B&B's and Pets

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Do you.....

Have pets and allow pets?

Have pets but don't allow pets?

Don't have pets and allow pets?

Don't have pets and don't allow pets?

We have a lab (mix) - 6 years old; and a maltipoo - 7 years old -- so the likelihood we still have them as we enter a B&B (probably in 2-3 years) is high.  However, I would not want to allow pets of guests.  Sounds a little hypocritical, so was wondering about others choices.

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Several years ago, before we bought the High Mountain Lodge, we went on an impromptu vacation when my wife got promoted at work. I'd just put a magazine to bed, so it was a good time for us to go on vacation. About six months before, we had adopted a Keeshond, Murphy, from rescue (we were her 4th family in a year-and-a half, and she had major abandonment issues), so there was no way we could, in good conscience, put her in a kennel for a week.

So my wife, Julie--a former travel agent, began putting together a dog-friendly vacation for us. Among the places she found was the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, CO. The HC was Teddy Roosevelt's "western White House" back in the day, and they accepted dogs. Didn't even charge extra.

We had had Murphy groomed before we left on vacation, so to be über-pretentious at the Hotel Colorado, we would get off the elevator on the mezzanine and walk her down the Grand Staircase when we were leaving to hotel.

Great fun. But when we were putting together the business plan for the High Mountain Lodge, we remembered the graciousness of everybody on the staff about our dog. We made a conscious decision--a business decision--that we would be dog friendly.

It has paid off in spades for us.

But then, we're a funky ski lodge and not a "high end" B&B. Dogs are welcome in all of our rooms except the ones adjacent to the indoor pool.

Our website notes, "Dogs with well-mannered owners are welcome at the High Mountain Lodge." Dog owners appreciate the humor, and Julie is convinced that non-dog-owners get the message to behave themselves as well; I'm not convinced that the majority of the traveling public is that sensitive to nuance.

Anyway, we get a huge amount of business from couples/families traveling with their dogs. In the winter when our guests are coming to ski, we're a little more strict. Regardless if the dogs are crated or free in the room, we insist that someone check on the animal at mid-day.

I don't need two hands to count the times we have had to rescue a barking dog (and that's what it is--a rescue) from a guest room and bring it to our office, where it gets fussed over and given a treat and told, sternly, to behave.

Only once in five years have we had to threaten a guest (figuratively) with the proverbial rolled-up newspaper.

Bottom line: dogs aren't an issue for us as long as our human guests are at least a few notches up from clueless.

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We have a pet but do not allow pets as guests.  As Maddie stated people are bringing pets that should not even be pet owners! 

My pet story in brief:

1) Two 20 somethings smuggle a teacup pet in their room.  Left the dog alone while they went out partying at a nightclub.  The dog barked the entire time and the next morning we told them they could not stay their 2nd night.  Came in and the carpet had been raveled at the seam by the dog.  

2) Regular guest booked and arrived with 2 furry little balls.  He said 'I knew you would not mind' as he kept them in a cage out side near his room.  The cage was too small for the two of them and I felt horrible for them.  He has not been back since. 

3) Late arrival guest woke early and I found him walking his greyhound in the yard.  He had left him in the sm art car overnight!!! 

 

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I take Dogs and well  behaved children.

I have one, Pyrennees with a bit of Malamute, he is available for walkies by guests and anybody passing.

 

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I am an aspiring innkeeper, but also someone who has frequented B&Bs for many years -- I'd say over 100 night stays.

The past 6 years, my girlfriend and I have had a dog. Let me tell you, the B&Bs that accepted dogs willingly will always be on the top of our list, even when we don't take the pooch. 

These B&B's charge in the range of $30-$50 per night, and really cater to the dogs -- with plush dog-beds, treats, nice bowls, etc.  Look at it like someone being nice to your children, which goes a long way. I've always found these B&B extremely clean also.

Frankly, in California and growingly across the US, accepting pets is more and more frequent. In addition, the atmosphere at these B&Bs among dog owners is also very friendly.

When I finally find my B&B to purchase, I'll certainly take pets (and kids too Smiling

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When I finally find my B&B to purchase, I'll certainly take pets (and kids too Smiling

We allowed pets for years. Mostly because it was only die hard dog lovers who brought their dogs with them. Now it's everyone. People who shouldn't even HAVE a dog want to bring them along. What do they do with the dog all day? They want to leave it in the room because they want to go do stuff and the dog will get in the way.

We also had bowls, treats, bedding, a guide for parks where dogs were allowed, etc. We upcharged $25 for the extras. Guests would call and say, '$25!!! It costs less to leave the dog at the kennel!!! Are you also going to feed and walk the dog for me???'

Our dog room was kept spotless, as is the rest of the inn. You will get allergic guests who won't book. We limited the dogs to one room. Guests would refuse that room sure that it was a dumpy room if we allowed dogs in it.

Last year we had a series of guests who were not fit dog owners and after spending 3 hours cleaning the room after one dog ran amok we got out of the dog biz.

My neighbor picked up the slack. She sometimes has dogs in every room every night. Now I only take dogs we know and like.

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edgehill2014 wrote:

I am an aspiring innkeeper, but also someone who has frequented B&Bs for many years -- I'd say over 100 night stays.

The past 6 years, my girlfriend and I have had a dog. Let me tell you, the B&Bs that accepted dogs willingly will always be on the top of our list, even when we don't take the pooch. 

These B&B's charge in the range of $30-$50 per night, and really cater to the dogs -- with plush dog-beds, treats, nice bowls, etc.  Look at it like someone being nice to your children, which goes a long way. I've always found these B&B extremely clean also.

Frankly, in California and growingly across the US, accepting pets is more and more frequent. In addition, the atmosphere at these B&Bs among dog owners is also very friendly.

When I finally find my B&B to purchase, I'll certainly take pets (and kids too Smiling

Jules may I ask a question, when you stay at a pet friendly B&B do you stay just one night or is it a multi-night stay?

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We have a dog and allow guest dogs in two of our rooms. We talk about both on our website; plus in our confirmation email I state "We have one friendly dog in residence and guests dogs may be present during your stay." Don't want to surprise anyone.

Some guests never see our dog while they're here. Some ask where she is within the first few minutes of arriving so they've read the website. Some get their 'dog fix' if they miss their own dog while they're on holiday.

As for guest dogs, some of our best repeat guests are the ones who bring their dog. It's hard for them to find a nice place that takes dogs so when they do, they're careful not to screw it up! Many of them come back over and over again, often multiple times throughout the year, and they're good for referring others.

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We have dogs & cats & none are allowed in the guest areas. Many times guests haven't known that we have pets, although it does say so on our website.

Sometimes folks request to meet them in which case we bring them to the enclosed (outside) courtyard (dogs leashed). We also work with the local animal group & have fostered over 30 animals & many adoption connections have happened via guests meeting our fosters (they don't go home w/them, but apply, etc., etc. & animals adopted to them later).

We've never had a problem with the allergy question as they aren't allowed in the inside guest areas.

We also lost a dog this past year. I know how hard it is, but know that there are so many great animals out there just waiting for forever families & so "Kona" (our pup who passed away) is smiling from her side of the rainbow bridge knowing we're helping other dogs & cats!

We don't accept guest pets. Again, however can supply "pet therapy" for those missing thier pets while on holiday Smiling

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We sometimes do "pet therapy" with our rabbits and for some unknown reason people like to be photographed with them. Luckily our boys are very placid and photogenic and are used to being handled and cuddled as they have been since they were very small (you can see it on their facial expressions "here comes another one") makes me laugh 

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We do not allow pets.  I love dogs - have two at home (I do not live at the Inn).  We tried to get the owners to convert it to pet-friendly since the town is extremely pet friendly and we knew it would help with reservations, but they would not.  Our Inn was built in 1890's and we can't afford to let any wear-n-tear happen at all.  Also, the upkeep of my own residence with these dogs is enough - I'm grateful that we don't have to keep the Inn clear of all the pet hair too.

 

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BD & Flower - so sorry to hear of your losses. 

We recently added a dog to our family after 10+ years.  It was hard to decide whether it would be the right decision as we do not alow guests to bring pets.  But it was the right decision for US, he has added so much joy to our lives.  Since this is new for us we have our feelers out for guest reactions to the dog.  We have it on our site but it is not BOLD.  He is usually in my arms when I welcome guests to the inn.  On the very rare occasion that a guest seems to be afraid or leary, we keep the dog away from them during their stay.  He is never allowed in the guest rooms or is out during breakfast. 

We also have an outside cat who is now 7.  Many repeat guests have asked about the cat when they call to book.  I have never knowingly lost a reservation because of allergies to animals.  Most ask about the cat as I think cat dander is worse than dogs. 

So quick answer is Yes we have pets but NO we don't accept guest pets. 

BTW, DH also thought it was hypocritical until we had a guest sneak in a purse pet, then leave it to go out on the town.  The dog whinned and barked through the night AND morning.  And we had to ask them to leave....  finding torn carpeting in the closet where they had left the poor thing.  He no longer feels that way.

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The thing with personal pets is you never know how they will react to other people's animals or how their animals will react to them - so in some ways you are better off taking pets without having any pets of your own - if that makes any sense?

We don't take animals but do have several neighbours who do so I refer them there.

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We had two senior dogs when we opened our biz.  I did not realize how much work they were until we opened the B&B and how much time they took in addition to everything else.  They were not allowed in guest areas and we had a separate innkeepers' area for them in our yard.  They were old and fragile so we didn't really allow guest interaction with them.  We also had a porch cat that a lot of our guests liked.  We had information about the dogs and cat on our website. 

We did not allow guest pets at all, but we had a couple of good boarding facilities to recommend.

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Samster wrote:

We had two senior dogs when we opened our biz.  I did not realize how much work they were until we opened the B&B and how much time they took in addition to everything else.  They were not allowed in guest areas and we had a separate innkeepers' area for them in our yard.  They were old and fragile so we didn't really allow guest interaction with them.  We also had a porch cat that a lot of our guests liked.  We had information about the dogs and cat on our website. 

We did not allow guest pets at all, but we had a couple of good boarding facilities to recommend.

I think this is my preference.  Keep my animals away from guests/guest areas and not allow pets.  I do not travel with my pets, I board them.  It is a better experience for us all!  But, I know some folks who can't be separated from their furry friends.  Great idea to know the good boarding facilities in your area.  Thanks!

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Could not edit my reply to add: My dog was OK with our kids but did not like any other kids - nipped at a cousin's brat that ignored being told the dog did not like kids and leave him alone in his area so of course invaded and irritated the poor dog. One never knows what will set a normally docile animal off. Another reason I feel innkeeper pets and guests should not mix - period. (Plus you do not know what those guests might be bringing in to YOUR pet.) Plus one walk in the grass could bring the invasion of fleas. BTDT.

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No pets. We have none.  We take guests with pets in the vacation rental only.

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We've had a dog for most of our time here and a cat. Our guests loved our dog when they would be greeted by her outside. We have a separate innkeepers house (small) on the property, so our pets and the guest areas never mingle. Our dog died in Dec and we've decided not to get another one because they take so much time to train and it needs to be a special dog that is a good fit for a b&b (doesn't bark, etc.)

I recently lost a reservation because we had a cat on the property even though we assured them he was never in any guest building.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

We've had a dog for most of our time here and a cat. Our guests loved our dog when they would be greeted by her outside. We have a separate innkeepers house (small) on the property, so our pets and the guest areas never mingle. Our dog died in Dec and we've decided not to get another one because they take so much time to train and it needs to be a special dog that is a good fit for a b&b (doesn't bark, etc.)

I recently lost a reservation because we had a cat on the property even though we assured them he was never in any guest building.

So sorry about your loss.  Our pets become so much a part of the family and it's heartbreaking to lose them.  I hope my lab mellows in the next couple of years as he ages.  He's the sweetest dog in the world, but he loves, loves, loves people and cannot understand why everyone doesn't want him in their face!  lol

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I don't think I knew your dog died. Sorry to hear that. I know what you mean about needing to find the right kind of dog and having time to train it properly. No more inn pets for us.

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I don't think I knew your dog died. Sorry to hear that. I know what you mean about needing to find the right kind of dog and having time to train it properly. No more inn pets for us.

Thanks Maddy, it's such a heartbreak when they die. Don't want to go through that for a long time.

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I am in the process of acquiring a large piece of land which will become a farm stay.  I will have both pet and kid friendly accommodations in several of the cottages but not in the main inn.

I have a large stupid shepard which belongs to my middle child a DD that is 30 + # over the weight limit for off campus housing, lucky me he will be staying with me!

I have several cats, they are part of the landscape and at no time will any of the domesticated or farm animals be in the guest quarters.  The way the place I am purchasing is set up I will have separate quarters from the main inn and the guest cottages so I can offer both 2 and 4 legged animal friendly accommodations and rooms or cottages where they can be totally allergen free, even if you are allergic to small children.

 

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Had pets. Allow guest pets in a limited area. Do not like inn pets running loose when I go somewhere to stay. Most guests love the inn pets if they are well-behaved. No jumping. No barking. No chasing. No biting.

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We allow 2-legged animals but not the 4-legged.

When our dog was so old & feeble we had to say goodbye, we decided to not replace. Especially knowing we were going to open a B & B. I did not want to lose guests to allergies (but I was also old enough to know I did not want to be walking a dog in all kinds of weather). As long as your pets stay in YOUR area and would not object to other 4-legged visitors AND you could have a room with easy access (ground floor and/or private entrance) taking them will benefit your revenue stream. More and more people are traveling with Fifi and refuse to be separated from the darling that get treated better than a kid would be. My rooms are all on the second floor - not suitable.

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We just lost our small dog. We did not allow other dogs in our B&B. The main reason she didnot like to sharing her yard with any other dog. She was well behaved with people but for some strange reason she would get most upset if others entered her space. 

She was never allowed in the guest rooms at any time. My main reason was I never knew if one of our guest had allergies. Even tho she was a non allergic dog. Some people are very upset if pets were in there rooms. Most of the time my guest never knew we owned a pet , Even though a picture of her was on our web site. Others did not mind a pet being here.

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Flower, I am so sorry for your loss. It's been since the beginning of Dec that we lost ours and I still burst out in tears sometimes. Hang in there.

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Thank you . We are both hanging in. Some day it is no so bad.

I touch another dog and felt like I should of not. Felt it was disrespectful. Strange feel it was. This to will pass.

I am truly sorry for your loss of your campanion.

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We had guests a few weeks ago whose dog died recently. Their dog had the same name as mine and it was tough to hear their story because I kept thinking about my dog.

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Awwwww, I'm sorry. I forgot you lost your recently too. I can't believe how many of us this has happened to. It's especially tough when guests ask if we have a dog, or the repeat guests ask where ours is.

Sorry Maddy

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Our repeats have been more tentative lately about asking. They know from last year that she was pretty sick (no more guest appearances). Not everyone is on the email list (it's an opt in) so not everyone knows.

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Sorry to hear about your dog. I know what you mean about guests not even knowing there was a dog around even with the photo on the website! I let our guests know in my email newsletter that our dog had died and some wrote back that they didn't even know we had a dog!

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Thanks Madie. WE are still hurting. It been 13 weeks GOD how I miss her so so  much. Not just me but hubby too. We were luck to have her for 15 wonderful years and that I am truly blessed and very lucky. It is just we miss her so much. Will there be another....... well Iam not sure???? we are older now .

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