Tag Archives: dog friendly

Dog friendly = people friendly

As parts of the world begin to re-open thanks to an unprecedented rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, employees must again return their attention to the care of their dogs during work hours.

In case you haven’t followed me before, I’m a HUGE SUPPORTER of both working from home and the dog-friendly workplace. From a sustainability perspective, I think that office-based roles should embrace work-from-home. Working from home is good for the environment (no emissions from commuting), good for workers who have less time pressures – easily gaining the hours spent commuting to give to their families, added sleep, and other activitieis – and great for dogs.

Dogs benefit from a stay-at-home parent.

Most dogs need to sleep during the day. There is no better and restful environment than a parent who works from home, quietly offering security while the dog rests (commercial day cares can’t do this nearly as effectively!). Break times offer the immediate opportunity for a walk – good for canine and human fitness and mental health.

But if working from home is not an option, Mars Petcare, as part of its Better Cities for Pets program, has created a number of resources for workplaces to help guide them to becoming dog-friendly.

Visit the Better Cities for Pets website to download these resources:

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Baseball goes to the dogs

I’ve already blogged about the Major League Baseball (MLB) games that are dog-friendly (link here), but did you know that many MLB clubs are cashing in on the popularity of dogs by offering branded gear?

Yes – it’s true.  Gone are the days when t-shirts were only for human fans.  Now you can buy a range of doggy products when you go to the ball park (or buy online).

For example, my hometown team – the Boston Red Sox – offer a range of Red Sox branded gear.  Here’s a selection:

Dog t-shirt

Dog t-shirt

Red Sox dog bed

Red Sox dog bed

Feed bowls

Feed bowls

Collar and leash

Collar and leash

Dog vest harness

Dog vest harness

Pink dog cap

Pink dog cap

Dog toys

Dog toys

Now…if we can only convince the Red Sox to have a dog-friendly game, life would be perfect!

Dog-friendly Las Vegas

The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is pet-friendly.  Through discount site Coupaw, it is currently offering a 3-day/2-night stay for 2 adults at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for $30.  The voucher for this deal includes a Las Vegas BITE card which provides the cardholder with other excellent deals on a wide array of food and entertainment throughout Las Vegas.

Riviera Hotel

As with many pet-friendly hotels, there are restrictions including breed specific ones 😦

The fine print says:

2 Dog maximum – $25 additional fee – per dog/per night. Pet fees are paid directly to the Riviera Hotel. All pet arrangements must be made directly with the Riviera Hotel. Pet friendly rooms are located in classic room types – San Remo tower. Dogs cannot exceed 50 lbs. Dog Owner must provide proof of current vaccinations including exhibiting current rabies tag on check in. Dogs that are excluded to stay in pet friendly rooms include but are not limited to: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Doberman Pinschers, English Bull, Terriers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, Presa, Canaries, Rottweiler, or any dog with a bite history. Coupaw is not responsible for the Riviera hotel refusing to accommodate specific dogs for any reason.

Woof cottages on Nantucket

The Cottages at the Boat Basin on Nantucket offer special pet-friendly cottages:  Woof Cottages!

These cottages are specially designated cottages containing 1 or 2 bedrooms.  Cats and dogs are welcome with pre-approval.  There is a non-refundable pet fee of $60 for 1-3 nights or $75 for 4 nights or more per stay.  10% of the pet fee is donated to the Nantucket MSPCA Adoption Centre.

When your dog stays at Woof Cottages, they receive:

  • A welcome basket of treats and toys
  • A Draper Canine Therapy Dog Bed
  • Food and water bowls
  • Personalised pet tags
  • A dog walking service
  • A directory of vet clinics and pet supply stores on the island
  • Doggy suncreen, 15 SPF protection

An interior view of a Woof Cottage

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Museum of the Dog

Heading to St Louis for a vacation with your dog?

Don’t miss the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog.  The museum offers a range of exhibits all about our favourite topic:  dogs!

The museum also has a Fido Friendly Visitation Policy.  The museum actively encourages owners to bring their dogs for a visit, providing fresh water and treats as well as a place to exercise.  Dogs must be obedience trained and on leash to visit.

Dogs visiting at the Museum of the Dog

The Museum of the Dog is located at 1721 South Mason Road in St Louis and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.   On Sundays, you can visit between 1 and 5 pm.

Admission:  $5.00 adults, $2.50 seniors and $1.00 for children from the ages of 5 – 14.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand