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Budget-Friendly Tips for Getaways with Your Furry Best Friend





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This guest article was written by Nick Burton.

Are you and Fido ready to hit the road and make some memories? Adventures with a beloved canine companion can quickly go downhill without preparation. Here’s how to ensure you and your pooch will not only have the best of times, you won’t overspend in the process. 

Accessories to Ease Travel

A few well-chosen accessories can go a long way toward ensuring you and your dog stay comfortable and safe throughout your travels. There are bowls specially designed to collapse so meals and storage are easy-breezy, and car seat covers to protect your vehicle from hair, muddy paws, slobber, and any unexpected accidents.

When it comes to keeping your sidekick in his seat, choose a restraint that is fitting for your dog’s size and personality type. If you have a small dog who isn’t overly active, a booster seat or safety harness could be perfect. Bigger dogs can also enjoy the freedom and safety of a harness, and active dogs can benefit from a carrier or crate. 

For the accessories you and Fido need, stretch your travel budget by shopping online and using offers such as Ebates coupons and discount codes from your favorite retailers. You can apply the funds you save toward your and your dog’s fun.

Places to Go, Things to Do

Strange as it is to some of us, there are places that don’t welcome dogs. With that in mind, long before you pack Fido’s bags, do some research to ensure you and your pooch are heading somewhere you’ll both enjoy. And for those times you need to leave your dog alone, make arrangements for a trustworthy pet sitter to take care of your traveling companion. It’ll ease your mind knowing someone is tending him, rather than worrying that he’s stressed out. 

There are dog-friendly destinations far and wide for nearly anything that suits your fancy. If ocean waves, sands, and seagulls beckon, Travel + Leisure notes there are some outstanding dog-friendly beaches, such as the dog beach in Florida’s Fort Myers, Jekyll Island Beach in Georgia, and Topsail Beach in North Carolina. Exploring national parks can be big fun as well, but make sure you do some checking because some are more dog-friendly than others. More in the mood for urban adventures? Look to cities like Chicago, Seattle, or Denver. Finding places that encourage your pooch to be himself will ensure you make the most of every moment. 

When booking lodging, make reservations with pet-friendly hotels or vacation rentals. Websites like Expedia make it super simple to find the accommodations you want since you can search by pet-friendliness, and on top of that, joining their rewards program can stretch your budget. 

Bells and Whistles

You might be surprised to learn you don’t need to do all the driving when you reach your destination. You can save money by using public transportation in many locations; just verify restrictions before you and your pooch climb aboard, since some systems require a carrier. 

Along those same lines, it’s important to be conscientious of other travelers throughout your journey. If you and your dog are planning potentially muddy outings, like to a dog park or on hiking trails, bring along a paw washing device to tidy up before you hop into a bus, board a train, or re-enter your hotel. For example, the Dexas Mudbuster is small, convenient, and affordable, and you can explore their current offers to make the most of your money.

Of course, throughout your travels, you’ll want to clean up after your dog, so have a plan in place for dealing with waste. An economical solution is the GoGo Stik — it’s a clean, durable, efficient design, convenient to operate, and you can use any style bag so there is just the one-time purchase — all topped off with a money-back guarantee. 

Planning a getaway with your dog needn’t be complex or expensive. Accessorize appropriately, make arrangements in dog-friendly places, and grab a few gadgets to make comings and goings a breeze. With these smart strategies, you and your best friend will have a terrific time!

The Humanization of Pets?

Love this Pooch!

Really? A puppuccino at Starbucks? I don’t know about that but I sure just love this Pooch!  That said, the Pooch Craze is taking on a momentum. According to the APPA (American Pet Product Association), the pet industry has grown more than threefold in the last 20 years, from $23 billion in 1998 to $72 billion in 2018.

Accordingly, Corporate America is responding by offering pet perks such as veterinary insurance as an employee benefit, take-your-dog-to work days, and in some cases, “paw-ternity leave” and “fur-ternity leave” (paid time off for newly adopted pets). Housing developments are now even including dog play spaces and grooming salons, and wash areas. Haven’t you noticed that many hotels now provide pet-friendly accommodation? How about the pet friendly skies? My, how things have changed in the last forty years or so!

Pet parents (vs pet owners)? Yep. Here’s some new lingo: Fur parents with fur babies, and fur grandbabies?

As younger folks are waiting longer to have children or not, they’re adding furbabies to their new families!

Many say that their pets give them so much without expecting a return. Oh, and there’s nothing like a tail wagging pooch greeting you at the door when you return home from a long day at work!

The GoGo Stik is an Amazing product great price

Never write reviews for anything but this is the best product i have ever bought for pet care! I dont even scoop dog poop anymore off the grass i just catch it with the stick, now i never have to worry about the kids stepping in it in the yard anymore!

…he goes directly in the bag. No scooping required.

Hello Alec, Had a chance to give the gogostik a test & it works great for my purposes. I have a small dog, I take him for walks twice a day and he goes directly in the bag. No scooping required, just dispose of the bag. I only have a small supply of bags that came with the gogostik so I would like to purchase a larger supply to have on hand, possibly a case of 500 bags or so. Please let me know if I can purchase a bulk amount of bags; if so how many and the price. Need ASAP.
Thanks,
Peggy

I have two female dachunds…I can not bend while I am healing from my back surgery…

Hi Alec,
I have two female dachounds. Since I can not bend while I am healing from my back surgery I hesitated to walk my dogs. I had no idea how I was going to pick up poop. Yesterday I tried the GoGo stick out for the first time. It worked great! I could pick up the poop without bending and everything went right in the bag I had attached to the stick. I was very happy to be able to avoid any mess. Thank you so much. Martha

GoGo Stik – DISABLED PEOPLE NEED THIS PRODUCT !!!

By E.W.
I am a disabled veteran in a wheelchair. I recently received a Service dog and was at a loss as to how I would clean up after him. I no longer have the hand strength or dexterity to use traditional scoopers with jaws. I can’t squeeze them open. I finally found this product and it is amazing. And since I can’t bend over due to the wheelchair and my brain injury, the extension handle allows me to easily reach and scoop up my dog’s messes. Trust me, you need this product!

My dogs love pooping on people’s yards

Best thing ever
By Cam K.
Size: 25″-35″|Verified Purchase
This gogo stik is the best thing ever. So convenient. I take it with me on walks. My dogs love pooping on people’s yards and I hate having to pull them mid-poop. With this stik I can just place it under their bum and catch it all. I’m happy, my neighbors are happy and more importantly my dogs are happy.

West Sacramento pet hotel keeps tails wagging

West Sacramento pet hotel keeps tails wagging
A customer checks in her dog at Wag Hotel in West Sacramento. SARAH DOWLING — DAILY DEMOCRAT
By Sarah Dowling, Woodland Daily Democrat
POSTED: 01/30/18, 10:13 AM PST |
Kristen Rau greets Wag Hotel regular “Auggie” at their West Sacramento location. SARAH DOWLING — DAILY DEMOCRAT
When Kristen Rau walks the halls of West Sacramento’s Wag Hotel, she greets her guests with a smile, knowing most by name — of course sometimes the names are of the “Fluffy” and “Fido” variety.

Nestled behind a group of commercial buildings and marked by a simple, three-letter sign, Wag caters to cats and dogs, providing lodging, grooming, play groups and more for Sacramento-area residents.

The hotel chain, with locations in West Sacramento, San Francisco, Redwood City, Oakland and most recently Santa Clara, opened in 2005 by pet lovers who couldn’t find a suitable place to leave their pets during business trips. West Sacramento was the first.

“There was a lot missing for pets in terms of good care,” explained Rau, Wag’s director of customer service. “Back then there were only kennels.”

Wag first started as a boarding facility, but has expanded its services to daycare and overnight stays, just like its human counterpart. The hotel is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays, Rau added.

Standing in the lobby, Rau pointed out a hanging menu behind a service counter, which allows people to build a “customized stay” for their pets.

“We have all different types of dogs (as guests),” Rau said. “Crazy energy dogs to more mellow ones. People check in and find what’s best for their dog and (staff) guide them through.”

Giving a tour of the West Sacramento facility, Rau started in the kitchen, explaining that pet parents can request specialized meals for their dogs and cats. Some want simple dry food, while others want steak, chicken or eggs for their pets. Hotel staff do their best to make this happen for a more personalized stay.

While Wag specializes in care for dogs, there is a smaller boarding area for cats. According to Rau, most of their feline guests live in a home with dogs — their parents bringing both to Wag for care. The cat section also has its own air filtration system, so the cannot smell the dogs and the dogs cannot smell them.

During a recent visit, only one cat guest was present. A single staff member cared for her, letting the cat roam around the room.

“I want to take her home,” the staff member said.

There are around 180 rooms — of various sizes — in total. From the smaller kennels similar to what can be seen in an animal shelter to the “Capitol Suite,” there are options.

“The Deluxe Suites are a client favorite,” Rau explained. These rooms have webcam access tot he pet from anywhere in the world at any time, that way pet owners “have the comfort of knowing” what their dogs are up to. The rooms also have memory foam bedding, toys, and a mounted television that usually plays Animal Planet or a similar channel for guests.

Meanwhile, in the Capitol Suite, pet parents can Skype with their dogs or Fido can simply watch a movie on Netflix, which is included in the package.

“Some parents are very specific and pick out movies for their dogs,” Rau said.

The room also has a “lavender scent infusion” to create a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

When not in their rooms, guests are able to join different play groups — both indoors and outside — with other pups. A handler is always on site to make sure everyone gets along. Sometimes staff have to adjust play groups based on how certain dogs interact.

In the outside area, Rau greeted a guest named “Auggie.”

“He comes every single day since he was a puppy,” she said, petting him. “He has grown up with us.”

Auggie is just one of many dogs to do just that.

For more information, visit waghotels.com.