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.


Take the Plunge for Homeless Pets!

Looking for a something special to kick off 2016?  PetravelR™ recommends the 19th Annual Penguin Plunge benefitting Pennsylvania’s Humane Society of the Harrisonburg Area (HSHA). 

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Please come to participate or support HSHA as they “take the plunge” for homeless animals on New Year’s Day!  This annual fundraiser has become a central Pennsylvania tradition for both HSHA and the City of Harrisburg. During the event, more than 300 HSHA supporters “take the plunge” into the icy waters of the Susquehanna River, as hundreds more watch from the shore.

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There’s still time to register! At the animals’ request, each participant is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $40. Those that raise over $75 will receive an event towel. For teams to receive towels, each member must raise at least $75.


When:  Friday, January 1, 2016 – Event registration begins at 10:00 am, Plunge goes off at noon
Where: City Island, Beach Area, Harrisburg, PA

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PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets a happy and healthy New Year!


Keep Your Pet Safe on New Year’s Eve!

It’s New Year’s Eve, and as you prepare to celebrate another year shot to hell (only kidding – celebrate the incoming year filled with hope and promise!), PetravelR™ wants to remind you of these important tips to keep your pet safe -

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Be Prepared – Plan ahead to keep your pet safe, secure, and comfortable:

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet because any change can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea,
  • Lavish some extra attention on your pets before the festivities begin,
  • Give them plenty of exercise during the day, so that they will be less agitated and sleep more restfully,
  • Create a comfortable, quiet refuge for your pet with his/her favorite toys, and with doors, windows and blinds closed,
  • Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your pet has a history of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds,
  • If you will be out New Years Eve, consider having a neighbor keep a close watch on your pet during the New Year activities.


Fireworks – Exposure to fireworks can can severe burns and trauma to pets (as well as people), and exploding fireworks frighten many animals:

  • Keep your pets aware from all fireworks, even unexploded ones, because they often contain toxic substances,
  • If you are going out to watch fireworks, be sure to leave your pets at home,
  • Keep your pets indoors for the evening, in a comfortable and secure area,
  • White noise or soothing music can mask the sound of fireworks,
  • Turn on the TV or radio to distract your pets from outside noise,
  • If your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noise, consider a Thundershirt or Calming Collar. new years eve

Parties – Crowds, party food, alcoholic drinks, and open doors can pose a risk to pets:

  • Consider keeping pets in a room with plenty of water and pet food that’s off-limits to guests,
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them because they can be poisonous to pets,
  • Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals,
  • Make sure every guest agrees NO HUMAN FOOD FOR PETS; the #1 reason for trips to the emergency vet on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is because a pet is sick from too much or the wrong people food,
  • Keep pets away from snack tables and garbage cans,
  • Be careful with party favors because a pet can easily choke on Hawaiian plastic leis, the blower attachment of party horns or parts of party hats,
  • Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it because, if ingested — though not highly toxic — they can still cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, or intestinal blockage,
  • The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435.

dog-tagsDon’t Lose Your Pet – The number of lost and runaway pets increases on New Year’s Eve:

  • Make sure all fences and gates are secure, so if pets escape through an open door or screen, they are confined to the yard,
  • Be sure that your dogs and cats are wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date contact information,
  • Microchipping is the best way to insure that your pet can be identified if he/she slips a collar or loses ID tags,
  • Keep outside visits to a minimum, but if your pet needs to go out for a “relief” call, make sure to use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.
  • Whether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!

Elsie Happy New YearWhether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!

This article was originally published by PetravelR™ on December 30, 2014.

Sources: Adopt a Pet, Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals,, and the San Antonio Humane Society,

New Year’s Day Dog Run!

Looking for something to do with your canine companion on New Year’s Day.  Why not kick off 2016 with a fun run with your dog?

PetravelR™ found these dog-friendly New Year’s runs in South Carolina and Nevada.  Check with your local running store or animal shelter to see if there’s one near you!  If it’s a fundraiser for homeless animals, even better!

Columbus Dispatch photo by Fred Squillante

Columbus Dispatch photo by Fred Squillante


Start the New Year off right with the 34th Annual Hair of the Dog Run and Breakfast in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This run, with its long standing tradition, promises to be a fun event for children and adults of all ages, and the opportunity to run with your favorite canine companion.. After the run there will be a chance for you to celebrate the beginning of 2016 with fellow runners while enjoying breakfast and warm drinks.

For the first time in the history of the Hair of the Dog, the 5-mile and 10-mile course will be USATF certified and a timed event by Go Green Events. If you are interested in a less competitive, fun option – you will still be able to run or walk the 2-mile run.  The 10 mile, 5 mile, and 2 mile runs begin at 9:00am on New Year’s Day.  Registration fees are $25 for the 2 mile, $30 for the 5 mile, and $35 for the 10 mile race.

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Churchill County, Nevada Parks & Recreation invites you to join in the New Year’s 5K Fun Run/Walk.  The 5K will begin at Veteran’s Park, 55 W. Williams Avenue (behind City Hall).  Check-in and pre-registration will start at 9:00am, with the race beginning at 10:00am (sharp).

The entry fee is $15 per individual or $50 for family of 4 (event T-shirts included if still available on event day), and $3 per dog.  No t-shirts for your dog, but the registration fee includes a tennis ball and dog treat!

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We hope you and your dog have a great run!

Dog-Friendly Miami Mall

If you still need to do some holiday shopping in the Miami-Dade area, you might be able to bring your dog along.


The Falls Shopping Center at 8888 SW 136 St., Miami, FL now welcomes well-behaved dogs, small enough to be maintained in a stroller, carrier, or held by owner while in the mall!   One of the largest open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment locations in the U.S., the Falls features 821,000 square feet of retail space.

The Falls Miami

Stores that allow dogs inside will have “dog-friendly” signage on their entrance doors or storefronts. Visit the “dog comfort station” at Guest Services for fresh drinking water and doggie treats, courtesy of The Falls and also receive a free The Falls branded doggy bowl!

Whether or not you take your dog shopping, PetravelR™ reminds you to buy your pet a gift!

Concert to Benefit Sweetpea For Animals!

The Unity Center of Central Massachusetts is having a Holiday Concert on Sunday December 20, 2015 to benefit Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals. The concert will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at The Ranch & Saloon and will feature many of the Unity Center’s talented musicians.


One of Sweetpea’s bulidings burned down on Sunday November 22, 2015 tragically taking with it the lives of many of their precious animals. UCCM wants to support Sweetpea in its recovery and rebuilding journey.  There will be a table of crafts for sale, another table of baked goods as well as some raffle baskets. The Concert is open to everyone and is being offered on a Donation basis. All proceeds will be given to Sweetpea.


Sweetpea FOR Animals is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization. Sweetpea takes in animals who are on “death row” at other shelters, or whose owners can’t keep them but don’t want to surrender them to a kill shelter. They rely on donations, plus any revenue raised from boarding dogs and cats at their kennels, to run the rescue.  Unfortunately, expenses from the November fire have exhausted most of Sweetpea’s operating budget and they will need to raise significant funds to rebuild their facilities.

PetravelR™ hopes that everyone in the Paxton, MA area will support this event!

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.

Motel 6 dog

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.)

Motel 6 pets


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!

Leon County Walk & Wag

Grab your sneakers, your friends, and your family (both two- and four-legged) for the Leon County Humane Society’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag dog walk fundraiser on Sunday December 13, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida!

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You can help raise awareness and funds for local homeless pets by recruiting sponsors – or just making a donation yourself.  Then come out for a stroll inside beautiful Cascades Park with your own dog or your sponsored LCHS foster dog and celebrate the human-animal bond with hundreds of other dog-lovers on December 13 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

There is no registration fee for Walk & Wag, but participants are asked to raise/donate a minimum of $25 to walk in the event. All individual fundraisers turning in $50 or more in donations will receive this year’s specially designed Walk & Wag t-shirt as well as a bag of awesome Wag Swag!


PetravelR™ urges you to join the 2015 Walk & Wag and enjoy good music, great food, an award ceremony for the top fundraisers and much more as you help animals in need!  All funds raised from the 2015 Walk & Wag will go toward the veterinary care and special needs of LCHS animals, as well as the overall operation of the LCHS and its programs.


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.

Affinia vipaws

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!

Catnip Christmas Cookie Toy

Shopping for that purr-fect holiday gift for your favorite feline?  PetravelR™ saw these handmade kitty toys on Etsy and wanted to share our find -

The Catnip Toy Christmas Sugar Cookie Gift Set is handmade of the finest American merino wool blend felt and certified organic catnip.  Three catnip filled sugar cookie toys are packaged for giving in a cute pinstriped box tied up with a ribbon for an easy hostess gift or stocking stuffer!

Catnip Xmas Cookie Toy

This set includes one each:
Happy Holidays embroidered cookie (approx 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″)
Red frosted embroidered sugar cookie (varies between 2 1/2 -4″ dia)
Green frosted embroidered sugar cookie (varies between 2 1/2 -4″dia)

Each cookie is stuffed with certified organic catnip and plus a touch of hypo allergenic fiber fill for a bit of puff.

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Made in the San Francisco Bay Area by misohandmade and available on their Etsy shop for $22.