When it comes to travel, small dogs are lucky. They can fly in the cabins of planes, they are allowed inside many shops and businesses, and they can stay at more hotels than dogs which may weigh only a little more. What’s up with that?
Some of the most popular dog breeds don’t have the luxury of going on vacation with the rest of the family because they are deemed “too big.” Many hotels that are dog friendly often have weight restrictions … and in many cases only dogs weighing less than 25 pounds are permitted. (Notable exception: We previously reported that Motel 6 and Studio 6‘s new pet policies remove dog weight restrictions at all of their locations.) The reasoning behind size discrimination doesn’t seem to be based on anything except the perception that smaller dogs are less messy or less threatening. If you have any additional insight about the rationale, please share in the comments!
AndASmallDog and GoPetFriendly have joined forces to persuade hotels to scratch their restrictions on Rover’s rotundness. We’ve created a grassroots campaign at GiveBigDogsABreak.com and started an online petition to gain support for this important cause.
Please sign the petition! Our initial goal is 1,000 signatures. When we reach that level we will present the petition to hotel corporate offices to see where we can make a difference.
To receive campaign updates and read about other ways you can help, follow @GoPetFriendly and @AndASmallDog on Twitter and join the Give Big Dogs A Break Facebook cause. For those of you reading this who write a blog, you can grab a Give Big Dogs A Break petition widget to add to your website.
Please spread the word, and thanks for your support!
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