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!
Offering the perfect mix of New England charm and scenery with history and dog friendly destinations, Connecticut is a must see for all dog parents. Start off your vacation here with a stop at Friday’s Rescue Foundation in Groton,Connecticut.
Brickle and Digby’s Paw-Picked Connecticut Animal Rescue: Friday’s Rescue Foundation.
When we visited Friday’s Rescue Foundation in Groton, Connecticut, we were not prepared to fall in love with so many of their animals. Seeing the dedication that the volunteers and staff at this rescue show to these animals in their care each day has inspired us to share their story.
This rescue was formed in 2013 when a group of caring people saw a need in their community and beyond.
As they state on their website, “at the cornerstone of our foundation is a hospice program. Many of the dogs we rescue are old, injured, abused and sick. We provide medical care; medication and the most nutritious food possible to help these “under dogs” get back on their feet. We recognize that it takes very special and dedicated people to love and care for these dogs and we are fortunate to have an abundance of support.”
We will agree with their statement. It DOES take a very special group of people to do their job, and do it in a way that makes it look easy. We decided to “hound them” and get the real scoop on their efforts below.
Friday’s Rescue Foundation has not given up on dogs with special needs. In fact, they are proud that they can give so many dogs the opportunity at life. They have a great network of volunteers who organize events, help out at the shelter, go on TV and radio appearances…all to make a difference in every way that they can.
We can see how easy it is to love their special needs residents, and also their residents like Tina Turner who have been there for over three years.
A dog that would make someone a great forever pet, Tina prefers to be the only dog in her favorite activity, the pool. If Tina Turner sounds like your forever friend, take her on a tour of Connecticut and show her how wonderful life can be outside of a shelter!
Located in Preston, Connecticut, Hidden Acres Campground is a camping experience you will never forget, positioned right next to a gorgeous river. Pitch a tent or bring your RV and plan to stay a while at this family-run campground that has been here since the 1940’s! With a friendly staff that truly cares about the details, relax with your dog and enjoy the river and planned activities offered by the campground. They even have a snack bar open on the weekends if you or your dog have an ice cream craving! This campground is quick to recommend nearby hiking and dog friendly activities that will make your home away from home in Connecticut a memorable vacation experience.
To get to truly know Connecticut, hike back deep into the forest with your dog and imagine yourself in a time when there were Indians here at Pachaug State Forest. Indians of the Narragansett, Pequot, and Mohegan tribes inhabited this area in great number. Pachaug State Forest is the largest State Forest in Connecticut encompassing 24,000 acres, in five towns. Grab your backpack and fill it with a lunch for you and your dog and just enjoy this beautiful forest.
If you love your dog, and you love wine, Connecticut is for you. The Connecticut Wine Trail offers you a chance to visit some dog friendly wineries. Definitely stop at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston, Connecticut, grab a glass of one of their many varieties, and sit outside with your dog. Dogs are allowed anywhere on the property outside. Check with each individual winery on the Connecticut Wine Trail before bringing your dog.
A hike cannot get much better than this. Varied terrains, a magnificent waterfall that begs for an Instagram post, and other friendly dog parents make for a hiking day to remember at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam. Start your hike off at the top of the Chapman Falls and then follow the marked trail to hike deep into the woods. Pack plenty of water and clean up after your leashed dog.
If a walk through history with your dog on the water sounds good, head right to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut! Located within 19 charming acres on the banks of Connecticut’s legendary Mystic River, this is definitely a New England Experience you can check out with your dog! Dogs are allowed anywhere outside, but not inside any of the buildings or ships. That’s ok, because you have plenty to look at outside, and tickets are half price at 4 p.m. Show your dog the seafaring past and immerse yourself in history! Remember to always pick up after your leashed dog and bring plenty of water in the summer.
Connecticut’s roads are lined with picturesque dairies. Stop at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut for a unique ice cream experience with your dog. Grab one of their special flavors like sunflower seed ice cream and sit outside at one of their picnic tables next to the cows and stone fences. They make their own, fresh ice cream, waffle cones and whipped cream right here on the farm, and locals line up for a taste. Your dog will need a treat after hiking and exploring with you through beautiful Connecticut! All dogs must remain leashed and outside.
Do you think of hamburgers when you think of Connecticut? You should! Louie’s Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut claims that the first hamburger in America was served here! Let your dog enjoy this history by making a dog friendly version of this classic sandwich! Your Dog’s Diner has the full recipe for Connecticut Hamburgers For Dogs!
Be sure to check 2 Traveling Dog’s pupcoming schedule to see if Brickle and Digby will be in your neighborhood!
Next stop…Rhode Island!