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Trip Report Traveling with dogs in Athens, GA

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I needed to be in Athens for a couple of day so decided to take the pups along. My old girl is a great traveler and she is absolutely perfect on the road. It was time to find out how the new rescue pup did on business trips.

Hotel options - in the past the old Holiday Inn was where we've stayed before, but it's not a favorite. I was THRILLED to know that the Hotel Indigo was in Athens now, but when I called I learned there was a $75 pet fee. They are frequent guests at the Hotel Indigo in Atlanta on weekends and they don't have an additional pet fee. I looked for another option and learned there was a new Candlewood Suites (still part of the Holiday Inn chain).

I called and spoke the the manager directly to ask about their pet policy. He was a very friendly guy and made a deal on both the rate and the pet fee. The nightly rate was $59 and he adjusted the pet fee to $25 for the entire stay. I'd not stayed in a Candlewood Suites before and was a bit concerned about staying in an extended stay hotel. The hotel is new (opened May 2009), nicely decorated, offered a Cupboard to buy items and an exercise room. The rooms have a full kitchen and a nice decor. They offer only limited cleaning, which is fine because I often refuse maid service on short stays.

One day was a long day and I was concerned about leaving the pups in the room that long so they checked into doggy day care - which was pretty much across the street.
http://www.athenspetropolis.com/aboutdoggiedaycare.html
Pawtropolis was very nice. My girls stay at a similar operation in Atlanta and love the interaction with other dogs. Pawtropolis offers "apartments" if you prefer more traditional kennels for your pups. I really liked the staff, the operation and the obviously happy regulars coming in for a stay. My girls went home with a "report card" which told me what I already knew - the old one likes to sleep and/or quietly watch the others and the young pup likes to wander around and check everyone out but doesn't really play with the other pups.

I had internet access during the day and could watch them on the webcam. It was fun to check in from time to time to see what they were doing. When a human came in and sat on the floor, young pup made sure she got her share of scratches and kisses. Old pup was not interested.

They were happy and tired when we got back to the hotel room and they did great when I went out to pick up dinner. I made sure the front desk knew I was leaving and my cell phone # was on file, but the front desk staff seemed unconcerned. Pups are a regular occurance at the hotel. The next day was only a 1/2 day so I left them in their new home away from home, stopped by the front desk to remind them to call me if needed and went off to work confident that they were safe and happy. They were glad to see me come back and we loaded up to come home. We travel with small beds, pup's travel crate and fleece blankets to put on the bed so they know where "their spot" is. With their familiar items around them, they were happy and content. They aren't barkers to begin with and there wasn't a peep from them during the entire trip.

If you are traveling to Athens on a budget, I highly recommend Candlewood Suites. If you have more $$$ to spend, the Hotel Indigo would be a great choice. If you want/need a place for them to be safe during the day or overnight I highly recommend Petropolis.

Happy travels with your pups :-)

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