|Photo courtesy of Luxe’s Facebook page (Somehow I forgot to get a shot of the patio)|
|On their best behavior, of course|
|Photo courtesy of Luxe’s Facebook page (Somehow I forgot to get a shot of the patio)|
|On their best behavior, of course|
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What to do this weekend:
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mentor City Hall
Mutt Strut is an annual pledge walk held every summer. Activities include a one-mile walk, canine games, contests, prize raffles, an agility course and rally training course provided by PetWorks, a Chinese Auction, food available for purchase from MotorMouth Food Truck and shopping at the Mutt Mall.
12-3 p.m. at the Brecksville Reservation
Prizes, contests, raffles, treats, food, and games, including the Old Dog Olympics, sponsored by Gold Star Dog Training in Medina. Contests include best summer attire, best in shades, coolest canine couple, coolest dude, coolest gal, human/canine look-alikes, oldest dog, farthest travel, and goofiest dog. Organized by The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.
Shop for Secondhand Mutts at Revive
2248 Lee Road, 216-371-2778
Stop by Revive in Cleveland Heights, the entire store is buy-one, get-one-half-off until Saturday with 10% of all proceeds going to Secondhand Mutts.
Cleveland Flea’s Dog Days of Summer
9 a.m. – 4 p.m at 6419 St. Clair Ave.
Stop by the Cleveland Flea on Saturday for the “Dog Days of Summer.” Visit new stand Kutya Rév Ohio City Dog Haven, along with Sunny’s Tasty Treats Home-made natural dog treats. Merchants will be on hand selling locally-made pet products. Experts will also be talking pet nutrition, and Cakewalk Bakery will be creating cupcakes that look like your pet.
I hope you all have a relaxing weekend with your favorite furry friends!
The creative dog costumes at the festival included a devil, a wizard, a sheriff, and my favorite, a piñata dog. The top three cutest dogs received gift baskets from Pet-Tique, the sponsor of the contest, and all participating dogs walked away with a consolation prize.
Here are some of the best pictures from the contest:
One of the great things about being a dog owner in Cleveland is the parks. Northeast Ohio parks are not only beautiful, but most are also very dog friendly. Since I’m always looking for something active for my dog to do other than the dog park, I love finding new dog friendly hiking trails.
In my search I came across this book – “Doggin’ Cleveland: The 50 Best Places to Hike with Dog in Northeast Ohio.” Published in 2008, the book lists the 50 best places to take your dog for a hike and ranks them by hikes available, dog swimming opportunities, and how enjoyable the walk is. Although the book is unfortunately sold out on Amazon, the web site has some great info on dog-friendly parks and hikes throughout the region, including a “Best of the Best” list for the Cleveland area.
According to Doggin’ Cleveland, here some of the best parks/trails in NE Ohio:
BEST BEACH TO HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
BEST HIKE TO MEET OTHER DOGS
Sand Run Metro Park
BEST 1-HOUR WORKOUT FOR YOUR DOG
Adam Run Trail – Hampton Hills Metro Park
BEST CANINE HIKE TO A WATERFALL
Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Blue Hen Falls/Buttermilk Falls
BEST CANINE HIKE TO A VIEW
Fort Hill Trail – Rocky River Reservation
BEST HIKE TO CIRCLE A LAKE WITH YOUR DOG
Hudson Springs Park
BEST DOGGIE SWIMMING HOLE
Grand River/Paine Creek – Indian Point Park
BEST RAIL TRAIL FOR YOUR DOG
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
BEST PLACE TO HIKE ALL DAY WITH YOUR DOG
BEST 5-MILE HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Hemlock Trail/Castle Valley Trail/Squire’s Lane Trail – North Chagrin Reservation
PRETTIEST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
BEST HALF-HOUR HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park
MOST HISTORIC HIKE FOR YOUR DOG
Squaw Rock Loop – South Chagrin Reservation
BEST HIKE THROUGH MEADOWS
Virginia Kendall Unit- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
PARK YOU WOULD MOST WANT DOGS
ALLOWED WHERE THEY CURRENTLY CAN’T GO
Seiberling Nature Realm
I’ve been to a few of these spots and have made it my goal to check out all of the others. I will report back my experiences, so stay tuned!
What places would you add to the list?
|Hunter at his favorite park|
Even though it’s been a *couple*of years since August meant back to school for me, the dread of August rolling around and the end of summer still hits me every year. The summer is almost over, people! Lucky for us there are some fun dog events this month to get us outside and enjoying the summer a little longer.
The month kicks off with Cleveland’s Cutest Dog competition at the Warehouse District Festival on August 4. Dogs will be judged not on their looks, but on their costumes – specifically cuteness, creativity, unique, and use of color. To enter your dog, fill out the registration form during the Warehouse District Street Festival from 1-3 p.m. All entries must be made before the event, which starts at 4 p.m. The cost to enter your dog is $10.
Lake Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strut will be held on Sat. Aug. 10 at the Mentor Municipal Center starting at 9 a.m. After raising pledges for the Lake Humane’s homeless animals, supporters take part in a variety of activities – a one-mile walk, canine games and contests, prize raffles, an agility course and a “Project Ruffway” a runway show of adoptable dogs at LHS. You can create a fundraising page to support this event here.All fundraisers who raise $25 or more in pledges may attend the event free of charge and will receive a complimentary Mutt Strut t-shirt.
Known as the “Old Dog Party of the Year,” the Summer Scoop held at the Oak Grove Pavilion on Valley Parkway in the Brecksville Reservation, will feature prizes, contests, raffles, treats, food, and the “Old Dog Olympics.” Dog contests include best summer attire, best in shades, coolest canine couple, coolest dude, coolest gal, human/canine look-alikes, oldest dog, farthest travel, and goofiest dog. The party goes from 12-3 p.m.For dogs 7 and up.
Organized by Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, the 20th Annual Canine Fun Days & Greyhound Reunion will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, with games, a dog show, an agility course and a special appearance by the Olate Dogs, winner of America’s Got Talent. Dogs of all breeds are welcome.
Take your dog for a swim and enjoy a dog fair, hike and K-9 demonstrations at the Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza at the Ledge Pool in the Hinckley Reservation. The event, held from 1-5 p.m., costs $5 per dog and the proceeds will go to the Medina SPCA. A liability waiver, which can be found here, must be completed for every person entering the event. Make sure to bring the waiver with you the day of the event.
I recently read an article about a bucket list a woman devised for her and her dog. One of the things on her list was taking trips with her dog. Although I think this is a great idea, the logistics of flying or taking a long drive with a dog seem difficult. This bucket list did get me thinking though what a fun idea it would be to take short weekend trips with my dog.
Just a short drive from Cleveland, Columbus is an easy road trip you can take with your dog. Since I make it back there frequently to see family, I’ve done some research recently on what Columbus has to offer in the way of dog friendly places and activities. Like Cleveland, Columbus has a lot of great parks as well as bars and restaurants with dog friendly patios.
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Here are some of the tops spots to hit up with your pup:
Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center. Although I usually hit up Blacklick Park, since its closest to my family, I’m always disappointed that the park’s pet friendly trail is so short. Dogs are not allowed on most trails through the park (the Cleveland parks system seems much more welcoming of dogs, but let me know if I have the wrong impression Columbusites). I’ve been doing research to find a more pet-friendly park and recently came across Highbanks Metro Park in northern Columbus. This park has a 3.5 mile pet trail, the longest pet trail in the Columbus area. Great for a stop if you want to take your dog on a long walk to wear him out before hitting up a dog-friendly patio for dinner.
Scioto Audobon, Downtown. Located in the heart of downtown, this is a great place to take your dog while making a weekend visit of the city. The park has hiking and biking trails, a climbing wall, fishing and a dog park. The 2-acre dog park features separate areas for small dogs and large dogs, each with its own agility course.
Alum Creek Dog Park – this large park has a lot of space for dogs to run around, including a spacious small dog area as well.
For a complete list of what Columbus parks offer pet trails visit:
Dog Friendly Dining
Once you’ve worn out your dog on the trails or at the dog park, it’s time for dinner! The best area for dog lovers is in the Short North, the area just north of downtown and just south of the Ohio State campus. The Short North is chock full of galleries, bars and really good restaurants. Some good ones to check out on your visit with your dog:
Bodega, corner of High St. and Third Ave. Bodega offers an impressive beer menu along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. The usual array of menu items you can find at most gastropubs. The patio isn’t very large, but it does welcome dogs.
Northstar Café, 951 North High Street. The restaurant specializes in healthy, locally-grown cuisine. Dogs are allowed at the outside tables.
La Chatelaine French Bakery 1550 West Lane Avenue, Dublin. In the true spirit of France, this delicious French bakery allows dogs at the outside tables. Although not in the Shorth North, the bakery is located in a really cute area of Dublin that is definitely worth a visit.
One other thing I just found out about that I’d love to take my dog to is Dog’s Night Out at Graeters. Since it falls on the first Thursday of the month, I haven’t been able to make it yet but I love the idea of taking my dog to my favorite ice cream place!
Since I always stay with family, I don’t have any firsthand experience with pet-friendly hotels in Columbus. However, the site BringFido.com has a great list of pet-friendly hotels to help you find a place to stay with your dog: http://www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/columbus_oh_us/
Lazy Danes Luau, Jul 27, Three Dog Bakery, Columbus
Dog Jog, Aug 18 Genoa Park
WAG! Dog Festival, August 24, Hilliard
Woof Stock, Aug. 24, Columbus Commons Downtown
Fido Fest, Oct. 6, Worthington Village Green
Canine Companions DogFest! October 12, Dublin
Don’t forget to send me pics of your doggie road trip!
My dog is a big fan of road trips, which is lucky for me since we take a lot. Whether it’s just a couple of blocks to the pet store or a longer trip down to Columbus or Akron to see family, my dog is always excited to get in the car and go somewhere new.
This past weekend we took a drive to Columbus. Although it’s only a two hour drive, I take a few precautions ahead of time to make sure that the ride goes smoothly for the both of us.
Within a couple of months of getting Hunter I got a harness for him to wear in the car which hooks into the seat belt. This has been a great help on road trips. It gives him a little space so that he doesn’t feel totally confined, but keeps him out of the front seat and off of my lap, which would be his seat of choice. I have to admit the harness isn’t his favorite thing, since like all dogs he likes to stick his head out the window. So from time to time on shorter drives, I do let my dog have free rein in the back seat so he can stick his head out the window and enjoy a little more freedom.
Before a road trip I always give him a special toy. I like it to be something like a bully stick or a stuffed Kong that will keep him busy for a while. I usually throw in a few of his other toys as well, just so he has a mix of things to play with.
Especially on summer trips, it’s important to keep your dog well hydrated during the drive. I’ve usually just put a bowl of water back there, but that can get messy. Lately I’ve been looking into a better way of having water for him in the backseat. I’ve been thinking about getting one of those no-spill bowls, or water dispensers with tray, that would also be good for the dog park.
4. Seat covers
My car is covered in fur, even shortly after vacuuming. I have a seat cover that works pretty well, but I would love to hear from you all what, if anything, works to keep the fur from taking over your car. Anyone have success with any particular seat covers? This is definitely something I’d like to invest in considering how much time my dog spends in the car.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 later this week – Dog Friendly Road Trip: Columbus
We stuck mainly to the picnic tables on our visit but due to the sudden outpouring of rain had to move over to the covered patio area in back. The staff was very welcoming and excited to see my dog, offering treats which was enough to win him over. There was only one other dog when we got there so my dog got a lot of attention. It seemed that the bar-goers and the staff were both happy to have a dog there- always a key factor in whether a place truly is dog friendly or not. Add in the delicious food and great selection of beer, and this a place that my dog and I will definitely be back to soon.
1859 W. 25th St.
Open at 4:30 weekdays and noon Saturday and Sunday.
Open until 2:30 am 364 days a year and serving food until 2am every day.
Dogs are allowed every day on the patio.
Who doesn’t love to share pictures of their dog? I know I do, a little excessively some would say. But I also love looking at pictures of other people’s dogs, hence the slideshow of local dogs on the main page.
Want to know how your dog can be featured there? It’s simple – send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a bio, including full name, age, breed, gender, city and hobbies. Every week a dog from here will be spotlighted as the CLE Canine of the Week. Just like Buford, our 1st ever CLE Canine of the Week!
Hobbies: Being a rescue dog, hounding anyone with food, demanding to be addressed by his full military title, taking majestic skyline-backdrop photos
This past weekend I had the pleasure of dog sitting my sister’s dog Riley. Riley is a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. She loves to lie around and generally do nothing, but she also likes a lot of petting and attention.
|This is Riley. She wants to sit with you.|
|Riley trying to ignore Hunter|
Not all dogs are so easy going though. Dealing with socializing a dog can be a challenging endeavor. The Animal Humane Society provides tips on their site for introducing a new dog to a resident dog*. Good advice to follow the next time you have a new dog in your family, or will have a dog staying with you:
1. Have the dogs meet on-leash on neutral territory first: this can be a neighbor’s yard, a training center, tennis court, etc. Have both dogs on-leash. Allow them to look at and sniff one another through a barrier, such as a fence, for up to 30 minutes. By then, the novelty of seeing a new dog has worn off, paving the way for a more positive introduction. Another option is to take the dogs for a walk together, keeping ten feet between them so that they cannot greet one another or stare. The idea is simply to acclimate them to each other’s presence without causing tension.
2. Next, have the dogs meet off-leash on neutral territory. Avoid problem areas like gates, doorways or closely confined space: the more room they have to move, the less tension there will be. Wait 2 minutes while they sniff each other, then call them away and move around. If they start to play and it seems to be going well, let them play for a few minutes and then end the session. We want each initial interaction to end on a good note!
3. Finally, have the dogs meet at home: first in the yard, then inside the house. Before the in-house introduction, take the resident dog out to the yard, then bring new dog inside (bringing the new dog inside to meet resident dog can create a negative reaction). Keep each interaction short and pleasant: if signs of tension arise, separate the dogs immediately and try again later. Remember that the introduction will set the tone for their relationship, so it’s important to set everyone up for success!
4. Keep the dogs separate while you are away, either in separate rooms or crates. This is both to prevent injurious fights and the development of inappropriate behavior in your new dog (such as chewing and housesoiling).
5. While the dogs can settle minor disputes with each other (such as growling the other off of a toy or their own food bowl), they aren’t allowed to limit each other’s access to you, your family and common areas of the home. In many multi-dog households, contrary to popular belief, there is neither a “dominant” nor a “submissive” dog, but individuals whose roles change depending on the context involved (ex: a dog that claims access to a favorite toy may let another dog claim the couch). Instead of “supporting the dominance” of any one dog, establish yourself as a benevolent leader, rewarding polite behavior and managing the environment to prevent conflicts from developing.
|Hey! You’re a dog – let’s play!|
What about you? Do you have a dog that doesn’t like other dogs and have you tried to socialize him or her? Hit me up on twitter (twitter.com/dogsinthecle) or email email@example.com with what has worked (or not worked) for you!