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Dog owners consider their four-legged friend to be an "equal member" of the family. It's not surprising, then, that most people feel guilty about leaving their dog at home while they go on a family vacation. Dogs and their owners no longer have to ruff it when they hit the road. In Tirol, they can explore the glorious mountain scenery and the awesome beauty of nature together.
Many Tirolean Regions and Hotels have been adopting new canine-friendly policies. Dogs are no longer simply tolerated; they are often indulged and given the red carpet treatment. With special amenities and services, dogs are welcomed as an important member of the family. In Ötztal Valley, for example, a special area on the suspension bridge of scenic Panorama Trail was covered with diamond plate to facilitate dogs the crossing of the swaying, 86-meter long bridge.