Meet the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Future

Dog in hotel bed

With the onset of Covid-19 over the past 3 1/2 months, hotels have suffered huge losses in room bookings and are scrambling for ways to adjust. The ones that survive will have to change their strategies to meet the new reality of a socially-distanced and sanitized world. Many of these changes will be long lasting. […]

Hurricane Preparedness For You and Your Pet During Covid-19

Hurricane above Florida

With the 2020 hurricane season beginning on June 1 in the middle of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is important that you take extra precautions when considering hurricane preparedness for you and your pet during Covid-19. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has forecasted a 60% chance of an above-normal season, with only a 30% chance of […]

Preparing Your Pet for a Coronavirus Outbreak

dog with microscope and test tubes

With the sudden and extensive surge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, we are confronted with a host of questions regarding what we should do to help keep ourselves and loved ones healthy and, if possible, out of reach of the disease. This includes preparing your pet for a coronavirus outbreak. As with most pandemics, […]

Homeless People with Pets

homeless man with dog

A few years ago, I was visiting a friend in Santa Monica, CA, and, as we were walking down to the pier, I was amazed at the number of homeless people that had congregated there. The tents, pitched blankets, and other makeshift shelters offered a striking contrast to the upscale restaurants, high-priced condos and beautiful […]

Top Pet Friendly Travel Trends for 2020

Dog and Cat in suitcase

With the arrival of the new year, it’s time for Petswelcome to report on the top pet friendly travel trends for 2020. Every year in January, we compare notes from the feedback we get from visitors to our site to find out what they’ve been up to. We also check in with other travel professionals […]

The Best Airline Pet Carriers

PetsFit expandable pet carrier

At Petswelcome, we get many calls about taking pets on a plane. That’s because a lot of people fly with them–over 2 million domestic pets and other live animals are transported by air every year. And while it’s often not the preferred way to travel with a pet (it’s often stressful, not cheap, and requires […]

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 […]

8 Warning Signs That Your Pets Aren’t Well Trained

Untrained dogs in chair

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. And one of the critical jobs you have as an animal owner is to make sure your pets are well trained. It’s important not only for owners and those who live nearby, but for the well-being of the pets, too. Proper training ensures they are safe and live […]

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 […]

Fabulous New Pet Friendly Lodgings on Petswelcome

pet friendly escape to blue ridge cabin

At Petswelcome, we’re always surprised at the wide diversity of pet friendly lodgings we sign up every month. From working ranches to rustic cabins to coastal bed and breakfasts to an inn situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York, the pet friendly marketplace has certainly come a long way in offering travelers […]

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 […]

Take Our Fake Pet News Test!

dog reading fake news

We’ve all been inundated with the concept of fake news. You know, when a politician gets caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar (or other places) and denies it and calls it fake news even though all the evidence points to the contrary. Or when unbelievable stories get passed off as the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Be Sure To Visit Pet Friendly My Place Hotels

My Place Hotel exterior

One of the great things about working at Petswelcome is “discovering” an up-and-coming pet-friendly hotel chain that understands not only the needs of travelers and their pets but, more importantly, delivers on that understanding in spades. Not that pet friendly My Place Hotels needs to be discovered—they opened their first property in 2012—but their phenomenal growth (they now have […]

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, […]

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 […]