Honey I need a vacation – NOW!

Travelling with your Pet by Yogi the Astro-Poodle

Gone are the days when trying to take your pet on vacation with you became more like an MI5 super secret covert mission. Sneaking around with your pet concealed in your baggage (I was once almost suffocated in a bag of the Mistresses Victoria Secret lingerie, en route to St Tropez- true!), is a thing of the past; there are many pet friendly travel destinations these days that will not only welcome your little furry friend, but will go out of their way to make their stay as happy as their human counterparts.

Restaurants, hotels, theme parks, airlines, rental cars they’re all getting onboard and making it easy for you to take your pet away with you.  Finding out which ones are the better options can be as simple as saying the magic word; “Google”.  Whether you’re traveling by road, sky or sea, there are many things to keep in mind when setting out with your best friend. The No. 1 rule of pet travel is that your animal needs to be comfortable since most animal’s function best in a familiar setting. You should bring everything as if you were packing for your own family. This includes your pet’s favorite toys, food and even the same kind of water we drink at home.

Now many of you will be absolutely shocked to learn something about moi. I have a deep dark secret; I love camping! Yes, who would ever have thought it? I’m still not sure what it is, but there’s something about the smell of the great outdoors that just does it for me. Of course, I didn’t say that I like to “rough it”; one must have ones own creature comforts to make the stay an enjoyable one and lets just say my Louis Vuitton luggage is packed with all of the little luxuries that I’ve become accustomed to living in my Park Ave Penthouse. Here are a few things to remember when going camping or to the beach with a pet:

-Darling, you simply must pack our food in a secure container; there are many nasty bugs and creepy crawlies out there in the wilderness and if we were to ingest one and get sick it would simply ruin the entire experience for everyone.

– Do your homework before sweetie; take a proper pet first aid kit, their documented medical history and know where the closet vet is within the proximity of your campsite – tres important darling!

– Bring all of our toys to keep us amused. We especially love that Frisbee that’s been sitting at the back of the laundry cupboard gathering dust, so bring it with you.

– Always inspect our fur for any fleas etc. at bedtime.

– Keep us on a leash when at the beach. Apart from attracting a nasty fine (with money that you could have spent on us!) we quite often, if left to our own devices, will run off and explore and usually wont think twice about jumping into that inviting deep blue sea. We’re not all Esther Williams-esque and the likelihood of doggie drownings at some beaches is extremely high – so, keep us leashed-up honey! Seriously, we don’t mind.

– Take plenty of little plastic bags with you. I don’t think we need to go into specifics here do we my dears? You know exactly what I’m talking about so lets all leave it at that like the proper ladies and gentleman that we are.

– Monitor our time spent in the hot searing sun as it is easy for us to become overheated and that could result in sunstroke. Ah, if only our little paws with better equipped to be able to handle a parasol; you’d never catch me without one!

I adore shopping. That’s no secret; and shopping is big part of many people’s vacations these days. There are a growing number of stores and merchants that allow you to bring your pet along with you to shop. Sometimes, if you’re in a foreign city, its best to call ahead and check, because honey, we aint gonna put up with being tied up outside whilst you go and have all the fun – no way in hell mister sister! Pack a little container of water and treats for the trip in case we decide we need to refuel (Hermes, Lagerfeld and Chanel can tire a gal out!)

Travelling with a pet can be a fun and rewarding experience if you follow a few simple rules. Always call or e-mail ahead if unsure about any rules and regulations. A good start is to Google your way through the many sites that can help you make some important decisions. I love www.bringfido.com.  Well, that’s all from me; the Mistress has just come home and I want to see her reaction to all of the travel catalogues that I’ve strewn across the dining room floor. It’s all about the power of suggestion people…

Au Revoir

A.P xxxxx