How I Met Dante

Dante before chemo

Ever notice that a dog is a great way to get a quick handle on a person or family that you don’t know very well? A big claim, maybe, but I’ve found that canines can clue you into a lot. Put me in a room with a person (or family) and their dog and I […]

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 […]

Cat Yoga: It’s Not What You Think

kittens in cat yoga class

Cat yoga isn’t what we thought it was.  At Petswelcome, we had images of yoga instructors trying to teach felines the Downward-Facing Dog pose which cats, we don’t think, would like very much for the simple reason that they like being cats. Not dogs. Also, when was the last time you got a cat to do anything? […]

Dogs That Do Amazing Things

future first responder dogs

Sometimes here at Petswelcome, in our search for all things pet friendly and pet related, we find something that is so great and fantastic that we feel the need to share it with our Weekly Bone readers. Recently, while researching information for our upcoming Top Pet Friendly College Towns, we came across a section on the […]

Grain-Free Dog Food May Not Be Healthy for Your Dog

grain-free dog food

  Whenever I go to my local pet store to get food for my two dogs, I always see, out of the corner of my eye, a lot of labels that say “grain-free.” It made me wonder whether there was a something healthier about them and if what I was buying for my dogs was […]

Hotel Chains that Welcome Large Dogs

Traveling with a large dog can be challenging. Certainly, if you’re planning to fly, there are a host of issues you need to take into consideration, including being separated for the duration of the flight and hoping that your dog is coping with the altitude as well as being alone in the cargo area of […]

Therapy Dogs Go to College to Help Students

Remington the therapy dog at University of North Carolina

Certified pet therapy dogs are a common sight in hospitals and nursing homes but a more recent occurrence is the appearance of therapy dogs on college campuses cross the United States. But it makes total sense: students away from home for the first time coupled with collegiate academic stress, particularly during exams, equals an incredible […]

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 […]

Pet Friendly Hospitality Companies You Should Know

Pet friendly Hotel Los Gatos

When people travel with pets, they often rely on a specific hotel brand that has proven to be extremely pet friendly, such as La Quinta Inns and Suites, for example. And that makes perfect sense because they know what to expect and can be confident that their family and pets will be treated well during […]

Pet Friendly Music Festivals for You and Your Pup

The season is well underway, and we went searching for pet friendly music festivals that you and your pooch can enjoy together. We wish we could tell you that some of the major festivals are pet friendly, but unfortunately they are not (one website made a point of saying “even tiny, tiny dogs” were not […]

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: The Poetry of Imperfection

2018 World's Ugliest Dog winner, Zsa Zsa

Yes, it’s that time of year again, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, on June 23. The winner was Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, who had spent five years in a puppy mill before being rescued and adopted by Megan Brainard. She wowed the judges with […]

Hurricane Preparedness for People and Pets

hurricane eye

With the official opening of the hurricane season in little more than a week (the season begins on June 1 and lasts through November 30th), now is the time to start planning for the possibility of a storm hitting your area. As pet owners, we have special responsibilities to take into consideration when it comes […]

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, […]

Hotel Discounts for Military Travelers with Pets

dog and soldier

Over the years, Petswelcome has received a lot of calls and emails from members of the military who travel with pets. That’s because our service men and women are often on the go. Whether it’s a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) or a visit to relatives, or simply a family vacation, they put in a […]

What is Your Favorite Dog Breed?

Bracco Italiano

Do you have a favorite dog breed? If you’re a dog lover, you probably have a strong opinion on the topic, one probably slightly biased by the animal(s) sitting right next to you. I know that’s the case with me. I have two dogs, both purebreds and, suh-prise!, they happen to be my favorite types […]

The Fantastic Flying Dogs of Flyball

dog racing in flyball tournament

Flyball is a fun and absolutely electrifying sport for canines that got its start in Southern California in the late ’60s/early ’70s. It developed out of hurdle racing, and came into its own when Mike Randall built the first flyball box (which he demo-ed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), an apparatus that launches […]

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 […]

Pet-Friendly Beacon, New York

dogs in a stroller in pet-friendly beacon new york

If you and your bestest buddy are looking for a day trip out of the city or a weekend road trip from elsewhere, pet-friendly Beacon, New York, is the place to go. If you’re coming up from the city, the good news is that Metro North is also pet friendly. Pet are allowed on the […]

5 Myths About Dogs and Cats Debunked!

cat and dog

There are many myths about dogs and cats that have been around for a long time, some going back hundreds or even thousands of years. For example, in Norse mythology, if a cat showed up at your wedding, it was a sign of good luck. On the other hand, medieval people thought cats ferried spirits […]

10 Greatest Cartoon Dogs Ever

Cartoon Dog Droopy

Thinking back to my earliest memories of dogs, I remember my father’s Doberman, Vicky, who let me ride on her back when I was very young. I can still feel the visceral exhilaration of her speed and her concern in making sure I didn’t fall off. But beyond that experience, and a maybe a few […]