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Good Luck on your trip sounds great wish i could join even if for one week!!
Thanks, Henry! Stay up to date on our blog. We’ll be all over, so you never know, you just may be able to join us for a week. We’d love the company!
Just remind me closer to the dates and I will see what I can organize. We have lots of family and friends on your way so may be gOod for you. In Berlin we have a good friend dog and animal lover you should connect with and in Oslo my partners.
Looks like you are in Dresden, one of my favorites when I visited eastern Germany! I see you’re going through the Czech Republic soon. If you have a chance to stop at Cesky Krumlov, it is well worthwhile, a charming small town with a castle on top of the hill. We stayed in a hostel there and it was the whole family’s favorite stop of our trip. The hostel is called Krumlov House and is owned by an American-Canadian couple. Really beautiful and quiet place where we also loved biking in the surrounding countryside. http://www.krumlovhostel.com/
Gail! So happy to see this post from you this morning! We also loved Dresden, and appreciated the green trees and hills that reminded us of home. You’re the second person to recommend Cesky Krumlov, so we might just have to add it to our map! Thanks for the hostel recommendation, we will check it out and let you know if we make it there.
Hi guys. Just wondering if you took any precautions against Leishmaniasis when you were in Europe? I’m going to be living in a tent with my dog for the next 12 months around Spain and the med and am worried about it.
Great site BTW a mine of useful information
We certainly didn’t take any precautions as I’ve never heard of Leishmaniasis. 🙂
Glad you find our site useful. Let us know if you have any other questions.
Hello. I bought a puppy from Romania , which is a rabies free country , mostly free of all diseases . The doggie is 4 months old , she will fly with me in the cabin. At the time of flying she will be having the rabies shot for approximately 15 days.
In US that is ok , as I checked the law ( or at least I Hope is ok) . But I have 2 layovers in Germany . I won’t get out of the airport during my layover . I don’t know if I’ll have any issues with my dog not being vaccinated for rabies for more than 30 days.
I will ask at the airport in Frankfurt to make sure
Hi Liliana, you’re certainly in a difficult situation. The main issue when traveling is the rabies shots and it’s possible they will give you a headache for not waiting 30 days. The US will most likely not care, but Germany is more strict.
Hi. I love your newsletter and so glad to have come across your postings!
I have question which I was wondering ( as I see you have experience through Europe ) perhaps I could get help with.
I plan to travel to Amsterdam , only next year but planning ahead. My concern is I have 2 dogs. My little girl is very social and Ive got Belgium friends who may want her as company for there one dog. That would leave my male very lonely, BUT Im worried about travelling alone with TWO dogs. It seems ( and I was just in Amsterdam ) , that ONE dog in Europe is acceptable, even for rentals and apartments, 2 dogs is doable, but then usually with a partner. I planned to cross to UK and maybe head for Scotland , which is Vizsla Country. But with Brexit, Im worried that I may have to choose somewhere in Europe like Holland or Germany to settle in, and worried with 2 dogs. I REALY REALLY dont want to leave my girl behind, but are my options restricted with the 2 of them ? Thank you kindly for talking the time to read.
Hi Suzana, I wouldn’t worry about Brexit from a travel standpoint or relocation perspective. There are so many things the governments need to figure out. As for finding a place that allows two dogs, we know many people that have more than one dog in Spain, which is one of the least dog loving countries in Europe. I don’t think you’ll have much of any issue, assuming they’re friendly and chill. You can always have a potential landlord meet your dogs or have someone vouch for them.
Thank you! Ive decided against leaving her ( what was I thinking!). Will keep to my original plan and head to Scotland after landing in Amsterdam . Ireland would have been an option , but I think they may just trump Spain as one of the most unfriendly dog countries. :(. Appreciate the advice and look forward to your newsletters !
Glad you’re bringing your girl with you! Scotland sounds great and I’ve heard it’s super dog friendly. Bummer about Ireland, I’m guessing we will have to skip it.
Hello Jen and Dave,
How are you doing?
I wanted to let you know that I just created a new website for our animal shelter, together with the volunteers who are here right now.
I added your blogpost to our Links page, I hope that’s OK with you. It’s a really nice article to read for people who are thinking about volunteering here.
If you can, spread the word, as you know we can always use the help of new volunteers!
I’m so happy you’ve got a new site! And it looks great. Thanks for including us. I hope you’re doing well and we miss you much!
I am Connie from Scotland, i have been cycling for 11 months now and am in Albania heading down to Greece and towards the Stans/Panmir Highway. I was volunteering at a dog shelter here and fell in love with one of the dogs there, she’s so sweet and I’m hoping she’ll be a great adventure dog haha!
I couldn’t leave her in the shelter so I am cycling with her to Athens and see how it goes.
Do you have any information on traveling with a dog in central Asia (I am making my way over to Australia), going through the Stans, India, etc. Also I have been looking for info about dog insurance, can you recommend me any good companies?
Look forward to hearing from you!
Hey there Long Haul Trekkers!
My name is Pat and I am planning my first tour from San Francisco to New York, departure in September. I am planning to bring my very small dog (5 pounds) and I need advice on how to protect him from the rain/sun/wind. Right now his set up is a soft comfy dog bed strapped into a large Wald basket attached to a Soma Porteur front rack. He loves it but he is definitely exposed to the elements. Do you have any ideas or tips on how I could provide shade and dryness in bad weather with a set up like that? Or if you think a purpose built dog basket would be better, do you know of any brands that have weather protection? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you in advance!
– Pat & little Theo
I’ve had a friend ride with his smaller dog in the front and what he did was bring a small portable soft-sided kennel. Just the little bag ones. Then he covered the bag with reflective material if too hot, or a backpacking rain cover. It worked quite well.
Such great information! I live in Europe and will be bringing my dog back to the US as I’m returning. I’m just wondering if your dog has a layover for more than three hours where do you put the food, leash and such on the container? Or do you carry it to give to the workers who are handling the dog during the layover.
Generally, you are not able to give the dog anything while it’s in transit. Some people will add mounted feeding bowls to the kennel and add water. It’s not a good idea to feed them much as that can lead to going #2. Much like humans, flying isn’t fun for dogs either.
Thank you for your stories and love for Sora. Being an Oregonian and travel lover, I finally picked up my new Australian shepherd puppy and am estatic to begin our adventures. Your blog encompasses every passion I am deeply interested in. You are my kind of humans. Thanks again. Looking forward to your insights!
Thanks Tahni! We miss Oregon dearly and that’s always going to be “home” for us. Glad you got an Aussie, we LOVE them. Got any photos?
Hi, Your posts are super helpful and informative. We are moving from Brooklyn, NY to Geneva, Switzerland this fall. My dog got her international microchip and then rabies and we’ll get the remaining paperwork closer to the travel date. My concern is putting her in cargo. It’s terrifying! You mentioned you’ve done both. In the main cabin with you and then in cargo. Is there one you prefer? How was she able to travel with you in the cabin – she seems relatively large? Our pup is a 77 lb great dane/boxer/lab mix. I’ve already purchased a certified crate and we’re getting her accustomed to it, but if flying her in the cabin with us in option I would love to do that and would even purchase an extra seat so we don’t bother anyone. Any advice you have would be extremely helpful.
A dog can only fly in the cabin if they’re able to fit under the seat or a support animal. Our previous dog Sora was registered as a legit emotional support animal and was easy going so flying was no big deal. Europe doesn’t recognize the emotional support animals unless the flight is direct to/from the US. So that won’t help you. You best bet is to fly from JFK > Geneva direct with your dog in cargo. I know it sucks and animals fly all the time without incidents. Have you read this post of ours: https://longhaultrekkers.com/flying-with-a-dog-is-it-safe/ ? There are some numbers and information in there that may help you, like don’t fly United as they’ve got the highest rate of incidents (by far).
For many years, I have used a command for my dogs that has been really helpful on trail hikes. It is “Off trail.” I hike on a lot of trails that are open to off-leash dogs, but also are used by mountain bikers. Oftentimes, those trails have switchbacks that can make it a long way between me and a dog — if the dog uses the trail path — but an easy hop for the dog to get off the trail and out of a biker’s way. On our regular trails, my red dogs (Vizslas) have earned the nickname of “Off Trail Dogs” among the bikers. I will hear one biker warn a companion that “there are dogs on the trail.” I then hear, “That’s okay, those are the Off Trail Dogs.” Of course, dogs can hear mountain bikers even before they are in sight, and after just a few hiking excursions a new dog learns that an approaching bike means it’s time to get off the trail. So, before I even have time to shout, “[dog’s name] Off trail!” my dogs are out of the way. I shout the command, just the same, because it lets the bike folks know that my dogs are under a human’s control. I would never want my dogs and me to be the reason that someone who was storming down a mountain bike trail got injured. I’d much rather have bikers get safely down the hill and then ask to meet my dogs!
Hey Dave & Team — love the site and appreciate the niche you’ve carved. I’d be curious to know your thoughts on using hemp oil for dogs with travel anxiety (i.e. cars, trains, flights). My mother and I produce a full spectrum hemp oil for pets branded after our 6-year-old chihuahua rescue Lola. We believe in the medicinal power of hemp and work hard to educate owners on these benefits. We also have a strong philanthropic focus as we donate free product to rescue, adoption and foster organizations. I’d love to submit a non-commercial article about this topic if you see a fit. Thank you for your time.
Hi Joey. Thanks for the input. We have been working with CBD in the past and have had a partnership with HempMy pet.
Hi, I’m planning to get a dog outside of the US because it is cheaper that way, I still don’t understand if I am able to bring a Samoyed onto the plane… What I am supposed to do… How do I pick up the dog?
Hi Doxie. You’ll have to talk with the breeder about pick up options for a puppy purchased outside of the US. You can definitely take a Samoyed on the plane, as long as it meets age and medical requirements. Because of it’s size, you’ll likely have to transport them in cargo, I would guess.