They must be expecting me. I’m greeted by name and smiles by the valet guys as I’m carried from the car. People are used to Ferraris and Lamborghinis pulling up outside the W, but not so used to super cute fluff balls strolling through valet parking - I’m turning heads! Check in is on the 30th floor and it’s here that mum completes a waiver form. There are loads of rules: I have to be kept on a leash in all public areas, I’m not allowed in the F&B outlets and we have to pay Dhs150 a day plus a non refundable deep cleaning fee of Dhs500 upon check out.
I’m allocated cage number 2318. It’s all very white - my favourite colour - with a massive bed. They clearly didn’t plan on me being so small because the bed is so high I can’t jump onto it. Nice thing is, the kennel is big enough for mum and dad to stay with me – nice touch.
Mum’s going out for dinner and I’m being collected by the dog sitter. Will it be Mary Poppins or Cruella De Vil? It’s Sammy – a lady who seems slightly nervous of me. But I lead her off down the corridor and we soon become the best of friends. I’m centre of attention with the valet boys and enjoy lots of tummy tickles and cuddles before returning to mum two hours later.
The joys of Al Habtoor City is that I have the grounds in front of the St Regis to inspect. Lots of patches of grass and winding paths to sniff around. It’s a bit close to the busy Sheikh Zayed Road, but a change is as good as a rest. I’m taken out several times by the valet boys – last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
It beats being left at home, that’s for sure. I’ve loved all the attention. I feel like a superstar – this must be how Lassie feels out in public. Mum and Dad seemed to enjoy having me with them too, but then I am particularly cute – so who wouldn’t want to spend their time with me? Call 04 436 6666 for details of the PAW programme
Havanese pup Billy and lucky owner Kerry Baggott test the PAW (Pets Are Welcome) programme at W Dubai in Al Habtoor City.