One of the most painful things is to read every year the news of dog abandonment by families going on vacation, whether in Israel or abroad. Although this is a minority in the minority, and most dog lovers treat the dog as a family member and would never do such an act, and still impossible Ignore the growing trend, especially towards the summer months and holidays.
The very high rates of family vacations in the country mean that the expenses for a boarding house for a dog, which are added to the price of the vacation, may be too high for the average family. In recent months, a welcome trend has begun among some hotels and resorts, which have realized that man’s best friend also wants to vacation with his family, and they allow dogs to enter their territory. This is without a doubt an alternative that may not only save you money, but also provide you with peace of mind and less abandonment anxieties for your dog.
The first question asked is how to look for accommodations with a dog. “In order to get cheap accommodation with the dog, you need to do a thorough fieldwork,” says Irena Nabotovsky, from the Israeli Kennel Club. “Accommodations are divided into several types: those that emphasize that they happily host dogs and even offer special choppers for them and places that do not mention anything about hosting animals, but when you call them and ask directly they may agree to combine it with a vacation. Always ask. “
Nabotovsky adds that it is important to make sure that the place is suitable for a dog to stay. “Is there suitable equipment or do you need to bring it with you? Is there an extra charge for additional equipment? It is important to find out exactly where the B&B, cabin or tent is located and how comfortable the dog will be. For example, in some places the owner’s dogs are in the yard. The dog, you should find out if the host dog does not roam free and is looking for easy prey. “
And what about a personal cage or a dog that used to be in a cage while at home?
“I have found it very convenient to arrive with a personal cage, especially if you have a puppy who has not yet completed the training period. In most cases, the dog, if he is used to the cage from home, will feel comfortable and safe in the cage in the new place, can cope and be calm. “The pillow to which the dog is accustomed. In any new place it will mark the dog his place and make it easier for him to move. Of course not to forget food and water utensils and the dog’s regular food.
Do you need to prepare specifically for camping?
“If you go camping or lodging in nature-like accommodation – bungalows, tents, huts and the like – keep in mind that the dog will be as exposed as you are to other animals in the wild. It could be a nasty cockroach or wild boar or a jackal roaming the area, and the dog can respond. “Even if the owners of the place do not require you to tie the dog, it is important that he is always tied and under your supervision. For this there is a long leash, which is usually very comfortable in these situations, or a cage as we have already mentioned.”
“It is important to reflect to the owners of the place a true and accurate picture of the dog as much as possible – his breed, size, condition and behavior – to ensure a positive experience,” adds Tal Yaffe, spokesman for the Israeli Kennel Club. “Israeli vacationers tend to round corners in the description, and this can lead to an explosion and an unpleasant experience. We have already heard quite a few stories about hotels around the world visited by Israeli travelers with a dog after closing the vacation and flight, and only there, after looking at the dog. “Poet, entry is limited – and you are now looking for a place in a foreign country. The same in Israel. The interest of all parties should be to produce as accurate a picture as possible.”
And what about costs?
It should be remembered that in some places the dog’s stay will incur an additional cost. Sometimes it appears in very small letters in the hotel description on the website or in the hotel booking network – but the amount can be weighted in preferences in relation to one hotel or another, so it is important to make sure not only Dog, but also about the cost. But more important than the money is the advice, which is also relevant here in Israel, to take care of emergencies in advance. To avoid a search situation when necessary, find out which clinic is closest to where you are, what hours it is and make sure you have a phone Of an emergency veterinarian. “
“When I arrived more than 40 years ago for my first shift as a receptionist at the Basel Hotel, I was greeted at the check-in desk at Trixie, who at the time was the bitch of Leslie Adler, my partner in setting up and managing the Atlas chain,” says Danny Lipman, CEO Atlas Boutique Hotels. “For many years, we have hosted the walkers on all fours and their owners in some of the chain’s hotels. Quite a few of our hotel managers are dog owners, and they bring them with them to hotels. Even in our office corridors you can find at least at any given moment at least one dog running around. So it was only natural for us to do that – and for the past five years we have established the issue of dog hospitality.
In the Atlas boutique hotel chain, which has 16 hotels around the country, we have officially opened our doors to those on all fours. All the chain’s hotels accept dogs of all sizes and weights at no extra charge, and also offer them – and not just their owners – a variety of treats and attractions. “For example, dogs staying in hotels can stay in a special bed adapted to their size, enjoy dedicated food and drink bowls and toys, so that they too can make a living in freedom.”
The “Fabric” hotel in Tel Aviv, which belongs to the chain, is one of the hotels that allows you to enjoy an urban vacation in the city center with the dog, whose barks will not only not disturb anyone but will also delight the occupants of the hotel’s magical sun terrace. It is also great for people who do business in the city and do not want to leave their dog at home. As mentioned, hosting dogs is at no extra charge and with no size limit.
Also NYX Hotel Tel Aviv and NYX Herzliya
We are happy to host you and your most loyal friends by your side and provide them with first-class VIP services such as a specially designed bed, a premium food bowl, a bowl of water and a toy. “Many guests are happy to discover the Dog Friendly package, which allows dogs to enter the hotel, and are amazed by the facilities we offer. We have rooms called ‘Pet Deluxe Rooms’, and they are for guests who come with their dog,” says Vadim Dolzhansky, hotel manager NYX Tel Aviv.
Heidi the Mountain Girl
The hiking hotel chain, which has six hotels in a rural atmosphere and a new camping complex scattered in the Western and Upper Galilee, allows dogs to run in the green and open spaces (all complexes accept dogs, except the Metula Hikers Hotel). The chain is offering for purchase a new hiking kit for hikers with dogs – “Hikers on all fours” – which contains a folding bowl for water or food, a toy and a bag holder for a leash. Those who come to the reception can get recommendations for a family trip with the dogs at the sites and attractions in the area.
Eretz Dafna Hikers Hotel and Dafna Camping are located in Kibbutz Dafna, at the foot of Mount Hermon, immersed in the views of the Upper Galilee, the Hula Valley and the Golan Heights. The hotel’s decorated rooms are spacious and suitable for couples and families with dogs. The green spaces surrounding the rooms and Nahal Dan
Located within walking distance of the rooms invite for a peaceful and pleasant hospitality experience even those on all fours.
The Ayalon Travelers Hotel, located on the outskirts of Goren Park in Kibbutz Ayalon and bordering the Alonim and Haruvim forest, guarantees you a peaceful and pleasant vacation within a short drive of many points of interest and accessible walks that are also convenient for dogs. The hotel rooms are decorated in clean and pleasant lines, surrounded by spaces that allow for a great family reunion and a real connection to nature.
In the Village Holiday Village – a hiking hotel on the Jordan, in the heart of the Hula Valley and within walking distance of the source of the Jordan – you will find pleasant cabins, as well as a villa, that will be happy to host your loyal friend. Come and take a dip in the landscape of the Naftali mountain range and the Golan Heights, surrounded by pleasant lawns and trees. The area has a variety of hiking trails of varying difficulty that will also be suitable for families with dogs.
As for the trip plan, it all depends on your vacation plans. If you plan to spend most of your time on the hotel grounds, chances are the dog will be able to enjoy free activities with you, but if you want to walk outside the hotel, check which nature reserves are open to hikers with dogs or which areas are suitable for this type of trip. In the Strip during the trip). Also consider the physical fitness of the dog when choosing the degree of difficulty of the route and also bring with you to the side of the road and mark stopping stations for rest for his well-being.
Arrange the trip so you can go out to restaurants and the dog will stay in the room. It is advisable to dine near the hotel so as not to leave him alone for a long time in a place that is not well known to him. You can also choose restaurants where there is space outside and it is allowed to come with the dog.
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