Dec 17 2010

Getting Ready to Travel? This Tote Bag is a MUST!

Are you getting ready to take to the friendly skies this holiday season?  Are you trying to figure out how to get all of those important items to your destination?  What about coming home?  How will you get all of those fabulous presents back home?  We have the answer!  The Wayside Waifs tote bag!

This bag is amazing- take it from a self proclaimed bag diva!  When I travel either by car or plane I am always searching for the perfect tote bag to put those extra essential items in.  I look for a spacious bag with a zipper, that isn’t too heavy when its empty.  So when we received these cheerful, Wayside Waifs logo tote bags for our Whiskers and Wags store I promptly put it through my own bag test.

I pulled together a myriad of items to see how much I could really fit into this canvas bag.  WOW was I delighted by how much stuff I could get into this bag without breaking anything!

As you can see we include two t-shirts, a fleece jacket, the Wayside Waifs logo travel cup, three dog toys, four books, hand sanitizer, the Wayside Waifs compact logo umbrella, Wayside Waifs “Rescue Me” Blend coffee, two packages of holiday note cards, a notebook, the Wayside Waifs planner and of course the unbelievably soft Gund kitty.  We still had room to spare.  The front has an extra pocket and the bag has a reinforced zipper.  The greatest part is that this bag sells for only $11.99! 

So as you prepare to travel, come out to Wayside’s Whiskers and Wags Boutique and purchase your tote bag!  100% of the proceeds from every sale benefit the animals in our care!

Tail Wags and Happy Travels!

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jul 21 2009

Air Travel with Your Pet

If you’re traveling with your pet this summer, driving will be your safest bet. But sometimes you can’t help but bring your pooch on the plane. It’s crucial to get all the facts first.

There are three kinds of transport for a pet: in the cabin; as “checked baggage,” or the baggage compartment; or as cargo. Here’s how it breaks down:

Cabin Travel.    This is the most comfortable for both you and your pet. But the animal must be able to fit comfortably in a carrier that can fit under the seat in front of you, and the animal must stay confined at all times while on board. Most airlines have weight restrictions. This lets out a good number of dogs, though it’s ideal for cats. Most airlines accept cats and dogs; some accept certain species of birds, though often not “tropical” (read: parrot). Other exotics aren’t allowed. (No snakes on a plane.)

Baggage Compartment.   While baggage doesn’t sound comfy, the compartment is pressurized and in some cases climate-controlled. Air Canada’s website cautions that this type of baggage compartment is available only on certain aircraft, so it’s crucial to book ahead and make the proper arrangements. This will be the option for many dogs. Again, a securely closed kennel will be needed.

Cargo.   Some airlines, like JetBlue, won’t carry animals this way because their cargo area is not pressurized. Other airlines may have only certain aircraft available to keep your pet comfortable, including temperature control.

Now here are some basic rules for traveling by air with your pet:

  • Book as far in advance as possible, and confirm your arrangements a few days ahead. In most cases, you must make your reservations by phone, not online. Many airlines limit how many pets they can accommodate, especially in the cabin.
  • Double-check all rules and regulations regarding the size of the carrier allowed, the aircraft, and your destination. (Flights to Hawaii, for example, can’t carry animals in the cabin.)
  • Label your pet’s carrier, whether in the baggage compartment or in the cabin.
  • Don’t offer your pet any sedatives. The change in air pressure can affect how drugs react in your animal’s body and can cause health problems. Check with your vet for advice on your particular pet.
  • Be very careful when traveling with pugnose breeds of cats or dogs; seek the advice of your vet. These animals’ nasal passages make traveling by air dangerous, particularly in extreme climates. Some airlines restrict travel for these breeds.
  • Be prepared for extra charges, starting around $200 round trip.

While there’s plenty of information available to help you on your flight, be advised that unless it’s necessary, your pet may be happier staying at home. For more tips on flying with your pet, check out  and the Humane Society’s article on the subject. And if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the five destinations served by new startup Pet Airways, your pooch can travel in luxury on a pet-only flight. Pet Airways is scheduled to begin service July 14 and hopes to expand their service to more U.S. cities in the future. Read more about the airline here.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

Jun 8 2009

Taking Pets on the Road

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For me, it’s the hardest part of the trip: dropping off Eloise. She arrives at the boarder’s with her usual beagle-mix exuberance, tugging on the leash, sniffing everything and everyone in sight. Then I turn her over to the attendant and she gazes after me as I walk out, her floppy ears sagging. What? You’re not staying? 

If it’s tough to leave your hound behind, take heart: Plenty of places welcome your pet with open arms. Here are some tips to get you started on your pet-friendly vacation. 

  • Reserve before you go! This is no time to be spontaneous. Pet-friendly hotels are becoming more common, but they aren’t the rule. Be sure to ask about any restrictions when you call. 
  • Check your dog’s collar, leash, and tags. They should be secure and in good repair. Consider adding an ID tag with your cell-phone number on it–the more identification, the better. 
  • Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and won’t expire while on your trip. Bring any medications, including heartworm pills and flea prevention, with you. You should also have available any documentation regarding vaccinations and special health conditions. 
  • Summer safety rules apply, particularly when in your car. Review them at the Humane Society’s site here
  • Be sure you’ve considered all the angles, including how to find pet-friendly restaurants. If you’re bringing your pooch only to leave him alone in a hotel room all day, reconsider your plans. He would probably prefer to stay in a comfy doggy hotel where he can play with canine pals. 

For fun ideas on where to vacation with your dog, check out the June issue of Midwest Living magazine. Online, you can access a searchable database of pet-friendly hotels throughout North America at

Posted by Claire M. Caterer

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