Dog-Friendly Travel Blog

RaveskiesLike to travel with your dog? Then you should check out Car Go Dogs. I drive all over the Midwest competing with my dogs in agility trials, so I'm always looking for dog-friendly vehicle info, accessories and travel tips. It's nice to find all these things in one spot!

Julia Kamysz Lane

October 15, 2008 in Cool stuff, Current Affairs, product review, Recreation, Sports, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Give Your Dog A Bunny!

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Does your dog chase bunnies or squirrels? Do you live in the Midwest or are you willing to drive there? Then check out the inaugural All-Breed Lure Coursing Trial! This unique event will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008, from 10am to 3pm, and hosted by Lure Coursing Fanatics in Somers, WI (about an hour north of the Greater Chicago area).

Lure coursing appeals to your dog's instinctive urge to chase prey, so there's no need for special training. A white bag or "bunny" is attached to a line and rapidly jerked across a field, mimicking a real rabbit. It's great exercise for the dogs and fun to watch them stretch out and really move.

To see lure coursing in action, check out LCF owners' Cocker Spaniel, Tazer (pictured above), or my Pit Bull mix, Shelby (click on "Shelby Lure Coursing Video"), at LCF last summer. As you can see, the dogs absolutely love it!

All breeds and mixes are welcome. Entry fees are $10 for the first entry per dog and $5 for any additional entries for that dog. If you have three or more dogs entered, the first entry fee drops to $5 for the third and subsequent dogs.

For more info, please email Lauri Stromberg at lurecoursingfanatics@gmail.com.

Julia Kamysz Lane

July 25, 2008 in Cool stuff, Recreation, Sports, Travel | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Greatest American Dog

No doubt all of us think we have the greatest American dog. I certainly do! If you'd like to watch other people and their pooches publicly vie for the official title, check out CBS's new reality game show, "Greatest American Dog." It debuts this Thursday, July 10, at 8/7pm central. Tillman the English Bulldog looks like a seriously awesome contender!

The first time I saw a Bulldog skateboard on Animal Planet's "Pet Star," I thought it was truly unique. Since then, I've seen several more skateboarding Bulldogs. What is it about this breed that makes them so good at it? As Tillman's owner says, he's "like a Lab in the shape of a pot roast." Does it have more to do with their easygoing nature and their willingness to people please? I'd love to hear your theories!

Julia Kamysz Lane

July 7, 2008 in Cool stuff, Current Affairs, media, Recreation, Sports, Television | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Dog Power!

Dogscotrkul100byt1_w7vp_dyduBored with the same old walks? Then you and your pup might like to try the Dog Powered Scooter and the Dog Powered Trike. They're similar to mushing, except the dogs are harnessed from behind the human driver so he can steer without worry. Architect Mark Schuette of Bend, Oregon, invented the dog scooter and trike as a way to spend more time with his dog and give him enough exercise. For a cool video demo with a Husky and a Rottie, click here.

Julia Kamysz Lane

February 17, 2008 in Cool stuff, Health, product review, Recreation, Sports, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Most Vick Dogs Get Second Chance

A team of ASPCA animal behaviorists have completed their assessments of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's 49 seized dogs. Of the group, only one had a history of biting people and was found to exhibit intense human aggression during the assessment, thus requiring euthanasia. The remaining 48 dogs will either go to adoptive families, a sanctuary or receive training as police dogs. As much as I believe in second chances, I truly hope that Vick does not receive the same reprieve. When will the NFL outright fire him?

Julia Kamysz Lane

October 1, 2007 in Current Affairs, Legislation, media, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is Vick Apology Acceptable?

This past Monday, Michael Vick finally did something right off the football field. He pleaded guilty to federal charges regarding his role in a large dogfighting operation. He also offered a meandering, informal apology directed at NFL employees and children who had looked up to him as a role model.

What about the dogs whose lives he took so cruelly? And the dogs who suffered from their physical and psychological wounds? Vick categorizes what he did wrong as "immature acts." Excuse me? An immature act is a teenager shoplifting a CD, not an adult professional football player drowning, strangling and fighting dogs he deliberately bred and trained to kill each other. Does Vick honestly not know the difference? Or does he think we, the public, don't know or care about the difference?

So many questions remain: What will be the fate of Vick's dogs? Will the NFL's indefinite suspension lead to an outright firing? How much jail time will he serve? Newport News (Va.) reporter Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer does her best to answer those questions and more.

If you're still outraged by the whole tragic situation, as am I, then please voice your concerns to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino. You can also support nonprofit organizations like HSUS, the ASPCA and your local shelter, all of which strive to end dogfighting and care for its many voiceless victims.

      

Julia Kamysz Lane

August 29, 2007 in Current Affairs, Donations , Health, Legislation, media, Sports, Television, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What's a Pibble Doing on the Radio?

If you read my article, "Disc Drive," in the July/August 2007 issue of The Bark, you're already familiar with  bully-breed advocate Andrew "Roo" Yori and his disc-dog world champion, Wallace the Pit Bull. Roo now hosts a monthly radio show, "Pibble Talk," and his next show is at 9 p.m. central time this Sunday, August 26, 2007. Tomorrow's guests include Jon Bosak, author of a graphic novel for young readers, Demo: The Story of a Junkyard Dog, and Diane Jessup of Law Dogs USA, a non-profit group that provides trained narcotics- and explosives-detection Pit Bulls to law enforcement for free. Listeners are welcome to call in with questions and comments. 

Julia Kamysz Lane

August 27, 2007 in Cool stuff, Current Affairs, Legislation, media, Recreation, Sports | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Will NFL, Nike Do Right By Dogs?

Popular Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been federally indicted for his alleged involvement in a dog-fighting ring on his Virginia property. According to the Washington Post, “Vick, one of the NFL's most exciting players, was charged with competitive dogfighting and conducting the venture across state lines. The 19-page indictment alleged Vick was highly involved in the operation, alleging that he attended fights and paid off bets when his dogs lost. It said he also was involved in the executions of dogs that did not perform well.”

And “executions” is not a euphemism for humane euthanasia, either. The indictment details how dogs who failed to fight were drowned, hung and in one case, electrocuted. In this light, it's shocking to think that fans admired Vick and young kids looked up to him as a role model. How could a young man with such talent and promise prove to be so cruel and heartless toward animals? It wasn't like Vick needed the money. What causes someone to do such horrific things?

ASPCA President/CEO Ed Sayres said, "Federal charges in dog fighting are extremely rare, and we applaud the authorities for giving this crime the attention it deserves.”  As dog lovers, we must demand that the NFL and Nike – which had planned to debut its latest Michael Vick-brand shoe this August – take this case just as seriously.

So what can you do? For starters, contact the NFL and Nike. Tell these highly profitable businesses why Vick deserves the boot. You can also sign a petition via the Humane Society of the United States by clicking on: NFL Petition. Lastly, consider donating money to the HSUS, which is caring for the 52 seized dogs seized from Vick's property while he awaits trial.

Julia Kamysz Lane

July 23, 2007 in Current Affairs, Legislation, media, Sports | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Walk that Dog

A recent study by the American College of Sports Medicine found that dogs owners are fitter than their dog-free counterparts and that people who walk their dogs are fitter than those who don’t. Not exactly shocking. But what I found surprising is that the study’s dog owners (in Baltimore and Seattle) spent an average of only 25 minutes per week walking their dogs and that 30 percent spent no time walking their dogs. These are the sort of results that make big pharma salivate.

Lisa Wogan

June 20, 2007 in Science, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Trash = Toys?

If you obsess over the environment as much as your pup obsesses over balls, combine both of your passions with the Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL from Planet Dog. The toy company uses leftover quality materials to create this non-toxic, 100% recycled ball. It's durable enough to outlast tough or persistent chewers. And you can bet it'll be an excellent conversation starter at the dog park!    - Julia Kamysz Lane

June 3, 2007 in Cool stuff, product review, Sports | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack