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RVing is the Perfect Way for Pets and Owners to Vacation Together

VENTURA, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- From pet spas to fashion wear, pets are getting a lot of attention these days -- they are often treated just like, or even better than, most family members. This endearing relationship between people and their pets can make it heartbreaking to leave them at home when the family goes on vacation. So what's a pet lover to do?

With only a limited number of hotels that accept pets as guests and the restrictions that airlines place on allowing them on board, RVs offer the perfect solution. Woodall's Campground Directory lists more than 6,000 RV parks and campgrounds that welcome pets in the United States and Canada.

In a survey conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), one in three of the United States' 8 million RV-owning families travels with their pets, with dogs at the top of the list. No longer do puppy parents have to endure those big, sad eyes when they pack their suitcases. In an RV, dogs and other pets can travel with the family. They can be left in the climate-controlled vehicle and be just as happy as if they were at home in their favorite chair. Also, kennels can cost anywhere from $20-$50/day and be very stressful for pets, but RVs eliminate the need for boarding.

"The entire family can stay together when they travel in an RV," said Sue Bray, executive director of the Good Sam Club, the world's largest RV owners' association. "Most pets are part of the family, and traveling with them creates wonderful memories."

As a dog owner, Bray points out, "That many times when you're 'moteling' it with pets, it's difficult to find a place to walk them. In an RV, you're in a campground, and you just walk out your door to find some great fun walks that are very pet friendly." Bray is also quick to note that not only do pets stress out when they are left behind, but so do the pet owners.

With RVing on the rise, so is the interest in RVing with pets. A recent issue of MotorHome Magazine featured a 10-page spread, "Have Pets, Will Travel." The magazine shows pet lovers how to help make the trip more comfortable for everyone.

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