Who says dogs can't vacation in style?

by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
The Dallas Morning News

It may be difficult to leave your four-legged friends at home when you travel. Here are five places that sit up and take notice of your pets:

Loews Hotels and Resorts were among the first chains to throw open their doors to pet-loving guests. Offering dog treats, puppy beds and a special Yappy Hour, guests and their four-legged friends feel welcome at the 22 properties dotting the U.S. and Canada.

With a hotel that serves specialty drinks like Snooptinis and puppyccinos, why leave Fido behind?

Contact: www.loewshotels.com

Scottsdale, Ariz.
You’ve heard of yoga’s downward facing dog? Now you and Spot can get your om on together during the W Scottsdale resort’s free monthly yoga classes for dogs and their humans.

Salute the sun in class and then head for nearby hiking trails in the McDowell Mountains for an outdoor experience the whole family will enjoy.

Contact: www.wscottsdalehotel.com

Whether you are checking out the university options, popping in for a game at Target Field or want to preview the new Viking stadium, your pup will stay in style — argyle style — at Commons Hotel. Designer patterned beds and bowls will be delivered by the Bark Butler, along with menu selections sure to please. Later, strap on the leash and stroll the many paths along the city’s scenic riverfront.

Contact: www.commonshotel.com

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
No doubt your dog deserves a room with a view. Check into the W’s Doggie Suite, and the proper amenities will be waiting, including a Tinkle Turf pad on the balcony. The Bark Box delivered to your room promises healthy doggie snacks, toys and a special menu with offerings that include organic salmon fillet and steamed asparagus, or poached chicken breast with baby carrots.

If you hear a knock on the door, it could be the dog walker offering to take Fido for a stroll. Your two-legged kids never had it so good.

Contact: www.wfortlauderdalehotel.com/dog-gone-it

New York
Two Gansevoort hotels in New York roll out the red carpet for your furry pal. Expect premium treats from the Barking Zoo, a comfy pet bed, Fiji water, toys and tasteful food and water bowls.

Your pet will feel extra special when she settles in next to her own monogrammed welcome mat.

If you choose to go the extra mile for Fido, you can request a cross-body puppy purse for wear on your most important outings.

Contact: www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com

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