Category Archives: dog-friendly accommodation

The Wagington

The Wagington is a new, high-end dog hotel (kennel?) in Singapore catering to the wealthiest residents of the area.

All dogs must be temperament tested before being allowed to stay in one of the 27 suites of the hotel.  Amenities include memory foam mattresses, a bone-shaped swimming pool with supervised swimming, a gym including a treadmill (also supervised), and spa services ranging from ‘pawdicures’ to mud wraps.

A suite at the Wagington (photo courtesy of The Wagington)

A suite at the Wagington (photo courtesy of The Wagington)

Over the top?  Probably – for many of us.  But the opening of this facility, reportedly costing the owner $700,000, shows that the pet market continues its expansion with owners who can afford luxuries for their animals.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Amtrak’s pet-friendly travel trial

Amtrak pets on boardFrom 5 May through 2 November 2014, Amtrak is conducting a trial program for owners traveling with their pets.  The Carry-on Pet Pilot Program will allow passengers to bring cats and small dogs, up to 20 pounds including the carrier, on selected train services in the Chicago region.

Amtrak petsThe carriers are considered a piece of carry-on baggage and the fee per pet is $25.00.  No more than four pets will be allowed  per train.

To qualify for the Amtrak scheme, your  dog will need to be harmless, odorless and at least eight weeks old.

In an Amtrak press release, Joe Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak said, “Amtrak is supportive of accommodating pets on trains, and through direct collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation and a working group led by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California we are optimistic a plan can be reached to address the needs and concerns of all our passengers.”

It’s a start…let’s hope the trial goes well.  All aboard!

 

 

Trends in US travel for dog owners

DogVacay, the online site the connects dog parents who need home dog boarding, pet sitting and day care with qualified caregivers, has released its second annual State of U.S. Pet Travel survey.

dogs and travelIt shows that dog parents still face obstacles when needing or wanting to travel.

For example:

  • 60% of dog owners say arranging accommodation for their dog adds complexity to travel planning
  • 34% of owners say they often struggle to find a pet sitter when they need to travel at short notice
  • 22% of owners have delayed or skipped a planned vacation because of challenges in arranging care for their dog(s)
  • 50% say finding a good kennel or pet sitter has affected planning for their vacation
  • Another three in ten (27%) say financial challenges such as kennel fees or paying a pet deposit at a hotel have impacted their vacation plans

Also, 46% of dog owners agree that worrying about their dog(s) while they’re away makes it harder to enjoy their trip (I admit that I worry about Daisy when I have to travel for work or vacation, even when I have made arrangements for her care with reputable caregivers).

What’s your travel story?

 

K9 Flight School

Air Hollywood

Assistance dogs and small dogs that are allowed to fly in aircraft cabins are now supported with a training program specifically for them!

The training is provided by Air Hollywood, a studio where the television show Lost was filmed.  The K9 Flight School prepares people and pets to travel confidently by simulating a real aviation environment.  During the training, dogs are exposed to:

  • airport checkin
  • security screening
  • boarding
  • turbulence
  • landing
  • disembarking (no pun intended)

The one-day course costs $349.   Will your dog become a frequent flyer?

Virgin Australia’s pet program

It’s fairly common in the USA to have frequent flyer programs for pets.  But did you know that earlier this year Virgin Australia launched that country’s first pet frequent flyer program?

Photo courtesy of Virgin Australi

Photo courtesy of Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s pet program adds bonus points to the air miles that passengers receive when they are members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

Red members (the entry level) earn an extra 300 points each time they fly with one pet carrier. Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn more points per flight.  Platinum members earn 600 points per flight per pet carrier, for example.

Well done to Virgin Australia for recognising travelers who need to travel with their dog!

Happy birthday, Your Holiness

I like Pope Francis’ style.  Earlier this week, he invited four homeless men to join him for Mass and breakfast at the Vatican in celebration of his 77th birthday (that’s roughly 13 in dog years).

One of the men owned a dog, who was welcomed as part of the celebrations:

Pope's birthday photo

If the Vatican can embrace dog-friendly accommodation, why can’t we see more dog-friendly establishments elsewhere?

The Paw Seasons luxury accommodation for dogs

It’s been a while since I blogged about some pet-friendly accommodation.  But this one really got my attention because it offers luxury breaks for dogs.  The venues do not accept human visitors so I guess technically this operation is about boutique kenneling for dogs, but who cares?

The Paw Seasons offers three luxury accommodation options for UK-based dogs.

At Long Ashton in Bristol the dogs can relax on a dog sofa in the conservatory or on the variety of soft beds in the kitchen.  Dogs are also welcome in the office (study).

At Long Ashton in Bristol the dogs can relax on a dog sofa in the conservatory or on the variety of soft beds in the kitchen. Dogs are also welcome in the office (study)

The Alderton in Wiltshire features a resident Golden Retriever, 2 retired horses and ducks and chickens who are carefully fenced off for safety

The Alderton in Wiltshire features a resident Golden Retriever, 2 retired horses and ducks and chickens who are carefully fenced off for safety

Hawkesbury Common, near Badminton in Wiltshire has restricted vehicle access, making it the perfect country retreat for your dog

Hawkesbury Common, near Badminton in Wiltshire has restricted vehicle access, making it the perfect country retreat for your dog

The Paw Seasons offers a shuttle service from London and points along the M4; free shuttle service is available for Bristol International Airport and the operators will also look after your car while you are away.

Rates per dog range from £30 – £50 depending on the season.

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