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DogFriendly.com’s Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in Florida Where You and Your Dog are Given First Class Treatment

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Florida is starting to open up or will be shortly. These hotels are a sampling of the top destinations in Florida where you can take your dog.

Dog-Friendly hotels span the spectrum from luxury to the budget hotel and from the center city to the rural highway location. There are a number of factors that make a hotel stay truly pet-friendly. These factors effect how truly pet-friendly the hotel really is. These are the quality of the hotel, the size of the dogs permitted, the pet fees and the number of dogs allowed with you. Some hotels just permit dogs and greatly restrict the size and type of dog. Other hotels welcome dogs with dog cookies and snacks, doggy menus on room service, leashes and water dishes and other amenities. Florida is generally a very dog-friendly state with many pet-friendly hotels, outdoor and patio dining, parks, some beaches where dogs are allowed and shopping centers and stores that allow dogs. DogFriendly.com’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly hotels in Florida are:

1. The Perry Hotel in Key West describes themselves as not just dog friendly, but “dog-obsessed.” Indeed, the hotel features two green dog parks, offers treats and gifts on arrival, and welcomes dogs to dine with their humans at the Salty Oyster and Matt’s outdoor dining. For humans, the Perry offers direct marina and ocean access, two waterfront pools and pool bars, three restaurants and a distillery on-site, and much more.

2. The Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach is owned by popular Latin artists Gloria and Emilio Estefan. This luxurious beachfront resort offers sophisticated accommodations, dining, and waterside amenities. Your four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy luxurious amenities of their own, including welcome treats, water, and food bowls, doggie bags, dog beds upon request, and are even invited to join their two-legged friends for breakfast on the Bamboo Patio. Best of all, there is no pet fee!

3. The Epic Hotel Miami offers incredible waterfront views and a central location within walking distance from restaurants and shops at Miami’s Bayside Marketplace. High-end amenities include two 16th floor pools, a bar and cabana, fitness center, marina, spa, in-room iPod docks, Wi-Fi, yoga mats, rainfall showers and soaking tubs in hotel bathrooms, and a free wine hour every evening. The Kimpton states “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” Your pup will be welcomed by name and greeted with plush pet beds, food, water bowls, and mats in-room.

4. The Silver Sands Treasure Island in St. Petersburg offers guests a family-friendly apartment-like experience. All units have full kitchens with glass cooktops, microwaves, and refrigerators. Units come in studio-style, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts and feature flat-screen TVs, central air or A/C wall units, and retro furnishings. The Silver Sands is conveniently located close to Treasure Island, beaches, and shops.

5. The Confidante Miami Beach is a modern beachfront hotel located just ten minutes from South Beach and Miami’s art districts. Amenities include a fitness center, luxurious spa, two heated outdoor pools, one adults-only, and direct beach access complete with artsy beach chairs. On arrival, pups will receive a water bowl and baggie dispenser. The Backyard, the hotel’s signature outdoor pool and lounge area offers natural peanut-butter or watermelon pup popsicles, and the nearby Four Paws Pet Care offers pet sitting.

6. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa offers incredible views of the Fort Lauderdale oceanfront and skyline. Guests in oceanfront rooms can watch boats pass by from their private balconies. All guest rooms include fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, in-room coffee, large marble bathrooms, and plush beds. All four-legged guests are enrolled in the VID or “Very Important Dog” program upon arrival. They receive a welcome goodie bag, in-room dog bowl, and dog mat, a dedicated relief area, and most notably, a doggie menu at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant.

7. Le Meridien Tampa is located in a former courthouse and showcases downtown Tampa’s history and culture. The concierge desk was formerly an old judge’s desk, and original marble hallways and hand-painted ceilings add a one-of-a-kind hotel experience. Guests at the Le Méridien Tampa receive complimentary access to the local Tampa Museum of Art, one of downtown Tampa’s best New-American and French restaurants, a fitness center, a pool, and beautifully decorated guest rooms. Dogs up to 40 pounds are allowed.

8. The Hilton Ocala offers non-smoking rooms, innovative on-site restaurants and bars, free parking, an outdoor pool, business and fitness center, and six-full acres of land. Centrally located in the middle of horse country, the hotel also houses a resident Clydesdale.

9. The Alfond Inn at Rollins College features a large courtyard, elevated pool, and a number of amenities maximized for guest comfort. Owned by a Winter Park liberal arts college, all operating income from the Alfond goes directly to the Rollins College premier scholarship fund. Dogs are welcome in designated rooms and suites.

10. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood is a brand-new, innovative hotel & casino experience. Featuring award-winning nightlife, luxury shops, a giant lagoon pool and beach club, spa, premium nightlife, and fine dining, the guitar-shaped hotel is one of a kind. Well-mannered dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome at the resort. They must be leashed and well behaved at all times. There is a $100 per stay pet fee.

For more details visit https://www.dogfriendly.com. DogFriendly.com, founded in 1998 to provide dog travel information, offers a free website and complete pet travel information. DogFriendly.com also publishes paperback dog travel guides including DogFriendly.com’s Florida Dog Travel Guide and DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide.

Oppose Florida Bill HB 243 – A Trojan Horse to ban dogs from retail

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Florida is proposing a 2020 bill (HB 243) that Dog Lovers need to seriously take a look at and oppose.

While claiming to ban dogs from the “Inside” portions of restaurants – where dogs have been banned by law for many decades – this bill would not be needed for that. The current doggy dining laws opens up only outdoor areas of restaurants for dogs and only those where the dog doesn’t have to walk inside the restaurant to get to the outdoor section. So this new bill is entirely unnecessary regarding restaurants.

So why the bill? The wording (Places of Business’s are listed as well as restaurants) appears to go way beyond restaurants and include retail of all kinds. This includes malls – many Florida malls allow and are frequented by dogs that are carried or in carriers or on leash. Stores – such as Home Improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot and all other stores that dogs may be allowed into by the stores owners. Pet Stores may not even be able to allow dogs…

The bill also contains a requirement to set up a location where people can report any business violating this law… So that it will be easy for a single individual to file complaints where ever they see a dog.

This bill seems to be a Trojan Horse – using restaurants as its cover but targeting dogs everywhere. It has no purpose for restaurants – but would establish a ban on dogs in retail.

At the very least it is unnecessary. At the worst it is awful. It should go nowhere…

Text of Bill – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/243/BillText/Filed/PDF

With Hurricane Dorian, and any other natural disaster, plan properly for your pets

Friday, August 30th, 2019

What to do when Evacuating With Pets

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1. Know your natural disaster – If it’s a hurricane, study it’s path. If it’s an earthquake understand where it is worst and what roads are blocked and where power is out. If it’s fire or flooding, know where the fire or flood is. Regardless, decide the quickest and safest route out of the danger area. Decide your destination.

2. Study the evacuation routes if available.

3. Prepare and bring the following for your pet
* Pet’s food – enough for the time you expect to be away and extra if possible. It may be hard to get the same food and pets don’t always do well if you switch food suddenly.
* Water dish(s)
* Water in bottles or jugs. Enough for people and pets.
* Leashes
* Medications your pets may need.
* Vaccination record for your pets. May be needed by some accommodations and all daycares, kennels, airlines and trains.
* Cat litterbox
* Crate or carrier – these are needed if you take a pet on an airplane, on a train, or if you leave them in a room in many accommodations.
* Muzzle – if you have a larger dog – some crowded venues or ferries may require a muzzle. It is best if you carry one; hopefully you won’t need it often.

4. Make sure your car’s gas tank is full ahead of time. You may not be able to get gas.

5. If it is cold weather, bring plenty of blankets for the people and the pets. If it is very hot, bring lots of water and something to block the sun.

6. Find a pet-friendly hotel or shelter. Shelters may be difficult and crowded. If you can find a safe pet-friendly hotel that’s safely away from the trouble it would be better. To find a pet-friendly hotel go to DogFriendly.com and type in your city and state or  select your state.

7. DogFriendly.com also has highway guides for all major highways, such as I-5, I-10, I-40, I-75, I-80, I- 95 and most other highways. They are located here. They are super handy if you are using an interstate to escape a natural disaster.

8. If you have a small dog or cat that fits in a carrier you have the option of taking them on Amtrak. See here for more information. Larger dogs may not go on Amtrak.

9. If you have small dog or cat that fits in a carrier you have the option of flying with them as well. If you have a larger dog you may also fly with them but they will have to go in cargo. In a serious emergency, this is an option. Short nosed breeds generally cannot travel by air in cargo. Keep in mind that you may need a health certificate for your pet to fly and this requires a vet visit, so plan ahead. See DogFriendly.com for more information about flying with your pet.

10. Most ferries allow pets in one way or another. Either in your car, on leash or in crates.

11. Get all of your supplies early. They will quickly sell out. This is for your family and pets.

12. Carry cash and credit cards. You may not be able to get access to money for a while.

13. Make sure that your pet has identification if it gets lost. For starters, a collar with a tag with your pet’s name and phone number. If your pet has a microchip any shelter or vet can identify the pet and contact you. That is helpful. It is even possible to id your pet in other creative ways. Some people even write their phone number on the pet’s belly with an erasable marker for a short term emergency or tie it on a string tied loosely around the neck in case the collar gets lost or if the pet has no collar.

14. While traveling with your pet – DogFriendly.com has guides to most cities and towns with places that you can take your pet for recreation (parks, beaches, off-leash parks), emergency vets, dog-friendly restaurant patios and stores and more. Select your city or town on DogFriendly.com.

In a true life threatening situation, rules not allowing pets will often be revised and your pet may be allowed in a usually non pet-friendly environment. You will have to ask, but don’t be afraid to.

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Things to do with your pet in any state, city or town

Taking Your pet on an airline

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