With over *70% of UK pet owners loving to holiday with their hound and a 100% year on year rise in trip enquiries to their expert Pet Concierge team since 2014, the number one company for dedicated dog-friendly holidays PetsPyjamas is using the Year of the Dog to launch their Travel Edit – the world’s first premium travel brochure for dogs, as more pet owners take their dogs away on holiday than ever before.
This stylish ‘Travel Edit’ is packed with inspiring stays and offers, to suit dogs of all shapes and sizes, breeds, budgets and tastes for the year ahead. Curated with the help of PetsPyjamas well-travelled four-legged pet inspectors Heidi, Rufus, Wilson and Maisy, the 16-page Edit features fantastic petaways including Coastal Canines, Best for Walkies, Luxe for Less, To The Manor Born and more, as well as essential guides on things like what to pack for your pooch, how to travel by ferry and how to get a pet passport. Plus, there’s also an interview with celebrity pet owner Laura Whitmore about her Maltipoo Mick, who both feature on the cover. Available to download at PetsPyjamas.com, printed copies will also be mailed to members of their online community and shared to the UK’s wider dog community via regional magazine inserts and handed out in parks across London and the Home Counties.
With more than 60% of PetsPyjamas customer booking inquiries related to where owners can dine with their dog, many of the Edit’s featured properties offer four-legged customers extras with their stay such as doggie dinners, complimentary sausage for breakfast, organic dog treats or a bottle of Pawsecco.
The new Travel Edit comes as PetsPyjamas reveal ambitious plans for further expansion into Europe, tasking themselves to sign up 1,000 new properties, with 500 in France and Italy by the end of 2018. With the government’s pledge to protect the ‘Passport for Pets’ scheme announced earlier this February, dogs will be able to broaden their horizons long after the Brexit divorce.
Dedicated to offering getaways that are truly dog-friendly not just dog-tolerant, PetsPyjamas books pet lovers into more than 2,000 pet-welcoming hotels - from boutique to 5-star luxe, cottages, manor houses, pubs with rooms, stylish B&Bs and quirky stays such as glamping-style shepherd huts. With exclusive-to-PetsPyjamas packages, pets go free are standard, saving owners on additional pet supplement fees, and all four-legged guests receive a personalised pet travel kit worth £20 filled with items such as hygiene essentials, treats, even a bandana so a dog can smarten up for dinner. All stays are bookable via PetsPyjamas’ expert Pet Concierge team, who help their furry customers and owners find the perfect stay for them. No request is too big or too small – PetsPyjamas can organise everything from a road trip to a pooch-friendly private jet, and many of their travel partners provide additional services such as dog-sitting, dog-walking and even a resident dog to hang out with.
Co-founder of PetsPyjamas, Karen Hanton comments: “Our customers see their dog as very much part of family and recognise that holidays are more fun when fido comes too. However, owners no longer want to compromise on the quality of their holiday because of their pet, nor do they want to feel like their dog is merely being tolerated during their stay. This is why we only work with partners who offer a truly dog-friendly welcome, and our new Travel Edit is designed to inspire pet owners with a petaway they will all enjoy, with fantastic extras that only PetsPyjamas provide.”
She adds: “To date, PetsPyjamas has focused mainly on the UK and domestic travel but with the planned continuance of the Pet Passport Scheme beyond Brexit, we see a huge opportunity to expand our existing European offering to pretty much anywhere that is accessible by car, ferry or train, so our customers can continue their holiday adventures into Europe. For us, 2018 will definitely be the Year of the Holiday Dog.”
Leading dog trainer and behaviourist, Louise Glazebrook of The Darling Dog Company endorses holidays with your dog saying: "Dogs love to explore and a getaway with your furry best friend in tow provides the perfect opportunity, plus they get the added bonus of spending more dedicated time with their favourite human. Going away often allows owners to do longer walks in some more exciting places than the norm, giving both the owner and the dog a fun break from their daily routine. However, when holidaying with your dog it's important to get it right – particularly if they are nervous, insecure or sticklers to a strict routine, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable break. As dog lovers and dog-friendly travel experts, PetsPyjamas recognise this and their Pet Concierges will help find and plan the right break for both human and hound where the dog will love being spoilt, playing and sleeping in some very dog-friendly places, and bonding with their favourite person.”
Find out more at: Petspyjamas.com/travel-edit.
*Europe’s pet-owning households: http://www.fediaf.org/who-we-are/facts-and-figures.html*The Guide Dogs Great British Dog Survey 2017: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/news/2017/november/great-british-dog-survey-2017