Taking your dog on holiday

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Ching and Poppy relaxing in the hazy sunshine on top of Meall Beag, part of the Nevis Range

Do you take your dog with you when you holiday? More of us seem to be doing just that.

Thankfully gone are the days when we holidayed with our fox terrier in a caravan nearly 50 years ago and we were told that – under no circumstances – could the dog sleep in the caravan with us. Needless to say, she was smuggled in and we cared not a hoot for the caravan park’s odd rule. We were some 600 miles in the outback of Australia and there were plenty of other problems to cope with such as a leaky roof and ill-fitting windows.

One letting agency, Holidaycottages.co.uk, reports that this year there has been a 15% increase in the number of bookers taking their dogs with them. They estimate that quarter of all the holidays they book involve taking a dog with them. One reason suggested by the company is that it could be up to seven times cheaper to take your dog with you than to put it in kennels!

Those living in cities are the most keen to take their dog on holiday, with 81% of Londoners wanting to escape the city with their dog compared to only 69% of respondents in nearby East Anglia. Younger holidaymakers, those aged under 24, are least likely to want to take their dogs away on holiday whilst of those aged 55+, nearly 85% of them would take their dog on holiday. 72% of people surveyed said that they consider their dog as a family member when booking a holiday and 1 in 4 people said they would be willing to pay as much for their dog as it would cost to take another human!

As many readers know, Cathrene has taken her dog, Poppy, to Glencoe and towards Ben Nevis as well as beaches in North Wales and Dorset. Finding accommodation is not as difficult as I had to bear all those years ago but would you pay as much as the cost of another human as the report suggests 25% of us would?

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