Mickey Mouse and Rex! New Pet Resort at Disney World

At the end of the month a new pet resort will be opening that can board your dog, cat, or “pocket pet” while you and your family run around the Magic Kingdom. This pet resort will replace the 5 pet hotels that were previously available for people vacationing and visiting at Disney World. The new resort, which is the same company that owned the 5 others, is 50,000 sq. ft. and can board 270 dogs, 30 cats, and small animals. They will not board reptiles or venomous pets.

If you live in the area and don’t want to leave your dog home all day while you go play, you can opt for daycare.Your dog will have to have updated vaccines and a negative fecal plus a consultation to make sure your dog is ok with being in a pack and get along with everyone. But you’ll have peace of mind that your dog is being cared for, playing, and not home bored or lonely.

Boarding your pet where you are vacationing can give you peace of mind because you can drop by and see your pet, if there is a medical emergency you are right there, and the facility has a private outdoor area as well as a climatized indoor area where you can take a nice walk with your furry friend. One of the fears that some pet owners have when leaving their pet and traveling to another state is that the dog sitting service or boarding place may not be as attentive as they advertised, and what if your pet gets sick? Will they call you? Will they go the extra mile and contact your vet and you? The idea of taking your pet with you and being there in person if there’s a problem is great. However, the pet resort is not free but it’s affordable.

Boarding starts at $37 a day for dogs and $23 for cats. If you would like your dog to be pampered you can add other services the resort provides such as joining a playgroup, private playtime, one on one cuddle time with a staff member, and a walk around the grounds. Your cat can also be spoiled with a special tuna treat, playtime, and one on one time.

Some of the features are free and others are part of a package deal. You also have the option to add features if you want to pick and choose what your dog or cat will indulge in.

So if you’re planning a trip with the kids to Disney World, bring the cat, and don’t be shocked if the cat has a better time than you!

For more information about the resort, visit their website: Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World®

Three Amazing Pet Friendly Hotels

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Taking your pet on a vacation is all fine and good, but where to stay? If you don’t have accommodating friends or in laws to bother, what’s a pet owner to do? We’ve done our part to help out by highlighting some of the nation’s best pet hotels. If you’ve hit the road anywhere in the country, you can rely on these locations to accommodate not only you, but also your furry friend. As you’ll see, some of them have gone over the top, in accommodating our favorite travel companions.

Hotel Monaco
Denver, CO

Hotel Monaco is all about pets. This fun-loving hotel is not only located in one of the best outdoor and pet-friendly cities in the country but it also pulls out all the stops for your dog or cat. Your pet will be greeted with a pet basket, equipped with treats, toys and trimmings for their stay. Your pet will also be listed on the hotels’ Pet Guest Board for all to see. Who wouldn’t want others swooning over their dog’s picture?

This pet hotel also offers pet sitting services and donates a portion of their proceeds to animal shelters. I know, right? Too good!

The James Hotel
Chicago, IL

We’re in the love with The James Hotel and we’re sure your pet will be too. This pet-loving hotel stops at nothing to make sure your pet is healthy and happy. With a pet spa, sitting services, menu, and walking service – you pet will never want to leave. Plus, The James Hotel is a boutique hotel, which makes our Windy City hearts smile.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the award-winning animal behavior specialist on staff or the in-room training sessions you can hire out.

Bowen’s By The Bay’s
Hampton Bays, NY

You’ll love the fact that you’re enjoying summer in the Hamptons and your pets will love this resort’s acres and acres of play space. Although there are no walking or pet services, you’ll likely want to take your pet along with you while you’re on vacation in this beautiful setting. Beaches and fields are in no shortage here! Consider staying at some of the property cottages, which will likely feel more like a house to your dog or cat than a hotel room.

Keep in mind that each of the hotels listed accept pets of all kinds. While dogs are perhaps the most common of the four-legged friends you’re likely to encounter, you will see cats as well. Call ahead and reserve a room now!