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Road Trip For Good: The 7 Greatest Things To Do With Your Dog In New Hampshire

Road Trip For Good: The 7 Greatest Things To Do With Your Dog In New Hampshire

This article is part of our Road Trip for Good series with the incredible humans behind the popular 2 Traveling Dogs! Each week they will share their adventure in a new state, and their pups, Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake, will pick their favorite “Marked Territories.” Each state will highlight one special rescue organization that is doing fantastic work to help the dog community. For more detailed coverage, be sure to visit 2TravelingDogs.com!

A trip to the New England states would not be complete without a visit to New Hampshire, known as “The Granite State”. This small state is known for its quaint towns, farms, large expanses of wilderness and the popular lake region. Beyond its natural beauty of extensive granite formations and quarries, this state offers great food, breweries, wineries and caring people like the ones we met at Live and Let Live Farm.

Brickle and Digby’s Paw-Picked New Hampshire Rescue:  Live and Let Live Farm Rescue in Chichester, New Hampshire

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It was a hot, summer day when we visited Live and Let Live Farm with Brickle and Digby.  We were not expecting to feel so refreshed after leaving this true sanctuary not only for the animals, but for the people as well.

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Teresa Paradis and her husband Jerry are the heart and soul of this heaven on earth for animals, on an over 70 acre piece of property they call Live and Let Live Farm.  The pride that Teresa feels in her mission here is apparent. From relating her life experiences to us and what made her start this place, to the goals she has now, Teresa told us that when she started this haven for animals, she was in it for the long haul.  Her unwavering determination, dedication and resilience have led to her success. As a young girl growing up in very challenging circumstances, she found HER refuge in helping animals. She explains on her website how this wonderful place came straight from the heart.

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“As a young girl growing up, I had two dreams. The first was to have a permanent place to call a home of my own. The second was to work for an animal rescue – one that would take care of, help and save horses. So, many years later, with endless hard work and struggles, I have gone beyond my wildest dreams and founded Live and Let Live Farm, Inc. The Farm is a nonprofit, 501C-3, charitable foundation that rescues, rehabilitates, and offers sanctuary to animals. The Farm is a place of peacefulness where people can come to interact with the animals. They learn while helping the needy, but loving animal friends of Live and Let Live Farm.”

Not only has Teresa found her “refuge” here, but other volunteers have as well.  We heard from others on our tour that had been through troubling life circumstances like losing a loved one, who had found their peace on this farm by dedicating themselves to the animals in their care.  We also learned of other volunteers that donated their time to do needed work around the farm and fun projects such as painting.  Could you perhaps find YOUR “refuge” in helping a rescue near you as well?

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We took the opportunity to talk with our latest game of “Stop Hounding Me”, but changed it a bit as you will see.

Who are some of the special animals that Teresa dedicates her life to? Teresa explained to us the reasoning behind one of her concentrated efforts, to rescue pregnant dogs.

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Many of the nation’s pregnant dogs who end up in the shelter system are often first in line to be euthanized. Teresa believes that she can save more lives by rescuing these dogs and unborn puppies. With dogs as far away as Texas, North Carolina and Georgia, Teresa’s rescue has a network of volunteers across the country who bring the dogs. The process isn’t simple; there are vaccines, paperwork and quarantines. If a pregnant mom dog gives birth before she can be transported, the whole transport has to wait eight weeks before being moved. It is mind boggling the work this takes. So if you are looking for a puppy, chances are, Live and Let Live Farm can help you with that! All animals deserve a forever family.

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Needless to say, this is truly a special place and one that we feel we were fortunate to visit on our Road Trip For Good.  A rescue and sanctuary that helps this many animals such as their many horses, farm animals and dogs in such a large way is always in need of volunteers, fosters, supplies and donations.

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It would be impossible for us to relate all the many stories and the unique animals that touched our hearts here. Please read more about this rescue and its founder, Teresa Paradis at www.liveandletlivefarm.org.View their adoptable animals on Petfinder, make a difference by volunteering and fostering and keep up with events and happenings on their Facebook page.

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We thank them for taking time out of their very busy schedule to show us around. Brickle and Digby also thank Teresa for a fun golf cart ride! If you want to tour this amazing place as well, start your New Hampshire adventure by visiting Live and Let Live Farm on their scheduled Sunday tours.  Then, head out to visit the “Granite State” with your new puppy on a 2 Traveling Dogs approved tour!

1. Work Together As A Team On An Epic Hike

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If you and your dog are looking for a challenge together with a rewarding view, start your New Hampshire trip off at Mount Major in Alton, New Hampshire. This hike has numerous trail options to reach the top, but we like the one straight up. This loop hike has beautiful views across Lake Winnipesaukee and is four miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1,180. You will never forget this hike, and your dog won’t either.  Please bring plenty of water and snacks, and know your fitness level before starting this trail.

2. Take A Break With Your Dog and New Hampshire Wine 

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What goes better together than dogs and wine? What about dogs and New Hampshire wine? After an epic hike, reward yourself with a break at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, New Hampshire. Sit outside on their terrace, under their red umbrellas overlooking the vineyards and enjoying the sights and sounds of New Hampshire with wonderful food and wine. If you are too tired to linger, take a bottle back to your hotel or campground and enjoy the cool, night air of New Hampshire.

3. Have A Picnic At A Waterfall

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The White Mountain National Forest is one of New Hampshire’s most popular destinations and you will see why. Great for seniors and less active dogs, the Franconia Falls Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire is a wide trail that runs over five miles round trip. With only a 300 foot elevation gain,  you are rewarded at the end with the stunning Franconia Falls that has a giant flat rock area perfect for a picnic!

4. Get Lost In The Forest

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Henderson Swasey Town Forest, located in historic Exeter, New Hampshire, allows you and your dog to stop for a moment and appreciate ” The Granite State”. There are two entrances to this popular town forest. We like the main trail located next to the railroad bridge underpass on Route 85. With well marked trails, these paths are all wooded, and there are many interconnected loops. With great geologic formations, unique picture opportunities abound.

5. Simply Eat Good Food

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Located in Kensington, New Hampshire, the Farm at Eastmans Corner will make you remember what food used to taste like. Partnering with 90 local farmers and artisans, many within 10 miles of their store, they provide fresh produce,meats, eggs, dairy, groceries, and baked goods.  New Hampshire is known for its diverse and interesting farms, and you should not miss this place on your tour.  Simply nourishing you and your dog with the healthiest food possible, while sitting outside amongst their farm animals and rescue pigs will give you the energy to keep your New Hampshire trip going!

6. Step Back In Time With Your Dog

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Settled in 1623, Portsmouth, New Hampshire claims to be the nation’s third-oldest city. It served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s. This city will truly make you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Stay at dog-friendly Port Inn, the longest operating Portsmouth hotel with your dog to be centrally located.  With a complimentary breakfast, a welcoming staff and yes, dog treats, you will feel right at home with your dog in New Hampshire.

7. Make Your Dog A New Hampshire Treat

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New England is doughnut country but you don’t need a passport for these delicious delights in New Hampshire!  Road side stands, farms and coffee shops all invite you to partake in a heavenly delight, the apple cider doughnut. You need one now…we mean your dog does of course!  Make your dog a healthy version that you can share to end your adventurous tour through New Hampshire!

Be sure to check 2 Traveling Dog’s pupcoming schedule to see if Brickle and Digby will be in your neighborhood!
Next stop…Maine!

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