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Scooby BBQ Sliders for Dogs

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
dog days of summer

"Gill" enjoying the beach...

In a previous post about Pet Friendly Travel, I wrote about traveling with your dog, and how wonderful the Loews Vanderbilt in Nashville was for this reason.  Well, they are now offering up a “Dog Days of Summer” package through August 31, 2010…

“No matter if your dog is a city slicker or beach lover, Loews Hotels puts the WOW in Bow Wow this summer with the Dog Days of Summer package. Included is a deluxe room, a special barbeque meal created by our Master Chef Marc Ehrler just for your hot dog – amazing “Scooby BBQ Sliders” that are veterinarian approved! We’ve partnered with Wendy Diamond pet expert and author of “It’s a Dog’s World” to provide tips on proper dog walking, also included is a “Fling Thing” Frisbee from West Paw Design perfect for catch in the park on a beautiful summer day.”

This cool package includes:

  • Deluxe room
  • “Scooby BBQ Sliders” meal for pets
  • Fling Thing Frisbee from West Paw
  • Dog Walking Tips from Pet Expert Wendy Diamond

Even if you can’t make it out to Nashville this summer to partake – we have got the recipe for the Scooby BBQ Summer Sliders for your dogs here.  Treat your dogs at your next BBQ. 

Scooby BBQ Summer Sliders


4 oz Raw Ground Beef
2 oz Rendered Bacon, soft, chopped
3 slices Large Button Mushrooms
3 each “Pupperoni”
3 ea Mini Dog Biscuits
1 TB Parsley
1 tsp BBQ Sauce (NOT HOT)


Mix ground beef, chopped rendered bacon, chopped parsley. Shape into 3″ patties. BBQ for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Place 3 patties on a rectangular plate. Garnish with pupperoni, mushroom. Top with mini dog biscuit. Drizzle the BBQ sauce on the plate.

Pet Friendly Traveling

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, truly loves pets

Loews Loves Pets

Well, we are back – sigh – to our normal lives – sigh – after an awesome trip to Florida.  We stayed in Watersound – a lovely little town that I fell in love with.   I keep reminding myself that I can always return to Watersound…I can, and I will.   I will be posting about that part of the trip a bit later.  This post is dedicated to the trip there…with our two dogs, Gill and Cameron.

Traveling with dogs, I imagine, is similar to traveling with kids.  Snacks – check; toys – check; medicines – check, potty breaks – check.  One big difference in the two… all hotels allow kids, not all hotels allow your furry friends.  Thus, my hunt for a “decent” hotel that allowed pets was on. 

We knew Nashville, TN was about midway between Ohio and the destination – so that is where I focused my search.    I quick search online of “Pet Friendly Hotels Nashville” delivered some good results – the Loews Vanderbilt was one of them.  BTW…how did we ever survive without the internet?

The Loews Vanderbilt was the perfect fit for us.  Upscale, king bed, good size rooms…and pet friendly.  They even offered a “Pumped Up Pets” package that included comfy dog beds, dog dishes, dog dish mats and an amenity bag full of dog food, treats and toys.  It also included a meal for both dogs off of the specially designed pet room service menu.   

Our goody bag from the Loews Vanderbilt was full of dog treats, toys, food and more.

The contents of our "goody" bag

When arriving at the hotel I also noticed that they had water dishes for pets outside the entrance doors to the hotel…a sure sign that this was a hotel that truly caters to pets.  My only complaint was the rather small “bathroom” area they provided to walk the dogs.  It was outside the main doors, just past the valet service…lots of cars moving about and not a whole lot of grass for them to explore.  But, they did provide baggies and a bin.  I also did read that a dog park was not too far down the road.   We never did make it to the dog park…we were really only there to sleep. 

Luxury pet bedding at the Loews Vanderbilt in Nashville

Gill loves the luxurious pet bedding

After the pain of unpacking the car, checking in and getting everyone settled in…we realized just how hungry were were.  We ordered off of the extensive room service menu…they ordered off of the pet room service menu.  Yes, a special pet room service menu – how funny is that? 

I was a bit hesitant in feeding them too much that was outside of their normal routine – especially since we were looking at another eight hours of travel in the morning.  I decided that this should be more of a snack.  We ordered up the  Chicken Chow Chow, a mixture of cooked chicken, green beans and carrots.  A very well balanced meal for the dogs; I was impressed, and so were they.   They are a bit spoiled… I know this.

The Loews Vanderbilt Chicken Chow Chow off of the pet room service menu

Chicken Chow Chow

Despite the fact that Gill was wise awake and pacing around the room at 3:30 in the morning (he apparently does not like hotel rooms) – the experience at the Loews Vanderbilt was pleasant.  They provided us with everything you would need to travel comfortably with your pets.

- My Guide to Pet Friendly Travel Resources -

Several hotel chains offer pet friendly locations.  Here is a listing of the chains that offer the best selection worldwide. It is best advised to check with each individual hotel for restrictions.

Best Western Hotels  -  1800 of their US and Canadian locations welcome pets. 

Comfort Inns and Suites – 550 pet friendly locations nationwide.

Extended Stay Hotels – With 680 pet friendly locations, you are sure to find a location that suits your needs.

La Quinta – Over 700 pet friendly hotels from coast to coast.

Residence Inn by Marriot – A great pet friendly choice for you and your pet.   We stayed at a Residence Inn in Nashville on the way home from Florida.  Because of the full kitchen and separate ground floor access to the room,  it ended up being much more “convenient”  option than the upscale Loews Vanderbilt.   A good choice for anyone traveling with their pet.

Pet friendly travel websites: –  You can search by state through their database of pet friendly chain hotels. – Provides pet travel guides for dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Bring Fido – An excellent resource for pet friendly destinations, pet friendly hotels, pet friendly air travel and pet friendly restaurants in the US.   Nice website design as well. – When you are flying with your pet, the rules and restrictions can be confusing.  Check with for information on pet friendly airlines, obtaining a pet passport and rules and guidelines for taking your pets into another country.

My Canon EOS Rebel XS

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

First I want to apologize for the lack of posts this past month, wow there was a lot to do.  It seems like there isn’t enough time in the day, let alone the month to fit everything in!  Now that it’s all over we can get back to business. 

Santa did bring me some wonderful presents and I plan to feature some of them on the site in the coming months.  I can’t wait to try out my sister’s new camera, the NikonD5000 to be exact.  But in the meantime this post is meant to pay homage to my baby, my good old Canon EOS Rebel xs.  I too, have not finished the manual (not sure if I ever will?).  This camera is a joy – I love taking pictures and having good equipment makes it that much better.  Here are a couple of Christmas season photos Canon Style!




christmas bulbs

christmas bulbs


My Stocking

My Stocking





Our New Addition...Boo Boo

Our New Addition...Boo Boo


Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo

Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo


Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Hope your Holidays were as wonderful as mine!

Goodbye October

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009







Good Enough to Eat…Dog Treats

Monday, May 4th, 2009
Daisy's Favorite Homemade Dog Treats

Daisy's Favorite Homemade Dog Treats

The pet industry is big business.  New products are introduced to the market every year.  Recently I have noticed a growing trend in “Organic” or “Natural” pet foods and treats.  Let me also add these products cost a pretty penny.  I guess the saying goes you get what you pay for. 

Take a moment and read the label on your pets current food or treats, many words I’m not even sure I can pronounce.  I want to know what I’m putting in my body…shouldn’t I know what goes into my pets body?  I started researching homemade dog biscuit recipes and meshed a few ideas together, and this is what I came up with… 


Meet Miss Daisy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

treats-2711Welcome Daisy!
My family and I just adopted a new puppy from an area rescue – Ruff Life Rescue.
She is a much needed addition to our family and fitting in just fine.  Daisy loves to hang out with me in the kitchen and is well on her way to becoming my new Sous Chef!