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5 Dog-Friendly Places You and Your Dog Will Love!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

This week’s blog post is a list of dog-friendly places you and your dog will love to visit together. If you have a friendly and social pup like mine, sometimes you want to treat them to something extra in addition to their daily walk. Here is a list of five fun places to try! *Just a reminder that all posts may contain affiliate links and ads that don’t cost you a thing 😀 *

1.) Shopping at a Dog-Friendly Store. Why not have Spot help you pick out some light fixtures or patio furniture? Maybe even a new book? Lowes, Home Depot, and Barnes and Noble tend to be dog friendly! According to Huffington Post, here is a list of 19 dog-friendly stores. Before you go make sure to call that specific store and confirm their dog policy. **Never ever… EVER leave Rex in a hot car, even if you are only going to go inside for a “minute”**.

2.) Outdoor Flea Markets. Scoring a one of a kind item you can’t get anywhere else while you two socialize with other people? That sounds like a great afternoon. You can find a list of events online or in your local paper. I am a member of Dog-Friendly events in Tampa Bay on Facebook. I get an event notification every once in a while about a dog friendly event coming up. It is great for finding something different to do together!

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Enjoying a downtown stroll!

3.) Sunday Brunch at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant. Our World of Beer in Orlando FL had a dog-friendly patio and a KILLER Sunday Brunch. Research dog-friendly restaurants in your area. Patches will enjoy sitting by your side taking in the smells while you enjoy mimosas with your girls 😉

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Pongo enjoying some brunch!


4.) Dog-Friendly Beaches. Here in Florida we have a great selection of beaches, most are on-leash only which can still be a great time for Daisy. But over on the Gulf side of Florida there is Fort Desoto Dog Beach. This is an off-leash dog beach AND a huge dog park. Pongo loves going here! In Orlando there is also Lake Baldwin Park where I took my all time favorite picture of Pongo.  There are warning signs on the lake to beware of gators, so use your discretion there. Pack a cooler, your sunscreen, fresh water for all, and of course heed beach and tide warnings. Salt water can upset Ginger’s tummy too so make sure to offer her fresh water at all times, but most important… HAVE FUN!!!

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Mom, throw the ball already!

5.) If your precious Bella realizes she’s a natural swimmer during your trip to the dog-beach why not enroll her in a Dock Diving program? There are programs like DockDogs all over the country. If you join, the weekend practices and competitions will keep you two busy and is sure to be a great time !


Where are some dog-friendly places you like to take your dog to? I’d love for you to post some more ideas in the comments! Pongo is so high-energy we are always looking for new ideas to entertain him!! Click below to share us on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook if you don’t mind 🙂Have a great week!


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More About Me

Hey Everyone!

** This is an older post from my other hosting site, but I hope you’ll enjoy it!**

This entry is a bit more personal for me, but I hope you enjoy it , relate to it, and of course that it helps. 🙂



My Weight has been a constant struggle throughout my life.  I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia as a child which meant I had low blood sugar and had to monitor my blood sugar levels constantly throughout the day. When I had an episode it could mean passing out, seizures, or a trip to the hospital. 12 years of my life was spent pricking my finger and checking my blood every few hours, not being able to eat sweets like the other kids, going to the doctor every few months to get my blood tested, and all the medications I had to take. And after all of that, I just grew out of it. I no longer had to do any of things, and I only had to get my blood tested once every six months.


It was great! I may have indulged a bit in the sweets after that, mainly sodas, because I didn’t have the taste for cookies or candy after not being able to have it all those years. During one of my doctor visits though they discovered a problem with my thyroid gland, mine actually didn’t work at all.  Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that basically controls your metabolism, and symptoms of an under active thyroid (or hypothyroidism) is weight gain, hair loss, tiredness, cold intolerance, and a slow heart rate. I spent the next 15 years of my life testing and re-testing my thyroid levels through more blood work, getting my medication adjusted, and riding this roller coaster of weight gain and exhaustion.  Which brings me to the present.


I am on the highest dose of thyroid hormone replacement that a doctor will prescribe and I feel great. After quickly gaining 30 pounds in the last two years I finally have hope.  I am very active at my job and since purchasing my Fitbit Flex I’ve found that I walk an average 5 miles a day just at work. After work I usually take Pongo for a walk or for a trip to the park. Aaron and I have started rock climbing and I love it! I’ve also started eating better and cutting back on the alcohol, I’m trying to make small changes so that my good habits stick. The Fitbit Flex holds me accountable and I find myself walking an extra block or two just to get my steps in, you can also input the food you eat throughout the day, and any extra exercises you do other than walking/running. Fitbit sends a weekly progress update email, and in one week I’ve walked 28 miles! The Fitbit also monitors your sleep patterns by detecting how much you move during sleep. And if you hate that pesky loud alarm clock, the Fitbit Flex will wake you with a vibrating alarm.  I am no where near my goal at this point I am just getting started but I look forward to continuing my journey with you all and seeing what I am capable of now that I am feeling better.


What are some of your favorite ways to stay active? I’d love the suggestions!


Thank you for reading, until next time!