Dog-Friendly Lodging in Vancouver – The Pinnacle Hotel

If you’re seeking a pet-friendly place to stay in Vancouver, British Columbia, situated on a paved trail that leads to all the outdoorsy joys of Stanley Park, look no further than the Pinnacle Hotel on Hastings Street. We stayed here in late November and paid $150 per night for two queen-sized beds and an inspiring view of the water and mountains.

This view is even prettier at night, however I lack nocturnal photography skills.

Considering that Vancouver is the most expensive city in North America, the Pinnacle seemed like a steal. We paid a one-time fee of $30 for Felix-the-staffie-mix to join us in the room, and $25 per day to park in the garage. With one Canadian dollar currently equaling .73 USD, this was a bargain. During the reliably-good-weather months of summer, the Pinnacle’s rates go up dramatically, although we had sunny conditions all four days of our November stay, so you might want to risk a winter trip to get the great rate. Continue reading “Dog-Friendly Lodging in Vancouver – The Pinnacle Hotel”

Five Faces to Meet at Town Lake Animal Center

Austin Animal Center houses 60 pups at their Town Lake Animal Center overflow shelter. Co-located with Austin Pets Alive! downtown near the hike and bike trail (1156 Cesar Chavez), all the AAC TLAC dogs are spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and ready to take home immediately!

Here a few of the precious faces that  would love for you to take them out to one of the center’s four spacious play yards for a visit. Don’t forget that we offer 10% discounts to anyone who adopts from Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive!, and Austin Humane Society.

All photos below were shot by longtime AAC Volunteer/Homeless Dog Hero, Devon Steiner.
Bjorn (because a Scandanavian name is suitable for a Texan dog)

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Using a Cat-Detection Dog to Find a Lost Feline

After plastering flyers around the neighborhood, posting on all the state’s lost pet forums and Craigslist, setting out a humane cat trap, updating my contact information with Home Again microchip, and going on daily walks with my dog through the area, I decided to hire a cat detection canine to look for Lomé.

Cat Detection Dog

Because 10 days had passed since Lomé was lost, his scent wasn’t strong enough for a sniffing dog to track. Instead, we used a dog trained to point at any cat or cat-related scents in the area. For $250 and three hours of service, Mu-the-Cat-Detection-Dog combed the vast ravine into which Lomé bolted two weeks ago. There are no trails through this ravine, which made slogging through it unpleasant. Western Washington is a beautiful place to hike on groomed trails, but its dense underbrush consists of thorny blackberry bushes, rotting tree limbs, ferns galore, dense ivy and ankle-turning holes made by mountain beavers. I love hiking and camping, but wading through this mossy jungle for hours was not a blast.

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White Cat Lost in Bellevue, Washington – $300 Reward for His Return

I adopted Lomé-the-Cat in August 2005. Exactly ten years later, August 2015, he disappeared.

Lomé was my first friend in Austin. I adopted him a few weeks after moving to the city for grad school at UT. It was my first time renting a place alone, and I was excited about adopting my own cat from the shelter. Animal Control picked up Lomé as a stray without a microchip, but the fact that he was front declawed and gregarious indicated he had previously lived indoors.

Feline Longhorns fan.

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Adopt This Rad Running Buddy from Austin Animal Center

** Oreo was adopted at long last!!**

This oreo-colored cutie is Roscoe, who was recently featured in the Huffington Post for his extremely-long stay at Austin Animal Center (AAC). Despite being stunning, sweet, healthy and happy, Roscoe has been a shelter inmate for more than 500 days! He’s managed to maintain his mental health despite limited potty breaks, playtime or walks during the excessive amount of life he’s spent in a concrete kennel.

Get fit with a friend!

Today is National Running Day, and we would like to recommend Roscoe as your running buddy. Shelter dogs have helped us get and stay in shape, and they can do the same for you! There is nothing more motivating than a Canine Fitness Coach smiling enthusiastically while you exercise together. Roscoe hopes you’ll visit him at AAC’s Town Lake Animal Center location (1156 Cesar Chavez), fall in love and become running buddies!

Tips for Air Travel with Pets

**This guest post is by Allison Luxenberg, also known as The Austin Optimist, whose much-loved Rottweilers we’ve watched for years. We also want to mention that Delta now offers a GPS tracking device for pets on flights so human travelers can be aware of the location, temperature and condition of their pets during the journey. Read more here.**

Five years ago I flew my Rottweiler from Los Angeles to Florida for a dog show. I was so terrified; there was no amount of Bloody Mary at LAX to numb my fears.  At the special animal check-in they had to scan my dog to make sure he was not smuggling in any drugs; treats were alright though. Then they sent him on his merry way, in his crate, down a conveyor belt into the cargo holding area. I lost it. I cried so much the attendant felt so bad she actually let me back in the area to see where he would stay until he boarded and let me meet the people who were handling him so I could tell them he was a nice boy and ask them to handle with care.

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Honoring the Lovely Life of Oscar-the-Dog

A year ago today, one of our most memorable pet-sitting pups passed away. We first met Oscar when he was a homeless resident of Austin Animal Center in 2009. His serene presence was impressive considering how stressed and energetic the shelter tends to turn dogs. Oscar was extremely fortunate to be adopted by Sarah Herman, who helped him become a rockstar therapy dog with Divine Canines. Oscar’s peaceful presence and fluffy face blessed the lives of the elderly, abandoned kids and others in need of the healing power of a gentle dog. He had a unique way of making people feel special because of his big, enthusiastic smile and the way he bonded with his human companions. Oscar’s hips weren’t as hardy as his heart, and complications with a surgery resulted in Oscar exiting the world too soon. He left behind a huge hole in the hearts of his human friends, but also left a legacy of kindness and a reminder that animal shelters are full of jewels just waiting for a committed adopter to let them shine.