Pets have a great life in the Mountain State but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in West Virginia
Life is old there, older than the trees... John Denver loved his home state and with good cause. One of the smaller US states, what West Virginia lacks in size it makes up for in eye-popping beauty. Is there a more beautiful state than the Mountain State? There might be – but we don’t want to know about it. Here your dog will be able to enjoy a wide range of scenic days out, provided you’re always there to keep them away from any danger – and make sure they have pet insurance just in case.
Synonymous with mountains, West Virginia’s state motto is ‘Mountaineers are always free!’ Who else is always free? Dogs. Let’s start with a superb place to take them: Monongahela National Forest. Particularly beautiful in the fall because of the way that the trees take on their sumptuous red and orange hues, this forest is great for all doggos, whether Husky or Dachshund.
Over in Elkins, in the east of the state, it has a huge deal to keep your pet and yourself entertained. There’s boating; there’s hiking; there’s camping; there’s horse-riding (if you can find a horse). It’s the kind of enormous natural stage on which your furry friend will love to frolic.
But be careful. This is the kind of place that could legitimately be called Bear Country, and you do not want your dog coming face to face with one of those massive animals – however big your dog, the bear will be bigger. Not only would it be terrifying, if your dog were attacked by a bear the vet bills would be ugly and enormous. Which is how you’d be describing the bear to anyone within earshot.
If your pooch is always tugging at your sleeve to be taken on brewery tours, West Virginia has you covered. At Freefolk, in Fayetteville, you can sit side by side and enjoy a beer and a bowl of water. Or why not pop down to Terra Alta and High Ground Brewing, where you can even take in some live music when you’re not sipping on their craft beers. Do make sure that your dog doesn’t lap up anything they shouldn’t; alcohol poisoning is a horrible thing to happen to a dog and to your wallet, costing around $1,800 to treat at the vet’s.
But if you’re looking for something truly altruistic, genuinely just for your dog, take them to a dog park. Open from 8 till dark, Fido’s Backyard is a great park in the north, perfect for off-leash time. Over in the excellently named Hurricane, you could pay a visit to Valley Dog Park. Remember to keep your dog hydrated as they sprint about the place: West Virginia can get excessively hot and there’s no guarantee these parks will have water. You don’t want to deal with anything as horrible as heat stroke, which can cost $5,000 to treat without insurance.
With almost three in four households in West Virginia owning some kind of pet, the state is a wonderful place to rear an animal. Just keep your wits about you as you unleash your pup on the great and picturesque outdoors – they won't want you to take them home...
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