Pets

Botanical Gardens--The Hidden Gems of Pet-Friendly Activities

Spending time in nature is one of the best activities you can do with your pet, as it’s something you’ll both truly enjoy. Scenic, sincerely, and artfully cultivated, botanical gardens are one of the most underappreciated ways to explore the natural world with your pet. Many botanical gardens across the country are waiting to welcome you and your pooch. Here are 11 of the most beautiful, pet-friendliest gardens in the United States.

America’s Best Historical Walking Tours (And They’re Dog-Friendly, Too!)

Road trips aren’t just about dining out and relaxing - they're about exploring something new!  Historical walking tours are a great way to learn about a place and understand its unique history and culture.  Many famous American cities and towns offer fun and engaging tours that take you right into the sights, sounds, and smells of the past. Best of all, many of the tours welcome dogs to join in, making them a perfect activity to enjoy with your furry sidekick!

Apartment Living with Pets: Making a Small Space a Home You’ll Both Love

Nothing compares to the excitement and joy of bringing a new four-legged family member home to love and care for.  But when that home is an apartment, special considerations must be made before and after adopting. Here are our tips for ensuring you and your pet are both happy and comfortable with apartment living.

Getting the Most Out of Hiking with your Dog

Dogs love walks, and they love the outdoors, which make hiking a truly great activity to do with your pup. You’ll both get exercise, enjoy the beauty of nature, and, best of all, make irreplaceable memories. Before you grab your hiking gear and head out, however, there are a few things to consider. To ensure your hiking trip is a great adventure, you and your dog must be capable and prepared. Here are our tips to help you gear up for a safe and happy hiking experience.

Help your Dog Go Green with these Simple, Practical Tips

It’s easy to think about "going green" in human terms. When it comes to helping take care of the earth and preserving it for future generations, you can probably list a dozen ways to make a difference right off the top of your head.   Things like setting a recycling bin next to your trash can, using Energy Star appliances, and avoiding buying single-use plastic containers or bags are all ways that we can do our part. 

Guide dogs helping blind runners stay fit despite pandemic

Social distancing rules can make exercising a challenge for a blind runner who needs a volunteer tethered as a guide. But a new program training guide dogs as running assistants allows visually impaired runners to continue their workouts while pandemic restrictions have shuttered gyms and made human helpers hard to come by.

Looking to Take a Road Trip with Your Pet? Tips to Make it Worry-Free

If you’re thinking about taking your furkid on a special road trip, but are somewhat anxious about the prospect...we’re here to help. Perhaps, you just don’t know where to begin. Deciding where to go, where to stay, and then getting there can seem a bit daunting -- especially if you’ve never road-tripped with your pet before.

Pet-Friendly Hotels You May Not Have Heard Of

Only one thing makes heading out on a road trip better--bringing your beloved pet along! Of course, you’ll need a pet-friendly place to stay along the way. You could just book your same-old, tried-and-true places . . . or, you could make it a true adventure and try something new! Hotels are increasingly welcoming pet guests these days, and there are lots of options to choose from--some of which you may never have heard of!

How Pet Parents "Shop" for Pet-Friendly Accommodations

The pet industry is booming.  It is expected that by 2020, overall pet industry sales will reach $99 billion.  Humans are certainly in love with their pet as their wallets are telling the story! Much of their spending is related to traveling with their pets  -- coming in after pet health & boarding spending.  Pet parents are “springing” for travel - from pet travel gear to booking pet-friendly accommodations that will welcome their furry sidekicks.

Top 5 Things-to-Do to Prepare Your Pet for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June - November. And it seems that each year, the estimated number of named storms and severe hurricanes increases. We are fortunate in that with the advancement in current meteorological technology, severe weather is easier to predict. That means that we have more time to prepare. If you’re in an area that is hurricane-prone, you really should always be prepared -- having a plan in place for your whole family, including your pets.

Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains with Low Rates and Low (or no) Pet Fees

When times are “tough” -- and even when they’re not, it’s always nice when you can save a dime or two.  While many of us are itching to get away with our pet, others may have to due to a move, family matter, or other obligation. Whatever the reason for travel, it doesn’t have to break the bank if you plan ahead and find the right accommodations for your budget.