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Traveling with Rosie, Hotel, How to, etc?

So far I have not traveled with Rosie. We are business people and I have stayed behind while my husband has gone to all the conferences to be with Rosie because Boarding was not an option and she gets carsick after 3 miles.
He has signed me up for a major conference in Louiville in January at a really nice downtown hotel. I called and half-hoped that they would say no; but as luck would have it they are dog-friendly. Now I am in a quandry. she has never been crated. I can't leave her in the room without crating her--the maid might open the door and she could escape. I don't know about walking around in the hotel with her. Last year at this conference, we got snowed in and it was fun for us; but with a dog and 12 inches of snow.... I want to stay at home. First conflict with the husband, business and dog.

Then there is the question of the proper coat for her. She has to have the most elegant one for the elegant hotel--especially if she deposits her elegant little poo on their elegant carpet. I would die! Go ahead laugh at an old woman.

Any suggestions other than to divorce the husband of nearly 40 years and resign as President of the firm (I can't believe that a little dog is affecting my business--marriage is too long to matter) Laugh again. Help
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What about dropping her off somewhere like this for the day
http://www.petsuitesofamerica.com/locations

Don't stress. Think it through and you'll come up with a solution. I wish all of the forum members could network and we could all watch each others neezers when we travel!
Good luck!

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If she can't jump on the bed and escape, could you bring a doggie gate and put it between the 2 beds (if you get a room with 2 beds)? Kind of like a little play pen? Depending on the hotel room layout, maybe you could use the gate on the inside of the door in case the housekeeper opens the door Rosie won't escape.

I've been in the hotel industry for about 15 years, and trust me-the housekeepers love to see a "Do Not Disturb" sign...means they have one less room to clean. But still, I wouldn't chance it.
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Yea! I would go for the gate in the room and "Do not disturb sign." I feel for you...I have stayed over in hotels and I will not leave Dexter there alone...I am a crazy old woman too! I would rather stay home too! I actually told my dh.."vacation is at home, I do not want to go any place."

Dexter has never been crated either, I had not even thought of a gate and the sign! I know what to do next time!

Is your conference in the hotel? If so, you can check on Rosie during the breaks!



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I had a pomeraian that I used to travel with A LOT. She was my carry-on bag for many air flights, and came with me in the car on many, many road trips.

Check with the hotel - many pet friendly hotels have one of two basic scenarios:

1) They are pet friendly, but will not allow you to leave your pet in the room unattended. If this is the case, they will typically have a list of recommended "spa" and/or day-care facilities that are located within walking distance (or that provide a shuttle service).

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2) Your pets are allowed to be left in the room unattended. If this is the case, they will usually offer walks and play time during the day for a relatively small fee. In this scenario, I would walk my pom early in the morning, arrange for 1 walk (30 minutes) around 10:00, a second walk (30 minutes) around 3:00, then would be back in the hotel around 5:30 or so. If you opt for this scenario, I would make sure your dog has lots of familiar things around - either a blanket that she's used to sleeping on or near, or her bed (if at all possible), lots of interesting toys, and treats the walker can give to her (one at the start of the visit and one at the end).

She will be stressed because her routine has changed, but it will really be fine.
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You have time to get her crate trained. Get one of the fabric light weight ones that will easily fit in a suitcase. Get her accustomed to the pet carrier if you are flying. These are great for sneaking her into the conference. I love “Do Not Disturb”, but would still want the crate. Doggie Panties are a must for hotels or keep her in the carrier until you reach the outside. Both my girls are paper/pad trained so they can go in the bathroom.

When training her for the crate, make sure you never take her out when she is crying or barking.

Good luck and enjoy.

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We stayed at this hotel last January, an old historic hotel, I asked what arrangements that had for pets. They responded, $50/day room charge, grass patchs around the outside of the building, and she would be a guest just like me. So reassuring. She just learned to jump on the bed so the gate thing won't work. I saw a playpen for dogs that is just like the one I bought for her as a puppy that has a top on it. I may order it and see if that will work. The husband probably won't notice the difference. More ideas?
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Also, Need link for elegant dogie coat. I want her to look her best. I found one last month but lost the link. Didn't want to spend the money. It was a red plaid with fur trim. Any ideas where to find it again?
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