Pet Friendly Hotel: What it means when you own a ridgeback


IMG_1901Kaya’s feet never touch grass she doesn’t like.

My husband travels regularly for work. He spends countless nights in hotels and is always looking for me and the dogs to come along. Pet friendly hotel means different things to different dog owners. It can be a welcome place for someone with small dogs, dogs who are eager to please, but for a ridgeback owner…well that’s a bit of another story. Last night we did a little road trip up to Paso Robles and decided to bring along the dogs and stayed in a pet friendly hotel. I won’t mention which one because Merle decided to promptly “mark” the hotel bedskirt as we arrived, so its probably best not to be specific.This post, however, is dedicated to the “pet potty” areas found at most hotels. It is great, without a doubt, for most dog owners to have a designated area for pets to go potty, and doggie waste bags and trash bins are even better. The smell of previous dogs making use of the space no doubt inspires dogs to do their business. This is all fine and well, but we have one special ridgeback, her name is Kaya.

Kaya is the kind of ridgeback who is effected by every sound, every texture. She hates wet grass, she hates mulch, she hates asphalt, she hates pretty much any surface that tickles her little toes in a funny way. With good intentions, pet friendly hotels tend to offer one or several of the above surfaces for pet potty areas. This works fabulously for Merle, he goes wild smelling all the markings and happily adds his own. Kaya on the other hand will usually stop dead in her tracks and refuse to go. To make matters worse, Kaya will halt and refuse to move anytime she hears a noise she doesn’t recognize. What’s that? Who’s that? What’s that sound? Is that a cat? It can be downright stressful. My husband and I have finally given up on the constant, come on Kaya, let’s go potty, routine that we would put on for 20-30 minutes and just let her signal when it’s time to go. We just pray that it’s not 2am when she is finally ready to wow us with her potty skills.

One thought on “Pet Friendly Hotel: What it means when you own a ridgeback

  1. Love this post, and I can completely relate to Kaya. When I travel with my humans, I refuse to “go” for about the first three to five hours or so that we are in our new location. At first it really concerned them, Now they take your approach and just wait for me to get comfortable, and eventually I do . . . which usually results in huge praise and treats. Perhaps there’s a method to my madness!

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