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Make it Monday! Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Cupcakes!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope your weekend has been fun and you are spending today relaxing.

For todays Make it Monday! I thought we would make one of Basil favorite “sweet” treats, peanut butter & carrot dog cupcakes! I’ve made these a few different times and they are always a hit. They are dog and people friendly and super simple. Peanut Butter & Carrot dog cupcakes

The recipe!

Peanut butter & carrot dog cupcakes1 cup white flour (For gluten-free use coconut flour!)
1 top baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey (If you don’t have honey on hand, I have left it out a few times, no big deal!)
1 egg
Mix flour and baking soda together and then add all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
I frosted these dog cakes with non-fat cream cheese and toped with a chunk of carrot.

Makes 9 cupcakes but can be doubled or tripled if you are having a real shindig!

Let me know if you make these and if your dog loved them as much as Basil does!

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

So much to do, so little time!

Hello Basil friends! Another Travel Tuesday has snuck upon us and life has been so hectic as of late I don’t have a new dog friendly destination info graphic for you. As some of you already know our little family is moving back to the west coast in a few weeks so we have been trying to squeeze as much fun out of Charlotte, NC as possible!

For today, I thought I would post a few pictures from the Bark at the Ballpark event that happened this last Sunday at the Charlotte Knights BB&T stadium. We had an amazing time and as always Basil & Jack were a huge hit!

 Charlotte,NC is a amazingly dog friendly place and as this beautiful city grows it’s becoming even more so. If you get a chance to explore it; totally do!

Here is also a flashback to our very 1st Basil presents Dog Friendly Destinations- Charlotte, North Carolina. I hope you enjoy it and keep some of this rad spots in your mind when visiting here!

 I promise to post a new D.F.D next Tuesday and a lot more as this week continues.

Hope you are having a great cinco de mayo! May your sun be shining and your beer be cold! Xoxo

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

Basil presents Dog Friendly destinations – Seattle, WA

Its another Travel Tuesday and I know I said I was going to do San Antonio, Texas but I changed my mind. I’m so excited to get back to the beautiful city of Seattle I thought I would do part 1 of probably many Seattle, Washington dog friendly destinations! These are only a few of the great spots in Seattle, it really is an amazingly dog friendly place. I’ll be posting more on other Travel Tuesdays so make sure to check back!Dog Friendly Destinations - Seattle, WA Soon we will be back on the West Coast and be going to a lot of West Coast destinations. Where do you want to see us go?

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


Basil Presents Dog Friendly Destinations – Portland, Oregon

Its another Travel Tuesday and today we’re featuring a west coast city, Portland, Oregon! We have spend a lot of time in Portland and seriously love it! Great dog friendly city! Check it out!Dog Friendly Destinations - Portland, OR In a couple of months we will be back on the west coast and can’t wait to visit Portland again. What do you love about Portland? Let me know in the comments!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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

Basil Presents Dog Friendly Destinations – Asheville, NC!

Travel Poster Dog Friendly AshevilleAsheville, NC is one of our favorite places to go and visit. There are so many great places to check out and this is only a fraction of them. Have you been to this amazing city? Where to do you like to take your four legged friend? Let me know! Also, tell me what city we should do for next weeks Travel Tuesday!

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

Lab Puppy vs. Boston Terrier 

Basil makes new friend wherever we go and it is safe to say that he loves them all. But puppies are the best! They usually have the same energy level and all either of them want to do is play!

This last weekend we hit up Sycamore Brewing Company for some beer, friends, sun, and music. We all had a good time and Nate & I even got our first sun burns of the season!

While we were there Basil met a beautiful 11 week old chocolate lab puppy. They were fast friends and it was so hard to pull them apart when play time was over. It really made me want another dog! Maybe sometime soon… Hope you are having a great Monday!! Don’t forget tomorrow is Travel Tuesday! Our featured city this week is Asheville, NC! Check back tomorrow to see our favorite places in this beautiful, mountain, dog-haven city!

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

Philadelphia… The city of puppy love!

Hello! This last weekend was spent in beautiful Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Basil, Nate, and I had an amazing time and really can’t say enough good things about this historic city. It was extremely dog friendly and there was so much to see and do. If you are looking for dog friendly destinations in Philly check out our Basil Presents.. Philadelphia here!

We loved it so much Basil thinks they should change their motto from The city of brotherly love to The city of puppy love! 

Check out our photos and see just how much fun we really had!Vacation Dog in Philadelphia View from Rittenhouse Square Basil at Federal Donuts Philadelphia City Hall History dog Ivy covered home Philly Street Art "I'll get you Moriarty!" The view from the 16th floor of Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia, PA The Liberty Bell Homes in PhiladelphiaIndependence HallFamily at Independence HallChurch DoorNate & Basil walking Philly Old door Philadelphia Catholic ChurchI can’t wait for our next Philadelphia trip, it can’t come soon enough! Where do you think we should go next?

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

Ps. My birthday is tomorrow! Yay!

Basil Presents Dog Friendly Destinations — Philadelphia, PA!

Travel Poster Dog Friendly PhiladelphiaIts another #TravelTuesday! This time our featured city is Philadelphia, PA. Beautiful, history filled city with a lot to offer. Highly recommend every location on this list. If you are looking for a family friendly, dog friendly, east coast vacation destination think Philadelphia; you will not be sorry!

Tomorrow I’ll post more pictures from our last Philadelphia trip so make sure to check back! Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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

Basil presents Dog Friendly destinations — Charlotte, NC

Dog Friendly CharlotteSo many Basil’s Travels fan have asked for this, so here it is… Dog friendly destinations by the city! The first city we are highlighting is the Queen city, Charlotte, North Carolina! For the last 2 years we have checking out this beautiful city and here are our favorite hot spots to enjoy with your pet.

Going forward every #TravelTuesday I’ll post a new dog friendly destination, so make sure to check back. If there is a city you want me to feature please let me know in the comments and I’ll let you know when that will be happening!

Hope this is helpful for your next visit to Charlotte or if you are a local don’t forget about these great places that will welcome your four-legged friend with open arms.

Until next Tuesday! Happy April!

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

Upcoming Events — Spring!!

Events with Basil

Hello friends! Here are a few events Basil will be attending and a few events that we won’t be able to make, but are still a rocking good time. We would love to see you and your pups there!

South End Craft Beer Crawl 
March 14th 11am – 9pm Free
Starting at Unknown Brewing Company
Come hop on the free trolley and explore 8 craft breweries and shops around southend Charlotte. We went last year and had a blast! Meet a lot of awesome people and chill dogs.
Don’t forget to wear your green! St. Paddy’s day is on Tuesday!

Bark for Life Gastonia
March 21st 9am – 12pm $20
Sims Park/ Gastonia Grizzles Ballpark
A 1 mile doggy walk as well as games, food, and prizes!
Register at here!

South End Hops Festival
May 16th 1pm – 6pm $35/$50 VIP
Craft beer, live music, food trucks, and corn hole… do I need to say more?!
Super fun!

Charlotte Pet Expo
May 30th 10am – 6pm Free
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
Come check out local pet vendors, get free swag, meet new dog/people friends!

These are only a few great events that are happening this spring in Charlotte. If you know of any other please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to this list.

To find dog friendly events in your area back sure to check out

What are you doing for St. Paddy’s day? Show me your pets in their Saint Patrick’s day green!

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


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