Our dogs go into kennels but we have no family in a position to look after them. I would always rather they stayed at home and were looked after by someone - they would be happier. That wouldn't be about the cost for me (but at £20 a night that does mount up) it's about what's best for the dog who presumably is on some level a family pet. I'm surprised about the comment about camping and not being allowed to take dogs into the pub. We have taken our dogs camping twice now. In the areas we have been to, where there are lots of walkers, every pub we found allowed dogs. Ours aren't exactly handbagged sized but they have slept on the floor under the table while we have had some amazing pub grub!