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Pet Friendly Hotels

By Linda Caffee
Posted Jan 5th 2018 9:07AM

Recently while traveling in our personal vehicle we needed a hotel room for one night.  Our daughter suggested stopping at a La Quinta Inn and were we surprised.  We stayed at the La Quinta on the south side of Dallas and there was no pet deposit and Texas’s weight was not an issue.  The best part was that the room was very reasonable and again to my shock NO pet deposit.  There were rules about having parties in the rooms and about noise but pets are welcome with opened arms as part of the family.  One warning, second warning would have you being escorted off the premises with no refund.  I can handle that rule.

On our way home, we stopped at another La Quinta in Tulsa, Oklahoma and they had a fifty-pound pet weight limit and only two pets per room.  We were still able to stay at this hotel.  What was great was both hotels had an area where Texas could play with her ball and Frisbee which she greatly appreciated after a long day sleeping in the back seat of the pickup with me. 

While researching about pet-friendly hotels I also found that many of the Red Roof Inns allow pets with no deposit and no limit on weight.  Personally, I wonder about the weight limit as I have found most big dogs are not at yappy as small dogs.  Texas was a perfect lady and was quiet and well behaved.  No one walking down the hotel halls would know that we had a dog in our room.

What is funny is that both Squeaky the kitty, and Texas the German Shepard Dog do not like to ride in cars and yowl and moan till they get out.  Luckily Texas after about an hour gave up on standing up every time the turn signal was used or we slowed down.  Squeaky was not with us on this particular trip so we did not have to listen to him yowl as he does not give up as easily at Texas. 

We were gone from home nine days and Squeaky was by himself with a neighbor checking on him to make sure his food and water bowls were full.  When we got home Squeaky let us know in no uncertain terms he was out of sorts and we were not on his nice list.  Boy did his name fit for almost 24 hours he was beside us, sitting on us, sleeping on us, and every time we moved he yowled at full volume.  We were reminded why his name is Squeaky.  Finally, on the second day he was calming down some but he still was not letting us off the hook.  We knew in no uncertain terms he had been lonely and did not appreciate being left behind. 

When traveling with pets carry plenty of water, toys, chew bones, and their food.  It is also a good idea to carry a copy of their shot records just in case.  In the door pockets of all our vehicles is a pet hair/lint roller to remove pet hair.  When an animal is nervous they can lose copious amounts of hair and that gets on everything.  It was great to have Texas with us on our trip as it is comforting to have an animal to pet as the miles pass by.

Bob & Linda Caffee


Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005


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