Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beyond the Westminster dog show, pet travel isn't always easy

By Laura Bly, USA TODAY

Sure, it's a dog's life for pooches staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania, the host hotel for this week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. After all, what guest (and its owner) wouldn't drool at the prospect of a "paw mall" gift shop, canine concierge, and 24/7 doggie spa with treadmills, "his and hers relieving area" and masseuse?

By Todd Plitt, USA TODAY
But if you're not Westminster's Best of Show winner (a Pekingese named Malachy) or its competitors, finding dog-friendly accommodations might be tougher than you think.

Though review site did a recent round- up of seven other New York hotels that go out of their way to cater to canines, a new survey commissioned by the Northern California-based online shows that while 8 out of 10 dog-owning travelers find hotel policies and amenities important when selecting accommodations, 42.3% are concerned about expensive hotel pet fees and 34% are confused over pet policies.  Read more 

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