Fifi Goes Five Star

At 4 pm at the Ritz in London, one sits down for tea and biscuits. A tall thin man with a black bow tie will arrive with a three tier silver tray overflowing with cakes, jellies, cream and sandwiches. In Paris, if you take your tea at the Georges V, they just might throw you a bone. Hotels in France are cozying up to Man’s best-friend. As if the poodles in Paris weren’t spoiled enough–stealing our seats on the metro, dining along side their owners in 3 star Michelin restaurants. Frankly, the French hold their pets in higher regard than tourists. Now, these furry friends are being pampered in Paris’ most luxurious hotels. When Fifi checks into The Crillon she is offered identification tags with her name engraved on one side and the address of the hotel on the other. If Fifi gets lost, this will help her get home safely. She will drink only mineral water and nibble on bones containing fluoride (better for her teeth). Famished from the long flight, she’ll feast on a 15-euro doggy dinner. Dog sitters and multi-lingual vets are a call away to help make Fifi feel the most welcome. Other hotels are offering special treatment for pets as well. The Georges V offers rubber mice, and a doggy cover with the Fifi’s name embroidered on it and the Meurice has a special walking tour arranged where Fifi can explore the Tuileries gardens. Personal embroidered sheets! I wonder, if I got on all fours, stuck my tongue out and begged if they’d stitch my initials on the towels? Maybe I’ll have Fifi mention my request during her meeting with the on call hotel Pet Psychic. Perhaps she’ll have better luck.
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