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COMPANY PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOGFRIENDLY.COM RELEASES ITS 2007 REPORT CARD ON U.S. PET TRAVEL

Pet-friendly hotels and lodging get high marks; restaurants and parks show room for improvement; Airlines, trains, and buses need to become pet-friendly.


POLLOCK PINES, California -- February 21, 2007 -- DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com), a publisher of dog travel guide books and web guides, today announced grades for the various categories of dog travel. DogFriendly.com graded lodging, campgrounds, airlines, trains, buses, parks, beaches, restaurants, stores, attractions and pet sitters. The highest marks were earned by hotels, off-leash parks, and campgrounds. Areas with room for improvement included parks, beaches, restaurants, pet-sitters, stores and attractions. Areas that failed to serve the quickly growing dog travel community were nationwide buses, trains and airplanes. Here are the grades:

Lodging:  A

Pet-friendly accommodations offer dog owners good variety.

Campgrounds: B-

Most campgrounds allow dogs, but there are often restrictions.

Airlines: C-

Very small dogs can ride in the cabin, but most dogs have to go in cargo. D- for most dogs; B for the smallest ones.

Nationwide Trains/Buses: F

No dogs are allowed. Meanwhile, the public subsidizes businesses that are turning away paying customers with pets.

Local Transportation: C-

Small dogs allowed on many city public transit systems; Large dogs allowed on a few.

Parks: B-

Limited access for dogs, especially in National Parks, but still many dog-friendly parks.

Off-Leash Parks: B+

700+ off-leash parks; some require local permits making it difficult for travelers.

Beaches: C+

Only 250 pet-friendly coastal beaches out of 1500 around the country. But most major regions have at least one dog-friendly beach.

Restaurants: C+

Undue government interference restricts dogs to outdoor areas only. Restaurant owners cannot allow dogs inside, even if they want to cater to people with dogs.

Shopping: B-

You can usually find somewhere to shop with your pet. Shopping centers should be more open to dogs.

Attractions: B-

Some outdoor attractions allow dogs; most indoor ones do not.

Pet Sitters: C+

The industry is excellent for local dog-sitting. However, not enough pet sitters watch pets in hotel rooms.

See http://www.dogfriendly.com/grades for more information on these categories. DogFriendly.com, providing dog travel information since 1998,  offers a free website and publishes paperback books.

Press Contact:
Len  Kain
DogFriendly.com, Inc.
1-877-475-2275
email@dogfriendly.com
http://www.dogfriendly.com

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