Summer is finally here and it’s a time when so many of us would like to get away for a mini-weekend or perhaps a longer adventure. Having the ability to bring our four-legged friends with us is the icing on the cake.
When travelling with your pet there is SO much to consider, and it seems these days SO much more we must budget for. With some hotels offering luxurious amenities (think pet massage) , others insisting on cleaning fees (even if there’s no “mess” left) and some restricting the size/breed of your pooch it’s important to investigate exactly what sort of services you’re paying for, and whether your furry friend is even an eligible guest. The fees are either flat rate ($50 to $100) or per night’s stay charge. So, it’s best to confirm their fee schedule right off the hop since it absolutely impacts your finances.
We suggest you contact the hotel directly to determine their rules & regulations as it relates to four-legged guests. It’s not uncommon to find pets are only able to stay on certain floors and are restricted from others (to respect other guests with allergies), others have designated entrances, exits and specific areas where your pet is allowed to relieve themselves. Some ask that your dog/cat be crated when left alone in the room and most every hotel requires pets to be leashed at all times. When booking be sure to take note of what you’re told, and when checking-in if in doubt speak with the concierge and/or guest services to confirm their policies.
There are resorts and B&B’s that welcome your pets with OPEN arms. Viamede Resort, a member of Ontario’s Finest Inn’s Hotels and Spa Group, is one of the most pet-friendly vacation spots around! All their cottages are completely pet-friendly, there are no extra fees, and they even have an on-site OFF LEASH park. If you advise them when booking they’re keen to pamper your pooch with beds, treats, bags etc., They even donate $10 (in your pooch’s name) for every dog that stays at the resort in loving memory of Maggy whom they rescued from Golden Retriever Rescue. All proceeds from The Maggy Fund go directly to Golden Retriever Rescue a 100% volunteer run organization.
Wishing you all safe and happy, pet-friendly travels during this summer season.