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The Lap of Luxury 4 Pet Friendly Resorts for Pampered Pups

You've packed your bags, booked the activities and secured that hotel reservations. Before you dial the pet-sitter, consider fetching Fido's luggage too. A study by DogVacay.com reveals 72 percent of pet owners feel guilty about leaving their best friend behind while traveling. Why not spare yourself the guilt and treat your fur-child to a much needed getaway? After all, the stress of napping, eating and sleeping are grounds for a well-deserved retreat. From massages and gourmet dining to romping and playing, the ruff life just got a little sweeter. Wherever your travels take you, delight your loyal pooch with a canine holiday everyone can enjoy.

Hungry Hounds

If your culinary canine longs for a fine dining excursion, visit the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale. The 4Paws pet friendly program knows how to indulge the most discerning palates. No Milkbones found here. Room service offerings from The Beastro menu include the finest selections of pet-approved cuisine. Health-conscious pups can enjoy the Canine Veggie Bruschetta. Furry visitors with a penchant for sweets can savor a tasty organic frozen treat by Yoghund.

Fit Fido

Calling all trophy dogs. A vacation is no excuse to neglect that furry physique. The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami encourages your pooch to strut its stuff on the dog beach. Your active dog will enjoy an exercise play date with the resorts' certified dog trainer before hitting the surf. Every pet parent knows, good looks only get you so far. Proper manners and etiquette take your handsome hound to the next level. For the pooch that's a bit "ruff" around the edges, schedule a training date to address unfavorable behaviors like excessive barking and jumping. For bonding time with your fit and polished pup, enjoy a long ocean side walk. After a long day of fun in the sun, unwind in style. Your pampered pet can get comfortable in doggy bathrobe or a Swarovski crystal studded shirt. When it's time to hit the hay, Fido even gets his own bed, complete with turn-down service of course.

Pontoon Pup

Jumping off docks, playing fetch in the water, and rolling around in the sand... What more can a rugged outdoors-pup ask for? The Wisconsin Dells waterfront is dream vacation for the whole family. Take your pooch along a scenic boat tour of the Wisconsin River. Your furry friend can even join the family on an educational tour of the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Enjoy lake living at its best with waterfront lodging that enables you and your pet easy access to the great outdoors. Dells.com offers a complete list of pet-friendly resorts with front-door access to sand, sun and all the amenities your lake-loving pooch dreams of.

Surf's Up, Dog!

California dreamin' canines head out to San Diego for the Annual Loews Surf Dog Competition. Whether your pup is a spectator or a pro, this is must-see event for all pets and human counterparts. The 2013 competition proved a winning success as thousands of two-legged attendees gathered to cheer on over 40 canine contestants. Is your water-dog ready to hit the waves and paddle his way to the championship? Loews Coronado Resort presented reining surf-dogs with a getaway at the beautiful resort, a $500 gift card and year-long bragging rights.

 

Shared by Guest Blogger  - James Rodriguez
Animal rights activist, professional dog walker, globetrotter

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