Pet Friendly Newsletter - May, 2005
FEATURED PET QUOTES
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or
jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside
on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing
nothing was not boring - it was peace." (Milan Kundera)
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try
to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open
oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."
A TRAVELER'S PRIMER ON PET POLICIES
As we approach the busy holiday season, it's a good time to
once again run a quick list of the types of things to ask
when traveling with a pet. Remember to always mention your
pets when making reservations!
- Pet surcharges: Are any "pet fees" applicable to your
stay? Is the fee per pet? Is the fee "per day" or "per
- Types of pets allowed: this is particularly important if
you plan to travel with something other than a dog (many
places permit dogs, but may not even permit cats, let
alone reptiles, birds, and other pets).
- Size restrictions: some accommodations will only permit
pets under a certain size or weight limit.
- Maximum number of pets permitted. Although
some lodgings don't have a limit, the size of the room
may not be practical if you're bringing several pets!
- Non-smoking vs. smoking rooms: due to allergy concerns,
an accommodation may permit pets in smoking rooms only.
- Pet rules/restrictions. For instance, most lodgings ask
that pets not be allowed on furniture, and that they
be leashed in common areas. Many also state that pets
cannot be left unattended in rooms (if you plan to go
places where your pet cannot accompany you, ask if your
lodging offers pet-sitting services or if they can
recommend a doggy daycare).
- Be aware of local pet laws or by-laws. There are the
usual "poop-'n-scoop" laws, and leash laws ... but some cities
and towns in Canada do not permit certain controversial dog
breeds, such as pitbulls. If you would like to travel with
such a breed, please call the local Animal Control department
to ensure your pet can safely accompany you on your travels.
- Welcome goodies, amenities for pets: some places will
offer a welcome treat for your furry friend, or perhaps
a list of dog-friendly parks near the accommodation.
"We have a beautiful yorkie. At age 17 months old, he weighs 7 lbs and is full
grown. He is our baby and likes to play with our housecat, Sammie. Our kids
are all grown up and married, so Odie is like one of our kids, we
love him very much." - Darlene Coleman