By Dr. Becker
Many pet owners these days want to take their dog (or much less often, their cat or other pet) along with them when they leave the house – to run errands, enjoy a weekend away, or even on longer trips.
Some people who work full-time outside the home can't bear to leave their furry family member behind on their days off. Others have adopted a lifestyle specifically designed around the needs of their pet, which includes bringing them with them wherever they go.
Fortunately, there's an ever-growing list of invaluable resources people can access to locate pet-friendly businesses right in their neighborhood, or as they travel cross-country.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers its Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook, which this year includes a new section that lists several hundred "AAA Approved and Diamond Rated" restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada that accommodate pets in outside dining areas. The PetBook also includes detailed listings of over 13,000 hotels and 800 campgrounds that welcome pets, plus lists of pet-friendly national recreation areas and attractions, and dog parks. The AAA PetBook also offers tips on packing, pet etiquette, and emergency vet clinics.
National Geographic's The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel bills itself as the "ultimate resource for traveling with your furry friend." The guide features hundreds of dog-friendly locations, from doggy daycare centers to canine cruises. Special features include walks you can enjoy with your dog, and information from locals on how to best enjoy the area with your canine companion. The author gives readers the scoop on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks, dog runs, and dog-friendly attractions. The guide also features 75 of the best pet-friendly destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The following online resources provide a wealth of links and information on pet-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, timeshares, campgrounds and RV parks, restaurants and bars, attractions and activities.