Seattle to Bend Road Trip – Camping at Smith Rock State Park

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Earlier this month we took a road trip to dog-friendly Bend, Oregon for our 1-year Anniversary. For once we were packed and all ready to go 3 or 4 days before our scheduled bug-out day. If you ever think that time goes too fast, try packing for a trip you are super excited about a few days before and then waiting. Slooooooow doesn't begin to describe the feeling. We decided to leave a day early … [Read more...]

Dog Town USA Here We Come

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Tomorrow we leave for a 5-day road trip. We are headed from Seattle to Bend, Oregon. This will be Gretel's longest road trip and the maiden voyage for my new car. In 2012, Dog Fancy Magazine named Bend "Dog Town USA" - the nation's dog-friendliest City. The city was selected based on Bend’s abundance of canine-friendly recreation opportunities, businesses, restaurants, and off-leash … [Read more...]

“Dog-friendly” Does Not Always Mean Dog-friendly

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Recently we took a great dog-friendly trip that didn't turn out to be as dog-friendly as we expected. With much excitement and anticipation, our friends from Life with Doxies and I loaded up my car and drove 2.5 hours east of Seattle to the town of Zillah, WA for the Cherry Wood Canine Wine and Walk. It sounded like the perfect trip. I like hiking with Chester and Gretel and we would be hiking … [Read more...]

Even More About Our Trip to BlogPaws

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I told you about the trip down and our first day at BlogPaws. Since this newbie learned some important lessons the first day, I felt like the second day of the conference went smoother. I took Chester to daycare right after breakfast and left him the whole day. I packed lighter the second day. Little did I know that there would be a heck of a lot more stuff to pick up from vendors the … [Read more...]

A Little More About BlogPaws

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In our last post about our trip to BlogPaws we mentioned that we road-tripped it down there, that we camped, that we met some of our bloggy friends and that we brought back some loot (like the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Tattoo Hoodie we are giving away). Let me tell you a little more about how our trip went down. I drove to our friend's house, It's a Weinerful Life, on Wednesday night. Thursday … [Read more...]

Not Just a Car Full of Weiners

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You probably already noticed but we are going to call ourselves out. We weren't just traveling with a car full of weiner dogs on the way to the BlogPaws conference. The It's a Weinerful Life gang is actually made up of two weiner dogs and a Chihuahua named Luna. Now, I will admit that I used to dislike Chihuahuas. No special reason I guess, I just didn't like them. Over the years I have … [Read more...]

BlogPaws or Bust Was Anything But

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Whew! We made it back home from BlogPaws in one piece. It was an amazing trip. We met up with our local friends from It's a Weinerful Life and road tripped it down to Salt Lake City - making the entire 15-hour trip down in one day! The trip down was a lot of fun. We played the alphabet game (find each letter of the alphabet on signs or license plates), chatted and sang along to songs a … [Read more...]

BlogPaws 2012 or Bust

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I was still pretty new to blogging in August last year. I heard about a cool conference called BlogPaws. BlogPaws is a conference for pet bloggers that brings you workshops and lectures on subjects that helps you be a better, more successful blogger. Last year the conference was on the east coast. I wanted to go so bad but there was no way I could spend thousands of dollars to fly there from … [Read more...]

Our Weekend Desert Adventure

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This last weekend we decided to escape all the rain and gloom and head east of the mountains to the sunshine. We headed over to Eastern Washington to visit my friend in the desert town of Moses Lake (Yes, we have lush mountains, coast beaches and desert within a few hours of each other in our state). Getting over there was definitely an adventure. It was snowing heavily in the mountain passes … [Read more...]

Bellingham or Bust

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In the winter we have to be more flexible. Our adventures don’t always work out. The weather can change radically from one hour to the next, making what we had planned too dangerous or miserable. Instead of being disappointed, we try to make the best of the situation. We have learned to appreciate that nature sometimes forces us to let go of our agenda and live in the moment. We take the … [Read more...]

Dog-Friendly Seaside, Oregon

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Seaside, Oregon was our second stop on our Adventureweiner bike tour. We found Seaside to be a bit more dog-friendly than Astoria. I saw a lot more dogs around town, on the beach and there were water bowls at more stores than not. When we arrived I was surprised to learn that apparently in Seaside they eat dogs…or at least they used to. Seaside was so named because it was a place where some men … [Read more...]