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My Fellow Curs: A Commencement Address from our CEO

dog who gives commencement speeches

It’s that time of year when Petswelcome’s CEO, Hobbes Kingsley, is in huge demand as he travels the country to give commencement speeches to dogs graduating obedience schools. The following is an excerpt from one of his speeches. First, my fellow curs, let me say congratulations on completing your coursework and making humans think that […]

Visit Mount Baker with Your Pet!

A pet-friendly cabin offered by Mt. Baker Lodging

The Mount Baker region of the North Cascades in Washington State is a beautiful vacation destination to visit any time of year. Located east of Bellingham, Mount Baker is part of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, a major outdoor recreation area known for its world-class skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering and hiking. Because the skiing is so […]

Travels with Charlie (Part 3): New York City to Florida and Back

Owner and dog on beach

This is the third and final article on a trip taken by Petswelcome founding partner Fred Grayson and his wife, Valerie,  traveling from New York City to Florida with their dog Charlie. After being on a long road trip, heading home always gives rise to mixed feelings. There is some regret that our adventures are […]

Travels with Charlie (Part 2): New York City to Florida and Back

Dog at bakery

This is the second article on a trip taken by Petswelcome founding partner Fred Grayson and his wife, Valerie,  traveling from New York City to Florida with their dog Charlie. The third and final installment will appear next week. When our week at Anna Maria Island, FL, was over, we packed up the car again […]

Travels with Charlie: New York City to Florida and Back

Dog in car

Whenever someone from Petswelcome is heading out on the road with a pet, we always thrust a pencil and notebook in their hands to keep a record of their trip. Not only does it help keep us updated on pet friendly hotels, it also serves as a great template for travelers taking their dogs and/or cats […]

A Hotel Chain Dedicated to Pets (but Allows Humans)

hotel dedicated to pets

We can dream can’t we? Petswelcome has been doing this a long time and we always thought that, one day, some ambitious entrepreneur would come up with the brilliant idea of starting a hotel chain dedicated to pets. Yes, there are some great chains like Kimpton, La Quinta, and others that are wonderfully pet friendly. […]

Pet Friendly Concierges

pet friendly concierge

Knowledge is power. That’s why all of us at Petswelcome agree that pet friendly concierges are one of the most important amenities a hotel can offer. They can make the difference between aimlessly walking around a strange locale with your pet in tow or actually engaging with, and feeling part of, your new surroundings. Pet friendly concierges […]

Confessions of a Pet Travel Entrepreneur

Dog Traveler

“Nobody knows you’re a dog on the internet,” is the caption of a famous New Yorker cartoon that shows one dog sitting at a computer explaining to another dog the advantages of cyberspace. I’ve always loved that cartoon and thought that, in a weird way, it captured what I do for a living. Not that […]

Some New Pet Friendly Properties on Petswelcome

pet friendly ClubHouse Inn

While we kid around a lot at Petswelcome, we’ve actually been very busy these past two months signing up new pet friendly properties, including pet friendly hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. These listings all cater to different tastes and reveal the wide variety of quality options you have to choose from when […]

Notes From a Sick Bed

dog as doctor

Last week in The Weekly Bone, I talked about needing inspiration during the cold winter months and how I found it in the Westminster Kennel Club Agility Championship dogs. Their speed and grace and go get’em attitude made me want to hop out of bed each morning with a spring in my step and face […]

Be Like Rudy: Inspiration for a Winter Morning

Rudy the Bulldog

Sometimes in winter, it’s tough to get out of bed in the morning. There’s something about the cold and dark that takes the spring out of your step and makes the blood move like molasses. Even my dogs, who both are deep blanket divers, have to be lured out of bed with treats and forced […]

Pet Friendly College Towns

dog as graduate

Pet friendly college towns are a great weekend getaway for your whole family any time of the year. As a matter of fact, the phrase “pet friendly college towns” is a redundancy. It’s like saying “egotistical politician” or “greedy Wells Fargo.” You get the drift. That’s because ALL college towns are pet friendly. And, better […]

Fun (and Eccentric) Pet Museums for Dog and Cat Lovers

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

With the opening of the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York City this month, some of us at Petswelcome began researching to see if there were other pet museums for dog and cat lovers out there. We think spending an afternoon at a museum dedicated to our favorite animals sounds like a lot of […]

Spring Flings with Your Pet

Now that the polar vortex has split into three pieces, extremely cold weather is forecast for large swaths of the country, including the East Coast and Midwest. It’s time, then, not only to get out your snow shovels, long johns and insulated boots, but also to start dreaming about nicer weather and planning some spring flings […]

Your Pets and Cold Weather

Dog and Cat in Snow

Over the years, Petswelcome has written numerous articles about pets and cold weather, offering tips on what to do when the frigid temperatures hit (see links below). But it’s been a few years and, with the recent deep freeze in the Northeast (where we are located), we thought we’d revisit the topic again to offer […]

Great New Pet Friendly Lodgings on Petswelcome

Pet Friendly Foley House Inn

As the new year gets into gear, all of us at Petswelcome look forward to expanding our list of pet friendly hotels, inns, b&bs, cabins, and vacation rentals to make it easier for you to go anywhere you want with your pet. We’re always amazed at the different kinds of lodgings that accept pets as […]

What the La Quinta Acquisition Means for You and Your Pet

pet friendly La Quinta

  In January of 2018 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation acquired La Quinta Holdings, Inc. for $1.95 billion. This acquisition follows a consolidation trend in the hospitality industry, including Marriott’s purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, the InterContinental Hotels Group acquisition of Kimpton Hotels, and AccorHotels buying the Swissotel, Raffles, and Fairmont brands. And though […]

A Dog’s Christmas Tale

picture of dog

  We were cleaning up the office at Petswelcome after our annual Christmas party this year when we found an old file cabinet hidden away behind some boxes. In it we discovered a manuscript written by Petswelcome’s co-founder Phineas “Smudge” Cornblower about one Christmas he spent under some duress as a young dog in the Hudson […]

The Greatest Gift

dog and cat under Christmas tree

For the past couple of weeks, Petswelcome been making suggestions for gifts for your favorite dog and/or cat lover. This week we’ve got the best suggestion of all, and that is turning someone who doesn’t already have one into a pet lover. How do you do that? you might ask. Easy, give the greatest gift, […]

Holiday Gifts for Cat Lovers

Cat Headphones

It’s that time of year to start thinking about the cat lover(s) in your life and finding a gift that will make their holidays very special. It’s tempting to say that cat lovers are more finicky than dog lovers but they’re not. They love their animals and if you can give them something that they […]