If you own a Fido you’re gonna want to bring your companion on your vacation. Here’s how to do it in style, in four steps.
1. Consult your vet: Depending on where you’re headed, your dog may need medicine—such as heartworm preventatives—it wouldn’t normally need at home. Be sure to check in with your vet before you hit the road.
2. Find lodging: You can find dog-friendly lodging at any price point, from a free BLM campground to a luxury hotel. Motel 6 (motel6.com) is a famously dog-friendly option, with two dogs typically allowed per room and no pet fees. The Limelight Hotels (limelighthotels.com) offer dog-friendly modern luxury in the mountain towns of Aspen, Ketchum, and Snowmass. The American Kennel Club lists dog-friendly hotel chains (akc.org) while BringFido.com includes both chains and local options. Be sure to check the rules—dogs usually can’t be left or unattended or must be in a kennel.
3. Eat at dog-friendly joints: Summer is a great time to bring your dog on vacation since many restaurants and breweries have pup-pleasing patios (but be sure to ask).
4. Utilize doggie day care: If you’d like to do something that isn’t canine compatible on your trip, bring your dog to daycare for the day. Most popular mountain towns have a doggie day care or two where your pup can play while you SUP a Class V, bro.