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Christina (Pasadena, California)
Hello.I love your articles on the National Parks and dogs but, (and this may not apply but it is in the National Forest) you forgot Mammoth Lakes.Thank you.
Robin (Malibu, California)
My letter is in response to the person who said that dogs don't fly in
the cargo hold with baggage, Since when? That's why the crates had to
be "airline approved" so when big suitcases fell on it, it would not collapse.
Also, my dog got loose in the cargo hold and I had to go get her--underneath
the belly--with the luggage. I am happy to hear about this new way of
travel because I stopped traveling because I couldn't take my dog. The
train also stopped taking pets in rooms. Maybe we could work on them--I
loved taking my dog in the room with me, and love the train, but they
stopped several years ago.
Susan (St Augustine, Florida)
I vacation in northern Minnesota, along the edge of Lake Superior, with my black lab mix. Grand Portage National Monument, while a small national park, seems to allow dogs everywhere except within the fenced area of the rebuilt stockade. This is to prevent a digging dog from disturbing archaeological evidence, according to a park ranger. This is a beautiful, but out of the way area that even allows dogs a chance to get in the (cold) water. I have discovered that the Minnesota north shore of Lake Superior is extremely dog friendly, with many cabins and hotels accepting dogs. Grand Marais, a small town at one of the entries to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and also the start of the Gunflint Trail, is an extremely dog friendly town. In addition, there are numerous state parks that also allow dogs on the trails and in the campgrounds. This is one of the reasons that my dog and I spend our vacation there each summer as there is lots for him to do as well as me!
Nancy (East Meadow, New York)
I am so glad that I am not alone in my quest to get my dog in the cabin of an airline. I was so thrilled to hear about "companion air" but then was very upset when I saw fares that I would never be able to afford. I can fly round trip to Florida for under $500 - but I would be paying well over $1,000 for my dog. It's not that it's not worth it - I just can't afford it. There has to be an airline who can accomodate dog lovers. I hope someday we will all have that opportunity.
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