Ok, we’ve gotta stop reading this stuff… A recent Travel+Leisure article about celebrity pup Chloe, the Mini Frenchie made us…giggle. We are no strangers to pet travel. The motley crew you see above consists of Missy, the Pomeranian, Tucker, the mostly Pomeranian, Shelly, the Japanese Chin and Roscoe, the Chorkie. These guys have traveled across countries and continents via car and plane. Not pictured above is Churro, the rat terrier mix. Since he arrived on our door step early this year, thanks to some heartless, soul-less idiot who dumped him out and drove off fast, he has joined the crew above in becoming a seasoned traveler. Mostly, they don’t care where they are or what method of transportation is involved, they just want to be where ever we are. When the Sherpa bags come out, they know it’s time to go somewhere and they are just as excited as we are.
I’m trying to remember whether there were ANY useful tips in the article we read… Collapsible bowl? Nope, we don’t have that. Weather appropriate (and, no doubt, expensive) doggie clothing? Nope, we don’t have that either. An Instagram account to post all of doggies exploits on? Well, we have an account, but our 4 legged (or 3, in Shelly’s case) friends do not. Special fans? Photographers? Entourage? Nope, nope, nope.
What is critical when traveling with pets? Knowledge and information. Make sure you know well the rules of the country you will be entering with your pet well in advance of your trip. Find out what paperwork and vaccinations you will need. Find out what their regulations are regarding bringing in pet food. Some countries restrict whether and how much of certain dog or cat foods you can import. Mexico, for example, will not let you bring in pet foods that contain beef.
Likewise, know well the rules of the airline you will be flying. Each one is quite different and you must make reservations for your pet in advance. Same with hotels, so make sure you are well acquainted with their pet policies. Critical equipment? For us, just our wonderful Sherpa bags, which are durable and comfortable for smaller dogs. Add in a few things you already have: leashes and collars with ID tags and rabies tags. Done.
Travel with pets, even multiple pets, is do-able and rewarding. We HATE leaving our fur babes behind and enjoy our journeys much more when they can share them with us. Our pets don’t travel like celebrities…but then, neither do we. Which is just fine with us. As long as we get to enjoy the journey together!