The Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau has launched a new website for visitors traveling with their dogs. Winedoggies.com features the many dog friendly attractions and services available in the Yakima Valley. Highlights include a ‘doggie bloggie’ hosted by a local canine, an interactive map of dog-friendly businesses with open pet policies, plus a section where guests can add pictures and stories of their dogs enjoying Washington wine country.
“We created this site to accommodate the growing number of visitors traveling with their dogs,” stated John Cooper, President & CEO of the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau. “Although the site is called Wine Doggies, it’s much more than stories about winery dogs. The site is designed to assist travelers and their dogs with their visit to wine country, giving them a tour guide for pet friendly shops and must-see stops in the Yakima Valley.”
As pet ownership grows, so does the trend of traveling with man’s best friend. Large cities such as Seattle and San Francisco have more dogs per capita than children,[i] and more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be part of the family.[ii] In a survey taken of more than 6,000 pet owners, most reported traveling at least once a year with their pets. [iii]
The Yakima Valley boasts dog-inclusive activities ranging from the Canine & Wine Walk on May 12, 2012, where pups walk their owners through selected wineries to raise money for the Yakima Valley Pet Rescue, to dog-friendly boating on nearby lakes. For information on other canine related attractions in the Yakima Valley, follow Wine Doggies on Twitter at @winedoggies or visit www.winedoggies.com.
[i] Source: “Amazing Dog Facts and Trivia,” by Ryan O’Meara (Chartwell Books, Inc.)
[ii] Source: US Travel Association, 2009