My friend Celia Sue Hecht at the blog Have dog blog will travel alerted me yesterday that the Yakima Valley Visitors & Information Bureau has created a website to entice wine lovers to bring their dogs to visit Yakima Valley Wineries.
The name of the site is Yakima Valley Wine Doggies, and it’s a comprehensive, well-designed, easily navigatable site which smartly acknowledges that “traveling with your dog is the new trend” and that “the Yakima Valley is ready for you and Fido to explore wine country together.”
“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. “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.”
Cooper also noted that “more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be part of the family. In a survey taken of more than 6,000 pet owners, most reported traveling at least once a year with their pets.”
Some of the site highlights include:
- A map and list of pet friendly attractions complete with addresses, contact information, and website links (pet policies vary, so check sites carefully)
- A page of doggie stories where you can upload your story about your visit to the Yakima Valley with your dog
- A list of upcoming events in the area
- A doggie bloggie, Facebook page, and Twitter page
Yakima Valley Wine Doggies also promotes shelter dogs. if you aren’t able to bring your dog on your trip to the Yakima Valley, the doggie bloggie notes you can visit the Humane Society of Central Washington and walk one of their dogs from 11 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday and Noon- 5 pm on Saturdays.
Road and Travel Magazine wrote that approximately 65% of American households have a pet, and 78% of those households take their pets on vacation at least once a year. This translates to about 46 million households with dogs, so 36 million households will take their dogs on vacation.
These households will spend boatloads of money on vacations, and I anticipate that we are going to see lots more businesses marketing themselves together on sites like Wine Doggies because they want a piece of the growing amount of money people who take their pets on vacations spend.