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A resort where your dog is as welcome as you are

That’s the motto of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California.  This resort doesn’t place a limit on the size of dog that can stay – so your Newfoundland, Great Dane, and St Bernard are welcome (along with your Chihuahua and Papillon)!

A pet-friendly room is an additional $25 per night.  Toys and treats are available at the resort gift shop and there is doggy room service to order your dog’s meal and treats (2 pigs ears will set you back $7.00)

The concierge can supply you with details of local pet-friendly attractions and establishments, veterinarians and pet sitters.

Best of all in two of the resort’s restaurants they have established “Pet Posts” where you can tether your dog in the patio area adjacent to your dining table.  (this is the best the resort can do because of Santa Barbara laws that prohibit pets in the dining area).

So, if you are planning a trip to California – Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort should be on your itinerary (please send photos)

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Pet friendly holiday homes in New Zealand

Keeping with the theme of dog-friendly accommodation…  If you are in New Zealand then you should check out the  Pets Can Come Too website.

This website lists holiday homes where pets are allowed.  The search function on the site is easy to use.  You will need to read the fine print, however.  For example, some properties only accept cats and others may require that your dog is crated when indoors.

If you own a holiday home and accept pets, then please do your part to grow this community-of-interest in New Zealand by registering your property.  Heather at Pets Can Come Too says:

We offer all new advertisers six months free advertising after which it costs $95.00 p.a. however there is no obligation to continue advertising with us if you do not wish to do so.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Benjamin Hotel, New York City

For those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter, you know that I have had an ongoing feature to highlight accommodation options that are dog-friendly.   Here’s my latest find:

The Benjamin Hotel in New York City caters to dogs of all sizes, whereas many dog-friendly hotels set size limits and only cater to the smaller breeds.  So all of you large dog people – this hotel is for you!

The Dream Dog TM package includes a bathrobe for your dog, spa treatments, gourmet food, and even a visit from a pet psychic if you choose.

When booking in to stay with your dog, you get to choose the type of bed they will sleep on.  For small dogs, there is a sofa bed with a removable cushion that doubles as a crate or travel mat.  For medium-sized dogs, there is an orthopedic bed “designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and support – the ideal blend for a perfect night’s sleep.”

And for dogs of any size (small to large),  there is the Luxury Bed which is an “ultra-plump, overstuffed round bed that completely surrounds Fido in down-like fiberfill. Deep and cushiony, with soft rhino suede and luxury gold braid, this bed will make your best friend feel safe and secure.”

The hotel also offers a dog walking service, clean up bags, a list of dog-friendly places to visit, and gourmet cakes and treats for special occasions.

It is great to see a hotel welcoming dogs of all sizes.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand