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What It’s Really Like Traveling for 2 Months with 2 Dogs

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We traveled for two months with two dogs…

Traveling abroad by yourself can be hectic, let alone with a friend or partner with the amount of travel logistics and planning. Our total trip was from LA to Boston, NYC, France, England (two separate trips), NYC + back to LA with my hubs. Now add two dogs to the mix and OMG. 

A lot can go wrong.

Let’s start from the beginning. We set out on this trip with one homebase in mind: Paris. We rented a beautiful furnished apartment from a friend for six weeks and knew this was where we would unload our luggage + clothes and arrange mini-trips from there. 

It’s nice to be able to have a place to “live” so you have somewhere to leave your belongings, a kitchen to cook in (I definitely had to resort to cooking homemade dog food majority of the time as the food selection in Europe is lacking!) and a place the dogs could feel at home in. 

Your Dog’s Necessities Aren’t The Same

Wherever we travel to, we make sure to find a recommended vet nearby and most important: food. We did ship some frozen food overnight to London but little did we know, it would get held up in Customs and thrown out. BOO.

In California, we’re quite spoiled with a huge selection of human-grade and raw dog foods. In France, not so much. I ended up cooking dog food and mixing it with some Lily’s Kitchen wet food or kibble (we did find an Italian-brand kibble that was as close to natural as possible). Last year when we went to Paris with Fira, I packed some freeze-dried raw foods which worked in a pinch. 

Passports + Paperwork

Fira already had her French passport from last year but this was Weston’s first time to Europe, so I had to get all of his international health certificates + USDA stamps. I slip all their paperwork and passport(s) into a laptop sleeve so it’s handy in one place.

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Break Up The Flights If Possible

Los Angeles to Paris flight is 11 hours compared to 7 hours from NYC to Paris. We always stop in NYC and stay a week or more (pizza pizza pizza). Not only is it easier on the pups, it’s a must for us (humans) too! 

Read this post for more travel hacks traveling with your dog.

 

What To Do When Your Dog Gets Sick Traveling

The LAST THING you want to happen while you’re traveling! Unfortunately, Fira had some issues vomitting from a raw venison marrow bone. We think that was the catalyst—we can’t be 100% sure but that was the only “new” thing that was introduced to her. Weston and Fira only chew Nylabones or Benebones at home. She choked on some of her vomit which also went into her lungs = a bad case of aspiration pneumonia. We rushed her to an emergency vet in London as it was midnight and she ended up staying hooked up to IVs for four nights. It was terrifying and we don’t even want to think about what could have happened if we weren’t able to get to the vet on time. We’ve never seen her so weak.

It’s scary when you go to a brand new vet who doesn’t know the history of your dog, especially if you have a sensitive breed like french bulldogs. We had a rough sleep and went straight back to see Fira bright and early in the morning, all while waiting for our vet back home to wake up on the West Coast! Our vet was AMAZING and took control of the entire situation which was SO comforting.

Since she had to stay monitored for several days, that changed our travel plans slightly resulting in staying England longer than planned.

Let your primary vet know you will be traveling before you leave.

I definitely recommend not trying any new toys or foods in a new country. You just never know how your pup will react. Pack your pup’s favorite toys from home. 

So, a whole lot of $$$$ later… 

Metros, Taxis or Ubers?

OK, dogs in cars in France is definitely a THING. Meaning, not a good thing. I would say 90% of the Ubers or taxis denied us, even when we tried to talk to them. That is, if we had a chance to talk to them—many Uber drivers took one look at us with the dogs, shook their heads no and just kept driving. It started to get a bit comical. But because of that, I had anxiety calling a Uber (I guess I hate getting rejected lol) and avoided it as much as I could. I got used to taking the metros which is an easier way to travel anyway. 

Metros in France don’t mind pups on leashes. If you’re taking the train, dogs must be in a carrier bag. If your dog weighs more than 13 lbs, on leash is okay as long as they have a muzzle on. I know. Ridiculous, but of course I bought a muzzle and brought it with me incase anyone ever asked to see it. At ticketing, one woman did ask so I’m glad I got one.

Always assume the worst, be prepared to be stopped and have all required documents, materials etc.

The Good Thing: mini trips!

Getting from Paris to London isn’t exactly the easiest but it is possible. We made the trip twice. I recommend doing private car (Folkestone Taxi serivce) the whole way. Expensive but worth it. 

We wanted to do more trips like Provence and South of France with the pups but we just got so busy and were so surprised how quickly six weeks flew by!

Being able to travel with your dog is definitely a privilege and not everyone around you is going to be happy about it. I try to make sure rules are followed and that we are not in the way. Overall, we had an amazing, unforgettable trip. With two dogs, it’s two times the trouble at times but two times the fun. 🙂 Everything costs a lot more than you think, sometimes a bit more stress but we wouldn’t change it for the world. 

 

 

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Review: Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Dog Carrier Bag

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I think I’ve found THE airline carrier, guys!

Sleepypod‘s Air In-Cabin Carrier is so well-structured and they’ve thought of practically everything. I used it for the first time on our trip back from NYC to LA. Weston and Fira both fit in the bag comfortably (individually—not together at the same time, of course). FYI: Weston is 22 lbs and Fira is 13.5 lbs. 

The length of the bag is 22 inches so it’s nice and roomy. If the airline’s under-seat requirements are less than 22 inches, the sides of the bag can also fold up to 18 or 16 inches! When you fold, it doesn’t stay up on its own but it stays nice and tight between the bars that are underneath airline seats. 

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There are big pockets on both sides and on one side, it even unzips so you can slide the carrier over the handle of your wheeled luggage!

The plush lining also is removable by a zipper and you can toss in the wash. I felt really comfortable walking around with this carrier. It has a very sleek shape, kind of like a Tesla (lol) compared to other airline carriers that are a box shape and can get clunky. 

My favorite part of the Sleepypod Air Carrier

The handle located on top is seriously sooo handy. With a dog in the carrier (especially a french bulldog—they are dense), having the strap on your shoulder causes the weight to distribute unevenly sometimes. And if you’re running to your gate? Uh, forget about it. I loved using the handle and I even did a few reps of bicep curls as I was walking to my gate. Gotta get those workouts in somehow when you’re traveling!

The carrier also breaks down flat so you can store it away at home. It unzips almost all the way around allowing you to fold down the sides. 

If you end up getting this bag, make sure to get your pup acquainted with it with lots of treats and praise. I put a couple treats inside and let Weston lie down in it. He got so comfy in it, he didn’t leave. He ended up taking a nap in it. 

I’m so happy I found this bag and will be gettin good mileage out of this one! 

 

DISCLOSURE:

[ Where's The Frenchie is not affiliated with Sleepypod or sponsored. We were sent this carrier for our honest review. Where's The Frenchie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and does incorporate affiliate links. ]

What You Need To Know About Pet Passports

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Does my dog actually need a passport?

 

It is not required. If you are traveling with your dog internationally for the first time (from the US), you don’t need a passport but you must have international health certificates completed by a USDA-accredited vet. These forms will allow you to get your dog into your designated international country.

The forms vary by country but for most countries in the E.U., it’s a seven-page document you can find on the USDA website. You don’t need to fill out anything on this form yourself—this is all done by your vet. 

 

  • Make sure all vaccinations are up to date, including rabies. If your dog gets revaccinated with rabies, 21 days must pass before travel. 
  • Bring your filled out forms, rabies certificate and vaccination records to your local USDA office within 10 days of entering the E.U. (or other country).
  • The USDA office will officially stamp all the paperwork ($38) and you’re all set! 
  • This stamped paperwork is valid for 4 months. 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Passport For Your Pet

 

If you foresee going out of the country with your dog again, definitely get a passport! This allows you to bypass all the previous paperwork and visits to the USDA office. 

Passports are only issued in the international country. You cannot get a pet passport issued in the US. Pet passports are valid for as long as the rabies vaccination is up to date (usually 1, 2, 3 years from administration). Once the rabies expires, the passport is expired and you’ll need to get a new one (which  means doing the paperwork and a trip to the USDA office again).

Most vets (in the E.U.—or whatever country you are traveling to) can issue a passport for your pet. Call to check and make an appointment. They usually cost $75+ including their examination fee. 

If you live in the E.U…

You can get a passport issued in your home country and it is valid anywhere in the E.U.,including the U.K.)—lucky!

 

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Inside A Pet Passport

Bring all your paperwork and the vet will fill out everything! The passport has your information, optional photo of your pet, rabies vaccination and shot records. If you’re going to countries in the United Kingdom (i.e.: islands), your dog will also need a tape worm treatment 1-5 days before travel which will be recorded in the passport.

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Once you have your shiny new passport, there is no need for your previous paperwork! Ahh. It makes traveling around Europe so much easier and stress-free.

 

Now, I did say stress-free but of course, things can happen…

When you are traveling and crossing borders, the border patrol is VERY strict—just like with us humans. If there are any holes or mistakes, they will send you back quick. I even heard of somebody getting turned away recently because the date of their tapeworm treatment was recorded as “6/11/2018” (the American way) instead of “11/6/2018.”

At the border getting into England from France, there’s even a cash-only vet very close to the Eurotunnel who specializes in circumstances like this and can fix you up a new pet passport. If you’re traveling off-hours then you’ll need to spend the night at a nearby hotel, of course. 

 

I traveled to Paris with Fira for the first time last October, so I was able to get her a passport made when we were in Paris. We went to the same vet for this trip for Weston’s passport. Now they both have one but I still bring all the paperwork with me just incase. You just never know. I’ve noticed it can be very inconsistent who checks your documents. At the Heathrow airport recently, they didn’t know how to read it and had to call someone else over—she checked it for just the rabies vaccination and let us through. At our second time through the Eurotunnel Pet Immigration center, in spite of how strict they can be, they only checked Fira’s passport but didn’t even look at Weston’s.

Yes, it’s your vet’s job to fill out the forms and/or passport but always triple-check the dates, info and numbers yourself. Fira’s microchip on her health certificate was one number off (the last number) but nobody noticed—WHEW. We got very lucky.

Just make sure you know exactly what information is on your paperwork and keep it close to you. As long as you’re well-prepared with your documents and travel, it’s a straight-forward process and there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you are going to travel with your pet internationally, a pet passport will definitely make the process smoother and faster for the next trip. Bon voyage!

 

Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Yes and no.

A health certificate when flying with your dog can vary state-to-state and with individual airlines. For example, if your dog is going to be checked (in the cargo of the plane—BTW this is banned for flat nosed breeds like frenchies but all others are OK) then you need a health certificate. Most airlines don’t require a health certificate for pets flying in-cabin.

What is a health certificate?

It’s a piece of paper stating that your pet is healthy to fly and current on all his/her vaccinations. It must be issued and signed by your vet and can cost anywhere from $25-70. It’s like a normal check-up and should take less than 20 minutes.

Health certificates are valid for 30 days.

 

 

If you’re flying domestic with your pet, a health certificate isn’t required except a few airlines (Alaska Airlines + Hawaiian Air) so be sure to call or search your airline’s website to double check their rules. This page/table at Dog Jaunt has an extensive list of most airlines and their requirements.

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Now for international travel, you need the country’s specific health certificate (usually multiple pages) and have it stamped by your local USDA office. You can find my step-by-step guide traveling from USA to Paris and find other countries’ rules + forms directly on the USDA Pet Travel page. Select the country from their drop-down menu and follow the steps. 

 

Along with these health certificates, you also need to purchase a pet ticket from your airline—they are usually $100-125 one way and allows you to bring your dog on board in an airline-approved carrier. They stay in the carrier under the seat in front of you. Always book ASAP as most airlines have a limit for the number of pets they allow on board. Happy flying!

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Ultimate Guide To Travel Hacks + Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

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Traveling can be overwhelming, let alone traveling with your dog. From the booking + costs, to having all the right paperwork and knowing where dogs are welcome, it can seem like an endless amount of red tape and information. I love reading other travel + fashion bloggers’  (bloggers without dogs!) diaries to get tips and ideas on where to go. 1) that’s actually how I get inspiration and ideas on where to go/stay and then I just look up separately if it’s dog friendly. 2) and why I started writing this blog. To share chic destinations, boutique hotels and fun city guides for dog moms (dog mom life). So, I put together this list of handy travel hacks and insider tips from other bloggers + myself that could potentially save you money, time and lessen anxiety.

travel blog for dog momsSearch for flights “incognito.”

Have you ever used incognito window? In your Chrome browser, under “File” there is an option for “New Incognito Window.” In Safari, it’s under “File” then “New Private Window.” This allows browsing with no cookies, so no history. 

From Through Julia’s Lens: “This is my number one tip to save money on flights because it’s so easy! If you’ve bought a flight recently, websites will remember that and will bump up prices, even after you’ve cleared your cache and history. This may not work if you only buy plane tickets once a year, but if you’re buying tickets every few months, it can make a big difference.”

I’ve also been a little paranoid about airline sites tracking my searches and increasing prices but doing it incognito ensures that at least you know you’re getting the best, true price.

 

travel blog for dog momsSearch by month instead of days.

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(Another tip from Through Julia’s Lens) 

On Skyscanner, if you have a month in mind that you’d like to travel + flexible on dates, you can search for the whole month and find the cheapest days to travel!

If you want destination ideas and open to pretty much anywhere, you can also search by cheapest destinations and find places to go sometimes as low as $100 for international.

 

travel blog for dog momsBook ASAP.

Most airlines fill the available in-cabin pet spots on a first-come, first-served basis and most only allow a certain number of pets on board (sometimes as little as 2-4). So, it’s always best to call ahead and reserve a spot for your furry one.

travel blog for dog momsSeating Hack: how to get extra room on your flight.

From Olivia Christine: “I often score extra room on my flights by pre-selecting a seat in a row that has only two spots open (including the middle seat). When I choose either the aisle or window, it leaves a middle seat available — which is a last resort for any passenger — increasing my chances of having no one sit next to me. Using this trick, I’ve been able to fly with the middle seat empty, leaving extra room for myself and my row companion!”

I’ve actually used this tip twice and it WORKED both times!

 

travel blog for dog momsUse the pockets on the outside of your pet carrier.

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Flying with your pet in carrier means they become your carry-on item. Once you get on board, the carrier goes under the seat and your personal item (bag) has to go up in the overhead bin. Take advantage of those extra pockets in the pet carrier!

From Jessica at You Did What With Your Weiner: “While you CAN get up mid flight and get one or two things out of your bag, it’s a hassle if not impossible. You probably want your Kindle, noise-cancelling headphones, a magazine, or something with you during takeoff, landing and during the flight.”

 

travel blog for dog momsSkip the security line.

This is the besssst thing I ever did. CLEAR, which is offered at most major airports, is a program that allows you to skip the lines at security and get taken right to the front. It honestly saves SO MUCH TIME. + so worth it if you fly a lot. It’s about $15/month and with just a finger print and/or eye recognition on their easy-to-use kiosks, you’re whisked away by a CLEAR associate straight to the front (you don’t even need to show your ID + ticket to the TSA agent again).

 

travel blog for dog moms5 Pet Friendly Hotel Chains Where Pets Stay Free.

  • Aloft
  • Kimpton
  • La Quinta
  • Motel 6
  • Red Roof Inn

Make sure to check with the hotel or the post at GoPetFriendly to find out if there are any weight limits etc.

 

travel blog for dog momsTravel by RV.

Traveling by RV with your dog could be your next big adventure! A few of these RV companies don’t even charge for pets (Cruise America, El Monte RV). You can browse RVs on Outdoorsy with the pet-friendly filter.

 

travel blog for dog momsTime to potty.

From Stephanie at Pupventure Pack: “Lots of rest stops do not want you bringing dogs into the restroom and it’s way too hot to leave them in the car. So if I can, I try to plan my bathroom breaks to coincide with pet store locations. I have used Petco and PetSmart so many times for that reason. Plus it allows the dogs an easy little outing to stretch their legs.” And to get them a new toy!

If you’re at the airport and don’t see a pet relief area in sight, Jenna from Articles de Voyage relies on pee pads. “I find a handicapped or family restroom—they are much larger than regular stalls, so you can put down a few pee pads. My dogs are trained to use pee pads but they also make special drops you can put on the pad to encourage them. It’s helped put my mind at ease more than a few times when traveling with a dog.”

 

travel blog for dog momsUBER & LYFT.

Both Uber and Lyft’s policy is that it is up to the discretion of the driver to allow your dog to ride. When you get matched with a driver, just send a quick message to ask if it is ok to bring your dog. They do have the right to say no, so be prepared for possible cancellations and wait times.

Be a kind rider by bringing a bag or blanket for your pup. 

 

travel blog for dog momsSmell like a daisy.

Stuff a dryer sheet in your luggage, especially where your pet’s items + food are being stored (even use a floral tea bag in a pinch) and you can even run it over your pet’s fur to remove static buildup and calm your pup. 

 

travel blog for dog momsPack your common sense.

Brynn from A Dog Walks Into A Bar shares this tip: “Don’t keep your valuables all together. Bags get lost, things get stolen + if all of your credit cards and cash are in the same space, you’ll be really struggling if they get lost or misplaced.”

 

Fly Private With Your Dog For the Cost of Coach

[ I was not paid for this and am not affiliated with any of the companies listed below. ]

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Wanna fly your dog private?

And without the private price tag? OK, read more…

I’m sure you’ve heard of these private jet companies popping up, like SurfAir + Wheels Up, but the only problem with them is that they are membership-only—high initiation fees, monthly costs and just not economical if you don’t fly every week.

So, when my friend and I decided to fly to San Francisco (from Burbank, CA) for the weekend, we looked at JetSuiteX and it was only $20 more than commercial.

JetSuiteX currently only services the West Coast with locations to-and-from Burbank, San Jose, Oakland, Mammoth and Vegas. These jets have 30 seats and are located in hangars where you literally show up 15 minutes before your flight and hop on. No security lines—or lines in general—and you’re at one city to the next in less than an hour and a half.

How much did my ticket cost?

Round trip: $156.

That includes a $25 referral discount (use my referral code for $25 off! GPMOJX). Can you believe it? Yep, never flying commercial again if I don’t have to—especially after all the horror stories about dogs being mistreated or DYING on airlines and the overall stress of airports.

That was the beauty of this experience: no waiting, no dealing with lines and no fee for the pups OR weight limits. (Pets do need to be in carrier bags)

dogs fly privateWeston + Pippa

You just show up at their private hangar, show ID and hand them your check-in bag—that’s it! You can show up 10 minutes before the flight departs and you’re totally fine. Our flight was a third-full and the attendant was so cool about the dogs. They sat on our laps and even wandered around the plane. We finished our (free) cocktails and before we knew it, we were already descending!

Want an even more private experience?

Blackbird is another service without membership fees that flies West Coast (Santa Monica, Palo Alto, Burbank, Vegas, Tahoe, Yosemite). It’s an app you need to download on your device but these jets all are 8 seaters.

Because it’s an actual private jet, rather than a charter plane like JetSuiteX, the tickets are a little more but not by much. For example, I looked at flights from Burbank to Vegas in the next week and they were around $500 roundtrip. For $100 off, use my referral code: K14WF.

What about East Coast?

Ok, sorry guys—I don’t know what the deal is on the East Coast but there doesn’t seem to be many options. Only membership. There used to be one called Beacon Air with an affordable membership but the company is not around anymore.

The only thing I could find is Victor. They offer a list of empty leg flights that you can book. They are basically private jets that people used one-way and the jet is looking to fill up their seats on the way back. They fly all over the country.

You guys, this is totally the way of the future and makes flying so much more enjoyable and stress-free. With more and more jet companies coming out and upgrading the flying experience, I’m excited to check them out and fly with the pups even more–and comfortably!

Give A Flying F***

Dog Dies in Overhead Bin…

If you haven’t heard the story yet, a French Bulldog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to LaGuardia NYC Monday night. The passenger, also traveling with her daughter and infant, was forced by the flight attendant to put her airline-approved carrier in the overhead bin. I am shocked and outraged that this was even an option in this horrendous flight attendant’s mind. The 10-month old French Bulldog was in an airline-approved carrier and had his TSA-approved pet ticket, in compliance with the airlines rules. A live creature in the overhead bin is illegal.

This incident should have NEVER happened and could have been completely avoided with a little bit of common sense.

  • Why did the flight attendant demand that a living creature be stored in an overhead bin with obviously no air and ventilation?
  • WHY did the owner agree? It looks like she refused at first but then eventually complied as she did not want to get thrown off the flight–trust me, I would’ve stormed out of that plane with my dogs and called some lawyers ASAP.
  • Why didn’t anyone else say anything or check on the dog during the 3 hour flight?? Especially after the dog was heard crying for help??

A passenger named Maggie Gremminger publicly spoke out about what happened. Here are her words of exactly what happened:

“I was in seat 24A, the woman (mother) was 23C, with her young teenage daughter in seat 23B. The mother had a young daughter and a newborn.

I was sitting in the row behind the woman with the dog, and the gentleman next to me witnessed it all as well. We both overheard/saw the interaction between the flight attendant and the passenger.

I witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a woman to put her dog carrier with live dog in an overhead bin. The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag. The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied. By the end of the flight, the dog was dead. The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor. A fellow passenger offered to hold the newborn while the mother was crying on the floor aisle with the dog. it was this out of body experience of grief.

But holy **** I don’t know how the hell this happened. The flight attendant wouldn’t even NEED to hear there was a dog in the carrier. She was right there looking at the TSA approved bag. (The dog carrier is the black on the ground in the photo. It is clearly a carrier with mesh, which makes me question how the flight attendant could say she didn’t know there was a dog)

I feel angry and powerless and regretful. I know clearly this was not an intent of anyone and yet that flight attendant is responsible for this. How were we to know that maybe there wasn’t a new ventilation system in those bins? It’s not our job to know this information.

I understand emotional distress in a different way right now. I can’t get the image out of my head of the woman on the floor of the airplane aisle, crying and holding that sweet dog.

Immediately after the flight landed, myself and another witness stayed to speak with various United employees. The flight attendant denied knowing it was a dog, but the man seated next to me said he heard the flight attendant respond to the passenger “you need to put your dog up here” – therefore admitting that she knew an animal was in there. Additionally, I’ve been in touch with United via private message on Twitter.

They publicly replied asking me to message them – once private messaging them I shared my confirmation # and flight info. They replied:

“We appreciate you reaching out with more information. Please know that we are in contact with the passenger and thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

I also was offered $75 in credit (along with the gentleman witness) for staying and working with them to share our recollection of events. We both refused the credit.”

 

We have a right to be angry. I’ve been upset about it all day.

But we should also, as a whole, get smarter and braver to ensure that something like this NEVER happens.

Remember, making the choice of being a dog owner means having a voice for your dog as well!

Next time you fly with your animal, make sure of the following:

  1. Be proactive before your flight and follow the TSA guidelines. Get the correct health certificates, pet fees and anything else to ensure you have a smooth check-in process.
  2. Question authority if you’re in the right and make sure you never place your dog in danger! Step 1 comes in handy when you’ve done your due diligence and know you’re in the right. C’mon; if someone tells you (even the pilot!) to put your dog in a small airless overhead bin, say NO and/or LEAVE!
  3. If you see something like this happening to somebody else, stand up, speak up and alert the correct people. Their dog’s life may depend on it.
  4. Remember, flying is not always the best option. If you know you and/or your dog will be uncomfortable, find another way.

 

Best Airline Carriers For Your Dog

 

Which airline dog carrier is best?

One of the questions I get most often on Instagram etc is what airline carrier I use when I travel with the dogs. I know a lot of frenchie owners especially are worried about getting their pup through check-in because of the weight restrictions some airlines adhere to. SO FAR, I have never been asked the weight of my dog(s) or put on a scale. Of course, try at your own risk

SO. As long as your dog fits comfortably inside the carrier, you are free to fly. Your pup goes inside the carrier (put a treat and a chew toy in there) + under the seat in-cabin with you.

Which carrier? I go simple and practical with the trusty Sherpa brand. They are the go-to travel dog carrier and very affordable.

french bulldog carrier

I have the size Medium for Fira and size Large for Weston. Fira is around 14 pounds and Weston fluctuates between 22-24 pounds. The carrier is nothing fancy but it is well-constructed and gets the job done! It also has a fleece lining inside and zip pockets.

Another option I found is an Amazon Basics Airline Pet Carrier (does anyone else find it random that Amazon makes a dog carrier). It looks almost the same, is less than $30 and has great reviews. From looking at the measurements, it looks like the Amazon carrier is 2 inches smaller on the width than the Sherpa.

Prefer wheels?

 

Ta da! Sherpa also makes the same carrier with WHEELS. I’ve never used this or even seen it in person yet but I’ve heard good things about it. I’m considering it as carrying the pup(s) on my SHOULDER running through the terminals inevitably late to my gate with my luggage is not exactly pleasant. I literally feel lopsided because one side of my body is just dragged down by their weight. Frenchies are heavy, man. Dense.

One of the carriers I use all the time is this Vanderpump Pets Graphite Carrier. This is FIRA’S bag because she’s the only one who fits in it. This one’s definitely for a small/medium-ish dog. This is the bag that goes with your photogenic outfits and just looks jetsettery (k, new word). It’s also really sturdy and the straps are wider which I like.

Jet Sitter Expandable Pet Carrier. This is a new concept I haven’t seen before–super cool! The sides expand so your dog can have room to stretch and play while you’re waiting at the gate etc. It’s also fully collapsible so when you’re not using it you can store under your bed or in your closet with minimal space.

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The Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Carrier is a new find that fits the bill. The length of the bag is 22 inches so it’s nice and roomy. If the airline’s under-seat requirements are less than 22 inches, the sides of the bag can also fold up to 18 or 16 inches! Read our full review here

The Love Thy Beast Tote bags are not airline approved nor a carrier but I always bring mine when I travel. It’s perfect for cab rides, subway, etc. You can easily fold it a bit and tuck it away in your luggage.

 

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How To Travel to Tokyo With Your Dog

We’re going to Toyko!

Not. Sooo, we were all set to start planning a trip to Toyko for end of April 2018 for my birthday (and perfect time to see cherry blossoms etc etc) but then I found out the dreaded quarantine rules.

Japan requires dogs to get a blood titer test 180 DAYS before arriving. That would mean we couldn’t go til June which doesn’t work for our schedule unfortunately. And I really wanted to go with Fira because I hear they are dog-crazy over there. But now that I know, we can totally plan for 2019.. and I can share the step-by-step now which I was researching til my eyeballs fell out.

Now that I’ve traveled to Paris with a dog, the process is basically straight-forward and you just need make sure to be extra organized, like your life is counting on it. If you fuck up, your pet stays locked in quarantine for 6 months and that comes out of your pocket too. Not to scare you or anything. K, here we go…

Step-by-step Guide Travel to Japan

  1. Advanced Notification. You must contact Animal Quarantine Services at least 40 days before arrival by sending in completed forms by fax or mail. I found this info from somebody who has traveled to Japan with their pet: “Please note that your Advance Notification form must not only be submitted but approved at least 40 days before your pet can arrive, so plan ahead accordingly in case of any errors in your initial submission.”
  2. Microchip. The chip should comply with ISO 11784 + 11785. It’s a 15 digit microchip code which most dogs normally have. If it’s not, you can also bring your own scanner.
  3. Rabies. Make sure it’s up to date and there have been no case of rabies for at least 2 years prior to export. Rabies vaccination must be done twice in a 12-month period. The second vaccination can be given no later than 30 days after the first vaccination.
  4. Inspection + Health Certificate. Visit the vet for inspection (dogs need to be confirmed free of leptospirosis + rabies) and a health certificate stating you’re flying into Japan. An accredited veterinarian must complete the forms two days before departure then they must be stamped at the USDA office. Find your local office here.
  5. Blood titer test. Once you’ve completed the vaccinations, your dog must get a blood titer test (antibody titer test) processed by an approved laboratory. The date when the blood was drawn for the titer test must be more than 180 days and less than two years prior to the arrival date in Japan.
  6. Inspection on Arrival. Once you land at the airport, head to Animal Quarantine Services where they will go over your forms (approval notification from step #1, forms + certificates from your vet, result reports of blood titer test). There will be a short quarantine time but less than 12 hours.

BTW, Airlines that fly to Tokyo (with dog):

DELTA – make sure to call 42 days prior. $200 one-way.

UNITED – $125 one-way.

SINGAPORE AIR – call two weeks before departure. Only after they process your completed documents (health certificate, rabies etc) will they give you amount, but most likely will be a free carry-on.

 

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