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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe | Broker in Louisville, KY

Pets On Vacation In Louisville

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As you enjoy the summer, take in the local sites and festivities, and maybe even plan a trip away from home, you are never on vacation from your furbabies if you are a petowner. Should you take your pets on vacation with you? Whether you include your dogs in your plans or leave them behind when you take a trip, you must consider their wellbeing and make arrangements for them.

Should Pets Go On Vacation With You?

Many pet owners want their pets to go everywhere with them, but this is not always possible or even a good idea. Not all places are pet-friendly and for good reason. Loud, crowded environments can make your pets nervous, and in some settings, having your pet there can infringe on the rights of others. Before taking your pet to a new setting, plan carefully to make sure your pet will be welcome, as well as comfortable. Many public events, such as this weekend's Forecastle, as well as many events at Waterfront Park, prohibit pets.

Accommodations In Pet-Friendly Louisville

On the whole, Louisville is a pretty pet-friendly city as long as you are in control of your pet and clean up its waste. Here are a few things to consider if you planning to take your pet with you when you enjoy the city.

Walking your dog: Even if you have plenty of space for your pet to run at home, dogs are social creatures who benefit from interaction with other pets and who like to explore new things. Louisville has a chain of dog parks where you can let you dog run off leash, as long as you follow the dogpark rules. If you walk your dog on public streets or in Louisville parks, you need to keep him on a leash and pick up waste.

Dogs and dining. Most bars and restaurants do not welcome dogs (other than service dogs) indoors due to health regulations, but there are plenty of places where well-behaved dogs are welcome in their outdoor patio spaces. Some places like Molly Malone in the Highlands will even bring your dog a bowl of water while you enjoy your beer. This obviously doesn't work well on rainy days or if you dog is not well-trained. Think about it, In restaurants, servers with loaded trays of food don't need to be accosted by dogs, nor do other patrons want to see your dog begging for food, jumping on chairs to eat off the table, or running loose! For best results, call ahead to see if your pet is welcome.

Hotels that welcome dogs. If you are coming to Louisville or want to stay in a hotel to be closer to an event, there are certain hotels that permit dogs, while others only welcome service animals. Aside from the problems unruly pets can cause, pet accidents leave odors and pet dander can cause problems for other guests. Establishments that accept pets often require a pet deposit. The 21c Museum Hotel and many locations of the Residence Inns charge a non-refundable $100 fee. The Seelbach Hilton in downtown Louisville requires a $50 deposit and a$50 fee per pet. The Red Roof Inn near the Fairgrounds welcomes pets at no charge, the Inn at Woodhaven has a couple rooms that allow up to two dogs for $10 per night. You can check out some other pet-friendly hotels here, but always verify with the hotel whether your pet is welcome.

Pet sitting: If you bring your pet to Louisville and find that the places you want to visit do not allow dogs, you may need a pet sitter or dog walker if you will be away from your hotel for long stretches of time. The hotel service desk may be able to direct you to a service that can help you, but you can also check out place like out Care.com or Paws Pet Care. These services may be able to help you if you go on vacation and need to board your dog.

Dog clean up. Louisville offers plenty of great facilities for grooming your dog, but what if Fido gets so filthy he needs a quick bath? You might not want to wash him in the hotel bathroom, but Feeder's Supply Stores in the area offers DIY pet washings. For $10 per dog, they provide the towels, tubs, shampoos and condition, dryers, and more. If you want your pet to have a spa day, this shop and many others will pamper him.

Plan, Plan, Plan For Best Results

Traveling with your dog can be great fun, but requires you to plan carefully.  If you bring Fido along, there are many places in Louisville that he will enjoy. You may decide that urban trips where you are coming in to see the sites are not a good fit with happy pets.

I'm Jessica Gaines of Louisville Gaines Real Estate and eager to help you and your pets feel at home in Louisville.Contact me for more information about pet-friendly real estate.

PS. Thinking of adopting a pet this summer? See the map of places to adopt on our pet-friendly website.

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