A quick recap for those of you who are just arriving at Dog Jaunt: I added a week to our month-long trip to Paris because I wanted to have the experience of taking Chloe into, and out of, England via the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.
Why make the effort? You are not allowed to fly into the U.K. with an in-cabin pet, so people who prefer to travel within arm’s reach of their dog have to be creative: One of the options, as … Read more
It’s not straightforward to get into the U.K. with a pet dog, you’ll recall from a June 2013 post — and you may recall, too, that one reader’s approach was to hire a courier or chauffeur on the Continent who would take her and her pup through the Chunnel on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Reader Tammy wrote to me after her trip to let me know how it all went, and kindly agreed that I could pass the information on … Read more
We’re planning a long stay in Paris this fall, and for the sake of the blog I decided to fly home not from Paris but from London. Going through that process, I thought, would really help other travelers with dogs — and it is a process, since dogs are not allowed to fly in-cabin into the U.K. If they’re on a plane, they have to be traveling as manifested cargo (as always with posts on this blog, I’m talking about … Read more
Last week we got word of a new effort to get pets back on Amtrak trains — in a limited way, mind you: the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 [PDF] would allow only small pets in carriers on a single, designated car per train, and larger pets in crates in the cargo area, on trips under 750 miles. It’s an excellent start, however, and I urge you to join me in telling your congressperson you support the Act. Among the … Read more
Visiting the U.K. with a small pet is a good news/bad news situation. You start with good news: Back in 2012, the quarantine rules changed and it’s now no harder to meet the U.K.’s import requirements than it is to meet those of the rest of the European Union (well, with some differences, including a requirement that dogs be treated for tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before arriving in the U.K.).
Dog on … Read more
In 1994, Alastair Sawday began publishing guides aimed at travelers seeking “special” travel lodging experiences — meaning, as the Alastair Sawday’s site explains, places with warmth, charm, authenticity, humor and style. The Alastair Sawday’s catalog now includes several dozen guidebooks, and a very useful website, focusing on places to stay in Europe (Britain, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and Morocco.
The most recent addition to the list is Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay: Dog-friendly Breaks in Britain, and the … Read more
This week led off with a bunch of lists. Huffington Post published a list of dog-friendly restaurants and hotels in Los Angeles; Sunset Magazine published a list of ten dog-friendly vacation ideas in the western United States (including Tucson, the San Juan Islands, Coronado Island, the Oregon coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Los Angeles, and a Walla Walla winery); and Yak & Natter reported on their visit to four of Britain’s ten best dog-friendly beaches.
In other news, Sign On San Diego published an … Read more
I can’t think of a good way to organize this week’s batch of links, so I’ll plunge in willy-nilly. Let’s start in Monterey, CA, purely because I got married there (at the Aquarium, which is not pet-friendly). Petswelcome.com posted an overview of things to do and places to eat in Monterey, including a dog-friendly whale watch cruise. Pugs and Lilacs reports that not too far away, in Palo Alto, dogs are welcome at the new branch of Books, Inc., located … Read more
This week’s Chloe’s Clicks is an assortment of miscellaneous items, so we’ll just bounce from one to the other and not hope for a theme. Let’s start in lovely Santa Cruz, CA. Last week I told you that the city’s downtown merchants were about to vote for/against lifting a long-standing dog ban, and this week the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the vote went in favor of lifting the ban, with caveats: There will be a six-month trial period, no … Read more
Today’s photo was taken almost a year ago somewhere in Britain — you can tell it’s not the U.S. because the train looks so sleek and because there’s a dog on board (Amtrak has not allowed dogs on board since 1976). When I first saw this picture, I thought the dog’s owner was surely breaking some rule, but it turns out that leashed dogs are allowed on National Rail trains (other small animals must be enclosed in a carrier).
Leashed dogs … Read more