A message from Trevor to explain the inclusion of article 8 in the Statutes
Many of my students have breathing difficulties. Not just asthmatics like me but, over the years, several who suffer from cystic fibrosis. Including my nephew who died of the latter at the age of 17.
Even though we both liked dogs, nearly all persons with lung diseases have an allergy to animals - and dogs in particular. Understandably, most dog owners are unaware of the severe problems that can arise. Partly because sufferers do not like complaining and upsetting dog owners.
Although my asthma is not severe, to try and help pet owners understand why the (no pets) rule is in our constitution, here is an extract of a very recent TRIPADVISER review I wrote:
Surprisingly, I was actually asked by the resort manageress to post this on the site. For the benefit of their other asthmatic clients, and to make their staff more aware of this quite common problem.
Review of Ona El Marques
…all I needed for a pleasurable stay. Meticulously cleaned…
Only minor crisis: had almost certainly been a dog in the apartment in the fortnight prior to my arrival. As an asthmatic, I could smell the traces of dog hair as I entered. Two hours later, severe breathing problems. I immediately washed all the cushion covers in lounge and covered the sofa with a sheet as this was obvious cause given that rest of apartment was spotless. Problem solved and I recovered within hours. Not the fault of El Marques staff as I frequently caught French clients smuggling animals into their rooms at my hotel despite all the notices about animals being banned.
Date of stay: January 2019
There is another reason for the ban. Although it might sound amusing to readers of this page, it was actually a very serious incident in a bridge club.
A dog belonging to an elderly Belgian lady who had just lost her husband was exceptionally allowed into the club. Both the lady and the dog became more and more agitated during a crowded afternoon bridge session at the Ste Maxime club on the French Riviera - and eventually her pet dog bit a lady on the leg. Under my table.
A dog bite that draws blood can be very serious. Hospital surgery to remove the poison and two months of physiotherapy to recover fully.
Enough said, I hope.