Monday, October 15, 2012

Holiday Travel with Pets

It's almost that time of year again. You know ...the holiday season! Yes, it's upon us already. Marketing executives are working overtime to woo you with their advertisements from clothing to cell phones to seasonal attractions. Pet stores advertise as well but, what we found or rather did not find, were deals for those traveling with their fury family members. We have received numerous e-mails asking for "pet" friendly venues (i.e. hotels, restaurants, airlines etc.). Although there are several sites that cater to pets however, what about mainstream airlines, hotels , or restaurants? Holidays are a time to take a break, relax and be thankful for what we have and what's most important to us...FAMILY!! Pets especially dogs are considered family as well. Many are forced to leave behind their fury family member at kennels or boarding facilities. There isn't anything wrong with these facilities as long as you're familiar with them however, if you're like us you want your fury family member to experience other places than your "neighborhood." We like to travel and we have family everywhere and what better way to have the best of both worlds but to bring them along.

We compiled a list of websites to assist in planning your holiday travels. Although we have researched the information provided please contact the hotel or airline for updated information prior to you booking a flight or hotel.

        Official Pet Hotels

 Beneful (wouldn't feed this to our babies however, they have good suggestions to include pet friendly beaches, ski resorts etc.) (caters to ALL pets)

        Marriott Hotels (Dog)

        Choice Hotels (Cats & Dogs) (very informational, including airlines & their policies)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Along this journey we've experienced the highs and lows of advocacy, fostering, rescuing, training, heartache of knowing many wonderful dogs losing their lives due to overcrowding shelters, uncaring owners, breed specific legislation and rejection as we've had the door slammed in our faces from other organizations. On the other side we've experienced tears of joy in watching our fosters walk into their new furever home. Occasionally we receive updates on some of our fosters progress which brings more tears of joy but, then there are those that "got" away, and we wonder their fate. There have been the occasional rescue which ends with that dog being trained and a furever happy home found. In our short time in the advocacy/training/rescuing world we've seen and been through a lot. As we often reflect on our journey one thing remains constant.....the "Paw Prints" all pups have left on our hearts and minds.