Roadtrip to New York City
Follow us around in a vlog today, while we drive from Montreal to NEW YORK CITY! We take the girls on a roadtrip down to the big city :D
We just love New York and we are in awe with the hustle and bustle each time. Love the vibe!
For those who are wondering, we stayed at La Quinta Elmsford. It's dog friendly and off the actual island, which we personally love. It's calmer for the girls and we're about 40 minutes from downtown. We just drive in when needed :)
Thanks for watching, we woof you!
Herky & Milton
HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH
As you may know, we absolutely love dog beaches! One of our favorite things to do in Los Angeles, is to bring Herky & Milton to the beach. Our favorite one, is Huntington Beach Dog Beach.
The main reason is because it's very clean and so beautiful! On our last trip, we visited Huntington Dog Beach about 6 times.
A few things about Huntington Beach Dog Beach:
Location: off the PCH between 21st Street and Seapoint Street
Total area: 1.5 miles stretch of beautiful sand and ocean
Opening hours: 7 days a week between 5 am and 10 pm
Facilities: poo bags provided, public restrooms
- Keep your dog within sight and under your control at all times
- Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the beach
- Pick up your dog's waste immediately and dispose appropriately
- Do not allow your dog to chase and harass wildlife
- No agressive dogs
- No sick dogs, no female dogs in heat
- No puppies under 4 months (for their safety, because they usually don't have all their shots)
- Dogs must wear collars and tags
- Up-to-date vaccination and licensing required*
- Be courteous to other beach users
*This is something odd, and we never brought Herky & Milton's documents with us, but I don't know if this is enforced. Be prepared :)
Hope this helps you in your search of dog friendly activities! It's a beautiful, clean beach with stunning sunsets. Dogs like humans have a blast here.
8 Travel Tips: Be Travel-Ready!
1- Destination country's requirements
Each country has different standards and requirements regarding pets and animals entering their country. Look up the country along with words such as "customs", "border control" and "traveling with pets" on Google to see what the requirements are for that specific country.
For travels to the United States, you need an up-to-date rabies vaccination with a veterinarian's certificate (with his/her licence number) stating when the vaccine was administered, when the next one is due, with your dog's name, breed and date of birth on it. Be sure to look up this information prior to your own travels to make sure the requirements haven't changed.
Certain countries (like in Europe) require your dog to be microchipped, while other countries just don't let you enter with dogs!
2- Airline/train requirements
Look up your airline or train's requirements regarding pets. Most airlines have similar requirements when it comes to carriers. For our recommendations, watch this video. This is important because some airlines don't accept dogs! Also, I highly discourage putting your dogs in a crate in the luggage area of the plane unless you absolutely have to bring your dog (ex: when moving). Accidents happen when dogs travel in the luggage compartment and if you can prevent it, please do so!
Herky & Milton travel as emotional support animals (ESA) and therefore don't need a carrier. For more information on ESA, I'll probably make a separate post/video coming up.
3- Pet-friendly accommodations
Look up some dog-friendly hotels or accommodations and inquire about their policies. Inform them that you're traveling with dogs. Some hotels don't allow your dog to stay in the room if you're not there. Some hotels also offer dog sitting services and dog walking services. You want to be prepared and ready for whatever they offer!
4- Local pet sitters
If your hotel doesn't allow your dogs to stay in the room without you being there, it's good to know some pet sitters or dog day cares in the area.
Look up car rentals and inquire about their policies regarding pets. Some companies only allow dogs up to a certain weight, others only allow dogs in crates etc. You don't want any unpleasant surprises when you arrive to that country!
If you're not renting a car, look up public transportation and taxi companies and their policies regarding pets.
6- Dog activities
When traveling, you also want to make sure your dog has fun and is not only in a hotel room the entire time. Look up dog activities and outings in the area you're traveling to. You can also look up some dog meet ups (we love these), dog beaches, trails and parks!
Make sure your dog's tags are up to date with your information. You want to be reachable in case your dog gets lost, especially if you're in a foreign country. It's also very useful to have the rabies tag on your dog when traveling.
This is optional, but we give the girls some Trazodone before each flight to help them calm down a bit and reduce anxiety. As you know, airports can get very hectic so we want them to be as calm as possible. Once they get on the flight, they fall asleep right away :) Again, this is optional and use your best judgement to determine whether you think your dog would need this or not.
For the video, please watch below :)
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
Cavalier King Charles Meet-up in Toronto
We love meeting some cavalier friends! We went to Toronto about 10 days ago, and got to attend a cavalier king charles meet-up held at Barks N Rec in Mississauga! It's an indoor playground that also offers boarding and day care services!
We're very proud to say that there was all 4 colors of cavaliers at this meet-up :D
- Pep (black and tan)
- Bella (ruby)
- Tantissimo (blenheim)
- Remington (tricolor)
- Wallace (blenheim)
- June (black and tan)
- Alizée (blenheim)
- Oscar (tricolor)
- Lupita (blenheim)
- Murphy (tricolor)
Here's our best memories from the meet-up, watch the video below :)
Herky & Milton
10 TRAVEL TIPS: DOGS IN HOTELS!
As you may know, we get to travel a lot with the girls. It happens very often that they feel overwhelmed when arriving in a new environment that more often than not, probably smells like unknown dogs!
Here are some of our tips and tricks to make the girls feel at home and less stressed out :)
1- Bring items that smell like home
This is going to help them feel like the new environment is not 100% foreign. We like to bring their blankets and clothes when we travel :)
2- Let your dog sniff out the premises
Take them around the hotel premises, inside and outside. They'll get familiar with the premises and get a better feel of where they are :)
3- Play with your dog in the room
Make sure you don't disturb the neighbors, and watch out for barking. BUT it's super important to make the hotel room familiar to your dog. A little play session is perfect to get them to loosen up :)
4- Let your dog sleep with you
I know that it's not everyone that is ok with this - but sleeping with you in bed will really make your dog feel secure. We only let the girls sleep on the bed when we travel. And honestly, they know it's only on vacation they get to do this :)
Make sure your dog does #1 and #2 before they get in the room. New environments tend to make dogs nervous so they might pee or poo out of anxiety! It happened to us on a previous trip where Herky peed on the bed right when we got there, after nesting. Dogs tend to want to leave their own scent (pee or poo) when they smell other dogs around. I assume it smelled like another dog, so Herky felt nervous and wanted to cover up that smell. If your dog did his or her potty before entering the room, there's less chances of getting accidents!
6- Leave your dog in the bathroom
Smaller environments make dogs less anxious. Remember that dogs are den-dwelling animals and prefer smaller spaces - it makes them feel more secure. Make sure they have water and blankets :)
7- Be reachable
This is especially important if you're in a different country, but make sure your phone's data is on and you're reachable! If your dog stays at the hotel, you want to make sure that the hotel management is able to reach if anything happens :)
8- Look up local day cares and pet sitters
Not all hotels allow dogs to stay alone in the room, so it's better to be prepared and have a few dog day cares noted down for when you step out for the day :)
9- Exercise your dog!
Get that energy out, it's super important and reduces anxiety! If your dog spends all day alone, there's pent up energy that needs to get released :) Plus, when they're tired, the calmer they'll be!
10- Have fun with your dog!
Give your dog some extra love and attention :) You and him/her will be happy about that!
If you'd like to watch the video version of this blog, click on the video below :)
Herky & Milton
*The video was filmed at the Novotel in Vaughan.
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to visit the Fairmont Château Frontenac in Quebec City. We were going to Quebec City for a cavalier meet-up, and decided to make it a weekend trip :)
The Fairmont Château Frontenac is a world-renowned establishment and is the most photographed hotel in the world! And, it's dog friendly :)
This hotel was first built in 1893 by architect Bruce Price as of the series of château-style hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company. Since then, it underwent a few rounds of construction and renovations to look the way it does today.
- 50$ per pet per stay
- Dogs must be on leash at all times
- Dogs are allowed everywhere except the restaurants and pool area
- Dogs can't be alone in the room if you're not there
When you get to the hotel with your dog, you're greeted by very friendly staff that make you feel welcome and at-home. They also provide some accessories for your dog during your stay here. Treats and bottled water are awesome! However, if you decide to keep the bowl or the blanket, you will be charged 20$ for each.
They also offer dog sitting and dog walking services.
There are plenty of areas outside the hotel for potty time. They also have poo bags available for you.
The room is decent sized and has a more modern cool-toned decor. We always get a king-size bed when traveling so the girls can sleep with us :)
The bathroom is beautiful, bright, crisp and spacious. We love the bathrobes. Also, what's amazing are the personalized toiletries ! Can you spot my name on the little bottles? :)
The hotel is definitely beautiful and a must-see! There are tons of tours of Quebec City that take you through the hotel, as it was designated a Natural Historic Site of Canada. The hotel is very well situated as well, just steps from old Quebec. We highly recommend :)
Thanks for reading!
H & M
Fairmont Grand Del Mar Dog Friendly Resort Review - San Diego
You probably all know that a few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to travel to California! It was our first trip with the girls by plane, and we had the best time ever. The girls were incredibly pleasant to travel with, and were definitely the center of attention in the airport.
We visited San Diego and while looking for dog-friendly hotels, stumbled upon the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. This gorgeous golf spa resort was voted as Trip Advisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in the United States! Needless to say, we absolutely wanted to come stay here.
Thank you so much to Amy and the entire team of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for being such amazing hosts!
This resort is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond establishment featuring the private Tom Fazio designed golf course, a Five-Star spa, four pools, tennis courts, yoga and fitness classes, Explorer's Club for kids, nightlife and exquisite dining - epitomized by Addison, Southern California's only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant.
You definitely need a reservation for the Addison, and some suit-and-tie attire. The other restaurants, Amaya and Club House Grill are more casual and don't usually require a reservation.
What we love most about this resort, is how incredibly attentive everyone is. When staying here, you are treated like a Queen or a King (Cavalier King Charles ;). And same can be said about the service offered to your fur baby. Everyone acknowledges their presence, everyone says hi, everyone wants to pet them. They just know how to make you feel special. When traveling with dogs, they will also bring special treats and accessories for them to enjoy. They sent us some bones, some bowls, and a lovely hand written note.
- dogs under 25lbs
- 250$ per stay as cleaning fee
- dogs are allowed everywhere except food and beverage facilities, spa and pool areas
- dogs must be kept on leash at all times
- clean up after your dog (obviously!)
You can bring your dog to the restaurant and be seated on the patio! Otherwise, there is a beautiful trail around this 400-acre property where you can walk with your dog. Be warned though, it can be quite the long walk and it can get hot here!
This is definitely the most luxurious and beautiful hotel we've ever stayed at. We highly recommend this hotel, especially if you're traveling with your fur babies. You won't regret it!
If you have any questions about this establishment, leave them below and we'll answer them :)
Thanks for reading, we love you!
Herky & Milton
DOG ACTIVITIES TO DO IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA
Today we're spending a day in Herky & Milton's life and we're following them around Hollywood / Studio City in California! We went to a nice park called Lake Hollywood Park for the best photos of the Hollywood sign. We grabbed some puppuccinos and visited Healthy Spot in Studio City, a very nice doggy boutique.
We went to Shake Shack in Hollywood where they had a terrace and we were able to grab a bite with the pups! Starbucks will let your dogs in if they are service animals. It's kind of a grey zone whether or not emotional support pets can go in, but Herky, Milton and Bowie did! However, they will be able to get a drink with you on the outdoor seating area!
Shake Shack: 6201 Hollywood Blvd #104, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Lake Hollywood Park: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
Healthy Spot: 12205 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
Thanks for watching!
Herky & Milton
Dog Vlog - A Day in the life of Herky & Milton in California
We have a new vlog for you as part of the Travel Series :D Here is our first full day in dog-friendly California. We were staying at the Air Venice Hotel in Venice Beach for the first few days. We really had a good time here.
Hope you enjoy!
Herky & Milton
DOG FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
If you're anything like me, then you must love taking your dog everywhere you go. Sadly, Montreal is not so dog friendly so we're usually restricted to where we can bring Herky & Milton.
We recently traveled to California with the girls, and explored San Diego. I had always heard that this city was super dog friendly, so I was very curious to check it out. We took them almost everywhere, really. Everyone loved them so much, and I'm incredibly happy to see this positive attitude towards dogs.
1- Dog Beaches
There are many beaches, just for dogs! We visited three of them:
- Fiesta Island; 1590 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
- Ocean Beach; Ocean Beach Bike Path, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
- Coronado; Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Our favorite was definitely Ocean Beach. We'll do a separate post about each of these beaches. Stay tuned!
Some photos from Fiesta Island:
You can take your dog shopping with you at most stores. We visited Westfield UTC Mall, and every store was very happy to accept dogs. Most of the stores even have water bowls out, and if you're lucky, they'll give your pups some treats too!
4545 La Jolla Village Dr e, San Diego, CA 92122, USA
Most (almost all) restaurants with outdoor seating will accept dogs. We went to:
Crack Shack; 2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Patio on Lamont; 4445 Lamont St, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
The Patio on Lamont offered some treats for the girls!
Be warned though that the dogs need to stay on the ground for safety and health regulations.
4- Dog Spas
Dog spas and dog pampering is huge in LA and SD. We took them to South Bark Dog Wash to get a Blueberry Facial (SO POPULAR HERE!), and a bath. A lot of places in San Diego are self-serve dog washes, so get ready to do some scrubbing.
Washes range between 15-20 USD for a regular treatment, and usually come with a complimentary Blueberry Facial.
South Bark Dog Wash: 2037 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
There are lots of trails to explore with your dog! Be sure to check which ones allow dogs, as some of them are only open to registered service dogs (not emotional support dogs).
We went to the cliff in Point Loma to watch the waves and look at the ocean.
6- Explore different neighborhoods
Take your dog on a long stroll and explore different areas and neighborhoods. We took the girls downtown for some different scenery, and got them some puppuccinos ;)
Also, if you'd like to look at all our activities in video form, check out the link below :)
We'll do a more thorough review of the dog beaches coming up - stay tuned!
Herky & Milton
PET CARRIER RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP 3
As some of you may or may not know, we're leaving with Herky & Milton on a trip to California shortly, and have been trying out some pet carriers. They will both be traveling in cabin, although they don't absolutely need to be in a carrier (post coming soon).
For today's post, we'd like to thank Sleepypod and Go Fresh Pet for sending some products for us to try out. We'll also be reviewing the Sherpa pet carrier and other goodies.
Herky weighs 19lbs and measures 13" to the shoulder
Milton weighs 12.8lbs and measures 12" to the shoulder
1- Sherpa Large Pet Carrier
- Good for cats and dogs
- Most commonly found pet carrier in pet stores and online
- Good for pets up to 22lbs
- Measurements: 19x184.108.40.206
- Carrier weight: 4lbs
- Price: 79 CAD
- To purchase, click here.
This carrier works ok for Herky, but perfect for Milton. When travelling with dogs in a carrier, airlines usually recommend that the pet is able to stand and turn around in the carrier. Clearly, this carrier wouldn't allow it for either Herky nor Milton. Nevertheless, I still believe they would both be comfortable in this carrier. You can also use this carrier in the car, but need to make sure it's safely secured for it to not move.
This carrier has a waterproof faux lambskin lining that is removable and machine washable. The girls LOVE the texture of lambskin, so this makes it very comfortable to them. The zippers are said to be lockable, but I don't think they are.
The straps are patented seatbelt safety straps, and the handles are padded. The carrier allows both topside and side entry, making this practical and has mesh panels for breathability. There is also a no slip adjustable shoulder strap, which is ok but not the most comfortable. The frame is patented soft frame made of fibre glass.
2- Sleepypod Air in Robins Egg Blue
- For pets up to 17lbs
- Measurements: 22 x 10.5 x 10.5
- Carrier weight: 4lbs
- Price: 215CAD
- To purchase, click here.
This carrier is definitely more luxe, sturdy and high quality. On the downside of all that, it does come with a steeper price tag. I'm absolutely obsessed with the color of this carrier, for obvious reasons. It can be used for the plane, the car or even bicycle.
What's great about Sleepypod, is that they do crash tests with their products at the child safety level, making this carrier one of the safest options for your pet.
The carrier has an anti-slip shoulder strap, mesh panels, a handle on the top, zippers that are lockable and unzip completely. It folds for easy storage and has a machine washable lining. It even has a side pocket for extra storage. BUT, you can't fit much in them. The design is made to be compressed to fit under seat during takeoff or landing.
This carrier is a great option if your budget allows!
3- Go Fresh Pet 2-in-1 Pet Carrier
- For pets up to 15lbs (Herky ok)
- Measurements: 20 x 13 x 12
- Carrier weight: 1.8lbs
- Carrier OR backpack
- Price: 69 CAD
- To purchase, click here.
The biggest advantage of this carrier, is that it can be used as a regular pet carrier or as a backpack. This allows better mobility and portability, especially when you're running around in an airport (or on a trek!).
It comes with a machine washable lining, a handle on the top, side pockets for extra storage (they can fit water bottles), adjustable and padded shoulder straps.
This carrier is not as sturdy as the other ones, but is the most affordable option. It's also waterproof and has reflective bands for added safety. Be careful when using this as a backpack not completely closed because dogs can jump out!
So hopefully this roundup was helpful for you guys! Happy and safe travels! :)
PS: there's a giveaway for some Sleepypod products happening on our Youtube channel :) Check out the video below!