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Fido is no longer man’s best friend

July 18, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

001_696x330Leading travel search website Skyscanner has revealed that female dog owners miss their pets more than their partners, friends or family when they are away.

And with the recent announcement that Virgin Australia is now extending their Velocity Frequent Flyer points to our furry four-legged friends, this could mean that our beloved pedigrees are set to become some serious jetsetters.

Skyscanner surveyed over 1000 dog owners and found that, while men would miss their partner the most if they were on holiday without them, with 37% putting them top, women don’t return the favour. Only 21% of women polled said they’d miss their partner most with 37% putting their favourite pooch first.

And the canine craze doesn’t end there. Dog owners go to great lengths to keep in touch with their pet while on holiday. As many as 40% have called or texted from holiday to check that Fido is OK, download (1)while 14% have admitted to ‘chatting’ to their dog by phone so that it can hear their voice, while 5% have taken it further and had a holiday Skype ‘conversation’ with their dog. For those favouring a more traditional touch, 6% have put pen to paper to write their dog a postcard.

The survey also reveals many travellers feel ruff when it comes to jetting off abroad without their four legged friend, with 22% of holidaymakers bringing a photo of their pooch on holiday.  A shocking 3% of dog owners admit to having cut their hard earned holiday short and returned home early as they missed their dog too much.

download (2)With owners not wanting to be separated from their beloved pets, it’s perhaps not surprising that over half of holidaymakers plan breaks with their pets in mind to ensure they aren’t left at home. One in five dedicated dog owners have never been away without them and 20% claim the company of any pet would make for the pawfect companion on holiday, more so than their own children and even their friends.

Market Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, David Boyte commented:download

‘People become very attached to their dogs, seeing them as bona fide members of the family.  It is so interesting to see that the term ‘man’s best friend’ may no longer be the case with women missing their pooches more than their partners while on holiday”.

How dog owners stay in touch with their pets on holiday


Called or text to see how it is getting on


Spoken with their pet on the phone


Sent their pet a postcard


Added their pet’s name onto the postcard




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