Pet Care

YouTube is for the dogs…

Hello friends! Hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday! We woke up this morning with a light dusting of snow and a very cold house. Because of this, Basil and I have been snuggled under our electric blanket watching our “stories” on YouTube.

It occurred to me that I spend a lot of my time on YouTube. A lot of my favorite shows are online only and it so easy to have on when I work. Also if you are sad or down there is so many great little “pick me ups” to rise your spirits. It really has a little bit of everything!

Today I thought I would share just a few dog related videos that always make me smile.
Warning! Some of these videos contain adult language and silly adult behavior. If you have a strong opinion about either of those things or are a child, this post is not for you!

JennaMarbles: How to Mildly Annoy Your Dogs Part 1 & Part 2

BuzzFeedYellow: What Dog Breeds Say About Their Owners

SourceFed: Rescue Dog Climbs Mt. Everest

RockinRobinzo: Boston Terrier dog likes his belly tickled!

What are some of your favorite YouTube videos? Let me know!

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Ps. We are in the process of get Basil’s Youtube up and running. There will be a ton of new videos up soon. Until then you can head over to for a few short silly Boston terrier themed videos.

Baby its cold outside! Getting ready for Winter!

Where is this year going?! Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and then its Christmas and before you know its 2015! We have been super busy getting ready for our upcoming Christmas trip to Texas as well as counting down the moments until Thanksgiving. On top of all of that its been really cold here! Basil has been wearing his Chilly Dog sweaters everyday for warmth but I started to worry about his little puppy paws. Last winter, when we got our Christmas tree and when we had our Valentine’s Day snow storm, Basil loved running around outside until his Boston terrier paw pads where so red mommy had to take him in.

We have talked about getting him some little dog booties in the past and even tried them on, with much resistance, but never committed to purchase. I felt now was the time, especially when we are traveling into the smoky mountains this weekend to chop down our 2014 Xmas tree.

Basil, Nate, and I took a trip to our local Petco in search of ridiculously cute boots for dogs. Oh, we found them! We decided on the Pup Crew Fall 2014 dark blue quilted zip dog shoes in size Large.Pup Crew 2014 Fall dog shoes

Basil is such a good sport and let me put these boots right on him in a flash, this time with little to no struggle.Pup Crew 2014 Dog shoes

Once his four paws hit the floor he was a little wary. As he “walked” around the house he  looked more like a prancing pony or bow-legged crazy than my normal happy go lucky dog. It took a little getting use to. We even had him wear them outside on a walk to Nana & Papa’s house. After a few minutes of that same silly gate Basil seem to understand what was going on and started to walk normally. I think he actually realized that his paws were warm and dry while outside and he liked that.

If you are looking for some affordable dog booties for your pet we highly recommend the Petco Pup Crew shoes. They are soft, warm, cute, and most important stay on your dogs paws! They come in a lot of colors and have nice rubber soles. You can check them out here or at your local Petco.

Hope everyone is staying warm and safe. What are your plains for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Petco is not sponsoring this post! We just enjoy this product and love to share what works for us!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Basil’s Travels!

Today it has been 1 year since our little blog went live! There has been a lot of traveling, adventures, and a lot of firsts. The first time Basil swam in the Atlantic Ocean and the first time he traveled on an airplane. There is a lot of amazing things to come and we are so happy to be able to continue sharing our travels with you!

To celebrate this blogging milestone we are doing a giveaway!
To win just take a look at the photos below of the two Ball mason jars and take a guess of how many dog treats total are inside! The person that gets the closest to the actual number will win the dog food bowl from ModCloth as well as the two mason jars full of treats from Basil’s personal collection!
So, take your best guess and leave it in the comments below! One guess per person/email! Giveaway ends next Monday, Labor Day, September 1st. I’ll email the winner on Tuesday! Happy guessing!


1 Year Anniversary Giveaway

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Upcoming Events!

Hello Basil fans! Happy hump day! So many awesome events are coming up soon, we are getting really excited. Also, Basil’s Travels 1 year blog anniversary is on August 25th! I can’t believe it was been a year already; so much has happened!
We are going to be celebrating this milestone at the Pints for Paws event at Noda Brewing Company next Thursday August 28th. If you are in the Charlotte, NC area and would like to hang out with Basil and donate to some good causes make sure to swing by.
Check out all the events below and mark your calendars! All events are dog friendly!Happy dog!

Pints for Paws
August 28th 5pm -8pm
Noda Brewing Co.
2229 North Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Bring your dog and a bag of dog food to donate to the Spay & Neuter Clinic of Charlotte. Brewery tours, raffles, and prizes.

WoofStock 2014
September 13th 1pm
Amos Southend
1423 S Tryson St. Charlotte, NC 28203
$5 donation

Furry 5k
October 11th
WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, NC
Check here to register and for more details:

If you aren’t in the Charlotte area and are looking for some dog friendly events try hitting up and searching your area.

I’ll be posting photos from all the events as they happen and I’ll be adding more events to this list as I hear about them. If you know of any events that I’m missing make sure to leave them in the comments below!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

The ever growing bow tie collection continues…

Happy Monday all! Hope everyone is surviving the heat that has been hitting the majority of the US. We have been trying to stay cool and relax in the comfort of our air conditioned home. This weekend we received Basil’s new collar and bow tie set from UsagiTeam. They are a great little pet supply company out of San Francisco that makes the cutest collars, bow ties, and matching leashes. Make sure to find and like them on Facebook and give them a follow over on the Twitter. Because this is a good look! Basil loves UsagiTeam! Basil loves UsagiTeam!Every American gentleman (or hipster worth their salt) needs at least one bow tie! Don’t you want to look this good?!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Southend Dog Crawl — Club Fetch to The Unknown Brewing Co.

Thursday evening was a blast! Basil is still recovering from the huge amount of friends and fun that happened during this months historic southend dog crawl. Hosted by the fabulous Club Fetch and sponsored by The Canine Cafe and The Unknown Brewing Co. Charlotte area pet parents gathered at Club Fetch and then made our way a mile down the road to The Unknown Brewing Co. The Canine Cafe provided dog food samples, puppy treats, and even a dog friendly birthday cake to celebrate the birthday of The Unknown Brewing Co.’s brew dog, Patton. New friends were made, butts were sniffed, and a good time was had by all! Basil can’t wait until the next dog crawl!Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBCHistoric Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC Historic Southend Dog Crawl - TUBC
Historic Southend Dog crawl - TUBC
Thank Dog its Friday! Thanks again to Blaire, Jackson, and Julia at Club Fetch for this amazing event. Also, thanks to The Canine Cafe for the treats and The Unknown Brewing Co. for letting us take over your brew house for a couple of hours! If you are in the Charlotte area, go check out all these local businesses. Shop small!

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Basil goes to the vet!

Today was Basil’s yearly vet check-up. He always loves seeing Dr. Sprinkles and all the friendly faces at the vet’s office.

He couldn’t wait to get in there!


Everything looked great from his eyes to his toes. The doc even told us that his teeth are perfect! (That makes one of us!) And thanks to The Honest Kitchen Basil even lost 2 lbs! Talk about one fit dog!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to get a clean bill of health for my little monster. He seemed pretty happy on the ride home too!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Happy Wednesday!

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Boston Terriers Take Over Club Fetch!

It was the one year anniversary of The Boston Terriers of Charlotte meet-up group and Blaire, the owner if Club Fetch in Charlotte, let a heard of wild and crazy Boston’s take over his club.
Happy 1 year to Boston terriers of Charlotte! We are so happy to be able to be part of it! Also, huge thank you Club Fetch, Blaire, Jackson, and staff for the amazingly good time!






Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!
Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Thirsty Thursday! Talking about Water Bowls!

Its thirsty Thursday and to most human people that means going out and have a drink or two at your local watering hole because “Thursday is the new Friday!” Well, Basil is a hair under the legal drinking age; Oh, and is a dog! So I thought I would share some of our favorite, super chic, hipster dog food and water dishes currently available online.

Dig in! Dog bowl on $17.99. A fun water or food dish for any breed of four legged friend!

Dig in! Dog Bowl Modcloth.comOre Pet Meilleur Ami Dog Bowl on $10! Yes! Its only $10 for a super adorable ceramic dog dish that says “Best Friend” in french on it! Love!

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Sleepypod Yummy Travel Bowl on $29.99. Sleepypod describes this bowl as, “The Sleepypod Yummy Travel Bowl is a modern and convenient three-in-one pet product that allows a pet owner to store, transport, and serve pet food and water simultaneously, without mixing or spillage of the contents.” So we are talking serving wet food, dry food, and water all at the same time without mixing. To me, thats magic! Also, comes is a lot of fun colors to match any dogs personality!sleepypod-yummy-lime_2

And there you have it! Make sure to check out the other awesome bowls & mats at,, and

Also, a little birdie told me we will be doing a giveaway soon and one of the prizes will be your choice of one of these featured bowls. So check back daily for updates!

Have a happy thirsty Thursday! Don’t forget to drink responsibly!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

I wish the world was flat like the old days…

Then I could travel just by folding a map… No more airplanes, or speed trains, or freeways… There would be not distance that could hold us back – Death Cab for Cutie564096_10150656732046868_1210395296_n

TDIF! Thank dog its Friday! Well, we made it! Its finally Friday! After a busy week it feels pretty good to see the weekend right around the corner. I think what really pushed me forward this week is the thought of our upcoming trip to Las Vegas. Basil, Nate and I are getting pretty excited and trying to wrap up all our travel arrangements. For the last couple of weeks I have been doing some serious research regarding what the best “airline approved” pet carrier is. After reading like a hundred blogs and probably even more reviews, I decided on the SturdiBag. I ordered it with some pretty high hopes so, fingers crossed!

Not only have I found the right carrier for Basil but I also stumbled upon so many amazing pet products this week, its insane! Most were found from probably one of my favorite websites out there right now, Dog Milk.

If you aren’t familiar with Dog Milk, they are a blog type website that posts about anything and everything that a modern dog may need. I find myself on the Dog Milk web page everyday so yesterday when I noticed their Travel tab, I almost lost it! How have I never seen this before? Modern dog travel accessories?! Yes please!

Here are just a small amount of  my new favorite, super hip dog products. I highly recommend you head over to Dog Milk yourself and find some of your favorites. Your dog will thank you!

SniffingButt Dog Bone Brewery: Beer Grain Based Dog Treats


Cloud7 for Tumi 


FYI: Basil’s Travels is not sponsored by any of these companies. We just love them and want to get the word out! Shop local, shop small!

Have an amazing weekend everyone! Until next time!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

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