OK, so they don't read maps, and they can't help with the driving, but dogs can be terrific traveling companions.

Just ask the folks at Europeds, which specializes in European walking and biking tours.Last year the company guided its first "Doggie Walk" in France. The venture's success prompts four weeklong canine-as-company excursions this year: two each to the Dorgdogne and Provence in France.

Rates start at $2,245. Phone: 800-321-9552. Online: (www.europeds.com).

Those who seek a more domestic travel experience will find ample guidance on the travel bookshelf.

Eileen Barish is the author of two helpful volumes. "Doin' Texas With Your Pooch and Vacationing With Your Pet" (Pet Friendly Publications, $19.95).

The latter lists more than 23,000 hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts that welcome pets. It also shares practical tips for an enjoyable pet-centered holiday.

Another good source is "Frommer's on the Road Again With Man's Best Friend" series. The series is divided regionally: California, Mid-Atlantic States, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest. In addition to providing lodging options, these guides also suggest activities that you and your dog will both enjoy.

Another tail-wagger is DogGone, a bimonthly newsletter with information and feature stories about travels with pets.

A one-year subscription costs $24. Write to DogGone, P.O. Box 651155, Vero Beach, FL 32965.