Andy Cohen is well known for his jealousy-inspiring jet setting — from partying in Tahiti with a gaggle of celebs, to wine-filled romps through St. Barts, and adventuring in all sorts of other far-flung places.
And lucky for his five-year-old rescue dog Wacha, he often gets to come along too.
“When you have a dog, you’re very conscious of, you know, ‘Where can I bring my dog?’” Andy said in a Q&A for Residence Inn’s “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption and event series, as reported by Travel + Leisure. The hotel chain is working with Andy and North Shore Animal League to tout its dog-friendly amenities, and also raise awareness about rescue-pet adoptions.
So what’s Andy’s best advice for others who want to travel with their beloved pets? Well, preparation, first of all.
“Just make sure you have everything you need — bring a toy and bring a treat and bring water, and all that stuff,” he said.
And then make sure you’re going to a place that will welcome your buddy. “Figure out where the pet-friendly places are... [Wacha] likes going where he’s welcome.”
Of course, you have to make sure you’re considering your furry bestie’s vacation needs and preferences, as well as your own: “Make sure you know where you’re going. I just think when you know where you’re going, you’re going somewhere that’s going to work for him.”
For Wacha, that means mainly avoiding airplanes. “He loves cars, he loves road trips. He’s taken one plane ride in his life which was from West Virginia to me,” Andy said, according to T + L. “If I’m going to travel with him, I want it to be fun and easy.”
And Wacha sure does love car trips, especially when a beach is involved. “He loves it [at the beach]. I love it there,” Andy said. “And I have to say, he loves being in the car, too. It’s like he’s definitely a dog who’s fine with being in the car. He either curls up and goes to bed, or he looks out the window, or sits up with me.”