For many of us, our pets are a part of the family, so when we travel we would like to take them with us. As a lifelong pet owner, and a resort owner and manager for more than 20 years, I would like to share some things you should consider before you travel with your pet, and some tips to make it more comfortable and enjoyable if you do.
First, a bit of background. Years ago, I was a professional horse trainer traveling all over the country, and our dogs always went with us. For the past 20 years, my family has owned the Country House Resort in Door County and I have always had a dog. When I was our general manager, my Corgi lived on site with me and could often be found hanging out behind the front desk. After many years of “suggesting,” I finally convinced my parents and our staff to make the resort “dog friendly” in June of 2010. We are very excited to welcome discriminating dogs and their owners to our beautiful water view location and upscale accommodations.
I am also very excited to share tips and advice through this virtual dog park and to help more people enjoy traveling with their pets.
Will it be too hot or cold for your pet to stay in the car while you eat, shop or stop along the way?
Are the activities you want to enjoy ones your pet can enjoy and participate in as well? Hiking… yes. Golf… no.
How pet friendly is the area? Some areas of the country, communities and properties are more pet friendly then others. Do your research before you take your pet.
Just like it is OK to take a vacation without your two legged children, it is also OK to leave your pet at home, especially if the area and your activity priorities don’t accommodate your pet.
Are all vaccinations, licenses and health papers up to date? CARRY A COPY
Make sure you take enough food for the trip. You may enjoy new culinary adventures on vacation, but your pet’s tummy does not need a major change to their routine.
Also, take a bit of home with you. Your pet’s favorite toy, bed or blanket, dishes… You may enjoy adventure, but your pet likes his comfortable routine.
And finally, clarify the pet policies where you plan to stay. Does your pet meet any size restrictions? Are there additional fees &/or deposits? Can pets be left alone in the room, cabin, condo, etc.?
Some advance thought and planning will ensure that you and your pet have a great vacation!
Future topics will include: tips to make traveling with your pet easier for everyone, plus dog friendly businesses and activities in Door County
Remember, considerate pet parents create more opportunities for all of us. Inconsiderate pet parents ruin it for everyone.
-Cheryl Zaug Casey