My name is Milly. I am the third musketeer to Pato and Pata. (Daisy and Carlos) I am a brown Spaniel that just loves to go on adventures as much as my humans do.
This time I am going to tell you about my doggy Europe trip.
From Folkestone we got on the Eurotunnel to ride the train under the ocean to Calais, France.
It’s an extra £19 each way for me to go with the humans. They didn’t even have to see my pet passport on the way out of the country. There’s a nice little dog area near the car park where you can have fun doing some agility training. The train left, and in just 35 minutes we were in France. We had a late crossing so didn’t drive too far until we stopped for the night. We stopped at aire ‘Mont de Nizy’. There were clean toilets, some grassy areas for me and plenty of parking, but it was noisy because it wasn’t far away from the road and there were lots of lorries. I was behaved and managed to settle.
After an ok nights sleep we headed to Austria. It was a long drive (9 hours), luckily France has lots of aires along the motorway. They seem to alternate between one with shops and a garage and then a quiet countryside one where I can have a little run around safely away from the road. We stopped at aire de la Fontaine d’olive Sud heading South East on the A4. There was even a little track into some woodland where I could chase sticks.
After crossing into Germany the road passed through the Black Forest and there were numerous tracks leading off the road where you can stop for a nice walk in the woods. We had a bit of a leg stretch and play before carrying on. You just have to be mindful of the nasty tics there are lurking about especially in woodland around Europe. We didn’t like the mosquitos either. We got to Austria safely and stayed at Camp Daschteine near Filzmoos. It was a nice clean little place where I was welcome as long as I was on my lead. It was wet and rainy and I made a bit of a mess of the floor of the van! It was a quiet night and I didn’t have to bark at anything.
We went for a very nice long walk in Bachlalm not far away from the campsite. I had to be on my lead now and again because there were cows and sheep but for most of the 14kms I was free to run around. It was great fun. Rolling in patches of snow, paddling in streams, running up and down steep scree slopes. But after 7hours of walking on predominantly rocky terrain my paws got a little sore.
After the walk we travelled to Bled in Slovenia to another dog friendly campsite. It was a big busy campsite right next to a pretty lake and the weather was nice. There were lots of other dogs around and I felt quite at home. The bar next to the campsite had a terrace that I was welcome at so we could relax there for a while before bed.
Today I watched while the humans did some climbing. My paws were quite a lot better so we had a good walk up to the crag and back. I didn’t fancy trying it and couldn’t understand what they were doing, so I lazed about enjoying all the smells waiting for them. It rained on us (I quite enjoyed that but they didn’t seem to!) We did lots of exploring the area by van and on foot and we wild camped for the night near by.
There had been a plan for a big walk on day 5, but it rained the whole night and into the morning which meant the plan changed. The humans were very frustrated by this, but in the end we had a very nice long walk around Lake Bohinj. I almost like the woods as much as I like the beach and most of the walk took us along a nice soft path through thick woods. My paws were much better so I could run about and be off the lead almost all the way.
We finished the walk and had lunch before setting off in the van for Croatia. Arriving a few hours later we found a campsite that had space and settled down for the evening. Again I had to be on the lead around the site, but there was a very nice dog friendly beach on site where I could finally have a little swim in the ocean.
We explored Croatia a bit in the van. We were on our way to Zadar exploring Croatia’s coastline and we saw a big sign next to a lay-by that said ‘dog friendly beach’ so of course we stopped. It was a very pretty beach and having been anxious that it may be difficult to find a beach I could go on, we had a very good play in the sea together and a cool down before carrying on our journey.
For some reason Pato and Pata decided not to go as far as Split and instead chose to turn around after visiting the city of Zadar and head back to Slovenia to do more climbing. I was happy with this. Croatia was pretty but it was very sharp and rocky for my paws. Zadar was nice because a lot of the pavement was soft cool stone under my paws and there was lots of shade. I didn’t mind being in a city. I even had a cheeky dip in the sea using a set of stairs on the promenade designed for people to access boats. Nobody seemed to mind, in fact we seemed to start a bit of a trend with people following my lead.
We did a lot of driving after visiting Zadar to get back to Slovenia and found it difficult to find somewhere to park for the night. We ended up in Vipava at 1am and parked in the town hoping we didn’t get in trouble. Luckily we didn’t.
We had already booked a campsite ‘Camp Tura’ near by for the following night, that was at the foot of some big climbing crags, so in the morning we headed up to the campsite to see if we could arrive a day early. The campsite owner was very friendly and let us straight in. This was my favourite campsite it even had a little dog shower for me to cool off and get clean in. The campsite was relatively quiet and small so it was less strict about me being on my lead, at least around our own pitch. I did bark a bit at people passing by, but it was only to let them know it was our pitch not theirs! We did some exploring and I accompanied Pato and Pata while they did some more climbing. Again it was a fun walk up to the crags.
It was nice and quiet at night and I snored loudly most of the night… (apparently).
I did enjoy being away with my lovely people in sight all of the time. It did make me very waggy in the tail department. We ended up staying another night at the campsite and spent the day exploring and they climbed some more. It was nice resting my paws, and there was a nice cool breeze and lots of shade for me to lie about in. We didn’t see many other people, but I could let the humans know if anyone was about by barking to alert them. I kept them safe and watched them hang about on ropes. I’m much happier lazing about on the ground thank you very much. I got lots of snuggles that evening and we all settled and slept well again, not wanting to leave.
This morning we set off early for one more bit of climbing, then we had to start the drive back towards home. We found a vet in Vipava and luckily for us the vet gave us some wormer tablets for free! You have to make sure you get your dog wormed, and their pet passport stamped and signed by a vet up to 5 days before and no less than 24 hours ahead of crossing back home to the U.K again on the train.
We drove to Zell am see in Austria getting there in the evening. We stayed at Panorama Camp. This was another dog friendly campsite. I struggled a bit because they had free running pet rabbits that kept getting curious and coming over to our pitch. This made me really want to chase them. I wiggled with excitement but was very frustrated by being on the lead…!
The campsite was right near the lake, a little path away from the camp lead to a ‘dog friendly area’ It seemed to be a very strict place where I had to be on a lead at all times, so we went to find the dog friendly zone. It was a little field 500m away from the campsite fenced, with an agility ramp in it, (I learnt how to use it very quickly!) We found it a bit strange given how much freedom I had had on other walks on the trip, how small this space was. But it was fine for a stop over. After playing and getting very wet and muddy in the one small puddle in the space, we headed back to settle down for the night, I got in a bit of trouble, but I really couldn’t resist the mud..! (It was worth it).
We were up early because a walk was planned near by in Saalbach. My paws were good and I was excited for another big walk. It was a nice walk that started in the town and crossed the now green ski slopes and headed into the woods. I was off the lead all the way to a track at the top where there were suddenly lots of downhill mountain bikers. I enjoyed myself immensely; There was a river we kept crossing, lots of trees, non rocky terrain. Great! The river was cool and clean. The smells were divine. We walked for nearly 4 hours in a circuit before ending up back at the van. There we found a picnic bench near by and had lunch before having to drive ever closer to home.
We stopped in the Black Forest for the night where a few other vans were parked. It turned out it was a popular paragliding launch site… I really didn’t like them. They made weird noises and made me bark a lot! I don’t think they are safe personally.
Day 11 & 12
There was a track into the woods behind where we parked so we had a walk there before setting off to France. Day 11 was just a long day of driving with some walk, water and food stops. In France you can stop overnight at aires so we did that ahead of our crossing from Calais the next day.
We got to the euro tunnel an hour ahead of our departure time. With dogs they like it to be at least 45 minutes before. Upon arrival there are clear signs to the pet check in building. Here they take the booking reference, look at pet passports and get our human to scan us for our microchip. It all went very smoothly and we were out within 5 minutes. There is also a little exercise area outside. The smells were overwhelming! Our train was on time and we got home a few hours later.
I loved being away but there is no place like home. 🙂
Some Dog traveling tips-
- Don’t forget to sort out your furry friends pet passport with your vet well in advance as two rabies vaccinations are needed.
- It costs £19 each way for one dog to travel on the Eurotunnel in addition to the ticket price.
- They don’t check on the way out but you have to check in at pet check in to get back into the UK.
- You have to have your pet passport, booking reference, and microchip in place (The vet checks where its located when doing the pet passport as they can move about a lot)
- Don’t forget the wormer has to be given and signed for in the pet passport no more than 5 days before you travel home, and no less than 24 hours before your travel time home.
- Take a tic remover and do check for tics every day on your travels. I had around 9 of them in total, but with checking every night and using the tic remover we had no problems.
- Mosquitos can be dangerous to dogs too – ask your vet about the vaccination and if it’s needed.
- It really is great fun, and lots of people take their dogs away with them. Enjoy! I did!!
- Don’t forget a bowl for food/water, the food, a good towel, some shampoo and a tic remover!! (and maybe some treats) (lots of treats) (cheese).