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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 21-01-2019, 07:15 Thread Starter
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Ferry with a dog?

We have always used the tunnel because itís easier for the dog. The winter trip across France was not enjoyable so we are thinking about the ferry for next year or even for our return trip.

I know that there are dog friendly cabins but what happens with toileting arrangements?
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Even on ferries with kennels deck areas are available for dog walking, I expect it's the same for dogs in cabins. Just don't forget your poop bags when walking it.

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You need to book early to get a dog friendly cabin on long trips

Shadow was very upset at being left in a cage overnight on the ferry

Even though I stayed with him till well past midnight and returned before 6am

Several of the dogs were also upset but their owners didnít hang around

On some ferries ( Hull/ Rotterdam ) the cages are in the holds ,and in spite of being told we could access them with a crew member at will, we foundit difficult to find a free crew member

And he was not allowed to leave the cage to walk on the car deck even then

So we stick to the tunnel

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That was the scenario I was trying to avoid, Sandra. No cabin no go as far as I am concerned. A fellow camper has told us that he booked in June for his winter trip.
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We canít book early

Given Alberts cancer

We donít know that far ahead

Weaving between scans and checks and possible re occurrences

They are pretty good on the tunnel on date changes

We try to meander slowly back through France

Although occasionally the desire to get home means a dash

And then Iím so so glad to be home

A lovely holiday

But the feeling of being home

Priceless

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We have always used the tunnel because itís easier for the dog. The winter trip across France was not enjoyable so we are thinking about the ferry for next year or even for our return trip.

I know that there are dog friendly cabins but what happens with toileting arrangements?
There are a few comments about the kennelling arrangements on the current thread about Pont Aven which is Brittany Ferries flagship on the Portsmouth-Santander route. The other vessel which goes to northern Spain, the Cap Finisterre, has 17 dog friendly cabins plus kennels on deck. I imagine they get booked up very quickly but if you are talking about 2020 then you might be ok. Give BF a call, they are very helpful on the phone, customer service like it should be

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They are one of the better ones

But the kennels on deck, which you can release your dog from at will

Hose of the deck of dog doings

Still houses many sad anxious dogs overnight

I know I sat comforting many of them

With shadow at my side

Didnít get much sleep when I returned him to his cage

And he was still an anxious hound from hell several days after landing

And an anxious hound from hell on edge is not good

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If you are on Dover Calais/Dunkirk route I wouldn't worry you are not on the ferry long enough, we leave the dog in the van with some water and food never any problems.

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True

But in that case we might as well be on the tunnel

Short and quick

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We are trying to cut out France so it will probably be to Santander.

One wonders, if they are so popular, why there are not more dog friendly cabins?
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