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As Hurricane Irma hit, this hotel opened its doors — and sheltered nearly 1,000 dogs

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

As many Floridians prepared to evacuate their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, some dog owners didn’t know what to do with their furry friends at first.

But thanks to one hotel in Orlando, they didn’t have to make a tough decision.
Over 800 dogs became temporary guests at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last weekend as Irma, then a Category 5 storm with viciously fast wind speeds, barreled toward the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Aside from the high volume of pups, it’s nothing new for the hotel.

“We’re always dog-friendly,” hotel manager Kevin Kennedy said to the Sentinel.

There were some attractions for the human guests, as well, including a multipurpose room with a pool table, games and movies.
In an email to The Dodo, a marketing manager for the hotel wrote that the cleaning fee for guests with pets was lowered from $150 to just $50 as Irma neared Florida. “We proudly welcomed over 4,500 guests and over 900 dogs during Hurricane Irma,” wrote Katie Satava, the marketing manager.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor to soothe stressed travelers with therapy dogs

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Travelers frazzled by long lines and delays, anxious about flying or simply missing their mutt have a new ally at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: therapy dogs.

Beginning Monday, trained therapy dogs will roam Terminal 4 with their owners under a pilot program modeled after popular pet therapy programs at dozens of airports across the country and in Canada.

The Navigator Buddies program, staffed by volunteers and their certified therapy dogs, is an offshoot of Sky Harbor’s 17-year-old Navigator volunteer program.
Instead of purple jackets, the Navigator Buddies will wear purple vests. The vests will say “pet me” so travelers, airport workers and visitors know they can approach them, unlike police or TSA dogs.

Misty Cisneros-Contreras, Sky Harbor’s customer service manager, said the airport hopes the animals make passengers’ trips through the airport a little less taxing. The airport is already dog friendly, with pet parks and pet relief areas.
“We’re really just hoping to create a positive travel experience for our travelers,” she said.  ”We understand the airport is a unique place that sometimes does provide a stressful situation.”

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Spend Time in Dog-Friendly Corpus Christi Texas

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Click Here for DogFriendly.com’s Corpus Christi Dog Travel Guide and Directory

Dog-Friendly Padre Island Beach

Corpus Christi is the deepest port in Texas. The port is home to the USS Lexington Air Craft Carrier. It is also the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, with nearly 100 miles of pristine beachfront. Corpus Christi is a resort town with many beach going visitors. It is also dog-friendly with many dog-friendly beaches and activities.

There are many pet-friendly hotels in Corpus Christi. La Quinta has four dog-friendly hotels here and each of the other major chains has some hotels here as well. The Best Western on the Island, at 14050 South Padre Island Drive is pet friendly as is the Bayfront Inn at 601 North Shoreline Blvd. Other pet-friendly hotels are the Best Western Naval Station Inn in Ingleside and a number of Motel 6 and Studio 6 motels. If you are traveling to Corpus Christi with a motorhome or travel trailer then you have a number of choices in pet-friendly campgrounds. The Lake Corpus Christi/Mathis KOA in Mathis has a number of activities on site. Sea Breeze RV Park in Portland and Pioneer Beach Resort in Port Aransas are also choices with full hookups. If you are looking for tent camping there is the Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park.

The tourists come to Corpus Christi for the beaches. So do dogs. Padre Island National Seashore is nearly 100 miles of undeveloped barrier island beach. 800,000 visitors per year come here. Dogs on leash are allowed throughout Padre Island National Seashore. It is about 45 minutes from Corpus Christi to the park. A closer beach park is Mustang Island State Park. This 3,954 acre barrier island park has 5 miles of beach. Dogs on leash are allowed in a few segments of these beaches. There is also a leash only beach in Cole Park in Corpus Christi. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge north of town is a 70,000 plus acre wilderness. Dogs must be on leash here and are only allowed on certain trails for their own safety. There are quite a few alligators in this park.

There are a few dog-friendly restaurants in town. The Sonic Drive In is one of our dogs favorites. Dotz Dawgs and Drafts is a 50s diner. You will also see antique cars here.

Other places that you may consider for a dog-friendly vacation near Corpus Christi include South Padre Island to the south and Galveston to the north.