Summer is winding down but there is still time to hit the road with your dog before the cool temperatures and beautiful colors of autumn are upon us. And, pet owners now have more options than ever when it comes to traveling with their furry friends.
If you are itching for a luxurious escape from the stress of every day life, many hotels are ready to roll out the red carpet for both you and your dog. Among these are the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which are known for luxurious accommodations around the world.
Many of the Fairmont hotels are pet-friendly, and even go so far as to staff “canine ambassadors” in their lobbies to greet guests and make both human and canine visitors feel welcome. Among these ambassadors is Edie Sedgwick, pictured above and the star of Fairmont Pittsburgh. Click here to meet all of Fairmont’s dedicated canines.
Lori Holland, Executive Director of Public Relations, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, explains the Fairmont experience this way:
Here at Fairmont we know that pets are part of the family, which is why whenever possible we go out of our way to welcome four-legged guests around the world. Just as our Canine Ambassadors are important members of a number of our guest services teams, visiting dogs can look forward to extra special attention with amenities ranging from local walking maps and handmade treats to handy items like water bowls and doggie beds. While policies and amenities vary by hotel, pet owners who visit Fairmont can rest assured that their trip with Fido or Fluffy will be just as personalized, comfortable and unforgettable as any other with Fairmont. Of course, guests should be sure to check on pet guidelines with their individual hotel before making a reservation.
Another chain known for making your pet feel welcome is the Kimpton Hotels, with their hosPETality program. Kimpton includes pet packages designed to make all pets feel like kings of their castle during their stay.
If you’re on a budget and a luxury hotel is not for you, there are still plenty of options for you and your dog to travel together in style. For a list of hotels in all price ranges that will welcome both you and your pet, visit Lana’s Pet Travel Reviews here.
Perhaps you and your dog are adventurous types and more interested in “roughing it” when you go on the road. If so, there are campgrounds across the United States and Canada that will gladly welcome your dog around their campfires. A list of dog friendly campgrounds and RV parks can be found at DogFriendly.com here.
Whether you decide to stay at a luxury hotel or put up your tent in a campground, there are things you can do to make sure your trip is a fun and exciting adventure.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers tips to help ensure a safe and comfortable trip for your dog. These include bringing along your own supply of water, keeping your dog safe in a well-ventilated crate and, most importantly, never leaving your dog alone in a parked car. For the full list of tips, visit the ASPCA site here.
With a little planning and preparation, you and your dog can still enjoy the best that summer travel has to offer and end your summer in style.
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