Most of the people who read this blog have either traveled with their dogs or considered it. And those who travel often have definite opinions on what they do and don’t like about restaurant, hotel, and airline policies — to name just a few basic categories.
So this week’s question is less academic and theoretical, more experiential (standard dog-in-glasses photo notwithstanding). I want to know: What’s your top pet-travel peeve?
Me? I’m irritated that many hotels — especially nicer ones — slap on automatic “cleaning fees” for dogs, most of them pretty hefty.
Humans can trash a hotel room a lot more quickly than any canine, and I’m not talking just Keith Richards types. Consider your average slob who uses white hotel towels instead of tissues to wipe off their mascara or shine their shoes, vacationers (both kids and grown-ups) who overindulge and throw up on the rug — or stick their gum under the furniture.
Room rates take such standard wear and tear — and vacuuming of hair, if you want to bring up shedding — into account.
Sure, if your dog trashes the room, you should be expected to pay — just like Keith Richards would be. But don’t slap on a big automatic fee before the fact.