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These Are the ‘7 Most Pet-Friendly Trips’ for Summer

Among them: the ‘Beast Coast.’

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Orbitz has released a ranking of the “seven most pet-friendly trips to plan this summer.”

They’re featured on a new road trip map. Among them are Beast Coast (New York to Boston), Paw-cific Northwest (Portland to Seattle) and the Southwest National Barks Tour (Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park).

The Chicago-based travel fare website based the ranking on photo-worthy road trip attractions, outdoor activities, pet-friendly lodging and bars and restaurants in geographically diverse regions of the U.S. Points of interest are marked every 100 miles or less and are available for download in Google Maps.

“There’s a road trip for every kind of dog and dog owner,” said Dan Schachner, Animal Planet host, announcer and annual “rufferee” of the Puppy Bowl. “Routes with off-leash parks, hiking trails and open play areas are great for active dogs. More passive dogs might enjoy an urban adventure with dog-friendly hotels and minimal walking.”

According to a recent online travel survey from Orbitz, 77% of vacationers are planning to take their pets on a road trip this summer. Visiting dog parks (20%) and taking selfies at tourist attractions (21%) are at the top of their to-do list.

Other findings from the survey, which included 2,000 U.S. travelers:

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  • 51% of travelers want to road trip with their pet in a SUV or van; 15% prefer a pickup for off-road adventures.
  • 12% would choose to road trip with their pets over friends, family, children or significant others.
  • Travelers are torn between taking their pets on a road trip to the mountains (24%) or beach (23%).
  • Half of pet parents said the #1 thing they want to do with their pet on a road trip is drive with the windows down on the open road.
  • The road trip movie most travelers would like to recreate with their pets is National Lampoon’s Vacation (43%) followed by Little Miss Sunshine (21%) and Dumb and Dumber (19%).

James Ritchie is the online content editor for SmartWork Media.

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Video: Cat Surprises Airport Security After Stowing Away in Family’s Luggage

She apparently wanted to go to New York, too.

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A cat from the Isle of Man apparently decided that if her family was heading overseas for vacation, she was going too.

Candy was found in her owners’ carry-on luggage at the island’s airport, the BBC reports.

Nick Poole wrote on Facebook: “You know that feeling, when you get ushered into a side room at airport security because you’ve got a cat in your hand luggage.”

He added: “Fair play to airport security for helping to get her home so we could catch our flight.”

Nick and Voirrey Coole, who were bound for New York, didn’t face any repercussions for having the cat with them. Friends picked up the pet and took her home, Time magazine reports.

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Great Dane Puppy Born With Rare Green Color

The owner said the situation was ‘shocking.’

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A Great Dane puppy was born in Colorado with a highly unusual characteristic: She was green.

The pup, No. 8 in a litter of 9, came into the world on Oct. 14 WTNH-TV reports.

Caddy Williams, owner of the puppy’s mother, Ami, said the situation was “shocking.”

“Luckily, I had recently read an article about a green dog,” she said. “So at least I knew what was going on.”

Green puppies are thought to occur when biliverdin, a green pigment that is part of bile, comes into contact with light-colored fur, WTNH reports.

The resulting dye job lasts a few weeks and is harmless.

Williams named the dog Verdant.

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Dog Daycare Franchise to Serve 750 Employees on a Corporate Campus

It opened at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI.

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PHOENIX — The Dogtopia pet franchise has announced the unveiling of its first Dogtopia @ Work campus. The dog daycare and spa-only location is exclusive to the employees at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI, and will bring the company-subsidized dog daycare to its 750 employees.

With more than 100 locations across North America, the brand is “the fastest-growing provider of specialty dog daycare,” according to a press release. The Wolverine Worldwide dog daycare center is operated by franchisee Tim Parker, who also owns Dogtopia of Grand Rapids.

“Wolverine Worldwide’s employees asked, and the leadership team listened. Dog daycare was the top benefit request among its 750 workers. We’re thrilled to directly meet that need conveniently on site,” said Neil Gill, president and CEO of Dogtopia. “The corporate campus model makes perfect sense as companies seek to be pet-friendly without having to manage which dogs are current on vaccinations, remaining respectful to those with allergies and removing the risk associated with dogs of different sizes and temperaments in common areas together. This is a win-win as it provides these employees safe socialization, exercise and education for their dogs while providing Dogtopia a brand-new channel for us to share our quality daycare service.”

“It’s important for us to continue to invest in our workplace environment in a way that aligns with our values as an employer of choice, and enriches the daily experience and quality of life of our workforce,” said Blake W. Kreuger, Wolverine Worldwide Chairman, CEO, and President.

“We’re extremely excited to have Dogtopia’s presence and friendly staff at our global headquarters to provide pristine care for our employees’ pets while they help drive our business forward.”

 

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