If you travel with your pet you know that not all “pet friendly” places are created equal. The places just paying lip service to the pet friendly movement broadcast their feelings in a number of ways. The most common is charging exorbitant fees for bringing your pet. Another popular one is enforcing a weight restriction that only the smallest of pocketbook dogs can meet.
This week we encountered a new one.
We pulled into a “pet friendly” campground in Oklahoma City on Saturday. After paying for a three night stay and setting up camp, we headed over to take care of this week’s laundry. We were met with this:
Dismissing the grammar and spelling issues … Seriously?? I could “vigorously shake my clothes” until my arms fall off and not a single piece of Ty and Buster’s insidious fur would be dislodged! In fact, my clean clothes – directly from the dryer – are likely to have some fur on them. I’m fairly sure Ty and Buster consider this one of their biggest accomplishments. It’s their way of saying, “This person has two dogs who love her so dearly they make sure she never leaves the house (or RV in our case) without some fur.”
Apparently, if you have dogs like mine – and I’m sure you do – you are not welcome to wash your clothes here.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m sympathetic to people with pet allergies. But, perhaps it would be adequate (not to mention more effective) to designate one pair of the four available washers and dryers for use by those with allergies?
Add the laundry room regulations to the lack of a designated pet walk area, the written rule that dogs are not allowed to relieve themselves on any trees or shrubs, and the fact that our only option for exercising the dogs was to do laps around the campgrounds roads – I’m getting the feeling that they’d rather not have pet travelers here.
What do you think? Am I coughing up a fur ball, or do I have a valid point here?
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