WI Pet-Friendly Lakeshore Getaway

Looking for a relaxing, pet-friendly vacation this summer?  Edgewater Resort in Door County, Wisconsin is located along a private shoreline on Lake Michigan’s Eagle Harbor.  Situated in the village of Ephraim, guests can walk to the historic buildings, galleries & restaurants of this charming community.


What’s more, Edgewater offers four pet-friendly cottages nestled behind the main resort.  Choose a 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or studio cottage with all the comforts of home, including queen beds, sofa sleepers, and a view of the courtyard.

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Edgewater Resort 3Cottage guests enjoy full use of resort amenities, such as an outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, sauna and free wifi.

A minimum 14-day advance reservation is required.  Visit the Edgewater Resort’s website for additional details and to check availability and rates.

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We’re ready to pack our bags here at PetravelR™! 

Cleveland’s Art Fur Animals!

It’s not too late to make plans to attend the 11th Annual Art Fur Animals fundraiser for the homeless animals of Cleveland on Saturday May 30th.


Sponsored by Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, this annual event featuring live and silent auctions benefits animals in need at the Cleveland Kennel. Guests will enjoy light appetizers, craft beer and wine and two complimentary drink tickets – with celebrity bartenders – and music by DJ Funk Schway.  Online advance sales are closed, but tickets are available at the door for $40.  You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $100, that includes early entry and auction preview at 6:00 pm, and exclusive VIP lounge, free bar service all night, a souvenir glass, and entry in the VIP drawing to win a a limited edition customized AFA ceramic dog.

Where: Red Space, 2400 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 – 10:00 pm. VIP admission at 6:00 pm.

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Looking for a piece to add to your art collection?  Then plan on attending Art Fur Animals to support a great cause and bid on some amazing items – take a peek at some of the incredible art that will be available!  All proceeds benefit Cleveland’s animals in need!

If you’ll be in Cleveland, PetravelR™ doesn’t want you to miss this exciting and fun event!


Feline Formals?

Does your cat have a special event coming up? Or perhaps he just wants to impress his favorite female feline friend.  Now your kitty can go anywhere in style with his or her very own cat bow tie!

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Yes, these accessories come in a variety of colors and patterns for the discerning feline, including some lovely pink ones for your little kitty girl.

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And of course, there are those special holiday bow ties – so be sure to plan ahead for Christmas or St Patty’s Day!


PetravelR™ thinks they’re purr-fectly adorable.  Available from Sweet Pickles’ Designs for $6 each.  They also sell cat collars and kitty corsages.

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Spring is in the Air = Canine Hay Fever

You know it’s spring when the flowers bloom . . . and the air fills with enough pollen to make your eyes water and your nose run. But did you know that your pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?

According to Vetinfo, an estimated 10 percent of pet dogs in the United States suffer from some form of hay fever, which is most likely to begin between 1 and 3 years of age. What’s more, certain breeds are more prone to developing hay fever that other breeds or our beloved mutts (or, as mom used to call them, Heinz 57 dogs).  Boston terriers, Cairn terriers, Dalmatians, Irish setters, poodles, schnauzers, Scottish terriers, West Highland terriers and wire-haired terriers all have a higher incidence of hay fever and spring allergies.

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Canine hay fever symptoms can be similar to those exhibited by humans.  However, dogs also have their own unique symptoms, including severe skin irritation manifested by itching all over their bodies and a rash on the face and feet. The primary symptoms to watch for in your dog are weeping or inflamed/red eyes, the licking of paws, excessive scratching or self-biting, and a tendency to shake his or her head, or rub it against objects or people. (Of course, these symptoms could also be the result of other medical conditions, so it’s always best to consult your veterinarian if your dog exhibits any of these behaviors.)

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If your dog does suffer from hay fever, there are several steps you can take to  alleviate his/her suffering:

  • Keep your dog well-groomed and trim long hair during allergy season
  • Wipe paws and face with pet wipes or baby wipes after each trip outside
  • Bath your dog frequently in cool water
  • Use oatmeal baths or dog-safe skin soothing treatments on irritated skin
  • Soak your dog’s feet in an Epsom salt bath to relieve itchy skin (but be sure to rinse his feet completely afterwards, because licking residual Epson salt off his paws can cause diarrhea)
  • Don’t let your dog roll around in the grass or flowerbeds, which are ideal places to pick up pollen
  • On high pollen days, keep your dog indoors if possible
  • Thoroughly wash all dog bedding weekly to avoid a build up of pollen

If none of these remedies work, consult your veterinarian. Your dog may require prescription topical or oral medications or allergy shots.

PetravelR™ wishes you a low pollen count day!

Sources: Vetinfo and Met Office UK

American Tortoise Rescue on Adopt a Friend!

PetravelR™ is featuring American Tortoise Rescue on Adopt a Friend because we celebrated World Turtle Day this month.

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American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is certified by state and federal agencies as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1990 to provide for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. They offer permanent sanctuary to abandoned and lost tortoises, as well as those that are confiscated from law enforcement and require temporary housing. Foundlings that cannot be adopted because of ill health remain in the care of American Tortoise Rescue for the remainder of their lives. ATR has saved more than 3000 turtles and tortoises since its inception.

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American Tortoise Rescue no longer does adoptions, but you can obtain information about adopting a turtle or tortoise on their Facebook page.

You can read about the important work that American Tortoise Rescue is doing to protect turtles and tortoises and what you can do to support them – and learn some fascinating stuff about turtles and tortoises – on Adopt a Friend.


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 members.

World Turtle Day!

Saturday May 23, 2015 is World Turtle Day!

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World Turtle Day was started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescuea 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to the protection of turtles and tortoises throughout the world.   Founded in 1990 to provide for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, American Tortoise Rescue offers permanent sanctuary to abandoned and lost tortoises.

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Fast and the Furry!

It’s not too late to register for the 4th annual Fast and the Furry, one of the Twin Cities’ premier outdoor pet-friendly events!   

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The May 30th event at Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota is still a week away, but it is getting close to being sold out!  Unless limits are reached sooner, registration for the 8K Run and 5K Run events is set to close at 11:59 pm, May 25th.  5K Walk registration will be open through 11:59pm on Thursday, May 28th. There will be NO run/walk registrations taken on Saturday at the event.  

Runners, walkers and their pups participate in a 5K run/walk or an 8K run. Both distances are open to participating with your canine companion!


These year’s event will benefit three animal charities:

  • A Rotta Love Plus – ARLP is a comprehensive and proactive all-volunteer advocacy organization that uses a “nose-to-tail” approach to address the issues faced by Rottweilers and pit bulls. ARLP’s strategies include public outreach and awareness to repair the reputation of its breeds, community enrichment and education via its therapy dog program, spay/neuter initiatives, owner education and training, and foster-based dog rescue and rehoming.
  • The Pet Project - The Pet Project helps to keep pets and their caregivers together by providing pet food and pet supplies to food shelves. They offer quarterly low-cost vaccination clinics and provide information about other programs that provide reduced-cost veterinary care.
  • Twin Cities Pet Rescue - Twin Cities Pet Rescue is a small, foster home based organization; rescuing dogs, cats, and small animals of all breeds that were once homeless, unwanted, forgotten, neglected or abused. They give them the love and care they need and help them find a home.

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Last year’s Fast and the Furry event raised $19,000 for animal charities, and this year event organizers have set a goal of $25,000!  There will be prizes for the top fundraisers for each charity and the top overall fundraiser!

PetravelR™ wants you to know that if each participant raised just $50, that would raise a total of $22,500 for the animals, AND every participant would earn a race t-shirt, pair of FITSOK socks and a super cool, lightweight Fast and the Furry hoodie!  Hoodies will be unisex fit and give you a stylish reminder that you made a difference for your chosen animal charity.

Fast and Furry trophyPre-race packet pickup at Mill City Running on Thursday, May 28th, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, 411 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis.  If you registered with a dog, be one of the first 200 to pick up your race packet and receive an Earth Rated Waste Bag container and roll of bags!

More than just an athletic event, Fast and the Furry will showcase many festivities for the entire family, including a free pet expo!  So if you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss it!


Doggie Disguise?

Is your dog so well known that he needs to travel incognito, just to avoid the (ouch) puparazzi? Then PetravelR™ suggests the Humunga Stache.


The Humunga Stache is actually a giant mustache on one side and a black rubber chew ball on the other. Ridiculous?  Of course! But for $15 you and your dog can afford to be a little silly. Comes in large, small, and mini – which we think is based on the size of your dog, not his stache preference.

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Available direct from Moody Pet and at numerous online retailers, including metropolis, entirelypets, doggiedaysboutique, wag.com, healthy pets, and valuepetsupplies.


Monitor Your Pet’s Daily Activity!

When we travel, we often get out of our normal routine and may not get our regular exercise.  The same is true for our pets.  But now you can keep track of your pet’s daily activity level with the Whistle Activity Monitor, whether at home or on the road (with or without your pet, because you can monitor his/her activity long distance). PetravelR™ admits to loving cool gadgets, and this one is really neat – sort of a canine Fitbit!

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The Whistle Activity Monitor and connected app keep you close to your best friend by helping you create healthy habits, track progress, and stay in touch when you have to be apart.  With the Whistle Activity Monitor, you can -

  • Set a custom goal: Set a daily activity goal customized to your dog’s age, breed, and weight;
  • Track progress: Learn when your dog is most active and the type and quality of exercise they’re getting;
  • Stay connected: Whether you’re at work, on vacation, or out for the day, use Whistle to see what your dog is up to and who they’re with;
  • Compare to similar dogs: Compare your dog’s daily activity and rest with similar pups to see if they’re on the right track.

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The Whistle app is a central communication hub for you and everyone who cares for your dog. Think of the Whistle Community as your local dog park in your pocket. You can post photos and notes on the Community Board, and share moments, tips, and advice with a network of fellow dog owners.

Whistle Activity Monitor-phoneYou can also use the device to track your dog’s medication and health -

  • Track medication: Never miss a dose by tracking when your dog takes a medication. Set reminders for ongoing treatments and vaccinations.
  • Log food: Keep track of your pet’s nutrition through daily food logging to avoid over and underfeeding.
  • Monitor health trends: Track your dog’s long-term health trends to detect even subtle changes. Get notifications for noteable changes that might require some extra attention.

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The device has wireless data syncing via bluetooth and wifi and is compatible with Apple and Android devices.  The 7+ day rechargeable battery lets you capture over a week’s worth of memories on a single charge.

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The Whistle Activity Monitor has an adjustable strap and fits dogs over 10 pounds.  Compatible with all collars.  Shockproof, ruggedized, and waterproof, so your pup can swim, take a bath, or romp in the rain without worry.

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Available at whistle.com for $99, including free two-day shipping.


Pennsylvania SPCA Adoptables!

PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is featuring the Pennsylvania SPCA, and we’d like you to meet some of their great shelter animals who need forever homes!

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The Pennsylvania SPCA has hundreds of pets waiting for loving, forever homes.  One of them just might be your new best friend.  Learn about the PSPCA’s adoption policies , then visit one of the the PSPCA’s adoption centers and speak with an adoptions counselor to find the right match for you!





Queenie is a sweet, social, polite 5-year-old female pit bull terrier mix. She is the biggest cuddle bug perfect for a one-dog household with older teens. Queenie is always willing to play and would benefit from some training classes to help her with leash manners and impulse control. Come see her today at the PSPCA!






Bubbles is a 6-year-old male domestic medium hair mix with soft, thick fur.  He has a warm personality and is as sweet as a bowl of orange sherbet!  He can keep your lap warm or chase a toy. Bubbles is sweet, pleasant and well behaved, but he likes to play and is definitely not boring!






Velvet is a sweet, all black 9-year-old female domestic shorthair mix. As an older girl, she is very nervous in the shelter and can be a little wary of people. But don’t let that fool you, Velvet is a very sweet girl who just needs time and patience to warm up to her new home.






The first thing that people notice about Baldwin is his super happy puppy face!  He is a very bouncy, happy 3-year-old hound mix who loves toys and romping around outside.  After playing, he calms easily and enjoys a nice nap. Baldwin really loves and appreciates attention and affection from his human friends, and he will always greet you with his happy face!




Suis is a two-and-a-half-year-old male purebred ferret.  He is a cute little guy, and very curious – see him checking out everyone who walks by his cage!  Suis would love to come home with you and be your special friend!






Say hello to Victor!  He’s a handsome 5-year-old male domestic medium hair mix looking for a calm home. Victor is a quite boy who can get nervous with a lot of commotion and is just looking for someone who is willing to take their time with him!  Come on down to the SPCA to see if he is the one for you!




Naveen is a really sweet 8-year-old terrier/pit bull mix who is just a total people-lover — and no one understands why she has been at the shelter so many months!  She goes to the PSPCA Buddy Class and does super well. Okay, she really likes the chicken and hot dog treats but she does well even without those. Naveen has had many meets with other dogs, and she does just awesome and would be a great match with just about anyone. She’s not a kitty lover and needs to be in a home with no cats, please. She walks really well on leash and she is excited by any attention, so come on down and meet this great gal!


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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!