At long last, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, featuring 75 great destinations in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with a dog and written by moi, debuts today. I couldn’t be more proud of this book and am sure that dog lovers everywhere will enjoy it.
The book, published by National Geographic Books, is beautifully designed and jam-packed with information on how to have a complete vacation with your four-legged friend. Whether you’re new to traveling with your dog or an old sage, you’ll find plenty of useful advice, tips and information. There is no other book on the market like The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.
I give you the rundown on the best dog-friendly beaches and hiking trails, where your pampered pooch can get groomed after kicking up his or her paws in the sand, and about the doggy day care options for those times when you two must be apart.
You’ll also read about regular attractions, such as museums, gardens and amusement parks, where your furry companion is welcome. One of the hot trends these days is to combine dog parks and watering holes/restaurants. You’ll discover where some of these places are. (Hint: my favorite one is in Dallas and called Mutts Canine Cantina.) Restaurants just for dogs and doggy dining menus at regular restaurants are also covered. And of course, I recommend dog-friendly hotels in each location and in most cases include the pet amenity package as well as whether there are weight restrictions. (Read the intro for a tip on how to get around the latter.)
Some people like to plan their trip around an event. You can do just that from The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, which includes information on the top annual events in the featured destinations. Insider tips from local pet parents add another layer as do the unique activities that are spotlighted in the entries as well.
After I finished the manuscript, people often asked me how I ranked the destinations. I didn’t. Destinations are grouped by region and then arranged alphabetically. But if I had to rank the places in The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, then dog fanatical Carmel-by-the-Sea would be No. 1. And I don’t write that just because I’m partial to my native California. I haven’t seen another place like it where big dogs can roam (on leash, of course) around boutiques, art galleries and restaurants and the city’s entire beach is off leash. Plus, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the location of Cypress Inn, a historical hotel co-owned by animal activist and actress Doris Day and where a daily Yappy Hour draws hounds of all shapes and sizes.
I do hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel and be inspired to visit as many of the 75 destinations with your little pal(s) as possible. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book as well so please leave a comment below.
Also, tune in to Good Morning America, which is featuring me and my pooch Lucy in a dog travel segment shot with GMA contributor Becky Worley last week in San Francisco. The scheduled air date is Friday, April 4.