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!
Known as the “Ocean State”, Rhode Island makes up for its small size by a large variety of travel opportunities with your dog. Rhode Island may be famed for sailing and Gilded Age mansions, but its natural scenery will end up stealing your heart.
Brickle and Digby’s Paw-Picked Rhode Island Rescue: ADRI (The Abandoned Dogs Of Rhode Island)
Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but its animal rescuers make a difference in a very big way. Our latest rescue stop on our Road Trip For Good was ADRI (The Abandoned Dogs of Rhode Island) in Glocester, Rhode Island and we were excited to meet its founder, Alyssa Danielson.
Alyssa unselfishly dedicates herself to her passion, working multiple jobs to make a difference for animals in her immediate community and beyond. She is more than passionate about rescue, and her aspirations to make a memorable imprint on the rescue community is ingrained in her goals to make a real difference.
Animal rescuers like Alyssa wear many hats and have many jobs to make ends meet, all to support the animals in their care. She told us about many of her experiences with animals that were hard to place or deemed “un-adoptable.” She told us that those were the cases that inspired her. Knowing immediately when an animal needed special care, she would take it upon herself to embrace the challenge. Animals with behavior issues, or who had been through tragic circumstances, were ones that many rescues or shelters would shy away from. Not Alyssa.
We met Choco, a beautiful dog with a hugely happy personality. Choco, a boxer mix, loves to meet people, but sadly, has never been in a home environment. After a rough start in life, Alyssa explained that it took time to make Choco feel secure, but this took work. After six months of being in her care, Alyssa wants nothing more than for Choco to find his forever family and to learn what it feels like to snuggle on a real couch. Alyssa takes placing animals in homes very seriously. She doesn’t care about placement numbers. She explained that she makes a promise to every one of the animals that she rescues that they will never end up back in the system, or in the wrong person’s hands. Seeing the look in Choco’s eyes as he gazed up at Alyssa on this Rhode Island afternoon was the only success story we needed to hear. Yes, Choco still hasn’t found his forever home, but he will with Alyssa’s help. Find out more about Choco by visiting his Petfinder page.
We also were fortunate to meet this senior gentleman, Craven.
Craven’s owner passed away, and he found himself without a home. Such a patient and loving soul, he was a great addition to our latest episode of “Stop Hounding Me” and you will see why we chose ADRI for our Rhode Island rescue!
As the video shows, Alyssa finds innovative ways to feed the animals in her care not only with food, but love, enrichment and care.
We believe that many other rescues can learn from Alyssa and her rescue ADRI by finding ways to make the animals in their care enjoy every single day in a special way, whether that be extra walks, exercise or stimulating activities. But in order to accomplish this, rescues like ADRI need volunteers. Fosters, volunteers and donations are surely needed for Alyssa’s rescue and others.
Find out how to help by visiting their website, check out their adoptable dogs like Choco and Craven, and visit their Facebook page for events and news. Donations are always needed and can be made via their website.
ADRI and Alyssa showed us that small rescues in a small state like Rhode Island can make such a big difference.
After you have adopted a senior dog like Choco or Craven, take them on a 2 Traveling Dog’s recommended tour of the smallest state!
If you want to see how the rich live, along with gorgeous scenery while getting some great exercise, start your tour of Rhode Island in Newport at the Cliff Walk. A dog-friendly hike along the cliffs of Rhode Island and the mansions will make you wonder where Rhode Island has been all your life. This is one of the most popular dog walks in the state. The trail is mostly paved and is 3.5 miles one way. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and water for you and your dog. Remember, your dog must be leashed and stay on the designated trail.
Seniors deserve to see beautiful scenery! Take your senior dog to a little known gem in Rhode Island called Stepping Stone Falls. Conditioned hikers and their dogs can take the Ben Utter Trail; however, if you want a shorter hike for your dog, park in the designated area off Falls River Road and immediately see Stepping Stone Falls. Hike as much or as little as you want to to enjoy this peaceful nature oasis.
At this winery located in historic Chepachet, Rhode Island, you will immediately feel at home. Mulberry Vineyards takes pride in their wines, including the little known Semillon, which wine drinkers travel far and wide to taste. Bring your leashed dog and sit outside in a lovely surrounding area sipping one of their prized varieties. This is truly Rhode Island in a glass.
4. Block Island
Twelve miles off the Rhode Island coast lies a vacation destination often overlooked. With gorgeous beaches, stunning ocean vistas, 32 miles of hiking trails, and 250-foot-high coastal cliffs, any dog traveler will want to travel here. Hop about the Block Island Ferry with your leashed dog and head to one of the most dog-friendly areas in Rhode Island! According to the town’s ordinance, dogs should be on a leash at all times, kept out of public buildings, and leashed on the beaches.
There’s camping–and then there’s CAMPING. Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, and on the shores of Bowdish Reservoir, the 100 acre George Washington Memorial Camping Area in Chepachet allows you to truly enjoy nature with your dog. Bring your tent or RV to this welcoming dog-friendly campground and prepare to get back to basics. Start your camping trip off right with an epic hike on Walkabout Trail. This trail offers three different loop options of varying length and difficulty. This is one of the most well marked trails we have ever enjoyed. Remember to keep your dog leashed and of course pick up after him or her.
At Rick’s Road House in Providence, this local dog-friendly favorite hang out is THE place for dog foodies. With a menu just for your travel buddy, relax on their outdoor patio knowing your dog will have a fully belly! They pride themselves on duplicating the great regional meals served by family owned restaurants to hungry travelers along route 66 from Chicago to California. After all, Rhode Island is the birthplace of the diner as we know it in America!
7. Make Your Dog A Rhode Island Treat
Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it is big on food! One of your dog’s new favorites will be Yankee Pot Roast, a New England favorite! A good Yankee pot roast includes the traditions of simplicity and patience rewarded. This is a dish that you can always share with your dog to remember your time in Rhode Island!