Let your doggie be the next ‘canine critic’

To check out if hotels are pet-friendly enough 

OMG! This is too cute to be true! 

Hotels.com, one of our affiliate partners at Trip Trip Now, is searching for a “canine critic”. Yes, you read it right! The popular booking site is headhunting a puppy to “review” hotels across the world to check if they are pet-friendly enough. The perk, of course, includes you, the dog’s owner, as a guest as well. If this isn´t an au-au moment for any traveler with a dog, we don´t know what it is!

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Photo by Hotels.com

This is not a job listing but an Instagram draw, and it’s very easy to participate. It’s not necessary to purchase anything, you just count on luck and your puppy’s talent as a social media influencer. To enter the Prize Draw, participants must:

  • Follow @hotelsdotcom on Instagram
  • Upload a picture or video of their doggie using their personal account
  • Tag @hotelsdotcom
  • Use the hashtag #CanineCritic. 

Participants may also include a short reason within the caption as to why their dog should be the next Hotels.com Canine Critic. Important to note: the participant must be older than 18 and their Instagram profile must be public.

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Photo by Hotels.com

The winner will be chosen at random from all complete, eligible, properly submitted entries received before August 25th. Not puppies & owners from all countries are eligible. The draw aims exclusively at residents from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Norway, Finland, Germany, Turkey, USA, Canada (excluding Quebec), Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. 

The mission: to check on pet-friendly hotels

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Photo by Hotels.com

The draw winner will have the mission to stay at 10 hotels of their choice and try their pet-friendly facilities. “Our hunt for a Canine Critic is our way of ensuring our pet-friendly hotels really are up to ‘scratch’ with a four-legged expert’s ‘paw of approval’”, said Hotels.com.

The site decided to create the role after research showed that reviews of pet-friendly hotels have increased by 62 percent over the last two years.

The prize: a jet-setter travel style

The chosen canine critic will be awarded 10 vouchers for dog-friendly hotels. Each voucher is worth 200US$ and should be redeemed separately within 12 months. The pet-friendly hotels are supposed to be chosen by the doggy and its owner from the listings at Hotels.com. Costs like transport, insurance or meals are not included in the prize, which is limited to the hotels’ bill. 

Although cute, this is not the first time a company chooses a canine critic. Last May, Canine Cottages picked 10 dogs from all over the UK to “inspect their cottages for dog-friendliness”. Nothing less than 50,000 fellas applied.

Before applying to Hotels.com draw, check on all the terms and conditions here.

Tips for a pet-friendly travel

Remember that we already published a straight to the point blog post about tips to travel with your fluffy friends. You can check it out here.