Travel can be rough on animals. So, to celebrate National Dog Week (Sept. 19-25) and promote its 600,000 pet-friendly homes, Airbnb shined a light on social media star Marnie the Dog, a senior pet who just moved from New York to sun-soaked Beverly Hills.
Fame is packed with perks … even for dogs. To ease her transition, Airbnb checked her into a luxurious $5000-a-night mansion, where she spent a pampered stay under the care of her "hosts," Hugo the Butler and Teddy the Dog.
Watch her try on outfits, lounge poolside and sip water out of jewel-encrusted bowls below.
This is a warm statement about caring for older pets. As a tribute to the hardworking canine, Airbnb made a donation to Muttville, a San Francisco-based charity working to improve the lives of older dogs through rescue, foster care, adoption and hospice services. (In case you wondered, there are also growing numbers of pet retirement homes, where they are perhaps better treated than many such places for people.)
And it's a contagious way for Airbnb to promote its many pet-friendly listings. The brand even provided stats for those on the go with a carrier cage: West Virginia is the pet-friendliest state, with nearly 40 percent of active listings that welcome them, and Italy is the most pet-friendly country, featuring nearly 110,000 pro-pet Airbnbs. (The U.S. comes second, with 92,000 listings.)
Lastly, it may comfort pet owners to know that many pet-friendly Airbnbs also have resident pets: Almost 34 percent of hosts in Longmont, Colo. have dogs, while in Captain Cook, Hawaii, over 30 percent have cats. So if you're on the move with furry friends, there's a good chance you'll find amenities for them, too.
More photos of Marnie, lapping up the luxe treatment, appear below.