either a stuffable toy, such as a Kong toy  OR  you can spoon them into an ice cube tray.

STEP 3. Pop the peanut butter yogurt stuffed toy or the ice cube try into the freezer and FREEZE!

STEP 4. Watch your dogs gobble up their special treat with gusto!


I was a little worried that the ice cube tray wouldn't work well, that I'd have trouble getting them out of the tray.  To my surprise they just popped right out!  I think using the thicker Greek style Yogurt may have helped, they didn't stick to the tray much at all.

This homemade treat recipe couldn't be easier, but my dogs think I slaved in the kitchen all morning making them!


As you can see, Icy and Phoebe are thoroughly enjoying their Yogurt Peanut Butter treats.  Phoebe has a weird habit of grabbing her treats and running away to the nearest dog bed to devour them, LOL!

Note: Remember to Always consult your Veterinarian before introducing  new foods to your pet.

If you enjoyed this simple DIY Yogurt Peanut Butter dog treat recipe, you may also like my Frozen Yogurt-Pineapple-Jerky Stix dog treat recipe!


I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND JENNA, FROM LOVE IS BEING OWNED BY A HUSKY FOR SHARING THIS EASY YOUGURT PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREAT RECIPE!!