Published: December 4, 2007 at 2:56 PMThanks for letting me know...i'll have to stay as far away as possible from this hotel since i am highly allergic to cats and dogs. I love dogs too and this new pet resort really isnt a bad idea...wish i could go there.
Published: December 4, 2007 at 5:41 PMhaha bet time stories to cats and dogs come on now??? I think this might be good for disney but i just think its way over the top! Not one dog or cat is going to understand a bedtime story haha i find that pretty funny! oh and dont you think ice cream treats will be pretty unhealthy for a cat or dog???
Published: December 4, 2007 at 5:40 PMNot really much of a surprise for me! The pet industry is HUGE!!! I used to manage a small pet store company while I attended college before I graduated and got a job in the amusement industry. I can't begin to tell of how I saw first hand the way people treated their pets!
OK....enough!!! Story told, just one way I saw first hand on how some people may go out of their way to treat their pets. If this is any indication of how the majority of pet owners feel towards their pets, and include the billions of dollars spend annually in the pet industry, and you have your answer as to whether or not this "luxury pet resort" will be a hit?
Published: December 4, 2007 at 7:34 PMI just read the article and found it to be quite interesting. I myself do not own any animals but my parent's own a cocker spaniel named "Sable" which I love. Since they brought the dog, I have found out there is doggie insurance available (works just like our insurance, only covers medical costs & prescriptions for dogs) which was a surprise to me. Also, when we go on vacation, they place Sable in a resort. It is a money-maker believe me. The place is always jam packed. They do walks, treats (they have peanut butter cones for an additional $5 a day) and other amenities. Also, the peanut butter cone holder is plastic and "glows-in-the-dark." When I inquired why, the young lady who works there told me in case a dog eats it, it will show up on x-ray. I think the television is a little over the top, but to each his own.
Published: December 5, 2007 at 5:31 AMInteresting idea. I have stayed at the Loews Hotels in the past in Orlando and they offer pets a gourmet menu and goodie baskets for your pet. It may seem a bit over the top since I think that they will charge for many of the extras such as bed time story etc. If they can maximize the experience for all pet owners i.e. rabbits/ferrets etc could you imagine the smell?? I am curious as to whether it will be more of a boutique hotel vs. the behemoths that are currently on Disney property. Either way it will be interesting to see how it turns out--I am sure Disney will make it magical in some way...
Published: December 5, 2007 at 6:39 AMI think some of you are reading this incorrectly. It isn't a traditional hotel for people and their pets, it's a pet hotel (like a luxury kennel for pets only). They are becomming increasingly popular in the US and Europe as pets become more a member of the family. People aren't as inclined to want to put their beloved dogs in a kennel anymore, and pet hotels are the answer. I've actually boarded my two terriers at one while on vacation, and I have to say, the extra expense is worth it. They come home well fed, exercised, playful, and happy. The one time I left them in a kennel they nearly starved themselves to death worrying that they'd been abandoned. Pet hotels provide personal attention,comfort (the tv in the room is to make the place seem like home, and to provide some noise to keep dogs company - some dogs even like to watch tv - who knew?!), and interaction with other dogs.
One pet hotel my dogs stayed at while I was at a job interview (the company REALLY wanted me to come work for them so they offered to put the dogs up in a luxury pet hotel while I was staying overnight at a luxury golf cottage!) actually had an indoor swimming pool. After one night, I came to pick the dogs up for a walk, and when I dropped them back off, they ran back into the place like they'd already forgotten who I was! My one dog has separation anxiety when I leave him overnight, but he loved the place and wagged his tail every time we drove past it after we moved there (yes, did you think I wouldn't take a job that wanted me so badly they pampered my spoiled pets?).
I think it's a great idea and it will make a fortune! (I wonder if they're hiring?)
Published: December 5, 2007 at 6:29 PMI guess its good for people who spoil their pets, and there must be a market for it....personally I dont think it will matter that much to a creature who's biggest joys in life are buttsniffing and rolling in their own poop.