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Woof Woof’s Weekly Dog Travels Deals

All dog travel deals are for airlines and hotels Woof Woof has experienced himself.

Kimpton Hotels

There is no better hotel chain out there for dogs than Kimpton. Woof Woof was treated almost like a human at the Kimpton in Downtown DC. He wasn’t my dog, but a hotel guest in his own right. I was surprised they didn’t offer him his own key. But they did offer him a dog treat and no pet fee.

While Kimpton is normally on the pricier side, this weekend they are offering 15 last minute deals. You could stay in Miami for as low as $116 per night. And it’s as pet fee free as any other Kimpton.

The deals are truly for last minute trips as the last night you can take advantage of this deal is June 5th.

Air Canada

Air Canada is one of my favorite airlines for dog travel to and from Canada. They generally have more under seat room than West Jet, and their in cabin fees are much cheaper than American airline carriers. Your pet can fly with you among over 50 US cities and Canada for only $50 to $59 each way, half the cost of most US airlines.

Sales are going on across Canada. Woof Woof’s favorite city of Kelowna, a beautiful town on a lake. Plus, West Kelowna has lots of walkable farm paths.  is on sale starting at just $200 each way. Toronto starts at $104. For Toronto, neighborhood is everything. Woof Woof liked walking around lakeside and the Bloor-Younge area.

Jet Blue

Jet Blue actually gives dogs 300 frequent flyer miles for flying. You can’t get more pet friendly than that. The fee is $125 for an in cabin pet. Jet Blue flies among quite a few cities. Unfortunately, a few Caribbean islands don’t accept pets.

Now, for the sales. Go to New Orleans as early as June 10th for $84 each way for your human ticket. New Orleans is extremely dog friendly. Traveling to Mexico City starts at $134 each way.

 

Woof Woof Visits The North Pole In Finland

Woof Woof loves attention and has lots of international friends, canine and human. One of the most amazing things I’ve noticed is people who speak English to me will speak in their native language to him. Check him out exploring Finland and getting to know everyone from Santa’s elves to children from all over the world. The kids were as eager to meet Woof Woof as they were to meet Santa Claus.

Woof Woof’s Lessons from Staying in Airbnbs for a Year

They say a dog knows every scent in their home well. Woof Woof knows the scent of my luggage. When in a new Airbnb, he knows wherever our luggage is happens to be our room.

For the year we stayed primarily in Airbnbs, he was comforted by that familiarity. He got to play in dog parks in 17 states, 7 countries, and 2 Canadian Provinces.

He met over a dozen different Airbnb hosts from college students to Michelin star chefs. He’s heard Woof Woof spoken in at least 5 languages. In case you’re curious Voof Voof is how you spell Woof Woof in Norwegian.

But it wasn’t all fun and sniffs. We both had to learn the best ways to live with other dogs and people we didn’t know. I learned how to introduce the idea of him coming by text, how much time to give someone to make sure they read the message that essentially says a well-behaved canine guest will be staying with them, and when I should and shouldn’t dog sit another guest’s or the  host dog. Hint: never before you’ve seen them play together nicely with two adults present.

I’m so excited to share our travel tips with you here and biweekly on Woof Woof’s Instagram account.

 

 

 

 

Woof Woof’s Halloween in Brooklyn

I’m never going to go all out for a Halloween costume for Woof Woof. He’s going to have one off the rack, or I’ll make one that’s relatively simple. This year, he went as Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom. The reason I chose him is Woof Woof already had his shirt from when he covered Bark in the Park with a press pass in May. I bought him a kids t-shirt for the event that fits him perfectly.

But a jersey by itself isn’t enough. So I went to Party City to look for a wavy-haired wig small enough to fit a mini schnauzer. It was a much tougher task than trying to find a toddler-sized t-shirt. All the wigs were sized for adults. Thus, the shortest wig we could find was one that was supposed to look like a comb over. To keep the wig on, I tied his dog Yamuka on top that he happened to have from his Bark Mitzvah.

Woof Woof shook off the wig when he got to the pup parade. His costume then changed to just Mets fan. Before the costume contest started, he looked for other dogs to play with. After all, the best of a pup parade for Woof Woof is bringing his friends together for a giant playdate.

 

 

 

 

Woof Woof Learns Conference Etiquette

Woof Woof has tagged along when I was speaking at two different conferences. He was also at a third one where I was an attendee. At FinCon, the financial bloggers conference, he was the only dog there. He was so happy to have all the attention and was definitely an asset when I spoke about networking. Who’s a better networker than a cute, well-behaved dog?

He was trained for conferences among other social situations. That’s why he was able to make it through a long day at a conference with only three barks. I never wanted to leave him in the room because everyone enjoyed having him there so much.

After this wonderful experience, I thought about what other humans should know who want to bring their dogs.

1. Give your dog public experience first in your hometown. This can be as simple as bringing him to dinner with you at an outdoor restaurant. If your canine pal barks once, say no and ask for a sit. Then, give a treat for good behavior.

2. Find out if the hotel and the conference are pet friendly. It can be a disaster if you bring your dog and there is nowhere for your canine to stay.

3. Make plans for when you have to leave your pet in the room. Some hotels will let you leave your pet in the room when you need to, others won’t. When you can’t get a pet sitter for when you’re at a banquet or other non dog friendly event, let the front desk know to text you if your canine barks.

4. Take your dog out at least every 4 hours for bathroom / walking breaks. Everyone needs a break from the 24 / 7 networking atmosphere of a conference. Imagine if you were 13 inches from the ground and surrounded by 600 60 inch or taller humans. The quick break will help your pet regroup.

5. Keep your pet on a short leash. Woof Woof is confident because he knows I’m close by. He let everyone pet him because I don’t bring a leash that’s longer than 4-feet long.