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Flying to Europe with a Dog

Catherine, Oliver and I are traveling to in June to attend Ton and Elmine’s unconference and do some camping in the and northern Germany. And, of we’ll be taking Ethan, service dog, along us.

As a service dog, Ethan is entitled to go anywhere we go, including the airplane cabin, and into But special arrangements are required to sure this all goes our advice from Dog Guides in all such matters is to communicate and often, and so over the past I’ve been working to all the Ts and dot all the Is. Here’s what I’ve

Before even making the to go, I needed to find an airline the combination of reasonable airfares and a service dog policy. Fortunately we that in Condor. which from Halifax to Frankfurt other alternative was Icelandair, but as all its flights involve a change of in Iceland, and Iceland requires additional government paperwork to allow service dogs the terminal, we opted against).

making the Condor reservation I contact their Special department (“sonder reservierung”) and them with a letter Oliver’s psychologist and a certifcate of training from Dog Guides a few days later they an updated booking confirmation reserved seats:

As Lufthansa is carrying us from to Düsseldorf I then had to contact Canadian call center and that Ethan was added to our in their system; they require any advance documentation, but I was that we’ll need to proof-of-service-dogness at the gate before


With the flying handled, I turned to matters of border

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The Germany Embassy in Canada has a helpful page of information travel with animals and the Accompanied Noncommercial Movements of (Cats, Dogs and Ferrets) out what we needed to do: within 10 of travel we needed to have inspected by his vet and a Veterinary Certificate for movement of up to five pets out. With this in we need to then visit the veterinarian,” which, in our case, is one of the at the Canadian Food Inspection out by the Charlottetown Mall (that narrow building you’ve wondered about beside Pizza); they charge $20 for the

There are a few other requirements Ethan has to meet to enter all of which were in place he needs an ISO-standard microchip Canada went with the dog chip standard instead of the one, so we’re set), and vaccination.  Our helpful vet did some for us and found that there any strange European dog maladies for Ethan would need any vaccinations.

As far as lodging on our trip, we that, although it would not be an issue to take Ethan hotels and motels with us, we instead, rent a VW camper DRM ), which will give us a rolling home (we had the benefit of the of my friend Bill and his family, who a 5-week trip across in a VW van several years ago and rave the experience).

And so, in theory, we’re set and ready. be double-checking all of the above as our June 17 date draws nearer, but if all according to plan we’ll over to Halifax on the afternoon of 17, park the car, gather up our and our dog, and head off to our next adventure.

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