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A well-planned vacation that includes furry family members is fun for everyone, but some travelers struggle with what to do with their pets while dining out. To provide even more opportunities for together time, AAA travel experts added a restaurant section to the 16thedition of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®. The listings include nearly 700 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants across the U.S. and Canada that welcome pets in outside dining areas.

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“For more than 15 years The AAA PetBook has been helping travelers plan getaways that include pet-friendly places to stay and play,” said Bill Wood, vice president, AAA Publishing and Travel Information. “We are excited to expand that offering with dining information. For travelers who consider their pets as part of the family, the newest AAA PetBook makes it easier to include the whole gang in all aspects of the vacation.”

The AAA PetBook provides detailed listings — including pet policies, amenities and fees —for more than 13,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels, plus more than 800 pet-friendly campgrounds. For recreation planning, the book lists national public lands and attractions that allow pets and 300 dog parks in the most popular travel destinations. Tips for first-timers and seasoned pet travelers address packing, pet etiquette, border crossing and emergency vet clinics.

The release of the new edition marks the opening of the next annual AAA PetBook Photo Contest sponsored by Best Western. Travelers who snap a photo of their pet on vacation can enter through Nov. 30. Each year, winners are selected to appear on covers of the next edition and receive additional prizes. See inside The AAA PetBookfor details, or access official rules, an entry form and the contest photo gallery at AAA.com/PetBook.

The 16th edition print version of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook is available at many AAA and CAA offices as well as select bookstores for a suggested retail price of $18.95. The digital edition, available at online booksellers, carries a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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Summer travel season is almost here. Today ZUCA released a range of pet carrier designs just in time for all those family road trips. The innovative design of the ZUCA Pet Carrier doubles as a rolling carry-all and “car seat” for animals, enabling safe transport for your pet in the car or on the street.

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“Our customers have been asking for a ZUCA product to transport their pets and keep them safe,” said Bruce Kinnee, President of ZUCA. “We kept the strong frame and the easy navigation with our double wheels, and we added a new fabric specially tailored for pet use. Now pets can be transported—whether it be to the vet, to the park or on a family vacation—safely and easily and without the strain of lugging awkward pet carry cases.”

The ZUCA Pet Carrier is easily secured in your car with a standard seat belt for safety on the road. Research from Bark Buckle UP, leading researchers on pet travel safety, suggests that over 71 million American homes have pets and a whopping 82% of those pets travel on vacation with their owners. Bark Buckle UP advocates for restraining pets during travel to protect both the pet and its owners in the event of an accident.

The ZUCA Pet Carrier can be used in the car, outdoors and even in the house. The carriers provide a den-like atmosphere for cats or small dogs (up to 15 pounds) and can easily be rolled from place to place. The ZUCA Pet Carrier has a unique, smooth-gliding quad wheel system that easily climbs curbs and stairs, so pets can go anywhere you do.

Developed for your pet’s safety and comfort, the ZUCA Pet Carrier has an interior leash and a removable floor panel designed to hold disposable liners. The heavy-duty fabric insert is hand washable and has mesh panels for ventilation and visibility. Roomy side pockets can carry treats, leashes and more. And the super-sturdy, lightweight aluminum alloy frame even doubles as a mobile seat for pet owners.

Owners may build their own ZUCA Pet Carrier online at www.zuca.com by selecting different frame and insert colors, so there’s one sure to fit any personality. SRP is $157.50 and it comes in a variety of colorful personalities.

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Sleepypod®, a pet products company known for reinventing pet products through innovative design, recently announced that its Clickit™ Utility dog safety harness was named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a Subaru of America, Inc. and Center for Pet Safety (CPS) collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims.

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CPS designed the first of its kind pet harness study that included crash testing as one of its measures. Pet harness crash tests mirrored the test used for determining the effectiveness of child restraint systems for autos. Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility was identified as the clear top performer because it was the only harness tested to consistently keep the crash test dog from launching off the seat and the only restraint deemed to offer substantial protection to all passengers, including a dog, in the event of an accident. View the Subaru and Center for Pet Safety final summary of the Harness Crashworthiness Study at http://centerforpetsafety.org.

“Sleepypod appreciates the efforts of Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety to conduct this study on behalf of pet owners,” says Michael Leung, a Sleepypod owner and product designer. “Testing for product effectiveness is an essential component in Sleepypod’s design process and this study affirms Sleepypod’s six year commitment to researching and developing pet safety restraints, beginning with our very first pet carrier.” View videos of Sleepypod’s research and testing at http://sleepypod.com/safety.

Unlike typical pet safety harnesses which are one-point in design, Clickit Utility is the world’s first three-point dog safety harness. Similar in concept to the three-point seatbelt federally required in all vehicles, Clickit Utility’s three points of attachment absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keeps the dog in the car seat during impact.

“The three-point design not only diminishes the opportunity for collision with parts of the vehicle and passengers, it also reduces the chance for traumatic injuries associated with one-point dog safety harness designs that either catapult a dog’s upper torso forward into anything in its path like front seats, passengers, and even windows, or submarine the dog meaning to catapult the dog’s lower torso forward and concentrate the damaging forces onto the dog’s torso or even the neck,” explains Leung.

Clickit Utility was designed as a versatile safety harness that can be used as a three-point harness in the rear passenger seat and also as a two-point safety harness in the cargo portion of an SUV. The Center for Pet Safety tested Clickit Utility for effectiveness in its three-point application.

Pet Passenger Restraint System 
Sleepypod dog harnesses and pet carriers use Pet Passenger Restraint System™ (PPRS) technology. PPRS is a safety system designed to securely fasten pets in automobile seats during a sudden stop or collision. Each PPRS is put through stringent safety tests to include static material tensile testing and dynamic crash testing. Sleepypod PPRS offers a significantly safer way to travel for pet and human passengers alike. PPRS is part of the Sleepypod Safety Program that requires each Sleepypod product meet the highest standards for safety in order to reduce pet exposure to possible hazards.

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From the Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Connecticut 06111)

As a pet owner, you want to bring your faithful companion everywhere with you and sometimes that includes traveling. When it comes to air travel it might be safer to leave your pets behind with a responsible pet sitter because air travel can be extremely stressful for some pets and in some cases can be responsible for their death or injury. It is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian first to see if your pet is healthy enough for the journey. Puppies, kittens, elderly animals and pets with compromised health could be at greater risk during air travel. Some people choose to adopt or purchase a pet from out of state which may involve flying. (It is important to note that most reputable breeders and animal shelters WILL NOT ship their pets without meeting the intended family first.) The first question you should always ask when considering air travel with a pet is, “Will my pet be safe?”

If it is absolutely necessary for your pets to travel with you on a plane, you should follow these guidelines recommended by the HSUS in, “Traveling Tips for Pets on Planes, Trains, or Ships” from January 4, 2010.

1. Use direct flights. You will avoid the mistakes that occur during airline transfers and possible delays in getting your pet off the plane.

2. Always travel on the same flight as your pet. Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded and unloaded into the cargo hold.

3. When you board the plane, notify the captain and at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling in the cargo hold. If the captain knows that pets are on board, he or she may take special precautions.

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Warm & Furry Winter Special

Barnsley Gardens Resort (Adairsville, Georgia 30103) is a great place to get away with the furry members of your family. And this winter, the resort is offering great rates on its Pet Friendly Suites and Cottages, which feature a cozy living room and wood burning fireplace.

In addition, Barnsley Gardens Resort is waiving its standard pet fee and donating $75 to PAWS Atlanta (Decatur, Georgia 30035) for every night reserved at this rate.

Valid January-March 2011.

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other discounted rate offerings or packages.  Offer based on availability. Not applicable to Group Bookings.

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