wrap him up and take him in the last carriage," confesses Marcus, a photographer. "We take him everywhere, and we don't even think it's inappropriate." Pluto is a vivacious 8-year-old, 11 Kg., French bulldog. Marcus says that Pluto often has easy access to places that are not particularly dog-friendly: "Everyone loves him because he's so funny. He's hilarious."
Not everyone is laughing. The world used to be divided into two groups: dog people and cat people. There was no common ground. Like smokers and nonsmokers. But now it seems the canine world is dividing even further: dog lovers who want their pet to be part of every party, and those who don't want them around at all.
With this take-your-dog-everywhere trend growing as quickly as it seems to be, Marcus can't understand why the hotel industry doesn't offer pet and non-pet rooms like smoking and non-smoking rooms. At Loews Hotels, which has accepted dogs for four years, the reaction has been positive, with the pet business doubling every year, although it still remains a small market. "It's worked out well for us," says Emily Goldfischer, the manager of Loews, which began accepting four-legged friends after realizing pets were becoming more important to American families. "People are treating their pets differently than, say, even 10 years ago," she says. "They don't want to leave them at home."
I. READING COMPREHENSION
1. Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text. No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
a. Pets are welcome in the New York public transport system.
b. Marcus believes that all hotels should offer rooms where you can stay with your pet.
2. In your own words and based on the ideas in the text, answer the following questions.
a. What do you know about Pluto and his character?
b. How has the attitude towards pets in the United States changed?
II. USE OF ENGLISH
3. Find the words in the text that mean:
- a. unsuitable (paragraph 1) inappropriate
- b. lively (paragraph 1) vivacious
- c. tendency (paragraph 3) trend
- d. discovering (paragraph 3) realizing
4. Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given.
- a. Pets have become so important for their owners that the hotel industry has to find a place to accommodate them with the rest of the family.
- b. But Marcus has to admit (admit) that every now and then she meets people who don't like (not like) dogs.
- c. Several years ago, sociologists began (begin) to study the differences between the behaviour of cat and dog owners.
- d. Before leaving (leave) for holidays, Mary said: "I cannot imagine little Pluto sleeping on the floor."