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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FURRY TRAVELERS TAKING TO ROAD IN RECORD NUMBERS

Experts Anticipate Record Pet Travel Season as Summer 2006 Begins

Ten Tips for Pet Friendly Summer Travel

Hollywood, CA, May 26, 2006 -- The 2006 Summer Travel season is predicted to be the busiest on record – and as travel experts anticipate the continued trend of vacationers bringing the family pet along – they’re reminding everyone how to be sure that pet travel is always pet friendly.

“Two thirds of vacationing Americans take the family pet along on their trips,” says pet travel expert Tracey Thompson, founder of popular lodging referral website www.PetFriendlyTravel.com . “Projections for 2006 summer travel are edging up – more than 30 million travelers are expected to be on the roads this Memorial Day Weekend despite high gas prices. Our calculation is that 11 million pets are likely to be traveling – a record based on our conversations with our pet friendly lodging clients. Keeping those companions safe and healthy is a primary concern for all pet travel professionals.”

With an eye on pet safety, Thompson, whose 160 pound Leonberger dog Cyrus travels with her around the country, reminds visitors to her website of her recommended Top Ten Travel Tips for Pets:

1. Bring adequate water in the car or with the kennel and bring enough of your pet’s preferred food as it might not be available everywhere.
2. ALWAYS keep your pet on a leash when outside a vehicle – it’s too easy to become separated in a strange place.
3. Use a carrier for all pets under 20 pounds, use a safety harness that clips to seat belts for all others.
4. Pets should have collars and ID tags, at a minimum, in case pet and owner are separated. ID tattoos are a preference, and owners should also carry a recent photo of their pet to help describe him/her if needed.
5. NEVER leave a pet in a closed vehicle – oven-like temperatures can build up in minutes, even on cool days.
6. Be careful when introducing your pet to strangers, especially don’t allow curious children or adults to approach your pet without your supervision.
7. NEVER let your pet approach an animal in the wild.
8. Prepare your pet for travel with effective flea and tick medication.
9. Be mindful of your pet’s personal needs and limitations — how far they can comfortably walk, how frequently do they need to stop for a break, etc.
10. ALWAYS clean up after your pet.

And, Thompson adds, travelers should always plan ahead to make sure they find pet friendly accommodations at every stop on their route.

About Pet Friendly Travel
Founded in 2000 by Emmy Award-winning children’s television producer Tracey Thomson, www.PetFriendlyTravel.com provides easy access to pet friendly accommodations in the US and Canada, including dog and pet friendly hotels, vacation rentals, cabins, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, cottages, resorts and lodges. The site’s business partners comprise more than 1,000 separate listings, including private vacation rental owners and property management companies. Especially popular for summer travelers are listed vacation rental properties on the beach, among them Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, MA; The Outer Banks and Topsail Island, NC; Hilton Head, SC; Tybee Island, GA; Galveston, TX; all of Florida; and the California and Oregon coasts. PetFriendlyTravel.com also provides information on dog and pet friendly restaurants, beaches, parks, campgrounds, air travel with pets and airline pet policies.

For additional information:
Tracey Thompson
www.PetFriendlyTravel.com
323-850-5732

Naerim Kim
Brainerd Communicators
212-986-6667

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