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Doggone Good Travel Advice

By Linda Tancs

Want some doggone good travel advice? Then head over to BringFido.com, an information center for all things related to traveling with dogs. Their dog friendly city guides rank more than 10,000 cities worldwide for their popularity among dog owners and general “dog friendliness.” Once you’ve found the perfect locale, the site will also give you the scoop on the best places to stay, play and eat, including a forum for information sharing.

New York Airport Goes to the Dogs

By Linda Tancs

Boasting the world’s first air terminal for animals, New York’s JFK Airport is going to the dogs—and the cats, horses, cows, reptiles, fish, birds and any other animal you can think of. Appropriately named The ARK, the new facility under development is a luxury terminal that will handle more than 70,000 of our furry (and not so furry) friends annually. Transiting and quarantined animals will be treated to a variety of creature comforts (no pun intended), like swimming pools, luxury stalls, flat-screen TVs and massage therapy.

Wine Doggies of Yakima

By Linda Tancs

A bung is the plug that goes into a wine barrel. Not surprisingly, dogs enjoy chasing and chewing on them. That’s how Bung, a working wine dog at Bonair Winery in central Washington’s Yakima Valley, got his name. He’s one of many working dogs in the fertile valley’s vineyards, helping his owner retrieve errant bungs as the vintner checks the prized contents of the barrels for quality. Winery dogs take on many roles, like greeter, floor sweeper and fetcher-in-chief. Dogs are such an integral part of life in the wine valley that many of the wineries as well as lodging and dining establishments are pet friendly. Fido will have lots of company.

Furry Back Seat Drivers

By Linda Tancs

A disturbing statistic has arisen from the American Automobile Association:  about two-thirds of American drivers pet, play or otherwise interact with their pets while driving.  Yet another distraction to add to the dangerous list of risky behavior like phoning, texting and snoozing.  Fido might enjoy the attention, but an unrestrained animal poses the same risk as an unrestrained child.  Get a car seat and protect the life of your pet as well as your upholstery.

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Do Not Disturb

By Linda Tancs

Those Do Not Disturb signs are as yesterday as dinosaurs at Seattle’s Hotel 1000, where infrared sensors let chambermaids know whether anyone’s home.  The question is:  does that technology protect Fido’s privacy, too?  The hotel is, after all, pet friendly.  At a wallet-friendly $40 per stay, your furry friend gets a bed, food and water bowl, chew toys and custom treats, among other things.  It’s a dog’s life, indeed.

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Fido Flies First Class

By Linda Tancs

Remember Eos and Silverjet, those now defunct business-class only airlines? Well, now comes the equivalent for four-legged travelers: Pet Airways. Billing itself as first-class travel for “pawsengers,” the airline uses Beech 1900 turbo props with a proprietary restraint system to fly your dog or cat in its carrier to one of their current destinations: Teterboro, NJ, Washington, DC, Denver, Los Angeles or Chicago. The experience includes a pet attendant, monitored potty breaks before travel and a little decompression in the travel lounge. The only thing missing is filet mignon on a porcelain plate. Rawhide will just have to do for now.

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Pet Travel Succumbs to Economy

By Linda Tancs

Once peanuts, blankets and pillows were eyed for surcharges then you knew it wouldn’t be long until pets saw a fare hike. And so it goes, with the least expensive ticket averaging $100 each way on low-cost carriers Spirit and JetBlue. Rates on Delta and American have gone to the dogs as well. Will Fido have to sit out Disney World this year? Or more to the point–will you? Maybe so, unless you can find a better kennel rate.

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Luxe Living for Fido and Fluffy

By Linda Tancs

Does your pet suffer separation anxiety when you travel?  Maybe a little pampering is in order.  How about a spa or massage treatment or a visit with a fitness coach?  No, not for you, silly.  These and other amenities at pet resorts are sure to wash away the cares of your beloved pooch or feline.   Five-star alternatives to kennels are popping up around U.S. airports in locations such as Chicago, Houston and Orlando, offering everything from concierge service to webcam access so you can link up with your furry friend.  Dogsitting is so yesterday.

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Air Travel for Pets

By Linda Tancs

Air transport of pets can be a very traumatic experience, particularly if the size of the pet prevents you from traveling together in the cabin.  If you must transport your pet by air, you can check the pet incident reports for any given airline at airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/reports/index.htm.  That should help you find the airline with the best track record when it comes to pet handling.  If you do encounter a problem, file a report with your airline to initiate the tracking process, much as if you’d lost a suitcase.  However, if your pet is irretrievably lost, you are likely to get only the market value for your pet.  If you think that the airline acted badly, file a complaint with them and with government authorities.  Find out how at the US Humane Society’s Web site at www.hsus.org.  You should also look into posting details about your pet on www.pets911.com

Traveling internationally?  Don’t forget to check with your vet on immunization certificates and other procedures that may be required depending on your destination.

Real Snakes On a Plane

By Linda Tancs

A passenger at Cairo airport attempted to bring 700 live snakes on a plane to sell them in Saudi Arabia.  Ophidiophobes, take note.

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