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United’s Updated Pet Policy: Ban Certain Breeds

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2018, 9:30 PM

United Airlines has updated its pet-carrying policy following a comprehensive internal review in the wake of a disastrous couple of weeks in March.  First a French bulldog died on a plane after a flight attendant instructed the owners to put its pet carrier—with the dog still inside—in the overhead compartment. Then the airline sent two separate dogs toward the wrong destinations; one wound up in...

Dogs Now Welcome at Four Disney World Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2017, 11:30 PM

Pluto and Goofy are no longer the only dogs welcome at Walt Disney World (Goofy is supposed to be a dog, right?). The family entertainment mecca in Central Florida is now allowing pooches to stay with their human companions at four onsite hotels: Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort....

Safety Harness for Buckling Up Dogs on Car Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/24/2017, 5:00 AM

Your mental picture of a dog in a car likely involves a canine head sticking out of a passenger window—jowls flapping, tongue lolling, and drool flying.  But in the event of a sudden stop or auto accident, an unrestrained pet is in as much danger as a human rider not wearing a seat belt.  One solution is to keep the animal in a travel crate. But members of the four-legged community are...

The Only Cruise Ship That Welcomes Dogs and Cats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 12:15 PM

Reflecting the growing trend of traveling with pets, there are tons of dog- and cat-friendly hotels and vacation rentals to choose from. But when it comes to taking your fur ball on a cruise, you have exactly one option: Cunard's freshly renovated Queen Mary 2, the only passenger vessel at sea that allows dogs and cats (other than service animals, of course). Even then, they're only allowe...

Dog Rescued from Swamp After Escaping Newark Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2016, 12:30 PM

A dog had to be rescued from a New Jersey swamp this week after escaping from Newark Liberty International Airport.  The pooch in question—a collie known as Dart—managed to get away from United Airlines' pet transport service. The aptly named Dart, well, darted into traffic and crossed several parking lots before finally getting mired in the mud of a swamp. Airport police used a rowboa...

DogVacay is now CatVacay, Too

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2015, 5:45 PM

There are no figures for this, but I wonder how many people decide they can't travel because they don't want to (or can't afford to) leave their animals behind. Kennels are expensive and, let's face it, the equivalent of Doggy Jail. Many people figure they might as well stay close to home. Two years ago, a company called DogVacay emerged to attend to that issue for dog owners. Some 20,000 ...

The Dog Ate My Vacation: Why Pets and Travel May Not Mix

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2013, 11:30 PM

Pets may enhance our daily lives but they ruin our vacations. That’s the surprising conclusion reached by a recent poll conducted for obvious reasons (see below) by the website DogVacay.com with the help of Harris Interactive. The polling company talked to some 2341 adults and came up with some very telling findings. Firstly: we’re insanely neurotic about our pets. Apparently, 72% of p...

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