After a mandatory evacuation was issued in their hometown due to rising floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, Philip and Gillian hit the road with their family--which included their 16-year-old daughter Allison Parker, her 81-year-old grandmother and their three dogs. The only open hotel they could find that night was the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Katy, Texas.
Unfortunately, they were told there that their three rescue dogs--Arrow (a shepherd lab mix), Wiggum (a chocolate lab-hound mix) and Buttercup (a yellow lab)--would not be allowed into the hotel to stay with them. With all hotels booked and nowhere else to go, the Parkers had no choice but to stay.
Since Sunday, the family members have taken turns staying in the hotel parking lot with their dogs in the Parkers' Prius. Holiday Inn General Manager Jim Hernandez says the hotel has "not wavered" their policy because it is simply not a pet-friendly establishment. He says the family can take their dogs to a nearby kennel. However, the Parkers say the kennel he is referring to is currently closed.