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Our pets aren’t just companion animals. They’re treasured friends, and even beloved family members. While it’s never fun or pleasant to think about what will happen to them if the worst should happen to us, it’s very important to consider how we can ensure they are well cared for when and if we are no longer able to care for them ourselves. Thankfully, creating a solid plan through a pet trust can help give us peace of mind.

The new year is upon us.  It's time to take a look back on the past year and determine what we might want to change, do better or accomplish in 2022.  For pet parents, much of this reflection applies to the lives they share with their pets.

Many things can be stressful when it comes to hitting the road for the holidays. However, traveling with your pets doesn’t have to be one of them. Most pet parents don't like leaving their furry kids behind, and (provided their pets are good travelers) they really don’t have to. When following some tried-and-true tips, taking your pets along is not only easy, it makes for a much more enjoyable holiday road trip.

Wanna go for a R-I-D-E?” These magic words are enough to send most dogs into a tailspin of excitement. Whether you’re going to the local dog park or on a cross-country expedition, to your dog, a road trip means new sights, new smells, and new friends. But does it mean safe travels? You make sure you and your human family are snugly buckled in before you head out in your car, but is your pet secure?

Rare is the pooch who doesn’t love a road trip. For most dogs, the best part of the trip is sticking their fuzzy heads out the window to feel the breeze and smell all the great scents. In spite of how great it feels, allowing your pup to put his head out the window while you’re driving is actually very dangerous, for a variety of reasons.

Your dog is family, so it's only natural to want to enjoy his company all the time, and take him along everywhere possible. However, the decision to travel with a pet - particularly on an extended road trip - is one that requires a good deal of consideration. There are several questions you should ask yourself before loading Rover up in the car, and all of them involve ensuring your pet's ultimate comfort and well-being.

For businesses, the way to the heart of many Americans just may be through their pets. With pet parenting on the rise, and people spending even more time, affection, and money on their pets, pleasing pet parents is a solid way for businesses to gain an edge. Pet parents love businesses who love their furry kids, and they’re willing to spend a little more and go a little further out of their way to show their appreciation. That means there are a number of different ways businesses can win with this large and growing demographic.

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Looking for a unique and affordable way to see the country with your pet? Consider riding the rails! Train rides are a fun, classic, and very accessible way to travel. For example, Amtrak - one of the country’s largest railways - boasts over 30 train routes, traveling to over 500 destinations, across 46 states! You’ll enjoy great views of our country’s scenery, and you can even see some sights only accessible by rail. Best of all, Amtrak lets you bring your small pet along for the ride! 

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When times are “tough” -- and even when they’re not, it’s always nice when you can save a dime or two.  While many of us are itching to get away with our pet, others may have to due to a move, family matter, or other obligation. Whatever the reason for travel, it doesn’t have to break the bank if you plan ahead and find the right accommodations for your budget.

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Only one thing makes heading out on a road trip better--bringing your beloved pet along! Of course, you’ll need a pet-friendly place to stay along the way. You could just book your same-old, tried-and-true places . . . or, you could make it a true adventure and try something new! Hotels are increasingly welcoming pet guests these days, and there are lots of options to choose from--some of which you may never have heard of!

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Big cities are fast-paced and fun, and their museums and historical sites are world-famous. But if you’re looking to explore history in a way that’s more personal and slower-paced, countless small towns across the country are ready and waiting to welcome you. And most small towns are warm, family friendly, and pet friendly, so your furkid will be welcome, too! 

Make plans to emBARK on a canine cruise with your pooch!  You’ll find that many cruise tours and ferry boat rides across the U.S. happily welcome your furkid.  What could be more fun than a day spent on the high seas with your furry sidekick along for the “sail”?  And, to make it easy, we’ve uncovered some of the best pet-friendly options.  Ships ahoy!

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Paddleboarding is a challenging and exciting sport, and a perfect way to have fun on the water. It’s also a perfect activity to do with your four-legged sidekick! Many dogs love to paddleboard, and it’s a good way for them to get exercise, fresh air, and mental stimulation. There are lots of great places to paddleboard in the U.S., and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best.

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Many people who love to travel don’t do so as often as they’d like. They have a variety of reasons for staying put--lack of vacation time, a demanding job, difficulty scheduling around family commitments. But the concern that most often tops the list is money. The extra expense of boarding beloved pets or bringing them along can make planning trips even more daunting for would-be travelers.  

Pet parents know the places by heart where their furkids are welcomed: dog parks, most regular parks, some beaches, some hiking trails, and pet stores. Most everywhere else, their furry sidekicks get left behind . . . or, do they? Turns out, pets are allowed - and even welcomed - in more places than pet parents might think.

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Fun fact: In the U.S. today, there are more pets than there are people! Additionally, Americans are adding furry family members to their “packs” at a higher rate than ever before. About 67 percent of American households currently have pets, which is up from 56 percent when the first such numbers were recorded back in the ‘80s.

There’s no doubt that moving can be exciting .  . . and stressful.  If you’re a pet parent, the stress can be heightened when you’re concerned about keeping your four-legged family member safe and happy during the moving process. Fortunately, planning ahead will make your move much less daunting and more of an adventure you can share with your pet!

If you’re like many pet parents, bringing your furkid along on a shopping trip would be the perfect way to spend a day. While many big-name chain stores have a "service dogs only" policy, you may be surprised to know that a number of them will in fact allow you to shop with your Shih-Tzu or browse with your bulldog. 

Love taking epic adventures with your pet? Looking for ideas, tips, and like-minded adventurers? Social media groups can provide all that, and more; however, not all social media groups are created equal. We went on a search for the most helpful, popular, and fun online pet adventure groups, and we’ve dug up some real gems!

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