In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 photo, "Strider," a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, runs with a tennis ball back to owner Sarah Ranes, on a dog friendly beach at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, Fla. With miles of sandy beaches, endless winter sunshine and a laid-back vibe, there’s no reason to leave your four-legged friend behind when you vacation in Florida. From lodging that offers special pet beds, to beaches with off-leash play, to theme parks with nearby kennels, many places around the state accommodate visitors with pets. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 photo, "Strider," a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, runs with a tennis ball back to owner Sarah Ranes, on a dog friendly beach at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, Fla. With miles of sandy beaches, endless winter sunshine and a laid-back vibe, there’s no reason to leave your four-legged friend behind when you vacation in Florida. From lodging that offers special pet beds, to beaches with off-leash play, to theme parks with nearby kennels, many places around the state accommodate visitors with pets. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 photo, "Strider," a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, runs with a tennis ball back to owner Sarah Ranes, on a dog friendly beach at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, Fla. With miles of sandy beaches, endless winter sunshine and a laid-back vibe, there’s no reason to leave your four-legged friend behind when you vacation in Florida. From lodging that offers special pet beds, to beaches with off-leash play, to theme parks with nearby kennels, many places around the state accommodate visitors with pets. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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