Ode to Dog: Man’s Best Travel Companion

In honor of National Dog Day, I’m honoring our best bud, Stewart, and sharing some of my dog friendly travel tips.  As long as you have a generally well-behaved dog, there are so many dog-friendly destinations.

Camping K9

Most campsites allow dogs.  Where you run into problems is on hiking trails in National and State Parks.  Only service dogs are allowed in these instances.

Stewart’s campsites:

  • Dorst Creek Campground, Sequoia National Park
  • Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA
  • Thousand Trails, Idyllwild, CA

Idyllwild Loves Dogs

A short drive from San Diego and LA is the small mountain town of Idyllwild. It’s a dog-friendly town with lots of patio seating at the restaurants, pet-friendly rentals and the Mountain Paws Pet Boutique that offers biscuits to it’s four-legged shoppers. We love visiting throughout the year, predominately for hiking. The temperatures are generally mild throughout the summer and it’s the closest So.Cal. destination for snowy weather.

This winter we tried snowshoeing.  Even though Stewie has a jacket, it wasn’t a very good one. Our baby boy started to shake. What else would a good owner do, but take off his own jacket to wrap his dog and carry him home.  We made a trip to Mountain Paws and got him some quality gear, the wool sweater, pictured right.

So consider packing up your pooch for your next adventure.