"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like,
and I'm sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively,
and gently licks my hands;
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
but I never say naught thereat,
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
but never a friend like that!"
(W. Dayton Wedgefarth)
"A pekingese is not a pet dog; he is an undersized lion." (A A Milne)
Most of us seasoned pet-toting travellers have stayed in hotels and motels. Sometimes, though, the smaller lodgings get overlooked simply because they're not as well known.
Hotels and motels are great because you know what to expect and they're well-equipped with modern amenities. Locations are good, and you can be pampered, enjoy the luxuries or conveniences offered by your lodgings, order room service, and so on.
However, staying in smaller lodgings can be fun too: sometimes they're located on acres of private land, and some may even allow well-behaved dogs to run off-leash (provided they're both friendly and under control, of course)! Some offer additional services such as short-term dog-sitting. Plus there's often a much more relaxed, casual environment with more space to walk the pooch. Some can offer quiet, peaceful settings that you just can't get in a popular and busy hotel or motel. Remember that just because you're in a small place doesn't mean you have to stay in a shack with no amenities - many places offer modern amenities and the comforts of home.
A few types of alternate accommodations are listed below. There's lots of variety in between as well! As always, inquire about the pet policy prior to booking your stay.
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- Anna Marie Beeton & Karen Henry
"Java wishing all his friends a happy holiday."
"Hi, my name is Spencer!" (Sent in by Michelle)
"Sadie, as Santa." (Sent in by Maureen Silvester)