Sep 16, 2010

People and Pets are On The Road Together in Increasing Numbers

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Most of us with the economy issues these days are on a very tight budget. However, AAA is relaying some pretty cool news. Pet owners are in increasing numbers taking their pets on vacation with them, and they plan their vacations around pet friendly places -- which are TRULY on the rise. AAA is helping pet owners out with over 13,000 options for lodging in its 2008 pet traveling guide. The website PetTravel.com hasn’t seen any visible signs of reduction on luxury travel for our pets either, even though people are supposedly tightening their belts.. This is from Jerry Hatfield who has been in the pet travel business for 11 years.

Many hotels throughout Europe and North America are coming up with gourmet menus and other amenities for our tail-wagging friends. No wonder they are encouraging that pets accompany you , given the number of people traveling with them. Also, doggie day care is an expensive proposition!

Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ has begun offering their “Pet Friendly” program in over 200 Hilton hotels in the Americas. The program is brand new and when checking in a guest’s pet will receive a welcome package. This package includes: a Hilton pet collar tag, a packet of biodegradable waste pickup bags, a bottle of disinfectant, deodorizer, and one step cleaner, along with organic treats and a travel tote. Hilton’s upscale amenities even feature a pet bed designed by artist William Wegman and Crypton Fabrics. It is available in-room and can be purchase online at www.HiltonToHome.com. Last, but certainly not least, the hotels participating in the “Pet Friendly” program also offer a concierge service for the pet traveler. This can give you information on local pet shops, veterinarians and kennels that may be in the area.

Additionally, only a certain number of rooms will be designated “Pet Friendly” in each participating hotel. Not only will they undergo a regular room cleaning, they will be subject to a deep cleaning. This includes all drapery, upholstered furniture and carpets. This service is performed after each four-legged guest checks out.

Housing isn’t the only thing our dogs have to look forward to. At the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix; your dog can feast on Zen You for $11.00. Zen You is a vegetable stir-fry with poached eggs and steamed brown rice. This meal is designed to help your dog adjust to the altitude and jet lag they may experience. In Tampa, Florida at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino your dog can feast on braised New Zealand lamb served on a bed of rice for $15.00, or they can have an appetizer of chicken liver pâtè for $7.00. In Los Angeles, the Hyatt Regency at Century Plaza offers a locally sourced organic room service dog menu. All items, which include the “Buddy Burger”, a hamburger with cheese and will cost you $5.00 are cooked to order.

And if you think this all sounds like too much? Wait until you see what disney is doing with a doggie hotel where your dog can stay day and night. If I filled in the blanks it would take up a whole extra post. Suffice it to say that air conditioned rooms and TV are standard!.
"When traveling with your pet, Please remember to always pack your travel first aid kit, and bring food from home to help your dog make the transition. Yes- these hotels do provide a fun menu for you and your dog, but the last thing you want while traveling is an upset stomach. So, please use the menu as a treat and keep Fido on his normal diet. Do not forget to keep your dogs safe for the festivities of July 4th and most of all HAVE FUN!!

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