(Thank you to our sponsor Red Roof Inn for providing accommodations on this trip!)
Show your dog some love this month. Take him/her on a road trip, even for a weekend.
February, the month of hearts and flowers, is also ‘Love Your Pet Month’ (aren’t the all?). I’m all over it. Valentine’s Day can be annoying for single people and a high pressure for those who aren’t. So…
Take your dog away and shower him with love instead!
Great idea. That’s how I ended up in Erie Pennsylvania at the pet-friendly Red Roof Inn for the weekend in February. Erie’s within a three-hour drive of my home and near a dog-welcoming state park.
But isn’t it cold along Lake Erie this time of year?
Not as freezing as you’d think, actually, and everywhere but a three-hour flight from where I live is cold in February.
So my terrier-cross Victor willingly jumped into his backseat Solvit Car Cuddler and we headed from the Great White North across the border to the great white slightly not as far North.
Day one became shop-for-dog-stuff at every dog-friendly outlet we could find (almost).
First stop: Petsmart. I wanted to check out the shelves and product/price compare. Shopping for pet stuff is my new shoe shopping (note: shoe shopping is obsessive). I also wanted to check out the weekend event. Noon to 3pm every Saturday, Erie’s Petsmart hosts a different activity. February 11, 2017 is ‘Puppy Love’ day. Show up, make a paw print keepsake and take home a swag gift from Greenies.
Second stop: Down the street, rival PetCo is hosting a ‘Find Your Soulmate’ adoption event on the same pre-Valentines weekend. If you haven’t found your true love and awesome travel buddy yet, rescue! It works. Trust me.
Two other dog-friendly stores near the Millcreek Mall on Peach Street are also two of my favourite: Marshalls and Target. Victor was allowed to walk around and we did – until he tired of it. He refuses to ride in carts. Fortunately, checking out was quick, and yes we bought more dog stuff.
We had one more stop before bunking down for the night at one of the nicest Red Roof Inns Plus I’ve stayed at yet. I honestly love this U.S. brand, and it’s an affiliate on dogtrotting.net for that reason. The rooms were as nice as any boutique hotel I’ve experienced. Sure, there’s no fancy lobby, indoor pool or fitness centre, but I rarely use those anyway especially travelling with the dog.
Unlike the more expensive options, there’s no additional charge for WiFi, pets, coffee or in this case McDonald’s breakfast at this Red Roof Inn. Outside two poop stations with bags made bedtime walking easy and our neighbours were two unfixed Doberman, who fortunately, Victor didn’t meet. But I did.
Last stop of the day: Dobbins Landing, a lakeside pier and observation tower near the Bayfront Convention Center, Sheraton Hotel and Marine History Museum. Dobbins Landing marks a historic site – Captain Daniel Dobbins fought in the War of 1812 – but was built mainly so visitors can get a great view of Lake Erie. In February, the observation tower with elevator is closed. Other than a film crew of two here today, Victor and I are the only ones venturing out of their cars.
Victor happily checks out the second level ice-covered landing, then the snow-covered waterfront parkette and finally the beautiful view over a lake crusted by crystal-like ice chucks.
Across the water, directly in sight is Presque Isle State Park – tomorrow’s destination and the main reason we’ve headed to Erie by the lake. If Victor liked running around the pier, wait ‘til he sees that island park.
(Special thanks to Red Roof Inn Plus for providing accommodations for this trip.)
Next up on dogtrotting.net: Dog-friendly Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.
#1. Check out Red Roof Inn’s Instagram contest:
Add a pic of your pet and look for Victor. He’s there!
THEN… enter the dogtrotting.net contest:
#2. Win a Valentine’s Day Travel Prize Pack
Click on the Red Roof Inn Icon (affiliate link) and find a Red Roof Inn near your next travel destination – even better, book a room! Then let us know in the comments where you want to go.
One comment name will be randomly drawn. Contest is open until February 14, 2017 at midnight. Open to everyone.
Prize pack includes (Approximate value $80):
- Pendleton Portable Pet Travel Bowl (value $29)
- Pendleton Travel Food Storage Bag (value $29)
- Pendleton Friends of the Park fabric bracelet (value $5)
- National Park Collection Green Bandana (value $6)
- Pack of Naturawls All Natural Sweet Potato Chews (value $7)
- Earth Rated Pet Poop Bags and Dispensor (value $4.00)
- One Greenies Dental Chew
- Sample Pack of Zuke’s Power Bones treats for active dogs
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