Monday, April 7, 2014

TAKE 5--Travelin' Jack's TOP TIPS for a Pet Friendly Hotel


Travelin' Jack here.....you're FAV Pet Travel Expert.  Today, I want you to take 5........

What does that mean dogxactly you ask?  Well let's start here.  We ALL know that I LUV to travel.  AND equally as much, I LUV to stay in nice hotels.  So let's take 5 minutes (or so) and review some Top (5) Tips for Pet-Friendly Hotels.

FIRST OF ALL....RESEARCH!  Sit down at that computer and take 5 minutes (or so) to research PET FRIENDLY HOTELS.  There are many things you need to remember to look for when doing this research. Here's Travelin' Jack's PRIMER on pet friendly lodging research.

1) What is the Pet Rate?
2)  Are there a limited number of rooms availlable for traveling pets?
3) Are there restrictions on the pet?  (size, # of pets, breeds etc)
4) What is there outside setting like for pets?  (concrete parking lot or plenty of area to roam)
5) Are there special amenities for the visiting Pet?  (very dog-portant in my opinion)

In my wanderings around the state...one of my FAVORITE pet-friendly places to go is the LODGE AT SIERRA BLANCA in Ruidoso.  They hit a Homerun in all these areas. 
So for starters......TAKE 5 Minutes www.thelodgeatsierrablanca.com  and check out their website.

THEN.........TAKE 5 MINUTES and watch my TV segment about pet-friendly the Lodge at Sierra Blanca.  You'll LUV my expert advice...and my top tips....and of course (goes without barking).... my good looks....ENJOY. 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU7rPB-iAgs&list=UUjtW8NX3eNlp88_vpv9kngw
But BACK to the subject at paw---
(HA-get it?  One of my fabulously funny bulldog jokes.  BACK....I'm lookin' BACK at the Lodge! TEE-HEE)

But BACK to The Lodge At Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso.....and why I-Travelin' Jack give it my prestigious 5 PAWS RATING. 
I LUV their cozy comfy interior lobby.  Pretty darn snazzy if yas ask me!
 But...hey now...here's what I'm barkin' about!  A special treat for ME!  From GM Steve himself.  We all know that I AM dog-portant, however, it must be noted here....ALL registered visiting dogs to the Lodge at Sierra Blanca get a special welcome treat!  (ANOTHER TIP)  Always register your pet when you make your reservation...that way they KNOW to get a welcome treat ready upon your arrival).  Now that is what I-the Pet Travel Expert- like to brag about around the dog park.  And they EARN those bragging points!      OK, we've checked out the snazzy interior....time to mozy on up to our suite in the Lodge at Sierra Blanca.  Think I'll get a bit of assist here.  JILL----SERVICE puleeze!  Will you drive me to my bed?
AH....now THIS is what I call a sweeeeet bedroom suite! ALL the things a travelin' dog looks for (well maybe people too!).  Large room to stretch out in....a comfortable bed, sitting area, TV.....and that's JUST the bedroom!  The suites here come with a kitchen and an over-sized ensuite bath with BIG bathtub to soak away the day's drive!  Now THAT is what I call a top-dog hotel room. BUT.....there's something else! 
 A room with a view!  I LUV my own personal balcony to watch the action on the lawn.  The Lodge at Sierra Blanca has both  ground room floors and an elevator to the upper rooms....for those finnicky dogs!  I'm OK either way, because I love to ride an elevator! 

But hey...time's awastin'  What's that I spy from my balcony view?  Time for some outdoor research...which brings me to my next Travelin' Jack TIP

THE EXTERIOR of the property.  It's very important.  I don't know a single pup who wants to have to walk around a cement parking lot.....NO sirreee.....  
 we dogs like our hotels to be pet-friendly OUTSIDE too!  Grass, nice seating areas.....maybe even a cozy fire from which to watch the sunset.....like here at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca!  Yup-Pup!  This is NICE!
Speaking of NICE...check this out!  The Lodge at Sierra Blanca is surrounded by The Links Golf Course...with walking trails surrounding both the lodge and the course.  Hmmmmm....maybe I'll take a few drives here....but NO....WHAT is that over ther that I spy?

It's a DOG PARK!  Right behind the Lodge at Sierra Blanca!  Now THAT is what I call an absolutely dog-fabulous deal....for all us visiting and local dogs. 

Think I'll take an off-leash romp here thank you very much! After playtime in the dog park, think I'll head back to the Lodge for a little nap....but WAIT A DOGGONE MINUTE!  . 

 I'm stoppin RIGHT here!  Whoo-Hoo....I hit the Dog-JACKpot!  Don't you agree?  That was pretty doggone nice of the resort to set this up for me and my 4-footed canine buddies!  THANKS Lodge at Sierra Blanca!  LUV this amenity!  Tee-Hee!  Think I'll take hit the bed and dream the night away in these comfy quarters....BUT.......



I'll be dreaming about my complimentary Breakfast tomorrow morning!  

 YUM.....I'd like an omelette with LOTS of MEAT....smothered in New Mexico Green Chile of Course!  Now THAT is what I call a delicious way to end a stay at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca!

So there you have it...right from the pup's mouth!  A Pet Primer with Top Tips for choosing your pet-friendly hotel.  And let me whisper one more thing to you!  Sometimes, you don't even need to have a reason to travel.....just choose to get outta town to a posh resort---like the Lodge at Sierra Blanca.  It will be the bee's knee's....or something like that! 

Take advantage of that Spring Break Special they are offering!  You will be luxuriating in Springtime fun and comfort at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca. And ALL these are reasons why they are MY dog-personal pick for a great pet-friendly hotel property! 

DOGGY HUGS AND SLURPY KISSES!
























Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring is Sprung! Yippee!

 Yippity Doo Dog!  I LUV Sringtime!  Flowers flowers everywhere!  Warm temps and blue skies.....what's a dog not to love eh? (and people too I'm guessing....being the sage dog that I am!)

 So LOTS of things come to mind.......Like getting all spruced up for somewhere important to go.  After all....my favorite sayin' is "Let's Hit The Road JACK!" 
                                         
BUT before you get in that car....here are a few tips from this savvy dog pet travel reporter!

Seems like a no-brainer to me...but .......here are a few reminders

#1 Get spruced up!    Head to your favorite pet groomer...and let them do all the dirty work!  A pup-ssage, a nice conditioning wash and dry,  toenails trimmed, ears cleaned....dogcetera....It is ALL good! And healthy too!  Good for the pup.
 Nothin' like a little pup-pamperin' I always bark!

#2  Visit your Vet for your annual Pet Check-up.  And be sure to ask for a certificate of your current vaccinations.  They can print them off easy as pie...and you have all your credentials in place....ready for roadtime adventures.  (IF you are smart....like me, Travelin' Jack....you'll hold out for a special goody bag of treats from your vet.  Works for me anyway!...give it a try Fido and Fifi!....just pout a little after that examination...) 



  #3  PACK that important stuff!
Make sure you pup-pare for those possible bugs and critters along the way.  So in addition to that annual check-up, I dog-personally recommend  VetGuard for Dogs.  It keeps those pesky fleas, ticks and mosquitos off your dog, so he can enjoy the Great Outdoors in comfort and peace.  It's made by VetIQ....check it out here http://www.vetiq.com/products/
    
  
#4 PUPARE.  I ALWAYS pack my travel backpack with good stuff like this....along with my cool travel duds.......favorite treats......like my VERY dog-fav MINTIES!  These are DOUBLE DOG YUM!  And do you know WHY they are double dog yum?  Because for one very important thing....they TASTE GOOD! And for another very important thing....they are Triple Action Packed.  They help Clean my teeth, Freshen my breath...and remove plaque and Tartar....now THAT is a triple dog deal!

Yup-Pup....it is True.  I like my VET IQ products...I take them with me where-ever I go!  So if YOU wanna be a smart pup like me.......  

Pack Your bags....get ready........Get pup-ared.......and


HIT THE ROAD in style! 
BEEP BEEP....get outta my way....HERE I COME!   



 DOGGY HUGS AND SLURPY KISSES!











Monday, March 17, 2014

The Many Faces of Erin Go BARK!

Time to wear the GREEN!  I say there.....ERIN GO BARK!  We're ALL Irish today! I say...we should all dress in style for the day!  Here's To St. Patty!  I'm proud to wear green!
Why here's that sweet Irish Lass Jacquette!  Ain't she a doll?

 And sweet Jack.   Can I puleeze have an Irish Cookie?


  Or MAYBE a beer?  GLUG GLUG!
 Pawhaps a little Irish jig and some tunes from that ol' Bagpiper!
 But however you celebrate it!  Have a GREEN one! 
And DON'T celebrate TOO much or you might end up lookin' like this!  ERIN GO BARK!


DOGGY HUGS AND SLURPY KISSES!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slip....sliding away at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. What's Travelin' Jack doing now?

It's ALMOST that time again!
"What time,  you ask?" 
It's ALMOST St. Patty's Day
and in MY book....Travelin' Jack, Roving Bulldog Reporter (of course!) that means the return of one of my DOGGONed-EST favorite events! 
And places.

 It's time for the Annual Cardboard Derby Race at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort! www.sipapunm.com
and time for some major league slip-slidin'-away down the mountain!
Now you might recall that back in 2012 I PAWticipated in the Derby Run.  Yup-Pup you read that right!
I-Travelin' Jack was the 1st Dog Ever to take a run in the Derby fun!
Here's a snapshot from the past...when Jill and I were ready to take to the hill. 


There were LOTS of folks there...both Derby participants and lookers-on!
 
And before I knew it....we were at the top of the run...ready to ride! AW-OH!  WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MY DOGGONE DOG-SELF IN THIS TIME!


H-e-e-e-l-l-l-P!  We're really doing this?  OMD.....Please  let us make it down alive! 

And before I could blink another dog-blink....or bark another doggy prayer.....
WE MADE IT!  Hey...that wasn't so bad.....why I'm thinkin' it was mighty fun!  
But here's my dog-words of advice.  
Leave the Sledding to the 2-footed People.....
Dogs should be smart and just sit on the sideline watching the action.
OR 
If you are Travelin' Jack.....you get invited back to be a
DOG-FICIAL JUDGE! 
So LAST year-2013, Jill and I returned for our dogly-and peoply duties as judges. 
I take my Job VERY seriously.  Nothin' but the Best from this Dawg!

 So Jill and I took our posts on the sideline....Dogs-Eye view of the sledders
NOTE......make sure you note who is in the Judge's Chair....and who is standing.....tee-hee! (I played the ol' line of "This snow is cold on my feet"   (works every time!)
 
But I dogress....back to the subject at paw.
And the contestants started rolling....or sliding....or turning...or ALL those things as they came down the hill!
First one out the shoot!
Why...I'll be doggone if that isn't Angry Bird!  Now THAT is one cool sled...or as we Derby Experts say....VESSEL!
Next one down the slope....now I LIKE this one...POT O' GOLD!  Since the race is always right around St. Patty's Day...yer sure to see some green!  (HINT....notice I-Too am decked out in my green to celebrate the Irish day
PupScript....my name changes to Jack O'Lane that day! 
But here comes another one!  The Big Rig!  Now That There Cardboard vessel gets MY VOTE for the best vessel of the day! Would'ja take a look at that? DogMazing! It's all cardboard, paint and tape! Good Job!  Now Hit The Road Big Rig...or snow in this case!
Here comes another vessel.....any body expecting a UPS delivery?  It's here!  HA!
And look at this cute little doll house sliding down the snow! PRETTY!

And they continued to come down that hill...all shapes, sizes, colors, designs. 
HOW- o-HOW is a dog-Judge sposed to PICK?  They are ALL winners in my dog-book! 
 BUT...WHOA there! What is THIS monster doing on the slopes? Are we getting attacked by God-zilla?
Oh...no...WHEW...that's just another gigantic Cardboard Vessel!  Now THAT gets a special prize in my book for "MOST REALISTIC AND SCARY CARDBOARD DERBY VESSEL!   
And before you know it....
The 2013 Race is finished!  With LOTS of winners! And a WHOLE LOT O DOGGONE FUN was had by all! Including this Dog-Judge! 
 
 But the fun isn't over yet! No-sirree-doggee!  I get to make some new friends too.  Check out these two guys on skis I met up with at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.  They understand that it's time to celebrate St. Patty's Day...and what better place than on the ski slopes at Sipapu!
Why...I even ran into one of those crazy noise-maker dudes called BAGPIPER.  Wearing that funny skirt! You wouldn't catch THIS dog in a skirt....well maybe.  He seems to be okay, so who knows. I-Travelin ' Jack might appear somewhere someday in one of those cute outfits!  HA!  

 But HEY....all work and no play for this dog?  I DON'T think so!  Why...I think I'll join this party on the deck...and maybe chow down on a char-grilled Burger....or two...or three!  Did you save one for me?  Come on...hand it over pretty-dog-please!  THANK YOU!  

 So that's a look at the past 2 Cardboard Derby Races from this dog's point of view.  But that's not all she wrote...as the sayin' goes.  I'm getting ready to hit the road to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort again here in 2014!  And it is coming up soon.....like MARCH 15th!  So...to make sure everyone knows about it....I stopped by my FAVORITE television station KASA TV..and aired another doggone grrrrreat TV segment with my buddy Chad...host of 2 KASA Style TV. Along with Face of Fox Brittany!  And HERE's what we had to say about the upcoming fun. CLICK the link to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-2D_QhVmEo

 
 And there you have it!  ALL the details for YOUR next Getaway!  To Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort! 
And a BIG slurpy kiss to you too Chad for sharing your TV show with me...the one...the only..the dognanimous        TRAVELIN' JACK.

Meet you up at Sipapu...March 15th!  Now get your carboard derby made...doggone it!

 DOGGY HUGS AND SLURPY KISSES!