Canine Comforts Around the Globe

4 July 2016

It’s pretty hard to leave your best friend behind when you go on holiday, but never fear - more and more travel operators are factoring canine comfort into what they do. Whether it’s amenities for pooches, dog ambassadors, or making friends with the locals, here are a few ways you can get your doggie fix while on your travels.

Hair of the Dog

I could eat him! Don't tell my Hendrix! #chihuahua #dogsofinstagram #cutepuppy

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This year Kronenbourg Bar D’Alsace-tian popped up briefly in London, where trained alsatians brought barrels of beer to your table. But even if you can’t find a dog behind the bar, London is brimming with dog-friendly drinking establishments. According to pet design and living website Style Tails, there are plenty of dog-friendly pubs where you can make friends with the locals and hang out with their four-legged friends. Check out The Crown & Two Chairmen in Soho, Central London, an old-school gem that has been revamped and attracts an offbeat, bohemian crowd – and that’s just the pooches.

Gone Glamping

Pearl was a sweet doggy guest at Alure over the last couple of days. Here she is with her snowman this morning. So cute! ⛄️❄️

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Dogs often get a rough deal when it comes to camping – not allowed in national parks, eyed suspiciously as a danger to native fauna. Well, forget that – you can take them camping in style at glam Alure Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Granite Belt wine country. Upgrade to the private villa and your pet will be indulged with bathrobes, a fancy cocoon bed, food and water bowls, and a gift pack of toiletries and gourmet treats. Meanwhile, their owners can enjoy cosy fireplaces, steaming hot spa baths, and – as it is exclusively for couples – peace, privacy and seclusion. With winter’s chill, you might even see some snow. It’s a dog’s life.


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Lounging Around

Pet-friendly airports are taking off, with special dog lounges, such as the one inside Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York. It contains a pet bathroom with green turf and even a red fire hydrant, plus dog waste bags and a hose to clean up. Other US airports with pet relief areas include Washington Dulles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Meanwhile, Vancouver International Airport has also opened a pet relief area, featuring touchless entry, Braille signs and artificial grass.

Canine Ambassadors

Carly Copley is resting up for a big weekend of showing guests around town.

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The Fairmont chain of hotels and resorts across the US, Canada and Kenya has several thoughtful and welcoming canine ambassadors, who can provide companionship for travellers missing their own furry friends. For instance, Carly the black Labrador rules the roost at Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. She is known for her charitable deeds, spending time with guests who are ill and helping out at story hour at the Boston Public Library. Stanley, also a black lab, is learning the ropes at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Canada, in the beautiful Jasper National Park. And Tusker and Grammy – labrador and ridgeback crosses – can be seen hard at work jumping into ponds at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club.

A Sailor’s Life

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise liner to offer dedicated kennels for pets. The luxury liner also has street furniture to mimic the dog-walking experience back home (including a fire hydrant and lamp post), and a dedicated exercise deck for dogs. There’s also an inside pet play area in addition to the outside dog-walking zone. Each dog receives its own name tag, blanket, scoop and dish, with gourmet goodies to eat. And there are chew toys, as well as special outfits for walkies. Pet owners get their own lounge, too.


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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.