As happens, last week’s Think Tasmania article about pet-friendly accommodation sparked much discussion and feedback. The message has been received, loud and clear: our readers want us to provide information. They want their pets on holiday with them; so we need to conduct extensive research.

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Think Tasmania readers like the idea of taking their pets on holiday with them

Pets on Holiday: Take Them or Leave Them?

Paul McIntyre from ABC Radio is the producer of the Statewide Evenings program. He was quick to contact Think Tasmania, asking if I’d talk about the subject on air. I agreed, and even though I usually avoid public speaking like the plague, Helen Shield is such a lovely host she made sure the chat went well. Thanks to those who’ve since voiced approval… you are too kind.


 

Anyway, during the conversation, the point was raised that taking “pets” on holiday probably really meant “dogs” (as opposed to cats, guinea pigs and goldfish). Helen even laughed, wondering what tourists could possibly hope to gain from taking Fluffy with them. Well Helen, do we have news for you!

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Dedicated cat-lovers want to take their pets on holidays too, and why not?

Pet Friendly Accommodation in Tasmania

Renee Evans, the owner/manager of Willaway Motel Apartments in Ulverstone joined our conversation on Facebook to confirm their accommodation was super pet-friendly. Renee owns her own Cavoodle named Benson as well as ten fantail pigeons. The motel on the north west coast welcomes guests with pets on holiday in Tasmania; and not just dogs, either. They’ve apparently had cats, budgies and even a cockatoo come to stay!

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Maybe you’re travelling in Tasmania and you have a pet bird with you?

The discussion also delved into the requirements of both the accommodation provider and the person taking their pets on holiday with them. Guests at Willaway Motel are asked to bring their own pet-bedding and clean up after the animals. In Renee’s experience, most responsible pet owners are inclined to do the right thing anyway. They’ve so far had only good experiences with people travelling with their pets. Benson often gets asked out to meet new playmates.

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Many children love an experience involving animals (pictured ~ Charli Dodson)

Pets on Holiday: First Hand Experience

Renee went on to say: “we’d love you to come and meet Benson. He loves the Motel Life!!! On many, many occasions people stay with us when they’re travelling for dog shows up the coast. We’ve had many beautiful dogs stay and the pet owners are fantastic people too”.

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Coco out in the kayak, helping catch some fish for dinner!

We do hope to meet Benson in Ulverstone one day; he sounds adorable. We’re also going to stay at Gardener’s Cottage, a pet-friendly accommodation property in the Huon Valley soon; we’ll tell you all about that experience in due course. Louise from Alice’s Cottages and Spa Hideaways in Launceston knows of several accommodation properties in Tasmania accepting of pets. But as you’d know, we like to form our own first-hand opinion before giving a stamp of approval and ongoing, substantial promotion. It’s just how we do things!


 

It is great to know we can assist business owners connect with our readers (aka their potential customers). In fact, we had a call from a listener following the Statewide Evenings interview with ABC Radio, asking for our assistance. He and his wife are planning to open a pet-friendly accommodation property soon, also near Ulverstone as it happens. They feel the state really needs additional options for people taking pets on holiday. Many readers have expressed the very same opinion to us.

What to Expect… Rules of The Road

Louise from Alice’s Cottages did share some other useful tips, outlining what people could expect from the property owner when taking pets on holiday. Points included adequate safe fencing, access to water bowls, shade and shelter, waste management and clean covers for the furniture.

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Up for research and discussion: are the pets allowed inside on the furniture?

In return, each property should clearly stipulate their own rules for guests travelling with pets on holiday. Importantly, dogs should not be left unsupervised, say while the family heads out for a nice dinner. Dogs should also be kept on a lead around other guests and animals (including farm stock and wildlife). As Renee concluded, responsible people are likely to do the right thing in any situation, regardless of their travelling companions.

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On holiday at the beach in Tasmania and want to take your horse along? (photo by Dan Fellow)

And the final word about taking pets on holiday, goes to this Think Tasmania reader…

We had a wonderful stay at Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation
in Stanley late last year and we were able to take our Siamese cat and
house-trained rabbit to stay with us in the cottage. ~ Katrina Brothers

How about that, Helen Shield? Fluffy AND Bugs!

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Pets on holiday: cats, dogs, fish, ponies and even bunnies!!

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