Chad’s Blog: how to Listen to Your Dog

A couple of years ago we decided to add a member to our family. After months of looking around, we finally found a little chocolate lab puppy and named him Bear. Since then, he’s been on many adventures with us — boating, hiking, paddleboarding, camping. Like most labs, Bear will take off and jump into any lake, river, or ocean whenever he gets a chance. He’s also pretty happy just hanging around the backyard.

That’s the great thing about dogs — going anywhere outdoors is an adventure. Even a walk around the block can be the most exciting part of their day. They are so in-tune with nature and everything around them. Their heightened sense of smell tells them so much about what’s going on, what’s blooming, what’s alive, what’s dead, and…Bear get that out of mouth, please. They also love to check their pee-mail all the time.

I can’t blame Bear for wanting to get out all the time. Just like me, he just needs to get out and Do florida, and so should you. Listen to your dog and take him out. Often. Even if it’s for a cup of coffee.

So, get out and Do florida!


Below are some places by my neck of the woods.


Sanford Brewing Company

400 S Sanford Ave

Sanford, FL 32771


The Smiling Bison

107 S Magnolia Ave

Sanford, FL 32771


The Spot

409 N US Hwy 17 92

Longwood, FL 32750


Mellow Mushroom

1831 Rinehart Rd

Sanford, FL 32771


Celery City Craft

114 S Palmetto Ave

Sanford, FL 32771



Paw Parks Sanford

427 S French Ave

Sanford, FL 32771


Oviedo on the Park

321 E Mitchell Hammock Rd

Oviedo, FL 32765


Pawmosa Park

140 Plumosa Ave

Casselberry, FL 32707



Most Florida State Parks! Learn more:

[edited from Oct 2018: Wekiva Island no longer allows dogs]



Residence Inn By Marriott Orlando Lake Mary

825 Heathrow Park Ln, Lake Mary, FL 32746


The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North

2974 International Pkwy, Lake Mary, FL 32746


Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North

1255 International Pkwy S, Lake Mary, FL 32746


Sheraton Orlando North

600 N Lake Destiny Rd, Maitland, FL 32751


Extended Stay America

1776 Pembrook Drive

Maitland, FL 32751


Where to find other dog-friendly places in Florida:

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