HUMANE SOCIETY: How to be a snowbird with pets
Special to the Tribune
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – ‘Tis the season for snowbirds to pack up for extended stays in the Southwest, Florida, Hawaii, Europe, New Zealand, Mexico and other winter sun spots.
Fortunately, accommodations abound for those who don’t have second homes outside of Tahoe.
In addition, except for countries like New Zealand, it’s becoming a pet friendly world. International travel regulations have eased. Blood titers have taken the place of stressful and costly quarantine requirements in many countries.
Today, pet guardians cruise across the ocean or on ferries, paddle, fly, trek, and road trip with their pets.
Here are some resources and ideas for what you need to travel safe and assure memory filled winter snowbirding with your pet.
Your pet packing list should include:
Pet health documents
Current pet photo for lost and found
Home and local identification tags
European microchip as needed
Carrier or crate, complete with identification
Leash and an extra collar – cats, too
Protection cover under the carrier for auto travel and to cover hotel furniture
Familiar blanket or cushion or bedding
Familiar food with can opener and spoon as needed
Two gallons of home water to mix with new destination water;
Food and water dishes, treats, toys
Grooming tools, baby wipes, and lint remover
Boots and doggie backpack
Waste pick up bags
Disinfectant and carpet cleaner
Litter pan and litter
Dog safety harness and/or crate
People and pet first aid kit.
Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here’s a list of top cities, according to http://www.PetVR.com, PetsontheGo.com, DogFriendly.com, AAA Pet Directory.
The top 10 pet friendly cities (compiled for pet services, amenities, accommodations, and emergency pet hospitals) are:
Austin, Texas (12 off leash dog parks)
New York, NY (44 dog parks)
The top 10 dog friendly beaches are:
Del Mar Beach San Diego, Calif.
Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida
Dog Beach, San Diego, Calif.
Cape San Blas, Florida
Carmel City Beach, California
Hunting Island, South Carolina
Ocean Beach at Fort Funston State Park, San Francisco
St. George Island, Florida
Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina
Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, Calif.
All Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands
The top 10 dog-friendly vacation spots and adventure tours are:
Dog Paddling Adventures, Richmond Hill, Ontario
The Paw House Inn, West Rutland, Vt. (Charges $10 extra for guests without dogs)
Hike with Your Dog Tours, the Catskills, N.Y.
The Ocean Lodge at Cannon Beach, Oregon
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Acadia National Park, Maine
Camp Winnaribbun, Lake Tahoe
Dog Scout Camp, St. Helen, Mich.
Fourpeaks Camps, Jay, N.Y.
Also available online are listings of the top 10 pet friendly hotels in the United States, top 10 pet friendly bed and breakfasts, top five national parks (based on sights to see and places to walk or hike with dogs) and more.
On the road, remember to let your pet take comfort stops to stretch and eliminate. Plan a more relaxed travel schedule to see, sniff, and sense all the bonuses that traveling with your best friend offers.
– Provided by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals to help “Keep Tahoe Kind.” Dawn Armstrong is the executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane-Society and SPCA.
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