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Why leave your pet at home?

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It often puzzles me that hotels allow all sorts of loud and lairy people through their doors, when our furry friends are usually frowned upon. When hotels throw open their doors to pets, and it has to be said that’s usually man’s (or woman’s!) best friend, the dog, it’s wonderful. They are usually very well behaved and leave no sign that they’ve ever been there, unlike a lot of humans!

I made a pit stop at the Travelodge in Darlington this week with my little dog Sophie, a very sweet and friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She’s a bit of a home body but also loves her trips away. With her regal origins, and her strong pedigree background, she loves her creature comforts as well. Staff were very welcoming and helpful and Sophie enjoyed her stay in the cosy and warm room. It was interesting and encouraging to hear to hear that the Travelodge’s pet policy extends to other furry friends and they have welcomed cats and even exotics such as iguanas in the past.  

At the luxury end of the market, a friend of mine has just returned from a trip to Rome where he stayed in one of Conrad Hilton’s top hotels, the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria. As a fellow dog lover, he was delighted to read the Cavalieri’s very welcoming pet policy displayed for all to read in the hotel. I couldn’t agree more! People are usually far dirtier than animals! 

Hotels and even top-end restaurants on the Continent tend to have much more welcoming pet friendly policies than similar establishments in the UK. In Paris for example it is lovely to see people, usually soigne ladies, lunching with their little lap dogs. It would be a breath of fresh air if other hotels, particularly sniffier higher-end ones in the UK, adopted similar enlightened attitudes to pets!