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The Must Have Dog-Friendly Travel Book and Contest

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People who travel with their dogs: Rejoice. Finally someone has written a book targeting the dog-friendly traveler that cuts right to the chase. Dog-friendly travel is no easy feat, but now the guesswork is gone.

As a person who has been traveling with dogs for well over 20 years, I pride myself on finding the latest, greatest, most affordable, and sometimes high end and glamorous dog-welcoming places for our readers. We travel the country and network with pet product experts, veterinarians, pet industry experts, and those in the know as a part of our continuing commitment to growing Fidose of Reality into the one of the ultimate online destinations for all things dog-related.

Vacation: Those eight letters that so many of us pine for, perhaps once a year or perhaps a weekend getaway. For many canine owners, hitting the open road with an excursion in mind can also mean thirteen other letters: No Dogs Allowed! Well, if you follow the excursions and advice of one of our favorite small dog travel bloggers, Dog Jaunt, dog moms and dads need not fret!

The founder of Dog Jaunt, Mary Alice Pompitus, has released her very first book with the dog traveler in mind. For over 20 years of dog travel, I’ve heard countless numbers of fellow travelers say, “I wish we could’ve brought ours along!” If these folks had a copy of Bone Voyage: Travel With Your Pet, their travels would have been so much easier.

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Here’s our top 8 reasons we love the new Bone Voyage book from the founder of Dog Jaunt:

8 Solid Information You Can Use And Apply: I am so tired of books that promise they’ll give travel advice to dog parents and fill the pages with fluff and filler instead. Pompitus delivers with hands-on, doable recommendations and tips to make planning and taking a dog-friendly trip a breeze.

7 Flying With Your Pet: Though we do not travel with our dog via plane (he is too big and will never be considered “luggage” or “cargo”), if you have a small dog and can board them with you, Bone Voyage walks you through the entire process. From what to expect when flying to what to do in cabin, and even what carriers are allowed on airplanes.

6 Bus, Trains, And Boats: A section on these types of travel is included in the book, which is a boon for us pet parents who take the roads less traveled and utilize a variety of transport methods.

5 Dog-Friendly Restaurants: “Waiter, a doggie bag, please!” Even better, take your dog with you to a Fido-friendly eatery or outdoor café. Call ahead or log online to locate eateries which have special Fido-friendly sections in their outdoor patios. Dogs-welcomed policies are kept in place because of responsible owners, so do keep barking and begging to a minimum. There is an entire section on dog-friendly restaurants in this book.

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4 Pet Togethers: If you don’t know what these are, Pompitus explains in the book. Not to be missed if you like socializing with other pet parents.

3 Ideas for Cool Pet-Friendly Places: If you peruse through the archives of Fidose of Reality, you know we love to travel with our dog and have made many recommendations on where to stay. Bone Appetite does the same and adds their personal, hands-on experience to the prose. Bonus: The e-book has clickable links for further info to enhance your trip planning details.

2 Humor and Flavor: Mary Alice Pompitus is a fun and informative writer. Travel books can sound mundane, but with the flavorful humor and stylings of the Dog Jaunt founder, this is an enjoyable read (and one of those books you share with a friend).

1 The Whole She-Bang: And the number one reason we love this book is because it is not the size of a Bible. At almost 100 pages, each section is packed and gives the pet traveler exactly what he or she needs for a successful trip. Keep in mind that a trip means to the dog park, overseas, or just a local jaunt around your town.

 

OUR CONTEST IS CLOSED AND THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!! HERE ARE OUR THREE WINNERS:

Christina Conley Berry
Kathy Mueller
Tenacious Little Terrier

We encourage you to check out Bone Voyage, as you can order a copy on Amazon.com in either Kindle Edition or paperback.

To celebrate the launch of this book, Fidose of Reality is giving three lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy: in their choice of format.

Simply reply below in the comments and tell us one of your favorite dog-friendly places to visit!

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When does it start and end? The contest starts now.The contest ends on 01/28/14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win.

What are we judged on? Three random winners will be selected.

Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard. One entry per person, please.

What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than January 31, 2014. Winners must provide name and mailing address so we can ship you the prize.

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Comments

  1. Jim Gross says

    My pack loves to camp and hike . We almost always camp in the numerous National Forests in California that have very friendly dog regulations and have many of the same beautiful features that the National and State Parks offer – without the No Dogs Allowed aspect.

  2. Jeannette and Joey says

    We love roaming around Los Angeles. There’s Rosie’s off-leash beach in Long Beach, which is a blast! Downtown is full of pocket parks. The Santa Monica Mountains have wonderful trails that completely take you away from the city streets. There are dog-friendly restaurants everywhere. At one of our fun neighborhood trattorias, Spumoni’s, the owner actually provide complimentary meatballs to his four-legged patrons. We list all of these kinds of resources on FidoUniverse.

  3. Arlene R. O'Neil says

    Kiawah Beachwalker Park Johns Island, South Carolina is an amazing fido adventure. Not just dog friendly, but dogs are allowed in the water, poop bags are provided, and hose showers available for sand removal after a day at the beach. One word of caution though. The sand gets very hot and can be tough on your dog’s paws, so if he or she is too heavy to carry, bring foot wear for them to avoid burned pads. Off leash allowed off season. Mine have gone swimming in January and loved it!!!!!

  4. Gail says

    Del Mar , CA off-leash dog beach. It’s a long stretch of beach with tide pools and ocean swimming. Always lots of canine company available.

  5. LISA KERNER says

    WE LOVE TO GO TO NYC PET FASHION WEEK….WHICH IS PRE WESTMINSTER WEEK….IT’S WHEN NEW YORK GOES TO THE DOGS!!!! THE HOTELS ALL HAVE DOGS WALKING IN THE LOBBIES AND PEE PEE PADS IN EVERY CORNER. ALL THE STORES SET OUT WATER BOWLS AND HAVE TREATS FOR THE DOGS. DOG COUTURE IS EVERYWHERE, THE NYC PET FASHION SHOW AND CONTEST, DOGGIES AND TIARA’S PAGEANT AND A GLAM AND GLITZ BRUNCH!!!! WE ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST TIME AND MEET SO MANY AMAZING AND WONDERFUL DOG LOVING PEOPLE!!!!

  6. Deborah Thompson says

    St. Augustine Beach is very pet-friendly and the beautiful, w-i-d-e beaches are “PAWfect” for long walks with your pooch. Several restaurants in this fascinating, historic town also allow you to dine with doggies. Great fur-family vacation.

  7. Edie says

    Mary-Alice, her blog, her dog, Chloe, all are awesome. I know that’s not the question you asked but I hope it qualifies as an entry to win her book anyway 😉

  8. Mary-Alice Pomputius says

    Thank you so much for the lovely review, Carol! The support and suggestions I’ve received from Dog Jaunt’s readers and my kind, kind colleagues have all made Bone Voyage a better book. A community based on wagging tails and dog licks is the best community of all!

  9. sandy weinstein says

    i go to horse shows and welcome that dogs are allowed at the shows and in the arenas as long as they are on a leash and well behaved. horses and dogs go together. there are several restaurants and shopping centers where i live where dogs are welcome. the restaurants even provide treats and water for the dogs….most of the shops allow dogs inside as long as no food is sold. the restaurants allow dogs on the terraces for out door dining.

  10. Christine Aiello says

    I loved taking Coco to Lake Placid. We found a pet friendly hotel and the village shops were very pet friendly. Coco went into all of the stores with us and we even found an Italian restaurant that we were going to sit outside to eat with Coco and the owner told us no we could come inside to eat since Coco was in a stroller! He gave us a booth and we sat at the booth and parked Coco in her stroller at the end of the table and she went right to sleep! Everyone was very friendly.

  11. Kathy Mueller says

    My dogs enjoy traveling to Cape Cod with us. We have a vacation home there, and it’s three hours from where we normally live, so it’s close enough to bring the dogs, and far enough to miss them if we DON’T take them with us! All three dogs have a place in the car, and they all love going for an R.I.D.E. ! They know when we’re packing for a trip to “The Cape” and start placing themselves near the kitchen door in anticipation, often hours before we actually leave. Our community on Cape is very dog-friendly, so there’s a lot of socializing with other dogs and people. It’s a great way to make friends, just bring your dog.

  12. Jolie says

    We like to take our Shiba to the beach. Two cities nearby that have off-leash beaches are Carmel and Santa Cruz. Both towns are dog-friendly so we’re able to eat at nice restaurants on the patio with fire pits, and also stay at hotels. Carmel Mission Inn is very nice and has eating areas indoors and out where you can take food from the restaurant and eat with your dog. It was really fun going there with our puppy and seeing all the other dogs walking around.

  13. Jonnie says

    We took our two schnauzers on vacation with us last year and we all had a great time. This year we are planning a trip to Texas to visit family. This will be our longest drive with the girls and we will travel through 4 states and will have to spend at least one night on the road.

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