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Palm Springs Pampers Pooches

If you're hitting the road with your best friend, you'll be happy to find Palm Springs is a particularly pet-friendly place. Dogs are welcome at resorts and hotels throughout the desert. Usually a fee is involved that is somewhere between $25 and $100 per animal. The amount and quality of pampering your pooch receives seems to mirror the price. And if you're dining alfresco, your pup is welcome in quite a few eateries, including some that offer special canine menus.

Below are some of the best bets for canines and their companions.

The Viceroy Hotel indulges your dog from the get-go. At check in Fido gets a take-home dish in which to serve the dinner you order for him from the Citron restaurant. You can dine anywhere outdoors with your pup at your side. The resort also provides dog walking and sitting services and can arrange pet spa treatments.

At La Quinta Resort and Club guest room pet amenities include an oversize pet bed, pet placemat, stainless steel bowls for food and water, waste bags, plus disinfectant and deodorizer. All dogs receive a travel tote bag full of goodies to take home. The 45-acre property has lots of walking trails and relief stations strategically placed. Pet grooming is available on request.

Not to be outdone, the Ace Hotel offers a small secure dog park, and rooms at the Westin in Rancho Mirage have their own private outdoor patios and plenty of trails to roam and play fetch.

For dining, head to Borrego Springs. The Krazy Koyote restaurant welcomes your dog with special peanut butter cookies while you dine poolside.

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