Why Take Our Dog Tinka On Vacation?
Tinka is a rescue dog, one of six dogs we have shared our home with over more than 45 years.
Most of those dogs have been of the rescued variety and all have been very loving.
Tinka is the smallest dog to live with us and in some ways has been the most problematic. After his owner died this little dog was passed around and became known as a biter. We were his last hope or he would be put to sleep.
Six years on he is mostly a very loving sociable dog but he hates going into kennels.
We decided a couple of years ago to take him with us on a one-week stay at a dog friendly apartment in Whitby.
It went so well that we have returned since for a two-week stay.
Where To Stay
First things first then and where will you stay?
The Internet is a great research tool and should prove very helpful.
Simply search for Dog Friendly Accommodation and see what comes up.
Good options are-
Remember it is your vacation primarily and so ideally should suit you too.
The next hurdle is planning your journey.
If you plan on driving your own vehicle fine but if you want to use public transport there are some things to consider.
Previously we visited Menorca and Tinka stayed in kennels for two-weeks. However we chatted with a lovely young couple staying at the same Menorca hotel who had brought their dog on vacation.
They were from Switzerland but it was proving to be a costly vacation for them.
They were travelling around the island of Menorca but dogs are not allowed on local buses. This couple did not drive so could not hire a car. This meant paying for taxis and worse still some taxi drivers would not transport their dog.
Their vacation was proving difficult as well as expensive.
This highlights the importance of researching all aspects of a vacation with a pet included before you book and before you travel.
There are various regional differences. Locally bus drivers often refuse to carry more than one dog if the animals are with different passengers. In North Yorkshire multiple dogs on buses were not a problem.
To be fair Whitby and the surrounding area is very dog friendly. Your pet will usually be allowed in shops, cafes, pubs and some restaurants in that area but it is always wise to ask first.
Not all parts of the U.K. are so dog friendly.
General Advice, Hints and Tips
It is up to you to decide if it is fair and a good idea to take your dog on a foreign vacation. If you are taking an extended vacation it may be worth considering. The U.K. rules for taking a dog with you out of the country are the dog must-
Clean up after your dog!