Have Pet - Will Travel

By: Joe Thompson

Traveling with your pet is no longer a novel idea, but if you're thinking of putting a pooch in your man purse and taking off—think again. You have many things to consider, and the primary one is the safety and comfort of your little buddy.

Airlines, train, and buses often have specific policies regarding pet travel. Some allow you to carry on a small pet if it can fit in a carrier under the seat in front of you, while larger animals need to be sedated and transported with luggage. That can be a cold and disorienting situation for your pawed pal. You also need to make sure that your destination allows you to bring in an animal from another location. Inside the US is usually fine, but what about Hawaii?

Needless to say, traveling with one isn't always easy, so to save you from barking up the wrong tree, we hit up Out Traveler for tips that will help you navigate your next trip.

Some properties are specifically dog friendly, so make sure your accommodation accommodates all creatures before packing up cats, cougars, or crocodiles. There are often costs for bringing pets along, so call ahead and check. W Hotels, for instance, go all out providing treats, pet beds, and even pet concierge services, but charge $25 and a $100 cleaning fee for these services. Fairmont and Ritz Carlton charge similarly hefty amounts and deposits.

Gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels and Resorts welcome all varieties of pet guests. Properties such as Seattle’s Hotel Monaco offer pet food and spa menus, along with fact sheets on local dog parks, pet stores, and city-specific information on regulations and transport with your pet.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts also dedicates rooms in each hotel in the Americas as pet friendly, and equips them with upscale amenities and pet beds designed by famed pet photographer William Wegman. If your furry friend really loves them to bits, snap 'em up online at www.hiltontohome.com. The hotel brand also offers a pet concierge service with information about local dog runs, veterinarian offices, and pet boutiques.

For listings of dog parks, campgrounds, beaches, dog-friendly attractions in the U.S. and internationally, www.dogfriendly.com is an excellent resource.

Tips, blogs, and accommodation suggestions feature on www.petsonthego.com.

Check airline policies and hotels across the U.S. from Bellingham to Key West on www.bringfido.com.

If you need some tips on traveling with cats, Cat Fanciers’ Magazine has excellent advice.

Paws and Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog
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