‚úĒÔłŹ #4. Visit a Distilleryūüćł: Train Wreck Distillery; Mount Holly, NJ

Train Wreck Distillery checked-off Adventure List item #4!

Train Wreck Distillery is New Jersey’s first legal craft distillery since prohibition!

The distillery is located in the historic Mount Holly train station.

Train Wreck welcomes dogs both at the outdoor seating area as well as inside the distillery.

We purchased a bottle for our home bar before leaving.

Kelly Green Brewing Company:Pittman, NJ

Another enjoyable New Jersey Brewery!

Kelly Green Brewing Company, located in Pittman, NJ, is open¬†Wednesdays from 5 ‚Äď 10PM, Thursdays from 5 ‚Äď 10 PM, Fridays from 3- 10 PM, Saturdays from 12 ‚Äď 10 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 am ‚Äď 6 PM.

You can take a tour any time during brewery hours, and if you don’t plan to hang out in their tasting room, you can¬†bring your growler in to be filled with your favorite Kelly Green Brewing Co. beer.

Right now their beer cannot be bought in stores Рit is brewed and sold exclusively at the brewery.

We enjoyed the beer, the atmosphere, and the fellow beer drinkers here!

Dogs of Gettysburg Pet & Gift Emporium

During our stay in Gettysburg this past Thanksgiving, Margarita had the opportunity to go shopping with her PAWrents!

Dogs of Gettysburg Pet & Gift Emporium is a Civil War inspired shop that contains unique gifts for both people and dogs.

                                                                  Rita decided to do some shopping of her own!

We found a cool Pointer print, which we now have hanging in our home:

…and a few other fun gifts:

Balic’ Winery: Mays Landing, NJ

Balic’ Winery makes over 27 award-winning wines!

Not only did we love their wines (we bought a case!), they had a chocolate fountain – YUM!

Balic’ also had a quite outdoor sitting area:

Best of all, they are dog friendly, and have their own vineyard dog, Mariah , who Margarita quickly made friends with!

We will definitely be adding this winery to our “visit regularly” list!

Cheers!

Pop’s Garage: Asbury Park, NJ

After Margarita was blessed by the Pastor at the Blessing of the Animals, we headed over to see The Stone Pony.¬† We then decided to check out the Asbury Park boardwalk. There are several dog friendly eateries on this boardwalk. We decided to try Pop’s Garage – and were glad we did!

With authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious drinks, how could we pass it up!?!

The staff was very dog friendly and set up a water bowl for Rita.

The food was delicious, and the drinks were amazing! If we are ever back in Asbury Park, we will definitely be visiting Pop’s Garage again!

Asbury Park Boardwalk: Asbury Park

After Rita attended The Blessing of the Animals, we decided to visit the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Although we had been to several boardwalks in NJ, we had never been to this one – and it was the perfect weather day for the occasion!

Rita loved people-watching!

Even though it was a perfect day, the boardwalk was not very crowded.  We enjoyed taking a walk, looking at the beach, and listening to the ocean!

Three 3’s Brewing Company: Hammonton, NJ

Hammonton, NJ has several wineries that we have visited, but we had never tried a Hammonton brewery.  We loved the beer and the atmosphere here!

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This brewery is a small craft brewery in downtown Hammonton,  NJ. Their focus is brewing IPA’s and Saison style beers, which are available in their tasting room and distributed all over NJ.

The beer selections in our tasting were delicious, and the brewery was extremely dog friendly!

Rita’s First Shopping Experience at Lowe’s Home Improvement

Rita came along with us to Lowe’s Home Improvement to help pick out our porch floor stain!

Come on, Dad – you are taking too long!

My tail points to English Chestnut… trust me on this one!

Yup – we have everything, Dad! Now let’s go home and play fetch!

Margarita was a great shopper!

*Please note- not all Lowe’s Home Improvement stores are dog friendly. ¬†The company leaves it to the store manager’s decision, so be sure to call ahead if you plan to take your pup along with you to shop in a Lowe’s store.

Village Idiot Brewing: Mount Holly, NJ

Village Idiot Brewing is located in historic downtown Mount Holly, NJ.

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The tasting room was an old bar, and had a great atmosphere!

There were many interesting choices for our beer tasting!

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Spellbound Brewing: Mount Holly, NJ

Another great dog-friendly brewery РSpellbound Brewing! sp

A very cool tasting room filled with friendly people and a festive Christmas atmosphere!

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Flying Fish Brewing Company: Somerdale, NJ

Do you like great beer and a super-dog-friendly atmosphere? Then you’d love Flying Fish Brewing Company!

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We had a blast here enjoying some very tasty beer selections, and meeting other people and their dogs! A German Shorthaired Pointer came in and immediately warmed right up to Margarita!

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We enjoyed doing a beer tasting here – so many great choices!

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Margarita wanted to know why SHE wasn’t offered a tasting!¬†ff5

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We will definitely be back to Flying Fish Brewing Company!

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Fogotten Boardwalk Brewing Co.: Cherry Hill, NJ

Brian and I have always¬†searched for dog friendly wineries to try. ¬†Just recently we began trying the dog friendly breweries in South Jersey, not realizing just how many there were! Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co.¬†has definitely been¬†added to our “favorites” list!

To start – check out the cool over-sized Connect-Four game at the brewery entrance!

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The beer here was delicious, and the people were friendly and knowledgeable.

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Best of all, the brewery has two skeeball machines, a spin wheel and fun house mirrors Рand they donate a portion of the proceeds from skeeball to a different charity each month!  When we visited, the charity-of-the-month was the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ!

The brewery was very festive for the Holidays, and even had a beer can Christmas tree.

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I highly recommend their Funnel Cake beer!

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I love that they have a bunch of board games available for people to play while enjoying a few of their beer selections!

We can’t wait to visit Forgotten Boardwalk again!

Iron Plow Vineyards, Columbus, NJ

This was our first time at Iron Plow Vineyards. This is a newer winery to our area, and they have some really different tasting wines.

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Sunset Beach Resort, Cape Charles, VA

When we attended the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park dock diving event, we camped at Sunset Beach Resort.

We stayed on site 154

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Another stay at the campground in July 2017 in our Class A:

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We had never camped here before Рbut were pleasantly surprised at the roomy camp sites, beach bar and restaurant, and pool.  This campground even has a hotel on the grounds, AND even has a dog beach!

 

 

Rita enjoyed her Glamping adventure here!

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Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel: Harrisburg, PA

We stayed at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, PA for the Keystone DockDogs End-of-Season Banquet.

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This hotel had a great dog-friendly set of rooms that each had sliding glass doors that led out to a private, enclosed potty area.

We received the best gift ever this past Christmas¬†– the Petcube camera –¬†and used it for the first time here. ¬†We were able to attend the banquet all while keeping and eye on the pups!

Here is a screen shot from  the camera that night:

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Limoncello at the Orange Inn: Goshen, NY

After all of our winery visits on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, how could we resist stopping here for a bite to eat!?!unnamed (80)

Limoncello at the Orange Inn was opened by brothers Luigi and Victor Kapiti in August of 2006.  These brothers renovated what was once a rundown restaurant and inn.  The Orange Inn was a Goshen Landmark, dating back to 1790.  Many historical figures were guests at the inn, especially from the Revolutionary War era.  The inn’s well-known guests ranged from George Washington to James Cagney.

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Bon appetit!

Brimstone Hill Vineyard: Pine Bush, NY

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Our last stop on the Shawangunk Wine Trail – – Brimstone Hill Vineyard, located in Pine Bush, NY.

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Brimstone Hill has been in operation for 30 years, and has a great list of wines to choose from.  We did a wine tasting here.

The vineyard is 13 acres, and the small winery building houses a cozy dog-friendly 2nd-floor tasting room overlooking the vines.

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Overall, we had wonderful experiences at each of the wineries we visited on the Shawangunk Wine Trail!

Whitecliff Vineyard: Gardiner, NY

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Our next-to-last visit at White Cliff Vineyard on the Shawangunk Wine Trail was yet another great experience.  unnamed (98)

 

Whitecliff is an artisanal, family run winery fashioned by the current owners and founders from the ground up, in what was an empty field thirty years ago.

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The view of the White Cliffs from the tasting room patio was magnificent!unnamed (99)

 

Arriving at the winery, there was a driveway lined with artistically painted doors – really cool! This driveway leads you right through the heart of the vineyard.

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They had a great list of wines to choose from here!  The dogs were allowed in the tasting room Рbut with this view, who wants to sit INside?!unnamed (90)

Check out the storm drain!

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Currently, White Cliff Vineyard is one of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, with over 20 varieties of grapes planted in their vineyard.

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We enjoyed the wine, the dog-friendly atmosphere,  and the view at this vineyard!

 

Adair Vineyards: New Paltz, NY

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The wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail just keep getting cooler!

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Adair Vineyards, located in New Paltz, New York,  is housed in a 200+ year old barn, once occupied by cows and horses.

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The winery has a stream running by with the Shawangunk Mountains in the background.

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The winery also supports several animal related charities including:

  • Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary: ¬†a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, This organization’s¬†mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.
  • The Sato Project:¬†dedicated to rescuing abandoned & abused dogs¬†from Puerto Rico. They¬†have rescued and rehabilitated over 1,200 dogs, and are¬†working towards systemic change through education and partnerships on the Island.

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The tasting room and gift shop are located in the loft of the barn and the wine making area is below – and dogs are allowed inside!

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The loft of the barn – the tasting room – was really neat!

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This winery was truly a unique experience!

Benmarl Winery: Marlboro, NY

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After our awesome beer sampling at Rushing Duck Brewery, we continued along the Shawangunk Wine Trail to Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY.

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The setting is a 37 acre estate that overlooks the historic Hudson River Valley.  The grounds were stunning!

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This winery had delicious wines,¬†also was very dog friendly. ¬†The allowed Cello and Hooch to come inside to the tasting room – this was Hooch’s very first time INside of a winery’s tasting room!

The inside of the winery was really unique as well!

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This winery was SO neat!  So far, we are very much enjoying the Shawangunk Wine Trail!

Rushing Duck Brewing Company: Chester, NY

We found a dog friendly brewery along our travels on the Shawangunk Wine Trail! ¬†We almost missed the building – until we noticed the “RD” on the door ūüôā

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Rushing Duck Brewery, located in Chester, NY, not only has great beer  Рthey are super dog-friendly, and the dogs are allowed inside! 

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Cello decided to volunteer as the brewery bouncer during our visit:

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When Cello wasn’t checking out new patrons, she was enjoying her time with her Pop!

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This brewery has some really great beer selections!  I highly recommend the Zingerbier!

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery: Washingtonville, NY

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Continuing along the Shawangunk Wine Trail during our anniversary camping trip, we were sure to stop at Brotherhood.

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Established in 1839, this winery is located in the village of Washingtonville, in Orange County, New York.  This winery really has some great history behind it!

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Longport Dog Beach, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

BringFido.com has a list of their top 10 dog friendly beaches in New Jersey.  I decided to take Hooch for a ride and try one out Рso off we went to the Longport Dog Beach!

Hooch was ready to go on his first-ever solo adventure!

We found it!  This beach is located at the base of the Ocean Drive Bridge, on the Longport side, across from the fishing pier.

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Walking on the path leading to the beach:

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Along this path we saw the sweetest thing:  A tribute to a dog who once loved to play on this same beach.  A basket of toys were left in memory of Scruffy, so that other dogs could enjoy the beach as much as Scruffy did.

The beach was a pretty good size, with many families enjoying time with their dogs off-lead both on the beach, and in the water.

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Hooch is not ready to be off-lead, so he enjoyed  running in the water on his leash.  Even though he was on-lead, he still somehow managed to steal a tennis ball from a Jack Russell Terrier!

Hooch LOVED playing in the waves:

We were both soaked, exhausted, and full of sand after this trip!

My sandy co-pilot on the way home:

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Looking forward to the next summer adventure!

Double Trouble State Park, Bayville, NJ: First Hike of 2015

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“Double Trouble,”…What an appropriately named destination for our two Hooligans’ first hike of 2015 !

There are conflicting stories about how this area got its name. ¬†The most common legend focuses on the dam at Cedar Creek. ¬†Sawmill operator, Thomas Potter, may have “coined” the words “Double Trouble” after heavy Spring rains washed out the dam twice in the 1770’s.

Another myth says that muskrats in the area were relentless at chewing on the dam. ¬†When a hole was discovered from the¬†muskrats’ constant gnawing, workmen in the village would say, “Here’s trouble,” and rush to repair the leak. ¬†One day, two holes were discovered¬†at once, and a village worker overheard the owner say, “Here’s Double Trouble.”

Welcome to Double Trouble State Park!

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Located on the eastern edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and¬†encompassing over¬†200 acres, Double Trouble State Park provides a fine example¬†of a typical Pine Barrens community centered around the logging industry and cranberry agriculture. ¬†Isolated Pine Barrens communities such as this one (and Batsto) ¬†were built to be¬†entirely self-sufficient, and their survival¬†depended 100%¬†on the success of the particular industry the community was built around. ¬†This area has a natural cedar forest, and stream, which provided both raw materials and water power for a substantial¬†lumber industry from the 1700’s to the 1900’s. ¬†As workers cut down the timber, the cleared cedar¬†swamps created a bog environment – perfect¬†for growing cranberries. Cranberry¬†culture began at Double Trouble Village in the 1860’s. By the 20th century, the Double Trouble Company was one of the largest cranberry operations in the state.

Did you know that today, with approximately 3,600 acres of cranberry farms, New Jersey is currently the third largest cranberry producing state in the United States? ¬†Cranberries in our parts are known as the “Jewel of the Pine Barrens!!” ¬†Interestingly, New Jersey’s leading cranberry farmer, William S. Haines, is located¬†in Cello and Hooch’s birth-town of Chatsworth, NJ! ¬†Haines has over 700 acres of cranberries on his Chatsworth¬†Pine Island Company Cranberry Farm, and his family’s history of cranberry cultivation dates back to 1895. ¬†Cello and Hooch’s birth-town also is also home to both an Ocean Spray juice company plant (one of the leading cranberry juice companies), and one of New Jersey’s largest festivals… The Cranberry Festival, a celebration of New Jersey’s cranberry harvest, offering a tribute to the Pine Barrens and its local culture. ¬†There is a huge, diverse presentation of local artists, craftsmen, and wineries – some offering demonstrations, and all providing items for sale. ¬†And of course… there’s “everything cranberry,” including cranberry jam, jelly, chutney, ice cream, cranberry wine! ¬†

Ever wonder how Cranberries are harvested? ¬†It’s really pretty cool…First, Cranberries grow in the bed of a¬†bog. ¬†Cranberries have pockets of air inside them. Because of this, cranberries float in water. ¬†When the cranberries are ready for harvesting, the bogs are¬†flooded to dislodge the¬†fruit from the vines. Water reels, nicknamed ‚Äúegg-beaters‚ÄĚ are used to “stir-up” the water in the bogs. When the water is stirred, the¬†cranberries disconnect from the vine,¬†and float to the surface of the water!¬† Wooden or plastic ‚Äúbooms‚ÄĚ are used to round-up the berries, which are then lifted by conveyor, or pumped into a truck to be taken to a¬†receiving station¬†to be cleaned and processed. ¬†Pretty neat, huh?!

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Cranberry cultivation still continues today in several bogs at Double Trouble State Park. Some of the bogs in the park are maintained and harvested sporadically by farmers who lease the bogs,  since the purchase of the park by the state in 1964.  Here are pictures of cranberries being harvested at Double Trouble State Park

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Double Trouble State Park is also listed on Weird NJ for an unusual and explainable event that occurred here! ¬†The pictures below captured this “weird” event.

Click HERE to read the full story!

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The water in Double Trouble State Park¬†is “tea” colored, and known as “cedar water” – just like the lake Cello and Hooch¬†live on – and most lakes in the Pine Barren area. ¬†This coloring is caused by the tannic acids found in the¬†Atlantic White Cedar trees¬†(which is what our log home is made of)¬†‚ÄĒ as well as the naturally occurring iron in the water.

Here is a picture of Hooch swimming in our lake this past summer. ¬†You can see the color of¬†the¬†“cedar water” in our lake.

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Double Trouble Village has a restored¬†sawmill and cranberry sorting / packing house, both containing working operational equipment. These¬†two¬†buildings were the focus of the village, which also includes a late 19th century one room¬†schoolhouse, general store, bunk house, cook house, shower house, maintenance shop, pickers‚Äô cottages and the¬†foreman‚Äôs house. Most buildings are not restored, and look to be left “as is” on the inside (peek inside windows of the buildings while you are here!!)¬†and¬†only the sawmill and cranberry packing house are restored, and open to¬†the public, exclusively during guided tours.

Double Trouble Village was purchased by the State of New Jersey in 1964 to help protect the Cedar Creek watershed.   Double Trouble was placed on the State Register of Historic Places in 1977, and on the National Register in 1978.

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Double Trouble School
Operated from approximately 1893-1915, this one-room school is the oldest remaining structure in the village.

If you peek in the windows, you can see the old school desks inside.

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Burke House
This was the home of the Burke family from 1938 until 1957.

Mr. David Burke was foreman of the cranberry processing operations until 1967.

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Cranberry Sorting and Packing House
Built in 1909, This building was filled with workers who hand-scooped cranberries, sorted them according to size and quality,

and then packed the berries to be transported to a market.

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General Store
(circa 1920) The general store provided the early villagers with staples such as oatmeal, flour, and
sugar. From the 1930’s until it closed, convenience items like candy, cigarettes and gloves were sold here also.

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Most buildings also had an outhouse out back:

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Bunk House
(circa 1900) Also called the ‚Äúcommunal house‚ÄĚ, this is where single workers lived during the seasonal
cranberry harvest.

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Sawmill
(circa 1906-1909) The sawmill produced lumber, shingles and other products for sale and for use in the village and cranberry operations.

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Harvest Foreman’s House
(circa 1900) This was the seasonal home of the migrant workers’ foreman.

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There are several different trails you can take in Double Trouble State Park.

Trail Guides are available at the trail heads, so that you have a printed map and description of the trail to carry with you.

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After exploring the village, we chose the Nature Trail.

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This was not the longest of trails, but considering the weather was pretty chilly, we were content with our choice.

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The Nature Trail passes along a couple of cranberry bogs, crosses over Cedar Creek, and passes through a cedar forest, as well as a peat bog.

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Parts of the park are open for hunting, so be sure to check with the park office, and/or NJ’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to educate yourself on any hunting activity before you begin your adventure. ¬†In addition to hiking, visitors can canoe or kayak their way through the park, using several access points on¬†Cedar Creek. ¬† There are also public bathrooms and an Information Center conveniently located in the¬†Pickers‚Äô Cottage¬†(circa 1940), just beyond the parking lot. ¬† Pickers‚Äô cottages in the village housed seasonal workers ‚Äď including family groups. Every year 30-40¬†migrant workers arrived on Labor Day weekend, and lived in the cottages until Thanksgiving. These village employees¬†worked solely¬†in the bogs, hand-picking the cranberries.

As you can see, we all very much enjoyed the abundant history and unique sights of Cello and Hooch’s¬†first hike of 2015.

What will be YOUR first hike of the year? ¬†Cello and Hooch would love to know…go on, now… TAKE A HIKE!

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Wingate by Wyndham, Mechanicsburg, PA

We stayed the night at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Mechanicsburg, PA for Hooch’s first-ever dock diving practice.

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This hotel is conveniently located, and is dog friendly. ¬†Dogs stay with an added nightly fee. ¬†We requested a first floor room located near an exit, since Hooch is still not “100%” at potty training. ¬†We were given a room with a perfect location – right near side-exit door, which had a nice grassy area, doggy waste bags, and a trashcan. ¬†We were also able to park right at this door, which was very convenient.

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The hotel room was clean, smelled nicely, and had extremely friendly staff, who called our room after our arrival to check to make sure we were satisfied.

Hooch enjoyed resting on the couch before his big practice debut.

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Overall, we were pleased with our stay here, and would choose to stay here again if we came to another Keystone DockDogs practice in this area.

Here Comes Santa Claus: Hooch’s first Santa Photos, Moorestown Mall, Moorestown, NJ

We tried very hard to get Santa Photos that would benefit a local shelter. ¬†We have always done this with Cello in the past. ¬†However, this year, we just couldn’t find any that would work with our schedule. ¬†I began to search online – and found that the Moorestown Mall in Moorestown, NJ, allows dogs in the mall for Santa photos on Monday nights!

When we got to the entrance of the mall, there was a red carpet leading all the way to Santa in his chair! Boy was it crowded!

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Cello and Hooch waited in line on the red carpet waiting to see Santa and made friends along the way!

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This Santa was GREAT! He was patient, and extremely good with the all of the dogs! He even stayed past 9pm (closing time) in order for all dogs to be seen!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge, NJ

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After our wonderful experience at The Green Leaf Pet Resort and Hotel, we decided to enjoy a glass of wine at Cream Ridge Winery, which was only 10 minutes down the road.

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Dogs are allowed inside the tasting room!

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Cello and Hooch did well on their “Place” mats, and we enjoyed a tasty glass of Sauvignon Blanc !

The wine was great, and the staff couldn’t have been more friendly to both us – and the dogs.

Each person working stopped what they were doing to come over to say hello to Cello and Hooch!

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Sisters, Berlin, MD

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During our Thanksgiving camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited the town of Berlin, MD. ¬†While leaving The Maryland Wine Bar,¬†and heading back to our car,¬†we stumbled across Sisters. ¬†We did not find Sisters listed on DogFriendly.com or BringFido.com (two of our biggest resources for dog friendly places), but we decided it couldn’t hurt to ask. ¬†Brian went inside while I held Cello and Hooch outside. ¬†He came out giving me the “thumbs-up,” so in we went!

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This was THE coolest place!  It was a gift shop, and a wine bar all in one!  They had comfy couches where we enjoyed a glass of wine.

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We very much enjoyed our time at Sisters!

Costa Ventosa Winery and Vineyard, Whaleyville, MD

During our Thanksgiving camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited Costa Ventosa Winery and Vineyard.

Why? You guessed it – they are dog friendly, and the pups are allowed inside the tasting room!

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We very much enjoyed the wine here!

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Hooch was so well-behaved at his first winery tasting room visit!
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Burley Oak Brewery, Berlin, MD

During our Thanksgiving Day camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD.

Dogs are allowed inside this brewery!

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This was Hooch’s first visit to a Brewery, and he was very well behaved!

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We very much enjoyed our beer and the atmosphere here!  Brian tried the Rude Boy, and I tried the Sorry Chicky!

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The staff was friendly, and the beer was good…and best of all, the brewery is dog friendly! ¬†A must-visit if you are ever in this area!

Flying Fred’s Gifts For Pets, St. Michaels, MD

While visiting the town of St. Michaels for Cello’s Easton Waterfowl Dock Diving event, we visited Flying Fred’s!

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Flying Fred’s is named after the owner’s Jack Russel Terrier, Fred, who began to accompany them to work at Five Gables Inn and Spa. The owners decided to open Flying Fred’s to display their love of animals through this pet boutique so that other animal lovers like themselves could enjoy the unique gifts and accessories.

The boutique is named after their Jack Russel Terrier, Fred, and his amazing jumping ability!

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This was Hooch’s first shopping experience:

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Cello and Hooch were both very excited about the toys and treats being purchased!
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Cello was making sure the toys were handed over to HER:

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We were very excited about the GSP ornament we found here!

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In addition to a variety of pet treats, toys, accessories, gifts, and supplies, Flying Fred’s¬†also hosts various events such as “Yappy Hour” on the 1st Friday of each month, the Jack Russell races, pooch porch parties, and more. Dogs are allowed inside, but must be under their owner’s control, leashed, and cleaned up after all times.

If you are every visiting St. Michaels with your pooch, a stop at Flying Fred’s is a must!

Right outside the store, in the sidewalk cement, we saw this (our initials!):

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Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD

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While visiting the town of Annapolis, we decided to follow a friend’s recommendation and stopped at the Rams Head Tavern for a bite to eat and some cocktails. ¬†Rams Head has a pretty extensive history dating back to 1703.

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This tavern is very dog friendly, and even has a doggie menu!

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La Quinta Inn and Suites, Sommerville, MA

After our awful few nights at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Andover, MA (read about our experience HERE), we decided to check out of that hotel, and check in to the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Somerville, MA.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!

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This was more like it!  The hotel was new, clean, and the staff were SO nice!  We were so glad we switched hotels for our last night in MA!

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We were on the 5th floor, and Cello loved being able to lay on the bed and look out at the street below:

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We would definitely stay here again! 

 

Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub, Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square)

After we had grabbed a bite to eat at Charlie’s Kitchen, we headed over to Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub, located in Cambridge, MA in Kendall Square. ¬†Read more about Tommy Doyle’s HERE.

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Tommy Doyle’s had a nice outdoor seating area, where we enjoyed a glass of wine with Cello and Hooch. ¬†Although we didn’t eat here, they had a pretty good looking menu!

¬†Tommy Doyle’s is definitely a great place to get your Irish on if you are in the Cambridge/Kendall Square area!

 

Charlie’s Kitchen, Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square)

Each day after¬†Cello was finished for the day at her Regional Event, we ventured over to Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square), and got a bite to eat and some cocktails at Charlie’s Kitchen. ¬†We sat in the Beer Garden, and just LOVED it! Read more about Charlie’s Kitchen HERE!

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Before going to any dog-friendly establishment that I have found online, I always call ahead to verify that the place is in fact still dog friendly. When I had called Charlie’s to ask if it was true that dogs were allowed, the woman who answered the phone said “If you come, please don’t come withOUT your dog!!” ¬†We were thrilled, and we were not disappointed with our visit!

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When we entered Charlies, most every employee stopped what they were doing to come over to greet Cello and Hooch as if they were celebrities!  We were welcomed at both the bar and the outdoor seating areas.  A Pabst Blue Ribbon water bowl was immediately brought out for Cello and Hooch.

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Charlie’s had some great choices on their menu – check it out HERE! On our first visit, we could not resist to try the Lobster Roll! ¬†It was awesome! ¬†Brian chose to get french fries as his side choice, and I got fried green beans as mine (DELICIOUS!!) Our wine was served¬†in cute little pilsner glasses.

Brian and Cello checking out the menu:

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On our second visit, we chose to split two of their signature burgers.  We ordered one Double Crab Cheese Burger and one Lobster Burger, and again, were not disappointed!  Both burgers were AWESOME.  Brian tried the sweet potato fries as his side, and I, again, got the fried green beans.

The Lobster Roll and Fried Green Beans:

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Charlie’s Kitchen has a super-cool atmosphere, great food, tasty drinks, and is by far one of THE most dog friendly restaurant/bars we have been to!

…oh – and has my most favorite sign ever:

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Outback Steakhouse, Lowell, MA

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Hooch’s first restaurant experience!!

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We decided to try Outback Steakhouse for dinner while we were in MA.  Brian and I have not been there in years!

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We just HAD to order a Bloomin’ Onion for our appetizer. ¬†In addition to enjoying some wine at the outdoor seating area,¬†Brian ordered a steak – and I enjoyed an Ahi Tuna appetizer. ¬†The staff were very friendly, and welcomed Cello and Hooch with a water bowl, and lots of attention!

LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Andover, MA

We stayed at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Andover, MA for Cello’s North Eastern Regionals Competition (Read more about this event HERE).

(This was Hooch’s first hotel stay!)

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We had stayed at a LaQuinta in Harrisburg, Pa for one of Cello’s dock diving events, and had a wonderful experience. ¬†The hotel was clean, and the staff could not be more friendly. ¬†Read more about it HERE.

This experience was QUITE different. ¬†There were 2 Laquinta’s to choose from for Cello’s Regional Competition. ¬†We chose the Andover location, even though it was 20 minutes away, because with the DockDogs discount, we saved $400 at this location. ¬†The LaQuinta in Andover was a bit older than the one we stayed at in Harrisburg, PA, and had a very “dirty” feel¬†to it. ¬†When we went into our room, it smelled awful. When we told the hotel front desk staff, and instead of changing our room, they gave us the rug deodorizer they use to spray on the rug, and told us to spray the rug ourselves! ¬†(SERIOUSLY!?!) We should have immediately checked out at that point!!¬† Our hotel keys did not work consistently, which made it difficult trying to get back into the room with two dogs, and I heard others complaining about this as well. ¬†We decided to stick it out in this hotel – but were regretful that we didn’t change hotels after the sight of our room!

I was completely creeped-out in this smelly room!  To make matters worse, I had just recently received an email from a friend about a creepy hotel situation just minutes from our home (later found to be false news!)

The following story is from Empire News:

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Body Found Under Motel Bed, Police Say It Has Been There At Least 5 Years

MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey –¬†empire-news-body found under motel bed police say its been there 5 years

Stunning news this morning out of New Jersey, as reports of police discovering the body of a young woman under a motel bed have been confirmed. The owners of the motel asked that their name and location be omitted from news reports to protect their business.

The body, which has yet to be identified, was found by a person staying in the room.

‚ÄúI dropped the television remote,¬†and when I went to check under the bed I found her.¬†It was like something out of a scary movie,‚ÄĚ said Aaron Silver, the man staying in the room.

According to initial reports by the medical examiner on-scene, it appears as though the body lay undisturbed in the room for about 5 years. There was a normal amount of rot and decay on the body to suggest that it had not been moved or touched over the course of that time.

The motel has not made a comment about the issue but have told police that they are constantly cleaning their rooms and have no idea how this could have slipped beneath the cracks.

‚ÄúI clean that room every day. I noticed a smell several times, and told my manager,”¬†said Anita Rodriguez, a housekeeper at the motel. ‚ÄúHe told me to just use extra Febreeze in the room and it would go away eventually. I always hated cleaning that room.‚ÄĚ

Motel representatives say that all their rooms are cleaned daily, but that it is not the policy of the company to make their housekeeper check under the beds.

‚ÄúThey do a heavy clean of the rooms to sanitize for guests, but when it comes to under the beds, they just run the vacuum around the edges. Who really looks under the bed, anyway? No reason to waste anyone‚Äôs time,‚ÄĚ said Charles Dyson, a representative of the motel chain.

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the most bizarre thing I‚Äôve ever seen,‚ÄĚ said police chief Joe Goldsmith. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve seen a lot of strange things in my time on the force, but to think about all the people who‚Äôve stayed in this room, with a dead body beneath them, and they didn‚Äôt know about it? It gives me the heebie-jeebies.‚ÄĚ

Police have seized room and occupant records for the last several years, and are trying to trace the person or persons who may have stayed in the room around the time of death.

‚ÄúFunny thing is, the records also show literally almost 1,000 complaints from people who stayed in the room over the years. Everything from a bad smell to an ‚Äėeerie feeling.‚Äô Several people even asked to switch rooms in the middle of the night,‚ÄĚ said Goldsmith. ‚ÄúThe motel really should have checked out that room a little more closely.‚ÄĚ

(see the original link HERE)…again ¬†– found to be false.

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Even though the above story was false news, the bad smell we were experiencing creeped me out.

…So… I still insisted that Brian look under the bed! ūüôā

(Cello “helped,” of course!) ūüėČ

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PHEW! No dead body¬†here! ¬†In fact, the bottom of the bed was solid, so there was no “under-the-bed!” (I was still creeped-out by the way!)

 

After all of the above, to top it all off, we had¬†REALLY noisy neighbors (not from DockDogs). SO…we¬†finally had it with this hotel, and actually checked out of this La Quinta a day early. ¬†We¬†booked a room at¬†the Somerville location¬†for our last night¬†in Massachusetts after other DockDogs members had given us great feedback on the hotel. (BEST move ever!!) We would NOT stay at the Andover La Quinta again!!

Hooch and Cello didn’t seem to mind too much:

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Detour Vineyard and Winery

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Hooch now has his first winery visit under his belt! ¬†Cello’s dock diving practice was held at Detour Vineyard and Winery in Keymar, MD. ¬†Cello had already been to this winery when she participated in the PuppyPalooza dock diving event earlier this season.

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Detour Winery has some really unique-tasting wines!  They also stock many local stores with their wines.

 

Chill Out … The Dogs Days of Summer Are Here!

¬†The Dog Days of Summer are here… How will you cool off your pooch?

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The Dog Days of Summer are upon us! ¬†With the onset of the heat and humidity,¬†I’ve been asked recently by several different people where they could take their dog swimming to cool them off on hot summer days. ¬†This question got me thinking 3¬†things right off the bat:

(1) I need to appreciate where we live a bit more:

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Cello is very lucky to have direct access to our lake to take her daily swims:

…and to play in the water alone or with friends…

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…and to do what she loves most¬†–¬†dock diving!

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(2) Just where in New Jersey CAN you take your dog to cool off if you do not have access to a pool, or other safe, clean body of water that is also in a dog friendly area?? Luckily, our good friend, and fellow GSP Rescue of NJ buddy, Ally, had done some of the work for me in a post she included on the GSP Rescue of NJ FaceBook page (Thanks, Ally!!)

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(3) What can you do to keep your dog cool on a daily basis during the heat of the summer?

 

Before I¬†include some suggestions for some dog-friendly swimming holes in New Jersey, and how to keep your pup cool in the heat, ¬†I wanted to share just why¬†people say “Dog Days of Summer.” ¬†Being a dog-lover, I began to wonder why people¬†chose this particular phrase. ¬† If you thought it was just a made-up saying like I did, think again! ¬†Thanks to The Weather Channel, and a little research, I found out what this term REALLY means, and where it originated. ¬†This term dates back to ancient times! ¬†“dińďs caniculńĀrńďs,” or “days of the dogs” / “days of the dogs,” was what ancient people¬†referred to as¬†the period from the first week of July, to the second week of August.

Now that explains where the phrase originated, and when it started…but one still might ask, “Why dogs?” …Ever hear of the constellation, Orion?

orionOrion is often referred to as “The Hunter,” and is a noticeable constellation observable¬†throughout the world. Close to Orion¬†is the constellation Canis Major, which is Latin for “greater dog.” ¬†According to constellation fables, Canis Major is one of Orion‚Äôs hunting dogs.

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Located within¬†Canis Major is a star named Sirius, also known as the¬†“Dog Star.” With the exception of our sun, Sirius is THE¬†brightest star detectable¬†from Earth. The vivid,¬†blue-white star‚Äôs name originates¬†from the Greek word for ‚Äúsearing.‚ÄĚ

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Because Sirius is so intense, it was effortless¬†to trace, ¬†even for primitive¬†astronomers. During April and early May, Sirius is¬†evident in the southwest skies only after sunset. However,¬†by the time mid-summer arrives, Sirius rises and falls with the sun. ¬†This would cause Sirius to “get lost” in the daytime skies.¬†Nevertheless,¬†the our ancestors¬†knew that the “Dog Star” was still present in the sky, along with the sun, during the hottest time of the year. These primitive astronomers¬†reasoned that since Sirius was so bright, and present in the sky¬†with the sun, it must be contributing¬†to the heat to produce the hottest time of the year.

Now what the ancient astronomers did not know, is that although Sirius is very¬†vibrant, (according to Dr. Jon Nese, Penn State University professor, and former storm analyst for The Weather Channel, “Sirius is very luminous; if it suddenly replaced our sun, daylight on Earth would be about 25 times brighter than it is now)”… it’s energy (heat) does not affect Earth as much as the sun. Also, in spite of it’s brilliance, Sirius¬†is also about half a million times farther away from Earth than our sun. As it turns out, our ancestors were not exact in their reasoning, but sure provided us with a cool saying for the hottest time of the year…and hey, it has to do with dogs – what’s cooler than that ?! ūüėČ

OK, enough of the astronomy lesson, and onto WHERE you can bring your pup during the Dog Days of Summer. New Jersey is well-known for its beaches, so thanks to rescue pal, Ally, and the sweet, gorgeous Eve (a senior rescue!) here is a list of dog-friendly beaches in New Jersey in case you are vacationing at the Jersey Shore, or live close enough to drive to one of the beaches.

Eve enjoying a day at one of the dog-friendly beaches in New Jersey:

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If you are not fond of the beach, here are two dog parks that I know of that also have a creek or lake for the dogs to swim in:

Timber Creek Dog Park, located at Chews Landing Rd and Somerdale Rd in Blackwood, NJ:

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and Freedom Park, located at 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ:

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Can’t get to a beach or other dog-friendly swimming area? ¬†Cello has some¬†hot summer tips to keep cool during the Dog Days of Summer:

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  • Find innovative ways to cool your dog!
  1. Try a Cool Pet Pad (Available at The Green Pet Shop) – now being product-tested by the GSP Rescue of NJ!
  2. Try a cooling dog vest, or collar.
  3. ¬†Let your pup have fun with a sprinkler, or mist them softly with a hose! (Dogs cool from from the bottom up, so be sure to mist¬†Fido’s paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog. ¬†Also, a cool,¬†wet towel on the ground for Fido to lay on does a great¬†job too!)

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5.  Buy a baby pool!  Cello loves hers!

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  • Exercise your dog in the early morning, or late at night. ¬†These are¬†the¬†cooler parts of the day, and¬†will make a walk or jog¬†more comfortable¬†for¬†both you and your dog. If you just can’t walk your dog during the early or late hours, pick up a pair of doggie boots. Just as they prevent damage to the dog’s paws in winter, these boots also protect Fido’s paws during the summer on hot surfaces like concrete or asphalt. ¬†Dogs absorb and release heat through their paws, so do Fido a favor and pick up some boots at¬†your local pet supply store, or on-line.
  • Supply¬†plenty of fresh water for your dog. Different dogs have different needs when it comes to keeping hydrated and beating¬†the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats, and¬†overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration.

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  • Provide a shady area. Dogs rely on panting and resting in a shady place to keep cool in the heat.
  • Look for signs of dehydration: ¬†Dogs don’t “sweat” like us humans. They cool off by panting. ¬†An¬†overheated dog will pant excessively, have a dark pink-to-red tongue, have a dry/tacky mouth, lift feet to avoid hot surfaces, will slow down on a walk, vomit,¬†become lethargic, and its eyes will be bloodshot.
  • Let your dog dig! (I know, I know) – this is a behavior we normally try to s avoid, and if my¬†husband, Brian, reads this post he will be screaming inside his head, I’m sure! ¬† Dogs dig for many reasons – a big one being frustration – but one reason¬†is to keep cool. ¬†IF possible, (and IF your dog is not digging to escape, or out of frustration) maybe allow Fido to have a “special digging” spot in a shady area. ¬†Cello has been known to dig large holes in our yard and lay in the them to keep cool (sorry, Bri!) ūüôā
  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave a dog in a vehicle on even a warm day.The sun can heat a car to more than 110 degrees on a 75 degree day in no time…Even with the windows rolled down…so imagine the heat index¬†inside a car on a really HOT¬†day. The interior heat could rise over 40 degrees in an hour, and reach over 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Dogs can sustain brain damage, or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes in that kind of heat. ¬†Think parking in a shady spot will help keep the temperature in your car down? – think again! ¬†Dogs can get heat stroke even when the car is parked in the shade. ¬†Forget the AC too… leaving the air conditioner on is no guarantee- not only could the air conditioner break, but you also run the risk of noxious fumes building up inside your car. Your dog’s¬†life is never worth leaving them in the car for even a few minutes. When in doubt, leave Fido¬†home!

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If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, write¬†down the car‚Äôs color, model, make, and license plate number. If the car is parked outside of a store, have the owner paged in the nearest buildings. ¬†If you cannot locate the owner immediately,¬†call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog, and don’t¬†leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. ¬†If the authorities are unresponsive, or too slow, and the dog‚Äôs life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive. ¬†Each state’s animal protection laws are different – get to know your sate’s laws HERE.

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Most of all – don’t let these¬†Dog Days of Summer get you or your pooch down…take advantage of the heat and¬†spend some time cooling off with Fido, and doing some fun, bonding activities (like swimming) with your pup! ¬†Have fun, and keep cool!

Know any dog-friendly swimming areas in your state Рor have some tips on how to keep dogs cool during the Dog Days of Summer?  Please comment and share! 

 

Codorus State Park and Campground, Hanover, PA

For Cello’s Codorus Blast Dock Diving Event, we camped at Codorus State Park in Hanover, PA. ¬†Located in York County, this park boasts a gorgeous 1,275 acre lake, where many come to fish and picnic. ¬†Codorus State Park also offers many other recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, scuba diving, boating, hunting, and disc golf.

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This park was big, clean, gorgeous, and the staff was more than friendly.  The sites were level and spacious, and included a fire ring.  The facilities were very clean, and within walking distance to our site.

Prince William Forrest RV Campground, Dumfries, VA

While participating in the Celebrate Fairfax dock diving event, Cello camped at Prince William Forrest RV Campground.

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This campground has paved sites, restrooms, shower houses, laundry facilities, a playground, and a pool. There is even a Giant chess/checkers game in the campground!

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The bathrooms were extremely clean, and the staff was more than friendly.  If you stay at this campground, be sure to ask about fire rings Рsome sites have them, and others do not.

 

 

Capitol City Brewing Company, Arlington, VA

In honor of both Cello and Millie earning a new personal best, Team Millie invited us out to celebrate at Capital City Brewing Company in Arlington, Virginia.

Capital City Brewing company first opened in 1992 in our nation’s capitol as Washington DC’s first brew pup since prohibition. ¬† We visited the Arlington location, located at the Village of Shirlington, on Campbell Avenue in Arlington, VA.

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We enjoyed some of Capital City’s signature beer¬†and some delicious food from their menu, as we toasted to Millie and Cello!

 

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The Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ

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The Rusty Nail (“The Nail”, as it’s known by the locals) is a¬†well-known legendary¬†surfer bar that dates back to the 70’s. ¬†They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Nail, and of course, host an incredible happy hour with live music. ¬†Kids meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, creating something for the little ones to do after they finish their meal and are waiting for the adults. ¬†There is indoor seating, outdoor picnic table seating, a fire pit, sand pit, and shuffleboard – this place has it all! Even the four-legged kids are welcome here!…and not only are dogs welcome, they have their very own Doggie¬†Menu!

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From the Doggie Menu, Cello enjoyed a Bowser Beer for starters,  and a Nail Burger for dinner!

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From the regular menu, Brian and I ordered the Baja Grilled Fish Tacos and the Jersey Style Lobster Hoagie to share. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

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Jessie Creek Winery was such a pleasant surprise! A couple who we ran into at a winery earlier in the day had told us that they did not like the wine here, nor was the staff friendly. Luckily, we decided to form our own opinion, and stop at this winery for a tasting. At Jessie Creek, the vineyard is harvested and processed on site by hand.

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Not only was the girl presenting the tasting extremely nice, but the owner (seen far right in the above picture) was super friendly, and very interesting to speak with.  He gave us lots of information on all of the wines we were tasting, and was a joy to converse with.  The wine tasting was only $5, and included a taste of all of their wines, and a souvenir Jessie Creek wine glass to take home!

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After our tasting, we enjoyed a glass of our favorite wine from the tasting on their porch with friends, Brandi and Stan.

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The property also has a beautiful farm house built in 1846 that has been converted into a bed and breakfast.

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I am so glad we all decided to stop at this vineyard despite what we were told!

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Again, a recommended winery to stop at while in the Cape May area!

 

Natali Vineyards, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Cello visited Natali Vineyards during our stay in Cape May.

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The winery was setting up for a festival when we were arriving.

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Even through they were getting ready for a big event later that day, everyone at the winery was helpful, friendly, and laid-back! The people here are super-friendly (very dog-friendly too!), and very knowledgeable about their wines and what foods to pair them with.  Natali offers a variety of wines Рsome really unique, such as strawberry, plum, cherry, peach, blueberry, cranberry, and banana wine!

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We learned a lot about their wines as we participated in their wine tasting, before enjoying a glass of wine on their outdoor patio with friends, Brandi and Stan.

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We would definitely recommend a visit to this winery if you are ever in the Cape May area!

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CHEERS!

PJ Whelihan’s, Medford Lakes, NJ

After a hard-days-work of being a donation dog at Working Dog Winery, Cello made a stop for some dinner…we were all hungry!! ¬†PJ Whelihan’s¬†was the perfect place to grab a bite to eat!

PJ Whelihan’s is located in Medford Lakes, NJ, a 1.2 square mile town with 22 lakes, and over 150 log cabins!

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PJ’s has outdoor seating that is dog friendly. ¬†Cello was so well behaved, and enjoyed lots of attention from everyone!

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 Cello was very interested in my sangria!

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Rita visited PJ Whelihans in May of 2016!

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Check out PJ Whelihan’s events¬†if ¬†you are ever in the area… it’s a fun place to relax and enjoy some food and drinks!

 

Bellview Winery, Landisville, NJ

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We had the pleasure of discovering Bellview Winery in Landisville, NJ this weekend.

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Bellview Winery is located on a 100 yr old 150 acre Farm in Southern NJ.  This winery not only had delicious wines (wine tasting is only $5 for 8 selections of your choice), but they were extremely dog friendly.  Cello was allowed inside in the tasting room, and anywhere on the grounds.

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For the wine tasting, we chose the following wines: ¬†Chardonnay, Jersey Devil White, Pinot Grigio, Traminette, ¬†Nana’s White, Fiesta, Black Currant, and Cristallina.
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After completing our wine tasting, we enjoyed a glass of wine on the grounds of the winery.

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