He Stalks ‘Unkempt’ Dog To Sacred Place No One’s Allowed Into

One dog that’s covered in filth and matted beyond belief won’t let anyone near her. When someone tries to approach, she runs away. She’s fast too! When someone finally followed her, the poor dog led him to another dog that looks just like her!

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The man follows both dogs to a house filled with trash. It’s surrounded by dangerous things that could harm them. But then the man realizes why the two dogs hide. They’re protecting something sacred.

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Their baby!

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The man thinks that the dogs are on their own but then the strangest thing happens. A woman walks to the house and goes right in through the door. The dogs don’t even seem to mind.

The man is in awe. He goes and knocks on the door and asks if she’s the dogs’ caretaker. She doesn’t want to deal with him and gets angry. So he goes over to the neighbors and pleads for them to help. They try to talk to the angry woman.

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She says she feeds them but that is all. She can’t care for them other than that because she can’t “catch them.” They also run from her. The neighbors beg to let the man help. They tell her they need to be bathed and groomed.

She finally gives in. A rescue group is called in and now it is time to get these dogs the help that they need. They come with a vet that volunteers his time. First, they catch the puppy. They say he’s too weak to run away. So sad!

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Then they work on catching mom. She hides in the trash pile. They try to get to her but she’s spooked and takes off. She hides beneath a car.

With the net in hand, the animal rescuers approach. They have to push her out. It’s scary, sure, but she needs help! Once she’s in the crate, the vet walks over. He’s appalled by her condition. He says it’s been at least five years since she was bathed and groomed last. How terrible!

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They rescue the daddy dog next. Once all the dogs are safe in the crates, it’s time to head to the medical center. The mama dog is okay but they have to get all the matted hair off of her. They can’t even imagine how she’s been nursing her baby like this!

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They shave pounds and pounds of hair off of her. She’s going to feel so much better!

After both dogs are shaved, they give them clothes to wear to keep them warm. Losing all that hair is a shock to the system. They don’t want them to be cold.

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Now that they’re all in good condition, they will be sent to a family who can care for them. The rescue group is going to do all they can to keep the doggy family together. That’s great news! We are thrilled that these dogs are now safe and clean. Here’s to a new happy life, doggy family!

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On the Right Track: 7 Awesome Pet-Friendly Rails-To-Trails

Rails-to-Trails is a nationwide conservation effort to preserve historic and abandoned railway corridors by transforming them into trails. The first of these was the Elroy Sparta State Trail, which opened in 1965 in the small town of Kendall, Wisconsin. Since then, former railway lines from coast to coast have been adapted to fit pedestrian and “pawdestrian” needs. Today, they offer some of the best backdrops for Fido’s next long walk.

1. Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta, GA

two dogs taking a walk on a Pet-Friendly Rails-To-Trails

“We tow the Beltline.” – Photo by @pocketfulofpuppies

The Atlanta Beltline is one of ATL’s newest and most popular outdoor spaces. Compared to most pathways on the list, this 22-mile recreational trail is still in its infancy. Construction began in  2005 and continues to this day, gradually transforming disused railway tracks into walkways that feature open green space and parks. One of the highlights for canine visitors is Fetch Park. This unique dog park features a 1976 Airstream converted into a full-service bar with wash stations and Bark Rangers making sure all the pups are playing nicely.

Spend the night in one of The Big A’s best pet-friendly hotels, Loews Atlanta Hotel. Guest pups receive treats, bowls and a food mat at check-in.

2. Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Susanville, CA

A husky taking a walk at Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

“This trail is the Bizz!” – Photo by @princessdonutdawg

Named after former Congressman and trailblazer Harold T. “Bizz” Johnson, Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail sits on the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad line. Established in 1914 for use in the logging industry, it now offers Fido a long stroll through epic woodlands. Covering more than 25 miles of varied pathways, the trail passes through two tunnels, crosses 12 bridges, and runs along the Susan River and other creeks where your pooch can dip his paws in the water. If you’ve ever met Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox on The Great River Road, say hello to another version of the pair at the trail end in Westwood.

After your walk in the woods, rest up at this country cottage near Lake Almanor.

3. Katy Trail

Dallas, TX

two dogs having fun at Katy Trail

“The problem with paved trails is we can’t get our paws muddy!” – Photo by @princessdonutdawg

Each year, a million people utilize the Katy Trail in Dallas. The former railway line stretches back to 1865, when the Union Pacific Railroad constructed the Missouri-Kansas-Texas line. The paved pathway has become one of Dallas’ most “pup-ular” attractions and has everything you need for an epic day out with your pooch. Dogs can rehydrate at the bowls provided next to every single water fountain along the 3.5-mile walkway. For something more substantial, swing by Mutt’s Canine Cantina just off the trail. This restaurant and dog park offers delicious brews for humans and a dog menu that includes pupsicles made of beef broth, peanut butter and an edible bone. To help raise money for trail upkeep and expansions, your pooch can become a member for $20. She’ll receive a bandana and invitations to members-only events.

You’ve spent the day wandering one of Dallas’ jewels; spend the night at The Joule Dallas. Dog beds and bowls are available upon request, and the Main Street Garden Urban Dog Run is two blocks away.

4. Little Miami Scenic Trail

Milford, OH

A dog having fun at Little Miami Scenic Trail

“I wish the weather was more like Big Miami!” – Photo by @yetithecatahoula

Little Miami Scenic Trail is the third longest paved trail in the U.S., stretching over 78 miles from Springfield to Milford, Ohio. The original pathway took in a section of old railroad tracks next to the Little Miami River. Over the years, like most of the trails on our list, it has grown and brought new life to otherwise deserted places. Along the way, Fido can splash in one of the trailside creeks, hop on another former railroad track starting at Xenia Train Station, explore gorgeous natural areas like Caesar Creek State Park, or stop for a refreshing brew at Devil Wind Brewing.

Little Miami Scenic Trail is only 30 minutes from Cincinnati. Take a detour to The ‘Nati and explore all the city has to offer, including a night at the pet-friendly Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown.

5. Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle, WA

a dog chilling out at  Little Burke-Gilman Trail

“I think we might need to come back again tomorrow!” – Photo by @cute.morita

Seattle is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S., so it’s no surprise you’ll find one of the best pet-friendly rails-to-trails here. Burke-Gilman Trail is just under 19 miles in length and takes walkers from The Emerald City to Bothell. Highlights include a stop at Golden Gardens Park for some off-leash fun, an industrial sightseeing tour of Gas Works Park, and a visit to one of the most epic dog parks in the country in Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Dog Area.

Take a break at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle. Treats, food bowls and beds are available at check-in, and the hotel is conveniently located near local parks.

6. Cross Seminole Trail

Seminole, FL

three German shepherds having fun at Cross Seminole Trail

“Can we take the train now?” – Photo by @mfoxfopp

Cross Seminole Trail is located just outside Orlando, but it couldn’t feel further from its bright lights and theme park buzz. Stretching 23 miles from Seminole to Lake Mary, it’s a wonderful way to experience the natural side of Florida. When you reach Big Tree Park, the paved pathway turns into a raised boardwalk surrounded by cypress trees. Continue your exploration of the Florida outback with a self-guided tour of Spring Hammock Preserve, a habitat for rare and endangered plant and animal species. If your dog needs a break from the beating Florida sun, pause for a while at one of the many water fountains on the trail.

Spend the evening near the beach at this pet-friendly vacation home with a great backyard.

7. Monon Trail

Indianapolis, IN

a dog taking a walk at Monon Trail

“Stop and smell the … what are these called again?” – Photo by @ekphoto___/

Casually switching between wildflower-lined pathways and historic bridges over rivers and creeks, Monon Trail has something for every dog. The Monon Railroad originally connected Indianapolis to Chicago, but sections are now being utilized by pedestrians for important exercise like walking the dog. The repurposed pathway begins in Sheridan and extends south before intersecting with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Take a break from the trail with a short detour into Carmel Arts & Design District, where you’ll find an abundance of interesting art galleries. After your walk, toast another great wander with a beer on the patio at Upland Brewing Co. Tap House.

Complete your adventure with a unique stay at a former factory. Ironworks Hotel Indy is a rustic reimagining of a former industrial building. Canine guests receive treats, beds and bowls upon arrival.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as On the Right Track: 7 Awesome Pet-Friendly Rails-To-Trails.

8 Last-Minute Summer Getaways Where Pups Stay Free

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away. If you’ve decided last-minute to give in to the summer wanderlust and don’t want Fido to miss the fun, check out these pet-friendly hotels that don’t charge a fee for your canine companion. Whether you’re looking for a well-deserved vacation or a quick weekend getaway, these eight destinations will be a true treat for both you and your best friend.

1. Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Aloft Boston Seaport welcomes dogs to stay for no pet fee.

“You mean to tell me I get treats AND toys here?” – Photo by @aloft_boston

The all-day mild temperatures make late summer the “pawfect” time of year to take a trip to the Cradle of Liberty with your canine. It’s easy to see why Boston makes our list of the 12 most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. Beantown offers tourists on two legs and four tons of options for restaurant patios and breweries to patronize, and excellent guided walking tours covering the rich history and culture of the city.

Aloft Boston Seaport is a cool and convenient spot for you and your pooch to call home during your vacay. Aloft hotels understand that Animals Are Fun. Their ARF pet program means pups up to 40 lbs are always welcomed for no pet fee and treated to a branded bed and bowl, complimentary dog cookies and toys. Nightly rates at Aloft Boston Seaport start at $132.

2. Goleta, CA

Goleta, CA

The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel welcomes dogs for no pet fee.

California dreamin’ in Goleta. – Photo by @chloeacockapoo

If you’re tired of being cooped up indoors, pack your stuff and your pup and head off on a last-minute adventure just outside of Santa Barbara in Goleta. Embrace the endless California summertime on the off-leash stretch of Arroyo Burro Beach Park (the locals call it Hendry’s Beach). Fill your bellies at one of the area’s many pet-friendly restaurants, like the large, covered patio at Jane at the Marketplace. And be sure to spend at least one evening taking in the epic sunsets over the Pacific with an evening hike on the Coal Oil Point Trail.

Check into your room at The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel, and head over to Outpost, the on-site, dog-friendly restaurant. Here, you can order up typical SoCal fare like bao buns, halibut tacos and oysters, alongside one of their famous craft cocktails, with your pooch at your side. Pets of any size, breed and weight are welcome for no additional fee at The Goodland. Nightly rates start at $128.

3. Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

Visit pet-friendly Oklahoma City with your dog.

“And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet…unlike your tushy.” – Photo by @dallaspartyof2

Itching to get out of town on a vacay that won’t eat up your savings? Hitch on your boots and cowboy hat and git along with your little doggy to Oklahoma, where the winds come sweepin’ down the plains. While you’re embracing cowboy culture with your “pawtner” on Oklahoma City’s Wild Western Art Scavenger Hunt Tour, be sure to check out the city’s mid-century modern architecture. Get in a workout by SUP-ing with Fido on the Oklahoma River at Boathouse District before filling up on gourmet fried food and craft beer at Anchor Down Draft and Dog’s sprawling pet-friendly patio/.

Nightly rates at La Quinta Inn & Suites OKC North Quail Springs start at just $89. While La Quinta’s pet policies vary by location, the OKC North Quail Springs property welcomes two pets of any size for no additional pet fee.

4. Saco, ME

Saco, ME

Visit pet-friendly Saco, Maine with your dog this summer.

You and Fido could be enjoying an east coast sunset stroll. – Photo by @saco.maine

New England towns like Portland, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor are supremely “pupular” destinations during the hottest months of the year. If you’re booking a last-minute trip to the coast, try heading for one of the lesser-known towns. Charming Saco may only have a third of the population of nearby Portland, but the doors of local businesses open just as wide to welcome visitors and their furry friends. Grab a $1 doggie dish at the Saco Scoop, enjoy walking through the historic downtown and along the riverwalk trail, or play on picturesque and pet-friendly Bay View Beach, Ferry Beach State Park, or Camp Ellis Beach. Dogs are required to be on leash on the beaches from April 1 until September 30 to protect at-risk and endangered wildlife.

Rest up at the centrally located Hampton Inn Saco Old Orchard Beach. While the hotel does charge a refundable pet deposit, there are no additional pet fees. Rates start at $113 per night.

5. Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Stay at the luxurious pet-friendly Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection in Chicago, IL.

“Ready for my bedtime story, ma!” – Photo by @yggiyggi_miniaussie

If you decide to escape the late summer heat in the Windy City, you’ll find no shortage of pet-friendly activities to fill your time. Don’t miss the fantastic photo ops at the Coliseum Dog Park, take in the sites at the boardwalk at Navy Pier, or treat yourself and your pup to some retail therapy along The Magnificent Mile, the city’s famed stretch of shopping where four-legged shoppers are welcome. While the weather is nice, take the opportunity to see the famous Chicago skyline from the vantage point of Lake Michigan with Kayak Chicago or on a leisurely Shoreline Sightseeing lake cruise. Fido will also want to spend a morning (or all of the mornings) playing at Chicago’s first off-leash dog beach, Montrose Dog Beach.

Staying in a luxurious room at the chic Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection is a vacation in and of itself. Located along The Magnificent Mile, the hotel is close to many of the attractions on your furry friend’s must-see list. Two dogs of any size are welcome for free, and nightly rates start at $199.

6. Winston Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, NC

Stay in downtown Winston Salem with your dog at the pet-friendly Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.

How much is that doggy in the window? – Photo by @jimmyim

For a last-minute vacation destination that will please every type of traveler, Winston Salem, NC is the perfect option. The outdoorsy type will love to spend the day exploring the pristine trails at Pilot Mountain State Park or frolicking through the fields at Frogholler Lavender Farm. History buffs and their mutts will especially enjoy touring the historic downtown and popping in to shop at Mast General Store. And foodies on two legs and four will be thrilled with the number of outdoor patios for dining and drinking. Fido can even get in on the nightlife fun in Winston Salem and join you for a game of pool at Recreation Billiards.

Situated in the heart of downtown and featuring beautiful views of the city, the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel is a gem for human and canine visitors looking to explore Winston Salem. Nightly rates start at $239 and pets are permitted to stay for no additional fees.

7. Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

Stay at pet-friendly luxury hotel, The Joule in Dallas, TX.

“I’m never leaving this cozy bed.” – Photo by @thepetscoutshop

BBQ, southern charm, shopping and sweltering heat are all hallmarks of summer in the Big D. Let your pup cool off in the fountains while you grab lunch from a food truck at My Best Friend’s Park at Klyde Warren Park. Visit the 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes at Dallas Heritage Village. Shop for some cool finds and new reads at Half Price Books. And of course, Fido won’t permit a trip to Dallas without a stop at the one-acre off-leash dog park, beer garden and restaurant at Mutt’s Canine Cantina..

The Joule Dallas is truly a jewel of a spot and the first designer hotel in Dallas. Rooms start at $195 a night, and pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee. The Main Street Garden Urban Dog Run is just two blocks away.

8. Ocean Springs, MS

Ocean Springs, MS

Take your dog on a pet-friendly summer trip to Ocean Springs, MS.

Canines at the seaside. – Photo by @tabithafayeking

What is summer without a trip to the beach? If you haven’t treated your best friend to the seaside this year, it’s not too late! Grab your towel and sunscreen, tell your Pug her bikini bod is as ready as it gets, and take off for a last-minute trip to Ocean Springs Beach, one of the 10 Best Dog Beaches on the Gulf Coast. Spend the day at this quiet, peaceful “pawradise,” and de-sandify at the outdoor showers before heading to the next attraction. The nearby historic Biloxi Lighthouse and adjacent park are worth a visit before you stop for the night.

Motel 6 Ocean Springs is friendly to pets and your wallet. Nightly rates start at just $53, and two pets up to 60 lbs are welcome for free.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as 8 Last-Minute Summer Getaways Where Pups Stay Free.

8 Themed Vacation Rentals to Suit Fido’s Unique “Paw-sonality”

Every dog’s dream house is different. Spending the night in an old train depot might be heaven for a “ruff’” rail buff, but your princess would probably prefer a fairytale stay in the ever after. Whatever your best friend loves, there’s a themed vacation rental for her on this list.

1. Hicksville Trailer Palace

Joshua Tree, CA

A dog at Hicksville Trailer Palace, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

Hang your hat in Hicksville. – Photo by @winstonthedtladog

Surrounded by the epic peaks of Quail Mountain, Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree is a breath of fresh air in the still Mojave Desert. Home to 10 pet-friendly trailers, each with a different theme, there’s something for every dog: “Cow-good-boys” can saddle up in The Pioneer, while dogs who like to play dead can hunker down in Project Z. The palace complex is fully fenced, so your pooch can roam without a leash and visit Fort Dog, a canine area with a wading pool. Human guests can make use of the solar-heated, saltwater pool and archery range, or just stare in wonder at the gorgeous sunsets and vast unpolluted sky.

Nightly rates start at $75.

2. The Arcade-BnB

Stillwater, OK

The Arcade-BnB, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

“Where’s the tennis ball-catching machine?” – Photo by Airbnb

Have you ever spent all day in an arcade only to be kicked out before getting the high score? The Arcade-BnB is the gameroom you’ve been looking for. Sleep where you play or play all night on the eight arcade machines, which include a pinball and basketball machine. Don’t worry if you run out of quarters, all the machines are set to free play. Elsewhere in this magical wonderland, you’ll find a gym to build the necessary arm muscles to dominate the leaderboards, a pool table and a backyard with a fire pit where you can play with your dog for a change. In the daytime, clear your mind for an evening of gaming and let your pup splash about at nearby Lake Carl Blackwell.

Nightly rates start at $99.

3. The Ever After Estate

Clermont, FL

The Ever After Estate, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

No, really … who let the dogs out? – Photo by VRBO

Bring Fido and up to 45 guests to The Ever After Estate (yes, we said 45). This fairytale private island has 12 themed bedrooms that are whimsically decorated, including a Harry Potter dorm with a Hogwarts mural; a Star Wars room with an AT-AT and a life-size C-3PO model; and The Dog Gone SoundStage, a canine-themed recording studio full of plush stuffed pups. After laying down the lyrics for Puppy Love, take your pooch for a walk on the grounds. Along the way, check out the human guests sliding down the monster slide into the pool, stop for a round of mini golf, or play fetch in the luscious green gardens.

Nightly rates start at $1,985.

4. All Aboard Train Depot

Washington, IA

All Aboard Train Depot, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

They mention dogs. That must be a good sign. – Photo by Airbnb

If your dog enjoys spending time on scenic train rides, he’ll relish a stay at All Aboard Train Depot. Located next to an active freight track in a historic railroad depot, this rental should be the next stop for all Labradors who love locomotives. When your pup needs a break, disembark at Sunset Dog Park. This pretty spot just down the road from the depot gives your pooch the chance to do a different kind of training.

Nightly rates start at $68. For the same price, you can stay with your hound next door at the Hobo Hotel.

5. The Houdini Estate

Los Angeles, CA

The Houdini Estate, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

Sit and stay. … – Photo by Airbnb

If your magical mutt can make her dinner disappear in the blink of an eye, the spellbinding former home of Harry Houdini should be on her bucket list. The legendary illusionist used the 5-acre property’s pool, hidden tunnels and deep-water tank to practice his acts. The Houdini Estate also features an expansive lawn for Fido to practice his own tricks and an hour’s worth of pet-friendly hiking trails, which feature unexpected ocean views along the way. Even the best “paw-scape” artists will struggle to find a way out of this fenced property.

Nightly rates start at $1,750.

6. Man Cave

Geneva, FL

Man Cave, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

“Down with the ‘paw-triarchy.’ This is a dog cave now!” – Photo by Airbnb

The Airplane Hangar Man Cave is full of toys for boys and girls. This fully operational hangar is decorated with a classic motorbike, license plates and other Americana memorabilia. Check out the amazing vehicles in the garage, including a bright yellow plane and matching three-wheeled car. On an evening walk around the vast property, sniff out the other funky rentals like the treehouse and yurt. Keep your pooch leashed, as you’ll be sharing the space with adorable alpacas, chickens and pygmy goats (which you can learn to milk). Fido also will have to cohabitate with Phineas the Man Cave feline, so only bring canines who are cool with cats.

Nightly rates start at $60.

7. Hippy Hut

East Windsor, NJ

Trippy Hippy Hut, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

Far out, man! – Photo by Airbnb

The trippy Hippy Hut should appeal to all the “Woof-stock” fans out there. As long as your pup doesn’t mind sharing the land with free-range chickens, he’s invited to lose himself in this magical kingdom in East Windsor. Located 45 minutes from the hugely popular 8th Ave Dog Beach, the eclectic hut puts a mellow twist on the typical glamping experience. Spend your days hanging out in hammocks, swaying from side to side on the unique trampoline swing, chilling on the grass couch and enjoying fires inside and out. Don’t forget to introduce Fido to Father Nature, explore the one-of-a-kind grounds and lose yourself in the good vibrations at the Hippy Hut.

Nightly rates start at $85.

8. Thunder Ridge

Gloster, MS

Thunder Ridge, a Pet-Friendly Themed Vacation Rentals

“Doggy paddling in style.” – Photo by Airbnb

Immerse yourself in nature at Thunder Ridge. Dogs who love going for a paddle but want to do it while social distancing will have a grand time at this secluded getaway. You’re encouraged to walk barefoot alongside your pooch and dip your toes in the spring-fed creek on the property. While you’re wading, see if you can find fossils or petrified wood to take home with you. Homochitto National Forest is the backdrop for this stunning vacation rental, which you can explore by day before lounging on the porch and enjoying the evening chorus provided by the abundant wildlife.

Nightly rates start at $125.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as 8 Themed Vacation Rentals to Suit Fido’s Unique “Paw-sonality”.