Have you ever wanted to sneak your pet into a hotel or onto a ship? Leaving a pet behind can feel like leaving part of the family
behind. Often I have had clients say to me: “I would love this trip, but I have to find someone to watch my dog first.” Or even, “can I take my pet with me?” There is some great news for pet parents everywhere! All over the world, people have heard your desires and have risen to the challenge.
Many hotels now cater to animals with such luxuries as pet boutiques, guest rooms set up with pet beds, food and water bowls in the room, and even a treat menu from room service. Pet sitters, dog walkers, and even pet spas can be arranged for the pleasure of a pet and pet parent alike.
The Queen Mary 2, a Cunard ship sailing back and forth between New York and England for most of the summer months has a kennel on board for your special friend to join you on your journey. Pets even get a complimentary gift pack and other amenities.
Your pet will be cared for by the Kennel Master who is in charge of everything from walking to feeding and keeping the kennel area clean. You can visit with your pets during the crossing, but they are not allowed in the general ship areas. There is limited space for pets so be sure to reserve your space early.
As much fun as traveling with your pet sounds, there is a lot of responsibility involved. Here are a few guide lines and tips to have a safe and healthy vacation with your pet.
- When purchasing a pet carrier, there are a few things to look for. You should choose one that will allow your pet to stand up and turn around comfortably, but does not provide too much room for extra movement. If you plan on flying anywhere, be sure that your carrier is FAA approved.
- When you make your reservation, find out if you can bring your pet in the cabin with you or if you will be sending them through with the checked luggage. If you are checking him/her, make sure your carrier is hard-sided to protect your pet. For a pet that is traveling in the main cabin, a soft sided carrier will do so that they can fit under the seat in front of you.
- Another important factor is vaccinations and documentation. Any time you plan to cross a state line with your pet, it is required by law that you have a health certificate which certifies that your pet does not have any communicable diseases (i.e. rabies).
- It is important to talk to your travel agent about the laws for the particular destinations for your trip. Once you are aware of the requirements, take your pet to the veterinarian to get the proper shots and documentation. Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date also.
Something that may slip your mind when you are packing up the pooch is the comfort of home. When people go away, they often are trying to leave everything behind and forget about their every day life. Pets traveling along with their parents don’t know about the rule of escape and can become distressed when in unfamiliar surroundings. Remember to bring along your pet’s
favorite toys, food dishes, treats and blankets. This will make for a happy escape for everyone.
Where ever your travels take you, there is nothing that feels more like home than your pet. Call me and we’ll design a vacation plan where you can include all of the members of your family … even the furriest ones.