It’s spring, and we are just giddy about the weather and the possibilities of outdoor activities with our pets. We’re feeling so carefree that we’ve decided to help one lucky winner get their pet traveling in our Pet Travel Experts’ Get Your Pet Traveling Giveaway. One winner will receive the following items to help make pet excursions easier:
- 1 – Sleepypod Yummy Travel Bowls set, winner chooses the color from the following: Sea Breeze, Key Lime, Mango Tango, or Very Berry
- 4 – 400 gram bags (.88 lbs) of Orijen grain-free dog or cat food, winner chooses the variety from the following: Regional Poultry and Fish Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food, 6-Fish Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten, Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food, or Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
Different from the typical “meal and grain” diets, Orijen formulas start from fresh regional ingredients like grain-fed chicken and fresh whole eggs produced on local prairie farms, lake whitefish—freshly caught from the icy depths of northern Canadian lakes, and salmon, cranberries and apples from Pacific coast oceans and orchards.
- Mandatory entry: Tell us which is your favorite Yummy Travel Bowls color (choose from Sea Breeze, Key Lime, Mango Tango, or Very Berry).
- Add two (2) entries: Tell us what brand of pet food you use. If you make your own pet food, please indicate that. If you don’t have a pet, please indicate that.
- Add ten (10) entries: The dog figure pictured below can be found in a pet-friendly city previously blogged about here on Pet Travel Experts. This decorative piece (though functional at one time) is pictured at the base of a structure, from which water flows, within the “My Pet-friendly City” post. Name the pet-friendly city where this little guy calls home and you will add 10 entries!
- Add one (1) entry: Can’t name the pet-friendly city that is home to the dog figure pictured above? “Like” the Pet Travel Experts blog, on the upper right hand corner of the page, to earn one entry to win the giveaway prize.
- Additional entries: Click on the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter the giveaway and to reveal the full list of entry opportunities.
- Giveaway details and official rules may be found below the Rafflecopter entry form.
The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) prohibits discrimination in air transportation by domestic and foreign air carriers against passengers with guide dogs and other service animals. It applies only to air carriers that provide regularly scheduled services-for-hire to the public.
Under the ACAA, U.S. airlines are required to allow service dogs to travel in the passenger cabin with their owners. Carriers shall permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in any seat in which the person sits, unless the animal obstructs an aisle or other area that must remain unobstructed in order to facilitate an emergency evacuation or to comply with FAA regulations. Passengers requesting an advance seat assignment (a priority seat such as a bulkhead seat or aisle seat) should notify the airline up to 24 hours before departure. If a guide dog cannot be accommodated at the owner’s seat, the carrier shall offer the passenger the opportunity to move with the animal to a seat location, if present on the aircraft, where the animal can be accommodated, as an alternative to requiring that the animal travel with checked baggage or waiting until a later flight. No additional fees may be charged for the service animal or for airport assistance when making connections.
Passengers who feel they have been discriminated against by the airline can request assistance from a Complaint Resolution Officer (CRO). Each airline is required to have a CRO at each airport it serves. If there are legitimate safety reasons, a decision the CRO makes based on your complaint can be overruled by the pilot-in-command.
The rights of disabled air travelers are also protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, particularly with respect to discrimination in airport facilities. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for screening air travelers to ensure that certain items and persons prohibited from flying don’t board commercial airliners.
No special requirements are needed for guide dogs to fly from state to state except when traveling to Hawaii. Because of the absence of rabies on the Hawaiian Islands, the travel requirements for Seeing Eye dogs entering the state are strictly regulated.
If you are taking your Seeing Eye dog to another country, contact that country’s consulate or embassy for information about regulations or any entry or access requirements that you must meet. Be aware that some requirements must be completed months before you plan to depart, and some countries do not accept service animals at all. Also, some Animal Health Import Procedures prohibit bringing pet food into certain countries.
Entry requirements vary from country to country. Guide dogs are often required to have an appropriate microchip, proof of rabies vaccination and successful blood testing. Third country official veterinary certificates for traveling to European Union countries or any other documents relating to traveling with guide dogs must be completed by an APHIS Accredited Veterinarian.
- Find an APHIS Accredited Veterinarian in your state
- Third country official veterinary certificate
- U.S. authorized facility for blood test screening of guide dogs
Seeing Eye dogs taken out of the United States must have a certificate showing they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to reentry into the United States.
__________________________________________________________________________________Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye® dog users experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is a philanthropy supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.
Every Trip Requires a Proper Playlist
Spring has sprung and it’s time to whittle away the time with important matters like determining the proper music mix for your next trip—with your pet in mind, of course. Here’s our Spring 2012 Playlist:
Listen to the entire playlist on playlist.com
by Doug Gelbert, author of Doggin’ America: 100 Ideas For Great Outdoor Vacations To Take With Your Dog
Have you ever noticed how many TV commercials and magazine ads show happy people walking down a beach with their dog? Fast forward to real life. Yes, it is hard to imagine any place a dog is happier than at a beach. Whether running around on the sand, jumping in the water or just lying in the sun, every dog deserves a day at the beach. But all too often dog owners stopping at a sandy stretch of beach are met with signs designed to make hearts—human and canine alike—droop: NO DOGS ON BEACH.
The reality is that about half of the beaches in America never allow dogs on the sand. Most of the rest only allow dogs in the off-season. Whenever you see a lifeguard stand you can assume your dog will not be welcome. Other beaches ban dog to protect nesting shorebirds.
But all is not lost. Here are 10 great places where you can get that dream vacation at the ocean with your dog.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Maine is known for its rocky coastline, especially in the northern stretches, but the many coves offer small sandy beaches in places. Old Orchard Beach is a classic resort beach with plenty of white sand and a long fishing pier. No dogs allowed on the beach midday during the summer but you don’t have to get off the beach until 10:00 a.m.
At York Harbor Beach you’ll find a big, convenient parking lot next to a wide sand beach in a sheltered cove. You have to arrive early or come late in the summer but your dog can play here under voice control. Wells is a dog-friendly place with several beaches. Drakes Island Beach is a wonderful, secluded choice.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
Massachusetts is the best northeastern state to take your dog to the beach in summer. The resort islands are particularly dog-friendly and several spots on Cape Cod will permit dogs in non-swimming areas. At Cape Cod National Seashore dogs are allowed on all non-nesting protected beaches year-round. Walking the beaches at Cape Cod is a special experience due to limited sight distance down the shore caused by the curvature of the coastline. The effect is that of a series of private beaches as you move from beach alcove to beach alcove. In addition to Atlantic Ocean beaches backed by impressive highlands, the park extends across the cape to include bayside beaches with gentler waves for doggie swims.
Scarborough State Beach, Rhode Island
With some 400 miles of shoreline within a short drive your wave-loving dog can enjoy a salt-water swim somewhere any time of the year – even in the summer, if you get out to Block Island where dogs are welcome on the beach all year-round. Scarborough State Beach is the Ocean State’s biggest sand beach in Narragansett and off-limits from early May through Labor Day but your dog will want to line up on that first Tuesday in September to romp on this long, wide stretch of white sand.
Cliff Walk, Rhode Island
No vacation in Newport is complete without a visit to the Cliff Walk, a path through America’s most spectacular backyard. The busy Cliff Walk is not only open to dogs but poop bags are provided. In the off-season your dog can enjoy a 3/4-mile swath of sand on First Beach at the beginning of the Cliff Walk or anytime on Reject Beach deep into the Walk after the civilized path falls away and there is nothing between your dog and crashing Atlantic Ocean waves except gigantic black rocks.
Bluff Point Coastal Preserve, Groton, Connecticut
Bluff Point is the last remaining undeveloped public land of any size along the Connecticut coastline. That is an irony since it was one of the first to be developed. Connecticut Governor John Winthrop (1698-1707), grandson of the founding governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, made his home on the peninsula and subsequent generations farmed the land for more than a century. A short detour from the main loop path leads to a one-mile wide sand spit that connects to the small Bushy Point Beach. Your dog will salivate at the chance to romp across the open sand but it is closed to dogs during the plover nesting season from April 15 to September 15. That means the beach and small, grassy dunes are now open to your dog. And since it requires a one-mile hike to reach the Bushy Point Beach you can usually count on plenty of space for your dog to romp when you get there.
Montauk, New York
The further east you go out on Long Island the more dog-friendly New York becomes but whether on the north shore or south shore your dog is going to need to wait until the off-season to really sample the Long Island Sound or Atlantic Ocean. Around Montauk the many beaches, some stone and some sandy, will welcome dogs if you stay out of the swimming areas. The town beaches are very tail-friendly and Hither Hills State Park (no ocean beach for dogs) and Theodore Roosevelt County Park offer geat trails before you reach the beach. Come in the winter and you and your dog will have these magnificent Atlantic Ocean beaches of the exclusive Hamptons to yourself.
Island Beach State Park, New Jersey
A vacation at the Jersey shore it a ritual for millions of Americans, most of whom leave the family dog at home. But one rare stretch of ten miles of undeveloped Jersey shoreline is open to your dog year-round – Island Beach State Park. Just drive down past the pavilions, park in one of the many small lots on the left and you can swim in the Atlantic Ocean with your dog right through the Dog Days of August.
Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey
Although the summer at the Jersey shore is not a place for dogs after Labor Day some of America’s best white-sand beaches start to open wide for dogs. This strategic old military base at the northern tip of the shore is perfect for a long hike with your dog around Sandy Hook with views of the New York skyline across the harbor.
Brigantine Natural Area, New Jersey
There is nothing like the solace of the wag of a friendly tail after a losing day at the blackjack tables and Atlantic City visitors can take their dogs to the beach by going one town north to Brigantine. Keep
following the ocean until you can go no further. Park and let your dog onto the beach year-round.
Doug Gelbert is the author of 26 books on hiking with your dog, including Doggin’ America: 100 Ideas For Great Outdoor Vacations To Take With Your Dog. His latest canine hiking guides are for Atlanta-North Georgia, Orlando-Central Florida and Asheville-Western Carolina.
Customer service is not just for the humans on JetBlue Airways. In-cabin pet travel is made easier by pet-friendly Jet Blue Airways with their JetPaws program. The program’s aim is to provide the most convenient in-cabin pet travel experience to its four-legged passengers, as well as their pet owners.
- A streamlined, easy-to navigate Jet Paws site provides information on what you need to know before you go, on booking your pet, what to expect at the airport, as well as a travel checklist.
- The pet fee is $100 each way, no matter the journey.
- 300 TrueBlue rewards points earned on each flight segment when traveling with your pet. If you’re not already a TrueBlue member, sign up now. It’s free.
- A special carrier bag-tag to be attached to your pet carrier at check-in so everyone knows your pet is ready to fly.
- Travel Petiquette™ — a handy list of all the social graces for pet travel.
- A welcome e-mail upon booking your pet that’s filled with useful information to help you prepare for your trip.
In addition, JetBlue provides a handy JetPaws Travel Guide that provides the what, where, and when of traveling with your pet along with a list of pet-friendly establishments in popular destinations.JetBlue Airways Website: http://www.jetblue.com/ Customer service in the U.S.: 800-JETBLUE (538-2583) Book your pet: 800-JETBLUE (538-2583)
Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) security procedures do not prohibit you from bringing a pet on your flight. You should contact your airline or travel agent, however, before arriving at the airport to determine your airline’s policy on traveling with pets.
- No special documentation is required for traveling with a pet.
- You will need to present the animal to the Security Officers at the checkpoint.
- Remove all animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the X-ray machine.
- You may walk your animal through the metal detector with you. If this is not possible, your animal will have to undergo a secondary screening, including a visual and physical inspection by our Security Officers.
- Your animal will NEVER be placed through an X-ray machine. However, you may be asked to remove your animal from its carrier so that the carrier can be placed on the X-Ray machine.
Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
- If you have a service animal, you are encouraged to inform the Security Officer that the animal accompanying you is a service animal and not a pet. This will provide you with an opportunity to move to the front of the screening line since the Security Officer may need to spend more time with you.
- It is recommended that persons using an animal for assistance carry appropriate identification. Identification may include: cards or documentation, presence of a harness or markings on the harness, or other credible assurance of the passenger using the animal for their disability.
- At no time during the screening process will you be required to be separated from your service animal.
- Security Officers have been trained not to communicate, distract, interact, play, feed, or pet service animals.
- The Security Officer should ask permission before touching your service animal or its belongings.You must assist with the inspection process by controlling the service animal while the Security Officer conducts the inspection. You are required to maintain control of the animal in a manner that ensures the animal cannot harm the Security Officer.
- If you need to leave the secure boarding area to relieve your animal, you must undergo the full screening process again. Inform the Security Officer upon your return to the security checkpoint and she/him will move you to the front of the screening line to expedite the screening process.
- Advise the Security Officer how you and your dog can best achieve screening when going through the metal detector as a team (i.e., whether walking together or with the service dog walking in front of or behind you).
- If the walk through metal detector alarms in the situation where you and your service dog have walked together, both you and the dog must undergo additional screening.
- If the walk through metal detector alarms on either you or your service dog individually (because you walked through separately), additional screening must be conducted on whoever alarmed the walk through metal detector.
- If your service dog alarms the walk through metal detector, the Security Officer will ask your permission and assistance before they touch you service dog and its belongings. The Security Officer will then perform a physical inspection of your dog and its belongings (collar, harness, leash, backpack, vest, etc.) The belongings will not be removed from your dog at any time.
- When a service monkey is being transported in a carrier, the monkey must be removed from the carrier by the handler prior to screening,
- The service monkey must be controlled by the handler throughout the screening process.
- The service monkey handler should carry the monkey through the walk through metal detector while the monkey remains on a leash.
- When the handler and service monkey go through the walk through metal detector and the detector alarms, both the handler and the monkey must undergo additional screening.
- Since service monkeys may likely draw attention, the handler will be escorted to the physical inspection area where a table is available for the monkey to sit on. Only the handler will touch or interact with the service monkey.
- Security Officers have been trained to not touch the service monkey during the screening process.
- Security Officers will conduct a visual inspection on the service monkey and will coach the handler on how to hold the monkey during the visual inspection.
A Cat Travel Checklist
by Janene Zakrajsek, Petrepreneur and owner of Pussy and Pooch
It may be said that cats prefer an adventure on their own terms—outdoor feline friends travel freely and enjoy stalking through the neighborhood jungle in pursuit of what amuses them, perhaps a little bird watching, squirrel chasing and mouse hunting, maybe even tailing behind the dog walk to make sure everyone is in check. Indoor cats enjoy adventures of countertop jumping, closet hiding, dog taunting, and daydreaming by the windowsill.
But, what about taking a trip with felines? Pet-friendly travel is a fast-growing segment of the travel industry. According to a 2011 survey by PetRelocation.com, while dogs remain the most popular travel companion (58%), a growing number of people are now travelling with their cat companions and account for 22% of pet travel. With the proper preparation and a handful of travel essentials, you can hit the road with even the fussiest of felines.
Whether embarking on a short jaunt or a long trip, traveling by car or by air, THE most important aspect of successful cat travel for safety and comfort is the carrier.
Typically cats do not like being placed inside of a carrier, and for good reason, as it generally implies a trip to the vet which that can have a negative association. Condition your cat by positively rewarding and modifying their behavior toward the carrier with food/treats. Leave the crate open while at home to encourage short stays inside. If you’ve never used a carrier, it’s important to test it out prior to the trip. Many experts advise introducing your kitty to the carrier experience at least 10 days in advance of travel. These tips will help ease anxiety and what could be a stressful experience to create a positive feeling of comfort and safety before, during, and after the trip.
Other must-have travel essentials for felines include:
- A well-fitting collar with current identification tags (If microchipped, be sure it is registered with current contact information; this provides an extra sense of security for you in the event of separation.)
- Kitty harness/leash should be used any time the cat is not in the carrier
- Travel litter box, litter, disposable bags
- Food, treats, and travel dishes
- Bottled water is a best bet to avoid G.I. upset from unfamiliar water
- Familiar items from home like favorite toys, bedding, a special blanket, etc.
- Calming supplements (non-sedative) are helpful to take the ‘edge’ off while being on unfamiliar territory
- TIP: use Comfort Zone Feliway® spray and plug-in diffuser to spread the ‘happy cat’ pheromones all over the carrier and bedding, and also spray inside the car and hotel room to help reduce anxiety
Lastly, be sure to check requirements where traveling to and obtain necessary health certifications from your Vet. Your kitty should be up-to-date on vaccinations and flea preventative before any type of journey that could result in unwanted pests.
With a little practice, the benefits of desensitizing your feline to the carrier, the car ride, and the general anxiety associated with strange smells, sounds, and places will equate to a more socialized and well prepared travel cat. And, a happier cat = a happier you.
So, on your next trip, don’t forget to pack the cat. Pretty sure kitty will want his/her own suitcase.
Janene Zakrajsek, is a Petrepreneur and owner of Pussy & Pooch, an innovative and unique pet lifestyle boutique geared toward modern pets and their owners, located in downtown Los Angeles and the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, Calif. Bringing a playful, edgy and fun twist to the traditional pet store experience, Pussy & Pooch is also the exclusive home of the one-of-a-kind Pawbar®, where hip pets can “walk-up” to the in-store pet cafe for freshly prepared, nutritious raw-food meals.
Pictured below, one of Janene’s kitties inspects the Sleepypod Air and then the Sleepypod mobile pet bed.
Tavel worthy events in March include one of Pinball’s finest tournaments, Pinburgh Match Play Championship. Held yearly in Pittsburgh, the event directly benefits the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Read on for information about this and other events benefitting pets in: Georgetown, Kentucky (north of Lexington), Waikiki, Escondido, Houston, and Daytona Beach.
Wags and Drags 2012Where: Georgetown, KY (north of Lexington) Date: Saturday, March 10 Benefitting: Scott County Humane Society Information: For more information visit Scott County Humane Society or call (502) 863-3279; to purchase tickets visit The Imperial Court of Kentucky. Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Scott County Humane Society.
Great food, fun and a show fit for a queen! Have a fierce time at Scott County Humane Society’s 3rd annual Wags and Drags. At 6 p.m., delicious appetizers by Bluegrass Catering, complimentary beverages, adoptable cats and dogs to adore, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more. At 7 p.m. the show begins with star performers from the Imperial Court of Kentucky taking the stage. This popular event sold out last year!
Unleashed! Tuxes and Tails GalaWhere: Waikiki, HI Date: Saturday, March 17 Benefitting: Hawaiian Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Hawaiian Humane Society event page or (808) 946-2187. Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Hawaiian Humane Society.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! To make a donation to the Hawaiian Humane Society click on the link above. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event!
Unleash the party animal in you! The festivities begin at 6 p.m. for Tapas, Tails & ‘Tinis featuring delicious tapas stations, a 42Below Martini Bar, and the Humane Society’s pet-people teams that visit senior and health care facilities island wide. They’ll be on the Ocean Lawn of the Royal Hawaiian. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on hundreds of gifts and services in the silent and live auction, followed by a wonderful evening that includes a gourmet dinner and entertainment.
Paws in the ParkWhere: Escondido, CA Date: Sunday, March 25 Benefitting: Escondido Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Escondido Humane Society event page or call (760) 888-2275. Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Escondido Humane Society.
This year’s Paws in the Park is sure to be a tail-wagging good time. Incentive prizes begin at $50 raised, and you are invited to participate in the morning’s fun activities, including shopping, entertainment, giveaways, games for people and pets, and contests including a Canine Couture fashion show and Wet T-shirt Contest, (Don’t worry, it’s for the dogs! This is a family-friendly event, after all.) Paws in the Park is the largest dog walk in North San Diego County and is the Escondido Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Fantastic Fidoes, 31st Annual K-9 Fun Run & WalkWhere: Houston, TX Date: Sunday, March 25 Benefitting: Houston Humane Society Information: Visit the Houston Humane Society event page or call (713) 433-6421 Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Houston Humane Society.
Fantastic Fidoes is a one mile competitive run and a one mile non-competitive jog/walk. Win prizes and help raise funds for all of the animals in the care of Houston Humane Society. Come for the run/walk and stay for the fun-filled post-race party. Dress to impress and compete in the doggie costume contest, join the Alumni Parade if your dog was adopted from Houston Humane Society, or simply enjoy the refreshments, activities for the family, and number of pet-friendly vendors.
Pinball! Pinburgh 2012 Match Play ChampionshipWhere: Pittsburgh, PA Date: Friday, March 30, 2012 through Sunday, April 1 Benefitting: Western Pennsylvania Humane Society Host: PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) Information: Pinburgh 2012 Match Play Championship for more information and registration. Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
The Pinburgh Match-Play Championship is a unique match play concept that ensures every pinball player gets to compete for at least two full days. This structure was developed by Bowen Kerins, former World Pinball Champion, and is designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. Please read this quick overview of how Pinburgh works.
Pinburgh is a completely open event with a single registration fee ($100) for each player. Token purchases go directly to charity, and in 2011, $12,550 was raised for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Each player should expect to use a minimum of $20 of tokens while competing. The total prize package exceeds $20,000!
The Pinburgh Match Play tournament directly benefits the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Each $10 roll of tokens pre-purchased at registration results in a $15 donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, while each $10 token roll purchased at the event results in a $5 donation. Each player is being invited to purchase at least $20 worth of tokens, resulting in a typical $30 donation per registered player.
Each year, a collectible token is produced for Pinburgh attendees only; this ultra-rare token will be included in each roll of tokens sold at the event (until we sell out!), but otherwise will not be put into circulation.
2nd Annual Mutt Strutt 5KWhere: Daytona Beach, FL Date: Saturday, March 31 Benefitting: Halifax Humane Society Information: Visit Halifax Humane Society event page or contact Jessica at (386) 274-4703 Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Halifax Humane Society.
Take a jog on the beach with the Halifax Humane Society for the 2nd Annual Mutt Strutt 5K, taking place right on Daytona Beach! This free, non-competitive event is for all ages, including 4-legged friends that are leashed and well-behaved.
6th Annual Muttini MixerWhere: Wilmington, DE Date: Saturday, March 31 Benefitting: Delaware Humane Association Information: Visit Delaware Humane Association event page or contact Jessica at (302) 571-8171 ext. 301 Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation to the Delaware Humane Association.
Featuring hors d’oeuvres by Piccolina Toscana Catering with celebrity chef Dan Butler, cocktails featuring theTail Wagger-Tini, silent auction, and pet portraits by Herbert Studios. Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash. Dressy attire encouraged for both people and pets!