It’s a dog’s life

Do you travel with your dog?  Many people do and it can be a hassle trying to find hotels that will accommodate them.  Fortunately in North America more hotels are becoming pet friendly.  However travelling around some parts in North America on public transit might be a problem.  The rules of riding on the NYC subway are that in order to bring your pet onto the subway it has to be in a bag.  One thinks of the little mini-dog accessory that many of the “stars” sport these day –

dog and paris
Every girl should have a pair – right????

So how do New York dog lovers get around this?  They just put the damn dog in a bag!
dog in bag

Like that

dog in bag 2

There you go – he’s in a bag.

Getting on a flight is a bit more problematic for dog owners.  The number of dogs allowed in the cabin is limited on each flight and of course you must be able to stow your dog away in a carrier underneath the seat in front of you.  Unless of course you are travelling with a support animal (or two).  Like the two large dogs that travelled in business class next to my husband a year or so ago.  Fair enough seats had been purchased for them (Wow) and the very attractive young lady (well that’s how my husband described her) who owned them indicated that it was an emotional support thing.  Whatever – everyone in the business class cabin made a fuss of them and they were very well-behaved despite a bit of snoring.  I just couldn’t help wondering what happens when they want to poop.

This thought came to me when I was out walking the dog we are suddenly babysitting.  I headed out with two large Safeway bags but a couple of times spotted very organised dog owners with small green bags (just the right size) clipped onto the leash.  In fact I even passed someone who cleverly tied the filled green bag to the leash too.  Poor Mutt!  It was like the equivalent of the Shame scene in Game of Thrones.  Bad enough that you have to be watched pooping – you then have to have it tied around your neck while you walk through the neighbourhood.

Shame!  Shame!

Game of Thrones

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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