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GoPetFriendly Launches New Pet Friendly Road Trip Planner

We are super excited to announce the (beta) release of a much improved GoPetFriendly Road Trip Planner! The new features really put the “easy” in Pet Travel. Made Easy.

Now it’s a cinch to find hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, activities and services located along your route. No more driving right by a pet friendly beach, or searching desperately for a place to eat where you won’t have to leave your pet in the car!

Helping you create outstanding travel experiences with your pets is our goal, so we’d appreciate your feedback on ways the Road Trip Planner could be even better. We’ll continue polishing it until we’re all happy!

To celebrate the launch, and because we’re the Official Pet Travel Website of Meet the Breeds™, we’ve organized a “Road Trip” activity for attendees of the event in New York on October 16th and 17th.

For a chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes you’ll need to: 1. Pick up a post card at any of the participating sponsor’s booths or print one here. 2. Collect an official stamp from each of the participating sponsor booths. 3. Deliver your completed post card and register to win at the GoPetFriendly booth. We will choose three winners randomly from all completed entries.

Booth #2326

Booth #2136

Booth #2427

Booth #2433

Booth #2409

Booth #2119

Booth #2112

Booth #2232

Grand Prize: $150 American Express Gift Card from ADT, Evanger’s Dog Food/Treat Basket, A Freedom Custom Leash from Paws Aboard, 10lb Force Dog Food & Made Out of Love Recipe Book from The Honest Kitchen, Two Nights Stay at the Motel 6 of Your Choice, $100 worth of AKC Gold Pet Cleaning Products, Stationery from Primary Colors, and a SlobProof Toss Pillow and SlobProof Home Design book from GoPetFriendly.com

First Prize: Evanger’s Dog Food/Treat Basket, A Freedom Custom Leash from Paws Aboard, Trio Treat Pack and Supplement of your Choice from The Honest Kitchen, One Night Stay at the Motel 6 of Your Choice, $25 worth of AKC Gold Pet Cleaning Products, and Stationery from Primary Colors

Second Prize: Evanger’s Dog Food/Treat Basket, A Freedom Custom Leash from Paws Aboard, One Night Stay at the Motel 6 of Your Choice, $25 worth of AKC Gold Pet Cleaning Products, and Stationery from Primary Colors

Evanger's Doggie Food/Treat Basket

Force Dog Food from The Honest Kitchen

Dog Stationery from Primary Colors

AKC Gold Pet Cleaning Products

"Have a Ball" Toss Pillow by SlobProof

SlobProof Design Solutions Book

We look forward to seeing you there!

CONTEST RULES

1. The contest starts October 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM EST and ends October 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM EST. The winners will be announced on or about October 18, 2010 on this blog and will be notified by email.

2. No purchase is necessary, and you must be 18 years or older to enter.

3. Winners will be randomly selected from all completed entries. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.

4. The decision of the judges is final. The winners have 3 days to claim the prizes. If the prize is not claimed within 3 days, an alternate winner will be chosen from the pool of entries. The prizes will be mailed to the winners by priority mail.

5. The winners of the prizes are responsible for any and all applicable taxes on the prize.

6. Employees and relatives of Evangers, Paws Aboard, The Honest Kitchen, Motel 6, Primary Colors, ADT, Paramount Chemical and GoPetFriendly.com are not eligible to win.

7. AKC is not a sponsor of this contest.

  • Roxanne Hawn says:

    Congrats! What an exciting upgrade.

  • What a great service- congrats on your launch!

  • Guest says:

    So I tried it out…
    It seems that restaurants are listed under activities…ok, I guess a snack is an activity.
    But dog parks are listed under hotels, so perhaps something isn't working right?

    • Kim Clune says:

      Yeah, campgrounds yielded hotels for me just now. I hadn't thought to check that until I read your comment.

      And Amy, I see now that the drop-down says “please select” but I think the placement is what threw me. Visually, a lot is going on in the top right corner, so those words didn't necessarily direct me as much as blend in with the map. The place for selection seems to make more sense to the left, within the user's “work area” if that's possible.

      • I like the idea of moving that selection to the “work area.” And we'll get that cross over on results figured out! You should be able to search more than one thing at a time (for instance, hotels and restaurants) but it should be returning items from other categories that you haven't selected.

    • We'll look into that! Thanks so much for the comment.

  • Kim Clune says:

    I like the concept of the road trip planner and, once I figured out how to use it, I was astounded at how valuable it will be for any traveler. The thing is, it's not self explanatory.

    My first question was, “What's a waypoint?” When I figured that out, I got my list of destinations and watched the map drawn instantly. Nice.

    – Next questions: How is this different than MapQuest? Where are the pet friendly destinations? Do I use this in conjunction with your other search tool to find pet friendly places? … Oh, I'm supposed to say what I want. I didn't know what I wanted. What am I asking for? Do I type in something? That's when I learned it was a drop down menu with options.

    These questions are easily answered in an introduction paragraph. I think, once that happens, this will be the best resource around. The thing is, I honestly expected pinpoints to jump up when I punched in my destinations. Of course, seeing how many there are, I now understand why that can't happen.

    Hope that helps, guys! The tool itself is FABULOUS!

    • Thanks so much for checking out the Road Trip Planner, Kim! These are exactly the kinds of insights we need to make it more useful. You'll see things changing over the next couple of weeks as we incorporate the suggestions we're getting. Thanks again!

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