Take Your Dog along with Help for Books, Web Sites
Wylie, Judy Babcock, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Judy Babcock Wylie Daily Herald Correspondent
Traveling with your dog has become a lot easier thanks to the increasing number of hotels, motels and resorts that welcome Fido.
Hotel company Web sites usually note pet policies, but several Web sites dedicated to travel with pets can help in planning your whole trip, including deciding where to go, finding pet-friendly hotels and choosing what to do that both you and your pet will enjoy.
Let's Go Pets.com, www.letsgopets.com, allows you to enter your trip dates, location and room needs, then hit "Fetch!" and it will search for lodging options that will welcome both of you. I tried it for a couple of cities as well as a few small towns, and it came up with several hotels in each, although not all had rooms for the dates I had in mind. This site also has car travel tips, flight travel tips, airline pet policies, information on pet travel equipment and tips on how to find a veterinarian at your destination.
Travel Dog.com, www.traveldog.com, is a members-only Web site charging $9.95 for a year's subscription. It provides pet travel services, such as lists of pet-friendly lodging, an interactive question-answer bulletin board and also offers discounts of 10 percent to 65 percent on pet-friendly lodging, products and services. The bulletin board is called The Barking Board, and can get answers to questions such as "Where can I find a good pet sitter in Portland?" You can also post membership profiles, with a photo of your dog, at the Photo Gallery.
Take Your Pet.com, www.takeyourpet.com, is a paid resource site with listings of 40,000 pet-welcoming accommodations, lists of vets and other tips, articles and sources for shelters, grooming services and other help. …