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Pet Airways: Making Air Travel Safe for the Big Dogs (& Cats)

Pet Airways

A satisfied pawsenger

Pet Airways is a boon to everyone who wants to transport a furry family member across the country but doesn’t want to drive  — or treat their pet as cargo. This innovative airline, which debuted in 2009, is also a godsend for shelters. A plane that holds 50 dogs and cats in the main cabin can get animals to locations where they are more likely to get adopted without subjecting them to the trauma of traveling in the hold.

The Pet Airways Way of Flying

In some respects, Pet Airways is like standard commercial carriers. It has its own passenger lounges, aircraft tailored to its flights, and a select group of hub cities.  But when the bulk of those on board are nonhuman, you figure certain adjustments will need to be made.

And they have been. Continue reading

Pet Travel in an RV: Business & Lifestyle

The Go Pet Friendly RV

Rod and Amy Burkert didn’t intend to start a pet travel business together, and they definitely didn’t intend to conduct it from an RV. But when they discovered how tough it was to find places to stay with their two dogs, one a German shepherd mix, they decided to share the information with others who faced similar challenges. And GoPetFriendly.com was born.

Pet Travel. Made Easy

It was an idea whose time had come. According to recent PetRelocation.com survey, some 60% of owners traveled with their pets in 2010, and 78% of them chose hotels for their pet-friendly policies. In addition to information about lodgings, the Burkerts also include dog parks, beaches, attractions, and restaurants in their data base.

That ever-growing pet travel data base is the backbone of their website, but the heart of their business is their blog, Take Paws, promoting such causes as taking responsiblity for picking up after your pet and ensuring your pet’s safety in a car.  Opinions about such issues as what makes a destination genuinely pet friendly, as well as input from readers who follow their journey, make the site a kind of Trip Advisor for the furry.

RVs Aren’t Just for Retirees

The Burkerts’ decision to travel with their dogs full-time led them to sell their homes and buy an RV, surprising many who associate this mode of transportation with retirement — including themselves. To learn how this active pair came to go against the stereotype, read Rod Burkert’s post, RVs: A Great Way to Travel with Pets.

Pet Travel — Business and Lifestyle

The Burkerts worked at home together in their previous occupations — they call themselves “recovering accountants” — but that’s different from having free-form days to fill, with the shifting circumstances of pet travel constantly posing new challenges. In this interview, they reveal how they managed to adapt, from figuring out how to collect their mail to working out a system wherein they state — and rate — their activity preferences. “I don’t care” is not an option. It’s a fascinating model for all types of relationships, with or without pets.

The Podcast

Interview with Mary-Alice Pomputius of Dog Jaunt

Mary-Alice Pomputius and Chloe

When Mary-Alice Pomputius first began taking trips with Chloe, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, there was very little information available on the nitty gritty details of pet travel, just vague generalities like “You need to buy a carrier.”

Well, yes, but what kind?

Mary-Alice’s need to get answers to her many questions — and ours — led her to create DogJaunt.com, which never stints on details.

This interview with the always good-natured and engaging traveler covers everything from the inspiration for Mary-Alice’s blog to such pressing issues as whether Chloe can be trained to pee on a pad in airport bathrooms between flights.

You know you want to know.

We’ll be following up on the interview with other questions, such as “What are the most helpful commands to train your dog to follow before going on a trip?” and “How do you keep your dog’s digestive system on track when she’s on the road?”

You probably have your own questions. Join us in our chat on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:00PM EST to ask Mary-Alice.