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The Nation's First Airport Dog Bathroom Opens

The Nation's First Airport Dog Bathroom Opens Aug 7th, 2013 at 5:00PM: When you've gotta go, you've gotta go, and that's no different whether you're a man, or man's best friend. Now dogs have been given their own special place to do their business thanks to the creation of a "Pet Relief" station at San Diego International Airport. The recently opened airport pet bathroom is the only one of its kind in the nation. The 75 square foot room includes fake grass to...

Virgin Australia Offers Frequent Flier Points To Pets

Virgin Australia Offers Frequent Flier Points To Pets Jul 2nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Aero Icarus, Flickr Air travel is getting better and better – if you've got four legs, that is. Just last month we told you about first class airline lounges that had been designed especially for pets – now airlines are offering award miles to furry fliers. Virgin Australia announced this week that it will reward its frequent flier members with an extra 300 points when they book a...

First-Class Lounge For Pets Opens At Chicago O'Hare

First-Class Lounge For Pets Opens At Chicago O'Hare Jun 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tom Check, Flickr Luxury pet hotels, pet portraiture, pet birthday parties and even pet facials – these are just some of the ways the travel industry has bent over backwards to make our furry friends feel like they're on vacation too. Now, our four-legged besties are getting the first-class treatment at airport lounges, thanks to the opening of a lounge designed especially for pets at...

Brazil Opens First 'Love Hotel' For Pets

Brazil Opens First 'Love Hotel' For Pets Sep 18th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Did you know Brazil is home to 31 million dogs, making it the country with the second largest canine population after the United States? It's no wonder then, that you'll soon be able to find a hotel dedicated to the more hardcore puppy love in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Created by Fabiano Lourdes and his sister Daniela, "Animalle Mundo Pet" is set to open this week in Belo Horizonte....

Out-Of-State Moving Checklist: Tips For Relocating And How To Survive The Drive

Out-Of-State Moving Checklist: Tips For Relocating And How To Survive The Drive Jul 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As I mentioned in a recent post, I'm currently en route moving from Seattle to Boulder, Colorado. This isn't my first out-of-state relocation, by any means, and at this point, I've got it down to a science, after the movers haul away what I can't cram into my car. Because summer is peak moving season, I thought I'd share some tips with y'all to make your pre-move checklist and journey less...

Motor Club Membership Has Pets Wagging More, Paying Less

Motor Club Membership Has Pets Wagging More, Paying Less Jul 18th, 2012 at 5:00PM: The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit motor club that has been helping travelers since 1902. Formed mainly in response to a lack of roads and highways suitable for automobiles, AAA membership has evolved to serve the changing needs of more than 50 million members. Tackling everything from emergency roadside assistance to road maps, travel guides and travel services along...

Summer Travel With Pets Made Easy With New Book

Summer Travel With Pets Made Easy With New Book May 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: For many Americans, pets are essential participants in family outings but bringing them along can pose some challenges. The new edition of "Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook," offers resources for planning pet-friendly vacations that can make the process easier. The book includes a listing of all pet-friendly AAA Approved and Rated lodgings throughout the U.S. and Canada. Listing more...

Heifer International: Working To End World Hunger, One Llama At A Time

Heifer International: Working To End World Hunger, One Llama At A Time May 3rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Got an extra $20 burning a hole in your pocket and want to make a difference in the lives of others? Buy a flock of ducks. Eighty-five dollars will get you a camel share, while a mere $48 purchases a share in a "Knitter's Gift Basket (a llama, alpaca, sheep and angora rabbit)." Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock, and animal husbandry, agricultural and community development...

SkyMall Monday: Toilet Dog & Cat Water Bowl

SkyMall Monday: Toilet Dog & Cat Water Bowl Mar 12th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Dogs and cats have an odd fascination with toilets. They try to drink from toilets, they fall into toilets and they are mesmerized by the sounds made when you flush toilets. Here at SkyMall Monday headquarters, we have one furry toilet drinker who hits the bowl hard when he's stressed. However, no pet owner wants to encourage that behavior because toilets are filled with bacteria and germs....

Pets travel safe, near or far

Pets travel safe, near or far Feb 11th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Americans love their pets and more pet owners than ever are traveling with them. Spending over $50 billion on pets in 2011, the pet business is booming and so is the business of keeping pets safe and secure when traveling. "Pet identification, whether at home or abroad, is an important part of keeping pets safe," says Susan Smith, President of Pet Travel that has on file entry requirements...

SkyMall Monday: Zenhaus Dog Crate

SkyMall Monday: Zenhaus Dog Crate Jan 30th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Living with a dog means giving up much of your domestic life to an animal that doesn't know how to share space. You live with fur everywhere. Water and food bowls take up part of the kitchen floor. Toys are scattered everywhere. It's difficult to create a sophisticated living space when there are drool stains on most of the furniture. We run into these problems at SkyMall Monday headquarters...

Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own "Pawsport" loyalty program

Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own Nov 12th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Do you own a pampered pooch? Thanks to Hyatt Regency Mission Bay's new Pawsport program, your four-legged friend can receive "top dog" treatment during their stay. "Stainless steel bowls, plush dog beds and a haute-dog menu ensure your pooch will be lavishly spoiled while away from home," said leader of the hotel pack, General Manager Moshen Khaleghi. At check-in, furry friends will...

Top 10 hilarious traveling cat photos

Top 10 hilarious traveling cat photos Sep 3rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: When I took my cat Pistol on the airplane for the first time, it was a pretty crazy experience. From clutching her fearfully through the metal detector to meeting all the kids in the airport lounge, we had a fine -- if somewhat stressful -- time. Pistol did an outstanding job, and managed to remain adorable throughout the process. It's Friday, so I decided to focus my energy on writing about...

Four tips for traveling with dogs - Road trip tips

Four tips for traveling with dogs - Road trip tips Aug 12th, 2010 at 11:37PM: Traveling with your beloved pooch often takes the same careful planning as hitting the road with young children. Utilize these tips to ensure a smooth ride: Give your pup a thorough brushing before loading him into the car, greatly reducing the amount of flying fur. Pack travel necessities for your road trip like water and a bowl, treats, paper towels, and cleanup bags. Unless your dog...

D.C. area airports pet relief areas - fake fire hydrant included

D.C. area airports pet relief areas - fake fire hydrant included Jul 10th, 2010 at 11:00AM: I am not a pet owner - so I never thought about the challenges involved in letting Fifi or Mr. Bigglesworth relieve themselves during a trip. Apparently, the Washington D.C. airports did consider these challenges, because they just opened several designated pet relief areas. At Dulles, two of these areas are actually inside the airport. Each of these fenced in areas has a fake fire hydrant,...

Taking your cat on an airplane - a first-hand account

Taking your cat on an airplane - a first-hand account Jun 7th, 2010 at 12:00PM: There's Pistol, my cat, turning around and around in her bag in the Delta Sky Club at LaGuardia Airport. If you'd like to know how we got to this point and how I prepared her for the trip, read my article from Friday, Taking your cat on the airplane - preparations. Once you're all caught up, read on to see how we fared at the airport and on the plane. Getting there. I decided to call a...

Taking your cat on an airplane - preparations

Taking your cat on an airplane - preparations Jun 4th, 2010 at 12:30PM: I'm glad I called the airline the day before I brought my cat on Delta Airlines to visit my family in Minneapolis with me. Paperwork. When I originally called and asked to add a cat to my discounted online fare, they said "No problem." The cat would cost $100 each way, and though there's a limit to how many animals they can have onboard, I was the first request, and my reservation was made....

Galley Gossip: Captain A-rod and the cat lady from hell!

Galley Gossip: Captain A-rod and the cat lady from hell! May 21st, 2010 at 9:30AM: I should have known it was going to be a weird flight when the captain introduced himself as A-rod. Short, round and graying, he stood in the galley massaging the shoulders of a tense looking flight attendant. When the agent walked on board with paperwork, the flight attendant quickly slid out of A-rod's reach and eagerly asked. "Ready to board?" Boarding, for a flight attendant, is the most...

Travel Trends: Pet travel

Travel Trends: Pet travel May 19th, 2010 at 1:05PM: From doggy daycare to feline pampering to gourmet food and beyond, pet owners in the United States shower their furry companions with a healthy dose of attention. Although this affection is shown through lots of play time and generous ear scratching, it's most easily recognizable by the billions of dollars spent every year in the pet industry. Since 1994, the American Pet Products...

Ask Gadling: How to prepare for traveling without your dog

Ask Gadling: How to prepare for traveling without your dog May 19th, 2010 at 12:00PM: This week's question comes from Quincy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: "I have always taken my dog, Jasper, on camping trips and road trips. But my girlfriend and I are going to Bermuda for our anniversary and need to leave Jasper home. I've never left him behind and don't really know what to do. How do I make this comfortable for my dog and less stressful for me?" This is a fairly common dilemma and...

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