Camping with Pets

Camping with pets can be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your furry friend. Not only does it allow you to spend quality time together in the great outdoors, but it also allows your pet to explore new surroundings and get some exercise. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that camping with pets requires a little extra planning and consideration to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all involved.

First and foremost, ensure that your pet is up to the camping task. Some pets, especially older or smaller animals, may be unable to handle the physical demands of hiking or spending long periods in a tent. If you’re unsure whether your pet is fit for camping, consult your veterinarian or consider taking a shorter, more leisurely trip to test the waters.

Once you’ve determined that your pet is ready for a camping adventure, planning is essential. Research the campsite or national park you’ll be visiting to see if they have any specific rules or regulations regarding pets. Some camps may not allow pets or may have restrictions on where they can go or what they can do. It’s also a good idea to check with the local ranger station or park headquarters to discover any potential hazards, such as wildlife or poisonous plants, that your pet might encounter.

When packing for your trip, don’t forget to bring all the necessary supplies for your pet, including food, water, a leash, a collar with identification tags, and any medications they may be taking. It’s also a good idea to bring a portable water dish and a few plastic bags for waste disposal. If you spend a long outdoors, consider investing in a portable shade shelter or canopy to protect your pet from the sun.

Once you arrive at the campsite, keep your pet on a leash. Not only is this a requirement at many camps, but it’s also essential for the safety of your pet and other campers. It’s also a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet and ensure they don’t get into trouble, such as chasing after wildlife or eating something they shouldn’t.

Camping with pets can be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your furry friend as long as you plan and take the necessary precautions. You can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all involved with extra planning and consideration.

Five suggestions for safe camping with pets:

  1. Leash laws and campsite rules: Many campsites and national parks have specific rules and regulations regarding pets, including leash laws and designated areas where pets are allowed. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with these rules and follow them to ensure your pet’s and other campers’ safety.
  2. Wildlife: Camping in the great outdoors means you and your pet may encounter wildlife, such as bears, snakes, or other potentially dangerous animals. It’s important to keep your pet on a leash and closely supervise them to prevent them from getting into any trouble.
  3. Poisonous plants: Some plants, such as poison ivy or oak, can be harmful to pets if ingested or if they come into contact with their skin. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the plants that grow in the area you’ll be camping in and take precautions to prevent your pet from coming into contact with them.
  4. Heat exhaustion: If camping in hot weather, it’s vital to ensure your pet stays hydrated and has access to shade. Signs of heat exhaustion in pets include heavy panting, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to provide your pet with water and a fantastic place to rest and seek veterinary care if necessary.
  5. Water safety: If you are near a body of water, keep a close eye on your pet and prevent them from drinking or swimming in any potentially contaminated water. It’s also a good idea to bring a portable water dish and plenty of fresh water to keep your pet hydrated during the trip.

Have fun with your fur babies!

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Glitzy Trains Daddy to do New Trick

For those of you that follow the chronicles of Glitzy. One of the most spoiled dogs on the planet. She has again outdone herself! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, two nights ago, about 2:37 AM. I hear a bark coming from the living room. A precocious bark only Glitzy can make. Several attempts were made to call her to no avail.

The trek for the living room begins. Glitzy continue the sharp bark as I look at Glitzy to ask, “what do you want, Glitzy?” I’m scanning the room for toys, bones, or other potential daddies fetch for my items. Not seeing anything I sit on the couch.

Glitzy stands up and paws me as she does when asking to be picked up. Grabbing her, I put her on the couch. Immediately she makes a couple of turns and flops next to me to go back to sleep. She wanted to sleep on the couch and thought it was a good idea for me to be there with her.

She seriously called me down to the living room and wanted me to sit not lay on the couch so she could go back to sleep. Yes, diva is never too strong a word for my Glitzy.

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Glitzy Obeying the Leash Law

Now we have gone from barking in bed at night for me to move so she can get a new spot she wants, too bringing me to the living room so she can sleep on the couch next to me on her couch blanket (yes Glitzy has couch blankets, floor blankets and blankets on the bed).

As I am typing this article, my fur baby is staring at me, as I suspect she will have me fetching something for her forthwith. I was right she has gone to the bedroom, now barking. It’s the afternoon so she will want me to lay down so she can watch a movie. If you’ve read about Glitzy, you will know she loves to watch movies.

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For now, this is the end until Glitzy trains me to perform a new service for her!

Glitzy a Spoiled Dog’s Life

For those of you that have pets, I am sure some of you may be able to relate to having a spoiled dog. Glitzy is on the outer rim of spoiled, I love Glitzy and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her latest antics are pretty fun and worth a story.

This will help set the stage for her latest thing knowing a little story of how she communicates with me.

One night a couple of years ago, Glitzy would come to me while I was on the couch and bark at me. She had food, water, bones, and everything to make a princess dog a princess dog. She just wouldn’t stop barking at me. dog, pet, Glitzy

I got up looking around, talking to her, “what do you want?” When I walked by the bedroom door, she walked in and jumped on the bed. Now, I figured out what she wanted; it was time to go to bed. So every night since that night around 9:00 PM she will come to me and bark because it’s time for bed.

If I obey her, the barking stops, if I don’t, it only gets worse!

So what is Glitzy’s new command for me you might ask???

For the last two nights, she wakes up. When she wants me to get up, she puts her front paws on me and pushes. Now she doubles that with her bossy bark.

So while trying to translate her bark into what the heck she wants. I am looking for her bone, doesn’t want that. Looking around the bed to see if I can see what she wants, I turn over and move the opposite direction of where I was laying, she, in turn, jumps over me and puts her paw to indicate covers please (she also has a command for sheets).

She decided I needed to roll over the other way so she could move to a new spot and have me so she could cuddle up next to me to go back to sleep under the covers.

OMG, spoiled! 

So now when Glitzy wants a new spot, she barks at me to move into a new position so she might be comfortable. 

Adopting a Pet 5 tips

Without hesitation, I can tell you adopted pets are lovely. If your family is considering a pet, I hope you will consider adopting before you make a final choice. I am a happy adopting pet owner!

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To have a successful pet adoption experience here a few things you need to do:

  1. What type of lifestyle does your family have? Active, somber, children, other pets? Choose pet bread that matches your families lifestyle. 
  2. Do you have a budget set aside for pet care and maintenance? Vet bills, food, preventative medicine?
  3. Does your landlord allow for pets, if so what is the deposit?
  4. Do you have time to take care of the animal? Pets get destructive because of separation anxiety or boredom. Make sure you can take your pet for walks, dog park visits and so on. 
  5. If you have children make sure, they’re not allergic to pet dander, cats or the like. Some small children do have animal allergies. 

Before you just wander into a Pet Shelter or Humane Society, do some homework. Some dog breeds have tons of energy if your family is not able to play with dogs like this, get them lots of exercises. Honestly, it may not be a good fit. Lots of people love Lab’s but don’t realize these are water dogs who like to play.

Breeds have different temperaments, the biggest failure in owning a pet is getting a breed that requires more than families are able to give. The good news with a little research and right questions at the Shelter you can choose the right dog for your family.

If you have questions we’re happy to answer: