Summer’s here – are you off on vacation soon? More and more of us – around 15 million Americans - now like to travel with our four-legged friends and in recent years more resorts and hotels have become pet-friendly to cater for the 65% of US families who own a pet. Dog-friendly summer destinations include restaurants that cater for our furry friends to hotels that leave dog treats on the pillow! Plus nature trails that are a feast for (human) eyes and (doggy) noses and then of course there are beaches just perfect for a game of frisbee.
Here’s just a few of our top tips to find the perfect place to stay
õ Filter your online search by pet-friendly results but be sure to read the fine-print
õ Some places may only permit one small dog or require prior approval
õ If in doubt call before you book and be sure to book well in advance
What can you expect when you take your dog with you on vacation? Did you know that there are some places which don’t just allow dogs and provide dog bowls, beds and clean-up bags, but offer first-class service and perks for your furry friend such as in-room massage, a seasonal room service menu, contacts for a reputable dog-sitter and dog yoga classes and even surfing lessons his own with board shorts and “surf and turf” dinner!
Your 4-legged friend can even bring home his own photo album to show off at doggy day care if you get him one of the latest high-tech digital harness mounted cameras which can be set to shoot automatically and record hundreds of frames of every exciting moment of his doggy vacation.