Whoa – Round 1 of the 2014 Best City For Pet Travelers tournament was a wild ride, right down to the end! The suspense nearly killed me as Dallas, TX (Betty L.) edged out Reno, NV (Ed M.) and Annapolis, MD (Bernadette P.) squeaked by Pigeon Forge, TN (Brittany H.) – each by only ONE VOTE! And how about that move by Knoxville, TN (Kristin D.), tiptoeing past Hendersonville, NC (Susan H.) with seconds on the clock!
We also had our share of big upsets with Rapid City, SD (Megan S.) taking down Los Angeles, CA (Kevin M.), Golden, CO (Roxanne H.) sending San Francisco, CA (Peggy V.) packing, Salem, MA (Audrey E.) topping New Orleans, LA (Rachel S.) and little Nags Head, NC (Gus O.) beating up on Chicago, IL (Nicole L.).
We’re sorry to see some of our favorite places, like Banff, AB (Bill T.), Durango, CO (Ginger B.), San Antonio, TX (Dee L.) and Victoria, BC (Rosemary D.) drop out of the contest … but there’s no time to dwell on the losses. We have 64 cities still in the competition – now let’s take them down to 32. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for Round 2!
Entries that survive 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; human-grade, dehydrated dog food starter box (perfect for traveling) with supplements from The Honest Kitchen; two medium Bella Bowls® + two bags of It’s Purely Natural™ made in the USA Dog Treats from Loving Pets; and one goDog® Dragon squeaky plush toy and one Hear Doggy™ Whale ultrasonic squeaky plush toy (both with Chew Guard™ Technology) from Quaker Pet Group.
In addition, the tournament champion will receive: a two-night stay in the Kimpton hotel of their choosing – the pet friendliest hotels EVER; 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; and a medium Kalahari Lounge Bed in black by P.L.A.Y. from the best online magazine for dog lovers, LIFE+DOG.
The winner of each match-up will be finalized once the votes have been verified by our diligent authentication team. Be sure to cheer on your favorite cities throughout the tournament – the next round of voting begins on Monday, March 24th.
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