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Summer Fun with Pets

Posted by WishbonE at 7:32 PM

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Summer is just around the corner and it means vacation! Kids are looking forward this season because it means out-of-town trips and exciting summer activities.  Mom and dad are surely busy too in fixing their schedules to arrange a family vacation. And when they say family, of course that also includes everyone's favourite four-pawed bud, their dog.

The most popular destination for families is the beach.  Everyone loves the idea of fresh, cold water soothing their bodies which are exhausted due to the heat of summer sunshine. The beach also provides a big space for families to bond together. Kids can run around, dad and bro can play Frisbee with fido, mom can cook barbecue, and at night, a bonfire would be a lovely idea.

But before picturing all these exciting activities, it's important to prepare first the things that will be needed for the most awaited vacation. First, make the necessary reservations and arrangements.  If you're planning to rent a hotel room or a beach villa, make sure to reserve it in advance. Resorts can be crowded this time of the year, and you wouldn't want to see that disappointing "No Vacancy" sign. Second, list the things you need to bring for the trip. Swimwear, shades, flip flops, sun block, or tanning lotion, better put them all in the bag so you can complete your summer look and avoid sun burn. This also includes the set of clothes you plan to wear.  Keep in mind how many days you'll be away to know how many clothes, and what type you need to bring. Comfy cotton clothes would be ideal. Third, also consider what the other family members might need. Junior might need his favourite floaters, dad may like to bring his favourite beach chair, and mom would like to relax later on her beach mat. Since you're bringing the dog, it's also important to bring the things he might need. If you are travelling a long way to get to the beach, it's better to get one of those dog crates to put the pet inside. The crate will be his safe and comfortable containment while on the road trip. You might also want to consider those dog life jackets to ensure that your pet will not drown if he gets too far in the water. Lastly, be sure to bring snacks that everyone can enjoy while on the road, on the beach, or while resting.

Now that you know what to prepare, it's time to find the best beach spots and start arranging. Always remember that summer comes once a year only, so be sure to enjoy it with your family, including your pets.

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