Loews: A Hotel For Presidential Dogs and Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

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So your dog’s grumbling about not getting a vote in the Presidential election? Now he can celebrate the “Indoguration” his own way (yes, Rover, it will involve meat in some form). Loews Hotels, arguably the granddaddy of pet-friendly travel, is offering a “Presidential Pooch Package” up until April 29, the 100th day of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Sign up for the package (starting at $139/night including accommodation) at one of 17 locations nationwide and your pup will be greeted with a stars-and-stripes scarf, a dog bowl and mat and a special “Stars and Stripes” room-service meal (see recipe below) delivered at your convenience.

The chef at Loews’ Santa Monica, Calif. location tells PEOPLE Pets the colorful red, white and blue meal — which was formulated in conjunction with a licensed veterinarian — is human-quality, and of course he’s tried it himself. His human review? “Just needs salt and pepper.” (As for our Labrador, he lapped it up in five seconds flat and, thankfully, digested it just fine with no, ahem, adverse side effects.)

The package is just one offshoot of the chain’s pet-pampering amenities. Loews began fully embracing pet guests in 2000, and since then has launched a variety of room service items; a “Hound of Music” program in Nashville (your pet’s barks set to hit songs on a CD); “Outward Hound” for adventurous dogs in Denver; and “Su’ruff Camp” in its Coronado Bay, Calif. Location.

We checked into two Loews – San Diego and Santa Monica, Ca. – and found the chain actually lives up to the claim “pet friendly.” As traveling pet owners know, many hotels, motels & B&Bs making such claims are actually only pet-tolerant. Loews, however, knows you need an accessible patch of grass and a plastic bag to get through the day with your pup in tow. And they’ve got spare leashes, beds, collars, and other accessories for forgetful owners to borrow.

Want to take a stab at whipping up the Loews “Stars and Stripes” room-service meal for your dog? Here’s the recipe.

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup cooked sundried tomato fettuccini
1/2 cup cooked white star shaped pasta
1/3 cup dried blue corn kernels
2 TBSP Olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg, whole

Instructions:

Place the dried blue corn in cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from the fire and let cool down until fully rehydrated. Saute the ground turkey in the olive oil, then add the egg and scramble until turkey and egg are fully cooked. Add the red fettuccine strips, the white star pasta, and the blue corn kernels and let cool to the touch. Serve in Loews bowl. The portion size will vary according to the size of the patriotic pet.

Sara Hammel

http://www.peoplepets.com/style/travel/loews-a-hotel-for-presidential-dogs/1

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