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Living so close to Vegas we get to explore both the natural wonders around the city as well as the strip. There are a number of places that are dog friendly. One of my favorite is the Desert Breeze County Park. It has lots of grass for me to play in, it has both a path where we can walk with me on the leash and an area where dogs can play fenced in. They like it because it is just five miles from the strip.

The Lorenzi Park, just about a mile west of downtown is another great place to play in the grass and it has a beautiful lake.

Now for a small fee the Floyd Lamb State Park is a good place. With paths winding around the fishing lakes, historic sites and grassy areas shaded by trees makes it another one to put on your list of places to visit.

This park is at the top of our list of great dog friendly hiking places. Spring Mountain Recreation Area with over 316,000 acres within the Toiyabe National Forest and only thirty-five miles outside of town. If you time your visit right you can see the waterfall or check out one of the small caves all at the foot of the majestic Mt. Charleston.

The fist park on our list is the Red Rock National Area. This park has hiking for everyone but keep in mind dogs are allowed on some and not others. Now you don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy this park thanks to its 13 mile loop with it vistas and overlooks. If your trip can’t squeeze in another fee you can get a sampling of this parks beauty by stopping by the visitor center, it’s free. The rock formations and color should not be missed plus it is just a twenty-five  minute drive from Vegas. 

Then when you want to hit the Strip and see if you can win the big bucks just drop the four-legged member of the family at the  



Dogs like humans do not like going to a doctor or dentist, but dental problems are as prevalent in dogs as in humans and Tatar build up/plaque is the number one cause of gingivitis which can lead to exposure of roots, and even cause teeth to fall out. It also allows bacteria to grow and migrate to other organ, such as; the heart and kidneys.

There is a false conception that dry dog food averts this, or can even break it down, when in fact it only allows it to build up at a slower rate.

Brushing the teeth with dog tooth paste or using a washcloth composed of water mixed with baking soda will aid in its’ reduction. Check with your vet as to the proportion of baking soda to water.
Petrodex Dog Dental Care Kit, Beef Toothpaste with 2 Toothbrushes

American Cocker Spaniel, the smallest of the spaniels,was first seen in America around the 1800s. They were popular for hunting back then but today they are a popular as family pets. The American Cocker Spaniel is a fun loving, energetic dog. This breed is well known for being good around children as well as strangers & other dogs. They love the challeges that new activities bring to their lives, both mentally & physically. Most enjoy swimming and fetching things. Dogs that spend more time indoors can be more likely to gain weight. It is very important to feed them a well balanced meal and make sure they get enough exercise.
When it comes to Toby he likes going on a couple of walks a day and a little time inside playing fetch. His favorite game is hide-n-seek. We take him on the road all the time, he loves to travel. You can follow his adventures on our website @ See you there.
Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe, 30-Pound Bag

History of keeping animals as pets

Although there is uncertainty as to when humans started keeping animals as pets, since their original purpose was for food, work, or to hunt, it was more than likely the wealthy who adopted the idea since they had the luxury of maintaining an animal in a pet capacity; the dog fit the bill and therefore thought to be the first domesticated animal.

Romans were known to have had pets, particularly dogs and birds, but they also had cats and horses, but they were also seen as work animals. The history of fish as pets, too, can be dated back to the seventh century, when Buddhist Monks maintained ornamental fish in ponds; by the fourteen century fish made their way indoors kept in bowls.

During the middle ages pet cats were burned with their owners suspected of witchcraft, whereas at the same time dog breeding became popular for herding, guarding and hunting, however the wealthy also had the luxury of breeding based on character, size and behavior.

The American colonists brought pets over to the new world with them but they were seen more as work animals. Dogs were guards and cats killed rats. By the 1800s a middle class emerged bringing with it the modern age of pet keeping. It was the first time people had the money to keep animals for just companionship. About this time commercially prepared dog food was being made in England but it was not untill after WWI that canned dog food was available.

The twentieth century introduced keeping horses for personal enjoyment rather than for doing work around the property. This was a time when dogs dominated as the pet of choice but tropical birds and fish had also became popular as household pets. In the 1940s cat litter was developed and this made the cat surpass the other animals in popularity as the family pet.

Today pets are like a member of the family. We buy things for them and write stories about them.

Toby, our dog acts a lot like we do. Yesterday I watched him as he set looking, concentrating on something he found very entertaining much like we do the TV. Curiosity finally got the best of him, he began letting me know that he wanted to go out to get a closer look at the subject. It was a lizard that simply scurried off when he went out. He then found other venues to explore. He as it were, changed the channel and checked out some intriguing smells that lingered along the fence line. His exploration lead him under a bush where he chased out some kind of bug in which he had no interest in what so ever. He decided to lay down and relax, take in some sun. I knew it wouldn’t last long because I saw his nose just a going, he jumped up following it like the cartoon characters do, except he didn’t float. The whole time he was outside his nose was in charge, which I guess makes sense because they say their nose is 1000 to 10000 times more sensitive than our’s. So you might say, smelling stuff is a Dog’s TV.