In France, small dogs have always been spoiled and accepted practically everywhere their owner goes. This can now be extended to cities worldwide and is particularly true for hotels at the higher end of the market.
There are two main reasons for this. More and more customers want to bring their dog with them to maximize their holiday enjoyment. It’s a huge market – around 62 million people in America own dogs and 29 million of them take their dogs with them when they travel. The other factor is that many owners feel guilty about kenneling their dog. This all reflects the way dogs are now viewed much more as part of the family rather than just pets.
A survey commissioned by a hotel chain brought surprising results. 76% of respondents said they would be more loyal to a hotel chain that was willing to take their dogs – even if they didn’t take their dog on vacation! 16% admitted they had smuggled their dog into a hotel that didn’t accept pets!
WHAT CAN MY DOG EXPECT FROM A HOTEL?
Most dog-friendly hotels provide basic necessities like food and water. Others add nice touches like a gift on arrival and bespoke ID tags. The more expensive the hotel, the more luxury your dog can expect. You get toys, leashes and collars, poop scoops, and even videos for your dog to watch.
Dogs can now have organic roast chicken and Aberdeen Angus steaks from room service. Some hotels offer dog meals that have been developed with the help of a vet – specifically to help your dog deal with the stress of travel! The hotel’s concierge can arrange dog walkers and a pet sitter if you plan to spend some time away from your dog. One of the most amazing things offered in a Pampered Pooch package is the use of a “dog translator” to allow guests to better communicate with their dogs!
DOGS LOVE Grooming!
When you go for a relaxing pedicure, your dog can lie next to you and have one too. In-hotel grooming salons are becoming increasingly popular. Why not treat your spoiled pooch to some highlights, lowlights or French braids? Teeth cleaning and massage are also offered.
THE TOP TEN DOG-FRIENDLY CITIES IN THE US AND CANADA ARE:
1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
2. San Francisco, California
5. Austin, Texas
7. New York City
8. Long Beach, Los Angeles
9. St Louis, Missouri
10. Northern Virginia – Washington DC area
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
Here’s a quick rundown of what your dog might get when staying at a high-end Big Apple hotel:
* Personalized ID tag with 22k gold plating
* Splash treatments for the dog’s coat with a choice of aromatherapy scents
* Luxurious dog cushion in the shape of a bone
* Home baked dog biscuits and treats
* 300 sheets on a special dog mattress
* Room service for dogs with starters, main courses and desserts
Hotels can’t control the weather, but they can make your dog’s life more bearable by lending you a trench coat (rainproof, of course!), a leather jacket or, if it gets chilly, a cashmere sweater. It’s a dog’s life…
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