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Posts tagged ‘pets’

Five European castles: Which are dog-friendly?

Scrolling through the BBC’s recent travel articles, my eye was caught by a Lonely Planet guest post entitled “Five European castles to stay in.” The list included a frothy Loire Valley château, a sober Scottish tower house, and a sun-soaked sprawl of a monastery in Tuscany, and the question, of course, was whether any of them welcomes pet dogs. E-mails shot out, sites were searched, and here’s what I’ve learned:

Hellifield Peel Castle (Yorkshire, U.K.) — Not pet-friendly, so I decline  … Read more

Dog-friendly coffee shop (and shopping) in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood

When I met my husband, back in 1992, his bachelor china was from a new-to-me company called Heath, located in Sausalito. It turns out that the fact it was new to me meant only that I was ignorant — Edith Heath founded the company in 1948 and, while she experimented with oddities like ceramic modules for house construction, she became known for her stunningly simple and elegant tableware and her exquisite glazes.

A few examples from Heath's "Coupe" line  … Read more

Dog jaunt: A winter week in Colonial Williamsburg with a dog

The last time I wrote about visiting Colonial Williamsburg with a dog, it was 2009 and I hadn’t yet been there with a dog. Now, after a week-long visit with Chloe and husband, I have more details to offer (I am happy and relieved to report, however, that nothing in the earlier post is wrong).

Chloe in the stocks — entirely undeserved, because she was, in fact, a very good dog

Where to stay

It is still the case that only  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: This week’s best dog travel links

I am writing this week’s Chloe’s Clicks on an Amtrak train heading north from New York City — which means, alas, that I don’t have Chloe with me. When, oh, when, will Amtrak decide to re-allow pet dogs on board — at least small ones in carriers, at least on short trips??

And now to the reason you started reading this post, starting with the most serious pet travel link and getting goofier from there. USA Today posted a useful summary  … Read more

What kinds of pets can travel in-cabin on a plane?

I had to research this question for another reason (soon to be revealed), and I thought, why keep it to myself? It’s not quite on-topic, since all airlines that allow pets to travel in-cabin allow small dogs to travel in-cabin (well, except for Etihad, which only allows falcons in cabin) — and dogs are what this blog is about — but what the heck. Why not make someone’s life a little easier?

Keep in mind that this info is current as  … Read more

New pet import rules for the U.K. announced

Bringing a pet into the U.K. is easier than most people think, but now it’s about to get even easier. The British Foreign Office has announced that as of January 2012, pets returning to the U.K. from the rest of the EU, and pets entering the U.K. from listed countries like the United States and Australia, will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days from the date of their rabies vaccination before traveling.  … Read more

SeatGuru info about pet travel: Has potential, but out-of-date

This post was prompted by a reader’s comment, asking if I’d seen the “Pets” feature on SeatGuru. I had, and you can too if you go to SeatGuru’s site, click in the left column on a part of the alphabet (I chose Frontier, at random, so I clicked on the F-K range and then on “Frontier Airlines”). Once the airline of your choice is featured, look at the tabs at the top of the page — on the far right  … Read more

Frontier Airlines now allows pets to fly in-cabin

Frontier Airlines announced today that small pets (including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small household birds within the U.S. — only dogs and cats to international destinations) may travel in-cabin with their owners. There is a $75 (each way) fee, which makes the policy competitive with Southwest’s policy. Also like Southwest, Frontier had the good sense not to specify a maximum carrier size. Instead, it has provided customers with the dimensions of the under-seat spaces on its various  … Read more

Alaska and Horizon now accept soft-sided in-cabin pet carriers

Until recently, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air officially only accepted hard-sided in-cabin pet carriers (all other U.S. airlines that welcome in-cabin pets accept soft-sided carriers). Now, however, both airlines will allow you to bring your pet on board in a soft-sided carrier, and they’ve cut pet owners a break on the height: Soft-sided carriers may be 10 inches tall, 2.5 inches taller than the maximum allowed for hard-sided carriers.

To compare the Alaska/Horizon in-cabin pet policy with that of other airlines,  … Read more