Our dogs are like our children. Even those of us without children to compare them to will say this with utter conviction. Despite how deep this unconditional love runs, sometimes taking your dog along to wherever you’re headed is not an option. So if this holiday you have a trip planned where your best friend can’t join, or your house-sitter fell through at the last minute, or your reliable-always-stays-home-for-the-holidays aunty decides this is her year to go on a trip, don’t despair – dog hotels are a real thing. But be prepared to fork out a little for this one (which we do happily anyway, obviously).

Cape Town

@Fritz Doggy Hotel and Daycare Centre provides three room categories for your pooch’s stay.

The Doggy Dormitory, for the socially happy pets, includes at R280 per night per pet:

  • Free day care
  • All-day supervised play in their dog park
  • Group play sessions and
  • Webcam access to keep you up to date on your dog’s whereabouts

The Deluxe Suites option has five themed, private rooms that you can select from for your dog, at R380 per night per dog, and includes:

  • Free day care
  • All-day supervised play in their dog park
  • Group play sessions and
  • Webcam access to keep you up to date on your dog’s whereabouts
  • Plus a granny-goose duvet

The Platinum Sweet category has two themed, private-room options, at R530 a night per dog, and includes:

  • Free day care
  • All-day supervised play in their dog park
  • Group play sessions and
  • Webcam access to keep you up to date on your dog’s whereabouts
  • Plus a flat-screen TV with DogTV content (for real)
  • Premium bedding and linen

Johannesburg

Must Love Dogs Boutique Hotel provides 5-star accommodation for your best friend, provided they’re small lap dogs. Must Love Dogs aims to provide a home-away-from-home, especially catering to those spoiled pets who are used to sleeping on mom and dad’s bed, or napping on the couch.

The Petite Suits category includes five room options, all R300 a night, all of them private and themed for your pup’s pleasure. The rooms take the form of log cabins and are so sweet and comfortable, you probably would nap quite happily in there yourself.

The Premium Suites category has five room options, at R370 a night. The private rooms are named creatively and decorated with obvious care and love – boy dogs can feel charming in the likes of the Bachelor Suite and the girls pampered in the Butterfly Suite.

And then for those who are used to the best of the best, there is the Penthouse Suites category, which includes five private bedrooms that range from R370 to R450 a night and an additional R150 to R190 per night for an extra dog. The rooms are themed and decorated to suit your baby’s aesthetic needs, and include spacious outside play areas especially for them. Not too shabby.

Durban

Durban Dog Hotel is owned by dog-loving and obsessed Sonseirai, who has opened her home to offer five-star accommodation and service to your pooch. At R200 a day per dog, or R185 per dog for two dogs from the same home, you can be assured your dog is in safe (and loving) hands. Durban Dog Hotel offers your dog free run of the five-acre land and regular ball times throughout the day, no cages, no wendy houses, and you will be assured he or she is safe and happy with WhatsApp notifications and pictures updating you on your dogs movements. Availability is limited though, so ensure you get your pooch booked in advance.

The things we do for our pets, right?