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Animal Fair Magazine and Website Announces The Driskill Hotel as a Winner of the Fourth Annual Cesar Five Dog Bone Awards

New York, NY (March 21, 2008) -- Animal Fair, the nation's first lifestyle magazine and website for animal lovers, is proud and honored to announce the nation's top pet-friendly companies with The Fourth Annual Cesar® Five Dog Bone Awards. This annual award, the first of its kind, recognizes the significant role that pets play in our lives and the establishments that cater to them, with recipients selected based upon their excellence in pet-friendly travel and product services, as well as their recognition of the importance of people with pets. The pet-friendly companies that qualify for consideration are based on an Animal Fair Readership Survey, with each category winner awarded for its travel friendliness and overall sense of accommodating style. There are seven specialized categories, including Pet-Friendly Airline, Automobile, Destination, Hotel, Product, Resort and Shelter.

 

Founder and Editorial Director of Animal Fair, Wendy Diamond, created the awards after traveling to Russia, Greece, Mexico, and across the United States with her Maltese Lucky. Diamond comments, "Traveling with your pet should be as natural and easy as traveling with your children, with one big exception, children don't have to travel under the seat!" Diamond is most excited about this year's pick for Pet-Friendly Destination, New York City. "It's hard to keep up with my dog's social schedule here. New York City is the only city where you and your pet can do anything from cocktails in Brooklyn to shopping at the Time Warner Center." Diamond adds.

Austin's historic Driskill Hotel nabbed top honors for the hotel category:

Pet-Friendly Hotel: The Driskill Hotel (Austin, Texas) There's going to be a huge stampede of vacationing pets and their owners visiting The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas after the word gets out that Animal Fair's readers have honored this historic hotel with the coveted 2008 Cesar® Five Dog Bone Award for Pet-Friendliest Hotel. While staying in their Victorian decorated suites, guests will feel like royalty, and so will their pets. Celebrities such as President Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Paul Simon and The Dixie Chicks have rested their cowboy/girl hats at this fine animal-inviting establishment. The Driskill's Pampered Pet Program offers a comfy custom-designed, pet bed with the Driskill logo, delicious-looking food and water bowls, bottled water, gourmet pet treats and a chew toy. They also celebrate an "I Love My Dog Better" singles pet package that also includes a robe, champagne and chocolate-covered fruit for the pet's master. Texas is known for doing everything big - and Animal Fair's readers agree that the Driskill Hotel is large on being graciously pet-friendly. For more information visit: http://www.driskillhotel.com/

The winners of The Fourth Annual Cesar® Five Dog Bone Awards were determined from specific guidelines. The final decisions for each category are made by a group of select pet-related experts that visit and inspect each nominated category. Animal Fair realizes that with more than 68 million dogs and 88 million cats in the United States, and with approximately more than 79 percent of pet owners traveling with their pets, there is a genuine necessity for pet owners to know where they can get the best services and products for their pets.

"We applaud all those who recognize and support the importance of the pet and owner bond," said Rob Leibowitz, Vice President of Marketing, Mars Petcare U.S., maker of the Cesar® brand. "We are thrilled to help honor this year's winners for the exceptional experiences they offer that enrich the lives of pets and those who adore them."

  

Other Animal Fair Fourth Annual Cesar® Five Dog Bone Awards Winners Are:

  • Pet-Friendly Airline: Continental Airlines
  • Pet-Friendly Automobile: Volvo
  • Pet-Friendly Product: Sherpa Bags
  • Pet-Friendly Resort: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • Pet-Friendly Animal Shelter: Humane Society Of Louisiana

Animal Fair's mission is to create an entertaining lifestyle magazine and website promoting fairness to animals. The magazine combines celebrity profiles, pet-friendly travel tips, topics on fashion, design, travel and entertainment, reviews on the latest in chic and practical cruelty-free animal products, veterinarian advice, sensational portfolios from top photographers, book reviews and consumer essays.

Note to editors: Photos and video are available upon request.

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