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Lifestyle : Everything Pets August 2011
1HERSA1 W002 AG4270998AA-280811 www.trampolinedogbeds.com.au li d b d Ph: (02) 9477 5191 • Australian-made world class quality • Offers orthopaedic support • Made from galvanised steel to last a lifetime 5a Macarthur Avenue, Revesby NSW 2212 DOG GROOMING AND DAY CARE OPEN 6 DAYS!! - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Ph: 9773 0336 www.barkingbeauties.com.au Pet Friendly Accommodation Ph: 02 9363 4863 | 14 Queen St, Woollahra | www.thehughenden.com.au As Sydneys premier Pet Friendly Boutique Hotel, we are dedicated to ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. With a range of pet friendly rooms with either large living spaces, glass atriums or private courtyards. Our Restaurant and Café has areas reserved so that your 4 legged best friend can join you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ask our chef whats on the pet friendly menu too! $199 per night for 2 people in a pet friendly room including breakfast for 2 people, carparking and a bottle of Hughenden wine on arrival and a meal for your pet too. *Valid Sunday to Friday, until 20th December 2011 2 SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD S pets SPECIAL REPORT Large parts of Europe allow pets on trains. When the fur flies Pet-friendly trips are the answer to abandonment issues, writes Jason Mountney. The cat's whiskers . . . taking pets on your holiday can enhance the experience. WHEN Claire Fury and her husband, Dave, set up their guesthouse in the Hunter Valley in 2006, there was no question of animals being excluded, particularly as they had their own farm dog, Angus. ''We've been pet-friendly from the start,'' Fury says. ''Sadly, not many properties are truly pet-friendly in the Hunter Valley.'' Fury, 38, says catering to pet owners means ''we meet some really nice people and lovely pets, and their word-of-mouth recommendations are the best . . . ''This sector of the market has completely turned our business around for the better.'' Fury says about half the people who stay at Blackthorn Hill Retreat have dogs. She says a big challenge is convincing people without pets that the place isn't overrun with animal hair and smells. ''Non-pet owners are pleasantly surprised at how nice it smells and how clean it is for their family with young children.'' Pet-friendly accommodation providers account for slightly more than 10 per cent of listings on the Stayz holiday-letting website, which is owned by Fairfax Media, publishers of The Sun-Herald. The Love Me, Love My Dog site is dedicated entirely to pet-friendly holiday destinations. Owner Christine Lewis says the site has more than 2500 entries, with the number increasing. She says demand for pet-friendly accommodation is rising as people place more importance on their companion animals. ''People increasingly treat pets like extra children . . . They are no longer just left in the backyard.'' She says one advantage for pet- friendly accommodation providers is that bookings are less seasonal. ''People with pets holiday year- round, not just on school holidays.'' Newtown ferry captain Rex Creswell is the type of holidaymaker pet-friendly accommodation providers have in their sights. Creswell, 38, and his wife, Cathryne, 30, regularly take their dogs Doofus and Mischief on holidays at Culburra Beach, which has a wealth of pet-friendly providers taking advantage of the South Coast town's large beach that is open to dog walkers. Stayz, for example, lists 63 pet-friendly places in the town of fewer than 3000 people. ''Culburra Beach is a perfect holiday,'' Creswell says. ''We get to hang out with the pets and don't have to put them into a kennel.'' But Creswell will likely have to drive the dogs to his destination. Getting pets to a holiday destination by rail is impossible unless a dog is assisting a disabled passenger or is working with the police. Small- and medium-sized animals are treated as cargo on Qantas flights and are counted towards a passenger's luggage allowance, with larger animals heading abroad taken via its freight subsidiary, Australian Air Express. For domestic flights, Virgin Australia charges $55 for a small animal up to 10 kilograms. Virgin's international flights send dogs via courier company Toll. Lobby group Dogs NSW is campaigning for more access for dogs on the state's trains and in the cabin of planes, rather than the hold. Media spokesman Peter Higgins says large parts of Europe and North America allow pets on trains and he can see no reason why this does not happen here. ''Sydney is the pet-unfriendly capital of the southern hemisphere,'' he says. A Sun-Herald Special Report Editor Matthew Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo editor Mags King Advertising Kylie Chan, 9282 1120, email@example.com Readerlink 9282 1569
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