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How to be a courteous hotel guest

Hello! My name is Claude and I am a Texas cosplayer who also workers as a hotel housekeeper. I haven’t been working in housekeeping for very long but I’ve seen the impact of all sorts of guest and I have to say that Anime/Comic Con attendees are honestly some of the messiest guests and it puts a lot of strain on the housekeeping staff. Did you know we are warned in advance about you guys? I even have horror stories about con guest. This job is very physically demanding and we’re under a lot of pressure to meet our room cleaning times. Below are some tips about being a more helpful and respectful guest. These are only a suggestion. Not rules. Courtesy is a choice.

1.) Before leaving don’t make the bed. We understand you mean well, but all sheets need to be washed and therefore the beds stripped. The best way to leave the bed? Place all the sheets on top of the bed and remove the pillowcases from the pillows. You can leave them bunched up, that’s fine.

2.) Place all your trash into trash bags, tie it up, and leave the trash next to the door before leaving.That way we can just toss it in the trash cart and move on. Leave anything that we can vacuum. You can also leave the dirty towels next to the door before leaving.

3.) Please check all the drawers, cabinets, and closets to make sure you have all your things. Anything found will be placed into lost and found for 90 days. If you’ve left something, just call the hotel and tell them what you’ve lost and in what room.

4.) If you place a DND sign on your door we CANNOT ENTER at all. We mark it down and move on. If you later remove it and decide that you want service call the front desk and let them know because housekeeping usually end up leaving anywhere from 3pm-5pm.

5.) When housekeeping refreshes your room we make the bed, refill amenities, place fresh towels, take out trash, and do a quick wipedown. Don’t want your bed made? Need extra amenities? Need extra trash bags? Etc? Let us know! We leave notepads and pens in every room and you can write down any instructions for us. Ex: “No need to make the bed, just fresh towels and extra shampoos please.” “Extra trash bags and bath towels please, no more shampoos please.”

6.) Housekeeping cannot make the beds when you have personal belongings on the bed. Simple things like clothes and towels we move while making the bed then put back but anything else we DO NOT TOUCH. Laptops, jewels, suitcases, etc. Please keep this in mind if you want your bed made.

7.) Please do not leave your hair curlers and straighteners plugged in the bathroom. Guest always leave them connected usually next to the sink with water all over and it’s a safety hazard. Housekeeping will usually unplug them but I, personally, fear that maybe one day we won’t reach the room in time.

8.) If a hotel is Pet friendly, you still have to let the hotel know that you are bringing a furry friend along. We need to know what rooms need the pet treatment. What if the next guest is allergic and we weren’t notified about the previous guest?

9.) Try and bring some supplies to clean up after your pet. We’ve had guest allow their pets to pee and poop on the carpets and it not only affects the housekeeping staff but maintenance staff as well.

10.) Most hotels are non-smoking and we ask that you please respect that. We are trained to find out if a guest has been smoking and when we catch it, you get a $250 charge. Don’t risk it!! There are smoking areas that you can ask about.

11.) Have left over alcohol that you can’t take with you when you leave? You don’t have to throw it away. It’s very common for guest to leave them as a tip for housekeeping staff.

12.) Yes! You can tip housekeeping! It’s not required. But we constantly get tips and little notes to thank us for our work and we deeply appriciate it. (I actually have all my thank you notes!) How much you tip is up to you. Ive gotten anywhere from change to 25$.

13.) If you’re sick (like influenza, strep throat, cold, etc.) let the hotel staff know. That way we can notify the housekeepers to take extra precautions. (mask, gloves, etc) and provide a deeper clean. (I actually got Influenza B and ended up in the hospital from this one!)

14.) You don’t have to leave your room if housekeeping comes by to refresh it.  You can stay and tell us how to make your stay more comfortable. Plus, we appreciate the conversation.

15.) Please notify ANY of the hotel staff when you encounter a problem. (bedbugs, clogged toilet, broken lamps, etc) We are committed to make your stay as perfect as possible and can be reached at anytime for help.

16.) If you throw up or bleed (excessively)  in the room please notify us as soon as possible and we can have maintenance come clean up. Please do not leave it for us to clean until after your stay. It causes stains that won’t come out and a deeply embedded smell in the room.

17.) Things you can ask for that guest don’t usually know about (can vary by hotel. Some hotels require purchase.): cribs, extra blankets, shower caps, slippers, toothpaste, toothbrush, tampons, pads, razors.

That’s about all I can think of so far. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about how to be a more courteous guest or anything about hotel service. I’ll be happy to help to the best of my ability. I cant wait to see you all at San Japan! :)

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Avian Fire Preparedness

Due to the hazy smoke-filled air and raging fires around here I’ve begun replenishing my emergency fire kit just in case the fires start heading closer to home.  In the instance of evacuation we need to be ready to move fast not only for our own safety but also for our pets.  It doesn’t take long for smoke to kill a bird, even if you think you’ll be safe it’s best to plan ahead.

Primary things to grab:

  • pellets/ seed
  • water bottle
  • low thread count pillow cases and elastic bands
  • a mask for yourself

Secondary things to grab (if you have extra time/ can prepare ahead of time):

  • canned fresh foods
  • travel cage(s), dishes for the cage(s)
  • cage covers to filter smoke
  • medical records, vet numbers
  • confirm arrangements to go to a friend/ relatives house or locate pet friendly hotels in the area, bring a list of them and their addresses
  • toys
  • treats
  • flashlight
  • a drawstring bag or backpack to keep everything in

If you’re in a rush out the door grab the essentials, food and water, a pillow case can act as a lightweight carrying device for parrots.

Step 1: Flip pillow case inside out, stick your hand inside and grab the bird

Step 2: remove the bird from perch and pull them in to the bag

Step 3: Once the bird is safely in the bottom of the bag fold the top over and wrap an elastic band around the top to secure it

Using a pillow case allows you to easily carry multiple birds at once, if you have a belt loop they can be strung on to your hip while you grab necessities.  The pillow case will help to filter out some smoke while still allowing air to come through making it safer than running out the door with a cage, breathing straight smoke in to their lungs. Quick and convenient for emergency evacuations.

If you have time to plan ahead then prepare travel cages ahead of time and get some sheets to put on top to filter out the smoke, have food and water dishes packed away but not full, don’t want it splashing around making it harder to carry on your way out.  Keep seed/ pellets in tupperware containers and a water bottle filled up regularly with cool water to fill the dishes later on when you’re safe.  Pack some canned veggies to suffice during your evacuation in case you don’t have friends or relatives near you and have to stay at a shelter, if you have the means try to locate a pet-friendly hotel to stay at. Practice retraining your bird with the pillow case ahead of time if you can, it’s a lot better to have them used to the concept than end up with a bird frantically flying around the room during an emergency situation. Practice emergency evacuation, where will cages go in the car, where is everything kept, run the birds through the routine.

Be prepared and stay safe.

My Puppy | 1

Originally posted by rapnamu

CHAPTER ONE

Chapters: [1] [2] [3]

Pairing: Taehyung X Reader-First Person View

Genre & Warnings: SMUT, fluff, pet play. 

Word Count: 4,406

NOTE: Pure Filth. Turn back now if you don’t want to see. Turning Tae Tae into my Fuck Puppy (Thanks, Anon). Soft femdom. Let me tell you, it was an EXPERIENCE writing this, and I am still not perfectly pleased with it. Mostly because I’m never happy with my own smut writing. I had to do so much research, so google probably thinks I’m freaky naughty af. Which I suppose I am considering I wrote this lol. So, for those that are hardcore into this and think I didn’t portray it well enough, I’m sorry, I tried. And I learned quite a bit about myself, like the fact that if I ever get my hands on someone like Tae, I am so going to try this. Now enjoy, and excuse me as I go drench myself in holy water to cleanse myself of sin. 


“You know, I hate the winter. It reminds me of your cold heart.”

My now ex-boyfriend mutters this line, looking into the snowy sky. He sighs loudly and saunters off, without looking back. What a fucking drama queen. I can’t help but snort as I watch him disappear into the light snowfall, and wonder what movie he got that line from.

Cold heart.

I don’t have a cold heart. He was just a damn bore. He never wanted to do anything but watch movies and freaked out if I suggested anything besides missionary. I’ve been thinking about breaking up with him for weeks now but was putting it off because I knew he’d cry. This saved me all the hassle.

Note to self: Don’t date actors.

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anonymous asked:

I work in a hotel for pets where I see all the usual breeds come in. While I have my favorite of what I would call 'common breeds', we have a regular who is an Argentine Mastiff, and I had never heard the breed before meeting her, but I think I'm in love! Just wondering if I lived under a rock, or if this is an uncommon breed (at least in the u.s)

Oh yeah, a Dogo Argentino! I would say they are uncommon. I certainly have never seen one in person, and I imagine if I weren’t so involved with knowing all things dog, I wouldn’t hear about them either. They are actually banned in certain countries like Ukraine, Iceland, Australia, Singapore & the United Kingdom for being ~dangerous~, but they are good dogs™

The Dogo Argentino was created in the 1920s by crossing a whole heck of a lot of breeds. A now extinct breed called the Cordoba Fighting Dog (which was a Mastiff, Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, and Boxer mix) was mixed with Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux! 

Apps for Service Dog Training

A list of useful apps for those of you who are training your own Service Dogs (or are just looking for some cool apps to help with your SD). I only have an iPhone, and I am unsure if these are on both IOS and Android, however I suspect most of these are or there is at least a similar one. (This will be updated as I find more apps).

- Riley

  • Nagdu - While this app was created for the National Association of Guide Dog Users, it is helpful for anyone with a service dog. It has the entirety of the ADA Service Dog section, individual State Laws, and general guidance with things like hotels, restaurents, and other places of buisness. Free
  • BringFido - This  allows you to find pet friendly hotels, restaurants, parks, beaches, and tons more. You can also book your hotel, look up their pet policy, and use filters to find the hotels that would best fit your dog. Super useful for dogs who are not 100% PA trained and are not protected by state laws - do some training and be a little less anxious about it. Free
  • Pet Coach - App that connects you to dog trainers, vets, and nutritionists if you have questions about troubleshooting problems or ensuring that your pup is maintaining a proper weight. Free
  • iClicker - Self explanatory: Sometimes you forget your clicker in a moment of brain fog or you simply don’t want to bring a physical clicker with you. iClicker is simple - just press the clicker button and have your volume on. Free

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To Feel Human 11/20/17

I hate how my life is one of two extremes. Either going wonderful one day or totally horrible the next. I just wish things would go consistently well for once.

After spending two nights in a hotel suite and now that I’m back sleeping in a door way (this very second I’m writing this wrapped up under a sleep bag and a blanket in a door way that I sleep in.) I can’t help but compare the two. I was so warm and happy when I was inside. It was nice to shower for the first time in almost a month. I got to take a day off from panhandling out in the rain because the same person that got me a hotel room also gave me $200, so I was able to stay well for two days without having to work my ass off all day just to get money to feed my gram a day IV heroin habit and my dog that requires expensive food and medication due to her stomach problems.

Basically it felt like my higher power gave me a break from my chaotic life on the streets for two days. It made me feel like a normal person for once.

When I walked out of my hotel room, took the elevator down to the lobby, and walked out of the lobby no one stared at me because for once I wasn’t walking around with everything I owned on me. For once I wasn’t wheeling around four bags, wearing stinky clothes, and hiding my greasy, tangled hair under a beanie.

For once I just blended in with the crowd and I felt human. I think that’s the best gift that I’ve gotten in a while. Was just to simply have a taste of what it’s like to feel human again. That’s all I really wanted.


Then this morning after I packed my bags and left the hotel room that was no longer mine, went down that elevator again the second time this morning, except this time not for breakfast, I walked out of the lobby with everything I owned on my back back out into the world again and was once again reminded that nothing good lasts forever.

I walked up the hill from the hotel and I started pan handling like I do almost every day. After a few hours I made $70, which was almost enough to sustain my habit today. This was the best day pan handling I had had in almost two weeks (it’s been a rough two weeks), but it came with a price.

People were rude to me. Several people walked by and made fun of me. A lady pulled up in her nice car just to tell me that “my dog is freezing” and that I “don’t take care of her” because she seemed to think that my dog that was wearing a puffy winter coat with a pink raincoat on top of it was “cold” even though she wasn’t even shivering and I devote my entire life to taking care of her. Two old, bitter men told me to “get a job” even though they don’t realize it’s practically impossible to get a job when you don’t have a place to put your dog and all your belongings. Like yes, thank you, I’ll just get a job and bring my dog with me along with my little wheely cart topped with all my big ass bags. That will work out great! Thanks for the advice. Even though I’m currently on a housing list that I check on twice weekly, waiting to hear back from them on whether there’s a housing opening available for me and my dog or not.


I’m not writing this expecting or wanting sympathy, because I don’t. I’m writing this because I’m tired of feeling less than a person and I have no where else to put my thoughts at. If what I have to say bothers you please quietly unfollow me without any rude comments or messages, I already get treated rudely and made fun of daily. So if you have mean things to say, please keep them to yourself. I’ve heard just about every rude comment you can think of and it gets so tiring living my life in a manner that makes me feel like so much less than what I am on the inside.

I hope all of my followers are having a good night and that all of you are safe, indoors where it’s warm, that you all have food, that none of you are experiencing dopesickness or sickness in general, and that you all have someone who loves you. Or if someone is bullying you know that you’re not alone and that if you feel like no one loves you that I love you. Sending lots of love and good vibes your way. ♡

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@ryuji7117

Today, a family member that is small enough to ride on my shoulder has come to my house.
During the times that I can’t look after it, occasionally, I will leave it at the pet hotel, and occasionally, I will leave it in the care of the Kitazono clan. Together with this guy, we will work together [1] * to move forward.
This is the kitten being curious about Kashuu Kiyomitsu.

And so, without any delay, I would like to ask for your advice on how to take care of it.

NOTE:

[1] The phrase that Ryuji uses here is actually “2-nin 3-kyaku” which is a Japanese saying that means “working together”. However, it also literally means “a three-legged race”. In his Tweet, where I’ve placed the ( * ), he follows up on that sentence with, “1 person, 1 pet, three-legged? Five-legged?” xD

@ryyyyo_k

I will look after Ryuji-san’s child. [1]

NOTE:

[1] Ryo’s Tweet is written in the tone of someone (usually a babysitter) who has agreed to take care of a parent’s child.

P/S: KJSLFKAKLSHDGLAGA I’m *dying* of adorableness at both Ryuji and Ryo’s Tweets ♥ ♥ ♥ LOL at the kitten’s curiosity over Ryuji’s Kashuu Kiyomitsu sword; baby has good taste :P And, does this also mean that Ryo spent his birthday with Ryuji and Ryuji’s newly adopted child? xD

creatingyourself  asked:

So when I graduate I'm going straight to traveling. But the problem is it's going to be really hard leaving my cat. She's my therapy animal and she's very attached to me and vice versa. I see those adventure cats all over the Internet and I was wondering if you have ideas on how to accomplish that. I've got a year before I start traveling.

I honestly don’t know if I would advise aiming to have her become an “adventure cat” - you have to remember that those are very carefully curated social media marketing ventures that are highly unlikely to represent reality. 

To start, think about your cat’s personality and behavioral tendencies. Is she an animal who handles change and lots of stimulus well? An animal who travels with you is going to have to able to weather constant change and an endless supply of new noises, smells, people, and more. That’s hard even for people, and it’s why service animals are chosen so carefully - it’s not something most cats are honestly going to be comfortable with. Is your cat interested in interacting with a lot of strangers? If she’s traveling with you - especially if you have her out in public like those adventure cat accounts - she’s going to be constantly deluged with attention and photos, even if you’re not letting people pet her. 

Next, think about the logistics. 

For the cat: is your cat trained to wear a harness and walk on a leash? Not every cat is happy to wear a harness and leash while exploring, and you can’t have a loose animal in public. Will she be in a carrier or riding on your shoulders, and is she trained for that specific behavior?  How will you handle veterinary care in each location, if it is needed? Will you take medical records with you? Is your cat micro-chipped in case she gets loose somehow? How will you acclimate your cat ahead of time to the new experiences you might want to engage in while you’re on travel if you’re wanting to take her with you, like tram rides or canoeing or hiking? They’re not in the normal range of an experience for your animal, so you’d want to make sure she’s comfortable with similar situations ahead of time. What will you do if your cat is stressed during an experience you really don’t want to quit, or have invested a lot of money into? What will your backup plan be?

For travel logistics: can you ensure that everywhere you’d be staying will allow pets? Hotels and motels often have extra fees for animals, if they allow them at all. What about buses or trains or planes? Unless you’re driving your own car, there’s a lot of extra considerations about pet allowances to keep in mind. What about when you go places pets aren’t allowed? You can’t take your cat into a grocery store or a restaurant - cats aren’t legally allowed to be service animals, and anyhow it’s immoral to lie about that to get access - so where will your cat be left during those periods? 

If you’re travelling internationally, you’ll have to think about dealing with the mandated quarantine periods for your cat upon arrival and the fact that laws for animal access and required vaccinations will be different every where you go. If you’re just travelling within your country, make sure you know all the state and local laws for each area - you don’t want to end up with your animal confiscated or at risk because of lack of research. 

As you can sort of tell from the questions above, travelling with an animal ads a lot of complications to your plans and severely limits what you can do. Very few dogs are suited for engaging in that sort of long-term level of novel stimulus and stress, and I would hazard a guess that even fewer cats would be appropriate candidates for it. Honestly, as much as I know you’re highly bonded to your animal, it would likely be kinder to her to leave her behind - and you’d be able to get much, much more out of your travel experience when not having to plan around all the logistical issues associated with bringing her with you.  

anonymous asked:

Pro tip: If you call and ask if the hotel allows pets, and they say no, DON'T SNEAK YOUR ANIMAL THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. YOUR HUGE ASS SNAKE IS NOT A SERVICE ANIMAL GET IT OUT I WILL CRY IF YOU BRING IT NEAR MY DESK. THE HOUSEKEEPER IS REFUSING TO GO IN YOUR ROOM UNTIL IT'S GONE AND YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE

*screams so high pitch only dogs can hear it* I’m with the housekeeper! And the policy even if it’s just a hamster. Just don’t. But I hope no one tried sneaking in a hamster the same night the snake was there… -Abby

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A selection of Candice Tripp’s Houses of Horror (series 1)

The DeFeo house in The Amityville Horror (1979) by Stuart Rosenberg

The mansion in The Omen (1976) by Richard Donner

Leatherface’s house in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) by Tobe Hooper

The Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick

The Creeds’ house in Pet Sematary (1989) by Mary Lambert

The Myers’ house in Halloween (1978) by John Carpenter

The Maitlands’ house in Beetlejuice (1988) by Tim Burton

The Bates house in Psycho (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock

Haus Zum Walfisch in Suspiria (1977) by Dario Argento

Nancy Thompson’s house in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) by Wes Craven

The country house in Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) by John Hancock

Stephen King’s Gothic mansion in Bangor (Maine)