May 19, 2010

Ruby's First Hotel Room

Ever since Kiva came into our lives nearly 12 years ago, all our vacations have been dog-centered. She's traveled with us to 21 states, criss-crossed the country a few times, and has frolicked everywhere from mountain meadows covered in wildflowers to cool, coastal beaches.

Kiva n' Me, Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1999

Kiva's an excellent traveler – I always say that of the three of us in the car, she's definitely the most well-behaved!

We wanted to make sure Ruby is at ease on long car rides and staying in unfamiliar places, so we planned a weekend getaway to Steamboat Springs, CO. May is my favorite month to travel with dogs because most destinations are still off-season. No crowds, cool enough for dogs to hike and walk around comfortably, and very easy to find pet-friendly places to stay at reasonable prices.

Cabins are great fun and would've been our first choice, but for this trip we wanted Ruby to experience a regular room, so we chose one of the typical chains.

We definitely had a lot of practice having Ruby wait to enter/exit through doors,

and calmly walk down hallways.

Ah, that exciting moment before you first open the door to your room. Will we have a good view? What kind of amenities will be provided? Maybe there's a shower cap!

Ruby dashed in and immediately rubbed against the bed, I guess to mark her territory,

and Kiva claimed her spot.

Years of road trips with a dog means you don't expect the super-deluxe room. For the most part, you get what they give you. We had called and booked something a bit larger (they knew we were traveling with two dogs) but when we arrived, they said pets were not allowed in the room we booked. That's fine. When you're with the pooches, you just roll with it.

If you've ever traveled with a dog, you know that in this setting, their keen sense of smell is both hilarious and frightening. They find certain spots to be very...intriguing. 'Nuff said. We don't even want to know.

Kiva is particularly concerned with hygiene when we travel. She felt the bathroom might've been somewhat suspect. And there's Ruby finding

The "view" was of the pool, which, being May, was thankfully deserted. But when we arrived, she did see some kids splash around. We couldn't believe it, because we thought it was pretty chilly, but I guess kids don't care. If there's a pool, they're in it!

All in all, it was totally fine for our purposes and both Kiva and Ruby made themselves at home right away. I would have liked the larger room because we always eat meals in our room with our dogs, we never leave them alone. But that's ok, we were all pretty cozy.


Heather and Ellie said...

Yep, when I let Ellie free in our hotel room at the Hotel Pennsylvania, she just glued her nose to the floor and sniffffffed. She was so happy :)

But also, she was really happy because it was such a different home-like environment. I think she really enjoyed how exciting it was.

Sarah and Vance said...

Yeah, It's always fun traveling anywhere with 5 dogs, ha ha! Glad everything turned out okay and hope you guys have a good weekend

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

That looks so fun, despite the small room...what good travelers they are! :-)

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Again, what a wonderful experience for Ruby! I've always taken my dogs to the rental homes on vacation, but never tried hotel rooms. Nice to know there are places that take pets!

I love how they 'checked out' the room for you!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I like to mark Mom's bed like that too!

Thanks fur sharing all of that with us!

It looks like a fun trip!


Sierra Rose said...

Very nice. Looks like some tasty room service!
Hope you enjoyed your trip!!
(Love the Outter Banks homes on stilts.)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Copious Couture said...

This is such a great post! Hope you had a great time!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, we can just imagine all the wonderful smells they must have found:) But another wonderful experience for Ruby. And so nice to see Kiva in today's post.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

1000 Goldens said...

That is so funny about the scary smells! I love that you have always taken Kiva on vacation with you :)

AVCr8teur said...

How exciting! They look well-adjusted and Ruby seems to be enjoying herself. My dog's only been to 3 states so he has lots of traveling to catch up to your Kiva! :) Maverick doesn't mind the car rides, but he hates breaking out of his daily routine of being at home.