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Pet-Friendly Newport

Rhode Island is named the Ocean State for good reason: everywhere you turn you seem to have amazing vistas of the ocean, including Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay. And Newport puts you right in the middle of it. It’s also one of our favorite cities because it’s extremely pet friendly. For [...]

Petswelcome Dog Toy Review

Beyond performing their regular jobs around the office, our dogs–namely Rusty and Hobbes–also demand serious playtime with their toys. So when we suggested they be the principle testers in our Petswelcome Dog Toy Review, they were very game. Both dogs really enjoy bringing a toy with them when they travel–it reminds them of home and [...]

Prepare for Hurricane Sandy


As of Friday, October 26th, Hurricane Sandy–the 19th named storm, and 10th hurricane so far this year–is barreling up the east coast and predicted to make landfall on Monday/Tuesday morning somewhere between the Chesapeake Bay to the south and New York’s Long Island to the north. With 38 lives already lost in the Caribbean, Sandy, [...]

Kimpton Hotels 2nd Annual Paw-parazzi Pet Photo Contest

Pets are so loved by Kimpton Hotels that they’re throwing a contest to find the most photogenic creature out there. Here’s a few tips on taking a stellar pet photo and entry details: How to Take a Pet-tacular Photo Photograph your pet in natural light and avoid flash or harsh light – outside early in [...]

Win a Portrait of Your Pet! CEO, Smudge Kingsley, has been toying with the idea of immortality. Of capturing his esteemed legacy. Let’s face it, we all do at one time or another. But now that he’s 42 in people years–and in just one more year will be 49 (Yikes! What’s that about?…)–he thought he’d better get on the stick [...]

Is Your Dog a Republican?

I think mine is. I’m a Democrat so it’s a little disheartening to suspect he’s playing for the other team. Of course, I could be imagining it. We all know Democrats are generally a pathetic lot—very insecure yet still acting superior and thumbing their noses at everybody. Even other Democrats. But it’s the way my [...]

Top Ten Presidential Dog Facts

Smooged: Notes from a Bracco

The occasional observations from CEO, Smudge Kingsley With President’s Day upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of our Presidents and uncover interesting, lesser-known facts about their dogs. After all, a majority–26 of 43 presidents–have had dogs so maybe their relationships with their pooches could offer useful [...]

Petswelcome to Bribe Visitors (with Great Prizes)!

It works for unscrupulous politicians . Which is a tautology.  Which is the opposite of an oxymoron. So why not for What we’re trying to say is that we’re desperate for people to like us. Not for any financial gain, of course. No way. Just because, well, we’re needy and insecure. Also, because we [...]

How to be a Good Guard Dog

from the desk of the CEO, Smudge Kingsley As dogs, there are just a few things people expect of us: follow a few commands (sit, stay, lay down…), maybe do a couple of tricks (rollover, shake hands), and, always, guard the house. Now the commands and tricks are easy and harmless. It’s the silly price [...]

Found Hounds

In the sky....

When you travel with your pet, eventually you begin to see animals everywhere. Maybe it’s due to the intense focus you need to keep on them while you’re in unfamiliar territory. Or, more likely, it’s the 3rd Margarita you drank after your 4th Ten-Meat Taco. Still, you begin to see dogs in hedges, in reflections, [...]

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