From 5 May through 2 November 2014, Amtrak is conducting a trial program for owners traveling with their pets. The Carry-on Pet Pilot Program will allow passengers to bring cats and small dogs, up to 20 pounds including the carrier, on selected train services in the Chicago region.
The carriers are considered a piece of carry-on baggage and the fee per pet is $25.00. No more than four pets will be allowed per train.
To qualify for the Amtrak scheme, your dog will need to be harmless, odorless and at least eight weeks old.
In an Amtrak press release, Joe Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak said, “Amtrak is supportive of accommodating pets on trains, and through direct collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation and a working group led by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California we are optimistic a plan can be reached to address the needs and concerns of all our passengers.”
It’s a start…let’s hope the trial goes well. All aboard!
DogVacay, the online site the connects dog parents who need home dog boarding, pet sitting and day care with qualified caregivers, has released its second annual State of U.S. Pet Travel survey.
It shows that dog parents still face obstacles when needing or wanting to travel.
- 60% of dog owners say arranging accommodation for their dog adds complexity to travel planning
- 34% of owners say they often struggle to find a pet sitter when they need to travel at short notice
- 22% of owners have delayed or skipped a planned vacation because of challenges in arranging care for their dog(s)
- 50% say finding a good kennel or pet sitter has affected planning for their vacation
- Another three in ten (27%) say financial challenges such as kennel fees or paying a pet deposit at a hotel have impacted their vacation plans
Also, 46% of dog owners agree that worrying about their dog(s) while they’re away makes it harder to enjoy their trip (I admit that I worry about Daisy when I have to travel for work or vacation, even when I have made arrangements for her care with reputable caregivers).
What’s your travel story?
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Assistance dogs and small dogs that are allowed to fly in aircraft cabins are now supported with a training program specifically for them!
The training is provided by Air Hollywood, a studio where the television show Lost was filmed. The K9 Flight School prepares people and pets to travel confidently by simulating a real aviation environment. During the training, dogs are exposed to:
- airport checkin
- security screening
- disembarking (no pun intended)
The one-day course costs $349. Will your dog become a frequent flyer?
It’s fairly common in the USA to have frequent flyer programs for pets. But did you know that earlier this year Virgin Australia launched that country’s first pet frequent flyer program?
Photo courtesy of Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia’s pet program adds bonus points to the air miles that passengers receive when they are members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.
Red members (the entry level) earn an extra 300 points each time they fly with one pet carrier. Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn more points per flight. Platinum members earn 600 points per flight per pet carrier, for example.
Well done to Virgin Australia for recognising travelers who need to travel with their dog!
I like Pope Francis’ style. Earlier this week, he invited four homeless men to join him for Mass and breakfast at the Vatican in celebration of his 77th birthday (that’s roughly 13 in dog years).
One of the men owned a dog, who was welcomed as part of the celebrations:
If the Vatican can embrace dog-friendly accommodation, why can’t we see more dog-friendly establishments elsewhere?
Well done to Museo Ferrari Maranello; the Ferrari Museum has recognised that car lovers may also be dog lovers who are traveling with their pooch.
The solution? Guarded kennels in the shaded part of the museum garden which is located next to the cafeteria.
Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari, Maranello
In three different sizes (to cater for dogs of all sizes), these kennels replicate in detail the classic Ferrari motor car which is built in Maranello.
Your dog will experience a Ferrari cockpit like no other! Photo courtesy of Museo Ferrari, Maranello
Now that’s dog-friendly business! Does the museum near you cater for your dog?