This Week on Our Show: Flying with Your Small Dog


Preston is coming to Texas! Preston, of fame, will be flying to Texas this week for the Dallas Pet Expo on Saturday. This Westie flies around the country…so we’re super excited for Preston and his mom, Rachel Phelps, to be our guests on our DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS radio show this Wednesday night!

This year, Preston has traveled to Orlando, Washington DC, San Antonio, Houston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and more cities across the country. Each time, he flies in the cabin at Rachel’s feet.

We’ll be talking with Rachel about everything from her tips to help you and your dog speed through airport security to packing for the travel day (when your dog and his carrier count as your carry-on bag!)

We’d love to hear YOUR questions during the show as well. Please call 888-627-6008 from 8-9 pm ET to talk with us live and to ask your question or to tell us about your airplane experiences with your dog. Don’t forget: one lucky caller will receive the prize of their choice from our Prize Kennel!

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Tips for Summer Travel with Your Dog


Are you planning a summer getaway with your dog? We love traveling with our dogs…and they love any getaway that involves water so that works out perfectly for summer travel!

Today we have a special guest post on PetCareRx filled with tips for summer travel with your dog!

We’re Live at the Halo City Tails NYC Pop-Up Shop!


Do you live in New York City or will you be visiting for the next month? If so, you’ve GOT to pop over and visit the brand-new Halo City Tails NYC Pop-Up shop in Manhattan! Our DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS show and all the Radio Pet Lady Network shows will be simulcast at the store for the next month; you’ll also find pet adoptions from local shelters and rescues, appearances by expert guests, and more at this fun event.

The Halo City Tails Pop Up Shop will be open for one month at the  pet-friendly Roger Smith hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue at  47th Street in Manhattan. Radio Pet Lady Network is “setting up shop” right inside the store, where all the network’s pet radio shows will play in simulcast directly from the studio Monday through Thursday at 8 PM ET. (Visit to see the schedule of programs).

Tonight on DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS we’ll be saying hello to all the people who travel around New York City with their dogs…and we’ll be giving away prizes to callers! Every Wednesday night, please call into our DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS show from 8-9pm ET at 888-627-6008. (And don’t forget we’ll be giving away the prize of the winner’s choice in the Prize Kennel to one random caller!)

Tracie Hotchner, founder of the Radio Pet Lady Network explains, “I am proud to be a partner with Halo because we share the same philosophies- transparency, honesty and trustworthy information. Halo is a Founding Sponsor of CAT CHAT & DOG TALK on the Radio Pet Lady Network, and we’re proud to have their support in inspiring and educating pet owners across the country. Now we’re excited to be live right in the middle of the greatest city in the world, celebrating our lives with our dogs and cats.”

Visitors to the Halo City Tails NYC store have the chance to win prizes like tickets to see the Ellen Show (after all, Ellen DeGeneres is part-owner of Halo!) and donations of Halo foods to your favorite shelter. Can’t make it to New York? Through a social media “Check in for Charity” campaign, pet lovers around the nation can participate in City Tails and “do good for pets” by visiting Halo retailers for a chance to win their favorite shelter 10,000 meals of Halo from

The Latest Podcast for DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS


We had a blast on last week’s DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS show, now available as a podcast you can listen to anytime!

During the show, Missy Johnson, seen above with her super cute basset hounds, called in from Charleston, South Carolina. The dog artist and founder of Dogs for the PAWS talked about the dog-friendly locations in her hometown.

We also spoke with Sheila Williams, blogger at Posh Pet Travel, about her travel experiences with her pug, Phoebe Rose.

Other topics included what questions you should ask a potential hotel when making a reservation, what special information you need on your dog’s travel ID tag, and how to keep a new four-legged traveler happy in your hotel room.

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Questions About Traveling with a Service Dog?

Satchel and Gil

We know firsthand how difficult it is to navigate a new city, especially one in another country. And that’s doubly true if it’s not just you but you and your dog.

But it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to navigate a new city without sight. Tomorrow night on our Dog Travel Experts radio show, we hope to learn more about the special challenges of traveling with a guide dog when we talk with Gil, our guest on Wednesday’s show.

Gil travels with his guide dog Satch to teach people around the world how to use a handheld GPS device for blind people. Satch is Gil’s third service dog; he flew over 100,000 miles with his previous service dog Evie, and today Gil and Satch travel around the world by all modes of public transportation.

Tracie and Paris will be talking with Gil about his experiences, challenges, and tips for traveling with a service dog.

We’d also love to hear YOUR experiences traveling with a service dog or your questions for Gil about traveling with his dog; call 888-627-6008 during the show to be on air! Dog Travel Experts airs from 8-9pm ET. You can listen on

Win a Trip to the Prize Kennel! Every week on Dog Travel Experts, we’ll select one caller at random to win a visit to our terrific Prize Kennel to select the dog prize of their choice! Last week’s winner was Jennifer R….congratulations!


Furlocity Joins Us for a Special Show


Last night on DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS, we had a special episode and discussed a topic of great importance to dog-loving travelers: pet boarding. Although we all love to travel with our pets whenever possible, it’s not always possible (or not in the best interest of your pets) so it pays to have the name of a reliable boarding facility handy. We talked with Andy Smit, founder of, the world’s first search and booking engine exclusively for pet facilities. Along with discussing pet boarding with Andy, we spoke with three unique pet accommodations that are members of Furlocity about what makes them unique in the ever-changing world of pet boarding.

If you missed last night’s broadcast, you can download the 5-08-2013 podcast (and you can always visit the Dog Travel Experts podcast page on Radio Pet Lady for all the downloads.)

Call Dog Travel Experts with Your Questions!


rplnWednesday night our Dog Travel Experts radio show returns to a live broadcast!

We’re on from 8-9pm ET, and we’d love to hear YOUR questions about dog travel or hear about your recent travel experiences with your dog! Give us a call at 888-627-6008 to talk live with Paris and with Tracie Hotchner!

To listen to the show live, visit Radio Pet Lady Network (and, if you’re not at your computer Wednesday night, you’ll also be able to listen on podcast later in the week.)

Between your calls, I’m looking forward to talking about our trip with Irie and Tiki to the Texas coast last week and sharing my tips for taking your dog to the beach this summer!




Oakland Athletics Host Dog Day at The Park

20254946Sports buffs and their barking buddies are invited to cheer on the Oakland A’s when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals and help two paws causes in the process at the 8th annual Dog Day at The Park.

Prior to the first pitch, every four-legged fan will receive a goodie bag from AvoDerm, Nylabone and Bio Spot at the pre-game Pup Rally and have the chance to promenade with their pet parent on the warning track.

A happening with heart, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Dogs4Diabetics and the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

Tickets: $12 Plaza Reserved ticket for person
$6 Plaza Reserved ticket for a dog
$12 Plaza Reserved ticket for an extra fan without a dog

When: June 28, 2013 (Pup Rally begins at 5:20 p.m.)

Where: Coliseum at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland, California

Photo Credit: ClipArt

Pet Travel Trends

Through the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to travel to and write about many kinds of accommodations. Hotels. Condos. Cottages. Villas. Each offers a different kind of getaway.

HomeAway, a company that features nearly half a million vacation rentals, put together this excellent infographic covering trends in the pet travel world as well as information specifically on vacation rentals, a popular option with many pet travelers:

Pet Travel Trends infographic

Travel Ideas infographic from HomeAway

Scoop the Poop!


As much as we love traveling with our dogs, we know that not everyone shares our enthusiasm. One reason some travelers don’t like the idea of sharing a destination with dogs: dog poop. Inconsiderate dog owners who have neglected to pick up after their dogs put everyone’s right to travel with their dogs to a particular hotel, park, or other destination at risk. With complaints about dogs at a destination (let’s face it: no one wants to step in dog poop!), destinations can change their pet policies.

Please take a moment to clean up after your dog! The infographic below from Doody Calls Pet Waste Removal shows the importance of picking up after your dog, not just to protect travelers’ rights with their dogs but also for public health reasons!

DoodyCalls - The Real Scoop