DOGS know when holiday plans are afoot – and they don’t want to be left behind. A boxer named Sally curls up on top of her family’s clothes in their suitcase.
A beagle named Amy is the fi rst in the car when her owners start packing for a road trip ( whether she is invited or not).
A terrier named Rosie has a mini meltdown when her family are preparing to travel. She feels compelled to take up immediate and permanent residence on the main bed, never to be parted.
Many dog people would relate to this scenario. The downcast looks and heavy dog sighs that accompany the realisation their family are leaving.
It’s pretty obvious most dogs bond strongly with humans and parting company is not their idea of a good time.
We lap up their antics and unconditional love and hold all the cards with our comings and goings.
We owe it to them to do the best we can to keep separations low- key and to a minimum.
And better still, where possible, take them with us.
Pet- friendly accommodation is on offer around the state, including the recently opened Sandy Bay Chalet.
This particular option offers dog and owner some serious pampering.
Host Ashi Edwards indulges pooches with handmade liver treats and discerning doggy daycare while their owners can enjoy natural therapies such as refl exology and reiki.
It’s all about spoiling dogs and owners for the duration of their stay said Ashi, who made Australia home nine years ago.
Travelling the country with dogs Rockey and Loley when dog- friendly accommodation was hard to fi nd was the motivation for Ashi and her husband Mike to open their own boutique chalet.
Dog people who are after some rest and relaxation but don’t want to leave their canine family behind can indulge together.
Those travelling on to visit the state’s no- dogs allowed national parks are able to leave their dogs with Ashi, to be further indulged in their absence.