Friday, July 22, 2016

Dog's life with Cookie and Keller is a pretty dog-gone good gig

 Nick and Nora love huckelberry ice cream, a roadie treat in Julian, California which they visit twice a year.

"Charley is a mind-reading dog. There have been many trips in his lifetime.....he knows we are going long before the suitcase comes out, and he paces and worries and whines, and goes into a state of mild hysteria. -- John Steinbeck,'"Travels with Charley."


WE CAN'T imagine a road trip without Nick and Nora.
John Steinbeck's famous "Travels with Charley"
has inspired many journeys and many other travelogues.
Our smart, loving Yorkshire terriers are as much a part of the package as a picnic, a room with a view, a fun new hotel, a new restaurant and a play to cap the day.
Like John Steinbeck and his faithful poodle Charley, we find each journey enhanced by the Yorkies' company. The doggies introduce us to people.
They give us new perspective.  They make us laugh.
They're just plain good company.
If the airlines awarded miles for doggie travel, Nick and Nora would be flying even higher -- for they've logged over 65,000 miles each in their action-packed near 11 years.
Nick and Nora seem comfy in their regulation airline sherpa carrier.
MOSTLY, THEY go where we go, by plane or car. They're happy little road-trippers. Because we so often take them along, we've started keeping track of the best of the "dog friendly" hotels we've visited.
Savvy dog lovers also rely upon Eileen Barish's wonderful dog friendly books, including "Doin' California with your Pooch." (She features other states, too. And if you simple google pet-friendly travel, you can narrow your own field.)
You'll find that some hotels have designated areas and rooms for pups. In other properties, dogs have greater freedom. It is also common practice to walk your pup frequently and not leave him unattended in the room for long. Some hotels give  goodies
Sunburned Cookie holds Nick and 
Nora off the hot sand near Las Vegas. 
OUR DOGGIE carry-along bag includes their toys, treats, sweaters, food and water bowl. Nick and Nora have bedded down with us in at least 65 hotels, motels and inns, besides their relatives' homes in
California and Georgia.
Nick and Nora take to the beach of Lake Tahoe.
Here are some pup-friendly places we endorse and recommend, for their personality, charm, dog welcoming spirit and proximity to fun events, scenery and history. Nick and Nora give them paws up! At these diverse and pet-welcoming venues, it goes without saying to leash your pet while promenading, and bring a stash of "doggie bags" just in case.
*Western Heritage Inn of Bozeman, Montana.
Keller & Nora head for the Catalina Boat House.
*The Murray Hotel of Livingston, Montana.
* Vagabond's House Inn, Carmel by the Sea, Calif.
* Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland, Oregon.
*Catalina Boat House Hotel, Avalon, Calif.
* Omni Los Angeles Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.
Cookie and Keller, with Nick and Nora, find that the Yorkies 
are a conduit for meeting new friends wherever they go. 
Here, they're having a boat ride on Hornblower Cruises out 
of San Diego, which has a special "Pet Day on the Bay."

*Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara.
* Ocean Villa Inn, San Diego, Calif.
*Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
*Beach House Inn, Santa Barbara,
*Inn By The Lake, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The beautiful lazuli bunting is named for the gemstone, lapis lazuli.

NEXT UP: We pay homage to birds, their haunting and magical songs, their delicacy at the feeder, their strength in flight. Join us to celebrate the myriad delights they give us, especially here in the northern Rockies in summertime's prime. We'll be in Montana's Stillwater County for a photo essay on the pleasures of sharing the landscape with hawks, hummingbirds, wrens, woodpeckers and the stunning lazuli bunting. Remember to explore, learn and live and remember we post each Friday.


  1. This is a dog-gone good read. We are "wolfing down" every whereiscookie. Love them!

  2. Nashville ExplorersJuly 28, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    In days of yore, traveling with our sheepdog, we could scarcely find a place in which a dog could bed down (much less a human.) Now, there are beautiful little boutique inns and many hotels and motels, even some B&Bs, which welcome our pets. Wonderful progress. Thanks for these new suggestions.