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Pet Friendly Travel in the News


Associated Press
Posted 8/30/2006 7:51 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) You've brought your dog along on vacation to a pet-friendly hotel, and your itinerary includes a walking tour, a park and a wooded trail all of which permit pets.

But what are you going to do about dinner? The hotel doesn't allow you to leave the dog in the room unattended, and you can't take your pooch to a restaurant. Or can you?

A new online guide lists restaurants and bars across the nation that allow pet-owners to bring their dogs along. The website,, also includes reviews and other pet-travel listings, from beaches to lodging.

Local health laws usually limit dogs to outside dining areas, or to venues like bars, where no food is served. So most of the restaurants that allow animals offer outdoor seating. Dogs are not allowed to eat or drink out of restaurant glasses or dishes, so bring your dog's own bowl or ask the waiter for a disposable bowl if you want to put down a water dish.

But some restaurants will provide a communal dog watering bowl, and some even offer special menu items for pets such as the "Dog Days Burger" at Bully Ranch in Vail, Colo., the "Ham Barker Helper" at Tin Shed Garden Cafe in Portland, Ore., and the "Very Terrier Veal Bones" at Out of Denmark Restaurant in Delray Beach, Fla.

A few bars even have doggie happy hours, when pet owners can bring their canines along such as Tuesdays at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown, Wednesdays at Joe's Sports Bar in Chicago, and Wednesdays at the Helix Hotel in Washington. In Charlotte, the Dog Bar Noda allows dogs to belly up to the bar with their owners anytime.

The website also offers doggie etiquette tips. Keep your animal leashed at all times. Make sure your pet is well-behaved and can refrain from barking or begging for food. And require the animal to sit close by or under the table while you're eating so as not to get in the way of restaurant workers who could easily trip on a dog sprawled in the aisle.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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