Road Trip! Reef’s Adventures In Baltimore!

April 30th, 2010 by Dan

The 2010 H.H. Backer Pet Industry Spring Trade Show is a great excuse for a weekend road trip to Baltimore with my favorite canine traveling companion, my Pit Bull, Reef. The event provides a 3-day look at what’s up-and-coming in the pet world and allows me to bring my readers access to some innovative products and even interviews with some great dog people! I spent 7 hours a day scanning the isles, weeding out foods with ingredients I wouldn’t feed, beds that couldn’t be completely washed and toys that looked, well, un-fun. I even came across a collar made of recycled bicycle tire tubes (complete with bottle opener – for human use only!). I was able to sit down with some of the folks at Natura (the makers of Innova, Evo, California Naturals and some other great dog foods) and chat with them about nutrition – one of my “pet” subjects! We even learned about disaster preparedness for pets. Both of these conversations will be coming to you in feature blogs in the upcoming months. We even came across a collar made of recycled bicycle tire tubes (complete with bottle opener!).

Needless to say, Reef was “dog tired” after all the treats and attention she received at the show, so we headed back to the Hotel Monaco. I chose this particular hotel because they take pet friendly to the extreme! I’ve recommended the Kimpton hotel family in the past – they don’t discriminate by breed or pet weight! They even offer pet concierge services! Reef was lavished with attention from the moment we walked in the door! She rolled happily in the lobby, while getting an enthusiastic belly rub from the management and laid calmly at my feet while attending the evening wine reception. A group of children tore themselves away from the Wii that was set-up to come and give her kisses and pets. However, I’d say the highlight of the trip for her was the roomy, cushy bed!

As a whole, I’ve found Baltimore to be a fairly dog friendly city, with the exception of dining. Even many of the restaurants with outdoor seating won’t allow dogs to join their owners at the table. The Fell’s Point area is an exception and you should be able to easily locate a place to dine with your pup.

While this was a “workcation” for me, Reef considered it pure fun. Try to make some time to get away with your dog this spring!

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