Dog Friendly Ghost Tours!

  From sentimental strolls that emphasize history over mystery to expeditions complete with equipment that may record an ectoplasmic encounter, numerous dog-friendly ghost tours from coast to coast invite both you and your aspiring Scooby Doo to peek into the past. We’ve unearthed the following trips back in time that allow sleuthing Spots to join […]

Stars Help Animals Affected by #HurricaneHarvey

Professions which attract the spotlight also offer those who stand in its glow the ability to illuminate issues so that problems…and ultimately, solutions… can be seen by more people. From choosing the option of pet adoption to the plight of puppy mill dogs, celebrities have helped to raise both the public’s awareness of, and much-needed […]

Helping Pets + People After #HurricaneHarvey

Many thanks to everyone for reaching out to us after Friday’s double setback–the death of our kitten, Ochi, and our evacuation from Hurricane Harvey. We spent three nights with our pets at a local La Quinta with people–and many, many pets–who evacuated from the Texas coast and, just as we were leaving Monday, from Houston. […]

Back from the Beach!

We are back from a quick, one-night trip to the coast with Irie and Tiki! We usually go to the beach for several days but this was an unusual circumstance. We needed to visit a nursing home about an hour’s drive from the coast. John is the guardian to his aunt and three elderly cousins […]

Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at a Dog-Friendly Botanical Garden!

It’s been said that “Friendship is like a beautiful garden.  The more you put into it, the more it grows.” Pet parents can nurture both their love of nature and their love for their furry family members with a visit to a botanical garden. From annual dog-friendly summer events to gardens that welcome dogs year-round, […]

Watch Rad Rovers at Texas Surf Dog Competition!

Why Hang Ten when you can Hang 16 or 18? Taking to their surfboards, dogs will transform into Moondoggies in the Ohana Surf & Skate Surf Dog Competition in Galveston, Texas on July 16, 2017. Celebrating five years of “Fun, Fun, Fun” in the sun for our furry friends, approximately 30 canines who dream of […]

Dallas Pet Expo, May 20 – 21, 2017 #AmazingPetExpo

  May 20 – 21 promises to be a big weekend for dog lovers in The Big D as they celebrate all our friends with fur, fins and feathers at the seventh annual Dallas Pet Expo! Activities Cheer for the clever canines who will work their way through weave pole, tackle a teeter and bound […]

Houston Pet Expo, May 13 – 14, 2017 #AmazingPetExpo

  Dog lovers in the largest city in the Lone Star state will be in seventh heaven when the seventh annual Houston Pet Expo comes to town for a weekend devoted to all our friends with fur, fins and feathers. Activities A plethora of promenading pups will walk away with your heart during the PetFinder […]

Our Visit to Discovery Well Cave Preserve

Years ago, when we first wrote our Day Trips from Austin guidebook, we sat down with the publisher’s publicist to create a list of “talking points” about the book. The first one–and one I brought up in every book interview–was the fact that day trips gave you “the chance to be a traveler in your […]

My Visit to Dog-Friendly Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Even if you’re not an HGTV lover like I am, you’re no doubt familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper.” From the show to a bestselling book to an upcoming magazine, the couple has launched a Texas-sized career that features their own paint line, rugs, furniture, and more. And, just over a year […]