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if you were going on a self-catering holiday in the UK with friends how would you feel if someone wanted to bring their dog?

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hatwoman Mon 07-Sep-09 19:37:19

not an AIBU as such - I'd just like a genuine sounding of opinion

Clayhead Mon 07-Sep-09 19:39:20

I always book somewhere pet free. I don't dislike dogs (used to have one) but I wouldn't want to holiday with one or in a house one had lived in.

thisisyesterday Mon 07-Sep-09 19:41:07

hmm well it would depend on the dog.
i am not a huge dog person, but if the dog was well-behaved and wouldn't really affect me i don't think i'd care really.

i just hate big scary dogs, and i hate ones that jump up and lick you and get everywhere all over the place.

i'd worry i suppose that it might also mean that we couldn't do big days out with the friends....? but dunno if that would really be a huge issue

Lonicera Mon 07-Sep-09 19:43:28

It would be a no from me because of my asthma apart from any other considerations

diddl Mon 07-Sep-09 19:43:53

I love dogs.
But would want to know it would be well controlled & not leaping up at everyone and taking over the sofa!

serenity Mon 07-Sep-09 19:46:38

No. I'm allergic to dog hair as is DS2 and I'd spend all holiday wheezing and coughing, and I'll be honest and say I don't actually like them very much.

GirlsAreLOud Mon 07-Sep-09 19:48:00

I wouldn't go with friends if I wanted to take my dog I don't think.

Would depend on the friends though. Why don't you ask them?

Hulababy Mon 07-Sep-09 19:48:55

I wouldn't like it as I really don't feel comfortable around dogs. It would make me feel on edge whilst on holiday, which obviously is a non starter.

StayFrosty Mon 07-Sep-09 19:49:45

It would depend on the dog. But I would always assume that any s/c holiday taken in the UK with a dog owner would include the dog, iyswim? So if my friends had a dog I didn't like, I wouldn't consider going on holiday with them.

hotcrossbunny Mon 07-Sep-09 19:53:55

I would assume the dog would be coming if we booked a holiday with friends who had a dog, and they didn't suggest otherwise... We're dog-owners and have often been away with friends who don't have any. They've always known the dog comes too...He's a rescue and would hate kennels, and we have no-one else to leave him with.

kitbit Mon 07-Sep-09 19:56:31

It would be a no from me too. There is a distinct possibility that we will be asked to go on holiday with our lovely friends next year, but everything revolves around their dog ie which pubs, mealtimes/walktimes, places we can or can't visit because the dog can't go too, and of course the dog himself who is lovely too, but I don't want to live with him for a week! It would mean that we would share accommodation but would end up doing separate things, which is not really the point of going away together.

So no, it would spoil it for me. I can handle a holiday revolving around two little boys (theirs and ours) but the dog is too much!

Is the dog yours or theirs?

IdrisTheDragon Mon 07-Sep-09 19:58:24

I wouldn't be keen going on holiday with someone with a dog. But I don't know that many people with dogs, and none I'd be likely to go on holiday with, so it's unlikely to happen.

lynniep Mon 07-Sep-09 19:58:49

well I'd would depend on where we were going. For instance - trip to centerparcs - no dogs unless specifically stated on booking, therefore if no-one says anything its not even an option. therefore I havent asked.

if it were somewhere else, well I'd definately find out what they were thinking first and not assume anything. I'm not a dog person and whilst I like them in small doses, the dogs my friends have are really yappy/licky/jumpy animals and I wouldnt go on holiday with them if they were planning to bring them.

I certainly wouldnt expect them to have to book kennels or wotnot so we'd need to establish what we were thinking and then I'd bow out if the dogs were coming...

hatwoman Mon 07-Sep-09 19:59:22

thanks all. Obviously allergies and asthma would rule the dog out and that would be entirely fair enough. also, obviously, we'll ask the people involved (how did you all know I was the one with the dog and it wasn't the other way round?). I suppose, really, in a somewhat reserved and English way, I'm not asking if its (un)reasonable to take him - I'm asking if it's reasonable to even ask. iyswim! and if people would expect him to come/be asked - or of they won't have even given it a thought and would assume he'd go to kennels (poor thing...)

Rindercella Mon 07-Sep-09 19:59:40

It would depend on the dog, it would depend on the children of the non-dog owner and it would depend on where we were staying (i.e. in the same house, or in several different cottages).

I love dogs though, but don't always think they mix well with small children.

oxocube Mon 07-Sep-09 19:59:59

I love my dog to bits but it does tie you, even on a SC holiday. What if you want to go out for dinner, for the day etc. Depends on the dog but I don't think I'd take mine

roisin Mon 07-Sep-09 20:02:15

I wouldn't want to stay in a house with a dog there - holiday or not - for a whole variety of reasons.

But if I'd arranged a holiday with a family with a dog, I think I would have clarified with them at the time whether they intended bringing the dog. I wouldn't assume either way.

Hassled Mon 07-Sep-09 20:02:41

I think you should make alternative arrangements for the dog and not put people in the awkward, embarrassing position of feeling they have to say yes when in fact they're deeply uncomfortable around dogs. And it will restrict things that you collectively can do. It's not fair to ask.

Mutt Mon 07-Sep-09 20:03:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hassled Mon 07-Sep-09 20:04:32

But of course I don't know how well you know these friends and how forthright with their opinions they are. If you trust them to be honest, and not be polite for your sake, then I guess it's worth a shot.

itsalwaysthequietones Mon 07-Sep-09 20:05:19

Wouldn't bother me in the slightest. If a friend had a dog I'd just assume he/she would want to bring it and go forwards on that basis.

Mutt Mon 07-Sep-09 20:06:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EldonAve Mon 07-Sep-09 20:07:48

Is the holiday already booked?

Personally I'd only go on a SC UK holiday with dog owners if I already knew the dog was holidaying elsewhere

Bink Mon 07-Sep-09 20:13:03

I'd think (allergies etc. aside) it was the nature of the accommodation that mattered. So, if you've each got your own territory - separate living space but shared facilities, so the dog could hang out in your kitchen & in no event would be found on my bed - then I would think it was likely to be fine. And lots of outside space, so that the dog could run about there & not be underfoot indoors.

But if you all were sharing a 2-bed fourth-floor flat <exaggeration you understand> it would not be fine at all. Somewhere between those would be my red line.

happywomble Mon 07-Sep-09 20:37:16

I would never go on holiday with anyone who wanted to take a dog. I only choose accommodation that is "no pets".

I like to find dog free beaches and campsites too (due to fear of my children stepping in dog poo).

I am not allergic to dogs but just don't like coming into contact with them.

I like the idea of dogs on farms rounding up sheep and thats about it!

Sorry not to have written a more favourable response to your post

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