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National #walkyourdogweek started yesterday! I was so excited to participate this year because I’m living in a new state with millions of miles of unexplored terrain to cover. But I never thought I would be walking a dog in a hurricane!…


Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige founded Walk Your Dog Week

MMIt was started as a way to fight pet obesity and mange behavioral issues. An ingenious idea to promote the benefits of exercise, and improve the health and wellbeing of both dog and human!

I missed the collaboration last year when a few of my fav bloggers put together a blog hop in support of this endeavor…


But thanks to Wag ’n Woof Pets, Cascadian Nomads and Dolly the Doxie we’re on board this year!

My initial goal was to explore different parts of downtown, a few beautiful parks, and of course the beach during the course of the week.

I thought I could give you a mini Charleston tour of #myhappyplace from the ends of two leashes…


Hurricane Joaquin might make this a little difficult this week. With extremely dangerous Category 4 Storm like winds and rain headed up the East Coast, the Governor of South Carolina has already declared a state of emergency.

Downtown Charleston was one of the areas I wanted to share with you this week #gottachangeplans



I don’t have much hurricane experience so I wanted to make sure I was “prepared” for whatever Joaquin decided to bring our way. I am happy to report after going over a PetCare Disaster Preparedness list courtesy of the ASPCA.

I am “good to go” with one exception –

I do not have a Rescue Alert Sticker for our new home.#butwillordertoday! 

This sticker will let people know there are pets inside the house. #pawfect

You can include:

  • the types and number of pets
  • the name of their vet
  • the vet’s telephone number

These stickers are FREE so fill out the online order form right here!

Thank you to those who’ve already messaged me with your concerns and prayers. At this time we are safe, and I am walking the Boys one at a time #thatsafirst so I can control the dog, the umbrella, the wind, and still carry the poop bag!

Once this storm passes we’ll do our best to get back on board with some new adventures during #walkyourdogweek, so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend, be safe and try to walk somewhere if you can!


  • Claudette Pope
    October 2, 2015

    Thank you Cathy for this info. You are always so helpful and knowledgable. It seems that you have everything covered but I still am wishing you God Speed. I’m looking foward, once clear sky’s prevail, for our tour of your new hometown

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      Hi Claudette – thanks so much for the compliment, but trust me, I have many moments when I can’t even “buy” a clue LOL I promise to get back to my tour as soon as things dry up. Take care my friend 🙂

  • Earl Lover
    October 2, 2015

    They do say, dogs need walking whatever the weather…! 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      HA! Yes they do Earl, however depending on how hard the rain comes down determines a walk vs. letting them out in the backyard 🙂

  • Jan K
    October 2, 2015

    We are looking forward to seeing your new neighborhood and town, but we’re happy to wait until that hurricane goes by! The important thing is that you and the boys stay safe.
    We’re happy to hear you are safe right now, and I think at this point they’re saying Joaquin will be staying out to sea, so at least not making a direct hit? At least that’s last I heard, we know these things change all the time. Fingers crossed.
    Thanks for joining in our celebration!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      Hey Jan – I plan to continue my walk week when the weather clears up. So your tour of Chas will only be delayed but not cancelled:) I too heard that we are now scheduled for heavy rain tonight and tomorrow. This is something I will have to become accustomed to – so I will. Lee and his family have lived here all their lives, they said this was nothing to worry about – just rain, so I’m chillin with my Boys 🙂 Have a great weekend, walk somewhere fun for me!

  • Emma
    October 2, 2015

    We thought of you when we saw the news last night. What a welcome to your new home! As everything in life, it will pass and you can get back to normal in a few days hopefully. Stay safe!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      Thanks Emma – It’s great having family here, between my husband and his sisters, I’m taking my cues from them. They said “don’t worry” so I’m not. The Boys aren’t either. Have a great weekend, we’ll keep you posted.

  • DZ Dogs
    October 2, 2015

    Be careful please!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      We are – so far the rain has stopped. Weather report states hard rain beginning this evening. I did get a chance to take the Boys out earlier for an extra long walk – so they at least got a little exercise!

  • Monika & Sam
    October 2, 2015

    We’ll keep you in our thoughts and ‘pawryers’ as you weather the hurricane. Many thanks for posting the Rescue Alert sticker site. We’re ordered ours! And to get through those times when there is no electricity, I recommend a nice bottle of wine. The dogs can’t have it, but it helps the bipeds. 😉 Stay safe.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 2, 2015

      Thanks for the pawryers Monika. So happy you ordered your sticker. I’ve got the essentials – chicken and apple jerky, brownies, and red wine. We are set! Have a great weekend!

  • Tiffany Bennett Cuartero
    October 2, 2015

    Stay safe!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 3, 2015

      We’ll try 🙂 You do the same!

  • Dolly the Doxie
    October 5, 2015

    Please be safe, you may have to save you walks for when the flooding subsides. Hope everyone is okay! Love Dolly

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 6, 2015

      We’re just about out of it now Dolly – there is a light mist this morning which is scheduled to subside before noon. Sun will come out and our temperature will rise. I believe the worst is over.

  • Pamela
    October 6, 2015

    I wanted to fist bump that bicyclist in the flood (that’s what we all-year-round bicyclists did in Ithaca on a particularly cold and snowy day). He’s my hero of the week.

    Hope things are slowly getting back to normal for your new town. Of course, you could always do a guided tour by kayak. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 7, 2015

      HA! If I had a kayak I sure could have! Jax would have been “down” with going with me. Charleston is pretty much back to normal, the outlining counties headed north near the dams are now struggling with flooding.