What Sporting Events Allow Pets at their Games?

LA Dodger Pet Day

Did you know that most major league teams allow dogs to attend at least some games in the season? It’s not a new idea either. It was way back in 1996 when the Chicago White Sox came up with the idea for “Bark at the Park.” This was an annual event where fans were encouraged to bring along their four-legged friends. It worked out incredibly well, so other teams started to off their own versions of this event. 21 of 30 Major league Baseball Teams now hold these events, which have continued to be really popular.

Recently the White Sox went further and entered the Guinness Book of World records as having the most dogs attend a sporting event. There were massive 1,122 dogs at this event.

Many clubs make a big thing about their pet days and go out of their way to make the pets comfortable.

Restrictions

Obviously, there have to be certain restrictions are regulations for dog owners. They can vary from club to club, but the most common ones are:

  • Need to buy the ticket in advance (online)
  • · A waiver has to be signed
  • · Your dog has to have proof of vaccination
  • · Only one dog per person
  • · Dogs and owners are normally restricted to a certain area in the stadium
  • · Your dog must remain on a leash the entire time
  • · No puppies (must be over 4-6 months depending on the stadium).

The number of dog days run by the various teams varies from just one to six games. One exception is the Pittsburgh Pirates who have dog packages every Tuesday night home game. The Pirates have to be awarded the title of the most pet-friendly team in the Major League.

COVID-19 & Plans for Special Pet Events

With the 2021 Major League season due to start in April, but still not confirmed, there is a lot of uncertainty about what is happening in the 2021 season. Normally it would be possible by now to give details of Pets Events at the various stadiums, it is still very much in the air as to exactly what will happen this year.

In the following section, I will provide information about what has occurred in the past, on the assumption that similar will take place this year I also supply a link where further information can be obtained.

Top 14 Dog-Friendly Major League Teams

Arizona Diamondbacks

Dog Days of Summer which is presented by PetSmart Charities is normally an event held at the Diamondbacks Stadium. Ticket packages include a semi-private area that can accommodate four people and one dog in a designated area. Each table also gets all you can eat hotdogs, sodas, popcorn, and chips. Individual tickets cost $50 and a family group must buy all four tickets. There is also an air-conditioned indoor dog park. There are conditions and you must book in advance.

Atlanta Braves

Bark at the Park is normally presented by Kroger, Pet Pride, and WAG-A-LOT. No information is available at the time of writing.

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds normally feature an event called Bark in the Park. This event normally includes a parade of the dogs. To ensure you can take part get there early as the number of places is capped. There is typically a dog expo and the SPCA has several dogs looking for new homes.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have an annual Bark at the Park event. With each human ticket, one dog can enter free. There are special events and you get to watch the game in a special dog zone, Pre-Game Parade, Bark in the Park water bowl, and Bandana.

You have to reserve a place in advance and include all the documentation with the application.

Detroit Tigers

Previous Bark at the Park events has included a parade of dogs done up like Tigers. Details of the 2021 event have not yet been published. Tickets are extremely limited, and there are some rules to follow if you want to take part, not just with your pets. If you want to bring a purse into the stadium it has to be a clear purse.

Houston Astros

Dog Day at Houston Astros is an annual event Details have not yet been released but check back to this link regularly to find out more.

Kansas City Royals

In 2020, Kansas City Royals held three Bark at the Park events. At each event, the dog owner received a gift and was seated at the lower level, left-field corner. Dogs have to meet certain requirements and be fully vaccinated. Owners also have to sign a waiver. Prebooked tickets are available for pick up 90 minutes before the game.

Milwaukee Brewers

Details have not yet been released about the 2021 Bark at the Park event. Details of the event will be available at the link provided nearer the season start. Dogs have to be vaccinated, be over six months old, in good health, not aggressive, and is a Brewers fan. A waiver has to be signed and dogs are confined to the canine zone.

New York Mets

This event supports the North Shore Animal League. In 2021 dog owners can sit with other dog owners in the designated seats in the Coca-Cola corner. They are not allowed anywhere else. Arrive early at the Bullpen gate, with your tickets, to take part in the special dog parade. Each dog and human must have a Coca Cola corner ticket. There are three games in the Bark at the Park series:

1. April 12th Phillies

2. May 24th Rockies

3. September 2nd Marlins

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburg is the most dog-friendly team in Major League Baseball, and have special Pup Nights. Details of 2021 are not yet available.

San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres are offering a special ten-game Flex Game membership and feature a total of five semi-private sections for up to four spectators and one pet.

Each elevated backyard inspired can accommodate 4 people, has a designated place for the dog to relieve themselves in a nearby location, Has its own designated entrance, Watering Station, Petco Brand Concierge. Dogs have to meet conditions and be vaccinated.

Seattle Mariners

Bark at the Park in Seattle involves a walk around the bases, a designated Dog area, and water stations. There will also be a vet on hand. All tickets must be prebooked, no walk-ups, and there must be one adult per dog. As with other clubs, a waiver has to be signed and dogs must be vaccinated (certificates needed).

St Louis Cardinals

Purina Pooches in the Ballpark is an annual event where owners can bring their dogs to a pet-friendly zone in the stadium. Before the game dogs and owners are invited onto the pitch for a costume parade. All participants receive a Purina goodie-bag and a Paul Goldschmidt bobblehead. More information about the date of the game when announced from:

Washington Nationals

Pups in the Park is a special event held by Washington Nationals. Details of this year’s event are not yet available. Check back using the link later to see when the date of the game is:

Other teams in the Major League may also have events, and some minor league teams have also started to run these events as well. Obviously, 2021, with all the COVID restrictions is difficult for the teams and many have not yet announced the details o the Dog Events, or even if this year they will take place. By checking back on the links, I have provided you can keep up-to-date with the latest news on this.

Guidelines for Taking Your Dog to Major League Baseball Games

Many stadiums host special Bark in the Park events or Pups in the Park events. If you are considering taking your dog to one of these, then think carefully before you do. If you plan to take your dog to an MLB game then there are certain things to consider.

Your Dog’s Welfare

You may think it a great idea to take your dog to a baseball game, but how will your dog feel about it? The noise, the crowds, and possibly sitting in a very hot environment may not be your dog’s idea of a great trip out. Games can also get very noisy when the home team scores and some stadiums even let off fireworks.

It Could Get Hot

Stadiums that do run events where dogs are welcome, try to schedule them for cooler months. Try to take occasional walk rounds to distract your dog when things get hot and uncomfortable, ensure there is access to water, and ideally take a spray bottle.

You May Need to Take an Early Exit

Taking your dog may mean that you have to leave early if your dog is struggling. If you really want to be sure of seeing the whole game, think twice about taking your dog.

Cleaning Up

Should there be any “accidents” it is the dog owner who is responsible for cleaning up and should come prepared with suitable cleaning materials and bags.

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What About the NFL?

Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL, unlike Major League Baseball, is not the friendliest environment for dogs and their owners. However, change is slowly taking place, and recently the first-ever NFL stadium with a dog park opened. The Jacksonville Jaguars whose mascot is a cat, now have a Pet Paradise Dog Park at the Stadium, so pets can play while their owners get to relax at the game. Owners can keep one eye on their dogs and another on the game while relaxing in the viewing area. For membership information check out this link:

San Francisco 49ers

So far, we have talked about spectators bringing their dogs to sports events. The San Francisco 49ers have gone at the question from the other end and have introduced the NFL’s first Emotional Support Dog. Players face a lot of mental stress and this progressive team has tackled this by introducing Zoe onto the payroll. Zoe, a French Bulldog Puppy, has been a huge success and one player who has been privately dealing with his sisters’ suicide has found the dog to be a great boon, saying, “Anytime I go in there and see her, it’s just really relaxing.”

Service Dogs

Whatever sport the stadium offers, one group of dog owners are always allowed to enter with their dog.

People who need the assistance of Service Dogs are allowed to enter places where dogs (pets) are not otherwise allowed. In fact, under the American’s with Disabilities Act, it would be illegal to refuse them entry. Most State or City laws will require that the dog is on a leash or harness unless such a device would stop the dog from performing its duties. No state law requires the stadium to provide food or water facilities for service dogs, that would be the responsibility of the owner.

If it is judged that the Service Dog is in any way a threat to the safety of other patrons, then it is permitted to refuse access to the dog.

While Comfort or Emotional Support Dogs are sometimes referred to within the wider context of Service Dogs, there is no legal obligation to allow these dogs into the stadium.

Conclusion

We can see that Major League Baseball is far more dog friendly as a rule than the NFL. Most MLB teams have at the very least, special games where dogs are allowed. Some will just have an annual event, other more regular events. All of them have regulations that must be followed and rules about vaccinations. Most of them have insurance waivers that need to be signed as well. NFL has hardly addressed the issues of dogs attending games at all, although there is increasing awareness. The years 2020 and 2021 have been a very difficult time for these franchises and allowing humans to access the games has been enough of a challenge. Quite possibly after the pandemic is over there will be more thought given to this matter.

How to Safely Take Care of Large Pets

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Are you planning to buy a large pet? Many people buy a large breed puppy but are often clueless about how to take care of it properly. You need to learn about the best methods that help the pet grow up as a disciplined and obedient companion. Pet safety must be a consideration. It is always advisable to seek the advice of dog trainers and vets to make your care perfect. Offering special care, you need to make your huge-statured dog feel secure and comfortable.

Proper nutrition is extremely vital

The growth of large breed puppies is different compared to other pets. In fact; their growth is very fast. So, you need to offer them proper nutrition, especially during the first year. If you want your dog to live a healthy and active life, you need to know about the best foods with excellent nutrition. With a perfect combination of chosen protein ratios, calcium, lower fat, and vitamins, you can optimize the growth rate and ensure pet safety.

Choose food products that combine all nutrients harmoniously

Large Dogs require various types of nutrients, including minerals and vitamins. To meet the highest standards of dog food regulation, you have to add vegetables, meat, fruits, and grains to the diet. There are many different options on the shelves. Pet safety is very important while choosing a dog food. The best dog food blends minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein harmoniously to make smooth digestion.

Highly sensitive to nutrient imbalances

If a dog weighs one pound at birth, it grows to 150 pounds within the next 18 months. What does it indicate? Large puppies have a rapid growth rate. It clearly suggests that these types of puppies are highly sensitive to nutrient imbalances. Pet safety can only be achieved with a balanced caloric intake. Deficiencies and excesses can adversely affect the overall health of your pet and compromises on pet safety.

Some people search for methods that make the growth rate fast. You should not follow this method of approach. Excessive growth invites many developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD) including:

Elbow dysplasia

Hip dysplasia

Panosteitis

Retained ulnar cartilage core

Osteochondrosis

Hypertrophic osteodystrophy

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Smaller meals throughout the day are the best option

It is always advisable to control the intake of vitamin D, phosphorus, and calcium to lower the risk of DOD. Veterinarians don’t advise pet owners to rely on free feeding. It can make a large breed puppy vulnerable to DOD. You can feed your puppy many smaller meals throughout the day instead of offering a large meal three or four times a day.

The quantity of food also matters. What is the quantity of food to be given to a large breed dog? There is not a single answer to this question. You need to realize the fact that every dog’s caloric requirements are unique. Top-quality manufacturers offer guidelines for pet owners on the nutritional label of their products. However, you have to tailor them to your dog.

One of the best sources available to know about the exact quantity of food that particular dog breed needs is a veterinarian. With the help of Body Condition Score, experienced veterinarians assess the weight of a dog and recommend the right quantity of food. If you are worried about pet safety, you must contact a veterinarian immediately.

Check the weight frequently

You must ensure pet safety by checking the weight frequently. The weight needs to be kept within a healthy range. You can contact your veterinarian to know more about the appropriate weight range of a particular breed.

How Much to Feed a Large Breed Dog

There is no easy answer to the question: how much to feed a large breed dog? Every dog’s caloric needs are unique. The nutrition label on your dog’s food provides guidelines for owners, but you may need to tailor them to your dog.

A balanced exercise routine optimizes growth

You need to adopt a balanced exercise routine to optimize the growth of your large breed puppy. If your pet grows too fast, it becomes highly vulnerable to body strain and long-term damage. During the puppyhood stage, the growth plates stay brittle. Rigorous exercise for an extended period may damage the growth plates. You must be careful about pet safety. It is always advisable to avoid activities that cause unwanted stress on joints.

When to start dog training?

Dog trainers advise pet owners to start training a large breed puppy as early as possible. As mentioned above, it should be done with a clear focus on pet safety. It becomes easier for you to inculcate good habits and socialization skills if you start early. Once you adopt a large breed puppy, you can start training immediately. You can even train a puppy as young as three to four weeks. Young dogs absorb stimuli and information fast and respond positively.

Focus on rewards, not on punishments

As stated above, you need to start training early to cultivate good habits in your dog. Giant breeds respond more proactively to positive reinforcement. You must reward your dog for good behavior. Don’t focus on punishing for bad behavior. Many large dog breeds are highly sensitive. Some of them may fight back if they don’t like a punishment. It also doesn’t support your efforts for pet safety. Your focus should be on teaching your dog acceptable behaviors instead of punishing them for bad habits.

Follow a proactive approach

When it comes to breaking bad habits, you have to determine the pet’s perceived reward for his behavior. Expert trainers always advise people to replace or remove them with more desirable behavior. A proactive approach with a clear focus on pet safety is what you need while training a large dog. With a clear focus on pet safety, you can start training your dog and help it grow as a good-mannered adult.

Large dogs often create problems for owners. The height lets them reach food placed on a table easily. They may make your life miserable by knocking off flower vases or coffee tables with their large tails. However, a commanding presence and clear and firm commands make them highly obedient. The best method is to be a rule-setter instead of being a pack leader.

Choose a crate, cage or playpen wisely

You need to be careful about a few aspects while buying a crate for your large dog. Here are the most important things you should consider:

– Length of the crate

– Height of the crate

– Width of the crate

– Weight Limit

Proper awareness about these aspects helps you make an informed buying decision. Pet safety should be a top consideration when you search for a suitable cage for your dog.

Important tips to train a large breed dog

It is necessary that your pet learns to walk with you. Pulling on the leash is not a smart step to train your dog. Dogs have an inherent tendency to chase smaller animals. You need to identify better behaviors to reward the pets for. Whenever the dog heels and walks with you correctly, you can offer a reward. Dog trainers say that pet owners have to tell their dogs to sit and reward when it listens. You can make use of some simple techniques to teach a large breed dog to walk with you.

Make use of non-retractable leashes

If you sue non-retractable lashes, you can teach your large dog appropriate walking distances. Whenever you go for walk, you can carry a treat in one hand. If you offer a treat reward every time it sits or heels, your dog easily learns to heel by looking at your hand with the hope of getting a treat.

To prevent your pet from pulling, you can make use of a gentle ladder. This method also helps the dog learn to walk with you at the right speed. Going over the mouth of the dog, the extra leash piece makes the dog uncomfortable whenever it pulls. This method makes the learning process faster.

Many large dogs jump up and greet visitors. This behavior can frighten visitors. When you see your pet jumping and greeting, you should not punish it. It is necessary to reinforce a different behavior to greet visitors. Pet trainers advise people to teach large dogs to sit or shake instead of jumping when visitors reach the door. This method of approach discourages the habit of jumping and helps you make your dog disciplined and polite.

You need to keep your dog out of bad situations. One way to do so is to use a well-learned sit command. Cultivate the habit of sitting and staying for every feeding. You have to be a bit patient and give your dog enough time to learn this habit correctly. When you switch up the time for staying, the pet will easily learn how to wait for a command.

You have to train your dog properly using a systematic method of approach. Incorrect commands make the dog confused. If you use these types of effective commands, you can groom your large breed puppy efficiently. Obedience, discipline, and socialization are the most important skills your dog needs to learn as it grows. With the help of the right dog training techniques and tricks, you can make your pet a well-mannered and obedient pet.

When it comes to training your pet, you focus on pet safety as well. It is a serious mistake to punish your pet when it doesn’t listen to your commands. Harsh punishments can cause serious damage to your pet. Responsible owners understand the importance of pet safety and follow the guidelines and recommendations of experienced veterinarians, trainers, and other experts.

You must make your large breed dog comfortable and relaxed while offering training. During the initial stages, many large breeds may show some resistance. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to stay patient at this time to give enough space and time for the dog to get accustomed to your training methods.

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Choose a crate that can grow with your pet

You can buy crates that come with a divider panel to increase the pace as your puppy grows. This type of playpen helps you save a lot of money in the long term. You don’t have to waste money purchasing multiple sizes of crates to accommodate the fast-growing dog.

It is not wise to offer too much space in a crate for your dog. Offering excessive space disturbs the potty training of large god breeds. They may develop a tendency to potty in an unused area and sleep in another corner. You can come across top-quality metal dog crates with an extra panel to keep the interior space optimal.

Never undermine the importance of pet safety when you buy a crate. You need to compare different models and choose one that offers the best pet safety. You can come across a wide variety of crates nowadays. There are plastic crates, metal crates, portable cages, and many more. An informed decision must be taken after analyzing the products available on the market.

Here are the most important criteria you while searching to find a suitable location for your large dog breed cage:

– Low-traffic area

– Temperature controlled

– Getting rid of household hazards

It is always advisable to choose a low-traffic area in your home. Some of the best places include next to your desk in the office, under the stairs, by the couch in the family room, and the corner of the laundry room, just make sure it has OSHA training for safety, which includes pet safety. Some people prefer custom-built crates to meet the unique needs of their large pets. These products ensure optimal pet safety and convenience.

You should never choose a place that is exposed to direct sunlight. Another important thing is to avoid an area near a fireplace. It is also not wise to place a dog crate near heating or cooling vents. You must avoid drafty areas as well. If you want to ensure optimal pet safety, you should avoid household hazards. Never consider placing a dog crate near outlets and power cords.

You have to take care of your large pets safely to help them grow as healthy and obedient dogs. Proper awareness about pet safety, food, exercise, and crate assists you in providing a perfect environment for your dog.

Best Kinds of Dog Cages/Pens/Enclosures That Dogs Don’t Feel Confined

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You can come across a variety of cages, enclosures, and pens available for dogs. Available in different sizes, styles, materials, and shapes, dog enclosures meet the varying needs of a large number of pet owners. You have to consider the dog size, budget, and aesthetics when it comes to choosing a cage or pen. It is always advisable to buy one that doesn’t make your pet feel confined. The dog cage you select should allow free movements so that the dog can stay relaxed and healthy.

Adjustable dog enclosures are a smart choice for puppies

If you want to buy an enclosure for a puppy, you can purchase a cage that can be adjusted to accommodate future needs. There are dog enclosures that come with an adjustable divider wall or back wall. These products can be adjusted to accommodate puppy growth.

Adult dogs need a sizeable cage but not too large

When you buy a pen or cage for an adult dog, you should consider a reasonably large one that allows free movements. Adult dogs often have a tendency to stand up and stretch. Further, they look for some space to turn around and a comfortable area to relax. So, you have to consider the size of your dog while buying a cage. However, you should not opt for a larger one. Unreasonably larger dog enclosures tempt your pet to urinate or defecate in the unused area of the cage.

Here are the most important things to consider while choosing a dog cage or pen:

– Dog size

– Behavior

– Location

– Level of adjustability

– Portability and storage

– Ease of setup

– Materials

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Dog size

The size of your dog is the most vital consideration. Larger dogs need larger dog enclosures. You need to give adequate space for your pet to move around. That is to say, the dog doesn’t feel confined. It is necessary to let your dog play around without getting into trouble.

Dog behavior

Some dogs have an inherent tendency to escape from the cage. If your dog is one of them and shows a high chewing tendency, you need to look for a more heavy-duty exercise pen with taller sides.

Cage location

You can come across different types of dog pens nowadays. Some cages can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Some other dog enclosures are designed to use for indoor purposes only. So, cage location is an important aspect when you plan to buy one. You have to decide whether you want a pen or enclosure to use outdoors, indoors or both.

Level of adjustability

Some dog enclosures have a fixed shape and size. You cannot adjust them to find more space inside the cage. You can also find dog cages that can be adjusted by removing or adding panels. So, the level of adjustability is a vital consideration when it comes to buying a pen for your dog.

Portability and storage

Many people are looking for pens that can be stored out of the way while not in use. You need to assess your needs and decide whether you want a portable or fixed cage. There is a great demand for portable products that can be stored safely and conveniently.

Ease of setup

You can find dog cages that need more complex assembly compared to some other options available on the market. It is wise to assess how fast and easy to set up the pen before making a buying decision.

Materials

Dog enclosures are made using a wide range of materials, including plastic, mesh, and metal. The durability of a pen depends on the material used. You need to select the most suitable material depending on the chewing tendencies of your dog.

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Learn the difference between a dog crate and a pen/cage/enclosure

The design and size are the two important factors that differentiate a crate from a pen or enclosure. A dog crate refers to a box with four sides, a top, and a bottom. When you put your pet in a crate, it has very little space to move around. A limited amount of space can always be associated with conventional dog crates.

Modern dog enclosures or pens come with a step-through door. Without offering a confined feel, these products are equipped with enough space for a dog to move around, stand up, stretch, and lie down. Further, most dog pens don’t have a top to make the dog feel confined.

If you want to keep your dog in an enclosure for more than a couple of hours, you need to choose a dog pen over a crate. Crates are generally used for short term needs. Like human beings, dogs also like to change positions regularly. These are natural movements of dogs to stay comfortable and also help them maintain good physical health.

Are you looking for the best kinds of dog cages/pens/enclosures where dogs don’t feel confined? Several manufacturers offer many different types of innovative dog pens and enclosures that offer sufficient space for dogs to move around and feel comfortable. Let us check the best options available on the market today.

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All-purpose dog enclosures or pens

Multi-purpose dog pens, also known as all-purpose pet play enclosures, are one of the best choices available nowadays. Dogs don’t feel confined inside these types of cages. Top-quality, all-purpose pens are made using highly durable, heavy-duty molded plastic. You can use these products outdoors as well as indoors. Offering excellent weather-resistance, they meet your expectations efficiently. Some of these models also come with rubber feet to provide much-needed protection for your floor.

Equipped with eight interlocking panels, the best all-purpose dog enclosures let you position the cage in different shapes to accommodate the unique needs of your pet. If you take out one or two panels, you can create a small space for your tiny puppy. As the puppy grows, the pen size can be increased with some extra panels. You can purchase these panels separately. The best models come with more than 34″ height to prevent your dog from jumping out of the cage.

The benefits of these models in a nutshell are:

– High durability

– Excellent Flexibility

– Outstanding height

– Good choice for indoor and outdoor purposes

– Appreciable weather-resistance

– Rubber feet to protect the floor

Classic indoor foldable metal dog pens

Offering around 16 square feet of enclosed space, classic indoor foldable metal dog pens meet the expectations of different pet owners efficiently. Dogs don’t feel confined when you put them into these types of cages. Adequate space keeps your pet relaxed, comfortable, and healthy. The best classic indoor models come with a good number of panels that can be arranged in many configurations.

You can even create a divided space to keep two dogs together in a cage separately. Providing an added security, a double latch gate prevents your dog from getting out of the cage without your permission. Further, these dog enclosures are available in different heights to handle dogs of different sizes. You can also find a step-through door that guarantees easy entry and exit for the pet.

Key benefits can be summarized as follows:

– Foldable or adjustable

– Eliminates the feeling of confinement

– Divided space can be created using panels

– A double latch gate offers extra security

– Available in different heights

– A step-through door is available

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Specially-designed dog enclosures for energetic, large pets

You can find specially designed dog cages or pens for energetic, large pets. Made using strong and durable steel fencing panels (usually made with specialty welding), these products can accommodate even the largest dogs. The special coating safeguards against rust and corrosion. Equipped with 40″ high panels, these types of cages prevent even the most energetic large-breed from jumping out. Pet owners can get in and out of the pen easily and securely without allowing the dog to escape. Thanks to the secure gate attached.

These specially-designed dog enclosures come with steel stakes that can be used to secure the pen in the yard. The durable construction offers them high longevity. You can assemble these pens with effortless ease and comfort. Special tools or devices are not needed for installation. Further, the panels can be arranged in a variety of shapes.

Leading benefits are as follows:

– Strong steel fencing panels

– Best protection against rust and corrosion

– Easy and convenient access for pet owners

– Steel stakes to secure the pen in the yard

– Easy assembly

– Adjustable and flexible

Convertible exercise dog pens

As the name suggests, a convertible exercise dog pen can be used as a dog crate, exercise pen, a free-standing pet gate, or a room divider. Made using up to six panels, these all-in-one dog enclosures can be used outdoors or indoors at will. High water resistance can be associated with these types of products.

With the help of a try or floor mat, you can use this convertible pet enclosure as a crate. When used as a gate, you can keep your pet out of off-limit spaces. These kinds of products are extremely versatile and natural-looking as well.

Advantages in a nutshell:

– Highly versatile dog pens

– Suitable for indoors and outdoors

– Superior water resistance

– Can be used as pet crates

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Lightweight dog enclosures or pens with soft-sides

Several manufacturers offer lightweight, portable, and spacious playpens with soft sides for dogs these days. With soft sides, these products create a safe play area for pets. Extreme ease of setup is a remarkable quality of these cages. You can carry them with absolute ease. If you are searching for a perfect exercise pen for puppies or small dogs, you can easily choose this type of product.

The fabric used to create these dog enclosures is highly durable and waterproof as well. You can find zip-off top and bottom panels on these cages. The bottom can be zipped off to let the puppy play in the grass. You can also zip on the top to prevent the dogs from jumping out.

Most prominent advantages in a nutshell:

– Lightweight

– Portable

– Spacious pens with soft sides

– Ease of setup

– Durable and waterproof

– Zips on bottom and top

Special indoor puppy passage enclosures

Puppies are renowned for their naughty and playful nature. Making a mess of things, they can make your life a bit difficult. If you want to handle naughty puppies, you can buy a special indoor puppy passage pen. These types of dog enclosures don’t make your puppy feel confined. Featuring a solid design with skid-resistant pads, these cages offer the best protection to your flooring. With a swinging door, they let the puppy come in and go out smoothly.

If you want to keep the puppy for an extended period, you can use a lock. Strong and high panels don’t let the puppy escape easily. You can easily dismantle the pen and store it in a safe place. These kinds of dog enclosures are also highly portable.

You can come across a wide range of dog enclosures, pens, or cages nowadays. The abundance of choices available makes the process of choosing a suitable one difficult for many pet owners. If you want to make an informed decision, you must assess your needs clearly. The next step is to search for the products that suit your unique needs. Many different online stores sell a wide range of products to suit the varying needs of different people.

The product categories mentioned above are the best kinds of dog cages/pens/enclosures available these days. These types of products don’t make your pet feel confined. When it comes to choosing the right cage that fulfills your needs, you have to take into account the size and temperament of your dog. It is always advisable to buy a pet cage that is durable, flexible, strong, and portable.

You must also consider the location where you want to set up a dog enclosure. There are specially designed products to meet different purposes, spaces, and situations. Finally, the price must be a top consideration as well. When you consider all these aspects, choosing a dog pen or enclosure does not become a daunting task.

What Kinds of Foods from Restaurants Should I Serve my Dog or Cat?

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A long time ago that pets began to be perceived as an important part of the family, there are even many young adults who do not have children but do have pets, whom they treat as the children of the family.

That is why it is not so unreasonable to think of ordering something from restaurant food for pets to reward or pamper them. The problem is that not all foods are safe for pets, and giving them the wrong food could lead to health problems later on.

Among the foods that should be avoided in general, are the following:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Onion
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Milk
  • Citrus
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Raw meats
  • Nuts
  • sugar
  • Rotten food
  • grapes
  • Hot spicy food

Some of the meals prepared in restaurants usually have some of these ingredients, so it is important to check if the restaurant food that you are going to give your pet contains any of these ingredients.

Now, dogs and cats have different feeding needs, and that is why we bring you the most complete list that you will find about what kind of foods from restaurants you can serve your dog or your cat.

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Restaurant food your dog can eat

Many people insist on keeping their dogs on a strict diet with products made exclusively for their consumption. But this should not be the case since there are many human foods that dogs can eat without a problem.

Best of all, if you don’t feel like cooking, you can always order restaurant food for pets. There are some restaurants that offer pet-friendly options because they are Pet-friendly. In case this is not possible, you can make sure that the dishes contain some of these foods:

Meats:

These should be cooked, not have bones or thorns and a little salt. It is also recommended that preparation is low in saturated fat, such as grilled, baked, or grilled. Some types of meats are more recommended than others. It is preferable to give the dogs chicken, turkey, pork, beef, or lamb, among others.

In the case of fish meat, there is a wide variety of fish that are ideal for feeding dogs, such as salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, or mackerel, among others.

Of course, when giving fish to the dog, it is important that it has no bones, and preferably they are grilled or steamed preparations, never raw, with a little salt and without strong spices or lemon.

Eggs:

This is an ideal restaurant food alternative for pets since eggs provide a large amount of protein and beneficial fats for dogs, without forgetting that it is a food that these furry friends love.

It is always essential that the egg dishes must be fresh and well cooked, to avoid contaminating them with bacteria or parasites dangerous to your health. It is ideal that the cooking is boiled or in an omelet, but without salt and with little fat.

Vegetables:

Although many people think that dogs are exclusively carnivores, this is not the case. In fact, the consumption of vegetables is very beneficial for its diet as long as they are adequate. Vegetables like potatoes, squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes are great for them, and they help those dogs that are overweight.

These vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, or grilled without salt and avoiding the use of fats and seasonings as much as possible.

Fruits:

Many restaurants offer fruit salads to their customers as a dessert option. Some of these are beneficial for the body of dogs. Among the most recommended fruits are apples, pears, watermelons, or bananas.

These fruits should be fresh, have no added sugar or chocolate, and they should be very clean. They are an excellent source of antioxidants for the little ones in the house.

Ice creams:

Dogs love these frozen desserts, but they usually include a lot of sugar or milk among their ingredients. However, it is increasingly common to find restaurants that offer vegan and low-sugar ice cream.

This type of dessert is ideal for dogs and helps to cool them in the hottest times. You will surely make your pet very happy by giving him an ice cream as a reward for being so adorable.

Yogurt:

Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics and calcium, and dogs love its taste and texture. Giving them yogurt occasionally will help their digestive system, so it’s a good idea to treat them to a serving at least once a week.

Of course, the yogurt that you give your dog mustn’t contain grapes, raisins, chocolate, nuts, or an excess of sugar, since these products harm his body.

Soup:

Soups are great for dogs, especially if they are experiencing illness or recovering from a health condition. It is also perfect for smaller or older dogs, as it helps them hydrate and avoid straining their teeth when chewing.

In any case, this soup should not contain salt, onion, garlic, leek, or green onion, since these ingredients harm the dog’s health. Also, this soup should have a minimum amount of fat.

Oats:

Cooked oatmeal is excellent for helping dogs with digestive problems, but this preparation should contain little milk or lactose-free milk and should not contain sugar or artificial flavorings.

Pasta:

Dogs can eat pasta, and if it is accompanied by meatballs much better. Always make sure that the pasta you give your dog is low in salt and that it does not have any of the spices that could harm it.

This food should only be given occasionally. It should never occupy more than 10% of the total of its diet since excess pasta consumption could make it overweight, experience a nutritional deficit, and, ultimately, harm the dog’s health.

Rice:

Rice is also ideal for dogs, as long as it is plain prepared and is well cooked. If possible, brown rice should be chosen as it has a large amount of fiber that will be beneficial to your pet.

This rice can be accompanied by meats, always taking care that it is a preparation without salt and with the least possible fat. In any case, dogs love rice as a companion to their meals.

Bread:

It can be given some bread occasionally as long as it doesn’t have butter, salt, garlic, or strong toppings. The same applies in the case of pretzels. This type of food is suitable for dogs’ digestive system as long as its consumption is not abused.

As you can see, there are many restaurant foods for pets options that you can get for your dog, and always remember to give directions to the restaurant such as that the food is without salt, which seasonings should be avoided and, of course, opt for low-fat preparations. After all, it’s about spoiling pets and varying their diet, not harming their health.

cat friendly restaurant

Restaurant food your cat can eat:

In the case of cats, these pets are usually a bit more complicated than dogs when it comes to food, but this does not mean that it is a bad thing. What happens is that, by nature, cats are usually more curious, so when you give them some new food from a restaurant (hopefully the restaurant hired food service consultants), they spend a fair amount of time smelling it, touching it, and approaching it carefully.

For their part, when dogs are given some new food, they usually sniff it a bit and proceed to eat it as quickly as possible. So when you buy restaurant food for your kitten, do not feel bad and despair if you see that it takes a long time to start eating since it is its natural reaction.

In any case, these are some of the foods that you can order in a restaurant for your cat:

Meat:

Cats are primarily carnivores, which is why meats are high on the list for their nutritional requirements. To be healthy, they require high doses of protein in their diet.

Among the most recommended meats for cats are chicken and turkey. It is essential that the meat is always well cooked, preferably boiled, since they like soft food better and that they can chew. Likewise, the meat should not have bones, nor a percentage of fat greater than 25%, and the use of salt in its preparation should be avoided.

As for fish, cats love it, but this does not mean that it should be given any kind of fish indiscriminately. Fish should not have bones and should always be cooked, mainly boiled or steamed, to prevent them from being infected by parasites and becoming seriously ill.

Among the favorite fish of the expenses are tuna and salmon, although other fish such as horse mackerel, bass, catfish, and sardines are among the best fish for your cat.

Vegetables:

Sounds weird, we know, but although cats are mainly carnivores, this does not mean that they cannot or should not eat vegetables. Giving them certain types of vegetables helps their digestive system, and unlike meats, you can give them raw vegetables, that if, making sure they are well cleaned.

Vegetables that cats can eat include carrots and sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, and chard. They can also be served cooked, preferably steamed or boiled.

Fruits:

Cats, even though they cannot naturally perceive the sweet taste, enjoy various fruits. If you are going to give your cat fruits, remember that it should only be the pulp, they should not ingest the seeds, and these should not be citrus fruits. Among the best fruits for cats are apple, pear, banana, watermelon, and peach.

Likewise, if you buy a fruit salad from a restaurant for your cat, make sure that it does not include sugar, cream, or chocolate since sugar is harmful to cats. If this salad has grapes or oranges in it, you should remove them before giving it to your cat since they cannot digest these fruits properly.

Eggs:

Cats also love to eat eggs, and they are very beneficial for their health due to the large number of proteins and vitamins they contain. Even many of the special foods for cats have eggs among their foods.

When you buy egg preparations in a restaurant for your pet, make sure that it does not include salt, onion, garlic or leek, and that the preparation is as low in fat as possible. Likewise, a cat should never be given raw eggs, as they could become infected with parasites or bacteria.

Yogurt:

Although cats cannot digest dairy when they are adults, giving them yogurt every so often can be beneficial for them. The probiotics contained in yogurt can help your digestive system and restore bacterial flora.

When ordering yogurt for your cat, make sure that it does not contain additives such as sugar, raisins, nuts, chocolate, or sweet cereals, as these products harm the cat’s body. This is one of the best restaurant food for pets.

Pasta:

Pasta is beneficial for cats that are sick to their stomachs since being a soft food, they can easily digest it. It is important that the pasta does not contain salt, and if a sauce is added, it should not have fat, strong seasonings, onion, garlic, or leek. Likewise, milk-based sauces should be avoided, although vegan or lactose-free milk alternatives could be used.

Rice:

Another beneficial food for sick cats. It helps them digest other foods easily, and it is smooth to chew. Fish or some meat types could accompany it, but the preparation should not be seasoned, containing salt or fat.

Soup:

Cats love soups, particularly creams, because of their texture, but these should not contain salt, onion, or fat. This dish is ideal for those very young or ancient cats since they would not have to chew food that damages their teeth and would be hydrated in the process.

As you can see, the metabolism of cats is different from that of humans, and although they can eat food that you buy at the restaurant for them, it is important that they meet certain specifications.

Likewise, the portions must be small, since if they leave food on the plate, it must be discarded to avoid contamination of our pets or to make them sick. If you take care of their diet, you can have them by your side for many years.

Don’t forget a rule of thumb before giving your human pet food: if you wouldn’t eat it, they shouldn’t eat it. This means that if the food is spoiled or there are leftovers without nutritional contributions, you should not feed it to your pets since you could accidentally make them sick.

Architecture Around the World that is Inspired by Pets

I had this idea for this article as I drove around my hometown of Indianapolis with my dog Sandover admiring Indianapolis architectural design of some of my favorite buildings. As Sandover stared out the window and looking back at me to see if my excitement matched his, I wondered if any architects designed any of their structures because of their love for their pets. My research into this astounded me.

Throughout history, human beings have taken animals as references on a cultural, artistic, literary, spiritual level and even to create war strategies.

In the case of architecture, the natural forms of many species have served as an inspiration to create unique, impressive, and wonderful structures. This is because the geometry of these animals gives them strength and beauty through aesthetics.

If we combine these sources of inspiration with the constant advancement of the materials and techniques used for construction, we are left with incredible buildings, which fulfill their purpose at the same time that they become architectural icons within the countries to which they belong.

These buildings have even helped to repower many localities at an economic level, thanks to the fact that they have served to increase tourist visits to these attractions. Therefore, it can be highlighted that in addition to being very striking constructions for their originality, they have a lot to contribute to the local history, culture, and economy.

Top 13 Architecture buildings inspired by pets

If you are planning a trip to someplace full of originality, we have the perfect alternatives for you, since these are just some of the most emblematic buildings in the world, whose architecture is inspired by pets and animals, which you should undoubtedly know:

The fish of the Olympic Village, in Barcelona, Spain

1. The fish of the Olympic Village, Barcelona, Spain

This is a structure made of titanium and metal. It was built by architect Frank Gehry, who investigated the possibilities he had to freely express various fish-shaped structures from the beginning of his profession.

In the 80s, he made several objects that explored this idea. For the year 1992, the Olympic Games were to be held in Barcelona. Intending to modernize the city for this event, the site authorities entrusted Gehry to build an immense sculpture located on the Paseo de la Villa Olímpica.

Fish inspired him since in his childhood he enjoyed long baths where his friends (fish of different colors) accompanied him in the bathtub; and the structure has become one of the most iconic in Barcelona, especially because it seems to be connected to the Mediterranean Sea that is located in front of it. It measures 35 meters wide and 54 meters long, so this work of art can’t go unnoticed.

Thanks to the use of titanium as the main material, this piece of architecture usually shines when the sun’s rays point at it, obtaining different shades of color that make it look more impressive.

Kindergarten in the form of a cat, 
 in Wolfartsweier, Germany

2. Kindergarten in the form of a cat, Wolfartsweier, Germany

This building is quite recent; it was created in 2011 by the great artists d’Ayala-Suzan Yondel and Tomi Ungerer. It has been considered one of the schools, architecturally speaking, with more style and creativity. Ungerer wanted to be inspired by the animal he likes the most, claiming that cats are extremely intelligent and aware of what they represent as living beings.

From the outside, it can be easily seen that it is a giant white cat that is lying down. It has many details like the whiskers, a small nose, its large legs that go to its sides, a huge mouth that turns out to be the entrance door to kindergarten, and some stunning round eyes that are the main windows.

This building beauty was designed so that children could stimulate their imagination and always want to go back to school. When people enter, it gives the illusion of being swallowed by the huge cat. Inside your “stomach” are the classrooms, cafeteria, and locker rooms. However, the real fun is in its legs; both are play areas so that, during recess time, children can have fun like never before.

The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand

3. The Elephant Building, Bangkok, Thailand

In short, this is one of the most famous buildings that exist in the capital of Thailand. Its construction was completed in 1997 and is characterized by its shape that represents an elephant.

Its height is 102 meters, and it has 32 floors throughout its structure. One of the elephant’s legs is a residential building, and the other two are for offices. These three are connected directly from the upper area of the structure, which supports a series of additional floors.

It has green areas, a shopping center, and a swimming pool. It should be noted that the elephant is a sacred symbol in Thailand, so when the architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu was commissioned with this project, he had an excellent idea of building it in this way to make it a symbol of the city, and that, in turn, it could stand out from the other 80 skyscrapers that exist.

It has details that, in addition to representing the elephant, were also used practically. The characteristic tusks are the main administrative offices of the building. The queue is a series of rooms with tinted wallpaper, and their ears are balconies from some of the upper floors.

Universum Science Center in Bremen, Germany

4. Universum Science Center, Bremen, Germany.

This beautiful museum, which receives more than 400 thousand visitors a year, was made with the intention that all the people who entered could directly interact with most of the exhibits.

Its inauguration was held in 2000, and since then, everyone has named the structure as three different things, a clam, a whale, and they have even called it a giant pistachio. The architect who achieved this beauty of a building was Thomas Klumpp. He was able to create all this controversy from “what does this building look like?” and that people could automatically identify that it is a museum specialized in science.

It has an area of up to more than 4,000 square meters and was built from stainless steel. In addition, it has an outdoor area of approximately 5,000 square meters, created by landscapers from Bremen, where you can see a large lake, trees everywhere.

Burj Qatar in Doha, Qatar

5. Burj Qatar, Doha, Qatar

It is a building created for offices and designed by Jean Nouvel, an architect of French nationality. It is more than 230 meters long and has 46 floors. In 2012, the Burj Qatar was considered one of the finest buildings in North Africa and the Middle East.

Quite apart from this building being beautiful and extremely elegant, it is inevitable not to think of the giant narwhal, one of the rarest species of whales, when viewed in more detail. This is because it has an aerial pointed beak and its white metal facade.

Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey

6. Lucy the Elephant, New Jersey, USA

By the time it was built (1881), Lucy the Elephant had become one of the newest architectural examples. It was built by James V. Lafferty, using wood and multiple sheets of tin.

This famous New Jersey structure was built primarily to attract tourists and to increase the real estate business. In the 1960s, it was scheduled to be demolished due to the poor condition it was; however, nine years later, a group of people from the city raised the money to move Lucy and completely remodel her.

At present, the birthday of this building is celebrated every July 20, holding recreational events, and it became a historical monument of the nation.

Dog Shaped House in Idaho

7. Dog Shaped House, Idaho, USA

This iconic house is originally called the “Dog Bark Inn.” It measures nine meters and is rented for 130 USD per night. This was an excellent technique for attracting tourists to Cottonwood, a town of only about 900 people.

The hound-shaped house has two rooms that are located, one in the head and one in the belly. In addition, it has a gift shop for tourists and a study where the owners carry out their administrative processes. It also has a large outdoor space and a statue, also in the shape of a can, called Toby.

Of course, guests are allowed to keep their pets, especially dogs. According to its owners, Dennis Sullivan and Francis Conklin, the space is perfect for four people. It is a very comfortable and fun experience.

Building fish in India

8. Building fish, India

The National Fisheries Development Council of India has the most representative building for this area in the world. The building was built by the Central Department of Public Works and was planned from the beginning to look like a fish.

The objective of all this is to represent, at a glance, the activities that take place inside the building. Inside there is a central government organization focused on coordinating the various fisheries agencies that exist.

It was inspired by the fish that the architect Frank Gehry created in Barcelona, achieving a more marked and fun design. It has approximately 2,000 square meters, three floors, rectangular-shaped windows that simulate its scales, and its eyes are blue glass windows.

Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi

9. Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi

It was done by Foster + Partners, an architecture firm based in London. It was inaugurated in 2016 and is characterized by its beautiful design inspired by the falcon’s flight. This can be noticed because the vertical structures, made of steel, simulate the feathers of the bird.

They act as natural standoff towers, towering up to 400 feet high.

Fort of San Diego in Acapulco, Mexico

10. Fort of San Diego, Acapulco, Mexico

This Acapulco historical museum is the most important monument in this coastal area. It has existed since the 1980s and is characterized by its unique turtle-shaped design. To build it, military engineering concepts had to be applied, which were extremely advanced for the time.

People who attend this museum will be able to enjoy a total of 12 rooms with permanent exhibits and one in which exhibits are made temporarily.

Crocodile Hotel in Australia

11. Crocodile Hotel, Australia

This particular piece of architecture is a hotel located in Jabirú, Australia. It was built in the late ’80s, and it can be said that it is the only Crocodile that everyone would want to enter.

The architects wanted the design to be a crocodile because this animal is of great cultural importance to the people of Gagudju in Kakadu. It is 250 meters long and 30 meters wide.

It has four circular parking lots that represent the eggs of a crocodile, and guests enter through, what would be, the animal’s open mouth. In addition, it has more than 100 rooms, a restaurant where you can enjoy typical Australian dishes and a swimming pool.

Kura-Kura Ocean Park in Indonesia

12. Kura-Kura Ocean Park, Indonesia

This is another turtle-shaped building that is absolutely stunning, the Kura-Kuka Ocean Park, located in Jepara, Indonesia.

It was created with the intention of being an ideal tourist destination for fun and learning because it is also an aquarium where you can find an infinity of marine species.

It measures 3,000 square meters and has many interesting attractions, such as a touch pool called Wahana Kolam Sentuh. In it are goldfish, Koi, and many turtles, which can be seen inside the aquarium.

The Chicken Church in Java, Indonesia

13. The Chicken Church, Java, Indonesia

In 1990, an architect named Daniel Alamsjah built a church that is now abandoned. However, what is special about this structure is that it has the shape of a chicken with a crown.

Alamsjah claimed that, at that time, he had a vision of God; and he came to the conclusion that he should create a church where all Christians around the world could meet and praise the creator. With this structure, they wanted to simulate a dove (the holy spirit). Still, with the passage of time, it has become known as “the church of the chicken,” where many tourists visit it annually due to its great peculiarity.

Wild buildings all over the world

Modern life and nature can coexist in perfect harmony, and these buildings proved it completely. The architects in charge of carrying out these works managed to fully represent those animals’ main characteristics that they took as inspiration for the construction, some more literally than others.

Architecture has the advantage that it can always reinvent itself and break all established norms; it just takes an avant-garde vision and a little creativity.

These buildings have become very important attractions in the places where they are located. They have managed to be considered as places of obligatory visits during tourist trips, and even traditional celebrations have been established around some of them.

This trend will undoubtedly not disappear with time, as more and more architects turn their eyes to nature to study their designs and apply them within the field of architecture.

Best Ways to Transport a Large Dog

best way for dog transportation

Dog transportation requires a lot of preparation, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it safely. By following the best practices, you can keep the dog docile while reducing safety risks and stress.

Sometimes, moving your canine friend can be tricky, especially when you have to balance their needs and other things on your to-do list. If you want to transport your dog for a long distance, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re moving across the country or you want to bring your dog on your next vacation, there are a few tips to follow.

Transporting a large dog in a plane

Flying a dog requires a lot of preparation. To ensure you have the best dog transportation experience, you should purchase a crate and visit a vet. And before your scheduled departure, you should contact the airline. Generally, dog transportation can be done in three ways:

  • They can fly as cargo – most airlines require large dogs to fly in this manner
  • Can fly as checked baggage – this is where you check your dog’s crate just like any other luggage
  • Carry-on luggage that rides with you in the cabin.

Since the weight limit for cabin travel is 20 pounds, you may have to keep a large dog in the cargo section. However, if the dog is less than 75-pounds, it should be checked as baggage. The main benefit of this approach is that the dog can be tracked independently of your ticket. But there’s a caveat to this. Most airlines require that you bring a dog that is completely weaned. Keep in mind that different airlines have different restrictions, so you should check first.

The time of travel also matters. If you want to have the best dog transportation, you should ensure the temperatures are below 85F or above 45F. Otherwise, you may have to reschedule your travel until the temperatures become favorable.

How much does it cost to fly with a large dog?

On average, most dogs charge $125 for dog transportation. However, this will depend on several factors:

  • Your destination
  • The airline you choose
  • Whether you check the dog as cargo or you take him to the cabin
  • Size of the pet
flying with a dog on a plane

Flying large dogs internationally

Let’s face it: dog transportation on local airlines differs from international transport. This is because you have to jump through additional hoops. In most overseas destinations, you have to obtain a stamp from the Department of agriculture that allows the dog to enter the country. And depending on your destination, you have to pay for certifications and fees.

But before you plan for your trip, you should always check for certifications. If your canine friend doesn’t meet all the requirements, you may be forced to quarantine the pet.

What type of crate do you need to transport large dogs?

For large dog transportation, you need a large crate that is approved by the airline. Most airline-friendly crates are made of solid wood, welded metal mesh, fiberglass, or plastic. The dimensions also matter. You should consider the length of the dog, width, and height. Another important tip in large dog transportation is labeling the crate.

Should you give your dog anything to keep calm?

While flying with your canine friend can be fun, some dogs can get anxious. A general rule of thumb is that you should never give your pet anything. Instead, you should train the dog to get used to the crate. Perhaps you can give him some treats if he enters the crate voluntarily. When the dog becomes used to the carrier, then you’ll have no reason to worry during dog transportation.

dog that needs emotional support

Transporting dogs that need emotional support

Most large dogs are required to go to the cargo section, but there are a few exceptions. Well, dogs that need emotional support are required to stay in the cabin with the owner.

General tips when flying with a large dog

While large dog transportation requires that you purchase a high-quality crate, you must follow the rules and regulations when flying with your pet. However, there are a few tips to follow to ensure the trip is as smooth as possible:

  • Notify the captain if the pet will be in the cargo hold
  • Give your dog time to pee and poop before departure
  • Make sure the dog enjoys moderate exercise before you take off
  • Feed the dog a few hours before departure
  • Toss a chew toy in the dog’s crate
  • Fly at off-peak times

If the pet must fly in the cargo hold, you should:

  • Travel on the same flight with the same pet
  • Use direct flights
  • Fit your pet with a collar
  • Familiarize your pet with the travel carrier a month before the travel
  • Avoid flying with your pet during busy travel times
  • Once you arrive at your destination, you should examine the pet

Dog transportation in an automobile

If you’re a true pet lover, it can be fun if you take him with you as you hit the road. For inexperienced dog owners, this can turn out to be a disaster. The truth is, some dogs may not adjust to the new environment, especially if you hit long journeys.

On the brighter side, large dog transportation doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a few things you should consider:

  • A dog crate for SUV
  • Booster seats
  • Dog seat belt
  • Dog car hammock
  • Harness
  • Dog seat cover
  • Dog car barrier
transporting a dog in a car

How to keep a large dog safe in the car

The first thing you should do is to figure out where the dog is going to sit. If you’re packing other essentials, you want to be sure you leave enough room for your canine friend. Keep in mind that this rule applies to all types of dog transportation.

Whether the pet is traveling in a crate or it’s going to be uncrated, you should ensure there are no objects that can pose a health risk.

For long-distance dog transportation, you may want to put their favorite blanket to make them cozy. If you want to travel with your dog without pinning on the rearview mirror, there are a few things you can do to keep them safe.

Use a dog harness seatbelt

A harness is designed to secure a dog in one place. To fit the harness, you should:

  • Connect the seat belt with the dog’s loop
  • Connect the silver clasp to the dog’s harness
  • Adjust the seatbelt to ensure it’s comfortable

Use a zipline harness

If your dog is struggling to settle, a zip line can restrain the dog from moving around. You should hook the zipline on the rear passenger seat and tug the belt to ensure it’s in a safe location.

Use a dog crate

While using a small crate can be a simple way to keep your four-legged canine safe, you should not make your pet uncomfortable. If you’re using an SUV for dog transportation, you should buy a crate that ensures the dog is relaxed and safe. The crate you choose should be large enough such that the dog can stand and turn around comfortably.

Get a plush carry box

If you have an anxious dog, you may want to consider a plush carry box for dog transportation. However, it must be used together with the dog harness. To start with, you should place the plush box on the back seat of the car. After that, you should attach the box to the harness.

Use a dog guard

A dog guard is designed to protect your dog from moving forward in case of an accident. You should ensure the guard bolts to the floor such that it can’t be knocked out of the position. Here are a few steps to follow:

  • Find a guard that fits in your car
  • Lock the guard on the inside part of the roof
  • Bolt the guard on the rear seats
dog hammock for car

Use a backseat hammock

A hammock is designed to cover the length of the back car seat. This is the perfect way to transport big dogs that like to lie down. Furthermore, it prevents the dog from slipping into the legroom if you hit the brakes suddenly. If you want to give your dog much-needed comfort, you should ensure the hammock rests on the headrest of the car seat.

Use a dog carrier

This is another common form of dog transportation that separates the car’s seat and the boot. Due to its unique design, it prevents the dog from coming into the back seat. Even better, it allows for some playfulness.

Tips when traveling with your dog

There are many tricks to dog transportation. To ensure your pet gets the best, you should do a few things:

  • Use some air conditioning, but don’t blow it to the pets face
  • Take regular stops
  • Make sure the dog is familiar with the surroundings
  • If the pet suffers from motion sickness, you should consult the vet
  • Pack a lot of water to keep the pet cool

Dog transportation in a train

Traveling with your canine friend on the train is, without a doubt, the most civilized way to carry your pet. The check-in takes shorter, and you can have the dog on your lap throughout the journey. Of course, it’s well ventilated and has well-designed compartments.

First, you should make sure the pet complies with the rules and regulations set by the travel scheme. Also, any dog without leads should be carried in an enclosed basket or a pet carrier.

But what makes train dog transportation unique is that a dog should never occupy the seat, otherwise a charge may be made.

Things to consider pre-travel

You should check how the pet behaves when she’s on the carrier for a long period. So, train travel may not be the best option if your dog keeps barking.

Next, you should consider taking some relief breaks. Before you take the ride, be sure to check the train stops so that you can take a moment to relieve the tension in your pet.

You should also get the right health documentation. Most states require that you get a certificate of pet inspection to confirm the pet doesn’t have infectious diseases.

shipping your dog by truck

Dog transportation by Truck

Let’s face it: dogs are only welcome on a few shipping truck. These are big trucks the kind you see that are constantly getting a dielectric testing done. Before you take your pet on a shipping truck, you should know the rules and regulations. Some truck lines allow you to confine the pet in kernels while others permit dogs in the private cabin (if they’re a dog lover). If you have a large dog, you should contact the truck line to find out the policies set in place. If you have to use the truck’s kernel, be sure to check on your pet frequently.

How to keep your dog docile – making dog transportation more convenient

Traveling can be distressing for your pet, so you should train them as early as possible. The best approach is to make them get used to traveling at an early age. You should start with short distances and then introduce them to a longer distance. Other than that, you should ensure they are comfortable and should see through the window as you drive.

So, how do you plan for stress?

If your pet is prone to stress, you should talk to the vet to prescribe some anti-anxiety medication. This will also help to keep the dog as calm as possible. Other ways you can use to limit stress include:

  • Remain calm- most dogs will be in tune with the human body. So, if you’re stressed, they can easily pick your body language.
  • Use dog treats
  • Use familiar objects like toys and blankets

But just like humans, pets can be prone to motion sickness. If you want to give them a positive experience, you should ensure they face forward. Don’t forget to entice them to make their experience better.

Give your dog a break. Much like traveling with a child, you should stop every 2-3 hours. Even if you want to keep driving to arrive at your destination faster, take a few breaks to keep your furry friend happy.

Turn off the power windows. While this is another area we easily forget, most jurisdictions won’t allow you to travel with your dog when the head is out of the window. It’s easy for a dog to press the buttons with their paws and open the windows. If the dog is overexcited, she may want to stick out the head to enjoy the breeze. We’ve also heard cases where dogs jump out of the window.

Wrapping it up

If you want to travel with your pet, you should choose the safest and most comfortable method for your canine friend. Whichever transportation method you choose, always ensure that it suits you and your beloved pet. Don’t forget to keep the dog docile throughout the trip.

Best Places to Take your Dog in Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach dog destinations

Palm Beach is a beautiful place that attracts visitors from all over the world. People love the location because it is suitable for individuals, families, and groups. But what about pets? If you have a dog, are there any places in Palm Beach that will welcome both you and your canine?

You might be surprised by the sheer number of places in Palm Beach that are dog-friendly, including:

Lake Woof

1). Lake Woof

Lake Woof is special. As a dog park, it was designed to cater to every need your pet might have. They accept animals of all sizes, including the largest breeds. This matters because they have pet washing stations. Located in John Prince Park, Lake Woof has 5 recognition sites. They sell engraved bricks at $250.

City Paws (Howard Park)
City Paws

2). City Paws (Howard Park)

City Paws is another dog park that caters to both small and large animals. The establishment’s biggest attraction is the crowd. If you live in the area, you are bound to see several familiar faces. This will simplify the process of finding trustworthy people whose dogs can play with your canine. The park has fountains and clean-up bags.

Peanut Island
Peanut Island

3). Peanut Island

This man-made Island is somewhat inconvenient for some people because you need a ferry to get to it. Though, there are plenty of water taxis and private boats in the area. However, the island is quite attractive to travelers because it welcomes dogs. Though, you must leash the dogs. The Island has a thriving beach that is popular among partiers.

Howley’s

4). Howley’s

Howley’s Restaurant is part of a historic diner that has a 1950s sheen. Howley’s is just as historic in appearance, which might explain why it serves classic American food. The vibe puts people at ease. If you have a dog, the restaurant has an outdoor patio that welcomes pets. You can eat with your entire family without neglecting your dog. The establishment has a menu that includes organic foods. I really like Howley’s because right around the corner is my Palm Beach CPA, so every tax season I drop my taxes off to be filed and while it’s being done I take a nice, long lunch at Howleys.

Jupiter Dog Beach, Florida
Jupiter Dog Beach

5). Jupiter Dog Beach

Jupiter Beach offers 2.5 miles of dog-friendly real estate. Dog owners are not expected to keep their dogs on a leash. However, the beach has strict rules. For instance, they only welcome well-behaved dogs that know how to socialize.

Because dogs don’t have to stay on a leash, aggressive dogs are not permitted. Dog owners should keep their dogs within the boundaries of the beach. The non-leash provision does not apply to the stretch between the parking lot and the beach. In other words, dogs must stay on a leash as their owners walk from the car to the beach. But even with these rules, the beach is the perfect spot for a dog and his owner to have a good time.

Palm Beach Lake Trail in Florida
Palm Beach Lake Trail

6). Palm Beach Lake Trail

If you want to take a walk with your dog but you greatly desire a change of scenery, give the Palm Beach Lake Trail a chance. The trail is safe for your dog because most of it is off the main road. Though, certain sections expect trekkers to cross a few streets along the way.

The trail is relaxing because it is mostly paved and there are plenty of trees on the side to keep dogs and their owners protected from the sun. The path will take you past several beautiful mansions.

Even more convenient are all the shops and restaurants you will encounter along the way. Feel free to stop at any of these establishments.

Pooch Pines Dog Park
Pooch Pines

7). Pooch Pines

As the name suggests, Pooch Pines was made with dogs in mind, which is why it has sections for dogs of different sizes. You don’t have to worry about anyone turning your dog away. Pooch Pines is supposed to meet their needs.

Though, it has plenty of shaded areas with benches for the dog owners to sit while their dogs enjoy the paved wash station. If you have a particularly energetic canine, it will get a kick out of the fountains. Dogs are free to play in them if they wish.

Dreher Dog Park in Florida
Dreher Dog Park

8). Dreher Dog Park

Dreher is a dream for dog owners primarily because it is so large. Once you reach the heart of the park, the road is over a mile away. In other words, dogs can run to their heart’s content without accidentally straying into traffic.

The park is suitable for families because it is clean and well-kept. The size of it creates a sense of isolation. You can have as much fun as you want without disturbing anyone. The park is open all day. They provide baggies for dog owners, not to mention fountains for the dogs.

Stuart Beach, FL
Stuart Beach

9). Stuart Beach

Stuart Beach is nothing special. That is to say, it doesn’t have any astounding features. However, it has every attribute you expect from a decent beach, including a lifeguard that will keep swimmers from drowning, showers for people to rinse off, and concession stands.

Dog owners will be happy to know that the beach is dog-friendly. However, you must keep the canine on a leash.

Pistache French Bistro, Florida
Pistache French Bistro

10). Pistache French Bistro

You don’t expect award-winning establishments like this to welcome dogs. However, the Pistache French Bistro at the heart of West Palm Beach will surprise you. You will be hard-pressed to find a better source of french cuisine that will also feed your dog. They accept reservations.

Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop
Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop

11). Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop

This establishment allows you to take your dog and your bicycle around their trail. The trail is accessible all week. If you don’t have a bicycle, the shop will loan you one. They also offer scooter rentals, though you must be older than twenty-one.

If you have a bicycle but it is in disrepair, the shop offers repair and maintenance services along with drinks and helmets. It takes roughly ten minutes to cover the bicycle trail. You can bring your friends, family, and dogs. The sights are quite beautiful. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Wellington Dog Park
Wellington Dog Park

12). Wellington Dog Park

This is a good place to come if you want your dog to exercise. It is a decently sized location where your dog can play without a leash. It is not only well-kept but it has many trees that will shade you and your family on a hot day.

In other words, the park isn’t meant solely for dogs. It has picnic tables and restrooms for dog owners and those that accompany them. Though, your dogs are the honored guests. They get to play in all the water fountains.

Juno Beach Park, fl
Juno Beach Park

13). Juno Beach Park

Your dog is permitted to play without a leash at Juno Beach Park. Human beings are welcome as well. The beach is good for walking and fishing. People use it to sunbathe all the time. The concession stands are conveniently located.

Bellagio City Place, FL
Bellagio City Place

14). Bellagio City Place

This eatery is found within a local historic cultural arts center in West Palm Beach. They have amazing Italian Food. Your dogs are free to occupy the patio in front of the restaurant. The courtyard has a fountain. They sell wine at discounted prices on certain days.

Soverel Harbor Marina
Soverel Harbor Marina

15). Soverel Harbor Marina

Soverel Marina, which has 146 boat slips, is found in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens. Because of its location near the Intracoastal Waterway, the marina provides easy access to restaurants and marine supplies.

You can stop here on your way to places like the Bahamas. Some people come for laundry services and showers. The food they serve in the eateries in the vicinity is wide-ranging. You also have beaches within walking distance, not to mention facilities for golf and tennis.

Bark Park Dog Beach in Florida
Bark Park Dog Beach

16). Bark Park Dog Beach

You can’t just hang out here. The management expects you to purchase a permit unless you are a Florida resident. Someone else can also purchase the permit for you. Either way, you have to spend money to get to the beach. This is because it is privately owned.

The money you spend is more than worth it, though, because the beach has all the upscale amenities you could possibly require along with a lifeguard. You can bring your dog. You don’t have to keep it on a leash.

Grease Burgers, Beer and Whisky Bar in Palm Beach, FL
Grease Burgers, Beer and Whisky Bar

17). Grease Burgers, Beer and Whisky Bar

If you have been to the New York City Meat Packing District building, this establishment might look familiar to you. This is because it copied the design of the building. But that is not all it has to offer. The eatery has some of the best burgers in the area. But you don’t have to eat alone. Your dog is welcome.

Woof Gang Bakery Palm Beach
Woof Gang Bakery

18). Woof Gang Bakery

Shopping is a prominent aspect of every vacation. But you don’t have to shop for yourself alone. If you want your dog to share in the fun, visit the Woof Gang Bakery. They are a leading source of pet food and supplies.

They also provide pet grooming services, not to mention a pet resort and a wellness clinic. As their name suggests, they have a bakery. There is no better place to be in Palm Beach for your dog. The canine will receive 5-star treatment.

Cinquez Park, FL
Cinquez Park

19). Cinquez Park in Jupiter

This establishment has a storied history. It was initially populated by African Americans during the Jim Crow days. It was a thriving community with businesses and churches. Its streets were eventually named after African locations and black leaders.

Joseph Cinquez, the man from whom the park gets its name, led a slave revolt. The marker in the park that was planted in 2019 is designed to educate visitors about the historical importance of the park. But if history isn’t your cup of tea, the park has plenty to offer.

It sits on 13 acres, more than enough space to accommodate gatherings of every size. It has picnic tables, restrooms, and facilities that cater to fishing enthusiasts. If you have a dog, the park has a dog section and dog washing stations. It is a beautiful, well-kept attraction with paved walking trails and benches. They have everything you, your family, and your pet could want to enjoy your stay.

O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach
O’Shea’s Irish Pub

20). O’Shea’s Irish Pub

This is a dog-friendly pub that visitors run to when they want some nice beer and live music. A live DJ is always available. If your nights are vacant, check their calendar. They have events every single day. You can trust them to keep you occupied. They serve brunch.

Clear Kayak Sunset Tours in Florida
Clear Kayak Sunset Tours

21). Clear Kayak Sunset Tours, Jupiter

You wouldn’t expect an Airbnb to cater to dogs but that is exactly what Clear Kayak Sunset Tours has done. You can see Jupiter from the comfort of your kayak as you paddle with your dog. There is so much to see from the water.

You are expected to bring a towel. Your dog will lie on it. This has more to do with the kayak than the dog. The towel protects the vessel. If you don’t know how to kayak, you can learn. If you have friends and family, bring them along. Their services can accommodate up to 10 people.

Lake Ida Dog Park, FL
Lake Ida Dog Park

22). Lake Ida Dog Park

This is a great park that should appeal to dog owners and boaters. You can take your dog for a walk. You can also eat lunch near the lake. There are sections for large and small dogs. The park has restrooms, benches, and fountains for dogs.

If you don’t want to walk, they have a bicycle path. Canoeing and kayaking are options, though some people prefer jet skis. If you have children, the park has a playground, pavallion, and some grills. In other words, there is plenty of room for both people and dogs to exercise, fish, cook, and play.

BRK Republic indoor dog park

23). BRK Republic

Dogs and people will love this indoor dog park. They have friendly personnel, a decent selection of beer and wine, and outdoor seating. If you have a dog, they will offer it as many water bowls as it wants. They will go out of their way to make you comfortable.

FIND Park Jupiter, FL
FIND Park

24) FIND Park

This park allows your dogs to play without a leash. They have facilities for large and small dogs. These sections are separated by fences. If your dog likes to swim, it can leave the beach for the water.

Best Pets to Have in a Dallas, TX Climate

Dallas, Texas

Overview

Texas is home to a variety of pets. Before you bring a pet to your home in Dallas, you should consider a number of things. For example, think about the climatic conditions in your region, and see if your pet will be satisfied and happy. The article below will guide you on the best pets you can keep in Dallas and the climatic considerations for keeping your pet healthy and safe.

Best Pets to Have in a Dallas, TX Climate

Best Pets to Have in a Dallas, TX Climate

Texas has a significant population of ranchers and pets are generally accommodated. However, that does not in any way mean that you can have any pet you want. There are a number of pets which are illegal to keep and the authorities have their reasons for the limitations. A lot of limitations emanate from complains from the farmers who say the pets are a threat to their pets. Other pets do prey on the pets making it difficult to allow them in Texas. A large and exotic pet such as the big cat or the bear requires a permit.

Therefore, prior to keeping your pet, do an internet search to evaluate if the pet is allowed in Texas. You may ado a lot of work, and spend a lot of money, transporting a pet from another state to Texas, only to be informed that the pet is not allowed in Texas. Taking such an initiative could save you a lot of money and could save you from possible inconveniences.

You can experiment on any kind of pet to keep in Texas as far as there is no law which states that keeping the pet in question is illegal. However, when you choose the one you want, make sure that you can get a vet should the climate not favor your pet. Some types of pets may require that you seek the help of a specialist.

The Reference City Code, Section 7-4.6, Texas, gives the limit of the number of pets that one can own at any particular time. It ranges from 4 to 8, depending on factors such as housing. The law does not include the kittens which are under 6 months of age. Therefore, if you are a fan of many pets, make sure that you have a large house, or rent a large one, and the authorities will allow you to make a better choice regarding the quantity of the pets that you want.

Taking care of your pet is not a choice, and these include protecting it from harsh climatic conditions. SPCA, Texas, receives eight calls a day, on pets that have been neglected or mal-treated. It is important that you keep your adoption papers in order just in case you are accused of committing a certain crime. This will help you to defend yourself in such a case. In addition to that, if the micro-chip was provided, make sure you have the same in order.

wading pool for dog in hot weather

Pets and Texas Weather

The summer months in Texas can be hot, and you need to prepare your pet for the same. Similarly, during winter time in Texas, you have to give the safety of your pet a priority. The harshest time, in terms of cold temperatures is both January and February. The other winter months are not easy too, but manageable to your pet.

Pets in Texas can experience problems that are related to cold weather, generalized hypothermia for instance. This may cause the pets to be dull as well as anti-social. You can notice this very fast. If you do, stop walking your pet and go back to find a warm place.

In addition to that, the pets can experience frostbites in the ears, toes, lips, tail, and the nose. Frostbite is a product of cold temperatures, decreased blood flow, and heat loss. Frostbites are not easy to notice, and you may take a number of days before you notice the same.

Therefore, as you think about the pet you should buy or adopt, then think about the conditions in both winter and summer. This will help you in the preparation of harsh months early enough. Note that a simple mistake could compromise the health of your pet or lead to death.

In some cases, one may not be able to bring pets into the house. This largely depends on the type of the pet. One can use the garage, or even the mudroom, in order to provide effective shelter for the pet. However, in such a case, one must ensure that there are no hazardous materials or even trash. You can consider filling the dog house with bedding in order to keep it warm. Another option is providing your pet with a source of heat. However, bear in mind that fire and carbon monoxide can be a big risk to the pet.

During the winter, the risk of poisoning is higher than the rest of the year. This is because rodents such as mice may shelter in the house as they escape cold temperatures. Again, some of the pets already have certain health conditions, diabetes for instance. In such a case, then, the pet is going to be more vulnerable to cold weather. In addition to that, medical conditions such as kidney failure and cardiac conditions can lead to a more severe situation during winter. If you doubt that your pet can withstand the winter, contact a vet for a professional opinion.

Before you get into your car, and before you start your car, it is important that you check if there is any pet that is seeking refuge in your car. This will prevent a situation where you injure the pet or kill the pet. Dallas is quite a busy place to live. And one may be on the move. However, pets and other animals should not be neglected as the Dallas residents go on with their day to day activities.

The Impact of Climate Change

Melissa Gaskill, writing for the Texas Climate News, states that animals are now struggling to keep up with the impact of climate change. However, the animals have also developed adaptive changes including an increase in the number of offsprings and a higher survival rate. Climate change has affected the behavior of the birds (scientists use the term phenological traits).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that by 2016, a big part of Texas had already warmed up by a significant 1.5 degrees, when compared to the previous century. This has been blamed on the coal power plants that are a common phenomenon in the state. Texas has made several efforts to manage climate change, but there are observable effects of the changes in temperature.

You may think that climate change affects other people, perhaps as far away as Alaska, but you will be surprised to note that your pet is experiencing a higher level of stress and is not able to adapt to the new climatic conditions. You need to protect your pet. Be the first one to go green, and raise awareness about the impact of climate change.

How to take care of Your Pet in harsh climatic conditions

How to take care of Your Pet in harsh climatic conditions

There are several ways through which you can take care of your pet in harsh climatic conditions. To start with, you should walk your dog either early in the morning, or, late in the evening. By then, the Texas heat will not hurt the pet. It should be noted that the older pets, and the over-weight pets, are vulnerable to too much heat.

You should prepare an effective shelter in order to protect your pet from harsh weather. It is important that a wading pool with water is provided to the pet. A doggie door could be of a lot of help to your dog. You can have a potty area which will be air-conditioned.

If you are using an open vehicle, do not ride your pet at the back. You should note that metal surfaces and truck beds can get very hot. In addition to that, give your companion a lot of water, every day.

During winter, you have few options but to keep your pet indoors. The law requires that all the pets have access to dry and warm weather when the temperature reaches 32 degrees. If you fail to take care of your pet in this way you most likely will have to hire a criminal attorney Dallas TX since charges most likely will be brought up against you.

It should be noted that in this kind of weather, all the pets are at risk, whether big or small pets. Do not think that having a thick fur means that your pet is protected. The best thing is to have your pet indoors in order to prevent any possible risk. Again, it is not recommendable that you shave your pet during winter. This exposes them to cold.

When you are walking your pet, the pavement and cement can be particularly cold. It is better that you walk on the grass, as this will be more comfortable than walking on the pavement and the cement. When you find that it is too cold outside, consider clothing your pet with coats and boots.

Winter in Texas comes with various anti-freeze products. As a pet owner, keep your pet safe and keep such products out of reach. Some of the anti-melt products can carry a lot of irritants and chemicals. Some can have an instant impact on the health of your pet.

Another mistake that pet owners make is to walk their pet on frozen pond and lake. You are not sure that the ice can withstand the weight of your pet. Again, if the ice breaks, the pet will be vulnerable to the cold water beneath, and this can be deadly. The best thing is to avoid such places.

In Texas (as well as Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New York), it is illegal to leave an animal outside the home without food and shelter, whether it is tethered or untethered. If the authorities find out that you did such a thing, then you are going to be in trouble.

Like in the human beings, a balanced diet to your pets could be the panacea to most of the health problems. If you feed your pet with a healthy diet, you are going to help it withstand the cold winter months. In addition to that, have an emergency kit ready in the case your pet gets sick. Such a kit should include essential medicine.

adopt a pet at Dallas Animal Services

Where can you get a pet in Dallas, Texas?

There is no shortage of pets in Dallas, Texas. To start with, Dallas Animal Services, Texas, has deserving and adoptable pets that you can have a look at. All the pets for adoption are spayed, on a vaccine, and are micro-chipped prior to going home. By choosing Dallas Animal Texas, you are sure that you are choosing a pet agency which boasts a competent team of professionals.

You can do an internet search of the pet store near you. Again, there is no shortage of these stores. However, when you identify one, be sure to check the reviews. Such reviews are going to inform you on the best place to buy your pet. Ask your friends and relatives where you can get a pet in Dallas, and you will definitely find a solution.

Depending on whom you ask, a pet lover could tell you to adopt a pet, rather than buying a pet. Should you choose to buy a pet, then you should think about the breeder. Inbreeding can lead to serious health consequences.

You can take part in the rescue of a pet. There are few cases of pets found stranded, after heavy rains for instance. In such a case, you will be doing the right thing by giving the pet a home.

Conclusion

Like any other part in the US, Texas may have a few challenges, including climate. However, that should not push you away from having a pet in Dallas. Professionals and pet owners have devised ways of addressing the problems that come with the same. Overall, having a pet in Texas is a fun experience and worth it.

Should Restaurants Allow Pets?

dog sitting in restaurant

Should restaurants allow pets? The question is clearly yes in many places, though the matter is addressed by a patchwork of state and local laws, and there are many restrictions that apply. First, we’ll discuss the restaurant pet laws currently on the books. Then we’ll look at the points for and against this pet-friendly trend.

States That Allow Restaurant Pets

Should restaurants allow pets? There are a number of states where voters clearly said yes.

Florida was the first law to allow dogs in outdoor dining spaces. Restaurants in Florida must apply for a permit to be allowed to permit dogs on the property. They must follow certain public health rules such as having employees wash their hands after petting a dog.

Tennessee permits dogs on restaurant patios. They require dogs to be kept on a leash for the safety of other guests. Furthermore, facilities must have an approved cleaning kit for cleaning up any pet messes. This is one of those rules regarding restaurant pets put in place for the sake of public health.

Maryland allows restaurants to request permission to host restaurant pets. They must give the local health department thirty days’ notice. Restaurant owners can restrict the types of dogs allowed on the premises. They could ban pitbulls or dogs over 30 pounds in the name of public safety, though they let any peaceful small dog sit with the owner on the patio.

Rhode Island’s 2016 law is a near mirror image of Maryland’s restaurant pet law. The only difference is that Rhode Island law allows owners to forcibly remove a pet owner and/or pet whenever they want. If your dog is too noisy or aggressive, the owner can kick you both out. Rhode Island is also unusual for letting restaurants set dog-friendly hours. In summary, restaurant pets may be limited to sitting on the patio for a pet-friendly afternoon.

dog eating soup in restaurant

Illinois has an interesting state law regarding restaurant pets. Municipalities with at least a million people can pass an ordinance permitting restaurant pets. Once the city passes such an ordinance, restaurants can apply for the pet permit. The only city large enough to qualify is Chicago. This means smaller cities can’t have pet-friendly restaurants. Furthermore, it means not all restaurants can accept pets. You have to apply and pay for the permit and meet whatever rules Chicago says you must meet to have pets on the property. If you can’t or won’t control the animal, you can be banned from the building.

Minnesota state law says cities can adopt laws permitting dogs in outdoor seating areas. There are a number of rules related to public health. Employees cannot pet the dogs. Furthermore, the dogs are not allowed on the furniture.

New Mexico’s law regarding restaurant pets is relatively broad. The 2011 state law gives permission to restaurants to permit pets. The business must post a sign that designates the outdoor dining area for use by patrons with pet dogs. On the other hand, the state allows restaurants to prohibit pets either on public health or public safety grounds. That isn’t due to liability concerns, because New Mexico law clearly says the pet owner is legally liable for any damage their pet causes including dog bites.

California state law says dogs are allowed in outdoor dining areas. There needs to be an outdoor entrance to the patio so that the dog doesn’t pass through the dining room. Pet waste must be cleaned up promptly and with approved chemicals. The state goes farther than most by spelling out how the dogs must be treated. For example, the dogs can be given food or water but it must be in sing-use disposable containers. Sorry, but you’re not allowed to let your dog lick your plate at the restaurant the way he does at home. Furthermore, the dog-friendly patio must have an outdoor entrance.

New York’s law mirrors that of California. Restaurants across the state can choose to permit or deny pets. All dog food and drink must be in disposable containers.

Georgia regulations allow for pet dogs in outdoor dining areas. Dogs must be on leash and under control. Pets are not to be touched or fed by employees. They cannot pass through the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant must have clear rules for cleaning up pet messes.

Kentucky lets you bring a dog into an outdoor dining area if it is not fully enclosed and can be accessed without walking through the restaurant. The dog can’t come into contact with anything that touches food. Sanitizing kits are mandatory. Kentucky gives business owners the explicit right to refuse service to a patron whose dog is not well-behaved or off-leash.

Oklahoma is unusual for explicitly allowing cats as well as dogs in outdoor dining areas. The same rules such as not having the animal in the indoor dining area and not touching food or food implements are in effect in that state. They require businesses to have a process to clean up pet messes. Food and water can be given to the pet if it is in a single-use, disposable container.

Ohio passed a restaurant pet law in 2018. Restaurants and retail establishments that serve food can get a permit to allow dogs on the property. The restaurant must have a policy in place requiring the patron to control the dog, and this is true whether or not a leash is involved. The dog cannot pass through the main dining hall. And the restaurant must comply with all sanitation standards. They go one step farther in requiring all dogs on the property to be properly vaccinated.

In 2019, Texas decided to allow restaurant pets. The restaurant must keep dogs out of the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant must mandate that dogs be on the leash and stay off the furniture. No food can be prepared on the patio. These are the minimum requirements spelled out at the state level. Cities and counties can set stricter rules, whether it is mandating vaccination of pets or limiting the size or breed of animal.

North Carolina also allows both dogs and cats in outdoor dining areas. The pets must be physically restrained and cannot come in contact with the food or food preparation areas. Staffers are not allowed to come into contact with the animal.

South Carolina is the only state on this list to permit ferrets, though they allow dogs and cats in restaurant patios. The rest of their rules are fairly standard. This means they’re the only state that allows three species of restaurant pets.

Virginia is an interesting exception the trend of allowing restaurant pets. They allow dogs in breweries and winery tasting rooms but not in restaurants. The argument in favor of allowing dogs in these areas is that alcohol actually kills germs, and it is filtered to the microbe level at the final stages of production. In this way, having dogs in these spaces doesn’t present a contamination risk. Yet breweries and wine tasting rooms might serve food. And Virginia prohibits dogs in spaces where food is prepared or served. You could say they ban restaurant pets but let you have a pint with Fido.

Note that the list of states permitting restaurant pets has been growing rapidly. Many of the states on this list only decided to allow restaurant pets in the past five years. This suggests a slow trend toward allowing pets on restaurant patios.

How the Law Treats Restaurant Pets in the Rest of the Country

Where it isn’t permitted, it is prohibited. Restaurant owners will not want a dog or other pet on the premises if the government in their area doesn’t allow it. Why? Because they’ll be cited for violations of the health code if they let you bring a dog into restaurant. That could put them out of business. However, there are exceptions to the laws that say you cannot bring a dog into the restaurant. Let’s look at these exceptions in greater detail.

service dog

Service Animals

If you have a legitimate service animal, you’re generally allowed to bring the service animal with you into a retail establishment. For example, a blind or deaf person is allowed to bring the guide-dog or guide horse into the restaurant as long as it is not disrupting the business. This is actually legally required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service animal in this case must be allowed to come with you to the eating area. However, federal law bans the service animal from food preparation and food storage areas. There are gray areas such as whether the dog can walk with you up to the salad bar, though there is no problem if someone brings the plate of food to you.

Note that your emotional support animal is generally not included under the same regulations for restaurant pets.

Reasons Why Restaurant Pets Are the Exception, Not the Rule

There are many reasons why restaurants may refuse to allow pets. They don’t want to worry about other patrons being attacked by dogs. They may not want to hear dogs barking at traffic from the patio. They may not want to have to deal with the potential messes dogs may make, and if the pet vomits on the floor, it could cost them patrons even as their overworked staff are busy cleaning up the mess. The general rule is that dogs must be restricted to an outdoor patio; if your restaurant doesn’t have an outdoor patio, then you don’t have the option of letting patrons bring their pets.

Even places that permit pets in restaurants prohibit pets from:

• Food preparation surfaces or near any commercial kitchen equipment

• Food preparation areas

• Food storage areas

• Indoor dining areas

Banning pets from food preparation areas like the kitchen and food perpetration areas like wet bars to minimize the risk of germ and parasitic infection transmission. Banning pets from food storage areas is done for the same reason. Banning pets from dining areas and preventing them from coming through the front door protects people with allergies. Rules spelling out how pet messes are cleaned up and what chemicals are used are clearly in the name of public health. Rules requiring pets to be leashed, controlled and well-behaved are public safety issues. You can see from the legislative review that restaurants can refuse to permit pets on their property because they don’t want the obligation to clean up after animals. Furthermore, local and regional authorities can prevent a restaurant from permitting pets if they think there are public health and/or safety reasons to prohibit it. After all, it is unfair to order a business owner to accept restaurant pets they’re allergic to or afraid of.

restaurant dog

Why Do Restaurants Want to Permit Pets?

Many pet owners are devoted to their pets. If they can bring the dog to sit out on the patio and enjoy a burger, they’re more likely to frequent that restaurant over another. And this is a fairly large demographic that will otherwise eat at home. If you can permit restaurant pets, you’ll be marketing to a devoted customer demographic that finds it hard to get service.

If they don’t have to rush home to let the dog out, they may stay longer. This typically translates into a larger food order via appetizers and desserts. Depending on where the restaurant is located, it may present the opportunity to sell edible dog treats in addition to food for human owners. Or you’ll attract dog walkers who want to sit down and relax with a beer and appetizer while their dog stares at the pedestrian traffic.

Allowing people to bring their pets may attract otherwise lonely individuals who don’t see a need to go out. These individuals are bringing their dog, because they don’t have a date or group of friends to go out with.

Summary

Restaurant pets are generally banned and heavily regulated where permitted out of concerns about public health and public safety. Where restaurant pets are allowed, both pet owners and business owners must follow a number of rules to be allowed to have pets on the property. Violating these rules is a violation of the health code, and that will get a restaurant shut down as soon as it is found out.

Why Concrete Art is a Great Medium to use for Pet Art

pet concrete art

People make and invest in pet art for several reasons. Some people want to immortalize their pets, to remember them even after they have passed. Others want the images and personalities of their pets to surround them, not just in their homes but also in their offices, especially if they hold those pets in high esteem.

They want to experience the joy the animals inject into their lives even when those animals are absent. One can also use pet art to raise interest in a particular cause. When people think of pet art, their minds immediately jump to oil paintings.

But have you considered using concrete as a medium? You have to take several factors into account when choosing a medium for your art. For instance, you must consider the supplies, specifically how accessible and affordable they are.

You must also consider the space available to you and any limitations you might have to work around, such as time constraints. Concrete doesn’t sound like the easiest material to use when making pet art. But it has a lot of advantages that make it the perfect medium for your situation:

1). Flexibility

Concrete art is highly flexible. You can fit your pet art in your home, office, indoors, outdoors, restaurant, gallery, basically any setting you want. The material is adaptable. You can even apply it to existing concrete in a particular space.

Once it is in place, you can stain it with acid or add interesting finishes and textures to create uniformity with the environment. Despite what some people might assume, the material won’t limit you.

dog concrete art

2). Durability

If your pet art was designed to memorialize your pet, you can take comfort in the fact that the concrete art in question will last a very long time. In fact, it might outlive you. Concrete takes a while to deteriorate. It isn’t as vulnerable to extreme weather conditions or components like mold, especially when you compare it to other art mediums.

3). Maintenance

Not only is concrete art long-lasting but it requires very little maintenance. You can clean it using any methodology that appeals to you. It can withstand harsh detergents. You don’t have to work as hard to remove stains and spills. And even when it deteriorates, there are inexpensive steps that can be taken to fix it. The material is so cost-effective because the maintenance costs are so low.

cat concrete art

4). Environment

Concrete art is eco-friendly. It is easy to recycle and it has a low carbon footprint. In other words, you can immortalize your pet without endangering the planet. If the pet art is stored indoors, you can also rely on it to contribute to your property’s energy requirements.

Concrete stores energy. People use it to construct buildings because it can reduce the structure’s heating and cooling burden. Pet art made from concrete won’t drastically reduce your energy bill. But it will make a small difference.

As you can see, the case for pet art made from concrete is quite strong. You will be hard-pressed to find a stronger medium that is also affordable and easy to maintain.