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Under the Same Woof: Take Your Pets With On Your Next Travel Therapy Assignment

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Traveling to your next travel therapy job without your furry friends would make things seem incomplete. There’s nothing better than coming home from a hard days work and having your four-legged friend meet you at the door, especially if you’re away from home. Having them along with you during your assignment would help give your new routine some semblance to actually being home, and there’s no reason you can’t bring them. Most agencies will do what they can to accommodate you and your pets, but double-check with your recruiters and the companies you may be researching to ensure that it is allowed. I can imagine if you work for one that does not permit this, you may want to venture out and find a new agency to work with.

Start by talking with your recruiter, they are the best resource to anything you may have questions about regarding your assignments. Tell them that you want to bring along Fido and let them take care of the rest. In most cases, housing can be found that will allow pets, but you may have to pay a little extra for a pet deposit and so forth. It all depends on the location and the housing available, in larger cities it is fairly easy to find places that welcome pets, but in smaller, more rural locations, you may have difficulty. It all depends.

Take your pets with to your next travel therapy job.

Traveling with pets is easy.

When you have your new therapy job lined up, it’s wise to take a little extra time to carefully plan your trip since you’ll be traveling with your pet(s), especially if you are traveling by car. If you plan on flying, definitely check with the airlines ahead of time – there are sure to be some guidelines you’ll have to follow regarding traveling pets.

If you browse the internet and search for “traveling with pets,” you will find a number of great sites and services out there to assist you, either in mapping out a route that is pet friendly or just best practices. One such site is Pets On the Go, which has listings of  everything from B&B’s to major hotel chains that welcome pets.  You’ll also find great travel tips and links to things you can buy for your pets related to traveling.

Another good site to check out is, SureFit.net. They offer a product called, Auto Friends. It’s a hammock-like slip cover that lays over top of your back seat and prevents your pets from sliding should you hit the brakes quickly. It also protects your upholstery from stains and such and is easy to clean and maintain. The site also released a list of the top 10 destinations for traveling with pets.

1. New York City – Between winding trails, off-leash hours and fenced-in dog parks, NYC’s Central Park is the perfect pet hang-out. Plus, pet daycare can be found in nearly every Big Apple neighborhood.
2. Chicago – Dogs are welcome on canine cruises at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and the Windy City is home to a number of pet resorts and patio restaurants that welcome furry friends.
3. Boston – Pooches are welcome to tour Boston Harbor by boat, and dogs are welcome to take the subway.
4. Houston – Local pet lovers praise Barnaby’s Cafe, where pets aren’t just welcome, they’re given their own cardboard bowl to dine from while their owners grab a bite.
5. San Francisco – The city by the bay offers plenty of pet-friendly dining, off-leash beaches, and outdoor areas. Take your dog for a stroll across the Golden GateBridge — or even bring him along on a cable-car ride!
6. Austin – Besides outdoor cafes and off-leash parks, Austin residents tout the Zilker Botanical Gardens and Congress Street Bats as great places for local dogs (and dog-owners).
7. Washington (and its suburb Alexandria, Va.) – Both areas feature plenty of pet-friendly restaurants and parks.
8. Portland, Ore. – The Lucky Labrador restaurant chain is famously pet-friendly. Pets are also invited to visit the Rose Gardens and Saturday outdoor market.
9. Charleston – Bring your pet along on a walking tour of historic Charleston, whether it’s a daytime stroll through Magnolia Plantation or a nighttime ghost tour of the city’s haunted haunts.
10. Ann Arbor – Pets are welcome to frolic in many of the city’s outdoor spaces, including the Nichols Arboretum, a large botanical garden at the University of Michigan.
So you should be ready now to hit the road with furry friends, don’t forget the treats! Bone voyage!


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Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I’ve been involved with Marketing and Advertising for the better part of a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she’s ever had. So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. Obviously, I landed the job at Medical Solutions, a travel physical therapy company and am now a Marketing Specialist who writes about travel physical therapy. This by far has been a major blessing to my life, I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time, as long as they’ll have me. Now that we’ve got the career timeline out of the way. Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I’ve been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn’t at least kick the ball around, I don’t know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts. Music, Visual arts, Film, Design; pretty much anything and everything arty. I’m happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager!

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