Monday, August 11, 2008

Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals Part II

Due in part to the popularity of the first pet friendly vacation rentals post, I decided to provide a follow up and answer some questions.

What can I do to relax my pet during air travel?
Easy - remain calm yourself. Your pet picks up on your nerves, and they will respond in similar fashion. Think about it. If you were in a completely unfamiliar situation where you had no idea what was going on and the person you were with was visibly scared, what would you do? I thought so. Another option is to get some sedatives from your vet to calm your pet down for the flight until you get to your vacation rental.

What airline is the best for pet travel?
That's a tough one, because they all abide by the same federal regulations, and the treatment of your pet is largely dependent on the people who handle him or her. If they want to go the extra mile they can, but there's nothing compelling them to do so. My suggestion is to call your local airport and talk to the actual handlers to get an idea of their enthusiasm.

How do I find a pet friendly vacation rental?
Social networking is the best way to go. If you find a vacation rental that you think is ideal, get some references and have a chat with them. See how it worked out with their pet, and if they enjoyed their stay or not. Vacation rentals that are passively pet friendly are less desirable than ones that go out of their way to accommodate you and your best friend.