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Fodor’s, the travel resource for millions, has named its list of the 7 Best Pet-friendly Hotels.…and I have to say, each and every hotel they mention is available for booking on www.luxurypaw.com!
I would add to the Fodor’s list list a couple of “collections’, not necessarily ‘chains,’ but you can’t go wrong with a Benchmark Hosptitality pet-friendly hotel; especially their Personal Luxury Collection group of properties like the Hotel Granduca in Houston and I an a HUGE fan of Auberge Resorts; Calistoga Ranch, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, and Rancho Valencia to name just a few of their pet-friendly offerings. I hope you’re taking the pup somewhere fabulous for the Fourth!
Remember, there is still time to reserve your luxury, pet-friendly hotel for the Fourth of July…visit www.luxurypaw.com.
Fireworks from July 4th celebration may be festive to you, but can turn your pets into nervous wrecks. More cats and dogs–and even livestock like horses–become lost on this day than any other when pets panic, go through windows, break tethers and leap fences.
Even safely contained pets shiver, moan, and feel worse with each noisy boom. You may not see quivering scaredy cats, but the stress from noise phobia increases risk of hit-or-miss litter box behavior.
It can take weeks or even months for desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques to teach fearful pets that noises won’t hurt them. With Independence Day right around the corner, refer to these 10 tips, (from Amy D. Shojai AOL’s PAW Nation) for more immediate help.
Remember, there is still time to reserve a luxury, pet-friendly hotel for the fourth! Visit LuxuryPAW to search hundreds of luxury, pet-friendly hotels worldwide!
Sometimes what should be the simplest thing in the world can present quite a challenge…to me anyway . This happened recently when I tried to purchase a new collar for Beau. He is a large dog, (65 lbs) but he is lean and has a super skinny neck, so I was having trouble finding the right collar for him.
Kristina Lotz at Rockin Doggie to the RESCUE!
Here are Kristinas notes on proper collar selection, I think they’re great…and clearly the snoozing Beau finds his new collar quite comfortable.
I’ve included pictures of Beaus new collar; made by Rockin Doggie, and you’ll notice the close up the studs spell out “I LOVE PAW”…could it be more perfect??
Buying The Right Collar
Kristina Lots at Rockin Doggie
It can be a challenge to buy a collar that actually fits your dog well. It is even harder if the dog and collar are not in the same place. Following the simple steps below will help you pick our the right collar for you dog.
Step 1: Measure Your Dog’s Neck
Don’t just measure their old collar, it is probably stretched and warped and can give you a wrong length. Plus, if you are measuring a puppy that has grown out of that collar, it’s too small anyway.
The easiest way to measure the dog’s neck is to use a sewing tape measure. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a piece of string, yarn, etc.
1. Measure around your dog’s neck where his collar naturally sits
2. Test to make sure the loop cannot slip over your dog’s head, if it can, you have made it too big. (Note: if you own a “bullet headed” breed, like a Greyhound or a Shetland Sheepdog, you will need to buy a martingale collar to prevent this from happening.)
3. Loosen the measuring tape just enough to allow two or three of your fingers to fit comfortably between the tape and your dog’s neck. If you used a piece of string, stretch it out on a ruler to get the measurement.
Whatever your measurement is, that is your dog’s collar length.
Step 2: Measuring a Collar
You now know the length of your dog’s neck; let’s say its 16.75 inches (after all, most dogs are not going to be a “whole size”). Do you buy a 16″ collar or an 18″ collar? A 16″ inch sounds too small, but an 18″ would be way too big. Knowing how a collar is sized is the biggest secret to collar-buying. Collars are not measured from tip of buckle to end. If I take a collar labeled 16″ and measure it this way, I will get around 21″. Yikes! This is way too big and now I am confused. However, if I measure from the middle of the buckle to the middle hole, I will get right around 16″.
Step 3: Picking the Right Collar
This means that a 16″ collar actually fits a dog with a neck anywhere from approximately 14″ to 18″, depending on the number of holes the manufacturer provides and the amount of space between them. So in the example above, a 16″ collar will fit this dog just fine and actually, so would most 18″ collars! So which to choose? A couple things may determine this.
1. Is your dog a puppy that still has some growing to do?
In that case, you may want to buy the 18″ so you have holes your puppy can grow into. If it’s an older dog that has stopped growing, you may decide the 16″ is better because you don’t have to deal with all the extra collar at the end.
2. What material is the collar made of?
If it is a material that will stretch out as time goes on (leather, neoprene, or vinyl for example), the small collar will allow you to go down in size to compensate for this.
3. Is your dog (or any of his friends) a chewer?
If you dog chews, you may want the smaller collar because he is likely to be able to get a hold of the end to chew. Same concept applies if he plays with dogs that chew. Also, in this case, you will want to buy a collar that is sturdy, like leather reinforced with nylon, so that it will hold up to rougher play.
Don’t forget, it is always a good idea to have an extra collar, just in case! Happy shopping! If you have questions, visit us on our Facebook page, we are happy to help you fit a collar!
After you’ve visited the Canine Concierge tab and selected Philadelphia on the PAW website, read this article for more information on Pet-friendly dining in Philly! This article is really ‘well-done” !
Remember to visit PAW when searching for your next luxury pet-friendly hotel and all of your pet-friendly travel resources!
See the full Huffington Post article HERE!
Cesar Millan’s Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Pets this Summer
1. Do your homework.
Don’t just show up to the airport or a hotel with your pet and expect that they will be accepted. Always do your homework in advance; call the airlines and determine pet polices and stay at hotels like Best Western that have more than more 1,000 pet-friendly properties in North America and more than 1,600 pet-friendly properties worldwide.
2. Prepare your family and your pet.
Don’t make it a last minute “pack-and-let’s-go.” Your dog will sense your anxiety and tension. Be ready days in advance, so that your dog has a normal experience before he has to get in the car or on the plane.
3. Take your dog’s scent with you.
Honor and respect your dog through his nose. Bringing his dog bed or blanket or toy that smells like “home” will make him feel more calm and relaxed in his temporary home while you’re traveling.
4. Claim your travel space.
When you arrive at the hotel, walk your dog around and get him familiar with the place. When you arrive at the room, enter first. Get the dog to stay where he is. Don’t let him wander around or he’ll assume control of the situation.
5. Respect your environment and surroundings.
Bring bags and pick up after your dog. Also, make sure your dog is treated and using flea prevention well before you arrive – you want to leave the place as you found it and that means flea-free! To minimize barking, take your dog for a long walk to ensure he is well exercised before introducing him to the hotel room or leaving him for long periods of time. And if you use a crate, be sure to acclimate him to it at home before your trip.
REMEMBER: Visit www.luxurypaw.com to source and reserve your next luxury, pet-frienldy hotel!
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) has compiled some tips on how you can be vigilant about animals in the coming months whether home or abroad. Please feel free to use this information, crediting the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org).
· When spending time in the summer heat, make sure your pet stays happy and healthy by following these pet safety tips:
o Keep Things Cool: Some of us may believe that hotter is better, but our animal companions don’t necessarily agree. Make sure that animals spending time outdoors always have access to a shaded area and plenty of fresh, clean water.
o Don’t Get Bugged: Bugs are just as annoying to your pets as they are to you. Don’t leave your pet in a buggy area, and consult with your vet about prevention for fleas and ticks.
o Chill Out: Be careful not to over-exercise your pets or let them stand on asphalt for an extended period of time. Hot asphalt can mean damaged, painful paws and, over-exertion can lead to a rapid increase in body temperature.
o Practice Car Safety: Never leave an animal in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Your vehicle can get extremely hot in a matter of minutes, quickly causing your pet distress or even death. If it feels hot to you, it feels even hotter for your pet. And if you see an animal left in a car, immediately notify management of the appropriate store, or contact animal control. If you become concerned that your pet has overheated, place them in a cool, well-ventilated area, provide plenty of fresh, cool water, and immediately contact your vet.
- When jet-setting off on new adventures, it’s common to encounter animals interacting differently in their communities than we do at home. If your travels leave you concerned about the welfare of local animals, these are things you can do to help:
o Don’t pass judgment too quickly: It is important to remember that some communities live with dogs, cats, and other animals in ways that are different from what you’re accustomed to. Try to be supportive of the community by first talking with animal owners. Encourage individuals to provide adequate food and shelter for their furry companions. Trying to understand the way a community interacts with its companion animals on a daily basis is a vital and unique aspect of being an animal-loving tourist abroad.
o Don’t turn a blind eye: You should always report any instance of animal abuse and cruelty to the appropriate authorities Remember, animal mistreatment is bad for tourism and reflects poorly on the community, so it is important to make your concerns known, respectfully. Tell your tour operator, hotel management, or local shop owners that you’re concerned about the animals you see. Let them know that good animal welfare is good for business.
o Know where your money is going: Often, animal exploitation and the tourism industry go hand-in-hand. Animals used for entertainment purposes, rides and travel, or photo opportunities often deal with cruel treatment and unimaginable living conditions. Always research tourist programs ahead of time to avoid supporting services that are not animal-friendly. Also, be sure to avoid purchasing souvenirs made from animal and wildlife products.
o Practice safety first: Roaming dogs and cats may or may not be vaccinated against diseases like rabies, or enjoy contact with new people. Use caution when interacting with any animal you don’t know. Don’t attempt to chase or pick-up an animal that runs away, is on private property, or looks threatening. If you believe the scenario may jeopardize the health and safety of you or the animal, it is best to keep your distance and wait for a trained professional, such as an animal control officer, to handle the situation.
o Be proactive, plan ahead: It is always better to be prepared. You can investigate and contact local animal shelters, humane societies, and veterinarians in the event that you ever encounter an animal in distress. A quality organization is one that provides basic care including vaccination and first aid to animals, and does not hoard or overcrowd animals in its holding space.
o Model Compassion: Inspire locals to improve their animals’ care by setting a good example for how animals should be treated. Interact with animals in a kind, gentle, and responsible manner. By modeling compassionate behavior, you show that animals have value and are worthy of care and consideration.
Of course, you’ll be competing against Handsome Beau …
MONTREAL, June 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Montreal-based LuvGear(TM)
is launching a canine casting call in search of the new face of the
Planet PETCO(TM) with LuvGear(TM) Technology line of apparel and
accessories. The line was introduced in May exclusively though
PETCO(TM) stores nationwide and is designed to help protect dogs from
the dangers of heat by warning dog owners when the external
temperatures are reaching levels that may be harmful or even fatal to a
dog. The search for LuvGear’s Top Dog photo contest begins June 1, 2011
and will run through June 30. The winner from each category (small dog
and large dog) will be featured in a nationwide packaging promotion for
Here’s how it works:
– Submit your photos: People who think their dog has super star quality
can submit a photo to compete for the title. Submit a photo and select
the proper category for each dog at www.luvgearcontest.com. (Only one
picture per dog can be submitted).