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Friday, August 23, 2013

There’s a reason why dogs are known as “man’s best friend.” They share a special bond with their owners, even to the point of being treated as part of the family. From birthday bashes and doggie play dates, to chic sweaters and fashionable leashes, owners go out of their way to show their love. When their owners come home, their canine companion’s wagging tail and happy howl lets them know the feeling is mutual.

National Dog Day, taking place August 26, gives owners a chance to celebrate their four-legged friend with a special bone, a trip to the park for a game of catch, or maybe even a pet-friendly getaway. But what if their pooch can’t come along for some R&R (ruff & relaxation)? There are many inns with canine hosts who would be more than happy to play fetch on their next getaway:

Chloe from the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

A captive hideaway in Greenville, ME, the Lodge at Moosehead Lake offers guests luxurious accommodations including hand-carved four poster beds, stone fireplaces, and even accommodations for furry companions. While staying there, Chloe, the inn’s French Bulldog who has organic dog treats named after her, will happily keep guests company in and around the grounds.

Joey from the Azalea Inn & Gardens

Whether in Savannah, GA, for business or pleasure, travelers will discover a welcoming retreat and a warm greet by Joey, the resident Yorkie at the Azalea Inn & Gardens. After starting the day with a warm, scrumptious breakfast, guests can relax by the inn’s pool or spend the day sight-seeing and shopping around the historic Southern city.

Ellie from the Welsh Hills Inn

Located on 15 wooded acres down a quiet country road in Granville, OH, the Welsh Hills Inn offers picturesque views of the area’s rolling hills and peaceful countryside. Guests can enjoy laps in the outdoor heated pool, or a stroll through the courtyard gardens where Ellie, the inn’s friendly Golden Retriever, will accompany them. She even has her own Facebook page, so guests can stay in touch with her between visits.

Sophie Marie from the 1884 Bridegford House B&B

Southern hospitality and Victorian charm are on full display at the 1884 Bridegford House B&B located in Eureka Springs, AR. Upon arrival, guests will be warmly greeted by Countess Sophie Marie, who believes everyone has come to the inn just to see her! She even takes it as her duty to show guests to their cozy guestroom, which feature antique furnishings, picturesque views, and home baked treats placed on the bed each afternoon.

No bones about it; these B&B’s have gone to the dogs. So even if Fido can’t accompany his owner, these B&B mascots will be happy to do double-dog duty. To see what other furry friends travelers might encounter on a B&B getaway, visit our “B&B Mascots” Pinterest board!

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