Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

Dog with holiday gifts

It’s that time of year again when Petswelcome presents its annual Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers. In 2019 we’ve decided to break the gifts out by category. All dog lovers have different needs, wants and, of course, dogs. By dividing the gifts into different groupings we hope it will make it easier for you to […]

13 Safety Tips for Your Pet’s Halloween Costume

Cat and dog on Halloween

Admittedly, in the past, Petswelcome has sometimes dissed Halloween costumes for pets. That’s because whenever we dressed them up, it didn’t look like they were having as good a time as we were. It all seemed a bit demeaning, as if the laughs were on them. But, hey, we’ve mellowed with age and realize that Halloween […]

Are Hotel Pet Policies Negotiable? You’d Be Surprised!

dog with saved pet fee

A few years ago, I was at a supermarket checkout with my brother when the woman at the cash register told us that the total came to $56.47. My brother looked at her and asked, “Would you take fifty dollars even?” She looked astonished.  He then smiled and said, “Hey, I sell cars for a […]

Are Hurricanes Really Getting Stronger?

palm trees in storm

With Hurricane Dorian being the fifth hurricane in the last four years to reach Category 5—the highest level on Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Windscale—a number of obvious questions arise: Are Hurricanes really getting stronger? And if so, why? And, finally, should we be preparing for them differently to protect our family and pets? Are Hurricanes Really Getting […]

Algae Blooms That Are Harmful to Dogs

Two dogs swimming

For all of us here at Petswelcome, August is the heart of summer. A time filled with long hot days when the outdoors calls to get out and explore with our best buddies. It could be as simple as hitting a local park, wooded area or hiking trail to enjoy all nature has to offer. […]

Petswelcome’s Travelers Wish List (for Pet Policy Information)

Dear Hotel Managers: Summer is the time when Petswelcome gets the most calls from people who want to know about specific information that is not stated in your pet policy. And so we’ve compiled a Travelers Wish List for Pet Policy Information so that you can be ahead of the curve. Needless to say, we […]

How to Enjoy Your Cat This Fourth of July

Of all domestic pets, cats are the most independent. So what better way to celebrate Independence Day than spending some quality time with your favorite feline? Okay, snakes are independent, too, but communing all day with your snake is just plain weird. Neighbors will whisper and your civic reputation will take a nosedive. Also, I’m not […]

I Vote for My Dog

Dog carrying US Flag

  I know. It’s a little early to be talking about politics. But with the heat turned up by the upcoming Democratic debates and all the talk of the presidential election in 2020, it occurred to me that it’s not too early at all. Also, my wife is running for a local legislative position this […]

Great Father’s Day Gifts for Your Cat-Loving Dad

Exploding Kittens

This year, as we commenced our research for great gifts for your cat-loving dad, we found that it’s not easy finding cat-related gifts for Father’s Day. We’re not sure why but we think there’s a misconception out there that men like dogs better. Or that woman are the true cat lovers. In our experience, though, […]

Everyday Safety and Emergency Strategies for Your Pet

dogs on flooded river

With the unofficial start of summer having just passed on Memorial Day and the coming of the official hurricane season on June 1, it’s time to review everyday safety and emergency strategies for your pet. With the changing global climate conditions, the sad fact is that it now should be a year-round practice to make […]

Pet Friendly Bed and Breakfasts

Churchtown Inn Bed and Breakfast

Pet Friendly Bed and Breakfasts are something special.  You stay at one not because you just want a place to sleep. You choose it because it is a destination in itself, a place that allows you to step into someone else’s world and enjoy all they have to offer. This includes not simply their lodging, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dog Friendly Restaurants in St. Augustine, FL

Dog friendly patio at La Pentola in St. Augustine FL

This beautiful town on the Atlantic coast is a wonderfully welcoming community, to those on both two and four legs. In this edition of the Doggy Bagger, we’ll explore our picks among the many dog friendly restaurants in St. Augustine, FL. But before we hit the eateries, let’s explore a little. In and Around St. […]

Can You Have Too Many Pets?

cats on a bench

If you are a true pet lover, the answer to that question would seem obvious: Of course not! There’s no such thing as too many pets. Yes, we all have a person who lives down the street who has twenty-five cats in various states of repose on the front porch, railings, lawn and car, and […]