Reader Kate posted a note this week on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page about the pet relief area at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and kindly agreed that I could turn it into a quick blog post, so it wouldn’t disappear into the mists of Facebook. She reported that she and her daughter and pup Lambert located one of two pet relief areas at RNO (called, bless ’em, the “Gate K-9 Bark Park”):
There is one on each end of the terminal. The signage is really good and includes painted paws on the sidewalk outside. One is outside of the Southwest check-in area and one is down at the baggage claim end, near the hotel/casino shuttle buses. We used that one. It was very clean with a small pebble/sand ground, a water bowl, hydrant and nice, thick poop bags — also lighted, fenced and covered.
Kate said that they didn’t get to the one near Southwest’s ticket counter, so she doesn’t know if it has the same set-up. I suspect it does, or is possibly even nicer, because it’s newer — it was created in 2012, while the one Kate and team visited has been there since 2004. I get this information from RNO’s website, which wins huge points for (1) having an easy-to-find link to its “dog park” information, and (2) providing useful information about the facilities available at its pet relief areas, and how to find them. The airport map [PDF], too — and I’m weeping with joy as I write this — clearly indicates where the pet relief areas are located.
Here’s hoping that other airports will follow RNO’s lead, and thank you again to Kate for letting fellow travelers with dogs know what to look for, and expect, at RNO! I’ve added this post to Dog Jaunt’s ongoing series of reviews of airport pet relief areas. To see others, visit Dog Jaunt’s handy guide to airport pet relief areas.