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Pet Friendly Newsletter - May, 2005


"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." (Edward Hoagland)


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 stay"?

  • 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.

Featured Pet

Odie, Featured Pet "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

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