Chat Plus: Summer Camp With Rover

Sunday, March 15, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

I'm thinking about taking a vacation with my dog. Do you have any suggestions for a camp-type experience within driving distance of D.C. where we could mingle with other dogs and dog lovers?

Camp Barking Hills, held Memorial Day weekend in Hackettstown, N.J. (about a four-hour drive from Washington), sounds like a howling good time. Dogs and their people spend the weekend playing such games as bowling for biscuits, disk dog (a.k.a. Frisbee) and flyball, a sort of doggy relay race. There's an educational component, too, with classes in canine first aid and dog body language. And as at any self-respecting camp, there are counselors, arts and crafts, swimming lessons and awards. Cost is $125 for one day, $450 for the weekend; meals and lodging are extra. Details: 908-996-9911,

-- K.C.S.

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