Take Home a Dog or Cat from BARCS!

We’re sharing a few more special adoptables from the Baltimore County Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), PetravelR’s™ featured Adopt a Friend shelter!

Hammer - Mastiff mix

Hammer – Mastiff mix



Hi, my name is Hammer but my foster parents call me Hammy.  I am a handsome fellow who gets along well with all furry friends and humans too!  I am a very good listener, like long walks and will sit and lay down for a treat!  I especially love my backpack which I carry my water and treats in!  I am waiting for my forever home and can’t wait to show my love with wet doggie kisses!



Tango - Terrier/Pit Bull mix

Tango – Terrier/Pit Bull mix



Hi, I’m Tango! I am about 7 years old and have a lot of years left in me!  I am very smart and motivated by treats- everyone raves about how easy I am to train! I am over all of that annoying puppy behavior but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep up with them!  I have a lot of energy level and enjoy playing and having fun!! Come to BARCS to meet me today!


Jelly Bean – Terrier/Pit Bull Mix



Meet Jelly Bean!  This little gal is cute as a button.  Jelly Bean loves a good party and has fun wherever she goes! She was fearless during her dog test – playful, fun and high energy.  She lacks the polished social skills of a more experienced pup, but definitely had a blast with her new dog friends. She particularly loves toys and is content to entertain herself with a tennis ball.  Jelly Bean has quickly become a favorite here at BARCS – come down to meet her yourself!


Angel Cakes - Domestic Shorthair mix

Angel Cakes – Domestic Shorthair mix


I’m Angel but some call me Angel Cakes for my bodacious curves and plus sized figure. I’m the perfect combination of sweet and sassy with a personality all my own.  I fancy myself the queen of the castle and want all of your attention!  I’ve got a lot of love to give and would be the perfect roommate, tidy and polite.  I don’t even scratch the furniture.  Could you be the family I‘ve been waiting for?


Nigel - American Shorthair mix

Nigel – American Shorthair mix


I’m Nigel, an independent boy who loves to be petted, especially on my head, near my ears.  I love my wet food and spending time looking out the window watching the birds.  I also really love to play! A kitty buddy that likes playing would be wonderful.  I can play a little rough so a home with no small children would be best for me.  Do you have room in your home and your heart for me? I am currently living in a foster home so please email foster@baltimoreanimalshelter.org to arrange a meeting.


Topaz - Russian Blue mix

Topaz – Russian Blue mix

Topaz is beautiful, with silky, blue-gray fur.  She loves to find a lap to sit in, and really enjoys pets!  Topaz is a little confused here at the shelter and anxious to find her way back into a home!



PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.



Albuquerque Kennel Lock-Up Fundraiser!

The Albuquerque Animal Shelter is holding an unusual fundraiser on Saturday January 31 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm!

Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department dog residents will have some prominent roommates tomorrow, as local radio, local personalities and businesses take part in a Kennel Lock-Up to raise funds for spay and neuter.  The animal-loving volunteers will be locked up in the kennels awaiting the public’s help in bailing them out.  This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 in four hours.

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All proceeds will benefit the Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres spay and neuter project to help prevent the births of unwanted puppies and kittens. This is a meaningful way to demonstrate your compassion and concern for animals.  Anyone (you don’t have to live in Albuquerque, or even in New Mexico!) can make a donation to bail out your favorite participant!  Here’s the list of the wonderful sponsors that you can help bail out!

Watch a KRQE News 13 story about the event -

This family-friendly event includes 16 info tables and pizza provided by Papa Murphy’s. The event will feature an adoption fee of $7 for any pet who is one year or older. The special pricing will be available at ALL Albuquerque  shelter locations: Eastside, Westside and Lucky Paws.

The Kennel Lock-up will be held Saturday, January 31, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Eastside Shelter, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE.  Please donate to support this great cause!

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(To be honest, PetravelR™ would rather see people who abuse animals locked up, but then we wouldn’t want to bail any of them out!)

More Adoptable Dogs & Cats at BARCS!

As PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend continues to spotlight the Baltimore County Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, we want you to meet some more wonderful BARCS animals.  Do you have room in your home and your heart for one of these special guys?

Rodney - Terrier, Pit Bull Mix

Rodney – Terrier, Pit Bull Mix


Rodney is so cute and very sweet too! He just loves to run, play and act silly in the play yard! As you can tell from his picture, he has a lot of patience too- he didn’t mind wearing a winter hat and loves having his picture taken! He quickly became a volunteer and staff favorite here at BARCS and is loved by everyone! Rodney did great at the recent adoption event and has his paws crossed he will find his forever home! Come to BARCS to meet this sweet boy today!

Darla - Terrier, Pit Bull Mix

Darla – Terrier, Pit Bull Mix



Darla is so adorable and incredibly sweet. Her sad puppy-dog eyes will make you melt. Darla is very shy, but loves to come and give you gentle little kisses. Once she warms up, she will even give you a couple tail wags to let you know she enjoy’s your company. Darla was assessed with other dogs and is playful but unsure of herself, and in need of more socialization.



Angus - Domestic Shorthair Mix

Angus – Domestic Shorthair Mix

Angus is one sweet cat. He is a little shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he is your bff. He is very playful, and loves his mouse toys. He is very good about using his scratchy box and post. He will snuggle in bed with you, and enjoy a belly rub until your arm is sore. Angus likes the other kitties in the house, and would probably like to have kitty friends in his forever home. Angus is currently at the Petco Halethorpe, 3591 Washington Blvd. Come on down and meet him today!

Molly - Domestic Shorthair Mix

Molly – Domestic Shorthair Mix

At 7 years young, Molly is a wonderful mix of playful and calm! She has a classic torbie pattern and coloring, with gorgeous, large green eyes. She is sweet, affectionate, loves a lap, and likes to perch up high on her foster mom’s cat tree. It may take her a couple days to warm up to you and settle into the sounds and smells of her furrever home, but Molly’s sweet tenderness and tiny meow are worth the wait.

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.

Circuit Toys for Your Cat!

Some of the pet gear we’ve blogged about here at PetravelR™ have been a bit, ahem, pricey.  So today, we’ve got a couple of nifty cat toys that you can buy for your favorite felines for about $15.

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The Hagen Catit Design Senses Play Circuit incorporates sight, sound, and touch and is specially designed to entice, engage, and entertain a cat.   The curved, peek-a-boo track allows your cat to see, chase, and swat the gray and green swirled ball that is specially designed to attract a cat’s attention.  The Play Circuit measures 2.25″ wide x 2″ high x 45.5″ long and has four blue and white tracks with 2 ends that can be arranged in different layouts.  Additional tracks can also be purchased to enlarge the set-up.

Catit play circuit

The Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit is a high-velocity upgrade of the Play Circuit, with elevated tracks adding a fast-paced roller coaster element.  Energetic cats will love the extra visual stimulation from the motion-activated illuminated ball that allows for day or nighttime play. The Speed Circuit sends your cat all around trying to catch the ball, providing lots of exercise.   The Speed Circuit measures 2.25″ wide x 3″ high x 45.5″ long.  The track can be redesigned to keep maintain your cat’s interest, and you can also purchase additional tracks separately.

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Prices ranges from $9.80 to $14 for the Catit Senses Play Circuit and $ 12.15 to $18 for the Speed Circuit, plus shipping.  Both are available at several online retailers including ValuePetSupplies.com, Drs Foster & Smith, Chewy.com, EntirelyPets.com, and Amazon.

Watch Your Pet’s Winter Weight

We recently blogged about winter weather pet safety, but here’s a hidden seasonal danger that PetravelR™ failed to mention:  winter weight gain!

Yes, it appears that dogs and cats can be as prone to winter weight creep as their owners.  According to a recent article from petMD, winter weight gain can be a serious problem for pets living in seasonal climates.

Photo courtesy of petMD

Photo courtesy of petMD

Dogs often don’t get as many long walks once the temperature drops, and cats that are used to a daily run in an outdoor enclosure may choose to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy.  If your dog or cat is normally active and in good physical condition, PetMD recommends that you create a special winter exercise plan to ensure that he or she works off those extra calories.  Be sure to consult your veterinarian if your pet has any health issues or is overweight or obese – your vet can also show you how to check for signs of obesity.  Read the full petMD article here.


Baltimore County Adoptables at BARCS!

PetravelR™ is currently featuring the Baltimore County Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) on Adopt a Friend, and we wanted to introduce some of their very adoptable animals who are looking for forever homes -

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and Ham, an adorable Bulldog/American Terrier/Pit Bull, might be just the sweetheart you’re looking for!



Hi, I’m Ham!  I am about 2 years old and as you can tell by my pictures- I am pretty much the cutest dog you will meet!  I love spending time with staff and volunteers here – I even was an office dog for a couple of days!  I love going for walks and getting attention!  And guess what? I’m already neutered so that means I can go home with you TODAY!  Don’t wait any longer- come meet me today!



Or how about Missy – she loves to gives kisses and would make the perfect Valentine!



Are you a fashionista with a closet full of cute clothes? Meet your match! This is “Missy” and she is looking for a great home with a stylish flair and someone to play for dress up with.  She’s sweet as pie, 8 years young and as you can see she’s also very fashionable!  She walks well on the leash (no crazy pulling!),  has wonderful manners, and she listens very well! Come to BARCS and meet your match today!



If you’re a cat person, BARCS has lots of sweethearts for you, too!

Kenzie is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair mix looking for her special Valentine!

BARCS Kenzie



Kenzie is a sassy lady. She loves wearing fancy accessories (or tolerates them very well). She enjoys lounging, purring and being superior to other cats. She’s looking for a home where she can live among her equals and bask in the glow of a loving family. Come meet this princess today!



If you’re looking for a mature lady, Ally is an absolutely gorgeous 12-year old domestic medium hair mix ready to come home with you!



Ally is a very sweet girl who loves to chat. She is very good using her litterbox and loves her wet food. She is up-to-date on her shots and has been spayed. A quiet home would be ideal for her. If you’d like to meet Ally, please e-mail her foster mom at reds4302@verizon.net.


Learn more about BARCS and how you can help them provide love and care for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals on Adopt a Friend.


Sit Stay Ride! Dogs in Sidecars!

You may have already seen a news story on Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Side Car Dogs.  But, in case you missed, it, PetravelR™ wants to share this with you.

Sit Stay Ride Kirby

Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in the open air of motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the highway. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.

Sit Stay Ride Fernand

Sit Stay Ride Dixie





This full-length documentary film is produced and directed by husband-wife team Eric and Geneva Ristau. They’ve been making films for many years. Their rescue dogs, Captain and Godfrey have helped, too.  Watch the trailer -


Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs – Trailer from Ristau & Liimatta on Vimeo.

SSR Patch

If you enjoyed the trailer and would like to see the whole documentary, purchase the dvd, blu-ray or video-on-demand download on the website. You can also buy a Sit Stay Ride t-shirt, sticker, and motorcycle patch – and 25% of your purchase will be donated to the American Humane Society or other animal welfare organization.


Sit Stay Ride Artie

Happy trails from your friends at PetravelR™

Animal Rescue Fundraisers in Mechanicsburg PA!

Speranza Animal Rescue in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania has a great fundraiser planned for this evening, Friday January 23, and another on Wednesday January 28 -

Drop by tonight’s Howling Fun Fundraiser at Alta View Wellness, 4814 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA for your psychic reading, tarot reading, or a healing session and help the homeless animals of Speranza Animal Rescue! 

Speranza fundraiser 1.23.2015


And Join Susan & Charity at the Barefoot Wellness Studio, 130 Gettysburg Pike Suite A, Mechanicsburg PA on Wednesday January 28 at 7:30 pm for karma yoga to benefit area homeless animals.  This is a beginner class.  Advance registration is required and donations are requested, with 100% of your generous donations going to Speranza Animal Rescue.



Dog Snow Booties

As a follow-up to our post on winter safety tips, here’s some information on dog booties.  These can protect your dog’s foot pads from de-icing chemicals and salt, prevent ice from accumulating between the toes, and help keep paws warm on bitter cold days.

Before you purchase boots for your dog, watch this great video from Backcountry K-9 that shows you how to properly size your dog for boots -

Here are a couple of popular brands of snow booties for you to consider -

 Ultra Paws PawTectors -

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  • Fully waterproof with soft fleece lining
  • Ideal for wet climates and protection from winter salt and chemicals
  • Double-sided wear ability
  • Adjustable Velcro closures

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Ultra Paws says to think of these as galoshes for your dog – they are covered in a pliable PVC product, a little stiffer than our other boots with waterproof protection.  PawTectors come in four sizes from small to xlarge and are available for $30-$35 in black, red or pink.  Available online from Ultra PawsTarget and KeepDoggieSafe.com.

Granite Gear Mush Booties - 

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  • Designed for traction on snow
  • Ergonomically designed to fit the shape and curves of your dog’s foot
  • Mimic the natural directional texture of a dogs paw
  • You can feel the grip on the boot pad, just like climbing skins!


Note: Granite Gear Mush Booties are sold in pairs, so you’ll need two sets for one dog.  Available in black for $18-$25/pair, in four sizes (small to xlarge) from Granite GearGearX.com, and BackcountryK9.com.

There are many brands and styles of dog booties available.  These two have gotten good reviews, however PetravelR™ has not tried them and is not endorsing them. We recommend that you do your own research to find the right booties for your dog.

Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

Winter can be a dangerous time for your pets, and PetravelR™ wants to share these important tips for keeping them safe and healthy in the cold weather:

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  • Keep your dog or cat indoors and out of the elements as much as possible in the cold weather, and remember that even if the temperature is above freezing, windchill can threaten your pet’s life.


  • Despite their fur coats, dogs and cats are sensitive to severe cold and are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just like humans.  Be alert to signs of exposure, such as whining, shivering, appearing anxious, slowing down or stopping movement, or looking for places to burrow.
  • Paw pads, nose, ears, and tail are at the greatest risk for frostbite and can suffer permanent damage.  Check these areas on your dog for frostbite after each walk – if the skin stays pale and cold even after coming back inside, or if you see swelling and redness, these are signs of frostbite and you should immediately consult your veterinarian.
  • Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies are more tolerant of cold weather – but should never be left outdoors for long periods in freezing temperatures.  Short-haired pets feel the cold faster and short-legged dogs may become cold faster because bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground.  These dogs often need the added protection of a coat or sweater for cold weather walks.  It’s a good idea to have a few, so that you always have a dry one available when taking your dog outside, because a wet coat or sweater can be worse than none at all.
Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island SPCA

Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island SPCA

  • If your pet suffers from diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease), he or she may be even more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes.  Arthritic and elderly pets can have difficulty walking on snow-covered or icy ground, are can be prone to slipping and falling on slick surfaces.
  • Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paw pads, and licking the chemicals off their feet can make an animal seriously ill.  There are pet-safe de-icers available, but unfortunately not everyone uses these products on their sidewalks and driveways.  So be vigilant about washing or thoroughly wiping your pet’s feet with warm water immediately following every trip outside.  It is also a good idea to make a habit of checking your dog or cat’s feet on a regular basis after they come in from outside to be sure that the footpads and toes are clean and free of abrasions.  Look for signs of cold-weather injuries, such as cracked foot pads or bleeding.  Sudden lameness during a walk could be caused by an injury or by the accumulation of ice between the toes.
Photo courtesy of petMD

Photo courtesy of petMD

  • Consider purchasing canine booties to protect your dog’s foot pads.  Booties can also keep hard snow and ice from accumulating between your dog’s toes.  If your dog won’t tolerate booties, another option is Musher’s Secret, a waxy substance that can be applied to your dog’s paws to help protect toes and paw pads outdoors.
  • Another potentially fatal winter hazard is antifreeze or engine coolant.  While many coolant manufacturers have changed their formula so that they do not have a sweet taste, many antifreeze products on the market still have a sweet smell and taste that can attract animals, who will lap up any spills on the ground.  The main ingredient of many antifreeze solutions is ethylene glycol, an extremely toxic chemical that can cause severe nervous system and kidney damage within a short period after ingestion.  Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic, but they can still sicken pets and wildlife if ingested.  Be sure to clean up all antifreeze spills - even small ones – immediately and thoroughly, and watch for any sign of antifreeze spills where you walk your dog.
  • Pets are just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as they are in the summer, so give your dog plenty of fresh water both before and after a winter walk.

Watch this video from HSUS for more winter pet care tips -

From your friends at PetravelR™

Sources:  Humane Society of the United States; petMD; American Veterinary Medical Association; Caitlin Scott for Better Homes & Gardens