Wednesday, February 18, 2009

For "Landlubber Pets and Caretakers"

Welcome to day two of our look at luxurious travel with pets. Today we set forth from the ocean to the woods for a weekend at a swanky resort for you and your pets. If you’re looking to stay on land, you’ll love today’s pet travel trends. AAA currently lists over 13,000 lodging options in its 2008 pet traveling guide.
With services that range from in-room doggy (and people) massages at the FireSky Kimpton resort in Phoenix, Arizona to a gourmet room-service menu at the Wyndham Orange County resort, your pet is sure to love this new trend as much as we do.
And Fido can even feast on Zen Yo, a hearty vegetable stir-fry that’s designed to help pets adjust to jet lag, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. If you prefer a more humid environment, they can enjoy a liver pâté and braised New Zealand lamb served on a bed of rice at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.
But you may be a bit more organic-minded. If that’s the case, your pets can enjoy a Buddy Burger hamburger with cheese (or without if Fluffy is lactose intolerant) at the Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
While you’re in the spa, your pets can work off those gourmet meals with planned exercise activities such as swimming, hiking or even a day at their own pet spa, which may not contribute to fewer calories, but will do wonders for their beautiful fur coats.
Most hotels are now offering five-star service that includes bottled water, specialty menus, in-room pet services, and even turndown service for you and your pets. Whether you’re traveling with your dog, cat, reptile or even something as unusual as a llama, there is likely a destination resort that will not only host you and your pet, but offer you the services you both deserve.
For a list of the Top Ten Pet Resorts, visit the Cat Channel.

Stacy Mantle

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