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Friday, September 20, 2013

Dogs Are Welcomed, Not Just Accepted

Pooch relaxing in a "Palapa" while his owner is staying at the Viceroy Riveiera Maya in Mexico. Photo courtesy of

We've certainly written about hotels and other lodgings that offer luxurious pet amenities, but this recent article in The New York Times shows us just how "welcoming" to pets some hotels can be. In one resort in Mexico, dogs are "blessed by a shaman...and receive a garland of shells and flowers, before retiring to their own little thatched hut (See above photo). Others are offering "canine themed weekends" where you and your pooch can hike the afternoon away, and bake biscuits for a midnight snack.

A survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association says that a whopping 61% of properties allow pets-and Travelocity's site has 20,500 hotels listed as pet friendly. This trend likely reflects our growing acceptance of pets as members of our families—family members who we want to take with us on vacation and even on business trips.

How many of you regularly travel with your dog and stay overnight at an inn or hotel? What kind of pet amenities have you indulged in? Let us know!


Unknown said...

Wow that is a big percentage. I think we'd be lucky to hit 10&% over here. You are far more dog friendly. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Cowspotdog said...

it is awesome to see more hotels accepting pets...we aalways look for rental cabins that allow pets too

Jake of Florida said...


Thank you for stopping by to comfort us at the loss of our Jake. We are overwhelmed with how much love there is in this amazing dog world we inhabit!

Wirey woofs,

Just Harry

Sheltie Times said...

I think pet owners can do more to increase the acceptance of pets by being good neighbors when they do bring their pets. While there isn't much you can do about rooming next to the screaming kids, hotels do have the right to refuse pets. Pet owners that clean up after their pets, don't leave them howling in their rooms unattended, etc. go a LONG way to help the rest of us.

It also is important to know which pets want to travel. I have one dog that would love to go to work with Dad every day. The other would need anxiety meds. Some animals travel well, others do better with in home care while the humans travel.

Bocci said...

Very thoughtful and accurate (we think) comments, Bailey! Thank you!

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