Traveling Dog Lady: April 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dog Tales by Wayfair

Welcome to Dog Tales by Wayfair, a series that looks into Wayfair's favorite dogs and their favorite furnishings!  Bet you didn't know Wayfair sells pet furnishings (I didn't!).  Click on the drawings below to read about each dog.  What fun, thanks Wayfair for the opportunity to participate.*

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Gus: Dog Beds
Daisy: Dog Carriers
Liam: Dog Houses
A lazy pug who does not like to leave the comfort of his bed unless it is for food.
A Shih Tzu supermodel with her own line of designer dog carriers.
A WWII veteran German Shepherd who enjoys telling stories of his dangerous missions in the elite W.O.O.F. army squad.
Hans: Dog Ramps
Joey: Dog Crates
Ingrid: Barware
A Dachshund who has become well-known around the world for his craftsmanship of dog ramps and stairs.
A teenage bulldog who spent some time in the dog crate after a dog bone heist went wrong.
A St. Bernard you can find serving up signature cocktails to guests at her bar in the Swiss Alps.

*I did not get paid or compensated for posting this series for Wayfair, although I did sit up 'n' beg for a paying job, since they happen to be right here in Massachusetts!  Who knew?!  I found two typos in the data they sent me, and corrected them.  I know, I'm a freak.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Celebrate #NationalPetDay with Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog on April 11


Pet-friendly Hotel Brand To Host Nationwide “Yappy Hours” Including Complimentary Toys for 
Four-Legged Guests

Pet Party In A Box
Increasingly two-legged travelers have their four-legged friends by their side on the road, as 32% of dog owners take their pets when traveling for two or more nights*. To celebrate National Pet Day (this Monday, April 11) with these travelers and their dogs, pet-friendly Home2 Suites by Hilton is hosting more than 80 parties nationwide at their hotels.

Each Home2 Suites property will throw its own National Pet Day party, encouraging guests and team members to bring their pets to join the festivities which will include gifts and toys for pets, and dog-themed photo opportunities. The nationwide celebrations will culminate with a feature party at Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport, where Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog will serve as a special party host for festivities that will also include a pet-adoption event with Emerald City Pet Rescue.

National Pet Day will also mark the official launch of the brand’s latest “Fresh, New Way” video, featuring an unexpectedly chatty dog who interacts with Home2 Suites guests by striking up a “conversation” about their hotel stay. The video drives home the message that no “furry friends” should be left behind when traveling.

MCLEAN, Va. – April 5, 2016 – With 65 percent of U.S. households owning pets*, it’s no secret Americans adore their four-legged family just as much as their two-legged kin. With that in mind, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand, is celebrating National Pet Day with more than 80 parties nationwide and the release of its latest “Fresh New Way” video showcasing the pet-friendly brand.

“So many people love their four-legged friends, and embracing our pet-friendly culture on National Pet Day seemed like a natural way to introduce our ‘Fresh, New Way’ video,” said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Extended Stay Brands. “Home2 Suites by Hilton focuses on helping our guests shape their stay with amenities that fit their lifestyle, and making it easy for travelers to bring their pets achieves this.”

Every Home2 Suites property will offer National Pet Day parties on April 11 that will include gifts like bandanas and Frisbees to encourage guests and team members to bring their pets to join the fun events. The nationwide celebrations will culminate with a feature party at Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport, where Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog will serve as a special party host for festivities that will also include a pet-adoption event with Emerald City Pet Rescue.

Sir Charles Barkley, the French Bulldog
In tandem, Home2 Suites will also launch its latest “Fresh New Way” video that focuses on the pet-friendly culture of the brand. In the hidden-camera short, the central character is “Colby” a bearded collie who interacts unexpectedly with Home2 Suites guests, striking up a fun conversation talking about their day and hotel stay. The video will go live on National Pet Day at

With more than 80 hotels, Home2 Suites by Hilton offers easy access to technology and inviting community spaces, as well as the trademark Home2 Suites amenities standard in all properties, such as the Oasis lobby area, the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, the Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, and complimentary continental breakfast at the Inspired Table that includes a variety of morning favorites like a hot breakfast sandwich. Home2 Suites’ all-suite hotels feature full kitchens and a business center with complimentary internet and wireless printing. All Home2 Suites properties are pet-friendly. 

Home2 Suites by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.  

Read more about Home2 Suites by Hilton, a part of Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All-Suites portfolio, and

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About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton Worldwide, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet friendly environment. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Visit for additional information or for franchising opportunities.

** I have not received compensation for this post.  I'm doing it out of the kindness of my heart (and for the exposure). 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Celebrate the 1st Annual National Tabby Day with the Release of Making the Most of All Nine Lives

I've gone absolutely feral over this cute little photo book
                 The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat.

Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson have produced an amazingly fun look at Buffy and his antics.  

Buffy's cat-daddy, Paul Smulson, did not (I repeat, NOT!) Photoshop or modify the photos in any way.  All the pictures were taken under real, true circumstances with no software manipulation!  (By the way, he's also a dentist.)

Sandy's captions are hilarious.  Well done!!

My favorite is the one where Buffy is fishing at the lake with his friends.  Why?  Because my cats always follow me over to the lake when I take the dogs for a swim (it's a safe, traffic-free walk, don't worry).  The cats actually like the water more than the dogs do!  But that's a story for another post.  

But wait!  There's more!  There's an event!  An event, I tell you!  And if you are anywhere near New York City, you won't want to miss it.  Here are the deets:

What: 1st Annual National Tabby Day – Cat Adoption Event and Book Launch
WhenSaturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Where: Bideawee Animal Shelter
410 E 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Motivated by the release of Buffy the Cat’s new book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat (Triumph Books, April 2016), the National Tabby Day festivities will kick off at one of NYC’s most reputable shelters, Bideawee, on April 30th. Adoptions will run from 10 am – 6 pm, with a special celebration from 12-2 p.m. The celebration will feature the official book launch with author Sandy Robins, with drinks and treats for both two and four-legged attendees. Anyone adopting from the shelter on the 30th will be given a generous starter kit with items for their new pet from the event’s sponsors as well as a photo-op with the book’s photographer, Paul Smulson.

Whether or not you make it to National Tabby Day's event at Bideawee on April 30th, pick yourself up a copy of Making the Most of All Nine Lives; The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat, today.  You'll absolutely purrrrr with delight!

(I received a free copy of the book in exchange for this book review.)