For the many Americans whose vacations wouldn’t be complete without their favorite fur ball, the annual AAA PetBook Photo Contest offers an opportunity to show off travel photos in a big way. Through Nov. 30, travelers can enter a photo of their traveling pet for a chance to appear on a cover or inside Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®.
For the sixth consecutive year, the AAA PetBook® Photo Contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. AAA judges entries on artistic qualities and ability to convey the joys of safely traveling with a pet. Candid photographs are preferred. Contest rules and entry forms are available on the AAA.com/PetBook website.
First- and second-place contest winners are featured on the back cover and spine of the soft-cover edition and in the opening pages of the digital edition. More than 40 irresistible finalists are pictured in a photo insert, and winners and finalists are also showcased on the AAA.com/PetBook photo gallery — a virtual brag book for proud pet parents. Additional prizes include cash, pet treats, and copies of the book and, for the first-place winner, a $150 Best Western Travel Card.
Two Southern California pets’ images were selected as top dogs and pictured on the 2013 AAA PetBook®. Jack Ryan, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, this year’s first-place winner, is pictured on the book’s back cover at Shaver Lake, Calif., a family favorite camping spot. “We take our dogs on all our camping trips and they thoroughly enjoy every minute of it,” said owner Susan Robinson of Lomita near Torrance. “They enjoy all the sights, smells and the sheer joy of the beautiful surroundings that camping has to offer. I could not bear to leave them at home.”
The 2013 second-place winner, Mandie, is a Labrador retriever from Encinitas and graces the book’s spine romping in the snow at Mammoth Lakes. In 2012, two other Southland dogs were selected and pictured on that year’s AAA PetBook®.
For everyone who travels with pets, The AAA PetBook is a must-have resource. The annually updated guide lists more than 14,000 pet-friendly AAA Approved hotels and campgrounds, along with pet travel tips, recreational opportunities and emergency vet clinics.
The soft-cover editions of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook is available at many AAA and CAA offices and select bookstores with a cover price of $18.95. Digital editions for popular tablets and e-readers are available through online booksellers at a suggested digital price of $9.99.