Traveling With Pets is Hotter Than the Dog Days of Summer

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Guests love to travel with pets, especially during the summer. After a long, fun day of sightseeing in New York City, what better way to top it off than with some cuddle time with your furry friend.

There are numerous reasons why people are traveling more and more with their animals. It’s economical. The hotel’s fee may be cheaper than the total bill at the kennel. It’s fun for you to share your destination with your number one furry fan. Most importantly, it’s fun for them! If you and Rover are traveling or planning a trip together, these tips are for you.

* IN THE DOGHOUSE — Remember when you were a kid and you used to make
forts out of blankets, chairs and cardboard boxes? It was fun because
it was your very own space. Pets love their homes and want to have them
wherever they may travel. A great way to have a “portable pad” is to
get a pet carrier. How can you make this home sweet home? Small
blankets, a toy, something familiar.

* AROMATHERAPY — Pets love your scent. For a scent that is sure to take
your pooch to a happy place, try sleeping in a t-shirt the night before
then put it in their “fort” as a fragrant “eau de you”!

* FIT FUR YOU — Check with the front desk of the hotel for information
about local hiking trails and take your best friend for a walk or a run.

* FOOD & BEVERAGE — When you travel, you don’t eat the same stuff that
you would at home, right? You probably go to a restaurant for a little
local flavor. Why not shake things up a bit for Fido. In addition to
your pet’s regular food and treats, carry a little bag of special
biscuits that you don’t normally feed them. After all, they’re on
holiday too!

* PET CONCIERGE — It’s always best to call ahead and see if the hotels
where you will be staying offer any special amenities for pets. The
Residence Inn in Fort Collins, Colorado, just rolled out a pet package
this week that’s included in the one-time pet fee. With this, you get a
doggie bowl, treats and chew toys.

* THE PAMPERED POOCH — Hey, if you go to a spa, don’t forget Fido! How
about a nice massage! From a nice belly rub to a back scratch, your pet
will thank you. And studies have shown that petting an animal tends to
lower your blood pressure, too.

* “PETIQUETTE” — Don’t forget the baggies — newspaper bags are great for
this! Some hotels may provide aids for this specific use. For example,
the Residence Inn in Reno, Nevada, gives pet-loving guests Doggie
Welcome Kits with necessities.

* TICKETS, I.D., DOG TAG — You wouldn’t go out without your I.D., so
don’t let your pet sightsee without tags. You may find it helpful to
list your cell phone as the contact number.

* SPIDER MONKEYS, ALLIGATORS, GROUNDHOGS — For tips on entertaining these
animals, please call Kathy Duffy, (212) 704-8906.

If you are thinking about inviting your pet along on your next adventure, remember these tips. They may help you earn loyalty points with your furry travel companion.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com/.

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