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Pet News Round-Up: Travel Tips & Vacation Options for Dogs

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

This is vital information for pet owners moving to Australia.

Advocates speak out against fake service dogs.

These are all our latest pet move snapshots.

5 dog friendly vacation spots.

Animal groups are calling on the government to enact better pet travel rules and regulations in Taiwan.

Here's why you might want to hire help with your pet move.

 

Zen

Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

Pets at SXSW: Going Beyond Cat Videos

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

sxswAs animal lovers interested in all the latest pet and pet travel trends, the PetRelocation team is always curious about the pet presence at SXSW -- one of the biggest tech conferences in the world.

Each year a few Interactive panels embrace animal-related topics (usually in the form of cat videos and social media), and side parties often feature pet guests of honor to drum up attendance and publicity for various start-ups and brands.

So, what's going on in 2015? Here's a rundown of pet-related events at SXSW this year.

Official SXSW Panels:

'Cat'astrophe: Good, Bad & Ugly of Internet Cats -- Despite their online popularity, do cats get less care and respect than dogs in the real world? Bryan Kortis of PetSmart Charities and Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist, discuss the lives of cats in today's well-meaning but often very flawed world. This panel is open to Interactive, Gold and Platinum badge holders. (Monday, March 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Animal Planet's Next Cat Star Party -- Here's a chance to hang out with the next big cat reality star (because that exists, of course) and vote on your favorite finalists while partying with fellow cat lovers and Austin 80s cover band The Spazmatics. This event is open to Interactive, Gold and Platinum badge holders. (Sunday, March 15, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

GIS Mapping: Using Technology to Save the Lives of Dogs and Cats -- Presenters from the ASPCA will discuss how advances in technology can help lower euthanasia rates and alleviate pet homelessness. This panel is open to Music, Interactive, Gold, Platinum badge, and Artist wristband holders. (Tuesday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

VodkaforDogPeople: Matchmaking a Business Heart -- Two Austin businesses, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Emancipet, have forged an unlikely but strong and mutually beneficial partnership that relies on a love of pets. Reps from each company, Beth Bellanti and Amy Mills, will tell you all about it. (This panel is open to Interactive, Gold and Platinum badge holders. (Monday, March 16 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Events Involving Pets:

Mophie Rescue: If you find your phone battery can't quite keep up with the constant texting and Twitter-checking that SXSW demands, maybe a dog can save you. Festival folks are invited to tweet at @Mophie and, if you meet the designated requirements (phone life and location), a St. Bernard will come to your rescue with a phone charger. Sounds pretty gimmicky, but at least the dogs are adoptable? (Ongoing)

PetRelocation's Yappy Hour -- Of course we have to mention our own party! We're inviting pet lovers to stop by for some puppy playtime on Friday and quality cat time on Saturday (all furry friends are up for adoption with Austin Pets Alive!) along with free beer, a photo booth, swag and more. Find out more and RSVP here. (Friday, March 13, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Haus of Bacon -- Grumpy Cat is returning to SXSW for the third year in a row and will be appearing at a "one-of-a-kind art gallery that includes a team of celebrity cats." This blessed event will take place at 200 N. Congress and is free and open to the public. (Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Did we miss any? Some side parties might be dog-friendly (note that ours is not), but we suggest considering your pet's comfort and safety before bringing them to a crowded or loud event. Have fun, everyone, and we hope to see you at SXSW!

Pet News Round-Up: Pets on Trains & Upcoming Events

Friday, March 6, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

In the news: PetRelocation was featured by Built In Austin this week.

Have you ever complained about a neighbor's barking dog?

A cat tracking project has begun in Adelaide.

Pet import rules for the United Arab Emirates have changed a bit.

The U.S. House has approved a bill expanding pet-friendly Amtrak travel.

You're invited to our SXSW Yappy Hour March 13 & 14!

 

dylan

Have a fun weekend!

 

News Round-Up: Encouraging Pet Travel Updates

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

More news about pets on Amtrak trains.

Japan's 'Animal Islands.'

According to Department of Transportation data, pet air travel was safer in 2014 than in previous years.

Does your company want to relocate you abroad? Consider bringing your pet along for better chances of success.

It's Friday, so catch up with these cute pet travel stories.

Meet Tobi, one of our talented Client Care Specialists.

 

beauty

Happy Friday!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Pets & Pet Lovers FTW

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Scenes from the Westminster Dog Show.

Video: Meet some of our dedicated PetRelocation Specialists.

Lawmakers continue to support allowing pets on Amtrak trains.

Quiz: Match the dog owner to the dog.

Take a look at all our latest globetrotting pet stories!

 

don

Have a nice weekend, pet lovers

 

Pet News Round-Up: A Travel Discussion and a Few Fun Things

Friday, February 13, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

10 restaurants and coffee shops with "secret" menu items for dogs.

Anyone looking for a stuffed animal clone of your pet?

In case you were alarmed by a pet travel news story this week, we'd like to point out a few things.

A few of our team members answer the question, "how did you know your pet was The One?"

Find out more about Atchoum the cat.

 

magnolia

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Realizing Your Pet Travel Potential

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Will New York be the world's future pet travel hub?

Do your cats get cabin fever in the winter?

Dog training advice for 2015.

More about the new upscale pet boarding facility opening near the Orlando airport.

Cats to New York, dogs to the United Kingdom... Read all our latest pet travel Incredible Experiences!

Dog talk: off-leash etiquette.

 

cappie

Happy Friday!
 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Resorts and Travel Reminders

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

A new luxury pet resort will be opening near the Orlando airport.

Want to know more about pet travel to Hong Kong? Read our latest Pet Move of the Month feature.

Future plans: here's more about JFK's fancy new animal handling cargo terminal.

What's better than a dog who knows how to ride the bus?

Cool pet gadgets.

More about Barbados' new pet import rules.

 

huckleberry

Have a fun weekend, pet lovers

 

Pet News Round-Up: Happy New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Reminder: changes to the pet travel scheme have been introduced.

New Year's resolutions for cat owners.

Winter outdoor safety tips for dogs.

Read the latest true stories of traveling dogs and cats.

Do you have questions about pet travel? We offer answers to common queries here.

Catch up with a few incredible pet move experiences from 2014.

 

fernando

Happy 2015!

Pet News Links: Preparing Pets for the Holidays

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Holiday home safety tips for dogs.

Have you heard of the Million Cat Challenge?

The CEO of PetRelocation talks relocating pets with the Houston Chronicle

Vet-approved holiday travel tips

This California Cat Cafe promotes adoptions along with cuteness and coffee.

PetSmart was just sold in an $8.7 billion deal.

Tuna, the famous traveling dog. 

 

el bulli

Have a good weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Globetrotting Pets & Helpful Travel Tools

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Lufthansa will soon allow falcons to travel in the cabin in a special "Falcon Master" tray.

This is how dogs drink water

New York dogs vs. L.A. dogs.

Beware of pet scams

Holiday safety tips for pets

Need help choosing the right travel kennel for your pet? Watch this helpful video.

Cute English Bulldog alert: read about Chiefa "The Beef"'s move to Switzerland.

 

jammer

Have a wonderful weekend, pet lovers!

Pet News Links: Pet Travel Myths and Controversies

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The numbers don't lie: Airlines are pretty good at transporting pets

The best dog books of 2014.

This is how cats show affection to people.

#MindTheChat: Catch up with the fun pet travel Twitter chat we had this week with BBC America!

The controversies surrounding emotional support animals.

Finding Rover is an app that uses facial recognition to help bring lost dogs home.

 

Bela

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Pet News Round-Up: Positive Pet Stories

Friday, November 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Incredibly, Arthur the stray dog followed an adventure sports team for miles and miles through rough terrain. 

This data shows which dog breeds are the most popular. 

Luxury pet travel for a lucky few. 

Pictures of flying dogs.

Pet travel updates from a few of our recent (super cute) clients.

Giving thanks and giving back (to pets). 

 

Have a cozy weekend!

Pet News Links: Pre-Thanksgiving Travel Updates

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Thanksgiving travel tips and advice.

An orphaned cougar kitten becomes JetBlue's cutest passenger ever.

Today in cat cafe news: New York is getting one and D.C. wants one.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

10 tips for bringing a runaway dog home safely.

This smart harness could help dogs with hip dysplasia.

General travel news: the 10 busiest airports this holiday season.

Incredible Experiences: Big Kahuna's move to Hawaii!

 

biff

Have a happy weekend!

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Safety Tips & More

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You heard the sad story about the dog lost by an airline. Here's how to plan safe pet travel.

Speaking of pet-friendly airlines, here's a look at one.

Acupuncture for pets.

Failing at life, succeeding at dogs.

It's not too early to start looking ahead to summer pet travel.

Tips for installing a pet door in your new home.

 

achilles

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

After the Move: Installing a New Pet Door [Guest Post]

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Now that your move is complete, it's time to make your new home safe and comfortable for you and your pet. In this guest post, Home Depot's Ronique Gibson offers some advice for installing one of humanity's greatest inventions: the pet door.

How to Choose the Best Location for Your Pet Door

You've found the perfect new house, and you're eager to settle in -- both for yourself and for your pet's sake. But if the previous homeowner didn't have pets and your dog or cat loves to go outside and inside without your assistance, one of your first challenges will be providing that access.

Installing a pet door in your new home can help your pet be independent and can save you from attending to their every move. Before you pull out the drill and screws, take a look at these tips to choose the ideal location for the door. Remember, just because your wall looks ideal, ensure it works architecturally with your home and, of course, is safe against intruders.

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Ensure your new home is comfortable for your pet

Assess your new house and its outdoor area

The first step to choosing the perfect location is to walk around the outside of your home and determine where the outdoor area coincides with your exterior walls. A pet door should be placed on an exterior wall that is adjacent to a dog run, enclosed patio, or fenced-in yard area.

Make sure any outdoor repairs are made before letting your pet roam free outside. The previous owner may have a broken fence or a gate that doesn't latch closed properly.

Trace along the exterior wall of your home to a back patio door, utility room door, or a bare wall that serves a utilitarian function on the inside of your home. Private rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms may not serve as a good choice for privacy and security reasons.

cat door

Choose a wall or door that works architecturally and is secure from intruders

Choosing the right exterior wall or door

The construction of your house makes a difference when choosing the location for a pet door. If you're moving into a home that has a brick or concrete load-bearing exterior wall, it may be more of a challenge for you to install a pet door. Instead, you may want to opt for a flap door inside of an exterior door. Many homeowners get custom pet doors made to fit into the construction of their exterior walls. Especially if you're moving to a climate that has extreme temperature conditions, an insulated pet door that can be locked could be the perfect option.

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A pet door installed in a door could be easier than a wall installation

Measuring your pet and wall for a pet door

Once you've determined what area of your home will work best for the pet door, don't forget to measure your furry friend! (I have a neighbor whose cat used to fit through the pet door in their garage, but now he can't use it because he's gained too much weight as he's aged.)

Here are some basic guidelines for measuring your pet door; you will need these measurements to ensure your pet can fit safely.

·  The width of your pet: measure around their widest part and add a few inches to be safe.

·  How tall or high does your pet stand off the floor? Measure them from the top of the shoulders to the floor. The top of your pet door should be 1 ½"-2" above this measurement.

Once you have these basic measurements, outline them on a piece of cardboard and hold it up to the interior and exterior of your home to ensure the measurements won't impede on any downspouts, doorway entries or other structural pieces of your home. Now you're ready to install your new pet door.

Moving can be exciting but also a little scary if your pet doesn't feel at home in their new house. Use these guidelines to assess the safest, most convenient and architecturally ideal place to put your new pet door. Before you know it both you and your pet will be settled into your new home as if you've lived there for years.

Ronique Gibson writes on home styles, DIY, and interior design for the Home Depot. Ronique is the author of the ebook 111 Simple Tips for your Everyday Home and she has a Bachelors of Architecture from Tuskegee University. You can view a variety of pet and dog doors available at Home Depot, including styles mentioned by Ronique, on Home Depot's website.

 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Owner Quirks & Holiday Travel Tips

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How much does it cost to own a Pit Bull in the city?

This sweet dog is a nanny for kittens.

Weird things all dog owners do.

Gift idea for cats/cat lovers: a felt kitty cave.

Planning to travel with a pet over the holidays? Read this first.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the Lufthansa Cargo Animal Lounge in Frankfurt.

Meet Rocco, the tall dog featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

andy the cockatoo

Happy Friday!

 

Spooky Pet News Round-Up: Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Here are the pets of PetRelocation dressed up for Halloween!

Here are a few more pets in costumes (we know you weren't ready to move on yet).

Halloween pet safety tips.

How to avoid being accidentally injured by your dog.

A video reminder that black cats are awesome.

Not scary, but cool: Advances in canine medicine.

 

buttercup

Have a safe and fun weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: The Costs of Pet Ownership (and the Rewards)

Friday, October 24, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Read about the hero Secret Service dogs who helped keep an intruder out of the White House.

Berkeley considers making pet-friendly housing the norm.

Fancy dogs go to Whistler for vacation.

The importance of pets to homeless youth.

Alaska Air Cargo's snub-nosed breed restrictions.

What is the cost of owning a pet?

Learn what it takes to plan an international pet relocation.

 

 

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Happy Friday!
 

PetRelocation Wins a 2014 'Content is King' Markie Award

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

markie awardsHere's a follow-up to our Markie Award Finalist announcement: We won!

We had a great time attending the Modern Marketing Experience in London last week and feel honored to have been recognized by Oracle Marketing Cloud as the Content is King category winner in the 2014 Markies.

From Oracle:

“In what has proven to be yet another impressive year for marketers, it is remarkable to see what this group has been able to achieve,” said Kevin Akeroyd, general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. "Oracle is proud to recognize our winners for their outstanding achievements and their dedication to modern marketing.”

Thank you to all of our amazing clients for choosing us to be a part of their relocations, for letting us share their stories, and for inspiring us with their dedication to their pets.

Read some of these incredible customer experiences and find out more about all the 2014 Markie Award winners. As you'll see we're in fine company, and PetRelocation offers heartfelt congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. Thanks again to Oracle for this recognition!