Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
What Makes a Great Sled Dog? Breed, Ambition, Tough Feet
A mixed heritage gives sled dogs their love of running, a desire to work, and a need for wild places.
Jane J. Lee
PUBLISHED JANUARY 31, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
In the photo above, a pair of dogs—viewed over the hood of a car—roam the Bushman village of Wit Draai in South Africa.
Human companionship with dogs stretches back to the Stone Age. Although scientists still debate the exact origins of domestic canines, many think they evolved from a group of wolves that have since died out. Some believe humans adopted wolf pups, favoring the ones that were less aggressive.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rats Remember Who's Nice to Them—and Return the Favor
It's the first time scientists have found direct reciprocation in the animal kingdom.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Travel with your Pet to Nashville!
Pet Friendly Nashville!
Getting Out and and Into it in Nashville!
1) Honky Tonk Time – You know this is why you came to Nashville! So be sure to pack some boots, pick up a cowboy hat, and line-dance your heart away.Full Moon Saloon - “The crowd is always participating and it’s always a great time till close! Oh- drinks are quite cheap considering it’s a Broadway bar” – NashvilleBarHound.com
Honky Tonk Central - Nashville's latest and greatest honky tonk on world famous 'Lower Broadway' in downtown Nashville, TN. , with 3 full stories of live music, great food and great times, Honky Tonk Central is the destination stop when in Nashville.
Whiskey Bent Saloon – located right in the middle of all the action that makes Nashville famous. It is a great place for you and your guests to kick back, have fun, and let loose. When you are in the market for an authentic Nashville experience, look no further! Whiskey Bent features a built in stage perfect for bands and live performances, Broadway's largest whiskey selection, the only iced down beer on the street, and extra friendly service.
Legends Corner - Some will say that a trip to Nashville is never complete without visiting the tried and true honky-tonk saloons along downtown Broadway. While it's hard to go wrong in any of these gritty watering holes, Legends stands out as one of the best. Country music record covers plaster the walls, but the real attraction is the bar's live music. Some of the city's finest contemporary acts make their mark onstage. Nashville City Search voters recently selected Legends Corner as the Number One Country Bar in Nashville; an honor well deserved.
Swingin’ Doors Saloon: Where Country is King! - located in beautiful and historic downtown Nashville Tennessee right off of Broadway at 111 4th Ave S (right behind the Hilton). Swingin’ Doors Saloon is Nashville’s newest downtown honkey-tonk with classic country roots as well as the latest and greatest that Nashville has inspired. World-class country music in an old western saloon setting. When the live music isn’t rockin’ you can play your favorites on the jukebox. This all-around saloon style bar experience offers the big-screens for Nashville’s sport’s enthusiasts as well as fresh grilled food you can enjoy before a downtown game or concert.
2. Museums: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum -
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the non-profit, educational Country Music Foundation (CMF). The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry. Check out the calendar now here: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/calendar/
Music City Walk of Fame - on Nashville's Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.
The Johnny Cash Museum - Come here to learn everything about Johnny Cash! Be sure to stop by the great gift store as well.
3) The Arts-
Tennessee Performing Arts - TPAC is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, occupying an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. Also housing the Tennessee State Museum, the cultural center adjoins the 18 story James K. Polk Office Tower. The Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre perform here as well! Look at the calendar here: http://patron.tpac.org
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries.
4. Botanical Garden and Museum- Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.
5. Beer and More-
Jack Daniel’s Distillery – Drop by for a firsthand look at our distillery where one of our guides will accompany you on a tour and tell you the complete story of our whiskey. And you’ll probably hear an interesting story or two about Mr. Jack as well. We hope to see you around Lynchburg sometime soon.
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream - SPEAKeasy Spirits is an artisan distillery nestled in the Historic West Town neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. SPEAKeasy Spirits’ Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream™ is the distillery’s flagship brand. Recognizing niches, as well as creating new categories such as Tennessee Sipping Cream™, will build a unique and highly sought after portfolio for SPEAKeasy Spirits.
Tennesse Brew Works – Our Company founders have conducted plenty of craft beer “market research” over many years. But the real genesis of Tennessee Brew Works began with the discovery that great beer can be brewed at home. What began as a kitchen hobby quickly transformed into a serious outdoor brewing system. During that evolution we discovered high demand for our beer amongst family, friends, and acquaintances, converting many into craft beer consumers. Their enthusiasm (and support) has inspired us to follow our passions and share our creations with a much larger audience, but remain focused on producing superior and distinctive beers.
6. Dinner Theatres and Shows!-
Chaffin’s Barn Theatre - Nashville’s ‘Original’ Barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience! We are now in our 46th season serving the Nashville area with premium buffets and professional theatre.
Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner - An interactive mystery play with live music, comedy and a fully served dinner. Each table is a team and each person has play money to bribe the suspects.
Nashville Nightlife Theatre - Check out Nashville's newest production, "The Best of Country Music Dinner & Show" at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater! Come and experience a celebration of Country Music from both past and present. Hear songs from many of the great artists in country music history along with today's hottest superstars. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith! Throughout the season we have many guest stars appear at our theater including "Grand Ole Opry Star" Jeannie Seely, "The Fiddle Man" Tim Watson, Diana Murrell, "Nashville's favorite" Brenda Best, Paula Murrell (from the Tammy Wynette show) and many other celebrities!
The General Jackson Showboat - Our 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat is one of the largest showboats in the country. It boasts four massive decks with a beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center of the boat where live music shows are performed. Both midday and evening cruises offer a variety of entertainment options throughout the year. You'll always find something new just around the bend. Holiday cruises begin mid-November each year, and special cruises includes a festive New Year's Eve celebration. The General Jackson is an experience you'll only find in Music City!
7. Festivals you definitely should be on the watch for:
Nashville Film Festival – NaFF provides three year-round programs: Livin' Reel gives urban teens a hand's on experience in filmmaking. The Hope Tour brings films and volunteers to the bedside of patients and veterans. The Tennessee Film Tour helps Tennessee cities start film festivals. Spread the love.
Oktoberfest - Here's a short list of what to expect at this amazing festival:
• Authentic German Food & Beverages
• Specialty Food Items & Home Baked Treats
• Polka Dancing
• Street Performers
• Tours of Germantowns Historic Churches
• FREE FunLand for the Kids- Arts, Crafts & Antique Specialty Booths
• 4 Stages of Entertainment
Outback Concerts - Outback Concerts produces hundreds of shows & festivals across North America, selling up to 2 million tickets a year. Our special events division is positioned to assist, advise & accomodate corporate clients in buying & producing entertainment and overseeing their needs.
1812 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-777-FIDO (3436)
Fido blurs the line between upscale coffeehouse and casual restaurant with an emphasis on organic and local foods served in an inviting atmosphere.
The all-day menu features Nashville’s finest mix of organic, exotic and junk foods: from the famous Local Burger (local beef, lamb and cheddar with caramelized fennel & fig aioli), the Liberal Salad (greens, fruits & nuts), to whole grain pancakes and desserts made on premises.
12 South Taproom and Grill
2318 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 463-7552
Pet friendly restaurant in Nashville:12 South Taproom and Grill -
Opened in June 2006, The 12 South Taproom & Grill has been committed to providing the 12 South Neighborhood in Nashville, TN with quality food, drink, and atmosphere. With an ambiance as eclectic as its patrons, the Taproom serves as an inviting home to all the residents of 12 South and beyond.
Our hot and made-to-order culinary delights, distinct and well-crafted libations, and well-informed (and good looking) staff combine to create an experience that is simultaneously novel and intimately familiar.
Bring Spot to chill out on the porch with you!
2306 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 679 9789
Pet friendly restaurant in Nashville:Pinkberry -
Everyone knows Pinkberry! Spot can't come in, but the friendly staff can provide a bowl of water on the patio for him/her!
1106 Gartland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 227-6133
Pet friendly restaurant in Nashville:Calypso Cafe -
Calypso Café offers fast, affordable meals that are good for you! For over 24 years our restaurants have been serving up our Cuban black beans, bountiful salads, rotisserie chicken, island burgers and vegetarian side items in the Nashville area. Our mission is simple…high quality, hearty, healthy dishes at a reasonable price in a fun, relaxed and efficient setting. Fido can join you on the porch!
Check out our site, Pet Friendly Nashville, for more information!
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Having Fun for Yourself in in the Florida Keys!
Pet Friendly Florida Keys!
Getting Out there and into it in the Florida Keys!
1) John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. This is at the north end of the Keys in Key Largo! The coral reefs and their associated marine life are... life changing! Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. This is a must!
Canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. http://pennekamppark.com/
2. Dolphin Research Center
This is one of my favorite places in the Keys. Research is going on all around you in small pools filled with marine mammals of all kinds. You can pay to actually get into the water with dolphins, or feed them,... but your really only need to gain admittance to wander around and watch happy dolphins, seals, manatees up close. http://www.dolphins.org/ - map
3. Sunset at a Pet Friendly Restaurant
Well, this is for both of you! Snook's is right on the beach on the bay side in Key Largo. There's a ledge where you can sit right on the water to enjoy the sunset. Surrounded by tiki torches, every seat has a sunset view. They offer local catch! And they are pet friendly-They welcome dogs at their outdoor dining area and at the bar. There is ample area to walk your dog as well. Often, bartenders will bring their dogs to work and you will see the owner walking her two pugs. Come by boat or car. map
4. Rent a Small Boat and...
Swim in the mangroves or get a good sea map and don't go too far offshore, but find your own place to snorkel! The mangroves are all around on the bay side of the keys, and are filled with baby fishes. It looks spooky, but it is fun and safe. We go off of Islamorada and it isn't far. But all the Keys have snorkeling spots and the local boat rental places will tell you where to go. Here's one: Robbie's, in Islamorada...http://www.robbies.com/
5. Rent a Small Boat (part 2) and...
Throw your anchor on a sandbank and party and drink beer! This is a time-honored tradition in the keys and it is hilarious. Every time you go over a bridge in the Keys you will see these sandbanks, caused by dredging so boats can go under the bridge. The water above the sand banks is about 2 inches, so people throw their little anchors a yard or two off. You can swim in with your dog. Paddle about and enjoy the warm water... you will still see little fishes and crabs and your dog will have a ball.
6. Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehab Center
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species. http://fkwbc.org/ - map
7. Rent a Kayak (or a Jetski)
And get out on the water! yes, your dog can get in the Kayak! Notice I keep trying to get you out on the water... it is so beautiful- the colors of blue so amazing, that I keep trying to find ways to get you out into that warm salty water. Our example: Key Largo Kayak Rental- they have mangrove groves in their purvue, which are fun to kayak thru. Their are rental agencies on all the keys.
8. See the Deer on Big Pine Key
The National Key Deer Refuge headquarters is located on Big Pine Key which is 100-miles south of Miami and 30-miles north of Key West on Highway US-1. So... a bit further down into the Keys, but not all the way to Key West. This is a huge preserve, but it isn't hard to see the deer.
9. Watch for a Manatee on the Docks
Watch for manatees around the docks. They come looking for fresh water, as the salinity in the Florida Bay has risen and they crave fresh water. This one was trying to catch a drink from the hose we were using to wash the boat. Don't water them on purpose or try to attract them- we need them to distrust man and stay wild. They have no defense, and even tho they are huge they are less scary than a kitten. You can see lobster peeking out from under docks too... but remember, only in season!
10. Hire a Captain and Go Fishing!
Dying to catch some dolphin (the mahi mahi type) and cook them up for your dinner? You can pretty much rely on success if you hire a local captain. We use Bud 'n Mary's Marina in Islamorada, but there are captains for hire at other marinas all over the keys. We went out for half a day and caught enough for several dinners' worth of dolphin and still gave 3/4 of it away. Local captains make all the difference. You have to go pretty far out, so wait for a calm day if you have a delicate sea-stomach. Most restaurants will cook up your dolphin for you.
11. Theatre of the Sea
Theater of the Sea provides a marine mammal adventure where you can swim with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays in their natural salt water lagoons through our interactive swim programs. The lagoons, and lush, tropical gardens at are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, colorful parrots, and birds-of-prey. They also offer marine performances, glass-bottom boat tours and a beach. http://www.theaterofthesea.com/ - map
12. Key West!
-No visit to the Florida Keys is complete without a stop on Key West. Did you read "The Old Man and the Sea" ? here is Hemingway's home...or visit the infamous Duval Street, -hotspot of partying and famous drinking establishments like Sloppy Joe's at the corner of Greene and Duval. Be forewarned: it gets pretty raucous at night!
13. The Dry Tortugas
Located 70 miles west of the tropical paradise of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is made up of a cluster of small islands, coral reefs, and one impressive fortress. While it’s certainly not advised to make an impulsive trip to Dry Tortugas, with a little planning you and your family can make a trip to one of America’s most unique and legendary national parks.
Travel with your Pet to the Florida Keys!
Pet Friendly Florida Keys!
We want to help you bring your cat or dog on vacation to the Florida Keys!We have had tons of fun bringing our Cocker Spaniel "Duke" to the Florida Keys. That is him to the left. He love the water, loves going out on the boat, and absolutely loves fishing!
We stay at a pet friendly hotel, so haven't really even had to go to the dog parks. All the Keys are parks! and the ocean around them are parks!
Because the florida keys are so large, we made maps for every category - restaurants, pet care, vets, hotels, by owner rentals and parks. PLEASE take a look at the fun page! Now that is something we know about in the Keys! If you are serious fishermen and are going way out, maybe pet day care would be the best. Or if you want to go to a really amazing restaurant indoors. But most restaurants are pet friendly in outside seating, or close their eyes to pets under the table outside.... just fyi. here's what you need to know:
|Pet Friendly Hotels in the Florida Keys!||See our selection!|
527 Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, FL
|Marina Del Mar Resort- Key Largo
Dogs and cats accepted with no weight limit and a $25 pet fee, max. 3 pets per room. The marina is attached to the hotel, so bring your boat!
and more pet friendly hotels in the Florida Keys!
|Pet Friendly By Owner Rentals in the Florida Keys!||See our selection!|
|Home in 5-star Venture Out Gated Community on Cudjoe Key
Rental includes free use of 2 kayaks, 80' community pool and jacuzzi, salt water swimming area, marina with fuel and boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, and tennis courts. Sleeps 6, rented nightly, weekly, and monthly.
and more pet friendly by owner rentals in the Florida Keys!
|Pet Friendly Dog Parks and Beaches in the Florida Keys!||See our selection!|
Key Deer Blvd and South St, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
|Big Pine Bark Park
Free- Separate big and small dog areas, pools for dogs to cool off in. Lots of toys and water bowls everywhere, decent sized.
Hours: Sunrise- Sunset Map
|Pet Friendly Restaurants in the Florida Keys!||See our selection!|
522 Carribean Blvd
Key Largo, FL
|Sharkey's Pub & Galley Restaurant|
With a family friendly atmosphere & affordable prices. Enjoy local seafood featuring a nice selection of fresh fish prepared several ways. Try crabmeat stuffed with creamy lobster sauce, a local favorite! Seasonal specials include Stone Crab and Lobster dishes. Hours: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Check out Pet Friendly Florida Keys for more info!