Preparing For A Vacation With Your Pet

pets travelingBringing your four-legged friends on your family vacation can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a lot of work and take a lot of extra planning. Right off the bat you’ll have to ensure that the place you intend to stay is pet friendly. After you confirm pets are welcome, then you can prepare your pup for the adventure.

 

If your dog isn’t used to traveling, you should make it a point to take them on car rides or spending time in a crate so they get comfortable. Take them to parks and walks on leashes so they can get acclimated with new places and how to properly behave. Since any new place can be overwhelming to a dog, make sure to pack things that bring the comfort of home with you on your trip. Blankets, toys and food are familiar and can help keep a dog calm during travel and the vacation.

 

When you arrive at your destination, take the dog for a long walk around the grounds. Give them the time to sniff around and mark their territory. When you give your dog this time to explore up front, they will be less distracted when you take them out to use the bathroom or on an excursion. The more familiar they are with their temporary surrounding the calmer and more behaved they will be throughout the duration of the trip. Dogs should never be left alone in a hotel room or cabin; they should always be with you.

 

Since they will be with your throughout the day, in addition to packing for the trip you should also pack for the dog each day. In a small bag make sure to bring a leash, food, treats, toys and doggy bags to clean up after your pup. Most importantly you have to bring water and a water dish. Dogs are easily dehydrated especially in warm climates or during activities like hiking or playing at the beach. To keep them healthy and comfortable, water should be accessible to them at all times.

 

If you intend on frequently taking your dog on vacations, you should consider getting the dog micro-chipped. Even the most well behaved dogs can get curious and get lost. In a new town, surrounded by strangers, its difficult to return dogs to their rightful owners. However, if the dog has a microchip and is taken to an animal shelter, the chip can be scanned and your dog can be returned to you safely and securely.

 

Bringing your dog along on vacation can make it even better, especially if your dog interacts well with others. Friendly and exploratory in nature, dogs bring with them an extra level of excitement. Whether you’re venturing to the beach or camping, as log as your dog is with you, they’ll be happy. Being correctly prepared for a four-legged travel companion is the best way to make sure that both of you have a fun, safe and healthy adventure.

Experiencing Northern California Nature In The Spring

Cali CoastThe Northern California coast has a lot to offer visitors, especially in the spring. Whether you are interested in seal watching, hiking or spending time at the beach, you can find it here. Only three miles north of Fort Bragg is MacKerricher State Park. Located right on the coast, this park brings forests, wetlands, dunes, bluffs and the beach all together in one place for you to enjoy.

 

 

Upon arrival you can follow the Laguna Point Boardwalk for the best views that the park, and northern California, have to offer. On the ocean-side of the boardwalk, you can see the rocky, wavy coast stretch for miles. And year-round there is a seal watching station for visitors that want to catch a glimpse of seals and their pups in a natural habitat.

 

 

However in the spring, visitors have the added benefit of seeing humpback and gray whales. Breaching every hundred yards or so, these whales make their annual migration right past Laguna Point and its boardwalk. As you continue through the grasslands of the park’s interior, a 1.3-mile loop of the trail surrounds Lake Cleone, a perfect place for a picnic, complete with fire pits and grill.

 

 

This freshwater lake, which provides beautiful views of water and greenery, used to be a tidal lagoon. Today, it is the home or pit stop of more than 90 different species of birds. Keep an eye out while you rest at Lake Cleone for birds you may have never seen before that are only found in Northern California. After a stop at the lake, head north within MacKerricher State Park, to find Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve.

 

 

The dunes, which might appear desolate and isolated upon first glance, provide the perfect environment for unique eco-systems. Untouched (not unaffected) by human development, these habitats can sustain species of wildlife that are threatened or even currently endangered. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the beach admiring the dunes rather than walking on and through the places where sensitive species are trying to survive.

 

 

Springtime in Northern California brings with it endless nature and wildlife to visitors. From tiny insects to huge humpback whales, explorers can experience it all season long. Quality walking or hiking are a must as the terrain changes between wooden boardwalk, a sandy beach and grass paths. The second most important thing to bring along is your camera. The views and elements of spring along the Northern Coast of California should be captured to maintain memories for years.