Pet Friendly Destination – Santa Fe New Mexico


Pet friendly Santa Fe is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, visitors will find miles of pet friendly trails through meadows of Indian paintbrush and purple lupine, leading to stunning mountaintop panoramas. Pet owners might also enjoy exploring the remains of the once-thriving Pueblo civilization, including an impressive number of historic pueblos and cliff dwellings.

Other popular outdoor activities in the area include golf, mountain biking, river rafting, horseback riding, fishing, hot air ballooning, and swimming. Ski Santa Fe, which opens from Thanksgiving until Easter, features one of the highest ski areas in the continental United States and offers unsurpassed mountaintop vistas. Skiers will appreciate the steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree skiing, and abundance of groomers.

After an invigorating day in Santa Fe, visitors can whet their appetites at many fine restaurants serving innovative Southwestern cuisine. Evening entertainment options range from live musical theater and nationally renowned opera to flamenco dancing and exciting casino action. Afterwards, visitors might enjoy a warm bath and a nightcap in their pet friendly accommodations, which include contemporary boutique hotels, budget-friendly motels with Southwestern flair, charming bed and breakfasts, luxurious resorts with full-service spas, and numerous campgrounds and RV parks with views of dazzling sunsets.

As one of America’s oldest and most beautiful cities, pet friendly Santa Fe has something for everyone. Its resplendent landscapes, world-class art, superb cuisine, incredible shopping, exciting entertainment, abundant outdoor activities, and stimulating history and culture invariably make visitors wish they had more time to spend there. It’s truly a dream pet friendly vacation destination.

More information on pet friendly Santa Fe and many other pet friendly hotels in great destinations can be found at PetTravel.com.

10th Anniversary of the Pet Travel Scheme – Avoid Quarantine entering the UK

Pet Travel SchemeToday (March 2, 2010) is the 10th anniversary of the Pet Travel Scheme which was originally championed by Lady Mary Fretwell. For more than 100 years prior to the approval of the Pet Travel Scheme, the United Kingdom had a strictly enforced quarantine program in effect. Bring in a dog, cat, guinea pig or rabbit, and they had to spend six months in one of 80 quarantine kennels in Great Britain, with virtually no exercise and with only the kennels’ contracted veterinarians to check them out. There were no uniform statutes governing these kennels–the kennel owners voluntarily agreed to provide respectable care, but this often was lacking.

“My husband was in the Foreign Service, so this meant that each time we returned to England from a post our basset hound had to go through that awful quarantine,” says Lady Mary Fretwell. “Over the years, we could see how the quarantine conditions got worse and worse.”

The final straw came in 1987, when Lady Mary and Sir John Fretwell returned to England from their final post in Paris. “We came back with our basset hound,” Lady Fretwell says, “and it was a terrible quarantine experience. Our beloved Bertie, our favorite of all the bassets we’ve had over the years, was a different dog after this horrible experience, and died soon afterwards. This pushed us into doing something about the quarantine situation in the UK.”

The result was an organization called “Passports for Pets,” and because of the untiring efforts by the Fretwells and 10,000 members and many volunteers who pushed for changes in the pet entry system, there is now in place a specific method of bringing cats and dogs into the UK without going through quarantine.

A happy note is that over 10,000 pets have been brought into the UK without any incident of rabies since the inception of the program as of the 10th anniversary. The Pet Travel Scheme was certainly a victory for pets traveling to the UK!

Updated information on bringing a pet to the UK.

Eurostar Pet Policy being challenged by champion for pet’s rights in Britain

EurostarThose of you who travel by rail in Britain are familiar with Eurostar, a rail system owned by Britain, France, and Belgium. Lady Fretwell, who championed for the Pet Scheme (allowing pet owners to prepare in advance to bring their pets to Britain thus avoiding quarantine at entry) has taken on the fight to allow pets on board. As stated in TheMoveChannel.com, “Lady Fretwell described the situation as “ludicrous” especially as people and their pets are allowed to travel on trains across the Continent and dog owners in Britain are free to take their pets on the Tube and on regional railways.”

Find more about Eurostar’s pet policy here: https://help.eurostar.com/faq/us-en/question/Can-I-take-my-pet-on-Eurostar

Update: Eurostar currently does not permit pets with the exception of guide or assistance animals. Eurostar does not accept emotional support animals.

For information on pet friendly trains in the EU.

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