Jul 092014

pet friendly gandiaPet Friendly Holidays!

We received a phone call just over a week ago enquiring if we had availability for a couple from Madrid, along with their 7 month old Springer Spaniel called Trufi, who they had recently adopted from a rescue centre. We did have space for the weekend, and so were happy to take their booking and looked forward to their arrival on Saturday.

Their booking was for 3 nights – Saturday, Sunday & Monday – and part of their reason for coming to our part of the Costa Blanca is the fact that Gandia now has a section of beach which is designated for use by owners and their pets, called “Playa Can”. It is fairly unusual to find pet friendly facilities on the Costa Blanca – either in accommodation or an area of beach – so Agustin and his girlfriend were delighted to find that they could enjoy both with us.

They arrived in the late morning of Saturday and as soon as they had put their cases in their room, they headed straight off to the pet friendly beach. They stayed there for the rest of the day, only returning to us in the early evening, when it was time for a shower and change of clothes before heading out into the town for dinner along with Trufi. That was the pattern for their time with us – they would go to the beach for the main part of the day, return to us in the late afternoon for some time around the pool, and then set off out for dinner.

They were especially pleased that Trufi settled in so well with our dogs, and happily played with them, even retrieving toys that usually only our middle sized dog – Aurora – is interested in. As a pair, they would both seek out what had been thrown, one would find and retrieve it, and then they would both eagerly wait for the game to begin again! Seeing Aurora’s love of the water, Trufi even began to feel slightly more relaxed sitting on the pool steps with her owners (she had been very wary of water) but sadly it was soon time for them to return to Madrid. They had had a very happy visit with us and before leaving made enquiries about returning to us in August. We had availability, so a tentative booking is now in place for their return! It had been a genuine pleasure to have such a nice couple visit, and their young dog is a credit to their dog training skills. We look forward very much to seeing them with us again and welcoming them back to our pet friendly accommodation in Gandia, when maybe this time Trufi will become fully at ease in the water, as a Spaniel is meant to be!