Fido’s Florida: A Dog-Friendly Guide to the Sunshine State is written by Ginger Warder who lives in St. Petersburg and was first published on November 7, 2011.
With half of all US households owning a dog, it is not surprising that a lot of people like to take their pets with them when they go on vacation.
Many hotels allow pets but there is a big difference between pets being allowed and being pet friendly. If you have never taken your dog to Florida before, then Fido’s Florida could be a real help.
If you have never taken your dog to Florida before, then Fido’s Florida could be a real help
The Welcome chapter of Fido’s Florida gives you a basic introduction to taking your dog with you to Florida. Whilst most people taking their dog to Florida will drive, did you know that you cannot take you dog on any Amtrak services but two airlines actually offer doggy frequent-flyer miles.
There is plenty of useful safety advice especially with Florida’s hot climate. Every year pets die after being left to bake in an unattended car and a few even fall victim to alligators. If you are planning on visiting any of Florida’s State parks, there is useful information on the rules governing dogs in State parks and beaches.
Whilst many hotel chains will allow pets, pet-friendly rooms are limited so advice is given on making reservations and the likely limitations and extra costs; for example weight and breed restrictions, use of crates, proof of vaccination and flea treatment and cleaning fees.
For the luxury hotel visitor, many of these types of hotels offer upmarket facilities for pets including special beds, treats and on-site pet sitting and dog walking services. The facilities of each of the major hotel chains is explained, highlighting any potential fees and deposits.
If you want to do some additional research before travelling there is a list of useful web sites.
The Welcome section is followed by chapters on each of the main regions. Each chapter starts with a “Fido 411” which gives you a list of local resources such as 24 hour emergency veterinarians, pharmacies, pet stores, pet sitters and daycare facilities.
The focus of the book is on accommodation, restaurants and attractions that go the extra mile to accommodated guests with dogs. However, also included are “must see” attractions that are worth the cost of a pet-sitter or daycare.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition.