Globe-trotting with your dog is totally possible! With appropriate paperwork, a microchip, and some forethought, taking your animal traveling can help break down cultural barriers and spark conversations. My border collie, Trinity, ushered me into far more conversations in Paris than I ever would have attempted with my meager French vocabulary.
There are a few key things to take into consideration before striking off with your canine pal. First, it’s all about the paperwork. Most countries require a microchip, health certificate and proof of rabies vaccine. The Pet Travel has up-to-date information about entry laws and quarantine laws, as well as bilingual passports for purchase. Make sure to follow the steps in the fine print! Before booking flights, check into the airline’s pet rules about crate sizing, prices, and cold temperature cut-offs. An important note: many airlines no longer permit snub-nosed breeds for the animal’s own safety.
Before you go, look into Fido Friendly accommodations around the world. I’m also a fan of Couchsurfing , which has several group threads of hosts who welcome you and your pets. Over the years, I’ve camped in back yards, rented rooms and flats, and occupied a couch for a night or two with my dogs. Just make sure y’all are well behaved guests.
As Dwight Eisenhower once said, “The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home…”
Have you ever traveled with a dog? Please share your stories in the comments section.