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You might not believe it to look at him but Hufflepup’s occasionally got scaredy-dog sort of tendencies. There are specific things that, where other dogs would have their hackles up, he has his safe place. Where other dogs have Fight OR Flight, he’s mostly had Flight and Faster Flight.

When he first came home with us, we thought that he’d like a crate but his foster mom said that he’d only ever gone into the crate to eat; apparently he was submissive to the other foster dogs and didn’t care enough about his food to protect it, so she fed him in a crate.

So instead of jumping to conclusions, we gave him the run of the place to see where he’d be most comfortable and where we could squeeze in a crate. He very quickly claimed the closet as his DogCave, sleeping there during the day while we were away at work, dashing in there when he heard strange noises or if someone was evil enough to ring the doorbell.

Over the last several months, he’s graduated to an intermediate safety: me.

Now, remember, Huffle’s a daddy’s boy. He’s ALL about daddy. But when it comes to things being scary? He comes to me and leans for all he’s worth, til I go investigate the wrongness. If he’s really uncertain, he pins me to the spot to make sure I’ll keep comforting him.

He’s learned a lot more confidence this year, but Mama’s feet are still the second safety zone.

Pet friendly hotel review: Pacific Gardens Inn



TravelDogWe didn’t have great high hopes for the hotel in this area because the Asilomar Conference grounds have a reputation for being rather grubby and seriously bare bones: bed, lamp and table.

We were so pleased to find that the Pacific Gardens Inn was much more welcoming than the stark lodgings I’ve heard described and the pricing was even more reasonable than most! Win-win. Because of all our travel, we are pretty price sensitive.

Our room had both a fireplace and popcorn popper, which we loved, but quickly realized that Huffle was against them both with a vengeance.

He loved lounging by the fireplace until he realized what it was for, then he couldn’t press himself against my legs hard enough. It was too late at that point, we were committed to the fire, but

You should be aware that the walls are relatively thin if you’re easily disturbed. Our neighbors had a barker who would announce the arrival or departure of anyone passing by our doors, but it didn’t bother us. The human neighbors hushed their pup when she started up so she wasn’t constantly barking the whole time, and occasional barking is fair enough when you have dogs.

They had one table on an outdoor patio so we took breakfast al fresco with Huffle, just the way he likes it, sharing the table with an older couple and their dog. I personally don’t tend to socialize much but it was a good way to get a seat and get to know some fellow travelers briefly. They, and we, think this a great bet for the Monterey Bay Area.

Pacific Gardens Inn
701 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 646-9414

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m.
Pet Fee: None!
Includes a wine & cheese reception in the evenings and a continental breakfast; free WiFi.

Notes: This was written based on past stays that we paid for, this was not a sponsored post. This is part of the Pet friendly hotels series.

Pet friendly hotel review: Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites

TravelDog This is such a family favorite, I’m almost not sure I want to share it! The Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites is a small and cozy place in Morro Bay – most of the places in that area seem to be small but they don’t necessarily exude welcome or coziness.

When you drive in, there’s a nice little loop around that lets you whip around to a convenient parking spot or just pull over to unpack the car before parking without getting in anyone’s way. You have to go up a small flight of stairs, usually, to get into the room that looks like a wee cottage from the outside, but they’re even manageable for ole Huffle.

The first time we stayed there, Huffle loved laying between the two beds, he felt closer and safer to us there, curled up on an old, well loved doggy blanket provided by the Inn, gnawing on his free biscuit. His bedtime walk in the brisk air was warmed by the little outdoor fireplace full of cheery flames. We arrived late the night of check in and the staff both called to check on our arrival time and make sure we knew where to pick up our room keys.

We had a minor mishap with getting charged with someone else’s room bill, so I had to call a while after our stay, but they jumped on sorting that out ASAP. This is great customer service, IMO.

Our second stay was in a bigger and nicer room, Huffle’s posing above it that room, which the staff thought we might like better because of Huffle’s size. It was so thoughtful! We had a ramp to get into the room instead of stairs which was perfect as we were on a longer trip complete with cooler and luggage that stay, and it made hauling everything so much easier on our backs and on Huffle.

Anytime we need to stay in this area, we hope to stay there – though from a quick search of available dates online it looks like their popularity has spread enough that we might have to fight for a stay! 🙂

Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites in Morro Bay
1050 Morro Ave, Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-9700

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m.
Pet Fee: $20
Includes a full breakfast at one of 3 restaurants or Giovanni’s Famous Fish and Chips (lunch); free Wifi.

Notes: This was written based on past stays that we paid for, this was not a sponsored post. This is part of the Pet friendly hotels series.


Pet friendly hotels: A Series

HufflePup’s no strangers to road trips, and he loves the car.  If he even suspects we might be heading out in HIS car, he’ll nose-touch every single car in hopes that THIS will be the one.

We were really lucky, he was into car rides from Day 1 (Exhibit A). The day we came to take him home, he leapt right into the open car door without a moment’s hesitation – we just knew we were meant for each other.

Surprisingly,  pet friendly hotels aren’t all that easy to come by (not what I expected in really dog friendly areas like Northern CA or Oregon). We’ve spent HOURS searching and calling hotels, and overwhelmingly hotels don’t take pets at all or those that do accept pets do so grudgingly: the pet fees are exhorbitant more often than not, and/or their weight limits mean Huffle’s not welcome. 🙁

Caveat: Huffle’s an awesome hotel guest. He doesn’t get up on furniture, he doesn’t have accidents, he doesn’t bark or whine or otherwise scare people. He does love being offered treats or being provided a blanket or bed but he doesn’t beg and he’s just as happy sleeping on the floor as on a poufy bed.

Still, we travel enough that we really do have to bring Huffle with us, we’d miss him too much if we didn’t!  While the hunt is arduous and competition fierce for hotels good for both humans and canines/pets, we have been lucky enough to find some favorites that we’d happily visit again of the many places we’ve stayed over the years.

We’ll do some reviews and link them back here, but here’s a quick list of some hotels you might try. This will be an ongoing list!


Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay area): Pacific Gardens Inn [Review]

Morro Bay: Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites [Review] The staff are great and the cottage-like rooms are adorable.

Fresno: Residence Inn Fresno, California extended stay hotel
The area itself in Fresno is nothing to shout about, but the hotel was lovely. Clean, easy access, doggie bags provided.

Fullerton: Fullerton Marriott at California State University
Close to the Uni, this hotel was both easy for Huffle to navigate and they had welcome cookies at the front desk.

Long Beach: Residence Inn Long Beach


Portland, Oregon: Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station


You can rely on these chains to welcome you with your furry friend

Residence Inns by Marriott (usually a $100 one-time fee); though Marriott has pet-friendly hotels in their other brands as well. They do have weight and breed restrictions.
DoubleTrees by Hilton (usually a $75 one-time fee).

Kimpton Hotels (no fee! no size, weight or breed restrictions!) These hotels are more posh and high end with equivalent pricing but their staff and policy is fantastically welcoming.

It’s always sunny in … no, wait, it’s not

We don’t get nearly enough sun out here for HufflePup so when we get a good dose of it, we try and take a little while to relax in it. But clearly, I didn’t wait nearly long enough for this guy.