Inspired by our friend and fellow traveler, FoXnoMad, each year we pay homage to “March Madness” by hosting our very own tournament challenge. Naturally, we give it a pet friendly travel spin … our readers submit their favorite pet friendly destinations, we set up the brackets, and then you vote them down – round by round – until you’ve picked your favorite!
Best City For Pet Travelers Tournament
Here’s how it works …
You nominate a pet friendly city or town in the US or Canada by email or in the comments section of this post. (Deadline: March 15, 2014 at 11:59pm Eastern, or when 128 cities have been nominated – whichever comes first.)
Cities will be assigned one per person, on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the list of cities already taken, and then watch for a response notifying you if you’ve gotten the selection you wanted, or if you need to pick an alternate.
My newsletter subscribers got first dibs (sign up now if you don’t want to miss out next year), so one quarter of the slots have already been filled.
The first 128 nominated cities will be matched-up using random selection.
The first round of voting opens on March 17th and we’ll continue – round by round – until we crown a champion.
Important Dates …
The first round of the tournament coincides with the opening rounds of the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament. If sports aren’t really your thing, we’re happy to have you join us here for an equally competitive and entertaining event!
The early rounds of voting usually receive less attention than the later rounds, and many times match-ups are decided by only a few votes. We’ve seen a lot of great pet friendly cities get knocked out in the first or second rounds – so, if you’re looking to take the grand prize this year, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the underdogs in those early match-ups. Here are the dates to keep in mind:
March 17th – Opening Round March 20th – Round of 64 March 24th – Round of 32 March 27th – Sweet Sixteen March 31st – Elite Eight April 3 – Final Four April 7th – Championship
The winner will be announced on the blog and by email no later than April 10th, 2014.
For the Winners …
We have some great sponsors for this year’s prizes!
People submitting cities that make it to the final four will receive:
A highly coveted and ridiculously adorable Travels with Ty & Buster wall calendar + a $50 donation to the animal charity of your choice from GoPetFriendly.com
Super pet travel gear from Kurgo – including one Color Splash Hammock or Seat Cover (winner’s choice), one Color Splash Zippy Bowl, and one Tru-fit Enhanced Strength Car Harness
A medium Kalahari Lounge Bed in black by P.L.A.Y. from the best online magazine for dog lovers, LIFE+DOG.
Nominations for this contest will close on March 15th at 11:59 pm EST or when 128 cities have been submitted, whichever happens first. Only US and Canadian cities may be entered in this contest. This contest is open only to US and Canadian residents over the age of 18, except where prohibited. Anyone exhibiting rude, profane, or abusive behavior will be immediately eliminated from the contest. The decision of the judges is final. The winners of the prizes are responsible for any and all applicable taxes on the prizes.