Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

City Dog Goes to the Rockies

Happy 2017, peeps! Ella here. Though I just last checked in with you six weeks ago following my trip to Macon, my New Year’s resolution is to blog more—oh wait, that’s Mom’s New Year’s resolution. I’m actually too lazy to come up with my own, so I’ll just borrow hers and roll with it, cool?

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Since our last chat, I’ve actually been on four planes, thus breaking my three-year, no-fly streak.

I’m basically a champion road warrior, though, so it was no big thing. I rolled through those airports—up and down the escalator on repeat—and right on through the TSA lines like a boss and got lots of attention, as I like it.
Flying with Dogs

Mom and Dad figured since they were staying with friends in Fort Collins, then I could tag along to Colorado. I don’t actually know why that would matter either way, but apparently they say that hotels aren’t always fond of my kind, for which I borrow a page out of Stephanie Tanner’s book. How rude!

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

But Fort Collins seemed to be a friend of the nation within, as I was allowed to come inside at several different places like Maxline Brewery and New Belgium.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Thank dog, as it was COLD outside! As a Maltese, I’m a proud owner of a full head of hair but was not blessed with fur, so I can’t quite handle the 20 degrees like a breed twice my staggering size might.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

You wouldn’t know it looking at me as I do love to frolic in the snow.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Or well, the dead, crunchy grass as the case was when we went to Estes Park. I had these grand visions of the three feet of snow I’d be plowing through, and what I found instead was this?!?

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

I want a refund, Colorado!

Put what you want
Put what you want

Still, I suppose—SIGH—it was OK hanging out with Mom and Dad, no matter the conditions. (Mom told me to say that, can you tell?) The snow can wait.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

I did learn something on that trip, and that’s the fact that I’m pretty much a professional ice skater.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Kristy Yama-who? She’s got nothing on me! I was born to triple-axel!

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

We then headed into the town of Estes Park to defrost our little paws where I was welcomed by Elkins Distilling Co’s canine greeter with a very warm embrace.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

I matched the decor! I was obviously born to be a distillery dog, too. Ollie was friendly, and I liked him (which is more than I can say for the majority of my species I encounter). He even shared his whiskey with me.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

In fact, I liked him much so that when he pulled a trick out of my own playbook—the old high-five, always guaranteed to impress the humans—I didn’t even try to show him up. How’s that for a bit of humility?

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

On our final day before flying back home to my collection of stuffed monkeys in balmy Tennessee, we headed to Denver early where we were supposed to meet up with Mom’s friend and colleague Lauren.

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

But first, we strolled around RiNo—which confused me as I always thought that was what they called that horned animal I’ve been told to steer clear of if should I ever find myself in the bush of South Africa (I later learned it stood for River North Art District … then why don’t they just call it that in the first place?!)—in the biting wind until it was time to find Lauren.

Mural Art in Denver

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Mural Art in Denver

The plan was to go for a brewskie or two—you may have heard, but Colorado is known for its breweries—only we were in for an unpleasant awakening after discovering that Denver had passed an ordinance last year banning dogs from all breweries, even on the patios. WHAT! Imagine if us of the superior species banned you people from our ‘hood (the great outdoors, obviously).

Mural Art in Denver

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Mural Art in Denver

Mural Art in Denver
Mural Art in Denver
Mural Art in Denver

Instead, we met Lauren in a park where I got to chase geese but it was so bitterly cold, none of us—no names (though I’m pointing my paw at you, humans)—lasted very long. I’ve decided if you don’t care for my kind, Denver, than I definitely don’t care for you. You’ve seen the last of this jetsetting pup!

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Colorado may not have given me snow (or beer in Denver for that matter), but I did get my dose of that white fluffy powder when we jetted off to upstate Washington for a week. Guess you’ll just have to tune in next time and read all about that adventure!

Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs

Until then,

Ella


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Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
Pet-Friendly Travel: Colorado with Dogs
COMMENTS
  • January 8, 2017

    What a lucky little pup to go on so many different road trips! My Shiva is staring at this post with jealousy in her eyes. She can only go as far as we can push her little wooden cart, although she has been to Germany a few times which is extremely exotic 😉
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    • January 13, 2017

      She really is! Someone needs to tell her how charmed her life is, as she sure sighs a lot like it’s the worst day ever, every day 😉

  • January 8, 2017

    Love this! Ella is adorable. We’ve been thinking about taking our own little poodle on more trips. We’ve arrived at so many places and realized we totally could have brought her. I think she and Ella would get along! ❤️

    • January 14, 2017

      She’s not as well behaved as she’d like you to think, ha! She’s great on planes, but heaven forbid we think about leaving her in the hotel room and she goes bananas. So we’ve decided she only gets to go (maybe) if we’re staying with friends because I stress out too much thinking about her disturbing other hotel guests.

  • January 9, 2017

    Love Ella! Make’s me want another dog…

    • January 14, 2017

      It sounds like it’s time… 😉

      Signed,
      An Enabler

  • January 9, 2017

    So cute! My three dogs aren’t liking to go outside much right now, average temps have been -5 so I can’t blame them! It makes my life easier not chasing them around in the dark with the moose!
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    • January 14, 2017

      Oooh, yeah, that’s pretty extreme, Janet! It got down to -3 while we were in Washington with Ella last week, but she didn’t brave anything below 5. And on those days, she was a shivering, wet mess after five minutes, so her mean mom would send her back inside!

  • January 9, 2017

    This was so much fun to read and it made me laugh. You certainly have a distinct voice for the pup and it is perfect! I can totally see that attitude coming out. I use to have pets and each on had a very distinct personality. It is a fun way to see a city through a different set of eyes. Thanks for sharing and giving me a laugh! I hope to read more. XO, Ellese

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    • January 14, 2017

      Aww, thanks, Ellese! Maybe Ella will write a children’s book someday. It’s on her to-do list 😉

  • January 10, 2017

    This probably is the cutest write up I’ve ever come across.Your pup is simply adorable.Thanks for sharing his thought with everyone.

    • January 14, 2017

      Thanks, Alex! The way she prances, I think she knows it, too. I’ll try and keep her ego in check 😉

  • January 10, 2017

    The pictures look great and the dog is really lucky to be such a seasoned traveller 🙂 his coat looks great too. Not got round to travelling with our dog yet, we usually have a family member or friend look after them but looks like fun. Thanks for the share.
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    • January 14, 2017

      We normally do the same, Sarah! Especially because we’re usually in hotels or Airbnbs that don’t allow dogs. These past two trips to Colorado and Washington, we were staying with friends so we took her and it was a blast!

  • January 11, 2017

    Adorable! What a fun that cute little pup and must have had.Keep traveling and keep sharing!

    • January 14, 2017

      Thank you, Ronnie! She’ll be back and sharing more from her Washington trip over New Year’s soon 😉

  • January 24, 2017

    What a cute looking Pup you Have. Amazing and very adorable looking photography. I Really enjoyed looking all these photos.

  • January 25, 2017

    Oh I love this! What a cutie. My dog loves to travel with me too, but I have yet to get him on an airplane so she’s way ahead of him there! I also love all your amazing photos of the adventure.

  • January 25, 2017

    Oh I love this! What a cutie. My dog loves to travel with me too, but I have yet to get him on an airplane so she’s way ahead of him there! I also love all your amazing photos of the adventure.

    • May 16, 2017

      Delayed response here, Greta, but I’ve found that dogs who are car riders are usually pretty good on the plane (at least in our case). Ella just lays down and sleeps—we don’t even have to drug her with doggie Benadryl! My moms dogs, on the other hand, are nightmares in the car so we never attempt to fly with them…

  • April 8, 2017

    Hi Ella, I liked all your pictures you have shared in your blog. Travelling with the pets is really amazing feeling, this will make pet friendly to us. Thanks for sharing!

  • June 20, 2017

    Nice pictures! I love to travel with my dogs too.

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