OK. Back from shoveling snow!
Our last post reviewed problems that non-pet-owning guests run into when staying at pet friendly hotels. Thankfully, the issues are few and not nearly as polarizing as the ones we covered in last week’s posts on dining at dog friendly restaurants. Perhaps this is why pet friendly hotels are more accepted and why you see them at all price points – ranging from high falutin’ boutique hotels to budget hotel chains.
What are the Objections –
Proponents of pet friendly hotels say it’s about having a choice. For those who fancy neither canine nor feline, there are plenty of places to stay where pets can’t be guests. For people who want or need to travel with a pet, hotels that offer a respite for Rover are a Dogsend.
As I see it, the travelers in the USA Today column that lodged complaints about pet friendly hotels had two major objections:
#1 – Barking dogs left unattended in rooms.
What, no one has been disturbed by the roar of a cat? What can I say … Bad Boy! This shouldn’t happen.
#2 – Some people are allergic to pets.
Yes they are – but they’re not as plentiful as you might think. By one account, only about 10 million Americans are allergic to dogs (roughly 3.3% of our 300 million population). Another source says: From 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs… Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies. (Note that this statistic is not 15-30% of the population, just 15-30% of the subset of people who have allergies.)
Tips for Hoteling With Pets –
Anything we missed? Other tips for staying in a hotel with you pet? Please share!
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