The Original Site
PetVR.com launched on 08/11/2005 and has been helping pet parents find pet-friendly vacation rentals for over 15 years. PetVR.com is a valuable resource with a database of more than 5,200 Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals, Homes, Cabins, Hotels, Resorts, Inns, and Bed and Breakfasts.
And we don’t just include places in the United States but have also researched and found pet-friendly accommodations in 24 other countries. Our website is easy to navigate; by simply clicking on the US map, you can quickly and easily find your desired destination. And, for international locations, we have listed them in alphabetical order.
“More than 67 percent of pet owners travel with their pets,” Dow Scoggins, president and creator of PetVR said. “And, according to surveys, nearly 40 percent more would travel with their pets if they found it easier to do so. So, it makes sense to provide a quick, easy resource for them.”
Over the last 15 years, we have enjoyed sharing our knowledge about great pet rentals with other pet lovers. However, we felt it was time to expand our website to encompass more than just vacation rentals, so we have changed our name to Pet Vacation Resources.
We know that pets are an important part of the family, and including them in travel plans has become more popular, which is why our new website will be the ultimate resource for traveling with your pet. We will regularly post fun, engaging, and educational articles such as How to Prepare for Your Pet’s First Camping Trip, Safety Tips for Traveling Pets in the Car, How to Plan for International Travel with Your Pet, How to Pack for Your Pet on an Extended Vacation, and more.
And PetVR is not just about dogs; we include articles regarding traveling with other family pets such as cats, birds, small critters, and even exotic animals. Regardless of if your pet has fur, scales, or feathers, we are here to help answer all of your questions regarding vacationing with your pet.
And don’t worry. Our new format will encompass all of the original articles regarding vacation rentals, and we will continue to update our vacation rental database.
The folks at PetVR are passionate about traveling with their pets, making it possible to write from our hearts and our experience. Though we need to draw from outside resources at times, you can be confident that our writers have done an extensive research to ensure we only pass along the best and most reliable information.
We at PetVR strive to make preparing and vacationing with your pet both easy and fun. We love vacationing with our pets, and we hope you do too.
Thank You for visiting! We hope you’ll bookmark our site, tell your friends, and visit often!
About our Team
1. Holly Ramsey, Ph.D.
Country Girl, Animal Enthusiast, and Breed Preservationist
I have been a part of a dog-loving family from the day I was born. My parents began a hobby/show kennel in 1977. I was born three years later and grew up with Collies, Rottweilers, and German Shepherd Dogs. My father also had a cattery where he bred and showed Persian and Himalayan cats. We enjoyed the antics of the cats and kittens until it was determined that I was highly allergic to cat dander.
I started in the dog show fancy at age 13, showing Collies and Rottweilers. My family then moved from the big dogs, except Collies, and started in Dachshunds and Poodles (Minis and Toys). Through the years, there have been many special dogs and dog breeds pass through my life and my home including the Yorkshire Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, and Pomeranian.
My very first job, outside of my parents’ kennel, was at a dairy farm when I was 14 years old. I helped with the milking, mucked stalls, cared for the newborn bottle calves and bucket calves, and helped put up hay. I also helped with the care of the horses that were housed at the farm. Through the years I have been a pet sitter, caring for a plethora of animals including snakes, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, chickens, ferrets, and even goats and miniature horses. I have also been an assistant to a few professional dog handlers and dog trainers, where I learned so many valuable life lessons.
Today, I breed and show Japanese Chins and Collies, my teenage daughter shows Shih Tzu and Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and my mother (my father has since passed) breeds and shows Miniature Dachshunds and Pomeranians. We are still a dog-loving family that is passionate about dog shows and while we do not get the chance to travel often, we have been known to pack up the van and head out across the country to a dog show. Our travel adventures always include the dogs so I have become quite adept at traveling with dogs and gathering tips and tricks to ensure my dogs are kept safe and healthy when on the road.
While I do not take traditional vacations, I have a lot of experience with traveling via air or vehicle with a dog and have even done so internationally. I do enjoy hitting the local and state parks and hiking trails with my Collies and my daughter’s Corgis and even will bring along a few small dogs on shorter, less strenuous hikes. No matter how long the planned excursion is, I always follow my checklist and make sure every precaution is taken to make it a fun and safe outing for humans and canines.
2. Rachel Baxley
A Labrador retrievers and German shepherds Lover
Rachel Baxley is a Floridian currently living in California’s Bay Area. She got her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of North Florida. She’s worked in a number of different jobs over the years, from teaching writing at the college level to working as a victim advocate for survivors of sexual assault. While her career path has been decidedly nonlinear, she’s happy to have that variety of experience to inform her current work as a freelance writer and editor. She has also worked in several university writing centers, which has led to a freelance focus on helping students improve their writing.
Though she’s somewhat new to writing about canine ownership, Rachel grew up with a number of her family’s Labrador retrievers and German shepherds, so she loves big, friendly dogs. Perhaps, then, it’s somewhat odd that her own dog is a mid-sized, low-rider rescue mutt named Plato. Plato is 35 pounds of dog in a 25-pound bag with an oversized personality to match. He’s 10 now, but he’s been a grumpy old man most of his life. Plato might be an Aussie cattle dog mix, but he’s also part deer, part bunny, and part skunk.
When Rachel isn’t playing tug-of-war with Plato, she’s reading or doing crossword puzzles. She also writes creatively and enjoys bullet journaling and crochet. She loves bringing Plato over to play with her parents’ German shepherd (Bo, age 3) and her sister’s dachshund-Yorkie mix (Bea Arthur, age 5). The three of them make an entirely unique and stackable pack.