7 Reasons I Rarely Take my Cocker Spaniel on Vacation

1.She’s too big to smuggle into the hotel room.

Hotels charge pet fees from $5 – $50 . There are no set fees for pets. Each hotel chooses the fee and it’s not refundable. Airbnbs charge up to $300 for a refundable fee. La Quinta is one hotel chain that does not charge a fee for your pet.

Chloe on hotel bed

2. She can’t fly with me

I don’t want to put her in the cargo area. She would be afraid.

She doesn’t fit under the seat in front of me. She has to travel in a carrier with the baggage under the plane. If the temperature is too hot or too cold she can’t fly.

If I get bumped from my flight, I have to find a flight for her.

3. Dogs can’t stay in cars in the hot summer or cold winter

I can’t take my dog into a gas station or a Starbucks if I have to go to the restroom. I have to leave her in the car. This is not an option if it is a hot summer day.

I did this once and came out to find three women threatening to call the police.

Dogs waiting for parents

4. I can only take her to restaurants that have patios.

Most restaurants don’t allow dogs inside. This limits me to outdoor seating. I call ahead to ask if there is patio seating.

Hamburgers in Sedona, Az

5. She doesn’t like long hikes or walks

She gets tired of hiking and I have to carry her.

6. Chloe doesn’t like selfies

7. Chloe can’t enter museums or stores

I can’t visit any attractions because Chloe is not allowed. I can’t leave her in the car because it is too hot. Chloe cries and howls when I leave her alone.

Chloe likes to stay home

2 Replies to “7 Reasons I Rarely Take my Cocker Spaniel on Vacation”

  1. Such lovely photos! It’s too bad we can’t take our furry family everywhere. We have the same dilemma with our golden retriever!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. We love our furry friends. Check out Trusted House Sitters. They have done a great job with Chloe. They pet sit for free.

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