Traveling with a dog can make dining choices interesting, to say the least. Bringfido.com does a great job trying to gather places for you to go with your dog, however, not every place listed is actually pet-friendly – or even accepting. In Washington, PA, the Kopper Kettle sounds superb, however, we found a gem of fast-food not listed.The McDonalds at 1294 West Chestnut Street (highway 40) was a very pleasant experience. We parked in the corner of the lot, by their shed, and were pleased to see there was a stone picnic table away from the traffic. The staff inside were extremely friendly and helpful. These people appeared to be genuinely concerned with the well-being of their team, as well as the satisfaction of their customers. Out behind their shed, Charlie was able to enjoy his extended leash with plenty of grass. The little side road in the picture was very quiet. This was a very pleasant outdoor dining area with conveniently located garbage container placed nearby to aid in keeping this place nice.
Traveling with a border collie has proven to be challenging at times. However, it can also feel like accompanying a celebrity. This cutie tends to attract dog-lovers of all ages. The smiles and conversations shared are truly heart-warming.
We have tried various seatbelts and harnesses, but these just won’t do for Charlie. Although he enjoys new places, riding longer distances can be stressful. One item we have found to be well-received by our favorite canine is this soft crate www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLA14J8 which secures in the backseat by seatbelt and a loop over the headrest. It has zipper doorways on either side (making in and out of the car a piece of cake), it also has a zipper doorway in the front (for a bit of in-car freedom while waiting with one human for the other human). Inside, he has a nice removable pad and his favorite toys for comfort.
Kudos to Maryland’s Welcome Center (mile marker 39 on I70 eastbound) where we not only found very nice facilities for the humans, but where the dogs are also kept in mind. Separate from the picnic area and next to the playground is a porous asphalt loop with grass and trees – and picnic tables for dog-companions. Between the dog area and the playground for young humans is a water fountain for both. A very nice break from the road.
One day is never enough for those who are the most important to us. Although our fathers may have gone on to heaven, they are on our minds and in our hearts. This weekend, however, I am spending with my husband – the best father our boys could know.
One of our common joys in life is exploring with our dog, Charlie. At a place called Spoon River, we discovered a little trail that led to a darling little bridge. All three of us enjoyed the scenery.
This morning, my husband was pleased to hear from both boys – one of which is already a wonderful father. We continued our little explorations – discovering rustic scenery.
By the end of the day, Charlie was ready to drive. I keep telling him, dogs are not allowed to drive. Fortunately, he takes this well and returns to his soft travel crate.
Charlie is my border collie. In 2012, my family gave me Charlie for Christmas. Although giving pets as presents is generally not a good idea, Charlie was (and is) the best gift I ever received.
A few days ago, we went for a morning walk near a favorite waterway. As I enjoyed the sunshine and Charlie busied himself by sniffing along the trail, just feet away this bird suddenly lifted its head into view. Accustomed to seeing ducks at this location, I was pleased to see this new visitor. Charlie looked over with mild curiosity.
We continued on our way, observing the recently flooded areas now re-opened. Charlie enjoyed the smells and the people we came across. I was amazed at how the waters were receding.
As we returned to the original waterway, we noted the aviary visitor had moved to the other side. Charlie took this as a sign that the water-bird was inviting him to sniff the area recently vacated. The bird looked over with mild curiosity.