Road Trippers Now Have Many Options for Taking Their Four-Legged Friends Along

Bertram, TX in the beautiful Hill Country.

Whether we’re on vacation with family, friends, or by ourselves, it’s great to take our pets along. No matter what type of trip we’re embarking (excuse the pun) on, Fido can be a wonderful companion. After all, until we learn how to translate barks to words, we don’t have to deal with countless “how long until we get there?” Or squabbles in the back seat about such inane things as whose milk shake has the most ice cream in it.

Bonair Winery and Vineyards, Zillah, WA

If the love of traveling with pets describes you, you’re not alone. Pets are family members and it’s not just them missing us when we’re on the road. We miss them particularly after two years of working from home. Many of us, particularly Millennials, don’t want to leave our pets behind.

Harvest Hosts

According to a survey conducted by Harvest Hosts, a membership club for RVers offering unique overnight stays at over 6,000 locations throughout North America, 52% of all travelers say they base their travel plans with their pets in mind. For Millennials, the number rises to 56% who want to plan a trip including their pets.  

For some, it’s not just a consideration. It’s an imperative. More than one-third of travelers (37%) deemed pet-friendly accommodations a “must-have.” Millennials are most likely to bring their pets on vacation, with 39% saying pet-friendly accommodations are a “must-have.” Gen Zers are slightly less tied to their furry friends, with about one-third saying pet-friendly accommodations are “nice to have, but not necessary.” While Boomers are not traveling with pets as much, and 34% say pet-friendly accommodations are “not necessary.”

Taking Our Pets Along

Fortunately, you don’t have to leave Fido behind. About 75 percent of hotels now allow pets, according to a survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

For Harvest Hosts that number is even higher. Over 90% of our Hosts are pet friendly and they’ve now have a filter for “Pets” in their search function allowing trip planners to show only the Hosts that welcome our four legged friends. Harvest House offers eclectic overnight accommodations including more than 3,200 farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, golf courses, churches, museums, and other scenic small businesses in addition to 2,900 Boondockers Welcome community host locations.

The company’s mission is to help millions of people live happier lives through road travel, while supporting wonderful small businesses and communities along the way. Their redesigned mobile app letts members view hosts’ information, photos, reviews and availability – quickly requesting stays and communicating with hosts through in-app messaging. To learn more, visit: or download the Harvest Hosts app on iOS here and Android here

Bar Dog Wine: Make Your Pet Famous with a Custom Label and Help Other Pets Out As Well

This National Puppy Day (March 23rd), celebrate your fluffy, furry or even bald (think Chihuahua) friends by putting those millions of pup-arazzi pics on IG to use.

The vintners at Bar Dog have made it paw-sible for puppy-parents to design custom wine labels featuring photos of their cute and cuddly canine kids. Consumers can choose from a broad selection of handcrafted, affordable wines, then create their own one-of-a-kind label from scratch using the design tool on the website.

Bar Dog Gives Back

Whether a gift for that dog-person or if you’re just passionate about your pup, part of the proceeds of Bar Dog wine purchases are donated to local, animal shelters across the country as part of the Bar Dog Gives Back initiative. In Fall 2020, Bar Dog partnered with the PetFinder Foundation to establish the Bar Dog Operations Grant, which provides pet food, supplies, and veterinary care for dogs awaiting adoption.

The Petfinder Foundation is the ONLY national organization that funds animal shelters and rescue groups exclusively. 

More than 91% of every dollar spent goes toward programs that help homeless pets, earning the Petfinder Foundation the highest possible ratings from independent charity watchdogs Charity Navigator and GuideStar

The Petfinder Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal tax ID #87-069464.

Doing Good

To date, an estimated 5,000+ animals have directly benefited from the 28 grants that have been issued to shelters in 20 different states. The Petfinder Foundation has given more than $25 million in cash and product grants to help organizations save the lives of pets in need.