a thriving pet friendly economy

Popular consensus holds that the recession is negatively affecting most Americans (the 99%). Yet pet owners are still managing to spoil their pets even in this economy. Approximately $50.84 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S. in 2011. That’s a lot of dog cookies and bones. A majority of the money will be spent on boarding, health care (vet bills), and pet travel including stays at pet friendly hotels.

When traveling with pooches, many pet parents are concerned about items such as fees, amenities, policies, location location location, as well as pet friendly hotel chains that cater to Fido.

Pet friendly accommodations include low or no pet fees, lots of amenities including pet tags, beds, treats, lots of room to walk the dog, potty waste bags, pet menus, and lodging that offers pet friendly perks such as pet massage, yoga (doga) classes, doggie gyms, a pet mascot, pet friendly concierge and other hotel employees and a location nearby to dog parks, dog beaches, dog friendly wineries, and/or other dog friendly places and activities. Other amenities offered at pet friendly hotels include Spa treatments for dogs. And high-end toys, jeweled collars and their own wardrobes. Even camp, gourmet treats, a water bowl and fresh bottled water.

Hotels that are pet tolerant (as opposed to friendly) with restrictive policies (weight and breed restrictions), high pet fees, and low on amenities do not get as much pet traffic as pet friendly hotels.

Spending on pet services, such as grooming, boarding and day care, is expected to top $3.65 billion. Brands from Old Navy to Paul Mitchell and Omaha Steaks all have pet lines now, according to the American Pet Products Association.

For more information, visit our pet friendly travel blog posts here at Have Dog Blog Will Travel. Some are listed by the city (Las Vegas, Half Moon Bay, for instance). We share our experiences at various pet friendly hotels/venues as well as make recommendations in our free online pet travel resources for pet parents traveling with Fido and Fluffy.

Visiting another city/town for the howlidays? Have Dog Blog Will Travel offers a directory and online guide of pet friendly hotels and accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline policies, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.


some pet friendly lodging from miami to arizona


this Great Dane dog is ready to roll… 🙂


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