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I frequently receive email from companies asking me to share news and special offers with my readers. I?ll be selecting the best of them and sharing them, in their words, with you here each week.

PETSIDE NAMES TOP FIVE PET-FRIENDLY BUDGET HOTEL CHAINS
Just in time for summer vacation, Petside.com (www.petside.com), the popular online destination for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, has again released its list of the Top Five Pet-Friendly Hotels ? this time focusing on budget hotel chains to help the cost-conscious traveler.
Budget-conscious pet owners can visit http://www.petside.com/wellness/pet-friendly-chain-hotels.php to read the complete list and find other helpful tips for traveling with four-legged companions this Summer.
Motel 6 earns its ?four paw? rating by welcoming pets at each and every one of its 900-plus locations. One pet is allowed per room, and no additional fee or deposit is required. Motel 6?s pet policy is also well established; the chain has been welcoming pets since 1962.
?Keeping costs low is a top priority for pet owners as they make summer travel plans this year,? said Joshua Fried, Director, Petside.com. ?We are thrilled this list provides so many affordable options for pets to have their summer vacation, too.?
The other hotels that rank among Petside.com?s Top Five Pet-Friendly Budget Hotel Chains are La Quinta Inns & Suites, Red Roof Inn, Best Western and Candlewood Suites.

CAMPUS EXPLORER
CampusExplorer.com announced it has expanded its website capabilities to actively advise prospective students on the college choice that best fits them. The new features include side-by-side institution comparison, comprehensive behavior and history tracking modules; personalized educational profile tailoring and admissions chance analysis.
CampusExplorer.com founder and CEO Jerry Slavonia believes the improved technology will allow prospective students to more fully understand what they want in a school and which institutions best fit their personal interests, financial capabilities and grade expectations.
?Not everyone has an advisor readily available to help them find the college that best suits them,? remarked Slavonia. ?The new features are meant to help guide prospective students through the process on their terms to find the best fit for their respective educations.?
The new side-by-side college comparison feature allows visitors to view specific criteria from multiple schools on the same page. This way, the comparison process is more visually intuitive as students filter schools that interest them.
New ?My Schools? and ?My Profile? options allow the viewer to personalize his or her search to a greater extent. With ?My Schools,? prospective students can rate and save schools by interest and priority levels. The feature also tracks viewed schools and customizes modules for the searcher. ?My Profile? tailors the student?s search based on questions answered by the student.
In addition, CampusExplorer.com recently added an option that shows the viewer?s chance of getting into specific four-year universities, based on grade-point average, SAT/ACT score, and extracurricular activities.
?Choosing a college should be personalized,? said Slavonia. ?We?re not trying to push specific colleges at prospective students; we?re trying to give our clients a tool to find the school that works best for them. We want to put the consumer at the front of the line, rather than the institution.?

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