UPDATE! A few more twists and turns since earlier this morning (I am blessed to have such time to fucking waste!) So it turns out Expedia was completely wrong in telling me they were not pet friendly– I should know better than to book through a stupid 3rd party site, this *really* will be the last time! (I hope.) So, Expedia told me don’t worry we will take care of negotiating a refund, go ahead and book another place.
Did that. Cottage, nice, fine!
I call Expedia. Hi y’all, so it turns out the hotel is pet friendly but I was encouraged to book elsewhere. It was only an hour ago so can we undo this?
Nope, that is a different reservation call number 93423r988295w. Wait, what? Who is that number to? I don’t know who it is. Really? So I just call them?
Turns out Expedia is pilfering off of HomeAway and Evolve, and such things– they are taking their handful of nickels for the reservation I suppose– how ridiculous. The internet can be such a meaningless mess of capitalism.
But as Nadia aptly says below, a happy ending! I am glad to be going to the first place I booked it’s much nicer.
And before I go I’ll just say, that on the hotel website, their pet policy says service animals only. The hotel emailed me a more current pet policy, which was how I sorted out that my dogs would be ok to go there.
I’ll keep it short, but fellow readers– do the words we use mean nothing anymore? Here is a short tale about the term “pet friendly”.
On a whim, I decided that my husband, dogs and I should go to the Russian River next week for a few days outta town. I did all the right things and booked a pet friendly hotel.
This morning, upon revisiting the site, I see a policy that says “No pets allowed”. Confusion.
I call Expedia (I regret even deciding to use this website- I don’t know why I bother) and they said — service animals only.
Here is a screenshot from the hotel’s website:
Why use the term pet-friendly if you are only welcoming service dogs? Why have a photo of a dog that is clearly not a service dog on your website? Oh, that’s right- so you can charge me a cancellation fee.
Pet-friendly refers to pets, not service animals, right? Am I losing my fucking mind?