Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Visit to Tyler, Texas with Betty Lynch and Copper

It's time to meet another one of Mom's friends from the Divas of Boomer Diva Nation! This week we are off to Tyler, Texas to meet Betty Lynch and Copper.
Betty is the creator and author of My Country Kitchen. She makes all kinds of yummy things to eat. Then she shares how to do that with her friends. She has taught Mom how to make all kinds of good snacks for me. My favorite is Grandma's Meatballs. I love meatballs, and the ones Ms. Betty taught Mom to make are the best!

Betty is also a mom, just like my Mom. She takes care of Copper. Betty rescued Copper in May of 2008. Her vet found him standing in the middle of the road, stopped and picked him so he would not get run over. They ran ads and no one called for him. Knowing Betty had just lost her last pet, the vet called her and told her about Copper. It was love at first sight. Although Betty has realized that Copper had been mistreated as he runs from everyone who comes in her house, Copper is adjusting well and she loves him to death.

Betty sent Mom some information about Tyler.

"We are located in East Texas, also known as the Bible belt. It is a mid size city, population about 100,000. Also known as the Rose Capital of the world. The farming industry is roses. We have a beautiful rose garden that is the home to many, many years worth of beautiful and expensive beaded ball gowns from the previous rose queens.

Our city is also the home of a beautiful Tyler Zoo, oil refinery, medical community, large legal field, ranchers and some of the nicest people you could ever expect to meet. We have Tyler Junior College, Texas College, University of Texas at Tyler, along with a number of private schools. Our city is so clean and we have managed to keep smog to a minimum.

Many things to enjoy in Tyler including, museums, stage performers, concerts, traveling shows, E.T. Fair, tennis, football, basketball, soccer, both indoor and out, golf courses, bowling, miniature golf, skating, pottery, craft fairs, azalea trails, boating, wineries with lots of one of a kind shops.

Winters are very mild, however our summers get very hot with temperatures at 100 plus degrees with high humidity."

When we go to Texas, we don't normally stay in a hotel. Mom has lots of friends and family in Texas. But for those of you who don't Mom did some research and found the perfect place for you to stay - The Holiday Inn Select - Tyler. Mom found out that they have big comfy beds with lots of pillows just the way I like. And when Mom called to talk to them about bringing me, she said the people on the phone were very friendly and helpful. That's always a good sign. If the staff is friendly to me on the phone, they usually are once we actually visit the hotel as well.

Along with all of the great things to do that Betty listed, Mom found a park we can go to. Mom and I love to walk in the park. Some parks even have cabins or let Mom bring her tent and we stay for a few days. Tyler State Park has all the things that make parks great for me - hiking trails which I love, even though I do have to wear my leash. And Mom found out the park has raccoons! We have a raccoon at home. He is an outside semi-pet that Dad found when he was a baby. Mom and Dad didn't put him in a cage. They said he was big enough to be on his own with some help. So now he comes and sits on the porch with us at night and eats cat food out of his bowl. I like raccoons. I'm glad the park in Tyler has some. It would make staying there sort of like being at home.

I hope Mom will take a trip to Texas soon. Then maybe we can stop in Tyler and visit Ms. Betty and Copper. And maybe she'll teach Mom how to make some more yummy things to eat!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Top 10 Places To Vacation with Your Mom and Dad

Mom and I like to travel. Sometimes we even take Dad with us. In our travels we have discovered that some places are more welcoming to pets than others. So here's my list of the top 10 places to travel with your Mom and Dad!

1. My own neighborhood - Northwest Arkansas. Whether you stay in Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, or Fayetteville, there are hotels that will make you feel welcome. Lots of outdoor trails and parks to walk and play in. Big Wag Dog Bakery! Boat rides on Beaver Lake. It just doesn't get any better than this.

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado - home of the Olympic Training Center, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Plenty of pet-friendly hotels, dog parks, and 113 vets!

3. Portland, Oregon - a garden for mom, lots of places to stay, the largest city park in the US for me to visit, and more dog parks than almost any other city in the country!

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico - mom loves taking me to see the petroglyphs (whatever they are. All I know is it's a nice walk). Plenty of places to stay, Three Dog Bakery (almost as good as Big Wag Dog Bakery) and the Annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle, Animal Humane's largest fundraiser.

5. Austin, Texas - Mom and Dad found Austin on a trip to Corpus Christie. Mom loves bats and Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. I was hoping I could chase them like I do the birds at home, but Mom only lets me sit by her and watch. There are lots of pet-friendly hotels and dog parks for me.

6. Asheville, North Carolina - We just discovered Asheville through our friend, Beverly Mahone. If you read my story about her and Asheville then you know why I love it. Great places to stay and things to do. There's even a camp for dogs!

7. Charlotte, North Carolina - Another great place in North Carolina. Mom likes baseball and the Charlotte Knights baseball team has a day that they let their four-legged fans come watch them play. Charlotte is also the home of Barbara's Canine Cafe and Catering. Again - it's not Big Wag but it's a close second when I'm far from home. Lots of parks and pet-friendly hotels.

8. Virginia Beach, Virginia - Maggie Wags Dog Boutique (I still have my Egg Babies), Just Dogs Gourmet, Canino's Pet Bakery and Boutique (Cheese and Bacon birthday cakes!), and lots of other places that cater just to us. Virginia may be for lovers but Virginia Beach is for dogs!

9. St. Louis, Missouri - St. Louis has an entire museum dedicated just to dogs - The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. 'Nuff said!

10. Orlando, Florida - Beaches, beaches, and more beaches. Great hotels to stay in. Sun and sand - what more could a dog want?!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Save a Life - Adopt a Pet in Asheville, NC!

Continuing my campaign to help other pets not as fortunate as I am to find happy homes. Today, we are featuring the Asheville, NC Humane Society. I'm sure you remember that Asheville is Boomer Diva Nation founder and my friend, Beverly Mahone's favorite place in North Carolina! Let's make it an even better place by helping some of local four-footed and furry residents find permanent homes!

Asheville Humane Society/Buncombe County Friends For Animals is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with over twenty-five paid employees. AHS is governed by a fifteen member, active, volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 800 general members. AHS receives payments from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville under a contract arrangement to operate the Shelter and Pet Adoption Center. The organization programs are also supported by donations, memberships, grants, and fundraising.

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption.

Asheville Humane Society was formed in 1984 as Buncombe County Friends for Animals Inc., primarily as a governing body for the County Pet Adoption Center and Animal Shelter, which was previously operated by the County. Asheville Humane Society has operated the Shelter since September 1990. On July 1, 1996, we started operating and enforcing Animal Control within Buncombe County. On October 1, 1997, we began providing animal control services for the city of Asheville as well. In late 2002, due to state budget shortfalls, the City of Asheville elected to take City Animal Control back under its police department. In July of 2006 the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department, with the advice and direction of AHS, once again began providing animal control in the unincorporated parts of the county. AHS still provides sheltering services for Buncombe County, including all of its municipalities.

Here are some of the great friends available! I hope you will find a place for one of them in your home!

Whoever says that hounds can’t be trained has never met me! I’m super smart and I love training. I’ve already learned how to “sit”, and I’m working on walking nicely on a leash and on how to lay down. Of course, I am a beagle—I like to follow my nose!—but I’ll follow it right to the treat in your hand as you teach me something new! Ask to see me next!

Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix
This pet also comes with 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit or call 1-866-375-PETS.

This pet also comes with 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit or call 1-866-375-PETS.

Domestic Shorthair/Mix
This pet also comes with 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit or call 1-866-375-PETS.

Our organization offers 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. For more information visit or call 1-866-597-2424.

Learn How you can SAVE A LIFE! Click Here!

Remember, my goal is to help 1000 pets find homes this year! Check out my newest partner shelter - Asheville Humane Society. And when you adopt a pet, be sure to let me know so I can track my progress toward my goal!