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These Are the Most Pet-Friendly US Vacation Spots

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The list comes from RewardExpert.

A new list examines the most pet-friendly vacation destinations in the U.S.

Tampa, FL, comes in at No. 1 overall in the report from RewardExpert, which analyzes 53 of the largest cities across the country. Tampa has more pet-friendly hotels per capita than any of the other cities the company looked at.

San Francisco is No. 2, followed by Miami, FL; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, GA.

“Traveling with a pet is a hassle,” says RewardExpert CEO Roman Shteyn. “It requires an extra layer of planning. Families need to not only make sure their pet will have a place to stay, but that they will be able to bring it along on various activities while visiting a city. After all, travelers don’t want to bring their dog along on vacation just to leave her cooped up in some hotel room.”

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The report is based on 10 metrics broken down into three key dimensions: pet needs, pet recreation and city profile. An aggregate score was used to determine which cities are most accommodating for the whole family, including any four-legged family members. RewardExpert also found the best cities based on specific pet-friendly categories, like hiking and playing catch.

Additional key findings:

  • Miami comes in a third overall, but it ranks at the top when it comes to what a pet needs. There are more pet stores and veterinarians per capita than any other city analyzed. Miami also has the most pet-friendly restaurants and cafes per capita.
  • Atlanta scored consistently well across each category, with the number of veterinarians per capita as a standout category.
  • Portland, OR, is tops for playing catch.  The city scored consistently well across all 10 of RewardExpert’s indicators, but Portland particularly shines when comes to green space for furry family members. There are eight dog parks per 100,000 residents.
  • El Paso, TX, is the runt of the litter, ranking last, RewardExpert found that El Paso lacks pet-friendly accommodations, restaurants and recreation activities.

RewardExpert is a free service that helps travelers maximize their airline miles and points.

Read the press release

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$34M Factory Will Produce Dry Dog and Cat Food

It’s expected to open in early 2021.

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DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC — The Groupe Inovo, a family poultry business, and Groupe Legault, a family business that owns Mondou pet store chain, are planning a C$45 million (US$34 million) manufacturing plant.

The facility, to be called Jupiter, will be located in Drummondville and will manufacture dry dog and cat food, according to a press release. It will create about 50 jobs over the next five years.

The plant will be located on Route 139 in the Drummondville Industrial Park, near highways 55 and 20 as well as the U.S. border.

The site was chosen “to allow the plant to be more agile in its exports to the United States,” according to the release.

Construction began in July and will take approximately 18 months to complete, with an expected opening in early 2021.

The project will be supported financially by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Investissement Québec and Desjardins, in addition to Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault.

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‘World’s Cutest Rescue Dog’ Revealed (VIDEO)

She’s a 6-year-old Keeshond.

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People magazine has announced the winner of its second annual World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.

It’s Kasey, a 6-year-old Keeshond. She beat out 7,000 other dogs to claim the 2019 title.

He rewards include an appearance on the Today show, a year’s supply of dog food from Pedigree and a $1,000 donation earmarked for the Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid-Atlantic, according to People.

 

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Help Wanted: NC Seeks First Dog Travel Agent

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Visit North Carolina is seeking a dog to help tell the world about the state’s best travel destinations.

The lucky canine will be the state’s first Dog Travel Agent.

The search began on National Dog Day (Aug. 26), when North Carolina dogs and their humans were invited to submit a one-minute application video at DogTravelAgent.com, according to public relations and advertising agency LGA, which partnered with Visit North Carolina for the campaign.

The recruitment effort runs through Sept. 15.

The campaign “was inspired by the insight that most dog-focused content is created by and for people, not their pupper pals,” according to LGA.

Dog Travel Agent will produce and curate dog-friendly travel content showcasing the state’s beaches, national parks, cities and outdoor activities, along with information such as where to stay, what to eat and how to get around. Dog influencer visits and in-market activations are also in the works.

Here are the benefits of the job, according to Visit North Carolina:

  • A travel stipend to help your hooman buy more of those souvenir stuffies that keep exploding.
  • Four sight-sniffing trips to hike mountains, explore parks and bite waves all across North Carolina.
  • Be your own pupparazzi with a GoPro camera and harness just for you.
  • Get asked for your pawtograph by your fans.

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