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Polly - I just said that I understood that such a dog was not a pet and I WOULD accept it.  In practice it would probably only by a Hearing Dog as, as I stated previously, my house is unsuitable for those who are blind and with severe mobility problems.

I would NEVER discriminate against someone with a disability but I have to be sensible about their safety, as with that of all clients.  As I pointed out earlier I have made exceptions for those with dogs in the past, where I felt assured that the owners would behave sensibly  and I could do so again.  I think Clair is also saying she would try to direct someone to a more suitable property and I feel you are just trying to make a point.

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I'm sorry to tell all you respectful dog owners but the problem is -  that they smell!

You can't smell it because you are used to it.  It's like people who smoke can't smell the stink of tobacco.  I wouldn't want to rent a gite that smelled of cigarette smoke the same as I wouldn't want one that smelled of lovely, well behaved dogs[:)]

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[quote user="Polly"]The feel good factor you'll get will probably be worth the odd dog hair.[/quote]

What about the would-be holiday-makers who suffer from asthma or are allergic to dogs? Wouldn't their choice of properties be restricted as a result?

Polly, I really wanted your opinion rather than links to general info.

[quote user="odile"]Such a shame as we [...] do find it

difficult to find places we can take [our] very well behaved dog to.[/quote]

Odile, most internet holiday rental listings have an option for "animaux de companie" in their search facility.

For example, see http://www.homeaway.fr/searchForm.

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I never took any of my dogs into a hotel room...No matter how well behaved they may be ..They carry little friends I would not wish to find transferred into any hotel bed I might want to sleep in . My dogs were never permitted to go upstairs so never knew what a bed was to lie on .
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It's up to each property owner to decide who to accept or refuse, and

to accept the consequences if they break the law in any way and are found out.

That, Clair, is all I'm going to say. My opinion is not relevant, it's the law which counts.

I'm not going to get into any debate about whether dogs cause or

aggravate allergies, whether they smell more than toddlers or teenage

trainers, or anything else.

But if this debate has done one good thing, it has brought the

attention of some holiday accommodation providers to the needs (and

rights) of certain categories of disabled folk.

I'm off to do some guide dog training - in the local bar and the pup comes too (and yes, he goes into food shops with me, and everywhere else). Bye!

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[quote user="NormanH"]From another perspective I am none too happy about staying in places where the owners have a dog.

It is totally personal, but it is something I think should be plain in the publicity.

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What, if they have a dog anywhere?![8-)]

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I accept pets, but it is made perfectly clear to the guests that they alone are responsible for cleaning up after the pets, inside and out, to my satisfaction or they loose from their security deposit to cover any extra cleaning I may have to do. Never had any problems yet. The gite floors are tiled, there are very few rugs, 99% of guests bring their own bedding, and the sofas etc are treated with stuff that is supposed to repel hairs (dont know if it works or not, never really gave it much thought before), so clean-up is minimal anyway and there are very few areas where pet stink can linger or affect allergic guests who come later.

I also specify that no animals are to be left unacompanied in the gites, after last years canine suicide attempt out an upstairs window.

It is also clear on the website that animals are accepted and that I have animals myself. (although, I am reduced to a cat and a kitten now, as the dog had to be put down recently.)

As for the whole disabled access thing - Anyone who can get up the steps and find their way round the gite without breaking their neck is welcome to stay. Since no disabled or blind person can do this, its not someing I have to worry about.

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In the mid 1980s, my first ever mutt, the purest bestest Heinz 57 the world has EVER known, suffered a lot of skin trouble, to the point where we thought we would have to say 'bye to the little thing, and he wasn't old.

The vet suggested Mr X, a Harley Street allergy specialist who lived in our village, bred Gordon Setters and raced Mini Coopers.

Terrified of the potential ££s we nevertheless went to see him and .... so funny, he saw all his animal patients 'after hours' in the same 'out of London' village treatment room (and we used the same waiting room) as his rich private Home Counties human clients.

He maintained a 2 hour interval between human and animal treatment sessions, the rooms were hoovered and washed (nothing special, his wife or he did it) then he saw his animal patients.

He was researching desensitisation treatments, and the animal patients were treated with the slightly out-of-date human medicines.

When I asked him about contamination from the animals (and vice-versa), he replied 'out of sight, out of mind' - so long as the place is kept clean

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[quote user="NormanH"]Well certainly if it is allowed in the house or near guests.

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Well all you have to do is to ask before you book - similarly, I wouldn't book anywhere with 'friendly British owners on site'

I want peace and quiet on holiday!

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[quote user="Dog"]

GGRRRR looks like I won't be livin' it up in this gite....

I'll take me b i t c h e s elsewhere...

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As long as your b i t c h e s leave my girls alone - baaaaah - they would be welcome any time - dogs or owners on the lead???? [:D]

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[quote user="lucky luke"]

Polly

I'd happily accept your dog, it's you that I would have a problem with!!

[:D]

LL

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Watch it - or I'll point the Rottweiler currently lurking in our village in your direction : the sort of Rottweiler we have all been to the Gendarmerie to Déposer Plainte about......

BTW which of my dogs are you accepting?

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