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Amy and Rod Burkert hopped in their tricked-out Winnebago this weekend and set out with their two best friends in search of the country’s best vacation spots – for people with pets.

The couple’s traveling companions are Ty, a 5-year-old Shar-Pei, and Buster, a 2-year-old German shepherd. And trying to find hotels to accommodate them and their dogs on a fishing trip to Canada two years ago led to a new career path and way of life for the Foster Township couple.

“We sat down that July and started to make travel plans and determined we needed to stay in seven different hotels on our circular road trip. It took me two full days to find the seven hotels we would stay in because of the way the Web sites were,” Amy said.

Web sites that advertised hotels as “pet friendly” didn’t necessarily indicate if they charged extra for pets, if there were weight or breed restrictions or if they allowed two dogs in one room.

“I kept saying to Rod, ‘This is crazy. People aren’t going to take the time to do this. They’ll just take their pet to a kennel because it’s just not easy enough to plan a trip with their pets.’ So, we got home, looked at other Web sites, did more research on what was out there for pet friendliness and we just decided we were going to make it easier for people to travel with their pets,” Amy said.

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Outraged with the random shooting of a Calgary man in a Mazatlan RV park, Mexican state officials have covered his hospital bill and the cost of flights home.

But despite the support, the couple doesn’t plan on returning to the country any time soon.

Yves Guay is now out of hospital and recovering in his motorhome after being shot in the leg while trying to resist two men storming into his RV Thursday night.

And after the terrifying ordeal, he and his wife Sharon have received good news their costs would be covered by officials with the state of Sinaloa.

“We got a surprise visit from a dignitary, the head of tourism,” she said Sunday from Mazatlan.

“The Mexican government are very unhappy about what happened.

“They have paid our hospital bill and paying for my brother-in-law to come down and our flight home.”

“They are taking care of us.”

But despite that, Sharon, left recovering emotionally from the frightening ordeal, said she can’t wait to leave the country and won’t soon go back.

“Not within the next three years,” she said.

“Not any time soon.”

And other frightened campers have left too in the wake of the attack.

“People are going back to Canada and putting their RVs up for sale,” she said.

Meantime the Mazatlan tourism industry is defending its resort town as a safe haven for Canadians.
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Kampgrounds of America – a system of open-to-the-public campgrounds – just got a little larger.

For the first time since 2000, KOA will have 475 campgrounds included in its 2010 KOA Directory, which will be available at all KOA locations in the United States and Canada beginning March 1.

“We’ve seen a huge amount of interest on the part of independent campground owners in converting their parks to the KOA system in the past two years,” said Mike Gast, vice president of communications for KOA, and the coordinator of the KOA Directory. “This year’s KOA Directory will have 30 new KOAs listed throughout North America. We’re growing, and we’ve got a lot of beautiful new locations to show to our campers.”
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