What happens to your four legged friend when you decide to take a vacation? Finding a pet friendly vacation destination can often be harder than it should. I know that many people look at boarding their pets when they can’t take them along but, this is not one of my favorite options. Recently, over 1,000 pet owners were asked about their experience boarding a pet. Practically one third of the pet owners claimed to have had a poor experience, and 13% indicated they had a poor experience on more than one occasion.
The major concern that most pet owners (about half) have with boarding is their pets emotional well being, many claim their pet’s suffer from separation anxiety and depression when boarded. Almost 20% of pet owners are worried about their pet’s physical health from airborne diseases. The preferred option for pet care by 85% of pet owners is in-home sitting. But all of the worries and concerns could be eliminated with a vacation spot that’s pet friendly. I was fortunate enough to find just a place a couple of years ago.
My job requires quite a bit of travel, and over the years I have been to almost every state in this country. Every time I visit a new destination I’m always checking to see if it’s pet friendly. I work in real estate as a real estate investor. I travel the county to attend the tax sales in various counties to purchase tax deeds and tax liens. A few years ago, I attended the monthly tax sale in Georgia in the Savannah area. Savannah is very close to Georgia’s coast and a grouping of barrier islands and I was told that a few of these islands were pet friendly so; I decided to check them out.
From downtown Savannah I headed east on highway 80, and about 20 minutes later I was standing in the center of what ended up being my favorite vacation spot, Tybee Island. Tybee is a charming, eclectic, small island right on the Atlantic and everyone you meet is very friendly and helpful. The island seemed like a perfect spot but was it pet friendly? I soon had my answer, almost everyplace on the island catered to people with pets. There are hotels, resorts and many of the rental properties that allow pets as well as many of the restaurants and shops on the island. The north end of the island has a two dog parks, one for smaller dogs (20 pounds and under) and a larger park for larger dogs. In additional there are walking trails throughout the island to provide some exercise for your pet. However, there is one spot on Tybee that dogs are prohibited and that is on any of the beaches. Tybee takes the no dogs on the beach rule very seriously and for the first offense you will be looking at a fine of almost $300. But, other than keeping off the beaches and following the rules Tybee is a pet friendly island.
Next time your plan a vacation don’t stress out about boarding your pet or finding someone to take care of them, bring them along to a pet friendly vacation destination. And if you want to head south and take a trip to the ocean, plan a getaway to Tybee Island Georgia, just don’t forget to keep your pup off the beaches.