Lisa Porter, CEO of a website that lists pet-friendly places to stay and activities across the country, said more businesses are catering to customers with a pet in tow than ever before. For example, vineyards and wineries have opened their tours to pets, and as many as 90 percent of hotels in some cities are pet-friendly, she said.
Most five-star hotels have accommodations and perks for well-behaved pets, and even most discount hotels, including Red Roof Inns, Motel 6 and Extended Stay America, are pet friendly. Other hotels have weight limits on animals. Some charge a nightly fee for animals, some have cleaning deposits and some will charge only if there is damage.
The French hospitality for dogs stops at museums, though: “The French prize their dogs, but they prize their artwork even more,” she said.
Chula has been such a good travel buddy that she inspired Ms. Long’s book, which is a travelogue written from a dog’s point of view. Ms. Long said having Chula around means never being lonely — partly because of all the people who stop to admire the dog.
“If you want to be a hermit, go [traveling] alone,” she said.