The following is a guest post from Ashley Spade. Ashley, in addition to being Sir Winston Pugsalot the First’s favorite human, is a blogger and law student. She volunteers at her local pug rescue in between studying and training for triathlons (sometimes at the same time).
Dogs love to travel.
I think it’s the crisp wind in their ears, the new earth under their paws, the new smells to investigate, the foreign bark dialects to peg.
I recently returned from a brief internship in Marbella, Spain. My pug, Sir Winston Pugsalot (also known as Sir WP), was fortunate enough to hop the flight and come with me.
If you’re traveling with your dog, it’s important to know how to keep your favorite furry companion entertained once you get there. If you’re going for business or leisure, it’s good to plan ahead and know when your dog will be alone and when you’ll have time to take your pup out on the town.
Business vs. Leisure
If you’re going on a business trip and don’t plan to have much time off, it might be best to leave your friend at home this time. Leaving your dog alone in a hotel room all day could result in noise complaints, ruined furniture, a long trail of steep fines and an unfriendly scowl at checkout.
Luckily, I had a lot of time to spend with Sir WP. I did, however, have a laptop battery crisis that required me to leave Sir WP alone while I found a replacement power source for my laptop. I thought Sir WP understood that I couldn’t get any work done until I purchased a new one. However, when I returned, I found that he’d had a nervous breakdown and gnawed through all the bathroom towels.
Doggy Friendly Attractions
Find out what destinations would be fun for both you and your dog. Some puppies might not care for the new Kandinsky exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum, so having a back up plan is always advised.
Since we were in Marbella, we happened to be right on the coast of the Mediterranean and let me tell you: Sir WP loves a good beach.
The local beaches, Playa de la Bajadilla and Playa de Fontanilla provided hours of fun for us both. We spent time at the local marina, Puerto Banús, watching yachts roll in and even took a sunset boat ride.
If you’re traveling to Europe, but you’re not going to be near any water, take advantage of the plazas, parks and open expanses of space within the town. Sir WP loved chasing the birds at the old city center and sniffing around the Spanish statues. Most of the restaurants had pet-friendly outdoor seating as well; Sir WP wasn’t left alone during mealtimes.
Be Safe and Sensible
Before leaving, make sure your furry friend’s vaccinations and shot records are up-to-date. Airlines require this information for travel.
If you aren’t drinking the water at your travel destination, your dog shouldn’t either. Have enough bottled water for the both of you. And to keep his tummy regular, bring plenty of your dog’s favorite food and treats.
You should have a sturdy, dependable leash and collar, as well as identification and a recent photograph – even if he doesn’t like the look of those few extra ounces from Christmas.
And you’re off!
Find your pet-friendly hotel, plan your sites, and pack your bags (and your pup’s too!)