It’s a dog’s life
Do you ever look at your dog and wonder what they are thinking? What is on that furry mind and how could I make them happier?
Does he look like he’s a little discontented with his current hairstyle? Or that he would prefer to have a chef prepare his food rather than you emptying a ready meal into his bowl?
It’s quite possible you haven’t ever asked yourself these questions. But people do. I do with my mother’s dog. Although Hugo (mum’s bichon frise) wants for nothing to be honest. I remember seeing the most delicious looking bowl of the finest chicken breast I’ve ever seen in the fridge last time I popped over to say hello.
“Can I have some of this mum?”
“Don’t you dare touch that, that’s Hugo’s.”
“But you love me more than Hugo don’t you?”
“I’m very fond of you darling but if you touch that chicken I’ll have you arrested.”
So Hugo is spoilt. And quite possibly my mother’s favourite ‘child’ as she calls him. But in comparison to some pups around the world Hugo is roughing it.
I know this because SLH asked 8,000 people across the globe what they would like hotel’s to provide for their dogs. And the results blew my mind.
Here are a few of the requests:
- Pata negra ham (not just ham take note, a specific type of ham)
- Caviar (any caviar will do apparently, this pup is willing to sacrifice the Beluga from time to time)
- Blueberry facials (This is a real thing, Raithwaite Estate in Whitby, UK offers it)
- A sausage dog girlfriend (Fair enough, sausage dogs are very cute)
- Luxury bedding (I can’t find a flaw with this demand, we all enjoy a high thread count and fluffy pillows)
- A personal butler (A good butler should be able to look after the homo-sapiens and canines in a family so this may be a little extravagant)
Not content to let the dogs hog the five star pampering one Australian cat apparently wants someone to spend the day telling her how beautiful she is, while an American feline would rather go bird-watching at the zoo.
Obviously these are the grander requests from pet owners but some serious stats came out of the survey. 7.3% like to travel with their pet whenever possible. 15.1% are willing to pay a supplement for their pet to be pampered on holiday. That’s about one in every six people.
Of the extras people want for their pooches bedding, food and grooming are the most important so it turns out our pets want pretty much the same things we do.
Despite this there are lots of hotels that don’t let you take your pets with you. But thankfully there are plenty that do including Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, UK which not only welcomes dogs it has created a VIP (Very Important Pooch) package. And this isn’t just a gimmick. The package includes a room or suite with a patio door that leads straight out to the hotel’s 60 acres of grounds, a dog bed, water and food bowls, and a treat.
Then there’s the home of the dog blueberry facial, The Raithwaite Estate in Whitby (UK). It might sound silly but in fact it’s actually the best way to remove stains from a dogs face.
After the facial dogs can enjoy the rest of the dog spa (yes a spa for dogs) where they can have mud baths or perhaps jump in the Jacuzzi.
The more I read the more I start thinking about disguising myself as a Great Dane for my next holiday. It’s a dog’s life? That phrase clearly needs some rethinking!