Are you planning a vacation, and would love to take your four-legged friend with you?
Most states and Canadian provinces now have accommodations with pet policies for small animals, including Comfort Inn, Best Western, Four Seasons, Lowes, and Westin Hotels. Mention your pet when you make reservations – extra fees and some restrictions such as number of pets and their sizes may apply.
Make sure your pet has all necessary veterinary work (vaccines, blood tests, documentation) up to date, especially if you’ll be crossing the Canada – U.S. border. Pack everything you and your pal need in durable, versatile luggage. For example, ecbc’s Pegasus Rolling Backpack converts from rolling luggage to handy backpack, and the Trident Laptop Messenger Bag is perfect for holding all your electronics and paperwork. Both TSA-friendly, water-resistant bags are made of nearly indestructible nylon, just what you need for the pet-friendly vacation of your dreams.
Here are our "Fantastic Five" pet friendly vacation destinations.
Loews Hotel Vogue, Montréal, Québec:
At this luxurious hotel in the heart of the city, your pet’s stay is as important as your
own. Along with every possible comfort for human guests, amenities include gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, bedding, litter boxes and litter, leashes, collars, pooper scoopers, food and water bowls, rawhide bones, scratching posts, pet walking, and more. If your idea of a perfect vacation is a week in the big city, this is the place for you!
Camp Gone to the Dogs, Marlboro, Vermont:
At this incredible camp for dogs and their owners, you can choose from a wide variety of daily activities, including seminars such as first aid for dogs, guided walks, and classes with experienced instructors (agility, obedience, loose leash walking, puppy training, tricks and games, herding, to name a few). Accommodations for both of you are in dorms or cabins, and feature freshly prepared, all-you-can-eat meals for you. And what a great place to meet fellow dog owners!
Dog Paddling Adventures, Toronto region, Ontario:
If you and your dog are the outdoors type, you will both love spending time together in the Ontario wilderness. Choose from day hikes, to a three-day day camping and canoeing adventure during summer months. Everything is included for the latter: camping accessories, campfire meals, all equipment, lifejackets for you and your dog, and park permits. Pay for your participation only; your doggy companion vacations for free. Take a winter vacation and try skijoring, an exciting sport where a cross-country skier is pulled along by a dog or dogs.
Should your four-legged friend be of the equine variety, check out these vacation ideas:
EchoValley Ranch and Spa, Jesmond, B.C.:
Imagine escaping from the artificial aspects of modern life at this beautiful combination ranch and world class spa. Ride your horse along forest paths, rolling hills, and steep canyons. Give your horse a day off, and take a hike or try fly-fishing. Spend a day at the spa, which offers European and Thai therapies including massages, skin care, body and beauty treatments, a sauna, fitness room, and geo-thermal heated indoor swimming pool. Five star accommodations include an exquisite room or private cabin, gourmet meals, and daily Thai yoga sessions. Boarding for your horse is an extra $25.00 per day.
McGinnis Meadows Ranch, Libby, Montana:
Brush up on your western riding technique, learn natural horsemanship à la renowned trainer Buck Brannaman, teach your horse to work cattle, or take a relaxing ride through open meadows at this award-winning guest ranch. You can even have your horse trained by one of their expert wranglers. Take a day off riding and enjoy fishing, hunting, or hiking. Spend the evening chatting with fellow horse lovers in the game room or hot tub. Stay in a cozy, handcrafted log cabin with propane fireplace and private bathroom. Meals feature plenty of home-cooked food, with fresh bread, salads, and mouth-watering entrées like garlic bacon-wrapped rib roast on the menu. There is no extra charge for your horse, and the ranch will supply him with hay, to boot!
So hurry and give your four-legged friend the happy news: the next time you go on vacation, he’ll be going with you!