It has been years since I last visited the Maclay Gardens. Earlier this spring, I found my way back to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and worked in a quick visit to the park, bringing my dog.
Every dog is worthy of being memorialized through a bronze statue, but how many dogs do you know are actually memorialized in bronze? This is the continuing tale of Daytona Beach’s legendary Brownie the Town Dog.
Oh, how I love jumping into an adventure. In October, I drove up to South Carolina and followed some memorable pathways with my favorite travel companion by my side. My dog Radcliff. One of my stops was Congaree National Park.
A recent conference allowed me to discover South Carolina and visit the amazing Pearl Fryar Topiary Garde, a true yard of dreams. “If you build it they will come,” is a whisper out of an Iowa cornfield in the fictional movie Field of Dreams. I am not sure if he was inspired by a whisper but in Bishopville, S.C., Mr. Pearl Fryar built a home with a stunning topiary yard in a former corn field.
“Radcliff. We’re going to Silver Springs State Park and monkeys are going to hop on your back and ride you like a horse! Are you excited?” I said to my dog while driving to Ocala, Fla. I cannot speak for all single female dog owners but there are a few of us who speak to our canines as if they are our soulmates. His response was similar to that of the previous men in my life, a blank stare with his chocolate-brown eyes and silence.
FEMA has designated May 12, 2018 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (NADPD). Is your pet prepared? Meaning, do you have a plan for your pet in the event of an emergency? If you need to evacuate, please, please, please. DO NOT leave your pet behind.
Those who love Florida and venturing off-the-beaten path will be thrilled with the new travel guidebook by award-winning author Lucy Tobias. Titled Circle the Center: Labyrinths in Florida, Lucy traveled throughout Florida and either walked or contacted more than 130 labyrinths and selected 95 for the book. She walked most solo but sometimes her adorable corgi Obi joined her.
Beach. Spring break. NASCAR. Bike Week. These are some of the things I associate with Daytona Beach and never would have thought this popular Florida East Coast destination is dog-friendly. Boy, was I wrong!
Recently, I stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ hotel and cannot believe the experience I had with my dog. Yes, I admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to hotels. When I was younger, I stayed in ratty roadside motels that were a little suspect. As I grew in my career and travel blogging, I have since stayed in a range of accommodations that can be described as simple to stately and plain to posh.
Seemingly unlucky in love, am I better off with a canine companion than a man in my life? After spending Thanksgiving alone (by choice) I hopped in the car and headed to the Everglades for a couple of days with my dog in tow. Hours spent driving meant idle time which always gets my mind churning.
As cliché as it is, I enjoy long walks on… dog-friendly beaches. And just my luck! Earlier this summer my traveling companion’s paws and my feet walked atop the sand of the gorgeous beach at 30 Degrees 8 Minutes North Latitude in Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) near St. Augustine, Florida.
At the canine-chic shop called Brownie’s Dog Boutique, I learned about its namesake, Brownie the Town Dog, and met a couple looking to keep Brownie’s legacy alive while enhancing dog-friendly Daytona Beach.
If you are considering making a commitment to welcoming a canine into your home, I’d like to share what I learned from adopting a dog from the pet shelter because I was under the impression adopting a dog from a pet shelter was less expensive than getting one from a dog breeder.
A dog beach, pet-friendly dining and activities had Radcliff’s tail wagging during our visit to Flagler Beach, Florida. This was our first, of what I hope, of many road trips.
My rescue dog was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis about six weeks after I adopted him. In one way, I was relieved hearing this and in another, I was sad and scared. What does Myasthenia gravis mean in a dog? Or better yet, let me share the journey to his diagnosis and beyond.