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Ragged Right Paw: Motels, yes; Cabins, no? Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
April 06, 2011 04:00 am

If dogs could view the world from a human’s perspective, dogs would be very confused about some of the simplest of things.

Why do humans have rules and regulations that just don’t make sense!

The other day I was channeling my thoughts to my human, Billy, asking him if he had any ideas for a column. That’s when he transmitted to my brain a news release he received from the Oregon State Parks.

“The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept yurt and cabin reservations April 1 from customers with furry friends for stays starting Jan. 1, 2012. The pet friendly accommodations are located in 21 parks, at least one in almost every region of the state,”  the first paragraph reads. These accommodations include 20 yurts and 13 cabins.

This started after the Parks Department conducted an experiment at three campgrounds to find out how many people wanted to bring their family members of my kind as well as – I’m choking to say this – cats.

Here is a quote from the news release: “The experiment confirmed that a demand existed for pet-friendly yurts and cabins," said OPRD Recreation Programs Manager Richard Walkoski. "We’re responding to that demand.”

Wow, what a breakthrough! Whenever Billy has taken a trip, and I’ve gotten to go along, I’ve always had to stay with him in a motel. These rooms have comfortable beds and a side room where he can do his business and get washed up. Now, he can spend the night in a rustic room out in nature where he must take a flashlight with him in the great outdoors to get to those same facilities.

The amazing thing, it will only cost him $10 more for a pet like me stay with him in one of these yurts or cabins.

Excuse me while I ask Billy a question.

“Billy, how much more did you pay to have me stay in that motel where all the rooms were connected by an indoor hallway? ... Really?”

Wow, Billy just told me it didn’t cost him any extra.

Of course, I had to be on that chain that is attached to my collar and to his hand. And I had to do my business outside, but that’s the same as at home.

I just think it’s odd that dogs, which are a part of nature’s animal kingdom, are so limited by human rules and regulations, as well as where we are allowed to spend the night in nature. Whereas, we can spend the night in many motels, which aren’t a part of nature.

Billy showed me another  paper he picked up from the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce. It lists 11 motels in the area. All but two allow pets. Yet in the state parks in Brookings, pets are allowed in one yurt out of nine yurts and cabins.

What really amazes me is that motels have figured out that people bring their pets when traveling, so they have accommodated. Meanwhile the State Parks had to conduct an experiment to figure this out. I wonder how much that experiment cost the taxpayers when the answer was so obvious?

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Missy Schlichting is a dog. She can be reached through her human, Bill Schlichting, features editor of the Curry Coastal Pilot at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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