No Pets Allowed?

February 18, 2010 at 11:40 am 4 comments

Are you a pet owner who just can’t bear to leave your four-legged friend at home when you go on holiday? Do you have trouble finding somewhere to stay where your pet will be made just as welcome as you are?

Pet friendly accommodationOr perhaps you’ve had the opposite problem, booking into a B&B only to find when you get there that a resident cat sets off your allergies, or a beloved dog keeps you up all night with its barking?

How do you feel about pet friendly bed and breakfasts? Is it OK in the countryside but not in the city? Has a B&B’s policy on pets ever caused you problems on holiday, or prevented you from booking in the first place?

We’re mainly talking dogs and cats here, but have you ever had any unusual animal encounters at a B&B? Or any strange pet requests? Perhaps one precious pooch only dined on 21 day matured steak? Or maybe a guest wanted to bring their stick insect collection on holiday with them?

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  • 1. Shellie Anne  |  February 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Bed and Breakfasts are typically owned by families, pets are a part of the family. Bringing in a strange pet into your pets domain is not always a good idea, it stresses many of them out. Unless they are used to it of course. Dogs bark, whine, have fleas, shed and need to use your outdoor areas as their toilet. It is enough to clean up after the humans! You couldn’t pay me enough to clean up after foo foo as well!

    Now if I had some property and cabins, I might go dog friendly all the way. But not in a historic B&B with all the guest rooms upstairs.

  • 2. Monica  |  February 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    We have a dog at our B&B. She is not allowed in the guest areas when guests are present unless they ask to see her. She’s not allowed during breakfast at all, no matter how much guests plead to see her and say they don’t mind dog hair in their food. OTHER guests might mind.

    We do allow guests to bring dogs, but only in one room that has its own access to the outside.

    What I mind as a guest is the inn pets having free range in the inn. I do not want to sit on the couch that Fluffy and Muffy have just vacated. Or, worse yet, FIGHT with Fluffy & Muffy for a seat on the couch.

    I also do not want to be greeted by barking, jumping dogs when I check in.

    Innkeepers can have it both ways, easily. Keep your own pets under control at all times and guests need never know there is an inn dog or cat. But if the guests will encounter the pets at any time, they should be informed in advance.

    If guest pets are allowed, make it very clear to all guests that their room may have had a pet in it recently. We have had guests specifically request to NOT be put in a room where pets are allowed.

  • 3. bedandbreakfastworldblog  |  February 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

    mckayhousebnb @BBreakfastWorld Certain rooms and under certain size for us no problem.

  • 4. bedandbreakfastworldblog  |  February 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    peterpastry RT @BBreakfastWorld: Pets in B&Bs – yes or no? >> Sometimes. As long as quiet and non smelly Lol


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