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 […]

Thanksgiving Events for Dogs 2019

Of all the holidays, we think Thanksgiving is the one that relates most to dogs. Who is not thankful for our four-legged friends who have no other agenda than to make us happy and be constantly at our side? It’s that sense of companionship and joy in family that Thanksgiving celebrates and is probably why there […]

Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

Dog with holiday gifts

It’s that time of year again when Petswelcome presents its annual Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers. In 2019 we’ve decided to break the gifts out by category. All dog lovers have different needs, wants and, of course, dogs. By dividing the gifts into different groupings we hope it will make it easier for you 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 […]

Great November Pet Friendly Getaways

Unfortunately, dogs and cats can’t vote. If they could, I’m sure the world would be a better place. And so, every November, it’s up to us humans to try to fix the mess we’ve made. It’s a big responsibility and one we should all take seriously. No matter what your political leaning, it’s important to […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Great Father’s Day Gifts for Your Dog-Loving Dad

Dog book for dad

We all know how happy the dog makes dad. So why not get him a Father’s Day gift that involves his favorite canine? It’s guaranteed to be a winner and he’ll be absolutely thrilled! (I hope my kids are reading this….) So, with Father’s Day right around the corner, Petswelcome has come up with a […]

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, […]

My Fellow Curs: A Commencement Address from our CEO

dog who gives commencement speeches

It’s that time of year when Petswelcome’s CEO, Hobbes Kingsley, is in huge demand as he travels the country to give commencement speeches to dogs graduating obedience schools. The following is an excerpt from one of his speeches. First, my fellow curs, let me say congratulations on completing your coursework and making humans think that […]