Diary: Hotel chain addresses the four-legged issue

On all these trips away from home it's terrible being separated from the one you love, and although you can ring your partner to find out how the dog or cat is faring in your absence, it's just not the same.

Mewing and panting down the phone only heightens the feelings of loss.

Now Travelodge intends to banish the heartache with the introduction of the pet bed - a luxurious, scaled-down bed replete with mattress, pillow and duvet in the chain's corporate colours. It's a great idea and now you need never be embarrassed again when you ring room service demanding a can of Chum.

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