Pins for Paws in Fredonia, NY

Do you like to bowl? On January 16, 2016, Lucky Lanes, Bennett Road, Fredonia, New York, is having a fundraiser for the Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS).


Pins for Paws takes place Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A ticket for two games of bowling and your bowling shoes is only $10!  PetravelR™ thinks that’s a sweet deal for a fun evening and a chance to help homeless animals.  There will be several drawings for baskets that you can win, and also a 50/50. You may purchase a ticket at the LHS Adoption Center, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY.

Lakeshore Humane Society

Lakeshore Humane Society is a No-Kill animal shelter located in Dunkirk, New York.  LHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of animals and to the prevention of animal abuse in northern Chautauqua County of Western New York.

KItty Castle

If your cat isn’t already spoiled enough, then the Trixie Pet Products My Kitty Darling Castle may be the perfect addition to your kitty’s kingdom. This beige and lilac plush-covered castle features a cozy condo, elevated platform with a removable bed, and sisal-wrapped scratching post.  PetravelR™ knows that all cats consider themselves to be royalty, so why not a castle shaped kitty condo?

The castle is suitable for cats of all ages and activity levels.  The posts are wrapped in natural sisal to satisfy your cat’s natural urge to scratch. A foil in the tower and a dangling toy helps keep your cats engaged and entertained. The top platform even has a removable ring-shaped bed and play blanket that can be used separately. The bed has a reversible cushion for added comfort (machine wash gentle).  If a nap or place to hide is in order, your little princess can crawl inside the condo base which is covered with plush inside and out.

My Kitty Darling Castle

Features: Condo connects to tower, made of manufactured wood covered in soft plush
Includes: two removable/reversible cushion inserts, rustling foil in tower, dangling pom-pom toys, scratching posts wrapped in natural sisal, and removable ring-shaped bed that can be used separately
Exterior Dimensions: 14.75″L x 27.5″W x 35.25″H (38 x 70 x 90 cm)
Weight: 33 lbs

Prices for the My Kitty Darling Castle range from about $90 to $150 at Bed Bath and BeyondWayfair, Hayneedle,, and other retailers.


Pet Safe Ice Melt

Did you know that many of the products used to melt ice on sidewalks and steps can be harmful to pets, as well as small children and the environment?

Many de-icers are made with harmful salts. Rock salt and other salt-based ice melters contain sodium chloride or potassium chloride which can heat up to 175 degrees when exposed to water, ice, and low temperatures. Exposure to these salt-based ice melters can can be especially dangerous to dogs. The salts get frozen into the dogs paws and fur. When they are inside with higher temperatures, these salts can burn the skin causing ulcers and redness to tissue which can lead to bacterial infections. Dogs can also develop intestinal problems and inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) from licking the salt-based products off their paws.

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PetravelR™ recommends using a salt-free ice melter, such as Safe Paw.  According to the manufacturer, Safe Paw benefits include:

  • Guaranteed safe for pets and children
  • Environmentally safe
  • Won’t harm decking of any kind
  • Safe on asphalt, concrete, and pavers
  • Safe on plants and shrubs
  • Proprietary traction agent (helps prevent
  • slips and falls)
  • Won’t stain or destroy flooring

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Available at many retailers, including Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Also available online at PetSolutions, HealthyPets, EntirelyPets, and Amazon.

AWS Maine Adoptables!

PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is spotlighting the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine and we’d like to introduce you to some of their shelter animals who need loving forever homes!




Shelby is a 2-year-0ld female Pit Bull Mix.  This lovely girl weighs about 50 pounds and is good with children and other active dogs.

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Teddy is a male short hair cat, 12 years young.  He’s a timid, yet darling senior kitty who might be the perfect pet for you!

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This adorable pair of bonded bunnies is waiting for a forever home. Bun Bun is a 1 1/2-year-old male and Wicket is a 1-year old female.  These two darling critters are looking for a home together.

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Penny is a gorgeous 6-year-old female long hair kitty.  This fluffy darling would love to come home with you!







Boog is a 1-year-old male beagle.  He is a bubbly and sweet little man ready to sniff and explore all day long! This gentle guy enjoys burying his bones in his blankets and snuggle sessions with staff. Good with dogs and gentle children.  Come meet Boog today!








Fig is a 5-month-old male rabbit. This handsome guy needs a loving indoor home where he will get lots of attention and proper care!



PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

Dog-Friendly Stowe Mountain Lodge

If you’re heading to Vermont for a ski vacation with your canine companion, Stowe Mountain Lodge is one of the area hotels that welcomes dogs.  Set amid the natural beauty of New England, the luxury resort has 300 rooms and suites.



  • Dog‐friendly rooms are in the main hotel and exclude the Front Four accommodations and Mountain Cabins.
  • The maximum weight allowed is a total of 100 pounds.
  • Dogs may not be left alone in the guest room at any time.
  • All dogs must be on a leash at all times while on the hotel premises. Dogs are not permitted in the hotel restaurants, near the pool or pool deck, or in other public areas with the exception of arriving and departing through the main or upper lobbies.
  • A $125 non‐refundable fee is charged for all “Dog Guests.”


Before making a reservation, PetravelR™ recommends that you review the hotel’s complete pet policy.

NYC Architects for Animals

The Fifth Annual Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter, an evening to benefit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, will be held on Thursday January 14, 2016, 6:00–8:00 pm, at the Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019.


For the estimated tens of thousands of cats who live in backyards, vacant lots, alleys, and numerous other outdoor locations throughout New York City, wintertime is especially difficult. Many of these cats are cared for by dedicated caretakers who feed them daily, monitor their health, and go to great lengths to have them spayed or neutered through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR has proved to be the only truly humane and effective way to manage feral cat colonies and reduce their numbers over time.


For the past five years, some of New York’s most prestigious architectural designers, through an inventive project called Architects for Animals, have been helping the city’s kitties by creating imaginative winter shelters to provide them with a refuge from the cold. A new collection of unique, inspired Architects for Animals winter shelters will be presented for public viewing before they are donated to Certified TNR Caretakers and placed in locations throughout the city. Among the architectural firms participating in this year’s exhibition are Biber Architects, CallisonRTKL, deSoto studio Architects, Docomomo US, HLW International, Narofsky Architecture, and Spacesmith.

NYC Animals 2016

Admission is a $25 donation ($10 for Certified TNR Caretakers) and includes the exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. You may RSVP in advance online through January 12, and a limited number of tickets also will be available at the door. No paper tickets will be issued; your name will be on the list at the door.

PetravelR™ encourages animals lovers in NYC to support this event!

Play Fetch in the Snow!

Those tennis balls not working so well in the snow?  If you’re looking for a good “go fetch” toy for your dog this winter, try the Zisc Flying Disc made by West Paw Design.

According to the manufacturer, these dog toys made from Zogoflex® material are tough and durable. But they aren’t rigid, so they are gentle on your dog’s teeth. The Zisc Flying Disc also floats, so it won’t sink right into the snow.

The Zisc® is eco-friendly, recyclable and made in the USA. It comes in two sizes and three colors, plus a new glow in the dark version. Just put Zisc Glow in a window or under a bright light for five minutes and you’re good to glow.  About $11 for the small Zisc and $15 for the large size; the Zisc Glow runs a couple of dollars more. Buy them at WestPawDesign and many online retailers, including,, OnlyNaturalPet and northwest


PetravelR™ loves a good romp in the snow!


Can Your Dog Catch Your Cold?

If you’re sniffling and coughing your way through a winter cold and are worried that your dog might catch it, you have nothing to worry about according to petMD.

The common cold is not communicable between species, and dogs suffer from a different type of cold that the kind that afflicts humans, so your dog can’t catch a cold from you – or vice versa.  But while there are differences in the types of viruses that infect humans versus dogs, the symptoms are basically the same:  sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, andwatery eyes.

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If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, but is in otherwise good health, petMD recommends that you treat the condition as you would a simple human cold — with lots of liquids, healthy foods, warmth, and maybe even some time in a warm and humid room. This can be done by placing a humidifier near his rest area or by filling the bathtub with steaming water and letting the dog hang out in the bathroom for a bit (not in the water), just to let the steam loosen up his sinuses and lungs. But if your dog’s condition doesn’t begin to improve in a few days, or if your dog is very young, very old, or suffers from other health issues, a visit to your veterinarian is in order.

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Read the full article on petMD here.

PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets good health! Gesundheit!

Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, ME on Adopt a Friend!

This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is featuring the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Maine!

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The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) is an open-admission No Kill shelter serving York County, Maine.  AWS operates an animal shelter and adoption center in West Kennebunk and offers life saving community programs including Pets and Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes, Paws Across America, Humane Education, Behavior and Training classes and the Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic.  AWS is home to the Cleo Fund providing spay/neuter assistance to individuals and feral cat colony advocates statewide, and serves as the animal control impound facility for 21 municipalities in York County.

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Learn more about the Animal Welfare Society and how you can support their great work by adopting, volunteering, or making a tax-deductible donation at Adopt a Friend.

Pet-Friendly Aspen Ski Resort

If you’re heading to Aspen for some skiing or snowboarding this winter, The Little Nell is a luxury resort that welcomes pets.

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A 5 Star and 5 Diamond hotel, The Little Nell has 52 guest rooms, 26 premium guest rooms, 8 suites and 6 signature suites.  Contemporary works of art offset her “Aspen Modern” plush, textured fabrics and palettes of cream, blue and chocolate.  All accommodations feature a unique floor plan and gas log fireplaces, and most have private balconies.

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The Little Nell promises to pamper your four legged friend with luxury pet amenities. They’ll eat epicurean treats and enjoy selections from a special pet menu.  They’ll walk them, sit them and guide you to pet friendly trails. The hotel also supplies bowls and beds, and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them get used to the altitude in Aspen. Pets require an initial $125 cleaning fee, plus $25 per each night that they will be staying at the hotel.


PetravelR™ hopes you have a good time on the slopes!