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.

Portable Pet Play Pen

Traveling with your pets over the holidays and need a pet-safe area to let them play?  The Oxgord Portable Pop-Up Pet Play Pen (say that 5 times fast after a bit of holiday cheer!) might be your answer.

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Your pets can run around and have fun in a safe and contained environment, while you can keep an eye on them through the mesh screens on the sides and top of the playpen.  The fabric pet play pen features a removable bottom and pad, removable mesh top, eight mesh windows, two zippered side doors, and storage compartments for pet toys and supplies. The waterproof material makes cleaning up after your pet easy.

The Oxgord Portable Play Pen is easy to set up and take down, and you can take it on all your trips in the included travel tote.  The play pen is 45″ in diameter and 24″ high and comes in four colors.  Available at HappyTailsPetShop,,, and Amazon for $30-$39.

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PetravelR™ thinks a portable play pen might come in handy if you and your pet get stuck in an airport with a delayed or cancelled flight.  Just pop it open and give your dog or cat some time outside of that cramped carrier while you camp out in the terminal.

Motel 6 is Pet Friendly!

Need budget-minded lodging that is pet friendly during your holiday travels?  Motel 6 might be just what you’re looking for.

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The Motel 6 chain permits all well-behaved pets, “unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law.” (Some state and local municipalities forbid any pets other than service animals, so check ahead for restrictions.)

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There is a limit of two (2) pets per room. Pets stay for free with no additional daily charge or cleaning fee at Motel 6 properties (with the exception of Studio 6 extended-stay locations that have a $10.00 per day pet fee to a maximum of $50.00 per stay).

To ensure a great trip with your furry friend, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Animals that assist the disabled, known as “Service Animals,” are always welcome. Like pets, however, any Service Animal that poses a health or safety risk may not remain onsite.
  • All pets and Service Animals must be declared at check-in. This is very important because it provides the staff with key information about the occupants of each room.
  • Please be considerate of other guests when walking pets on the property and clean up after your pet.
  • In consideration of all guests, pets must be on a leash and attended to when outside a guestroom.
  • Pets should not be left alone in a room or automobile.
  • Due to safety concerns for employees and your pet, Motel 6 will not service a room with an unattended pet. All rooms at Motel 6 should be serviced every day to maintain health and cleanliness standards. With extended stays at Studio 6, rooms should be serviced twice per week. If unavoidable circumstances require a pet to remain unattended in a room while the owner is offsite, the pet must either be secured in a crate or travel carrier or you must notify the front desk that your pet is roaming freely in the room and what timeframe housekeeping is permitted to enter the room when the pet will not be present or when the pet is secured.

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PetravelR™ wishes you safe and happy travels!

Reducing the Stress of Holiday Travel for Your Pet

The holidays can be stressful.  Traveling can be stressful.  So PetravelR™ wants to remind you that holiday travel can really stress out your pet.

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Here are some helpful tips from petMD for traveling with your pet this holiday season (or anytime, for that matter) -

Leaving the familiarity of home can provoke anxiety in people and animals. If you are traveling by car, be sure to bring along some of your pet’s favorite toys, a blanket or pillow bed, and his regular food. If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, bring it along so he can sleep in his familiar space.

We advise keeping pets in a travel safe crate so that the animal is not able to move freely though the car. This covers a few bases. Keeping animals in travel crates prevents them from getting underfoot or on your lap while you are driving — an obvious hazard — it prevents them from being thrown from the car should an accident occur, and it prevents them from getting free/running away during rest stops or after minor accidents have occurred. We can tell you that these unhappy events do occur and are reported in the news frequently enough to make them worth noting. If you cannot fit a crate into your car, you can use a pet approved safety belt/harness to keep your pet in her seat, where she belongs.

On that note, make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times, and pack an emergency first aid kit for pets in case of an emergency. And don’t forget to take frequent breaks to allow for rest and relief.


Read the full petMD article Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress – for You and Your Pet for more tips on helping your pet cope with the holidays.


Manhattan’s Affinia Hotel is Pet-Friendly!

If you’re heading to New York City for some shopping or to take in the amazing Radio City holiday show, the Affinia Hotel in midtown Manhattan is pet-friendly!

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Affinia’s VIPaws pet program will welcome your guest of honor with treats, a walk and plenty of pampering, so your four-legged traveling companion will be as comfortable as you are.  Their curated VIPaws program pet-friendly hotel program is designed to accommodate your pet’s every need. You’ll get necessities to keep him or her comfortable and content, plus everything you need to go exploring. The program also includes a $10 donation to the Humane Society.

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Add VIPaws to your stay for $50 and pamper your pet with:

  • Food and water bowls
  • An oversized pet bed from the New York shop Jax & Bones
  • A choice between three Jax & Bones rope toys of various strengths for your dog, or a toy for your cat
  • Dog stairs (if you need them)
  • A door hanger to let hotel staff know when your pet is in the room
  • Discounts on neighborhood pet products and services
  • Plus supplies for dog walks made easy – Treats; convenient waste bag dispensers for leashes; City Walks walking maps with dog-friendly destinations

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The Affinia Hotel is located at 371 7th Avenue, across from Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden, near Chelsea and just steps away from Times Square and Fifth Avenue shopping.

PetravelR™ wishes you a wonderful holiday and safe travels!

La Quinta Inns are Pet Friendly!

If you plan to hit the road with your pets this holiday season, keep in mind that all La Quinta Inns & Suites are pet-friendly.

la-quinta-logoPetravelR™ knows that it’s not always easily to find nice comfortable lodging for the night that will also welcome your furry family members.  So we were happy to learn that La Quinta not only allows pets, but they don’t tack on additional room fees or pet deposits to your room charges!

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Here is La Quinta’s current pet policy:

• We love all kinds of animals, but only domestic pets, like cats and dogs, are allowed to stay at La Quinta.
• While our rooms are spacious, no more than two (2) domestic pets are allowed per room.
• When you check in, let the front desk staff know you’ll have a pet in your room. You’ll need to sign a Pet Policy Agreement, and then you and your pet can make yourselves at home.
• Be sure to keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier if they’re outside your room.
• Pets (s) shall remain within your control at all times, either on a leash or in a carrier. Pets may remain alone in a guestroom so long as the pet is well-behaved. However, if your pet is disturbing other guests/staff or causing damage, then it cannot be left alone and must remain in your control.
• With the exception of authorized service animals, pets are not allowed in the breakfast area, the fitness center and the laundry room or at the pool.
• Please contact Housekeeping to make arrangements for room cleaning. Because we can’t clean your room while you and your pets are present, we suggest you schedule a time during the hotel’s normal cleaning schedule for us to clean while you are out and about. (Maybe this is a good time to think about a walk?)
• In consideration for other guests, please clean up after your pets, and keep them within your control at all times. If your cat is staying with you, you’ll need to provide a litter box.
• We count on you to prevent your pet from making excessive noise, being disruptive or aggressive to other guests. If your pet is deemed dangerous, harmful or disruptive, hotel management has sole discretion to require you to find other accommodations. The hotel also reserves the right to contact animal control to have a pet removed.
• If your room requires excessive cleaning, or if damages are incurred as a result of your pet’s actions, the hotel may charge for additional services and repairs.

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PetravelR™ notes that the policy doesn’t limit the pets permitted to dogs and cats, it simply says “only domestic pets, like cats and dogs, are allowed,” so we’re thinking you can probably bring your pair of house rabbits or guinea pigs, but not your pygmy goats.  Always best to check with the company or particular location in advance, of course.

Wishing you safe and happy travels!

Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Whether your dog will be traveling with you this Thanksgiving or you are all spending the holiday at home together, here are some Thanksgiving treats to make your dog’s day special, too.



Set of 12 Turkey Dog Treats.  These peanut butter cinnamon turkey dog treats will be what your dog needs to eat on Thanksgiving day!  (They don’t actually contain any turkey – they’re just decorated to look like little turkeys.) Made with organic oat flour, organic brown rice flour, all natural peanut butter, cage-free eggs, wildflower honey and organic cinnamon, and topped with yogurt coating, carob and vegetable coloring.



Peas & Carrots Dog Treats are the perfect “side dish” for your dog’s “turkey” treats. These totally organic, non-GMO dog treats are  packed with flavor and nutritious content that will not only satisfy your dog’s taste buds, but will provide them with a healthy, grain free reward. No corn, wheat or soy. Made in the USA with sustainably sourced USA sourced ingredients.

wetnose_PUMPKINAnd for dessert, Organic Pumpkin Treats!  These treats are perfect to spoil your pup while training or just because you love them ! Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene, fiber, and several other beneficial antioxidants. Pumpkin is high in various minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper and iron and are high in essential fatty acids (no trans fats, either!)

Treats available at  And if your dog likes to dress up for the holidays, they sell Thanksgiving doggie attire, too!

Amazing Prosthetics for Pets

Today’s PetravelR™ tip is about making life better for your disabled pet.  Many pets require extra assistance due to congenital disabilities, injury, or age-related disease.

You’re probably familiar with stairs and ramps that make it easier for pets to climb onto furniture or into a vehicle.  But there are also various types of specialized equipment for pets with missing limbs, so-called “tripod” animals, or those who have lost the use of one or more legs.

There are also special harnesses to help owners move around heavier three-legged dogs, such as the Get A Grip Harness from Animal Suspension Technology.

Get A Grip Harness by Animal Suspension Technologies

Get A Grip Harness by Animal Suspension Technologies

Get A Grip Harness photos courtesy of Tripawds Gear

Get A Grip Harness photos courtesy of Tripawds Gear

But we were really amazed to learn about work being done at North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in the field of osseointegrated prosthetics — artificial limbs that are actually fused to the bone.  Perhaps even more amazing, this article appeared in Science Daily over seven years ago!

Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, associate professor of orthopedics, and Dr. Ola Harrysson, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering are leaders in osseointegration, a process that fuses a prosthetic limb with an animal’s own bones.  Cassidy, a male German Shepherd mix, was born with a defective right hind leg that was surgically removed at NC State in 2005, and three years later he received an an osseointegrated prosthetic to replace his lost limb.  Marcellin-Little and Harrysson began their work on osseointegrated pet prosthetics in 2005 with a cat named George Bailey, who was born without the lower half of his hind legs. Harrysson designed and built the limb in collaboration with his students and Marcellin-Little, who performed the surgery. The procedure involved inserting a titanium nail into one of the legs and securing it with screws.  Since George Bailey’s surgery, the doctors have continued to improve and strengthen their design.

Photo courtesy of Sentient Developments

Photo courtesy of Sentient Developments

By the way, if the story of Cassidy’s high-tech prosthetic limb sounds vaguely familiar to you, it might be because of another German Shepherd, Max the bionic dog, who appeared in the series “The Bionic Woman” (a spin-off from “The Six Million Dollar Man’).  Life imitates art!

Travel Mug for Dogs!

Here’s something new from the inventors of the original travel mug – the Highwave Auto Dog Mug.

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PetravelR™ thinks it’s a pretty clever design (although we haven’t actually tried one out for ourselves).  You simply squeeze the bottle with one hand to fill the bowl with water while your dog drinks.  When he’s done, release your grip and the remaining water drains back into the bottle.

Highwave dog mug

The Highwave Auto Dog Mug is made in the USA of food-safe, BPA-free plastic.  It holds 18 ounces and has a non-spill top.  Fits in your car’s cup holder and also includes a strap to attach to your bike or backpack.

Available direct from Highwave Fluid Design for $20, plus shipping. Also available from In the Company of Dogs for $24.95, plus shipping.



Portable Cat Window Shelf

Here’s a nice idea for your cat – a window shelf, where your fav feline can watch the world go by and day dream . . . or just snooze in the sun.

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PetravelR™ likes the Walter Drake Pet Window Shelf because it’s removable and easily packed.  So your kitty travel companion can enjoy the view at your travel destination, whether it’s a hotel room in Chicago, a B&B in Seattle, or your sister’s living room in Tallahassee.

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The Pet Window Shelf installs in seconds to any glass window or door using heavy-duty suction cups. Durable plastic frame with machine-washable polyester cover supports up to 50 lbs. Window shelf is ideal for multi-cat households. Easy assembly. 22″ L x 12″ W.

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Available directly from Walter Drake for about $8 (on sale), plus shipping. Also available for about $10 – $11, plus shipping at Cat Supplies Express, Amazon, and Miles Kimball.