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Traveling in the USA with your pet or abroad?
Hotels are finally doing something to help us; at
In France, Switzerland and to a lesser extent, in Italy,
doggie family members are warmly welcome in hotels and most
restaurants. But in the US over the last 15 years, we have
found more and more hotels and motels turning us away with our
furry family member. (Restaurants have a city code situation
to consider banning pets in most communities).
some high end establishments like
Ysidro Ranch and
Bildmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA, accept them and
pamper them as does Doris Day's charming inn in Carmel CA,
Cypress Inn, but usually at ungodly rates while small
children who pee in the beds and make an unholy noise are
often housed for free!
So call me a cranky old idiot,
but I have to ask why is it that in America what the Europeans
do without a problem, is such a problem? Well it seems some
hotel and hotel chains are beginning to realize that there is
an untapped market, a huge market, here and are finally doing
something about it. The Los Angeles Times just published an
article that states there are about 30 million families in the
US who travel with their dogs and need some place to stay with
them. Now that must have some economic impact!
In August, 2003, the "mega-chain" of hotels,
Hotels and Resorts (740 hotels world wide), decided to
provide beds, food and water bowls and ID tags to their doggie
guests at their Sheraton, Westin and W hotels. Now there is a
good start! Only the "W" hotels charge a fee ($25) per stay.
The Ritz-Carlton group also welcomes dogs, often
OK out there, let's prove to these folks that
dogs and their owners can be responsible guests with well
behaved pets and pet owners who know how to clean up after
them. Try carrying a roll of those little sandwich bags (no
zip locks necessary) to pick up poop. Just put your hand in it
like a glove, pick up the poop and reverse the baggie. Simple,
clean. Just drop it in the nearest trash can. Do this and many
establishments will welcome us.
A great resource for dog friendly establishments. We cannot
claim that all of the recommendations are upscale, but in the
US when you are traveling with Fido, you can't always be that
Instant access to pet friendly lodging in motels, hotels,
self catering houses, cabins and condos and more.
French Consulate Regulations on
transporting pets to France
Visit this website to get the latest in regulations for
traveling with your pet into France which will be very similar
to the rest of the European community.