Tag Archives: Best Friends

Michael Vick wants a dog (for his kids)

His 3-year ban on dog ownership is coming to an end and Michael Vick wants a dog, for his kids, he says.

Let’s not forget the dogs Mr Vick owned in the past – 13 dead, 51 seized from Bad Newz Kennels in 2007, with 47 ultimately surviving after being rehabilitated at places like Best Friends Animal Society (Best Friends took in 22).

Lucas and Mel are just two of the “Vicktory Dogs” seized from Michael Vick and placed with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Photos by Gary Kalpakoff for Best Friends.

Read more about this breaking story here.

Finding dog friendly accommodation

Many sites operated by the major hotel and motel chains in the US are pet friendly – but many are not.    When planning a trip with your dog this (northern hemisphere) summer, there’s a site that can help you.  It’s called Pets Welcome.  This site has a search engine for finding dog friendly accommodation that fits with your trip’s itinerary.

Best of all, the site is not limited to the major chains.  Independent operators are also listed.  For example, during my recent trip to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, I stayed at the Treasure Trail Motel and they are included in the Pets Welcome directory.

There are lots of properties that are seeing the value in offering dog friendly accommodation.  Here’s a brief synopsis of the number of properties amongst the major chains:

Hotel/Motel Chain

Number of sites

 Candlewood Suites


 Clarion Inn and Suites


 Comfort Inn and Suites


 Comfort Inn




 Extended Stay America


 Holiday Inn


 Holiday Inn Express


 La Quinta Inn and Suites


 Motel 6


 Quality Inn


 Red Roof Inn