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Ruffwear to the Rescue for Arden and Her Pets’ 2,800-mile Road Trip

As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, I spend a lot of time on the road with Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona. Occasionally, Cleo, my 14-year-old retired K9 surfer, joins us. For all of us who travel with our pets, one way to stay sane –and safe — is to pack the right pet essentials.

So, on a recent five-week, 2,800-mile round trip from Dallas to San Diego where we conducted several pet behavior and pet first aid classes, I made sure that my SUV contained these two Ruffwear products:

  • The Ruffwear Haul Bag Water-resistant and roomy with a sturdy zipper, this pet travel bag easily held all the pet food, leashes, doggy potty bags, grooming wipes and favorite toys for my four-legged travel mates. It was the ideal size and didn’t take up a lot of cargo space. And, I used its outside pockets to stash items I needed to need quickly: doggy bags, bag of treats, bottled water and collapsible water bowl. Keeping all the pet stuff in one bag made transporting luggage into the hotel rooms each night so much more convenient
  • The Ruffwear Hydro Plane High-Floating Disc: To break up the monotony during those long road trips, I made sure to pack Kona’s favorite toy — this durable, lightweight disc. Kona is a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who needs –and deserves — to s-t-r-e-t-c-h her legs and engage in mini-play sessions during road trips. Each time we found a safe place for her to run, I would hurl the Hydro Plane in the air and watch with amusement as Kona sprinted, leaped to catch it and then wrestle it to the ground with great glee. I like that this disc is gentle on her mouth and can even float for times when we are at dog-friendly beaches.

To learn more about these and other quality Ruffwear products, click here. And, to book us to come to your group to teach pet first aid classes or give dog/cat behavior talks, contact Arden Moore at arden@fourleggedlife.com.

Gotta go — it’s time for Kona, Casey and I to hit the road again!


Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona make sure that I have packed treats for them inside this Ruffwear Haul Bag.


Kona patiently awaits another toss by me of the Ruffwear Hydro Plane.

Kona patiently awaits another toss.


Best Pet Friendly Inns in New England

Thinking about planning a vacation in New England with your best travel companion — your dog (and the occasional travel-savvy cat)? Well, please check out this savvy advice in a guest post from Noella Delaney. Be sure to share with your pet pals!

Noella writes:

When you are vacationing in New England, stop by these five inns that not only welcome pets, they cater to them! Gone are the days of feeling like a lesser citizen because you have your four legged friend in tow. None of these places will push you into one of the shabby, ground floor smoking rooms just to save a nickel on cleaning. You’ll have all the amenities you expect from quaint northeastern accommodations and also fun extras for your furry friend.

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

In this colonial carriage house you’ll be greeted with a cozy fire, plush furnishings and world class dining options. For your pet, there is a welcome pack that includes a cushy bed, a tin of wet food, homemade biscuits, water dish and even complimentary clean up bags. While your pet is romping around the yard, you’ll be glad to know the grass is herbicide free, (the whole property is as green as possible). There is doggy room service available (1/4-pound fresh chicken or beef with sliced pork liver on top—raw or cooked to their liking), but your pet will also be able to join you on the patio of the Broad Arrow Tavern. My favorite part of the deal? The inn donates $5 from the nightly pet fee ($25) to the Coastal Humane Society!

Lazy Dog Inn, Chocorua, New Hampshire

Admittedly pup-centric, this amazing property will be both four and two-legged family members’ favorite retreat! This 1845 built farmhouse boasts the “Doggy Lodge,” a temperature controlled play area, as well as an expansive outdoor run (fenced, of course). There is a convenient dog-wash facility for those muddy days and the staff will even hang with your canine at the property if you have a no-dogs-allowed activity on your itinerary. You’ll love sweet Molly and Meghan, the resident golden retrievers, who will make you feel at home. They call it “A Truly Dog Friendly Bed and Breakfast,” and you’ll agree!

The Paw House Inn, Rutland, Vermont

This inn was just featured on the Travel Channel it’s so great! Tucked in rural Rutland near the popular ski areas, this B & B will treat your pups to plush bedding, homemade treats daily and even an agility course to play on! For humans and dogs alike, there are hiking trails and 120 acres to romp on—even outdoor movie showings! Mario’s Playhouse is a specially designed building where your pet can stay if you need to pop out for a bit. Climate controlled, safe and comfortable, it’s a great home base if you are out of the room. Play time and long walks with the staff are included in your room fee, if you are out on the slopes. This amazing place is so dedicated to pet friendliness; they impose a fee of $10 if you arrive without a pet!

The Inn at Restful Paws, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

This truly unique pet property is on 31 acres in central Massachusetts. “The place where pooches bring their people to relax,” is their motto. Nicely kept grounds with gazebos, wooded walking trails and picnic tables make your time outdoors with your dog a pleasure, but the real treat here is Rosie B’s. This custom designed dogs-only swimming pool is indoors, in ground and treated with special non-toxic, non-chemical purification systems. Your dog will have a blast jumping in after toys or wading around in the beach-style shallow end. If your dog is a real glutton for exercise, there are on-site agility classes too! Your room will come with “accident” cleaning supplies, a plush dog towel, a bean bag bed for the pup and a clever paw-print-proof bed cover for the peoples’ bed too.

Noella Schink is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. She loves to take road trips with her two shih-tzus Brutus and Chloe (they love car rides, too!). She makes her hotel bookings with Excellent Hotels when she’s traveling and always appreciates it when a property accepts both her and her dogs.