Camping with your Canine? 14 Tips to Ensure a Safe and Fun Adventure with Fido

August 6, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Camping is made better with friends, including our four-legged ones. I spent many months camping and hiking with my good boy Max while researching a guide book, Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast. Max, a 70-pound mutt, developed a fascination with armadillos, so I could always count on him to alert me to the presence of the nifty little critters. Without him, I never would have noticed them.

6 Pet-Friendly Fourth of July Celebrations in Texas

July 2, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

While the Fourth isn’t typically considered a pet-friendly holiday, as fireworks and other festivities can be disruptive or dangerous to animals, some Texas cities have worked out a way to safely fit pets into their celebration.

Atta Girl: Lucy the ‘Bark Ranger’ Completes Quest to Visit All 95 Texas State Parks

April 24, 2019 | By Dale Blasingame

The title of “bark ranger” comes with great responsibility and even greater dedication. Lucy, my 5-year-old rescue dog, knows this better than most.

10 Dog-Friendly Texas Hotels

January 11, 2019 | By Hannah J. Phillips

My dog, Lucy, knows what a suitcase means: As I pack, she prances by the front door, ready for our next adventure. I estimate that we’ve covered more than 8,000 miles on our road trips across Texas. When I do have to leave her behind, my heart breaks to see her stare sadly out the window after me, so it’s always exciting when I can bring her along.

Dog-Friendly Trails, Restaurants, and Lodging in Central Texas

December 14, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

When that road-trip itch needs scratching, I can always count on one friend to join me: my big mutt Max.

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