Tails wag, tongues drool for gourmet dog food at hotels

There's no need for pampered pets to suffer with dry or canned food while outside of the USA, either. In Los Cabos, Mexico, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, offers The Rin Tin Tin (braised beef short ribs with farro risotto and gravy for $19), a "Ruff" con Pollo (chicken breast with rice and tomato, $19), The Claw Cleaner (albacore tuna, chopped egg and sour cream, $4) and Tomcat's Favorite (a selection of seafood, $3.50).

"The pet menus started as a special service for our many celebrity guests who frequently bring their pets and want them to enjoy the same upscale, healthy diet they have at home," says Lionel Álvarez, managing director of Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

"In today's world, pets are truly part of the family, and guests expect them to experience the same level of luxury and pampering."

Traveling trans-Atlantic? At ME Madrid in Spain, chef Jaime Renedo created a pet menu that includes Laika's vegetable risotto ($25), Rex's filet mignon ($39) and suckling pig with couscous ($32). Celebrate with a turkey birthday cake ($62) at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice, Italy. Farther down the boot-shaped country, the Rome Cavalieri Hilton offers pâté of tuna fish and sardines ($22) and soup with rice, vegetables and meat ($23) — all on Gucci dishware.

Even in these trying economic times, PetTravel.com has seen no visible signs of a downturn in luxury travel for pets, says Jerry Hatfield, who has been in the business for 11 years.

"Whether economic times are good or bad, people's pets come first," Hatfield says. "Mom may have to forgo remodeling the kitchen and Dad may wait on buying that new car, but you can be sure their pampered pet will continue to receive the best that life has to offer."

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