07/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Hightailing Travel With Your Pet

Summertime is here and traveling with your pup can be tail-wagging fun! Hotels, car rentals, and airlines have discounted rates during the summer and have launched programs making it easier to travel with your pet! Animal Fair Magazine, released The Fifth Annual CESAR® Five Dog Bone Awards honoring companies that help you travel with your pet in a simpler and more comfortable fashion!

How you get there is half the journey! JetBlue Airlines is the 2009 CESAR® Five Dog Bone Award winner for the most Pet-Friendly Airlines with their JetPaws program offering tips and tools that make traveling with your pet easy. If you and your four-pawed friend prefer to travel via car, then you will appreciate the winner for the Automobile category, Toyota Venza, with a large cargo capacity that could fit the largest Bernese Mountain Dog or Golden Retriever, and of course a Chihuahua too!

Our nation's capital successfully won the Animal Fair readers majority vote for Pet-Friendliest Destination! Washington, D.C. is a highly cultural and historic getaway for owners and their pets. Certainly many visitors will be interested in spotting the First Dog Bo Obama running on the White House lawn! As far as a pet-friendly hotel, just one block away from the internationally recognized Bourbon Street, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is a top dog establishment, receiving this year's coveted Pet-Friendly Hotel honor. New Orleans is home to Barkus, the Mardi Gras for dogs, a must see for fabulously dressed up dogs!

MBT shoes and boots won Pet-Friendliest Product for helping your balance, comfort and style while walking your dog.

Considering the "ruff" economic climate, you can travel the furry and frugal way! Some Best Westerns, Ramada Inns and Red Roof Inns across the country have reasonable pet-friendly accommodations and prices.

Remember when traveling with your pet to bring water, your pet's medical records, and ID. Do not feed your pet a few hours before traveling, and make sure you take frequent pit stops so your dog can take walks (except when flying), and always use a flea and tick repellent!

Bone Voyage!