Pet World

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pet Hotel.

Pet Hotel & Travel: Resources, Tips & Complaints!
People must love their pets: in the United States alone they spend over 35 billion dollars a year on their pets. Considering the amount of money we’re willing to spend on our pets, it’s about time that the hotel and travel industry start catering more to those of us who cater to our pets.

Fortunately, that is beginning to happen. In its third printing, Eileen’s Directory of Pet-Friendly Lodging for the United States and Canada has grown to almost 700 pages. Elsewhere, even in the New York Times Travel section, it is now common to see the notation at the bottom of hotel and resort ads: and cats welcome.” However, there are still many hotels that prohibit our four-legged friends.

What’s a Pet-lover to do?

More than 60% of American households include dogs and/or cats! That spells devotion – and economic power. Use your spending power to reward hotels and motels that help you keep your included in your life, both business and leisure. When you call any hotel or motel, ask if you may bring your pet. If they say no, then quite clearly say: “Then you have lost my business,” and go to one of our online resources to find an establishment that is pet-friendly.

Of course, there are two sides to this issue. Boorish pet-owners, who let ill-trained animals ruin furniture or disturb the sleep of other guests, have been working against this new trend for pet-friendliness. Make sure that, before you ask others to help host your pet, both you and your pet are ready to be perfect guests.

- Explore our web site for ideas on improving the etiquette (and therefore acceptability) of your dog or cat.
- Visit our Links page to see some of the many sites dedicated to our common interests.

- Find city-specific information in our “Cities Focus” pages, which will expand regularly. Our goal is to research all the major metropolitan areas of the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Europe. Keep in mind that traveling abroad will have its own restrictions and concerns. Your best bet before planning international travel is to check with your veterinarian. He or she is probably up-to-date on required immunizations and quarantines imposed anywhere on the globe.