7 Days in Dubai - - COMMUNITY -

The wel­come:

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.

My ‘ken­nel’:

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.

The sit­ter:

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.

Over­all im­pres­sion:

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.

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