What a pleasure it was to open a recent e-mail message and see a jubilant report from reader Wanda about spending four months in Europe with her pup! Here’s The Fuzzy One, a seven year-old, 13 lb. Shih Tzu, on a Trenitalia train to Venice:
Waiting to get underway at the Turin train station
Officially, per the Trenitalia website, your pet dog must travel in a 70x30x50 cm container, but heck, it’s Italy — I suspect that by this point in their … 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
Usually, the subtitle for a Chloe’s Clicks is “this week’s best dog travel links,” but let’s be honest — that “week” gets awfully long sometimes. Sometimes it turns into something that looks a lot like a month, in fact. So I looked Chloe in the eye (which she hates, you know, because she’s a polite dog) and asked, why not turn the Clicks into the backbone of something even better? Why not make them part of a regular newsletter instead? … 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
Scrolling through the BBC’s recent travel articles, my eye was caught by a Lonely Planet guest post entitled “Five European castles to stay in.” The list included a frothy Loire Valley château, a sober Scottish tower house, and a sun-soaked sprawl of a monastery in Tuscany, and the question, of course, was whether any of them welcomes pet dogs. E-mails shot out, sites were searched, and here’s what I’ve learned:
Hellifield Peel Castle (Yorkshire, U.K.) — Not pet-friendly, so I decline … Read more
This week’s links take you to dog-friendly spots all over the world, introduce you to dog travel writers, and highlight an interesting pet carrier.
Starting in the middle(ish) of the U.S. and spiraling outwards: The Indiana Dunes hosted a helpful guest post with notes about a dog-friendly nature preserve, beach, and restaurants in the Indiana Dunes country (just east of Gary, and Chicago, on the Lake Michigan shore). Fido Friendly suggests visiting Rock City Gardens, in Chattanooga, TN, with your dog (“an enchanted, … Read more
My friend Nancy sent me word from the Czech Republic that the Student Agency buses are dog-friendly, and attached a picture to prove it:
Fellow passengers on the bus from Karlovy Vary to Prague
The website has more details: Pet “animals may be transported only when placed safely in carrying cases, cages or bags with waterproof bottoms, which are designed for animals. Animals carried in this way are transported for free and they travel on passenger’s lap or under his/her feet and must … Read more
Photo by fran.west
So you saw my review of Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, you’ve read the book, and now you want to spend a week or two (or longer!) cruising along the canals of France, or perhaps elsewhere in Europe. You can, absolutely, and you can bring your dog with you. I contacted five of the better-known companies that rent canal boats in France/Europe, and all of them allow you to travel with your dog on board. There may be … Read more
I’m happy to report that this week a favorite blogger posted an article about a favorite city. Travelling Pets is a Canadian couple traveling in Europe with their Miniature Schnauzer — I love their posts, and I love Stockholm, so an article from them about dog-friendly Stockholm gets my vote.
I write a lot about flying with small dogs, but you can get your dog to Europe on a cruise ship if you’re willing to hock the house and book a … Read more
This week’s links are a real grab-bag — all over the map, and lots of different topics, but all fun. Here we go:
Pet Airways brings us not only pet-only flights (now also to Omaha, Atlanta and Phoenix) but also write-ups of pet-friendly activities in areas served by the airline. This one, by guest author Arden Moore, describes a variety of great dog-friendly activities and places in Ventura County, CA.
Farther north on the California Coast, Bay Area Hiker has posted a … Read more