Our Official Doggie Policy
We Love Dogs Too!
We know how important it can be to bring your fury family member along for your vacation fun. The good news is we do welcome dogs in the Longfellow Guest House. We just have to make sure they are an appropriate fit* — i.e. well behaved, they do not bark excessively, they do not bite, they are clean and tick & flea free, and are allowed by our insurance coverage. And also that you, as the leasee, agree to and abide by our house policies in this regard.
As you can appreciate, we need our home and property to be safe and clean while you're here and also for the renters that follow. And generally speaking, we need for our home and neighborhood to not be adversely disrupted via excessive barking or any dog behaviors that can negatively impact others.
Common sense, but important
Behavior — Your dog must be well behaved, which includes being house trained, and have no behavior tendencies or history of biting or aggressiveness.
Excessive Barking — Our home is on a quiet, private street where people love to sit out on their porch. It's a main reason families love to stay here. In addition, there are horse and carriage tours that clip clop through historic Hughes Street all day long. It is not acceptable if your dog barks constantly. If that's a part of your dog's personality and behavior, we understand, but that's not going to work as a rental.
Safety — Your dog must be neighbor and child friendly. You would be solely responsible for your dog's behavior and safety regarding its interaction with others.
Stay on first floor — Dogs are limited to staying on the first floor, preferably crated.
Furniture — Your dog must not jump on, or stay on, the furniture.
Damage — We don't want our house, rugs and furniture chewed up or dutied.
Clean — Your dog has to be clean and flea and tick treated. As you can imagine, this is very important.
Cleanup — You must clean up after your dog in the yard (very important), and also in the house.
Cleaning Service — We require a mandatory departure day cleaning service for tenants that bring their dog. Most tenants sign up for the cleaning service anyway (it's a great value), but we want to be clear that it's required if you bring your dog.
Peak-Season Dog Costs (1)
Summer Weekly Rentals
Dog fee: $225 for weekly in season rentals
Departure Day House Cleaning Service: $250
Off-Season Dog Costs (1)
Fall & Spring Weekend Rentals
Dog fee: $95 (weekend, 3 nights max., additional nights add $25/ night)
Departure Day House Cleaning Service: $145 (Pet Cleaning Rate) for Fall and Spring rentals.
Sounds Good, So What Are The Next Steps?
1. Confirmed rental guests have to fill out the following form (see below) for a single dog request (additional dogs require an additional form).
You can also fill out this form if you're not a confirmed renter, to see if your dog would be approved or not. The information you provide will help us understand whether or not your pet is a good fit for our home.
2. Once we've reviewed the information, we'll revert by email to let you know if your pup is a go. If yes, we'll email a PDF lease addendum for you to sign and mail back (or we'll include with the original lease docs if we haven't sent that yet).
3. We'll provide additional dog/ house instructions in your welcome packet that greets you on the front hall table upon your arrival.