Traveling with one's pet can be an arduous task, but often dog, cat and bird
owners just can't leave home without them. So the issue becomes
how to scout out pet-friendly accommodations in advance of travel to be
assured there will be 'room at the inn' when you
arrive. With today's technology and specific websites dedicated to pet
travel, that job has become a lot easier as a result of certain hotel
brands and even independent inns and B&Bs opening their doors to
The British pet insurance company, MORE TH>N, recently
designed a prototype of the world's first stair lift for fat dogs,
supposedly to emphasize to dog owners that their dogs are getting fatter
by the year. At the current rate of growth of fat dogs, more than 50
percent of British dogs will be so fat by the year 2022 that they won't
be able to carry out basic tasks.
The Marine Corps base at Miramar in San Diego, CA has an innovative
program for inmates of its brig. Those prisoners who qualify for the
program get to train service dogs that later give their service to
'fellow' Marines wounded in combat. It's a win-win situation.
Remembering Ella Fitzgerald classic tune "Let's Do It," back in the 50s,
an updated version of that song might in today's Internet world focus on
how the various species on this planet are just as attracted to
"Twitter" as they are to "falling in love." Based on the number of pets
that have taken to tweeting out 140 characters or less, it can
definitely be said that Twitter is an all-inclusive ecosystem.
Most service animals are dogs specially trained to provide service to
humans. In addition to their naturally great sense of smell and
hearing, service dogs must have healthy eyes and good sight. Merial, a worldwide animal health company and the American College of Veterinary Medicine
teams up in the month of May to sponsor free eye exams for service dogs
who qualify at more than 200 sites across the nation and in Canada and
With Americans now spending over $41 billion per year on their pets; 39%
of US households owning at least one dog and 33% with one cat, is it
any wonder that the company PAWS Pet Company has chosen to build the world's largest pet database?
How to fly with any of 10 dog breeds banned from United Airlines flights? United has adopted Continental's PetSafe
program from Continental Airlines, which was fully taken over last
month. While PetSafe has set some wise rules for canine travel, it also
restricts certain dogs from flying based solely on their breeds.