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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!

Can Your Pooper Scooper Do This?

Yuk – When is a poo not a poo? Sometimes you need to deal with this! My Gina wasn’t feeling well today. Fortunately, my GoGo Stik does a very nice job and is clean and quick on these days. A few swipes on the grass with the round shovel side and plastic store bag and no more Yuk! Life is very good!

Dexter’s Doggie Bag – New Product Launched

Pooch Approved Products is very excited to announce that our new Dexter’s Doggie Bag has just been launched on our website and on Amazon.com.  This is a great product on its own. But is a must for those with GoGo Stiks.   Save and Reuse your plastic bags. Just stik your bags in the top…then pull ’em out the bottom when needed. Now it’s simple to manage and organize those cluttering piles of loose bags around the house. Keep them in one place for quick access – in Dexter’s Doggie Bag!

Benefits:DDB_Full_Front_main

  • No More Piles of Loose Bags Around the House
  • Keep Bags Organized in One Convenient Place
  • Provides Easy Access to Bags for a GoGo Stik
  • Elastic Bottom Opening Keeps Bags Secure
  • 19 inch Height with 5 inch Cord for Easy Hanging

Dexter’s Doggie Bag MSRP is $14.99 but sells on the GoGo Stik website and Amazon.com for $9.95. It has a 60 day money back guarantee.

GoGo Stik review – Extremely pleased!

Best Investment!!
Review By Yvonne Y Vegaon December 2, 2015
Verified Purchase
Awesome product, I also like the fact I can recycle my grocery bags as they fit perfectly in this as well! Does amazing in dry/wet grass and on the road!! Extremely pleased! I have had this product for many months now and it hasn’t let me down yet!

GoGo Stick review by Sean D says that “I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome…scooping poop has never been easier.”

I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome. There is a technique to it but once …
By Sean M Donnellanon September 5, 2015 Verified Purchase
I never ever review products but I felt necessary on this one. I have 4 dogs which means a lot of poop and this scooper is awesome. There is a technique to it but once you get that down, scooping poop has never been easier. Great job on this product!

Kansas customer review

on August 29, 2015  Verified Purchase
I think I’ve tried about every kind of pick up device and this is the best of them all. It really is “no touch” and remains perfectly clean as the device itself never comes in contact with the material being picked up. I’ve used several varieties of bags including the ones that came with it and regular plastic grocery bags all with great results. If you don’t like wrapping a bag around your hand to do what needs to be done then I highly recommend this device.