I’m a list writer (Note from Sharon: OMG, is he a note writer!). In fact, to this day I still use a hard copy packing list when getting ready for a trip.
I’ve started to notice that besides the list of things I need to bring with me, I also need a list of the things I need to do before the trip. This is the stuff you don’t want to remember you haven’t done the night before or, even worse, the day of your vacation.
As our lives get busier, the list keeps getting longer because I keep forgetting to do more or more things.
People are bringing their pets with them virtually everywhere nowadays. I mean, it’s just not unusual anymore to see a smaller pet on a plane in a carry-on bag. And more and more hotels are willing to accept pets, too.
Back when I was moving from New York to Florida in late 2000, the internet was not what it is today and I had a heck of a time researching hotel chains, finding places where my dog, Pippi, a 10-year-old toy/mini poodle, could stay with me. I discovered that virtually all Red Roof Inns were pet-friendly, so that’s the brand where we stayed the night the movers took our stuff and at our overnight “sorta halfway point” in Somewhere, South Carolina.
Nowadays you don’t have to go from hotel website to hotel website – it’s all listed on one convenient spot…
We’re lucky that we get to travel as much as we do. However, a problem this presents is what are we to do with our toy poodle, Dobby, while we’re away from the house? Dobby is a cuddly ball of cute but she does have a mischievous streak in her.
Be it for vacation, visiting family, etc., more and more pet owners are choosing to take their pets (which are different from Service Animals) with them on airplane flights. In fact, in the United States alone, over two million pets, mainly with with fur or feathers, are transported by air every year. Many are put into cargo and we all know the problems that can sometimes cause. However for smaller pets, it’s becoming a regular occurrence for them to fly in the cabin. Here are the carriers who not only accept pet travel with open paws, but even give them rewards for their travel:
New Yorkers are a breed unto themselves. And I can say that because I lived in New York for the first 35 years of my life (Brooklyn and Staten Island, REPRESENT!). As a general rule, we’re quick. We’re street smart. And we understand the system, to the point of knowing how to work it to our advantage. Or if not, at least how to work it over. 😉
So when the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority – they oversee the public transportation system of subways, trains, buses, etc, in 12 counties in lower New York, including the 5 boroughs of NYC) updated their rules to say, “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers,” (Section 1050.9, section H, paragraph 1) New Yorkers stepped up to the challenge. Take a look…