As part of a campaign to lure customers–particularly rich Americans who will travel only with their best friends– the newly renovated, four-star hotel is now offering a $400-a-night Heavenly Pets package.
For that price, the dog and his or her owner receive a “deluxe” double room including breakfast. (Cats are allowed but have to rough it–there is no program for them, although on request the chef will prepare a special cat-friendly meal.)
France has long been a country where dogs have a special status. The 8.8 million dogs that live here easily ride public transportation, sometimes govern the sidewalks and are warmly welcomed in restaurants.
Now, I’ve got nothin’ against dogs, even if they are smelly, drooly, and prone to making loud noises. Not to mention eating their own waste products. But what’s up with the second-class treatment for cats?
Yet another reason to dislike the French.