Saturday, August 10, 2019

Happy Dog Days of Summer--and a Contest!

By German shepherd Bella, of Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery Series

Happy August, everyone, and thanks for reading my article!  Click on the red words to follow a link with more information, and be sure to read to the bottom to enter a contest…

August is a great time to be a pooch in Seattle, so pack up your puppy and come visit! While you’re here, be sure to take your canine buddy to at least one of my five favorite Seattle destinations.  They are, in no particular order…

Green Lake is my go-to spot most days year round.  In fact, my third mystery (Karma’s a Killer) took place at Green Lake.  Green Lake is home to a three-mile walking trail for the humans, abundant wildlife to chase, and lots of water for toasty canines to cool off in on hot summer days.  Technically, it’s not legal to let Bowser dip his toes in the water, but I won’t tell if you don’t!  Just be sure to check to make sure the toxic algae levels are safe in case your canine companion decides to slurp himself silly.  

Tracy's pup, Ana, wishing she could chase this Green Lake gaggle of geese!
Magnuson Dog Park:  
This off-leash dog park has it all: large, open play areas, a dog-friendly beach, and special small and shy dog areas.  Reactive dogs like me probably shouldn’t go in there, as we’re likely to cause a scuffle, but there’s a large on-leash park we can go to on the same property.

Tracy and her dog, Tasha, now at the Rainbow Bridge, resting in the on-leash area of Magnuson Park
Technically Richmond beach isn’t in Seattle, but it’s a very short drive away, and unlike Seattle's beaches (except the one at Magnuson Dog Park) , your canine buddy is legal here, as long as he stays on leash.  Be sure to pack a picnic basket with lots of doggy treats and take time to dip your toes in the water.

Ana Pup, resting after gorging herself at a Richmond Beach Picnic
This 220-acre park features trails, fresh running streams, lush vegetation, an apple orchard, and gorgeous beach views.  The park rangers are strict about the no-dogs-on-the-beach policy, but there are plenty of trails for hiking.  The trails can be narrow in places, so super reactive dogs may have some challenges. 

Tasha Dog and Tracy on one of the Carkeek Park trails
This gorgeous plant haven offers wide open spaces, squirrels and... wait for it... BUNNIES!  There is an unbelievable variety of plant life, and the discerning canine has a wide choice of sniff spots.  The Arboretum is huge and sparsely populated, so it’s easy to avoid other dogs if you need to.
Now for the contest:  Where do you and your pets like to go during the dog days of summer?  List your favorite destination in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win any one of my six Downward Dog Mysteries!

Good luck, and check out all of my adventures, including my newest, Murder Likes it Hot at Tracy Weber's author website!


  1. We love to travel - especially to the nations great parks - to explore natures beauty. Snickerdoodle is a great traveler as long as he can see where he's going. Who can blame him for that! So after trying many bought tubs, things to stack to the right height, and just about anything you can think of, we finally found that a very sturdy tomato box with lid exactly fits the space between hubby and my seat belts and with his pillow on top for comfort is exactly the right height to see over the dash and out the front window yet below the rear view mirror. He's one happy camper when he's there and managed to get a few smiles and waves from folks from passing cars.

    We never take a trip without doing research on where pets are allowed to stay and enter. Since most of the our traveling is in the summer time, it's way too hot to even consider leaving him in the car. You might not think so, but it is hard to find decent and reasonable places to stay with our furbabies. They are either places he can stay, but I'd rather not or they want to take on up to $75 a night pet fee. Now how can you have a dozen wild human kids that disrupt and tear up scratch for no extra charge, but you bring in one little housebroken chihuahua furbaby who travels with his own bed, potty, gate and toys and doesn't bark at noises or strangers and be charges such fees??? So planning ahead it a must for us. At almost 15 and having never been left or boarded, we don't plan on starting now. :)

    Whenever possible we take him on the scenic drives and to the parks destinations with us. If we are going someplace that would be too tiring for him or he's not allowed, then he's left in the motel room with food, water, toys and the TV going for company. :) We love going to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons because they allow pets in their cabins and there are lots of drives that he can accompany us on.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win one of your Downward Dog Mysteries!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. We're new to San Antonio, Texas, so we haven't really found a great place here yet to take the dogs this summer (and it is really hot!). When we were in Colorado, they loved laying out on our deck over the river and barking at the rafters going by.

  3. When we go on road trips Bogie is a great traveler. He is content and happy with our destinations. We take him to the beach, the mountains and to small historic towns. He can run free and enjoy the surroundings and no one minds. He is friendly and needs to have change. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. My dog, Stitch, loved car rides and we made a lot of road trips to Michigan. She loved seeing and playing with my Sister's dogs.

  5. My 16 year old cat likes to follow the sun around the house for optimum napping pleasure.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. Out on the patio by the fish pond.

  7. Me and the cats like to stay inside when it's hot! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. Thanks all for the great ideas. Keep them coming!

  9. Estes Park is great for dogs and humans!

  10. My cat prefers to sleep in the window since I no longer allow her outside. (The stray neighborhood cat attacked her a few months ago requiring surgery.) JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. My pup, a Yorkie mix, is tiny so his favorite place is walking around our neighborhood, choosing a different route each day. My grandpups are larger and love exploring. Remy walks around Como Lake and loves the dog park near his home. Sadie and Stella love Lebanon Hills and Blackhawk park to walk and explore.

  12. I love this series! I have always had cats. We stay inside during the summer! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. The walk along the creek is a great favorite.


  14. We love to go to the park and walk in the woods with all the trees.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  15. Being as the temperature here in San Angelo, Texas, is in the triple digits (normal Summer weather) our three rescued furbabies prefer inside, where there is A/C, with momma on the recliner while she reads! I would love to read this series! Have a magical week!

  16. sweet pictures. Now we have only a cat, and he stays in the house. But before him we had a Keeshond. We would take her to my moms who lived on 5 acres and she could run free. We all had a fun time. She had a big back yard at home, but nothing like grandmas. LOL I would love to read your books. Thanks for a chance.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  17. We totally stay inside in the air conditioning & celing fan cool. It's Texas and it's been over 100 degrees with high humidity every day. We just go out to for quick walks and play inside. :) I would love to read! cornpeassmile-4(at)outlook(dot)com.

  18. We are homebodies. We curl up on the bed or in the chair with the air conditioner and fan on and running.

  19. We go to the beach in La Jolla, CA and run. Often the waves cover our feet. We go early in the mornings.
    What fun!
    jwisley(aol)dot (com)

  20. With the summer heat we just go on neighborhood walks in the cooler hours. Normally we go to a dog park that is completely outshined by the ones you listed. I wish there was park funding/support for a park attendant.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  21. And the winner is Teddi1961! Thanks for the comments, everyone!