Portland Airport Now Has An Indoor Area For Pets

Portland International Airport has added a pet relief area to its airport. This means that passengers and their pets don’t have to leave the airport secured area anymore and then walk through security again before a flight.

The pet relief area is small, but has the essentials: a fire hydrant, some fake grass, and a garbage can and supplies to clean up after your dog. The airport already had an outdoor area but this makes it more convenient and easier for pets who are traveling.

Have you traveled through the Portland, Oregon International Airport with your pet lately and checked out the new indoor relief area? Let us know what you like about it.

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Tips for Going Through Airport Security with Your Pet

When I moved from New York to Oregon I had two cats. Driving them across the country would have made them miserable so I opted to fly. However, I was stressed out about how to the whole process works. I knew the cats would have to be screened with me but wasn’t sure if I had to take them out of the carrier. The security personnel was very helpful and both my cats were screened and put back in their carriers after walking them through the screening machine. I wish I had a better idea of what the experience would be like before heading to the airport.

If you are flying with your pet soon, here’s a few tips:

  • The TSA says to bring your pet to the security checkpoint in a handheld travel carrier. Your pet does not travel down the conveyor belt into the screener with your luggage. Instead, you most remove the pet from the carrier after you get yourself for screening.
  • You may need to remove any collars from your animal. The pet should be carried through the screening process, meaning it goes through the metal detector in your arms. The security personnel allowed my cats to keep their harnesses on, but I had to remove the leash portion. I held the harness and the cat as I walked through the screening machine.
  • After walking through, your hands will be tested for any trace of explosives.
  • Once you are through the screening process, you are told to put your pet back in the carrier.

Here’s a good tip: send your carrier down the conveyor first so that it’s ready on the other side when you are done. Also, try to keep your animal calm.

Cats may have a more difficult time with this process. If necessary, you can ask for a private screening, so that way you can get your cat out of the carrier in a contained room.

Have you traveled with your pet on an airline? What was your experience like during the screening process?

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Delta Airlines No Longer Allows Pets To Fly in Luggage Compartment

After March 2016, Delta will not longer allow pets to fly in the luggage compartment of their planes. There are a few exceptions but Delta is following a positive trend that other airlines have implemented to ensure that our pets are safe and healthy. Since 2011, about 74 pets have died on a Delta aline flight. This statistic accounts for about 25% of all recorded pet deaths on US airlines.

Once Delta’s new policy goes into effect, the only airline left will be American Airlines that allows pets to be checked with luggage. Other airlines like JetBlue, United, and Southwest do not allow animals in the cargo area. The Humane Society of the US does not advocate animals traveling in the cargo area of planes because of the stress, temperature problems, and dangers associated with that area of the plane.

To read more about Delta’s new pollcy, check out the article on Marketwatch.

American Airlines Creates First Ever Pet Cabin

Lots of airlines allow you to fly with your pet in the cabin as long as the carrier can fit under the seat, which means, only smaller dogs and cats can travel with you. Larger dogs end up in the cargo hold or other area of the plane and as we’ve read in the past, sometimes those areas are too hot or too cold for the animals.

American Airlines has had policies in place where during some of the hottest months of the year certain breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to fly because they are concerned about the safety of the pets. Specifically, pets that have squishy faces like pugs, persian cats, and bulldogs are at risk when air pressure and temperatures are high on a plane.

Now, American Airlines has taken their concern about pets a step further and is creating pet cabins, where owners may easily secure a carrier. At the moment, select flights from JFK in NYC and San Francisco are offering these special areas in the cabin. For more information on the restrictions and new policies, read the rest of the news at Conde Nast.

American Airlines Creates First Ever Pet Cabin

Lots of airlines allow you to fly with your pet in the cabin as long as the carrier can fit under the seat, which means, only smaller dogs and cats can travel with you. Larger dogs end up in the cargo hold or other area of the plane and as we’ve read in the past, sometimes those areas are too hot or too cold for the animals.

American Airlines has had policies in place where during some of the hottest months of the year certain breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to fly because they are concerned about the safety of the pets. Specifically, pets that have squishy faces like pugs, persian cats, and bulldogs are at risk when air pressure and temperatures are high on a plane.

Now, American Airlines has taken their concern about pets a step further and is creating pet cabins, where owners may easily secure a carrier. At the moment, select flights from JFK in NYC and San Francisco are offering these special areas in the cabin. For more information on the restrictions and new policies, read the rest of the news at Conde Nast.

Delta Airlines Lets You Track Your Pet’s Comfort in Flight

For years airlines have tried to make flying with pets comfortable for the pet, the other passengers, and you. Some airlines have restricted the size of a pet to prevent pets being in the cargo area where temperatures fluctuate and can harm or even kill pets. Other airlines will not allow pets on flights during high peak summer months.

Delta has had the most animal deaths in the past five years and is now working to remedy this problem. Delta has unveiled a new GPS tracking device that will monitor your pet in real time. It will monitor the conditions and let you know if the temperature spikes or their crate has been turned upside down. If so, an alert is sent to Delta’s call center and to the pet owner’s phone.

Since passengers can’t use a cell phone during a flight, if there is an internet connection, passengers can check by visiting the website. The device costs $50 and it is attached to the pets carrier. Hopefully, this will ease the nervousness of pet owners and also help Delta and other airlines figure out what is the best solution for pets who must travel in the cargo or other areas of the plane instead of the cabin.

Amtrak Allowing Pets to Travel on Trains


Amtrak has started a new program of allowing pets to travel on their trains. The program is still in an experimental phase but if it seems successful, it will slowly spread to be nationwide. For now, the only trip that allows pets is between Chicago and Quincy, Ill. It’s a 4 hour train ride and will be in effect for 6 months.

This is the first time that the Amtrak has allowed pets that were not service animals to travel in the passenger area of the trains.

The rules are similar to flying with pets:

  1. There is an additional pet fee
  2. Your pet must fit into a carrier that can be stored under your seat
  3. You may not take your pet out the carrier
  4. At station stops, your pet cannot relieve itself as there are no designated areas and the stops are pretty short
  5. Your pet must be up to date with vaccines

This is a wonderful alternative for dogs and cats that cannot travel on airplanes, such as brachycephalic ones like pugs, bulldogs, persian cats, and other breeds.

To read the rest of the article check out NBC’s article.

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6 Ways To Tell That Your Pet Likes to Travel

So you’ve made sure to have enough snacks, food, and creature comforts for your pet as your two embark on your trip. You’ve brought along some old toys and the car harness fits your dog perfectly or your cat’s carrier has a fluffy fleece pad in it. Now what?

Well, maybe your pet isn’t the type who likes to travel. Maybe your pet would rather stay home and lounge on the couch, look out the window, and not leave the comfort of home but how would you know? They can’t tell us with words. We can’t always read their body language and sometimes they seem so excited to follow us to the car that it’s easy to think they love trips.

Here’s 6 Ways To Tell If Your Pet Likes Trips

  1. In the car your pet doesn’t try to crawl onto your lap, pant, or cry with anxiety. They may settle down and nap or look out the window.
  2. When arriving at your destination, your pet doesn’t hide under the bed or in their carrier. Instead, your pet explores the new place, sniffing, watching, and listening to the new sounds. They may cautiously approach items and might be on edge but after a thorough inspection, they calm down and relax.
  3. Your pet eats. Some cats will not eat when they are scared and stressed. They will hide and sit in a corner, skipping meals. Some cats might eat at night when it’s very quiet. Dogs may stress eat and get an upset stomach but some may be so nervous and want to stick next to you that they forget to eat.
  4. When taking your dog outside to relieve him/herself the routine should feel the same. If your dog has a pattern of behavior when going potty, it should feel pretty much the same. Cats will use their litter box and the amount of urine and stool will be normal.
  5. All the good mannerisms your pet has at home should be present in a new place. They may be distracted and curious to meet new people, check out new places, but asking your dog to sit or stay should be ingrained. A cat, well, is a cat. But your cat should still come over for some affectionate pets and be ok and not hiding.
  6. Your pet should be about as vocal on vacation as s/he is at home. If your dog is fairly quiet and doesn’t alert bark much, then on a trip your dog may exhibit the same or similar behavior and be relaxed throughout the trip. Your cat should be fairly the same too and not howl or cry out of fear. Pets that are comfortable in their environment will act very much the same as they do at home with the exception of being curious and maybe a little more playful.

Not all pets who like to travel will be exactly the same as they are at home. Some act even better while others get so distracted that they act up. A nervous dog’s body language will have subtle signs like ear placement and bigger signs like their tail between their legs. Cats may sit tightly and watch you but not come over or stretch out in a relaxed state. Their tail may twitch too and ears will be moving around picking up all the sounds. Pets tend to relax after the first night but some may relax right away. A cat I knew loved the car and would hop in, sit in the back and look out the window. Once she got to her vacation spot, she would walk on her leash and harness right into the place like she owned it. It was amazing.

Do your pets like to travel? Share your stories!

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4 Cool Pet-Friendly Hotels with Awesome Amenities for Dogs

There are pet-friendly hotels that welcome dogs and hotels that encourage you to bring your dog on vacation. Many provide treats or a small “Welcome” package to your pets but there are a few out there that go above and beyond to make sure you and your dog spend some quality time together. They pamper your pup and make them feel like they are, well, on vacation too.

Here are 4 hotels with very cool amenities for your dog

If you find a lodging through our site, please tell them that petswelcome.com sent you!

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch – located in Avon, Colorado, this hotel is the perfect place to stay when skiing is on your agenda. The lifts are just feet away from the hotel and there is a spa as well. You and your best buddy can parttake in the hikes available and end the day with a massage, for BOTH of you, as well as room service. The liver kisses are sure to make your dog happy.
  2. Madarin Oriental – located in Miami, Florida has a beauitful and lush asian motif. They even have ipads that you can use around the pool area so you can get some sun and check out what’s happening around town. As for your pup, well, they have a 25 lb. size limit but your dog can have a scheduled playdate, get some lessons from a dog trainer, and strut with a bathrobe or crystal-studded t-shirt. Does your dog need a walk while you’re out partying? Let the staff know and they will schedule that as well as a turn down service. Your dog will NEVER want to go home again.
  3. Top Notch Resorts – located in Stowe, VT, this resort and spa dogs are more than welcome here, they are pampered. Schedule a 30-minute, in-room doggie massage which is then followed with treats and even some advice if you have questions about modifying your dog’s behavior. There’s also a doggy tea-time, trails that your dog can explore with you, and if you are heading out for the evening and your dog needs some company, let them know and you’ll have a sitter who will give your dog TLC.
  4. Loews Coronado Bay Resort – located in San Diego, CA, this resort loves pets. Upon check-in your pup will receive a gift bag that has a tag, bowl, and treats. They also have doggie room service and a list of the local pet services available and places that you and your dog can explore together. If your pet needs a walk, let them know, and they’ll take care of that while you head out on your own for a little bit. Your pet will love the attention given by the staff here and may never want to leave.

No matter where you go with your pet, always make sure that the hotel you are choosing allows pets and review their policies. Don’t forget to have a copy of your pet’s vaccination records with you to show that s/he’s up to date and healthy. Also, always check that the information on the tags is current. Have a great trip!

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7 Reasons Why A Vacation Rental is a Great Option When Traveling with Pets

While many hotels and guest houses are becoming more pet-friendly and have some very amazing and nice gift packs for four-legged guests – and hotels aren’t your only lodging option. Especially if you’ll be in one place for more than a few days, a vacation rental can be an excellent choice.

7 Reasons To Rent A Vacation Home

  1. Can save money – If you plan on an extended stay you may be able to negotiate a lower rate with the person or company who rents the house. In the end, that can save you some more money than hotel as well as offer more comfort.
  2. A little more privacy – The nice part of staying in a house is that you have some more privacy. Your dog might bark but the neighbors may be far enough away that it doesn’t disturb them.
  3. Special needs can be met – Does your pet take medication? Do you feed a raw diet? Being able to store special items like medications or food in a fridge without fear of it being thrown out is a relief. Being able to set up the things your pet needs without worry can make your time away even more enjoyable.
  4. More room! – This is a great reason to rent a vacation home. The kids can have their own room and bed, you can have yours, and your pets can have their pet beds set up whereever it makes sense. Have a group of friends? Hopefully no one ends up on an uncomfortable cot or on the floor.
  5. Reduces Anxiety – Although your dog may be super friendly and well behaved, having a home where everyone can relax and unwind after a day out makes it better for everyone including the dog or cat. Some cats and dogs may still be uncertain of the new place but since it’s not as busy as a hotel, they may settle in faster.
  6. Free Laundry – Most hotels have a laundry room but you must pay for it. Vacation homes tend to have a washer and dryer for you to use and that’s extremely convenient. If your pet’s bedding needs to be washed you can do it without spending extra money. Just always be mindful to clean the lint traps.
  7. Establish a routine – Live like a local or like you do at home can help your pet adjust and not be as anxious as they might be in a hotel with strange smells, sounds, and unknown items. Renting a vacation home means you can bring more of the creature comforts and lay them out as needed. Just remember to clean up.

We list many hotels on here but we also have an ever-growing list of vacation rentals for anyone who is looking for a getaway. If you’re heading to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, check out the great vacation rentals that are all pet-friendly. Rates may vary from season to season and it’s always recommended to book your stay as early as possible.

For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Coast is incredibly beautiful year round. Looking for a weekend getaway but don’t want to stay in the hotels? Then look at the cute rentals in Seaside, OR and nearby areas.

Have a story to share about renting a vacation home or a recommendation? Let us know and help us expand our listings!

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