How Hotel Chains are Reacting to the Coronavirus

Hotel

Now that the World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic and we are seeing a huge spike of cases in the United States and around the world, Petswelcome decided to take a close look at how all the major hotel chains are reacting to the coronavirus and what policies and procedures […]

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, […]

Top Ten Presidential Dog Facts

George Washington's Dog

With Presidents Day coming up, all of us at Petswelcome thought it would be a good idea to update our Top Ten Presidential Dog Facts. With the impeachment just finished, the debacle in the Iowa caucuses still unraveling, and all the bad political news that’s making headlines, it’s the perfect time to focus on (hu)man’s […]

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 […]

Canine Influenza: What Is It?

Dog with flu in bed

With all the flu going around this time of year, Petswelcome thought it was a good time to update our information on both human and canine influenza. One of the big questions dog owners have is whether humans can pass the flu to dogs and vice versa. The good news–if there can be good news […]

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 […]

15 Best Rated Pet Beds for Dogs & Cats

Dog on Pet Bed

Let’s face it, dogs sleep a lot. Cats, too. That’s why choosing a bed for your pet is an important decision. They are going to spend a lot of time on it so you want to make sure you’ve chosen the correct one. To help you help you decide, Petswelcome has scoured the web 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]