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My picks: The 6 best Passports with Purpose prizes for travelers with dogs

Dog Jaunt is the proud sponsor of a prize in this year’s Passports with Purpose travel bloggers fundraiser — a really wonderful pet carrier donated by Tumi to help dig two water wells in rural Haiti. It’s a well-designed and beautifully-constructed carrier (retail price $495) that will make the owner of any pet 12 lbs. or under very happy indeed, and if that’s you, you should give serious consideration to plunking down $10 for a chance to win it (or $50 for five chances to win it!).

But if that’s not you, there are still amazing prizes on the list, and here are my 5 favorites (speaking as a traveler-with-dog):

A dog-friendly weekend on the Mendocino coast (from Ever in Transit) — Two nights in a king-bed cabin at a sweetheart of an inn on the Mendocino coast (pet fee waived). The reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp are rapturous, and if you get bored with the amazing views you can drive 3 miles into Mendocino and play there.

One of several Kimpton hotel packages (from The Mother of All Trips, kidventurous, and Hip Travel Mama) — The Kimpton Hotel group (all hotels in the group are pet-friendly) kindly let me offer a Kimpton getaway package as a prize two years ago, and they’re clearly continuing and increasing their support for PwP. I’ve loved every Kimpton hotel I’ve stayed in, with or without Chloe, and can wholeheartedly recommend any of these getaways!

Two nights at Timber Cove Inn and a bundle of Sonoma wine-tasting goodies (from What a Trip) — It must be 20 years since I’ve been in Jenner, an adorable coastal village in wine-heaven Sonoma County, but I still remember how happy I was there. This inn looks delightful, and its Cove View rooms are pet-friendly ($50 one-time fee, up to two pets, under 60 lbs. each).

Two nights in an ocean-view Lighthouse Suite at Pacific Sands Beach Resort, on Vancouver Island’s spectacular west coast (from Jill Robinson) — Views, whale-watching, beach walks, walks in the rain forest. In the winter, tuck yourself up by the fireplace and watch the waves crash. Tofino, just up the road, is a charming artist’s community with excellent restaurants (I know this personally, from a getaway a couple of years ago!). This place looks wonderful, and it’s pet-friendly too.

Cox Bay, on the west coast of Vancouver Island

Two nights, breakfast and dinner at the Hotel Monteleone, in New Orleans’ French Quarter (from A Traveler’s Library) — We almost stayed here earlier this year, but ended up not going to that particular conference. I was thrilled to death about the hotel’s location (on Royal Street, between Iberville and Bienville), historic charm, and revolving bar (an enchanting creation from the 1940’s, and home to a delectable Sazerac), and you will be too. Chloe was going to come with us, of course, since the hotel is pet-friendly.

There are other prizes on the list that I dream about (26 days on the Silk Road! 21 days in the Nepali Himalayas!), but these are the ones that would thrill both me and Chloe. I’ve positioned my 10 bids carefully this year, and I’m holding my cards close to my chest (I never win, mind you — except that I always win, because a school, a village, and two libraries have been built for people who desperately needed them). Please consider joining me — as a friend said, describing it to her Facebook buddies, “It’s the perfect combination of gambling and charity.”