So restrictions lifted and social plans rolled around and, of course, I was excited – who wouldn’t be, after a year stuck at home? But before I accepted every girls’ weekend away invitation, every spa break suggestion and every postponed hen party, one thing gave me pause for thought: leaving my cat, who pretty much hasn’t left my side since March 2020. They say that our pets are mirror images of their owners and in terms of separation anxiety, I think that’s right. Fun fact: this piece was written with her snoozing on my lap.
I completely understand the draw of pet-friendly holidays, especially for those with dogs. UK staycations – the holiday choice du jour in our post-pandemic world – are practically made for dog owners. Shorter travel time, no need for expensive and stressful plane rides, and holiday rentals with plenty of space for dogs to run and play.
*Rates do not account for cleaning, booking and other Airbnb fees.
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