Traveling With a Pet to Spain

Old Nov 11th, 2002, 10:59 AM
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Traveling With a Pet to Spain

Hi, I am planning on traveling with my husband to Spain (Seville) in early January. I would like to bring my dog with me. Does anyone have any information about hotels that allow you to stay with your pet? Any information is much appreciated. Thank you.
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 11:27 AM
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Eileen,
Check out Bancotel.com--I think almost all the hotels listed accept dogs. It seems to me that Spain, like most countries in Europe, are much more civilized than the U.S. when it comes to allowing dogs in most places, including restaurants. I think it's great you're taking your dog--I missed mine horribly when we were away (but most people were very nice about letting me pet theirs--there are doglovers everywhere and it's a nice way to meet people while travelling.)
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 11:55 AM
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I assume you are going for a considerable length of time..otherwise it's difficult to understand why you would put a pet through the stress of a short visit. We tend to think that animals think like people when in fact they do not..they have no real perception of time so don't know you're gone for say 2 wks. Unless you're going to relocate there please think about the decision to put your pooch thru this upset.
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 12:09 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply. I will check out Bancotel.Com. My husband and I are going on business to Spain and my dog has always gone on all of our trips with us. He is very attached to my husband and I. He is a mini-American Eskimo. Thank you again.
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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Isn't there any type of quarantine involved on either end of this trip?
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 01:16 PM
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I am asking for advice of hotels to stay with a pet in Sevilla, Spain not for people's opinion on whether I should take my dog or not. If you do not have advice on a nice place to stay then keep your comments to yourself.
 
Old Nov 11th, 2002, 08:34 PM
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As far as dogs not thinking like humans...our dog was so upset when we went to Europe that she didn't eat for a week. Eileen, I assume you dog is small enough to go in the cabin. Mine is a good-sized German shepherd and we would have to buy a seperate seat for her, which, considering we live in Seattle, gets very pricey. But if money wasn't an object, I would seriously consider doing so. (I just helped a friend move who had 3 cats, and they were just fine in the cabin.)
 
Old Nov 12th, 2002, 04:41 PM
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I think a lot of people are missing a major point here--the difference between taking a dog or cat in the cabin with you or in cargo. I would never send my dog or cat in cargo. But the cabin is a different story entirely. If Eileen is taking her dog in the cabin, the dog is at no more risk than a person travelling that way. Furthermore,I think it's wonderful that she is willing to go to the extra cost and care it takes to travel with her dog.
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 05:07 AM
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Someone could have just answered her question. No need to be rude. I am sure she is aware of pros and cons. Obviously she wants to take her pet.
Eileen if you come back and read any more answers...which I am sure is not likely after some of the vitriolic posts...there are books at the bookstore on traveling with your pet.
Good luck
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 06:51 AM
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Eileen,

Make sure you find out about the pet policy of hotels, most of them in Spain don´t accept them, some will charge an extra fee or a refundable deposit.
Don´t just trust a guidebook on this, my sister has a small dog and everytime we plan a family outing there are dissapointments about hotels that appear as admitting pets in some guide or webpage and then they really don't. Better call the hotel direct and ask.

Also, a lot of restaurants and bars only accept them in their outside dining areas, which in January won´t be too many, it gets cold.

 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 08:49 AM
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I would agree with the last poster. In our two weeks in Spain last month, I never saw a dog in a restaurant and often saw a sign forbidding dogs entry. (International red circle with slash over the symbol of a dog.) Please check the Michelin Guia Roja for Spain and Portugal. I notice that there is a symbol on hotel listings for pets being not accepted--I would then assume that you could discuss the dog via e=mail with the other hotels. Just a suggestion would be to contact the Spanish version of the AKC--they would possibly have a list of pet-friendly hotels. In general, Spain is less pet- friendly than France as far as public places go.
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 08:57 AM
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Thank you so much for the advice. I will locate the AKC in Spain. I've searched through the internet but have only located two hotels and I wanted to know if there was more of a choice. I would never put my little Dante through the trauma of going in cargo. He is going to be with us in the cabin. Thanks again. It's nice to finally get some comments from helpful people.
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 11:10 AM
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Hi Eileen,
Aside from the fact that there will not be that many hotels in Spain that accept pet dogs, I think you might want to check pettravel.com or another such sight which will have listings of pet-friendly accommodations and other useful links.
I'm curious which airline you are using to get to Seville? So very many of the major international carriers no longer allow pets in the cabins on international flights. And the ones that do allow it require advance reservations to carry-on your pet; the number allowed per flight is very restricted (generally one in 1st, one in business and 2 in coach).
Despite a proposal above to buy an extra seat for a larger dog, this would never be allowed. All carry on pets must fit in a kennel that meets the airlines requirements and that will fit completely under the seat in front of you. Your dog will have to remain in the kennel from the time you check in at the airport, throughout the entire flight (under the seat in front of you) and until you have cleared customs and immigartion in Spain. [This is the hurdle of cruelty that keeps me from taking my dog with me on international flights.] I saw people with a dog that could not even stand up trying to check for a CA flight at Ohare and denied permission to take the dog on. (I quietly cheered.)
You will need also to check with the Spanish Consulate about the proper paperwork to take your dog into the country. Both the Vet certificate and the owner's certificate must be in Spanish and they have bilingual forms you can use. If you do your own translation, you will need to take it to a consulate or embassy here in the US before your departure to get it certified. I believe Spain requires also proof of rabies shot within one year so you might need to get that re-done early.
Please look into these matters at some authoritative sites like the airlines and the consulate, what you get here is often hearsay and speculation. If you get a chance, please let me know about your airline as I have a friend who might be interested if you have someone who would cabin-fly a dog into Spain. Thanks.
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 06:58 PM
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While Eileen2 is correct about the airlines limiting the number of animals allowed, if a dog (such as Julie's German shepherd) has either a service dog or therapy dog designation, they are allowed to have a seat in the cabin. (Of course, guide dogs are allowed as well). I'm not sure about guide dogs, but you do need to purchase an extra ticket (and seat) for a therapy or service dog.
 
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 09:52 PM
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Travelling in Spain with a dog is not easy. I used to live in France and had a dog. It's easier in France.

I heard of someone who paid a lot of money for business class. She said everyone was disturbed because the dog kept yelping "yip yip yip" and made everyone nervous. Even though you didn't want people to ask you not to take your dog, try not to be a stinker and torture others.
 
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