Dog Friendly Summer Activities

It’s been a crazy summer! Like everything else, finding time to sit down and blog is harder than we thought. Keeping on the topic of being busy, we thought we’d share a short list of what we’ve been up to this summer, that are also dog friendly ideas for you and your pup!

1. Camping


Okay, glamping. You can “camp” at whichever level you prefer but for us, it was the second one. In June we went out to wine country and rented a cabin on the lake with friends. If you’re going this route, consider using HomeAway and be sure to filter out any results that are NOT pet-friendly. The last thing you want to do is find a place to stay, fall in love with the idea of it, and then see those harsh words us dog parents never want to see: NO PETS ALLOWED. Lucky for us, we found the perfect little cabin with lake access and plenty of land for Reagan to play on. Out little pup swam the whole weekend and it wasn’t a bad set up for the humans either!

2. Hiking

Having a pup is the perfect excuse to get out and explore your area. You will quickly find cool spots around you and then become hooked on finding more and more. In Upstate New York, our summer is short so we like to take advantage of getting out and exploring the area and finding new spots to bring Reagan. We wish we got out and did this more but the summer is not over yet! We hope to visit Ithaca, NY by the end of the summer for a mild hike and a peak at the gorges.

3. Festivals

Around here, the summer time is filled with festivals and events geared towards pets. We took Reagan to “Woofstock” out on Cayuga Lake and had the time of our lives! While the humans tasted wine the puppies played, sampled treats, and splashed around in kiddie pools. We got to meet a bunch of local vendors too which is always cool! Tip for locals: Most wineries on the lake are dog friendly! If you’re in the area, you should consider checking this area out. Americana Vineyards advertises being dog friendly and its an awesome atmosphere for you and your pet. We are headed to another fest this week: Canine Carnival. Full report to follow…

4. Hotel party.

Are dog friendly hotels not the coolest thing ever? Talk about a game changer. This summer we traveled to Long Island, NY and brought Reagan along too. Finding an affordable, pet friendly hotel is an excursion in itself, but if you look hard enough you will find one and be so happy that you did! We stayed at La Quinta (the chain is pet friendly) and this weekend will stand out for us for years to come! She quickly fell in love with the sand and the ocean. The waves were a lot stronger than she was used to having only swam in a lake (and kiddie pool) but she was fearless. At one point we didn’t know how we’d get her to leave – legs were locked, you know what I mean- but she was excited to find out she’d have another day running in the sand. Side note: for all of you who live near pet friendly beaches, we loathe you. The beach we visited, Gardiner Park, is a huge spot for the locals so it was packed with other pups. A lot of the dogs were scared to test the waters but Reagan was so far out we thought she was going to fetch a booie. Lucky for us, she stuck with sticks and tennis balls. We highly recommend a weekend get away with your pup whether you go to the ocean or to the city!


5. Triple dates.

Whoever said threes a crowd must not have a dog. This summer we’ve been all about going out to a local spot, posting up on the patio, and hanging with Reagan while having dinner. More and more restaurants in our area are becoming dog friendly which is something that really excites us. The better news is your pup is a cheap date too since water is free! Our favorite local hot spots that Reagan can come to are Modern Malt and Dinosaur BBQ. She always gets tons of love from the servers and other diners. Hopefully more restaurants follow the lead and open their doors (okay, patios) to our furry friends too because Reagan is one third wheel we will always welcome.

What other dog friendly activities have you done this summer? Let us know in the comments below! We hope you and your puppy are just as busy as us!


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