Play hookey – with your dog!

All work and no play, well, makes us dull, exhausted and stressed. Recently, I intentionally kept my laptop at home and purposely brought my dogs, Chipper and Cleo for an overnight ‘dogcation’ at one of my favorite pet-welcoming places, Hotel Indigo in San Diego. We invited our friends, Dallyn McCuistion and her dog, Bear; and Jerry and Kim Thornton with their dogs, Harper and Twilla, to also book stays there.

Our timing was ideal — the hotel is located in the Gaslamp district within easy view of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. From the 9th floor bar terrace, we got to hang out with our pups, sip delicious cocktails and dine on tasty flatbread, calamari and chicken wings as we rooted the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

I called it playing hookey, but as many of you can attest, purposely taking a day off does a body — and mind — good. I feel revived and rejuvenated. Plus, having well-mannered dogs along for the ride is an added bonus.

Here are some short videos form our recent Hotel Indigo ‘dogcation’ adventure for your enjoyment. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel – it’s fun and free.

1 – Unleash the playful pup in you at Hotel Indigo in San Diego

2 – Chipper and Cleo give the straight yap on Hotel Indigo in San Diego

3 – Take a “dogcation” at Hotel Indigo and catch the San Diego Padres

4 – Chipper and Cleo check out their dog-welcoming room at Hotel Indigo in San Diego

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