Take a ‘Staycation’ With Your Dog

Three ways to rediscover your city with a dog by your side.

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Being frugal is in; expensive vacations are out. So how can you get away without breaking the bank? Try these three creative ways to explore your city with your canine pal.

1. Drive to a new neighborhood across town for a new walking route – one with different terrain or new scenery. It’s amazing the details you’ll discover while observing on foot, rather than speeding through by car. Pack a picnic lunch, Frisbee, blanket, and dog treats, then head for a park you’ve never visited before with your leashed pooch.

2. Explore a historic district or monument with your ever-willing walking companion. Some chambers of commerce offer free maps for self-guided walking tours on their websites or in brochures. Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town. With your dog by your side, you’ll get to see the sights from a new perspective.

3. Head downtown or to a busy shopping district for some window-shopping. Free dog treats may await your pal at pet-friendly small businesses. If you can, stop at a local dog bakery or pet-supply store for a special treat. Pick up a pastry or meal to go from a place you’ve never tried. Sit on a bench and enjoy the scenery, or stroll the waterfront or central square.

The point is to leave your comfort zone and try something new. Surely there’s a place you’ve been meaning to check out but never have, such as a new dog park in the next town or a great hiking trail a short drive away.

Just think: No need to navigate crowds at the airport, nor feel pinched in the wallet.

At day’s end, you’ll sleep in your own bed. The next week, you’ll return to work recharged and refreshed.

Sally Deneen is a DOG FANCY contributing editor.

For more ways to travel with your dogs while on a budget,
check out the June 2009 issue of DOG FANCY.


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Haley   Arco, ID

3/17/2012 8:47:38 PM

No offense to Matt in San Francisco but they are Dachshunds and even though there are 5 they couldn't really drag you around without you being able to stop them........could they?????

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Ashley   Savanna, IL

8/30/2010 5:38:06 AM

We do something like this all ready. We drive 30-35 min away walk the beautiful waterfront, stop at doggie bakery, have lunch at park then return home. It’s very relaxing and we love spending the quality time with our dogs.

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Nicole   Lebanon Junction, KY

8/9/2010 11:08:12 AM

I love this. I try to do something new with my Labrador at least once a month. She loves it. I have a great time and stay fit from all the walking and running. I take a canteen with water in it, a portable water bowl, and dog treats. I don't need a blanket. I don't like the extra bulk. (my jeans don't mind getting dirty) LOL

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Toby   Cary,, NC

8/5/2010 4:36:27 PM

Neat ideas. I plan to try these with my pack.

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