I have a newfound love for IHG Hotels. The dog-friendliness and superior customer service of the hotel chain have shamelessly turned me into one of those “I will only stay at these hotels” people. Throw in a full kitchenette and you have completely won me over. My last stay at an IHG hotel was when Wynston and I visited El Paso, TX in early September. I fell in love with Candlewood Suites and everything they had to offer. It was after that trip that I decided I wanted to continue exploring the country by way of IHG, which brought Wynston and I to Irving, TX to check out Staybridge Suites.
Fall in Arizona means it’s pet event season! Unlike a majority of the country, October kicks off weekly pet events around the Grand Canyon State because the weather is finally cooling down. Barktoberfest, which benefits Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert, is the perfect way to begin the next few months of pet event fun. The 18th annual Barktoberfest was once again a success, and this year I was able to share the joy with my mom and her dog Cooper! Although it was a bit toasty, Wynston and I had a blast.
I’m aware that there are tons of articles floating around in cyberspace about tips for traveling with pets. I even wrote a blog post about vacationing with dogs, but what about adding an injury to the mix? Sometimes you may have to travel with an injured animal (perhaps you’re moving) or maybe you want to take a fun trip! As long as it’s safe and healthy for your canine companion to travel (be sure to get the all-clear from your vet), here are some tips for traveling with an injured dog.
Although Khloee has been in our lives since she was just three months old, separation anxiety has always been an issue for her. I partially blame myself because I’ve worked from home since I rescued her, so I never really had a reason to be away from Khloee for long periods of time. I can look back on “should haves” all I want, but the fact of the matter is my pretty Poodle struggles being away from me. I’ve tried all of the basic training and well-known tricks for aiding in cases of separation anxiety, and sadly nothing has worked for Khloee.
Hemp oil is becoming a widespread and credible resource for many different physical and mental ailments, so I was extremely excited to try Zen Pets with Khloee. Turns out, Wynston broke his foot so I’ve been able to test it out with our many vet visits. I’m not a huge fan of drugging up my pets (unless it’s absolutely necessary, of course) so a natural alternative was an attractive concept. Zen Pets is a quality hemp oil specifically made for our pets’ well-being to promote health and wellness.
On this warm fall day, I pulled into the parking lot of Oasis Animal Hospital. Our weekly vet appointment for Wynston’s new cast was already upon us. I snuggled my boy into his chariot, and wheeled him into the clinic, the usual dog mom pep in my step. I checked Wynston in and spoke with our vet tech, Sonya, before releasing him to the back. As I sat on the bench, empty stroller in front of me, I began focusing on my breathing instead of the sounds of barking dogs and screaming children. Then, I did like any normal human being would do – I got on Facebook! I opened the dreaded, yet glorious social media platform only to come face to face with an article about relationships with dogs. And it hit me. I closed my eyes and imagined Wynston behind closed doors getting his new fancy cast put on. Then I imagined my life without him – my miserable, empty life full of sadness that I was living before Wynston dropped into my life. His presence has opened my eyes, mind and heart to the concept of unconditional life. On this #RememberMeThursday, I #RememberTheRescue Wynston. My son, my world, my everything. I want to honor him now and enjoy every single second I have this the creature who’s saved my life.