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Doggin' Asheville - The 20 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In the Carolina Blue Ridge
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Doggin' Atlanta - The 20 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In North Georgia
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Doggin' Orlando - The 20 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In Central Florida
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A Bark in The Park - Baltimore
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A Bark in The Park - Berkshires
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A Bark in The Park - Boston
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A Bark in The Park - Chesapeake Bay
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A Bark in The Park - Cleveland
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A Bark in The Park - Connecticut
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A Bark in The Park - Delaware
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A Bark in The Park - Pennsylvania Dutch Country
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A Bark in The Park - Finger Lakes
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A Bark in The Park - Florida Panhandle
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A Bark in The Park - Long Island
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A Bark in The Park - North Jersey
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A Bark in The Park - North Carolina Coast
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A Bark in The Park - Northern Virginia
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A Bark in The Park - Philadelphia
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A Bark in The Park - Pittsburgh
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A Bark in The Park - Poconos
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A Bark in The Park - Rhode Island
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A Bark in The Park - South Jersey
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A Bark in The Park - South Carolina Lowcountry
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A Bark in The Park - Tidewater Virginia
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A Bark in The Park - Washington, D.C.
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A Bark in The Park - 50 Great Beaches To Take Your Dog
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A Bark On The Beach eBooks


A Bark on the Beach-New England
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A Bark on the Beach-Middle Atlantic
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A Bark on the Beach-South Atlantic
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A Bark on the Beach-Gulf of Mexico
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A Bark on the Beach-Pacific Ocean
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A Bark on the Beach-Great Lakes
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A Bark in The Park - 50 Great Beaches To Take Your Dog
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A Bark In The Park - 50 Great Beaches To Take Your Dog - $0.99
Have you ever noticed how many TV commercials and magazine ads show happy people walking down a beach with their dog? Fast forward to real life. Yes, it is hard to imagine any place a dog is happier than at a beach. Whether running around on the sand, jumping in the water or just lying in the sun, every dog deserves a day at the beach. But all too often dog owners stopping at a sandy stretch of beach are met with signs designed to make hearts - human and canine alike - droop: NO DOGS ON BEACH.

The reality is that about half of the beaches in America never allow dogs on the sand. Most of the rest only allow dogs in the off-season. Whenever you see a lifeguard stand you can assume your dog will not be welcome. Other beaches ban dog to protect nesting shorebirds.

But all is not lost. Here are 50 great places where you can get that dream vacation at the ocean with your dog. Included are beaches along the Atlantic coast, the Pacific coast and the highly restrictive gulf of Mexico. As a bonus, nine great Great Lakes beaches for your dog are described as well.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' American History
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin American History - $0.99
Experienced canine travelers are all too aware of the prohibitions against dogs on national park trails but not so many know about the hidden gems the national park service reserves for dog owners: historical parks and battlefields. Dogs are typically allowed anywhere outside buildings in these places and hikers will often find the same mountain views, verdant forests and refreshing streams familiar in national parks. All with the added bonus of engaging in our shared heritage along these tail-friendly trails.

America's national historic parks are great destinations for travelers with a dog or two or three in tow. In addition to immersing yourself in our country's heritage an outdoor adventure awaits as well.

DOGGIN' AMERICAN HISTORY describes these hallowed grounds as well as American Revolution and Civil War battlefields where your dog is welcome.

As a bonus, the final section describes American forts. The first thing European settlers did when they arrived on our shores was build a fort. From these crude wilderness earthworks and log blockhouses to the massive masonry fortifications of the 19th century, forts played an important role in American defense through World War II. Today forts have morphed into military bases that are cities in their own right. Many of the old forts remain wholly or partially intact, original or restored, and make unique canine hiking destinations with your dog.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's Big Trees
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's Big Trees - $0.99
When European settlers arrived on these shores virgin forest stretched nearly unbroken to the Mississippi River. Early Americans were extremely adept at clearing land for farms and stripping forests for building materials. By 1900, out of five trees that stood in Colonial days, only one survived. You could travel with your dogs for days and hardly ever see a big tree.

Today, much of the land has been reforested. Most eastern states whose slopes were cut bare in the 1800s now boast of more than 50% forestland. In a land of second- and third-growth woodlands “old growth forests” where trees have stood unmolested since the dawn of the America have become magical places.

Old growth forests conjure up images of huge trees but these ancient forests are best characterized by their diversity. The woods are speckled with large snags that have broken in storms and mammoth trunks of decaying dead trees teeming with life litter the forest floor. A woodland hike through an old growth forest is like no other hike you can take with your dog.

Searching out Big Trees makes an exciting outdoor vacation with your dog and this book describes several locations where these ancient treasures live.

Formal gardens and arboretums are often not high on the hit list for adventurers with dogs. Experienced travelers know there are attractions you drive right by with your dog’s nose pressed forlornly against the car window. Formal gardens are typically high on the list of places that do not allow dogs. But not so fast...turn that car around and give these a try from the bonus selection included.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's Coastal Islands
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's Coastal Islands - $0.99
Who doesn't want to get away to an off-shore island with the dog? Dogs are allowed on most of the public islands that lie off the coast of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And some of America's best islands for dogs are in the Great Lakes. This book describes America's off-shore islands you can visit with your dog, accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat.

As a bonus, the book describes many of America's historic lighthouses that are ideal destinations to visit with your dog.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's Highpoints
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's Highpoints - $0.99
Highpointers are folks who seek to stand atop the highest point in each of the 50 states. The first person known to have tagged the summits of the 48 contiguous states was a fellow named Arthur Marshall back in 1936. After Hawaii and Alaska were added to the union in the 1950s, Vin Hoeman became the person to reach the top of all 50 states. To date fewer than 200 people have been documented to have climbed - as the case may be - all 50 highpoints.

Your dog can be a Highpointer too. She can't complete all the peaks - there are places she can't go legally (the spectacular Mount Katahdin at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, for instance), mountains she can't climb physically (the vertical rock climbs at the top of Gannett Peak in Montana), or both (Mount McKinley, the highest of American peaks at over 20,000 feet). But that leaves plenty of state summits for your dog to experience.

The highest mountain in America's Lower 48 is California's Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet. But the hike to the top is not arduous and so popular permits are rationed out to get on the trail. You can hike with your dog to the shadow of the summit but the final steps will be yours alone as you leave the dog-friendly Inyo National Forest and travel into Sequoia National Park, where dogs are banned from the trails.

Want to make your dog a top dog? This book describes some of the most popular hikes you can take with your dog to America's state highpoints.

As a bonus the book takes a look at vacationing with your dog at some of America's top ski resorts. No, we’re not talking about schussing down a mountain slope side-by-side with your dog. And dogs and tightly groomed cross-country trails don’t mix. But if you are seeking a first-class destination for your trail dog come summer you can do a lot worse than considering some of America’s top ski resorts.


A Bark in The Park - A Primer For Hiking With Your Dog
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A Bark In The Park - A Primer For Hiking With Your Dog - $.99
You already walk your dog every evening, so you must be ready to start hiking with your dog as you travel this summer, right? Perhaps, but a deep-woods nature walk isn't always a stroll around the neighborhood block...

This book brings you the following topics:

* The First Steps
* Will My Dog Be Safe?
* Low Impact Canine Hiking
* Let’s Talk Ticks
* Your Dog And Bears
* Your Dog And Snakes
* Your Dog And Porcupines
* Your Dog And Alligators
* Your Dog And Skunks
* Your Dog’s Feet In Winter
* Hiking With Your Dog In The Mountains
* Hiking With Your Dog In Summer
* Is Your Dog Overheating
* Taking Your Dog To The Beach
* Help! My Dog Can’t Swim!
* Will I Lose My Dog In Quicksand?
* How To Follow A Trail
* Make Your Own Map

For a bonus chapter, "The Perfect Dog Bath" will tell you exactly how to give your dog the safest and most effective cleansing possible - until the next hike!



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's Hot Rocks
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's Hot Rocks - $0.99
Some of the best outdoor touring with your dog happens when you seek out America's spectacular displays of rocks - gorges, canyons, formations. this book describes how to take best advantage of America's hot rocks when visiting with your dog.

The bonus chapter, Doggin' Mount Rushmore, takes a look at America's most famous transformation of nature's rocks under the hand of man.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's National Parks
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's National Parks - $0.99
The welcome mat in our National Park System rolls up when we drive in with our dogs. Very few national parks allow dogs on hiking trails. In Yellowstone National Park dogs are not allowed more than 100 feet from roads, parking areas and campgrounds. In Yosemite National Park dogs can walk the paved paths of the Valley floor but are not permitted on any trail or slope. At the Grand Canyon dogs can walk along the South Rim in developed areas but can not go on any trail below the rim. At Zion National Park dogs are permitted on one mild trail.

This book describes the five best places to vacation with your dog in America's national parks.

Traveling with your dog across the United States can indeed be frustrating for the active dog owner. Many popular destinations such as American national parks do not welcome dogs. But active dog owners don't have to be shut out from America's splendors. Your dog can't trot among the giant saguaro cacti in Arizona's Saguaro National Park but he can hike past the stately sentinels of the desert on the Canyon Loop at nearby Catalina State Park. Dogs will never be able to walk under the greatest collection of natural bridges on earth at Utah's Arches National Park but just down the road dogs are welcome on the Negro Bill Canyon Trail in the Colorado River National Recreation Area that leads to the sixth longest stone arch in the United States. Your dog will never look 1000 feet straight down at the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in Canyonlands National Park but next door in Dead Horse Point State Park she can look down 1500 feet into the canyon at the Colorado River below.

This book describes nearby alternatives to our most popular national parks that deny access to dogs but where you can gain a similar experience with your dog.

Some of the best places to take your dog in the National Park System are to are the least publicized. Less crowds often mean less anti-dog prohibitions. This book describes some of the best small national par service properties for your dog. National parks are created with the dual missions of preservation and education. Dogs do not fit easily into that equation. More appropriate destinations across the American landscape for dog owners are the national recreation areas that are lands set aside for boating, hiking, off-roading and more.

As a bonus, DOGGIN' AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS, provides a list of rules for dogs in the National Park Service's 100 most visited properties.



A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's National Parkways
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's National Parkways - $0.99
The National Park Service has created two long-distance parkways that are dog-friendly and perfect for your next canine vacation. The granddaddy, the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to Tennessee is the country's most visited national park. Although dogs are not welcome in Great Smoky National Park at the southern terminus the rest of the 400-mile parkway is mostly open to your dog, including all the campgrounds.

A bit further to the west the Natchex Trace Parkway was developed along the historic route from the Ohio Valley to the Mississippi River. Both parkways are speckled with parks and historic sites that conspire to create multi-day outdoor adventures for any dog.



A Bark in The Park - 7 Great Road Trips To Take With Your Dog
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A Bark In The Park - Road Trippin' With Your Dog: 7 Great Tail-Friendly Trips To Take With Your Dog - $0.99
Every year an estimated 15 million people travel with their dogs. In recent years, mercifully, it has become much easier to do so with more and more lodging facilities becoming pet-friendly. But what happens when you actually want to leave the hotel room with your dog? Our national parks are notoriously unfriendly to dogs. Of the more than 1,500 public beaches in the United States more than half don’t allow dogs at all and most of the rest have some sort of restrictions. But there are rewarding outdoor vacations to be had out there that can include your dog. This book is not about traveling with your dog to tiny, fenced in dog parks or disappearing into the wilderness; it is about places you want to see, and taking your dog to share your fun. Here are seven great tail-friendly to take with your dog so grab that leash and get going!


A Bark in The Park - Doggin' America's Waterfalls
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A Bark In The Park - Doggin America's Waterfalls - $0.99
One of the best ways to craft an outdoor adventure vacation with your dog is to become a waterfall hunter. This book describes parts of the United States that are blessed with an abundance of hydrospectaculars. These are hiking and swimming wonderlands for you and your dog.

In the bonus chapter you will learn how to identify the various types of waterfalls from cascades to punch bowls.



A Bark in The Park - Where Can I Take My Dog To The Beach?
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A Bark In The Park - Where Can I Take My Dog To The Beach? - $0.99
It is hard to imagine many places a dog is happier than at a beach. Whether running around on the sand, jumping in the water , digging a hole or just lying in the sun, every dog deserves a day at the beach. But all too often dog owners stopping at a sandy stretch of beach are met with signs designed to make hearts - human and canine alike - droop: NO DOGS ON BEACH. Below is a quick traveling tour of America's beaches with each state ranked from the most dog-friendly (****) to the worst (*).

For a bonus chapter, the book describes The Chesapeake Bay, one of our great recreation destinations. More than 1 in every 15 Americans live within a short drive of the nation's largest estuary and millions come each year for the sailing, the lighthouses, the Atlantic Blue Crabs... What about for your dog? Some of the best Maryland state parks on the Bay don't allow dogs (Clavert Cliffs, Sandy Point) but there are some fine beaches to take your dog to nonetheless. Here are the ten best for dogs.


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