A recent poll by AnimalFair.com finds that 84% of pet owners travel with their pets. Cars are the main transport for such travel, says Wendy Diamond, the website’s editorial director, who appears on “The Today Show,” and makes it her business to know the best places to go with pets. Want in on the secrets? Sign up for the site’s VIP Program for tons of insider advice. Uno the Chihuahua is the well-traveled ambassador of the pet-friendly “4Paws” program at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch (www.scottsdale.hyatt. com), which follows the success of 4Paws Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. Upon check-in, pet owners receive vital information, such as local vets, groomers and dog walking destinations, in addition to practicalities like clean-up bags and disposable gloves, scoops and litter boxes. Highlights include all-natural gourmet treats and a “Comfy Bed” by Labor of Love (sale proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society and rescues). A “Beastro” menu features treats like “Seafood Parfait” in a stemmed glass with sardine garnish and even organic doggie-friendly frozen yogurt. Flying? Virgin has carried 6,943 pets since 2003. Their thorough “Pet Travel Scheme” allows cats, dogs and ferrets to travel safely from certain countries without quarantine if they meet criteria, which include microchips, vaccinations and documentation. Furry friends get gifts like leather passport holders and treats, even frequent flier rewards (www.virgin-atlantic.com). Continental is a favorite carrier of Barbara DeBry, pet travel agent, who points to dedicated pick-up vehicles, temperature control, and special booking desks as service standouts. If the sea of flying regulations drowns you, DeBry can take care of all the details (www.puppytravel.com).—Daniella Brodsky
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