Fall Travel With Pets

Fall is easily the most packed holiday season in the United States – the weather is reliably cooler and the kids are back in school, Labor day, Halloween, Columbus day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving, and sometimes even Hanukkah, all start in Fall. Meaning there is a lot of planning of family trips, get togethers, and shopping.

Fall is also an excellent time to take a weekend getaway that includes the family pet, since cooler weather means you and your four-legged friends get to spend time outdoors and not feel overheated.

No matter what your day to day tasks are, there’s no reason to not plan ahead for next fall’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the fall, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the autumn months.

Fall Pet Travel Tips

Fall is a busy season anyway, so when you plan to travel with a pet you need to make doubly sure you’ve done your homework – arriving in a town where there’s no vacancy at the pet-friendly hotel and all the other rooms are booked for the night is no way to have a relaxing vacation. Here are some tips to help make your fall travels fun and memorable for you and your pet.


Make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.

Research and Obey Local Laws

Be aware of local leash laws when you travel – you can’t assume every town loves your dog as much as you do. Find out where the pet friendly places are in the towns you’re visiting so you know where you can go without leaving your furry friends behind.

Keep your pet warm

If your pet has short hair, time to pull out the doggie sweaters. If your pet has had a summer cut, let it grow in a bit. Make sure there are no drafts where the pet bed is and dry your dog and cat well after they have had a romp in the rain or after a bath to prevent chills.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

No matter how cool it is outside, it’s never safe to leave your pet in the car. On sunny days, the car can heat up quickly and on colder days, the car can become an ice box.

Watch for snakes!

Snakes are starting to look for places to hibernate for winter and they can become pretty hostile if disturbed. If you go on a hike with your furry buddy, be careful about letting him/her dig around and run through bushes. Keep your pets away from areas where you know snakes like to hang out.

Watch out for mushrooms

While many types of mushrooms are not harmful to pets, the ones that are can be highly toxic. Don’t let your pet wander away too far where s/he may find some and eat them. Keep them away from areas where mushrooms are growing.


Make sure you have enough of it for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up refills for your pet before you head out.

Kennels and Carriers

Some places require that your pet be in a carrier or crate when left alone. A kennel is also a safe way to travel for your pet. Airlines have size restrictions for kennels that can travel in cabin. Check about restrictions and pet air travel policies of the airline before booking.

Car coolants

Fall is the time when many of us start winterizing our cars. Clean up spills immediately to prevent your pet from accidentally ingesting coolants.

Keep Bugs Away

Fleas, ticks, and even heartworm can be of an issue for your pets in the summer. In the fall, these parasites may be looking for a warm, dry place to stay during the winter months so take precautions against them before you leave home.

Find the Local Emergency Vet

Know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your pet becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodation and Activities

Before you leave home, you can find out about a variety of pet-friendly events going on in and around the places you’ll be visiting on your trip, and you can also make sure you’re booking stays at hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that allow pets – all right here on PetsWelcome.com!

Fall Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! – so if you know of an event for dogs, cats, horses, parrots, guinea pigs or anything else that you think should be added to our lists, please let us know!

photo by CountryMax

Walter and his best friend Julia

Earlier in July, a shelter puppy made the news. His name is Walter and it’s a little chihuahua and terrier mix. He is also deaf. Back in January while he waited in the Pasadena Humane Society’s shelter for his new forever home, a little girl named Julia saw him. Julia is 10 years old. Julia is also deaf. (Are you having a Lilo and Stitch moment? Because I am)

Julia’s family adopted Walter. In the 6 months since then, the two have become best friends. Julia has taught Walter to sit, ask for food, and respond to his name – in sign language. These two have a bond that just doesn’t compare.

Grumpy Looking Cat Finds New Home

A little kitten down in Bradenton, Florida found a new home after two men went to an empty house. The men were inspecting the house for sale when they came across an orange female persian kitten. The kitten looked grumpy, according to Paul Tateosian, a real estate agent assistant. When his colleague, Jason Burnside came out to the backyard, he took the little kitten home. He put the backseat down in his truck, placed a towel down, and the little persian went to sleep.

The two men think the cat was left behind by the previous owners who moved away. The cat was thin, matted, and definitely looked grumpy. However, now the cat, named Girdy, is living with Burnside’s mother and she looks gorgeous. This little girl got a happy ending and a new forever home.

To read the whole story, check it out on here.

Photo from Yahoo News

PetSmart Partners with Ellen Degeneres

If you watch Ellen or know a little about her, you may know she loves her pets. Well, her lifestyle brand, ED, is going to enter into the world of pet products. The pet products will be a range of items from sweaters to beds, collars, toys, and shampoos. The collection is going to be in all the PetSmart retail stores and by the beginning of January 2017.

Though known mainly as a comedian and talk-show host, DeGeneres has been involved in apparel and home design for more than a decade. Last June, she launched the ED brand, which has a range of products like apparel, footwear, bedding and home decoration products.

Ellen, being Ellen, made a statement regarding the new venture, “I can barely contain how excited I am to be working with PetSmart. My dogs and I have been running in circles for hours.”

To read the full article, check out Business Wire

Iowa Domestic Violence Shelter Planning to Add Pet Shelter

This summer, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program plans to add three dog kennels, three cat havens and an outdoor dog run to its Iowa City shelter. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the program began emergency pet kenneling for domestic abuse victims by sending pets to area veterinarians and animal shelters but now, survivors will be able to bring their pets to the shelter.

The kennels for the dogs and cat area will be completed in July. Statistics show that about 70% of survivors have pets and many have said they did not leave sooner because of worrying about the care and well-being of the pet. Domestic violence is family violence. Abusers may harm the pet in the house to threaten and intimidate the family.

To read more about the new kennels and cat area, check out the article here.

Children’s Hospital Has Pet Ward

Nestle Purina donated nearly half a million dollars to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital to build a special family pet ward. The ward will have a dog bone box and a litter box for cats. The ward is for children who need to stay at the hospital for extended amounts of time and may want to visit with their family pets. Staying in a hospital can be very scary for small children, having a their best furry friend come by for an hour here and there may help ease this anxiety.

The new pet center is the third of its kind in the US to open and opened at the end of April. The idea was a no-brainer. When Nestle Purina was asked if they could help, the CEO, Joe Silberwright replied, “Why wouldn’t we do it?” and construction began for the new area.

The money from Purina is helping to build a 200 sq. foot space where children can spend a little time with their pets. The rest of the money is going towards an endowment which will support the people who will take care of the pet area.

To learn more about the new pet area, read the article here.

Image from BizJournals.

Las Vegas Bans Sale of Puppies From Puppy Mills

The city council of Las Vegas has stepped up in their fight against puppy mills. In January, the council banned the sale of puppies from puppy mills, including organizations that intentionally breed pets for profit. The ban extends to kittens and piglets as well. The pet stores in Las Vegas have two years to comply with the new law.

Banning the sale of these pets helps put puppy mills out of business. There are other alternatives to find a pet such as reputable breeders and adopting from shelters and rescue groups. Many groups have teamed up with pet stores and have adoption areas in the store.

Some other cities that have bans on selling puppy mills pets are:

Albuquerque, New Mexico
West Hollywood, California
El Paso, Texas
Austin, Texas
Lake Worth, Florida
Glendale, California
Brick, New Jersey
Burbank, California
Hoboken, New Jersey
Toledo, Ohio
Chicago, Illinois
Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
Memphis, Michigan
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Glassboro, New Jersey

2 New Dog Breeds Recognized by the AKC

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has recently accepted two dog breeds into their club. The American Hairless Terrier and the Arabian Greyhound. This brings the total number of dogs accepted into the club up to 189.

The American Hairless Terrier is similar to a rat terrier in looks and tends to be about 12 inches tall and weighing between 8 and 20 pounds. The dog does have some fur, contrary to its name, and may live up to 16 years. The breed originated from the rat terrier but has more refined features such as eye colors that differ, skin patterns and color, and of course, lack of fur. They are an energetic and loving dog with a hunting instinct. They will chase small animals, bark when alarmed, and can be a good watch dog.

The Arabian Greyhound is also known as the Sloughi and is a short-haired sighthound. They resemble a greyhound or whippet in terms of build but their muscles are flatter and long. They are known to be smart and sensitive to mood changes in their owners. They love to move around and go for walks, run, and check out new things which makes them great dogs if you’re a hiker or jogger. Their training should be positive reinforcement mostly since they are sensitive.

To read more about the AKC’s newest dogs, check out the article at USA Today.

Pet-Friendly Newport

Rhode Island is named the Ocean State for good reason: everywhere you turn you seem to have amazing vistas of the ocean, including Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay. And Newport puts you right in the middle of it. It’s also one of our favorite cities because it’s extremely pet friendly.

Taking a walk in Fort Adams State Park.

For an outdoor adventure with your dog, try Cliff Walk. Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long trail along the Atlantic shoreline in Newport’s National Historic District. Dogs are permitted throughout the trail, provided that they are leashed and supervised at all times. Another popular outdoor trek is Newport’s Ten Mile Drive, which snakes along the southern shoreline and displays the history of the city’s wealthy community. It also contains numerous public parks and public-access shorelines. Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed when they are outside of vehicles. There’s also Fort Adams State Park, which is located along Newport Harbor and offers such activities as swimming, fishing, boating, soccer and picnicking. Brenton State Park is another scenic park equipped with hiking trails, picnic tables, and gardens that allows dogs of all sizes for no additional charge, provided they are on a six foot leash and have a valid license tag.

If you’d looking for more low-key place to bring your dog for quick exercise, Newport has a fenced-in dog park that welcomes dogs of all sizes and allows them to run off-leash.

A happy shopper at Wag Nation.

There are also multiple dog-friendly tours and tourist attractions in Newport.  Newport Tour and Guide Company is an attraction that caters small group tours around Newport and provides pet-friendly vehicles. Dogs of all sizes are permitted on these tours for no extra charge, provided they don’t require any extra clean up.  Another popular dog-friendly Newport historical attraction is Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the United States. Leashed dogs are permitted throughout the grounds, but are not allowed in the buildings

If you’d prefer to tour Newport from the water, Gansett Cruises offers dog-friendly harbor tourist. Dogs are only allowed on the main deck of the boat and must be leashed and supervised.

Although the city of Newport does not permit dogs on their beaches between Labor Day and Memorial Day, there are a couple of pet-friendly beaches in the surrounding area: Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth and East Ferry Beach in Jamestown both allow leashed dogs.

Newport has a plethora of pet-friendly eating establishments ranging from cafes, pubs, ice cream parlors, seafood restaurants, and more, so you’ll never have to worry about leaving your dog alone while you eat:

There are even two restaurants that have a menu items specifically for dogs: Canfield House Restaurant and Pub, and The Landing at Bowen’s Wharf.

If you’d like to treat your pet while you’re in Newport, visit Wag Nation. Wag Nation is a pet boutique sells pet products such as food, leashes, toys, and pet apparel. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted in the store.

For a list of pet-friendly hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Newport and booking information, click here.

Petswelcome Dog Toy Review

Beyond performing their regular jobs around the office, our dogs–namely Rusty and Hobbes–also demand serious playtime with their toys. So when we suggested they be the principle testers in our Petswelcome Dog Toy Review, they were very game.

Both dogs really enjoy bringing a toy with them when they travel–it reminds them of home and keeps them calm and less distracted–so we chose 4 soft cloth chew toys, ones that can easily be packed in a bag or played with in the car and/or hotel room without causing damage to the surrounding environs. Our testing criteria was to see how the toys fared overall, how safe they were, and how long it took a 60 lb. Vizsla and a 90 lb. Bracco Italiano to eradicate them from the face of the earth. Not long it turns out.

Keep in mind that if you have a smaller or less tenacious dog, these toys could last significantly longer.















Initially, Rusty and Hobbes loved this toy. Because the duck is so long and limp, it functioned well in their game of tug of war, and managed to withstand this without ripping in half. However, Hobbes quickly learned that he could stuff the entire toy in his own mouth, and proceeded to trot around with his mouth closed, thus ending the team activities.

After fifteen minutes, the squeaker stopped functioning, and sizable holes had started forming in the toy. Not long after, the squeaker fell out of one of these holes, and we had to pry it out of Rusty’s mouth, as he’d started gnawing on it.

After 48 minutes, the dogs had torn the head off of the duck, and there was stuffing scattered all around the office.


Price: $7.51
Description: A limp, stuffing-free fabric duck with a squeaker inside
Advertisement: “long lasting play,” “flip flopping action”
Destruction Time: 48 minutes
Petswelcome Safety Rating: 1 out of 5
The flexibility of this toy makes it easy to fit in a medium-sized dogs mouth, and it in conjunction with its long, slim shape, we consider it a choking hazard. Additionally, the squeaker was very quickly torn out of the toy, presenting an even more prominent choking hazard that we encountered as a problem very quickly in our experiment.


Bottle Buddies














Although we disregarded Bottle Buddies’ warning and gave this toy to two very aggressive chewers, this chew toy lasted the longest of the bunch. It’s lack of stuffing made it possible for the dogs to chew it aggressively and even tear holes in it without making a mess. Although the squeaker stopped working early on, it appeared to be stuck inside the water bottle, so it didn’t become a choking hazard for the dogs. The empty water bottle inside compensated for the lack of squeaking, make a constant crunching noise that Rusty and Hobbes appeared to like and inspired impassioned gnawing.

The fabric covering the water bottle was not very durable, and consequently one of the toy’s ears was ripped off after 40 minutes, and large holes began forming soon thereafter. This didn’t cause much of a mess, though, so we continued to let the dogs play with it until a hole in left side of the toy became so large that the water bottle started to fall out.


Price: $6.91
Description: A fabric stuffing-free dog-shaped toy with a water bottle and squeaker inside.
Advertisement: “Designed for supervised play only. Not designed for aggressive chewers”
Destruction Time: 3 hours
Petswelcome Safety Rating: 5 out of 5
This toy was soft and consequently didn’t present any threat of of scratching the dogs or causing discomfort. It was also very difficult to tear apart, and encased its primary choking hazard (the squeaker) inside a water bottle, making it inaccessible to the dogs.


American Wildlife:














American Wildlife admits that the toy is best suited for “moderate” chewers, and Rusty and Hobbes are certainly a grade above moderate. Fur was being ripped off of the toy in chunks almost as soon as they were given the toy, and within 20 minutes the ears had been chewed off and the squeaker was no longer functioning. The fur that remained on the toy was evidently very absorbent, and became completely saturated with drool, making it unpleasant to touch. Although the squirrel was rapidly falling apart, the lining did not initially break, so most of the stuffing stayed inside of it, as opposed to scattered around the office. Even when the tail came off—about 45 minutes in—there was minimal mess, save for all of the fur.

An hour and 15 minutes in, this changed and stuffing was everywhere. We decided it was time to confiscate the toy when we found Hobbes outside digging a hole to bury it in.

Price: $8.99
Description: A furry, stuffed, squirrel-shaped toy with a squeaker inside.
Advertisement: “tough, durable dog toy,” “will stand up to moderate chewing”
Destruction Time: 1 hour, fifteen minutes
Petswelcome Safety Rating:
 2 out of 5
This toy was plush and thick, not presenting any sharp edges that could hurt the dogs. However, the insides came out fairly quickly, and that made it possible for the dogs to swallow the stuffing and discarded parts. The fur also started coming off in chunks alost immediately, creating yet another thing to get stuck in the dogs’ throats.
















Rusty was particularly fond of this toy. He became incredibly territorial over it, and consequently we had no way of assessing whether the chew toy was suitable for group play. The shark had thick outer lining, which appealed to the dogs, as they could chew at it more aggressively than they could the other toys. However, this increase in the fervor of Rusty’s chewing resulted in the the toy’s stitching being undone very quickly. There was no gradual destruction of the toy: within the span of ten minutes it went from being apparently intact to having its stuffing strewn everywhere.

Price: $9.59
Description: A soft but firm shark-shaped dog toy with a squeaker (but not a very active one) inside.
Advertisement: “World’s Most Durable Soft Dog Toy”
Destruction Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Petswelcome Safety Rating:
4 out of 5
Like the other toys, there were no hard objects in this toy that could injure the dogs, and it was tough enough to stay intact until its complete annihilation, giving the dogs a very small window to consume any parts of it that could be potential choking hazards. Still, we detract one point because the stuffing and squeaker were eventually exposed.



Obviously, the most important factor in choosing a toy for your pet is safety. Many toys with squeakers or excessive stuffing are not a good choice because the dogs can swallow these pieces and choke, or have them get caught in their throat or windpipe.