Month: January 2014

First Snow Day of the Season!

Its finally snowing here in the South and we love the snow! I bundled Basil up the best I could and went out to enjoy the beginning of this snow storm.

Now we are cuddling in the nice warm house and watching the white stuff fall. If it is snowing you your neck of the woods make sure you are staying warm and safe when on the roads.

Thanks mother nature for the best birthday present Basil could of asked for!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Happy Happy 4th Birthday Basil!

Today my little Boston travel hound is the big 04! We are celebrating with a new rope toy, tons of treats, and peanut butter & carrot pup-cakes! A DIY how-to making these dog friendly cupcakes will be posted later today.

So make sure to wish Basil a very happy birthday day so this cute face doesn’t feel like his is getting old!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Birthday Boy Basil

Tips for Road Tripping with your dog!

Over pack – When it comes to dogs always over pack! Bring everything that you may need just in case. Bring food, large refillable bottle of water, blanket, favorite toy, leash and food/water bowls. We have portable dishes that stay in the car at all times. Plan for an emergency. Even if you are only going on a short day trip, plan for a longer trip, just in case.

Check the weather along your route – For a longer trip make sure to check the weather on the route you will be taking. This isn’t just for you but for your dog. If you need to stop and have to leave your dog in the car you want to make sure its not going to be too hot or too cold. Extreme weather can harm your pet! Never leave your pet in the car when the temperature is above 69 degrees fahrenheit. If its cold my basic rule of thumb is, if its too cold for you its too cold for your dog!

Stop often – You know your dog better than anyone, so you know when they have to use the bathroom. When we are on the road I try to stop at a rest area and let Basil potty even 2 hours at the least. This may sound like a lot but for us and Basil, who is a smaller dog who drinks plenty of water, this works. If you have a larger dog you may not need to stop so much but I would say its better to be safe than sorry!

Make a comfortable space for your pet – For us we have never crated Basil or Nolan when in the car. They have both been great road trip dogs and are just happy to chill in the back seat. To make Basil comfortable I always bring his favorite blanket. He curls up in it and falls asleep. To keep the car seats protected we use a little weight weighted water proof picnic blanket. Its perfect for keeping the car clean from wet, dirty dog or spilled food or water. It is washable and folds up super small. For those of you that do use a crate in the car make sure to add comforts from home like a pillow or blanket.

Set the child locks on the windows – This sounds funny but it is something that we have learned over the years and it has really come in handy. If we don’t set the child locks on the power windows Basil takes it upon himself to lower the windows in the back seat no matter what the weather outside may be.  

 These five tip have helped us when traveling with our dog all over the United States by car. If you have any other tips you would like to add make sure to let me know in the comments below. Hope everyone is staying warm!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Basil’s Favorite Things – The Seattle Seahawks!

In this house we are serious about our favorite sports team, the Seattle Seahawks, and Friday means Blue Friday! Every Friday before a game we wear our colors proud and Basil is not left out. 12th dog all the way!

So this weekend make sure to support one of the 4 teams that are playing for a chance at the Super Bowl. If you’re not into football you can always join the 12th man and support the Seahawks, we are fine with everyone jumping on our bandwagon! The more the merrier! Go Hawks!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Throwback Thursday – Best Cartoon Dogs from the 90’s

Happy Thursday everyone! For this Throwback Thursday we going to take you back to our favorite decade, the 1990’s! Back in the 90’s there were some great cartoons and some every better cartoon TV dogs. This list is our top 10 favorite dogs we wish were still around or at least still on TV!

#10 Clifford the Big Red Dog 1988 – 2003

Clifford the Big Red Dog



In the early 90’s I loved Clifford! When the Scholastic book fair came to school I always had to get a new CBRD book. Then the TV show started and Clifford was just as sweet on the small screen as he was in the pages of my books!

#9 Spike from Rugrats 1991 – 2004

Spike From The Rugrats



Spike, the good old dog from Rugrats. He looked after Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, and the twins, Phil & Lil,  when their parents were nowhere to be found. Spike is number 9 on our list because he was a true loyal pet and an all around silly dog.

#8 Astro from The Jetsons TV: 1962 – 1987 Movie: 1990

Astro from The Jetsons

Okay, The Jetsons aren’t really a TV show from the 1990’s but if you were a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons in the early 90’s you pretty much loved The Jetsons. The idea that the future could someday look like this and that we were going to walk our dogs outside on a flying treadmill was so magical. In The Jetson everything was so different but one thing stayed the same, Astro their crazy dog.

#7 Odie from Garfield 1982 – Present

Odie from Garfield


Odie was a great TV dog! He loved his cat to the extreme and had no cute that Garfield hated his guts.

#6 Underdog 1964 – 1973 Syndication until 1996



Reruns count! Not being old enough to have watched the original airings of Underdog all I got was reruns. If you haven’t watched Underdog before make sure to look it up and enjoy!

#5 Brain from Inspector Gadget TV: 1983 – 1986 Syndication until the late 1990’s Movie: 1999


The show was called Inspector Gadget but it really should have been call The Penny & Brain show. The inspector may of had all the gadgets but Brain was the real “brains” of the operation. Calling it now, smartest dog on TV!

#4 Buttons from Animaniacs: Mindy & Buttons 1993 – 1998

Buttons and Mindy from Animaniacs


Buttons, the dog that looked after Mindy, the little girl who can’t stop getting in trouble. He loved her so much he was willing to put his life on the line every week, just to save hers!

#3 Pork-chop From Doug 1991 – 1996

Porkchop from Doug


Pork-chop is number 3 on our list not just because he was a awesome dog to Doug but Pork-chop is an amazing dog name!

#2 Scooby Doo 1969 – Present

Scooby Doo


Not much needs to be said… Scooby Doo rocks!

#1 Ren & Stimpy 1991 – 1996



Ren & Stimpy may look like a sweet kid show but it was far from that! A (at times) gruesome and hilarious for adults only kind of show. Its number one on our list because even though it was pretty ridiculous it is a cartoon classic!

Hope you like our list. Let me know in the comments below of some of your all-time favorite TV pets.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Basil’s Favorite Things – Burt’s Bees Dog Shampoo

Its Friday and its time for a very over due bath for Sir Basil. Somehow he has gotten out of it everyday for about the last month; Not today! I started the bath, added the bubbles and wake him up from his daily afternoon nap.

He begged me with those eyes to keep that very strong dog odor that he worked so hard for, but it didn’t work!

So, after a few moments of the sad eyes, in the bath Basil went. Being the amazing dog that Basil is he doesn’t fight it or cry he just tries to enjoy the warm water and yummy smell coming from his favorite puppy shampoo. Burt’s Bees Apple & Eucalyptus Deodorizing Shampoo is just perfect. It smells fantastic, bubbles up well, and cleans this little black & white dog like nobodies business!

If you haven’t used Burt’s Bees before we highly recommend it. Their shampoo is made from natural ingredients and is 100% cruelty free. Its easy on Basil sensitive skin and leaves him smelling like apples!

After being soaped up and then rinsed off it was time to call in the “muscle”, also know as my husband. We have a very old house and a super deep bath tub so lifting a wet, 25 lb. dog out of the bath without getting soaked is a little tricky for me.

Once out we dried him off and watched his attitude change from sad face back to the happiest dog in the world! He knows that always after a bath he gets rewarded with many treats, which he totally did! He now smells delicious and I hope that lasts for a long time. 

If you are looking for a new dog shampoo give Burt’s Bees a try. You can find at pet stores or we always get it in the pet section of Home Goods.

Hope everyone is have happy Friday and staying warm!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

4th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge by

Today this post is for the 4th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge that is put on by I’ll answer some questions about my blog and what my goals are for 2014. Hope you enjoy and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s responses.



1. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first time, give us a quick description of what your blog is about.

I started Basil’s Travels about 6 months ago. My husband, dog (Basil) and I love to travel and one morning this last summer the idea of sharing our stories with fellow dog & travel lovers popped into my head via a silly made up song! Our blog is about travel tips and adventures but also about the silly goings-on of a soon to be 4 year old Boston Terrier. 

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you most proud.

The one thing that probably makes me most proud is the response I have received from all over the world. Basil is such an amazing dog and to hear that from people we have never met before or people from other countries really makes me smile. 

3. When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you?

This is Basil’s Travels 1st Pet Blogger Challenge but when I think back over all the posts from last year I see just how much I have “traveled” out of the box. When I first started I was sure of what I could and couldn’t do. Now I feel like I have tried new things that I may have been scared to try at the beginning.

4. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own sites?

I have learned to be happy about similar blogs and not sad. This sounds kind of silly but at the beginning I was so afraid that I wasn’t going to get views or followers because there are many other pet travel blogs like Basil’s Travels. Now I see those other blogs as encouragement and less as competition. I love reading fellow pet blogs and think I can only learn and grow from their wisdom. I feel like the pet blogging veterans have blazed the trail for all of us newbies and I am very grateful!

If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

My question would be, how do you stay positive when it comes to writers block? I find some weeks I have so many ideas that my fingers are burning a hole in my keyboard and then some weeks I’m looking at my computer screen with not one idea in my head. It can get very discouraging and sometimes it is very hard to get out of that funk!

5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

I have found that social media does wonders! I absolutely love Twitter and use it multiply times a day. I link my new posts, add silly photos and sometimes just let my followers in on what we are doing right at that moment. I also, tweet at the business or city I am writing about. If your content is good and your photos are of high quality its pretty easy to get a retweet. I have found that this brings way more traffic to my blog than I ever thought it would. It also helps me connect to other pet bloggers and it actually lead me to find this very Pet Blogger Challenge!

6. How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year?

I try to spend at least 1 hour a day getting my blog out there. I know Basil & I are still a small fish in a large pond so the more I can let people know about what we doing the better. I know that a lot of people spend hours each day and I hope to commit more time everyday this coming year.  

7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience?

On Basil’s Travels I use Google Analytics. It helps me see what gets a lot of views and when someone spends a good amount of time on my blog or if they just click and move along. I also relay on my close friends and family for their honest opinions on what is working and what isn’t. 

How do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you’ve been writing about for a while?

I’ll stop doing a feature when it becomes work! This is my passion so if something really becomes hard is when its time to think of something else and move on. If its too much work its just going to come across forced and no one wants to read that!

8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?

I’ll comment when I find myself wanting to continue reading even when its over. If I can relate to the piece or if you can really feel the writers love for what they are talking about I’ll comment. Maybe just to tell them I loved the piece or maybe to ask questions. I love when people leave comments on my post and always want to get praise to other bloggers.

9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?

Almost ever Friday I do a feature called Basil’s Favorite Things which really is a product review of things that Basil’s loves using or that we feel like others need to know about. As for giveaways, I haven’t yet done one just because I want to put together a really good one. But there is a good one currently in the works right now!

10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?

I change my scenery! Sometimes its as easy as going to the local Starbucks and finding a comfy chair and really focus. Sometimes its a little harding and I have to just walk away from it. Come back to it later and hope that that helps my process. 

11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?

Being such a new blogger I haven’t yet taken a real break. I want to get my name out there and maybe once I am where I want to be I’ll think about taking a break. But I don’t know if I will ever be at that place. Onward and up-ward!

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?

I get discouraged every now and then but I don’t think I’ll ever quit. Basil is such an amazing dog and just his face makes me want to share it with as many people as I can. Maybe if we become hermits and never leave the house but I think even then I’ll still be blogging about the everyday antics of a shut-in! 

12. What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?

My goals for 2014 would probably be to make more friends and get more involved in the pet blogging community. Everyone I have met so far is so friendly and I would love to start new relationships with fellow bloggers. Maybe host some guest bloggers and do some guest blogging for others. Anything that happens is a blessing and all I can say is Bring on 2014!


Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Throwback Thursday – No No Nolan in Leavenworth, WA

Hello all! This throwback Thursday I would love to share a photo of our late Boston Nolan. One of his all time favorite places to travel, as well as Basil’s, is Leavenworth, WA. This photo was taken back in the summer of 2011 and I can tell you that it was a very hot day. We tried to get Nolan to go swimming but even though it was over a 100 degrees out the river water, which was flowing right from the mountain hills, was very brisk. This photo shows you just about how much No No Nolan was willing to put up with when it comes to the act of swimming!

After this photo was snapped I got him a little wet, gave him a drink of fresh water, and headed back to the comfortable air conditioned hotel. In Nolan’s eyes that was just heaven!

Coming next week for #TravelTuesday I will be posting Basil’s Travel review of Leavenworth so make sure to check back then.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

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