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Wanna go for a R-I-D-E?” These magic words are enough to send most dogs into a tailspin of excitement. Whether you’re going to the local dog park or on a cross-country expedition, to your dog, a road trip means new sights, new smells, and new friends. But does it mean safe travels? You make sure you and your human family are snugly buckled in before you head out in your car, but is your pet secure?

Rare is the pooch who doesn’t love a road trip. For most dogs, the best part of the trip is sticking their fuzzy heads out the window to feel the breeze and smell all the great scents. In spite of how great it feels, allowing your pup to put his head out the window while you’re driving is actually very dangerous, for a variety of reasons.

Your dog is family, so it's only natural to want to enjoy his company all the time, and take him along everywhere possible. However, the decision to travel with a pet - particularly on an extended road trip - is one that requires a good deal of consideration. There are several questions you should ask yourself before loading Rover up in the car, and all of them involve ensuring your pet's ultimate comfort and well-being.

For businesses, the way to the heart of many Americans just may be through their pets. With pet parenting on the rise, and people spending even more time, affection, and money on their pets, pleasing pet parents is a solid way for businesses to gain an edge. Pet parents love businesses who love their furry kids, and they’re willing to spend a little more and go a little further out of their way to show their appreciation. That means there are a number of different ways businesses can win with this large and growing demographic.

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Looking for a unique and affordable way to see the country with your pet? Consider riding the rails! Train rides are a fun, classic, and very accessible way to travel. For example, Amtrak - one of the country’s largest railways - boasts over 30 train routes, traveling to over 500 destinations, across 46 states! You’ll enjoy great views of our country’s scenery, and you can even see some sights only accessible by rail. Best of all, Amtrak lets you bring your small pet along for the ride! 

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When times are “tough” -- and even when they’re not, it’s always nice when you can save a dime or two.  While many of us are itching to get away with our pet, others may have to due to a move, family matter, or other obligation. Whatever the reason for travel, it doesn’t have to break the bank if you plan ahead and find the right accommodations for your budget.

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Only one thing makes heading out on a road trip better--bringing your beloved pet along! Of course, you’ll need a pet-friendly place to stay along the way. You could just book your same-old, tried-and-true places . . . or, you could make it a true adventure and try something new! Hotels are increasingly welcoming pet guests these days, and there are lots of options to choose from--some of which you may never have heard of!

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Big cities are fast-paced and fun, and their museums and historical sites are world-famous. But if you’re looking to explore history in a way that’s more personal and slower-paced, countless small towns across the country are ready and waiting to welcome you. And most small towns are warm, family friendly, and pet friendly, so your furkid will be welcome, too! 

Make plans to emBARK on a canine cruise with your pooch!  You’ll find that many cruise tours and ferry boat rides across the U.S. happily welcome your furkid.  What could be more fun than a day spent on the high seas with your furry sidekick along for the “sail”?  And, to make it easy, we’ve uncovered some of the best pet-friendly options.  Ships ahoy!

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Paddleboarding is a challenging and exciting sport, and a perfect way to have fun on the water. It’s also a perfect activity to do with your four-legged sidekick! Many dogs love to paddleboard, and it’s a good way for them to get exercise, fresh air, and mental stimulation. There are lots of great places to paddleboard in the U.S., and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best.

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Many people who love to travel don’t do so as often as they’d like. They have a variety of reasons for staying put--lack of vacation time, a demanding job, difficulty scheduling around family commitments. But the concern that most often tops the list is money. The extra expense of boarding beloved pets or bringing them along can make planning trips even more daunting for would-be travelers.  

Pet parents know the places by heart where their furkids are welcomed: dog parks, most regular parks, some beaches, some hiking trails, and pet stores. Most everywhere else, their furry sidekicks get left behind . . . or, do they? Turns out, pets are allowed - and even welcomed - in more places than pet parents might think.

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Fun fact: In the U.S. today, there are more pets than there are people! Additionally, Americans are adding furry family members to their “packs” at a higher rate than ever before. About 67 percent of American households currently have pets, which is up from 56 percent when the first such numbers were recorded back in the ‘80s.

There’s no doubt that moving can be exciting .  . . and stressful.  If you’re a pet parent, the stress can be heightened when you’re concerned about keeping your four-legged family member safe and happy during the moving process. Fortunately, planning ahead will make your move much less daunting and more of an adventure you can share with your pet!

If you’re like many pet parents, bringing your furkid along on a shopping trip would be the perfect way to spend a day. While many big-name chain stores have a "service dogs only" policy, you may be surprised to know that a number of them will in fact allow you to shop with your Shih-Tzu or browse with your bulldog. 

Love taking epic adventures with your pet? Looking for ideas, tips, and like-minded adventurers? Social media groups can provide all that, and more; however, not all social media groups are created equal. We went on a search for the most helpful, popular, and fun online pet adventure groups, and we’ve dug up some real gems!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be planning get-togethers with family and friends, albeit on a smaller scale this year.  However, whether there are 4 or 40 guests gathered ‘round the table, your four-legged family member may not be ready for the festivities.  New people, shuffling around, loud talking and laughter, and extra activities can often combine to tempt your pup into misbehaving.  So, it’s best if you're prepared, before your furkid grabs Uncle Ted’s turkey, jumps up on Grandma, or tips over the trash!

While most pet travelers are typically dogs, there is an increasing number of road trippers of the feline persuasion packing up and adventuring with their people. Staying at pet-friendly hotels is clearly an essential part of the trip -- and it’s the number one issue that concerns cat parents. Clearly, there are some unique nuances when staying in pet-friendly hotels with cats versus dogs.

This year, instead of just celebrating Oktoberfest, think... Barktoberfest!  Sampling great brews is a huge part of Oktoberfest fun, and breweries are some of the pet-friendliest places around. Not sure where to go? We’ve made a list of the best pet-friendly breweries in the country, so bring your pup, grab a pint, and celebrate this traditional Bavarian festival together!

Adventuring is always more fun when shared with your pup -- especially if the two of you are going it alone. Taking a solo trip with your pet does require a little extra foresight and preparation, but if you plan wisely, and anticipate your pet’s needs, you and your best furry bud will have an enjoyable, stress-free road trip. To help you along, here are our tips to ensure your trip is happy and safe.

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Whether you like ghoulish tales steeped in history, or exciting ghost hunts complete with spirit-sensing gadgetry, ghost tours across the country are waiting to welcome you and your pet with their spooky arms. Here are our picks for the most entertaining pet-friendly ghost tours in the United States. If we’ve overlooked a great one, let us know!

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