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For the dogs: luxury hotel package gives back to SPCA
Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:00AM PDT Last Updated Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:57PM PDT
A Vancouver hotel is rolling out the red carpet for its canine customers this month, offering five-star treatment for your four-legged friend. The pooch package is part of a BC SPCA fundraiser called “Woof Wednesday.”
Jen Reid and her six-month old French bulldog are among the guests who have experienced the hotel’s pampered pet package.while also giving back to charity.
"You don't feel bad leaving him at home wondering what he's doing. He's right with you. It's great. It makes it a lot easier," said Reid.
The package starts at $449 and includes gourmet treats made by Tableau Bar Bistro’s executive chef, a personalized door sign and luxurious doggie bed. Dogs can also get rides to the local dog park in the Loden’s dog-friendly “Baxter the Beagle” private car.
After a little exercise, the canines can enjoy the mobile dog spa for a puppy pedicure.
"From grooming to bathing to getting their nails clipped, that kind of thing, they get treated to a few hours of VIP treatment,” said Lilliana de Cotiis, marketing director at the Loden Hotel.
The best part? For each pooch package sold, the Loden Hotel makes a donation to the BC SPCA.
"We currently don't receive any provincial government funding, so initiatives like this, like the pooch package mean the world to us," said Rosemary Conder, chief development officer of the BC SPCA.
The Loden hopes to raise about $15,000 for the BC SPCA with its dog friendly campaign this fall. The fundraiser runs through to the end of October.
If you're thinking of bringing your pet along on holidays here are a few tips:
- Make sure your dog is up to date on all their vaccinations and bring the documents along to prove it.
- Consider having your animal micro chipped by your veterinarian.
- Exercise your dog before leaving for the airport and make sure they have water right up to the time of travel.
- Beware: there can be restrictions on pets during heavy holiday travel times.