This profile is part of a series of stories where we showcase pets who add something extra special to local businesses.
Lauren and Luke Honeysett, owners of the Cudgegong Valley Motel, are taking pet friendly to another level.
The pair took over the establishment in March and not only do they allow pets on their premises, they own two of their own – Hunter and Gismo.
The five-month-old siblings were rescued from the pound as newborns and the halls of the motel are all they know.
“There were five from the same litter at the pound. We went to pick up one, but ended up with two,” Lauren Honeysett said.
“They all looked identical but we picked two so they’d entertain each other.
“We wanted them to snuggle with each other in the bed and that sort of thing.”
Hunter and Gismo are so welcoming that one visitor wanted to spend some extra time with them.
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“We had one guest ask if they could spend the night with them,” Ashley laughed.
“I was a bit scared she was going to steal them so I said no.”
More often than not, pets are more distinguishable through their personality traits than their looks, and in the case of the identical Hunter and Gismo, that rings true.
“Hunter is the social one. He gets up on the counter and expected to be petted,” she said.
“He tried to get in someone’s car and go home with them the other day.
“Hunter’s curious, Gismo’s shy.”
The majority of guests get along well with the cats but no one has taken a stronger liking to them than Hank Honeysett – Lauren and Luke’s son.
You only need to walk in the door to see the bond between the trio as Hank doesn’t hesitate to pick them up and carry them around, even if the cats don’t like it.
“I think Hank likes them more than they like him,” Lauren laughed.