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 […]

Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

It’s that time of year again when Petswelcome presents its annual Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers. These gifts cover the gamut, starting with helpful items you can use when you’re traveling (’cause that’s what we’re all about!) to cool accoutrements that either a. make you and/or your dog look better or b. involve the imbibing […]

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 […]

Hurricane Michael Tips for Pet Owners

Palm trees in a hurricane

With Hurricane Michael bearing down on Florida’s Gulf Coast and due to make landfall on Wednesday, the next few days are a critical time, especially for pet owners. While basic planning and evacuation strategies should already be well in place, we want to reiterate some basic tips for dealing with hurricane emergencies as well as […]

The Doggy Bagger: A New Feature on Dog Friendly Restaurants

photo of dog-friendly patio of Weathervane Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC

One of the biggest challenges when traveling with your canine is mealtime. Either you go with takeout to enjoy back at your pet-friendly hotel room or you find a dog friendly restaurant, which means a restaurant that has outdoor seating AND says it’s okay for your pooch to dine with you. Finding dog friendly restaurants […]

Dealing with Overpopulation in Animal Shelters

walking a shelter dog

With National Dog Day coming up on August 26, a lot of us at Petswelcome have been thinking about ways to celebrate. This includes ways that not only benefit our own dogs but also those less fortunate, such as dogs in animal shelters. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of them as overpopulation in animal […]

Pet-Friendly Leaf Peeping in New York

Fall foliage in the adirondacks

With Labor Day just around the corner, we here at Petswelcome say it’s not too early to start planning a long weekend of pet-friendly leaf peeping in New York State. In may be a bit early for peak color but a nice way to kick off the cooler days of fall is to get your […]