Owning a pet can sometimes be a drag as it means that you have to worry about what to do with Fido when you want to go on vacation. Stress inducers include choosing a kennel right for your pet, researching on safety and expenses, and of course worrying about whether your dog will enjoy his stay. If can't use a kennel, you will need to find a friend or family member who's willing to watch your pet.
The good news is that in recent years many hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts across the United States have opened their doors to both humans and their pets. How can you find these places? See below:
- If you plan on traveling often with your pet, it's a good idea to pick up a good guidebook with comprehensive listings of pet friendly hotels, resorts, and other accommodations. A first stop would be to your local book superstore, such as Borders or Barnes and Noble. The online bookstore Dogwise has books including Pets on the Go!, which contains listings for over 18,000 hotels, inns, B&B's, and resorts. The well regarded www.dogfriendly.com offers a brand new 2006 addition of their guide, Dogfriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide on sale at their website.
- If you belong to American Auto Association, be sure to pick up Traveling With Your Pet, 7th Edition. Otherwise, look for a copy on Amazon.
- Several sources have free online listings and guides for pet friendly accommodations. The dog equivalent of the popular website Friendster, Dogster, has an online booking system for hotels that allow pets. Dog Friendly.com offers a wealth of information on pet-friendly lodging, and restaurants all broken down neatly by city and state, while Dog Park USA list over a thousand dog parks across the country. The frequently updated www.petsonthego.com has current articles regarding the hippest hotels that allow pets, as well as listings and a reservation system for lodging in the United States, Canada, and other locations around the world.
- Several websites offer online listings for pet-friendly hotels, but a membership fee is required to access these listings. One such site is www.traveldog.com.
- Another great source of information is from your veterinarian or the staff at your locally owned pet store. Dog enthusiasts at the dog park may also have some advice and recommendations for places they've particularly enjoyed.