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Peace, Love & Dogs: Last Call


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It’s almost that time again, and we’re sending one last friendly reminder before plans are finalized for our annual get together.

Those who were with us for last year’s bash already know the deal, but we’ll offer a smattering of information for newbies, and include some tips for those making the trek. Let’s dig in…



Many of you have asked if there is an official checkin. There is not. We thought it would be a hassle for those checking in late if they had to scramble to make it to a registration desk somewhere. Want to let the rest of us know you’ve arrived? Leave a message on the wall here.



$0. You’re spending enough just to get here and stay the weekend. Keep in mind, however, that there will be a small charge to attend Sunday’s giant dog festival at the Shelburne Museum. See event details below.



We’re keeping things intentionally loose in order to give you time to visit local attractions, get pictures, and mingle with attendees.

Friday night: dinner, 6pm. Location: TBA

Saturday: Group luncheon, 11am-3pm, Garden of Eatin’, Williston, VT

Sunday: We crash a giant dog festival for the day. Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs 10am-5pm

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In between: it’s up to you. While many of us will likely gather during the weekend, if you prefer to get out for a look around that’s fine. We want you to enjoy your stay and don’t want to book every minute of your time.

There is so much to see and do that it’s hard to know where to start. Factor time to see Burlington’s waterfront if you can spare it. Stowe is a short drive and along the way you’ll find the world famous Ben & Jerry’s factory: plan to collect a few calories during your visit.

Beyond that, feel free to ask your hosts for advice. Hiking, biking, and a number of outdoor pursuits will beckon. Keep in mind that you’ll be here for the start of foliage season, so bring a camera and spare batteries!


Where to Stay

This is tough to answer because so many of you have already contacted us and everyone’s needs are different.

Strongly suggested: book reservations via Priceline. You can specify luxury level to make sure you don’t end up in a dive, and it will save you money. If you’re not comfortable using Priceline, know that any hotels within 10 miles of downtown Burlington are close enough to everything to make access easy. There is no traffic here, so traveling a few miles is quick and easy.

Need pet friendly accommodations? Try the Marriott in Williston or La Quinta in South Burlington.


Should I bring my Dog?

Well heck yes! If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your furkids at home, don’t! But please keep in mind that dogs with any history of aggression are not welcome: please be fair to fellow attendees and leave dogs with bite histories at home. That said, there is much to do and see here with dogs in tow, so feel free to bring them along for what is likely to be an unforgettable journey.


Hopefully we have the basics covered at this point, but if you have any remaining questions please e-mail us: [email protected]. We’re busy planning the fun but are always available to offer assistance. A cell phone exchange will take place as the date approaches to ensure that all are able to connect at will.

As much as we love dogs, it’s the people who love them that continue to support Life With Dogs, and we love having the opportunity to say thank you. Join us next month and we’ll do our best to make you feel at home, to show our gratitude: and know that you’ll be in very good company.