I have been hosting a private beachfront condo (adjacent but not attached to the one I live in, so great for oversight and issues) since late May of this year. Since I have a dog and love dogs, I made the decision to be pet friendly. I also personally hate when properties/hotels/apartments charge pet fees or extra cleaning costs for pets (or put restrictions on breeds, etc.) so decided not to do this either. And it has worked in my favor! I am definitely in the minority of accepting dogs at all, and I believe the only in the entire area that doesn’t charge for them. Market gold. If you think about the cost of boarding two dogs for a week + the hassle of drop off and pick up, suddenly a bit pricier option seems like a deal with convenience attached. The condo has probably seen about 40 dogs in the past few months - I’d say 80% of our renters bring one or two. I know people on this forum have strong feelings about NOT allowing dogs (or kids) and this post is about to go as you expected it to…you get to say told you so.
Just had a couple with a young toddler check out after a 3 night stay - with a same day turnover - who brought two black dogs and pretty much stayed to themselves, despite having a slight air of entitlement and exasperation. I chalked it up to sleep deprivation. The dogs ended up shedding EXTENSIVELY. Obviously I didn’t know this prior to entering the condo, so offered them some flexibility on check-out time because of their attitude. It ended up overwhelming me and the cleaning team. More hair than I have seen so far, times three. It was EVERYWHERE. In the fridge (?) in a vase of flowers on top of a desk (?)…and about every single crevice imaginable — I spent 45 minutes taking a lint roller to the bedskirts.
My question for you is: is this a “I made my bed and now I have to lay in it” situation, or should I include it in my review of them? Perhaps something like, “Nice family but if hosting them again I would made an exception to my no pet fee policy and charge an additional cleaning fee as their dogs shed considerably more than any I’ve encountered.”
Picture or it doesn’t count! It got worse but you get the idea.
Thanks for your thoughts…