Grow Your Own Catnip This Summer

cat sitting next to grow your own catnip

If your feline is an aficionado of the stuff, there is still time to grow your own catnip this summer. Lots of companies, like Eden Brothers, Park Seeds and Johnny’s Seeds, sell the seeds for this easy-to-grow perennial. It loves full sun, and poor, dry soil, making it the perfect choice for a spot in your yard […]

Some Thoughts on the Fourth of July

dog with flag

As the Fourth of July approaches, I was thinking about what I have in common with the people who live in my town, especially those who have differing political views, and I wondered how we could even communicate. We all know that we’re a politically divided country right now. Many of us on both sides […]

Visit Pet Friendly Ames, Iowa

High Trestle Bridge

Why Iowa? you might ask. Here at Petswelcome, we think the most fun destinations are those you might not know much about. And when we’re looking for pet-friendly places to take our pets, we like to head to destinations that might not be on everyone’s shortlist. But here are a few things you might not […]

What I Miss About My Cats

Lily the cat

As a kid growing up, I was surrounded only by dogs. There was a strong anti-cat prejudice in my family that I regrettably adopted. But when I moved out and started my own family and bought a house, suddenly the cats started appearing. I never set out to own them. They seemed to find me. […]

How to Walk Through a Hotel Lobby with Your Dog

I don’t know about you but whenever I enter the doors to walk through a hotel lobby with my dog, my heart starts pounding, my hands get sweaty and I hear the theme song from Jaws coursing through my ears. That’s because one of the big challenges when traveling with a dog, at least for me, […]

Great Savings for Pet Friendly Senior Travel

Man and dog on beach

Are you older than 50 and thinking of taking a trip with your pet? If so, it’s a great time for pet friendly senior travel. That’s because many of the large hotel chains are offering savings opportunities that you should take advantage of. And, hey, if you’re in your 50s and early 60s and don’t […]

How to Use Petswelcome’s Pet-Friendly Trip Planner

Beagle on Road Trip

One of Petswelcome’s most popular features is our Pet-friendly Trip Planner, which pet-owners use to plan their road trips with their favorite animal(s). The best feature of the Trip Planner, besides allowing you to find pet-friendly hotels along your route, is that you can save it. Overall, the planner is much more than simply getting directions […]

Creating a Pet-Friendly Yard

dogs playing in yard

  When it comes to taking care of your yard, you can sometimes feel like you’re doing battle with your pet, especially if you have a digger or a particularly heavy-footed pooch. The answer is to put up fencing in those areas where you really don’t want your canine, at least until your plants are […]

How to Choose a Pet Friendly Vacation Rental

Dog Friendly Oceanfront Rental

Pet friendly vacation rentals are a great choice for people who are going on trips with their pets. They offer a wide variety of options and amenities that include plenty of space and privacy as well as the ability to cook your own meals and relax with your friends and family. Whether you slow down, […]

Some Crossbreeds We’d Love to See

Russian OsterDox

With the current popularity of crossbred dogs such as Cockapoos, Labradoodles, Puggles, and Schnoodles, to name just a few, some of us at Petswelcome got to thinking about other interesting crossbreeds we’d love to see. What better way to spend an afternoon at the office (and get paid for it!) than concocting new breeds out […]

Our Top Picks for Best Cat Trees/Cat Condos

Kitty Mansions Redwood Cat Tree

The best cat condos, cat trees, cat playhouses, whatever you choose to call them, are an active cat’s home inside a home, a spot just for them where scratching is allowed (even encouraged!) and they can curl up and hide away or run in, out, around, and on top of it like the wild thing […]

Crazy Ass Dog (and Human) Behavior

Dogs being dogs

Are dogs funny? Last week I read a piece by Alexandra Horowitz, an author and researcher of dog behavior and cognition, who addressed that question and our portrayal of dogs in general. In the article she bemoaned the ubiquitous excess of “funny dog” photos and videos on the web, TV, and in the movies, claiming […]

Choosing the Best GPS Pet Trackers

Wi-Fi/GPS tracking technology is a godsend for pet owners who want to keep tabs on their best buddies, as it has enabled a new generation of pretty sophisticated GPS pet trackers. They all work in the same way; each tracker contains a GPS chip and Wi-Fi receiver. Using Wi-Fi, you set up a pet perimeter; […]

Why Not Try a Pet Friendly Extended Stay Hotel?

Thinking of taking a long trip with your pet? Then you should consider staying at a pet friendly extended stay hotel (which is a type of hotel, not a specific brand). Typically, these hotels offer bedroom suites, fully equipped kitchens, on-site laundry facilities, business centers, weekly housekeeping and exercise facilities–amenities intended to make your longer […]

On the Death of a Dog

my dog smudge

Recently I came across an interview with Barbra Streisand explaining why she had her dog, Samantha, cloned.  It was a way, she said, of dealing with the devastation she felt losing her after 14 years together. Even though she knew she couldn’t actually replace her dog, she wanted to keep Samantha with her in some physical […]

Planning a Pet Friendly Road Trip

Driving with Your Dog

With spring right around the corner, all of us at petswelcome start thinking about going on a pet friendly road trip. Where you go is up to you. But, as far as the mechanics of planning and driving, there are a few basic rules you should follow that will make your pet friendly road trip […]

Safest Dog Car Harnesses and Pet Travel Carriers & Crates

ZuGoPet The Rocketeer Pack

If you plan on traveling with pets, your animals’ safety is a critical consideration. Whether it’s by car, train, or plane, you’ll need a harness, carrier, or crate to secure them. The safest dog car harnesses and pet travel carriers and crates share one thing: they are CPS certified. That means that the Center for […]

10 Places to Buy Pet Supplies On A Budget

When buying supplies for your pets, there are many places to go and the most obvious one are your local pet stores and big chains. However, if you’re on a budget or just trying to cut down on the number of places you need to drive to when running errands take a moment the next […]

Thanksgiving Pet Tips

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and for pet owners that means in addition to thinking about how we’ll handle our own excesses over the holiday we need to be aware of how our pets will deal with it, too. This can be a really hectic time, with more people in the house than usual, so it’s important […]