Can't leave home without your dog this Thanksgiving? Traveling with your pet may not be as difficult as you think. We spoke to pet expert Steve Dale, a certified dog and cat behavior specialist with the syndicated radio show My Pet World, about what you need to know for a smooth ride on the road.
Dale, who has several pets of his own – from a mini Australian Shepherd to a playful lizard – shares some do's and don'ts:
If you want to take Fluffy or Fido with you on that airplane trip to visit Aunt Millie in Nebraska, the most important item of your journey will be your pet carrier. Depending on the airline, your pet can travel in the cabin with you (for small animals only) or as checked baggage.
When it comes to checking your pet as luggage, airlines have strict requirements for size, type and material (plastic yes, wire no). Show up with the wrong kind of carrier and your pet can be refused boarding mostly for his safety. If it's collapsible, for example, that's a no-no, as it could crush your pet in transit.
A queen-sized bed, 48-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a selection of movies – everything a weary hotel guest needs to spend the night in comfort.
And it's what dogs who check into D Pet Hotels in Hollywood can expect.
From business travelers to vacationers to reality stars to famous rockers (the hotel won't name their clientele for privacy reasons), D Pet Hotels caters to owners who want their dogs to have all the comforts of home – and then some.
Fido? Check. Laptop? Check. Portable doggie dome? Yep, they all fit inside this futuristic new product.
If James Bond had to fight super villains while carrying around a Pekingese, here's the device he'd use–it's an origami puzzle of a backpack called Pets @ Work, and it lets you tote around your small pup, a foldable doggie dome and your laptop without using your hands.
A chic new hotel just opened in Amsterdam, with amenities including a luxurious pool and a tennis court. Unfortunately, you can't stay there – but your fish can!
Located in the city's Schiphol Airport, the Goudvissen Hotel holds finned friends for Dutch families heading off on trips. According to the news service NRC, vacationers who book their travels through travel agency D-reizen, which sponsors the hotel, will have access to the service. Each fish will get its own private suite (the fish swimming around the pictured tank are for display only) in order to keep them healthy and prevent them from getting mixed up.
With the sunny days of summer comes more time spent outdoors – and more reason to keep your pet hydrated, wherever you may go. We found a perfect solution: Floaa's (For Love of All Animals) Dish-sposables, a biodegradable paper bowl designed specifically with your mobile furry friend in mind.
Unlike store-bought paper plates, Floaa's new reusable bowls – made from sugar-cane fiber – are 100 percent compostable! "I was inspired to develop something that would be sturdy, environmentally friendly and sanitary," Floaa owner Sharon Greenan tells PEOPLE Pets. "While feeding my own dogs on paper plates at times, I thought of developing something that would be biodegradable and sturdy."
Your pets will be begging to fly on PetAirways, an animal-friendly airline launching July 14 and serving five cities – Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.
Among the airline's amenities, dogs and cats -- known as "pawsengers" -- won't have to ride in the cargo hold anymore, but instead get their own secured crate in coach. Before departure, they can relax in a pet lounge or enjoy a walk by an attendant. And on cross-country flights, PetAirways makes stops and removes "pawsengers" from the plane so they can take a potty break.
Just a few years ago I would have thought the idea of a stroller for my dog, Jolly, was absurd. Now I am the proud owner of what I call a Jollymobile – really a $130 Schwinn Instep trailer/stroller. And I'm not alone. As pets become more ingrained in our lives and live longer (though become frail), more of us buy strollers. I got a basic model technically made for kids, but there are plenty of far more expensive and stylish options out there designed just for dogs.
Picture this: You're on an airplane, flipping through a magazine as you reach 15,000 feet. You look away for just a moment and realize you've just lost your carry-on – your 5-lb. kitten.
This is the pickle I was in over the Christmas holiday. My cat, Mickey-the-escape-artist, found his way out of his carrier and into the aisle of the plane. Thank goodness he didn't make it very far and that the friendly neighbor beside me just cooed at him, instead of flipping out.
Little dogs everywhere, this is your lucky day. No longer need you envy all those haughty Weimaraners and Great Danes who get to ride in the front seat of cars and stick their heads out the passenger window (with their manes blowing in the wind like fashion models–oh, they think they're so cool, don't they?). Now you, too, tiny Shih Tzus and puny Pekingese, can get out of the back seat, sit up front next to mommy or daddy and finally see the world–thanks to the Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat.
It's a sturdy, cushioned container, roughly the size of a hatbox, that straps tightly to the upper half of any front passenger seat. Dog owners can simply plop their small pooches in the skybox (please, no pups over 30 lbs) and attach the dog's harness to an adjustable tether. The two-fold benefit: runts can ride next to the driver without the risk of getting tossed around, and they can see out the windows because they're elevated. I took my two Chihuahuas, Lady and She She, for a trial spin in the Kurgo Skybox and they loved it. How do I know? They didn't bark or yelp a single time, like they usually do when they're stuck in the back and feeling left out.