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I'll probably arrive around supper-time, go to the hotel, then go out for some take out. Then take the dogs for a walk, then head to LL Bean while it's cool. I've emailed a local doggie daycare to see if they can keep the dogs the next day while i shop. The other plan is to just go on a light hike with the dogs and skip the shopping all together! I'm flexible. If this goes well I'll take the dogs on vacation again. If it doesn't then it won't!
I've only got one, so I've never attempted going solo with two, but I've been to a number of dog shows with Kodi by myself, and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time together, even during "down times" when we weren't at the show.

For regular vacations, there are two humans and one dog, which makes some things easier, but we LOVE having him with us. Of course there are some things we can't do because we have him along, but on balance, we do other things that we might not have considered because they are fun to do with him. We are also lucky that he is quiet and happy in his crate, so if we want to go off for 3 or 4 hours of shopping or to a museum, it's no problem.

From what I've seen, hotels don't want dogs left alone because they have no way of stopping the noise for other guests if the dog is loud. The same thing is true with campgrounds that say dogs can't be left alone in campers. If your dog is quiet, they don't even know they are there.

The only time Kodi gets loud in a hotel room is when Dave riles him upwhile they areplaying. Then I haveto make BOTH "boys" settle down!


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This is a last minute trip, i live alone, so no option to leave them home. This is a vacation and my dogs are part of the family so only makes sense to take them. THey will come with me rather than being left in the room. If the weather allows it then I'll do some shopping, if it's hot and or sunny then I'll spend the days hiking or walking with the dogs. If i get some shopping in early in the day when I can leave them safely in teh care then I will.

My little one hasn't had an accident in weeks and is fairly reliable, and she will be crated at night and when I'm not there, but think i'll bring the cleanup stuff just in case. You never know in a new place how she'll react.
How about doggie diapers?
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Seems like a bit of a gamble. I'd be concerned about the barking especially in a new place. If that happens, you might be stuck spending your whole time with them. Wish you luck.

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I made it to the hotel (which is beautiful and very dog friendly). I took the dogs for a long walk, met lots and lots of people. Went for a drive and brought takeout back to my room. Both dogs are sleeping quietly. tomorrow the dogs are booked into a local doggie inn for day boarding so I can shop. So far vacationing with 2 hyperactive dogs is going well. sorry for the bad typing, I'm writing this from my phone!
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yay! Sounds like things are going great! I bet they'll be so tired after a day of doggie daycare that they'll sleep like babies tomorrow night... You might even get to go out to dinner!


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sounds like things are working out well for you! Shop till ya Drop!

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We travel a lot with our THREE dogs and enjoy it, but we take them with us when we go out. We do not leave them in the hotel room. I believe in the hotels we have stayed, you CANNOT leave the dogs in the room when you are not there. If you can, I would leave them in crates as housekeeping could come in and a dog could dash out. In the right weather conditions, we do leave our dogs in the car. It cannot be too hot or too cold. We park in shade when appropriate.

We have been to Portland, Maine and went to LLBean -- guess we left them in the car -- it was a long time ago and the weather was on the cool side.

We tend to look for pet friendly cities -- Savannah, GA and Wilmington, NC are ones we are repeat travelers to.

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We travel a lot with our THREE dogs and enjoy it, but we take them with us when we go out. We do not leave them in the hotel room. I believe in the hotels we have stayed, you CANNOT leave the dogs in the room when you are not there. If you can, I would leave them in crates as housekeeping could come in and a dog could dash out. In the right weather conditions, we do leave our dogs in the car. It cannot be too hot or too cold. We park in shade when appropriate.

We have been to Portland, Maine and went to LLBean -- guess we left them in the car -- it was a long time ago and the weather was on the cool side.

We tend to look for pet friendly cities -- Savannah, GA and Wilmington, NC are ones we are repeat travelers to.

Good luck,
I agree, I would NEVER leave Kodi loose in a hotel room. I also put up the sign for no housekeeping. I can make my own bed and hangup the towels, thank you!

The hotel I like best when we're showing also has you fill out a card with a description of your dog and the dog's name. That way, in the possibility of a fire or other emergency, they could get the dogs out and back to the owners ASAP. I also like that hotel because the whole pet wing has sliders onto the lawn, great for those 6AM pee calls!!!


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The hotel I am at has a separate building for the pet rooms. Housekeeping won't enter if the dogs are inside. This morning when I was leaving with the dogs I saw the housekeeper and told her we were leaving for the day so they were able to make up the room. Thy provided freshly laundered dog beds, bowls, treats baggies and even a can of canidae dog food.

The dogs went to daycare today so are completely exhausted. I'm in the hotel bar now having supper. I already snuck baack to the room once to check on them but they were both sound asleep in their crates. I'm planing to get my dessert to go so I can eat it in the room.

The hotel is the Harressket Inn in Freeport if anyone is looking for a dog friendly hotel in Maine.
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The hotel I am at has a separate building for the pet rooms. Housekeeping won't enter if the dogs are inside. This morning when I was leaving with the dogs I saw the housekeeper and told her we were leaving for the day so they were able to make up the room. Thy provided freshly laundered dog beds, bowls, treats baggies and even a can of canidae dog food.

The dogs went to daycare today so are completely exhausted. I'm in the hotel bar now having supper. I already snuck baack to the room once to check on them but they were both sound asleep in their crates. I'm planing to get my dessert to go so I can eat it in the room.

The hotel is the Harressket Inn in Freeport if anyone is looking for a dog friendly hotel in Maine.
Sounds like a great place, and a perfect day for all!!!


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