Recently we decided to make an impromptu trip to visit family in Arizona. Since we wanted to drive, I knew we would, of course, bring Rooney with us. But bringing Rooney with us on a last-minute trip can make travel arrangements a little more complicated.
Thankfully, there are some really great on-the-go tools to help pet parents find the dog-friendly resourcesthey need for any road trip journey.
Here are a few that we used:
BringFido is an excellent resource and one that I have used for our dog-friendly travels in the past. They have recently made improvements to their website that not only allow you to find dog-friendly hotels and Airbnbs, but also to book them directly through their platform. We had to locate two dog-friendly hotels for different cities on our trip, and it was so easy to find last-minute places to stay, even though it was a holiday weekend.
2) DogTrekker App
If you live in California, I highly recommend the DogTrekker App. This app is amazing for finding dog-friendly beaches, restaurants, parks, and trails along your road trip route. On our way to Arizona, I was able to locate strategic stopping points for Rooney along our route which included a dog park less than 3 minutes from the road, maximizing efficiency, yet providing Roo with the breaks he needed.GoPetFriendly.com is a similar resource for pet parents on the go, and is not as state specific. However, for California, I love DogTrekker and am a big fan of their app.
3) Local Bloggers and Resources
Many local areas have dog-friendly resources that provide not just listings or brief reviews, but a first-person (and first-dog) perspective. Reading someone else's experience can be really helpful when you are trying to make the best decision quickly. For excellent local expertise, I highly recommend checking out local pet bloggers and influencers as resources. So many of our friends in the pet blogging community have reviewed local hotels, restaurants, and other places you might want to visit with your pet along the way.
Examples of Local Resources outside of California include:
Maggie Loves Orbit (San Diego):"Two fun loving Boston Terriers residing in San Diego. Here we share playful stories about our lives and share what we know about Instagram."
Mochi and the City (NYC Based):"Mochi is a 3 year oldmaltipoo living in New York City. Weighing in at just about 6 pounds, Mochi is a mini style-setter and dog model who knows the importance of finding the best Instagram spots wherever she goes! She loves fashion, traveling with her humans, and exploring dog-friendly locations in NYC and wherever her adventures take her!”
Olive’s Tails (Chicago): "I am a 1 year old Maltipoo living her best life in the wonderful city of Chicago. I have a passion for food, fashion, and cuddles. Follow me on all my adventures on Insta @Olives_Tails!”
We hope you found this list helpful for your next dog-friendly trip! But we definitely want to hear from you!
What resources do you use when planning last minute dog-friendly travel?
Rachel Sheppard is the author and founder of My Kid Has Paws. She is a Social Media Manager, blogger, corgi mom, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, and shoe collector. After graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science & Management, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 3 years. Her daily interactions with pet parents inspired her to start her blog focused on pet health, pet rescue, and pet products. She has a true enthusiasm for veterinary medicine and animal science, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with pet parents.