Phoenix Sky Harbor to soothe stressed travelers with therapy dogs

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

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.

Tips on traveling in the car with pets

August 27th, 2017

While it’s mostly fun to have pets, it can be hard for owners to know how to keep their furry animals safe during a road trip.
Jessica Evans, communications and marketing coordinator for the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs, gave some tips to the News-Review about how to keep pets safe while traveling.
“If you’re going to take your dogs on vacation, try to make them part of the fun,” Evans said. “Try to include them in the activities because it’s not going to be any fun for them if they are stuck in a hotel room or tent.”

Proper identification needed

Evans said it’s important for the animal to have external tags with the owner’s phone number. The pet should also have a microchip, which is put underneath the pet’s skin.
If your pet is microchipped, any pet clinic or humane society can scan the animal and get the owner’s information.
However, people should make sure the microchip information is up to date before leaving on a trip because it’s harder to reunite an animal if the address or phone number is outdated, Evans said.

Acclimate pets with short trips

Some animals are not accustomed to being in a car. So if you’re planning on a long journey, it will make it easier on the owner and pet to start with smaller trips in town before the vacation.


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