THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

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.

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