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Old July 30th, 2009, 11:40 PM
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I just returned from a cruise on the Mariner of the Sea. There was a an older couple on the cruise that brought their poodle with them on the cruise. This was not a service dog.
My question is: I did not know that people could bring their pets on their cruise. Has anyone else seen or heard of this? How does it work, paying for them, bathroom for the dog.
Anyone know anything about this?
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Old July 31st, 2009, 07:06 AM
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I'm surprised to hear that. They will allow service dogs but I've never heard of a pet dog.

Cunard allows it but they have also done so.

Service dogs come in all sizes and breeds these days. How do you know it wasn't actually a service dog of some type?

They do have an area for service dogs to do their "thing". Apparently they put down some sort of artifical turf stuff.
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Wow! I know doggies are not allowed onboard other then service dogs.

I'll never bring my Golden on a cruise he would wipe out the Windjammer there would be no food left for cruisers. 8)
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I am a dog lover, have had them all my life. But I find other people's dogs annoying just like some find other people's kids annoying. The only dog I want on my cruise is a towel dog.

But this I have to admit is cute -- all dressed up for formal night.



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I've only seen service dogs on a cruise, this sounds strange??

My golden would be in the pool all day :-)
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I'd love to bring my dogs on a cruise. I miss them so much when I leave them!
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I wish I could take my kitty with me. But I think he would be more upset than anything and he would just not enjoy himself.
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the poodle that we saw was very small. We actually saw it a couple of times, once on a leash, and twice she was carring it in a oversized bag. Usually service dogs are wearing something that indicates that they are service dogs and that they are working, some kind of vest. I don't think that it was a service dog because he was in the over sized bag several times.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychiatric_service_dog

I don't think these dogs need id, since it would advertise their own has issues.
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We have only seen service dogs on cruises. We have seen in a remote spot on the deck where the lifeboats are a 3x3 patch of grass assuming this must be where the dogs do their business.
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You can bet your bippy, this was some kind of service dog. It could be the type that alerts his master of a seizure, and, the dog could be any size.

I am sure the pursers desk was inundated, with people asking why, in hopes the line started, "a take your doggy on a cruise" program
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The dog could belong to a senior officer. They might be able to bring a dog on board.

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I think either Trip or TM have the right answer.

When I hear service dog I think of German Shepard or Lab but Poodles are a very smart breed!

Or maybe it was the Captains wife with her poodle. :o 8)
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It had to be a service dog. You would be surprised at the various dogs that are classified that way and the services they do these days. Just because it was in her carry bag don't assume it wasn't working.
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Well you had me wondering. I find this little guy Tommy he is a mini poodle. Poodles are very smart dogs and not as high energy as a boarder collie.
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Could it have been a therapeutic dog? I am not an expert on the subject matter, but I have heard about the physical (reducing blood pressure) and mental (stress reducing- reduce panic attacts) benefits dogs to their owners. TPhysicans can prescribe such treatment.

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maybe Kuki or Paul could ask someone at RC
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Sorry, not a dog lover and really don't want to see them onboard a cruise.

Seeing eye dog, different story but not a little poodle. I know, I've heard they are part of the family, but some "families" like snakes and ferrets too! Is that OK?
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