In the past, I wrote about our dog, that I got for the express purpose of travel. He almost died when we left him with our friendly Vet. We had been in the habit of boarding him at the vet clinic for the last 14 summers, when we went on vacation, as it gets too hot in the car. Since he had a nervous breakdown and developed colitis when we left in March, we have had to take him with us, when we leave home. Had we made it back a day or two later in March, he would not have been alive as he was really sick. He is an old dog and I don’t know if it was because he is use to traveling with us during the cold months, that he reacted as he did, or the stress of being apart from us is just too much for an old dog. At any rate, he recovered and is back to doing his usual tricks of running our lives and being devoted to us.
The traveling dog idea, changed fairly rapidly, when I found out the hard way unless it is a dive of a motel, dogs are not welcomed at a great many of the motels and never at the nicer hotels in the areas that we travel which entails most of the United States. He loves to travel and take trips so traveling with him is not a problem at all when we are in the car. Getting out and letting him do his thing is actually a relief to my husband, as it gives him a chance to stretch.
Sure we see dogs in all kinds of the nicer motels and even some hotels but they are usually being snuck in by their owners,is my guess. Federal law enforces allowing guide or help dogs into rooms, but little dogs being carried by what appears to be an abled body person, I wouldn’t think, would qualify under the law. We have never had a desire to go against the wishes of the owners of the motels, so do not even try to take a dog in that is not allowed in.
We are living in a day and age where apartment owners learned the hard way, that if they did not allow the family pet in, they would not be able to rent many of their places. It seems to me, if an apartment manager has learned this, then so should the motel owner also know that they lose money, but perhaps enough people do not pay attention to it and sneak in their dogs anyway.
Recently we decided to hit the antique shops of Des Moines, Iowa( If ever in the area don’t miss out on stopping at the Majestic Lion, it will be worth your time) and were turned away both in smaller Iowa towns as well as Des Moines by all motels average to not so average and finally had to stay at the Econo Lodge that was very welcoming of our dog. This is not just common to the State of Iowa but fairly common across the map. Even though it is not a place we have ever stayed before or would stay in the past, we will definitely keep them in mind, as long as our other member of our family is alive, as we travel. When dogs are allowed there is a deposit made in case of accident or damage to the carpet or room as well as no barking allowed, If we leave we need to take him with us.
It is totally selfish on my part, but the idea of never being able to stay at a luxury motel or suite or eat at a nice restaurant, is not all that appealing to me but none-the-less that is what is necessary if we want to leave home. Usually I stay at the room with the dog while my husband calls in and picks up a meal so we still do eat well but miss out on the socializing. I have found over the years, that there are no strangers at an antique auction,casino, or when we travel and I do miss having to give that all up for a dog with stress behavior so it is easier for me to question why nicer hotels and motels do not allow small house dogs in. I would even be willing to have a veterinarian certify him as house broken and free of fleas, if that would help.
I understand why, with the larger dogs, as some of them are hunting dogs that live outside as a general rule and are not usually housebroken and some even have fleas, that could be a real problem. I would think though that the government could make some money or motel owners as a whole if they would ask for something like a hunting dog liscense as versus house dog ,clean of fleas, from a Vet.
They could even leave out all puppies who sometimes chew and destroy but a dog that shares the bed with his folks are more clean, by far, than babies and children who miss the toilet,track in pizza and gum,spill pop and grape juice,spit up and use diapers as well as more quiet than teenagers or drunken adults, partying. I have never been kept up by a barking dog even while staying in a hunting lodge where everyone has a dog, but I have been kept awake or woken up by plenty of parties.
Anyway, if you have a dog, and wondered about traveling with him/her, this seems to me to be the largest problem that we encounter when we do. We always have plenty of water and food with us and offer it along the way. I really do wish motel and hotel owners would be more aware of this member of the family’s needs. In France and some places in California, they welcome dogs into restaurants.
Our dog is a toy cocker spaniel that gets a monthly hair cut dependent on the temperature of the year, and has never developed car sickness and is always over-joyed to go. The things that we all do for that one special, grateful,appreciative loyal member of our families, who always wags their tail in excitement, seems to have no boundaries in our lives, when it comes to gratitude and action on our part in reward of the same. Lets face it, he does not only run our home, he now determines our trips, Selfish Dog:)