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"Nearly two thirds of Americans take pets on vacations." CBS

Pet Supplies/Products Emphasis: Travel

Travel with Dogs Books

Travel with Pets Accommodations, Parks, Tour Groups, etc.

Full-Service Travel Agency for Pets and People

Just how safe is shipping pets via the cargo hold of airplanes?

Donations Needed The National Search Dog Foundation Rescues Dogs And Then Trains Them to Rescue People

Lost Pets

Animal Companion Law

Help Soldiers' Pets

Meeting Cute!

Starwood Hotel properties (293 in North America) including W, Westin and Sheraton and St. Regis hotels will roll out the red carpet to welcome dogs.

The hotels will provide special bowls for food and water, plus luxurious designer doggie beds.

At Starwood's Westin and Sheraton hotels, there's no extra charge for canine guests. At the W, when staying with a pooch expect a $25 tariff because of the royal amenities: designer chew toys, an ID tag and a peanut butter bedtime treat.

One member of the Westin, the newly renovated four-star Trianon Palace, is really putting on the dog for dogs, that is!

The Trianon Palace (Versailles,France) now offers a $400-a-night Heavenly Pets package. Custom-made beds covered in violet fake fur, message therapists, healthy haute cuisine no necessity has been spared! (No program for cats, but upon request, the chef will craft a cat happy meal.) A pet/travel resource with listings for over 25,000 hotels, B&Bs, ski resorts, campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly AND a section devoted to tips on how to take your pet anywhere. Nationwide pet-friendly hotels, plus listings in 38 foreign countries.

Hike with Your Dog offers direct links to more than 2005 dog-friendly parks, plus dog regulations for national parks in the United States and Canada. Last time we checked! 619 dogparks in the United States and 484 dogparks in Canada.

Rovinwithrover A tour company for owners and their canine companions.

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The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation which trains rescue dogs, is seeking donations.

The Search Dog Foundation recruits dogs rescued from abuse or abandonment, gives them professional training, and partners them with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

The Search Dog Foundation ensures lifetime care for each dog: once rescued, these dogs will never need to be rescued again.

Since 1995, the group has placed 63 dogs with handlers; 13 of its dogs worked at the World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attack.

It costs $10,000 to sponsor a dog and firefighter team.

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Soldiers shipping out for duty often have little notice. They are reduced to giving their pets to shelters, to abandoning them or even having them put to sleep.

A couple of organizations are offering more comforting options:

Operation Noble Foster matches called-up cat owners with families willing to take in their pets.

Military Pets FOSTER Project offers the same service for cats, dogs, birds, fish and even horses.

If you'd like to help out, visit their websites for details, to fill out forms and provide references.

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"42% of adults admit to taking their dog out for the sole purpose of meeting someone of the opposite sex; 15% say they found a spouse that way." Pedigree

Sometimes there are surprising "human benefits" for some of the growing numbers of high-tech products designed for pet owners. Here's a great one:

One enterprising female takes along the "Talk to Me Treatball" (available at most pet stores) on outings with her four-legged companion.

When she spies a attractive man, she tosses the toy in his direction and notes his reaction when the bright red ball comments, "Hello. My owner thinks you're cute."

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Away for the Weekend? Click here to make sure Rover's fed & watered.

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Solutions Catalogue stocks a lightweight pet kennel that folds flat for travel.

Your dog will have instant shelter no matter how far from home you roam! This portable pet home goes up and down in a jif, and folds flat to about 2" thick.

Front screen-mesh door features heavy-duty zipper and rolls up to stay out of the way. Inside, a washable faux sheepskin pad offers comfortable, firm flooring.

Adjustable windows on all four sides provide plenty of viewing and ventilation. Made of 600-denier, water-resistant polyester with plastic backing. Includes ground stakes for outdoor use and travel case.

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Just how safe is shipping pets via the cargo hold of airplanes? Answers will be on the way in response to a new federal rule that requires airlines to report incidents of animal loss, injury or death.

As of June 15, 2005, airlines must report such incidents to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will post the information on its monthly Air Travel Consumer report at:

Puppy Travel is ready to help whenever you and your pet are traveling domestically or internationally.

Here are some of the ways they can help:

* Information on international requirements for animals.

* Recommendations on pet-friendly hikes and tourist attractions.

* Pet-friendly restaurant recommendations and reservations.

* Chartered ships for sailing with your pet.

* Chartered aircraft for flying with your pet.

Fees are based on the complexity of the trip. The minimum fee for their travel services is $50. (The telephone meeting is free!)
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Great Vacations for You & Your Dog: USA, 2003-04 by Martin Management Books

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Great Vacations for You & Your Dog: Abroad, 1996-97 by Martin Management Books

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On the Road Again With Man's Best Friend: A Selective Guide to the West Coast and British Columbia's Bed and Breakfasts, Inn, Hotels and Resorts that Welcome You and Your Dog by Dawn Habgood.

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Return To Top Did you catch National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" on May 24, 2005?

Host Terry Gross interviewed Pet Detective Kathy Albrecht. Albrecht is a former police officer who used to work with search and rescue dogs. She now searches for lost pets using her specially trained bloodhounds, and a Weimaraner., Albrecht's website, offers tips based on knowledge of lost pet behavior.

Pet Detective Kathy Albrecht is the author of "THE LOST PET CHRONICLES: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective." This fascinating book about Kat's unusual journey from police detective to pet detective. comment: If the book is as fascinating as the NPR interview, it's a great read!

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Pet's Mobility offers the first ever Cellular Telephone for pets. (Or, it will. Currently, only their web site is available.)

Here's info on PetsCell per the website:

PetsCell will be compatible with existing cellular and satellite GPS technology. It will allow pet owners to talk to their pets.

In addition, pet owners will find comfort in the knowledge that if their pet is lost and someone finds it wandering the streets, a simple press of a button on the PetsCell, the auto dial function will dial the owner's home alerting him or her to retrieve the pet.

Note: The device will also be available with an optional GPS tracking chip and a fibre optic camera for search and rescue applications.

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