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For several years, we’ve travelled around Britain and Europe towing our little Smart Fortwo. Then we were joined by first one pup, and then another. Llŷr is a silken windhound and Brân is a standard poodle. This leaves us in a quandry - one dog fits comfortably into the Smart car’s boot - but two won’t go.

So, we have to sell our Smart car and A frame; also our Smart car trailer. Then the question is, do we buy a slightly larger small car and get an a frame fitted, or just get a larger trailer? Trailers are larger to handle and store but aren’t tied to the same car. A frames are a problem on the continent.

The third option is to rely more on shank’s pony, but I feel doubtful about this. We like the convenience of a car.

Any thoughts?
 
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View attachment 277288 For several years, we’ve travelled around Britain and Europe towing our little Smart Fortwo. Then we were joined by first one pup, and then another. Llŷr is a silken windhound and Brân is a standard poodle. This leaves us in a quandry - one dog fits comfortably into the Smart car’s boot - but two won’t go.

So, we have to sell our Smart car and A frame; also our Smart car trailer. Then the question is, do we buy a slightly larger small car and get an a frame fitted, or just get a larger trailer? Trailers are larger to handle and store but aren’t tied to the same car. A frames are a problem on the continent.

The third option is to rely more on shank’s pony, but I feel doubtful about this. We like the convenience of a car.

Any thoughts?
Transportation to destination shouldn't be a problem then you could leave one dog in van while taking the other for a wiz.....there is always a way.(y)
 

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View attachment 277288 For several years, we’ve travelled around Britain and Europe towing our little Smart Fortwo. Then we were joined by first one pup, and then another. Llŷr is a silken windhound and Brân is a standard poodle. This leaves us in a quandry - one dog fits comfortably into the Smart car’s boot - but two won’t go.

So, we have to sell our Smart car and A frame; also our Smart car trailer. Then the question is, do we buy a slightly larger small car and get an a frame fitted, or just get a larger trailer? Trailers are larger to handle and store but aren’t tied to the same car. A frames are a problem on the continent.

The third option is to rely more on shank’s pony, but I feel doubtful about this. We like the convenience of a car.

Any thoughts?
Having just googled silken wind hound, (and together with a standard poodle) I see your problem :eek:
 

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I've never heard of a Silken Windhound either, what beautiful dogs. Great variety of colours too. I think you'll have to go for a slightly larger car. A Honda Jazz might be large enough.
 

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What about Toyota IQ with back seats folded down.

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We’ve recently bought an Aygo. We toyed with the smart because I think they are quirky. However on closer inspection, the dogs wouldn’t like sitting on the engine plus the van is in storage so have to take bits and bobs back and too to the van so need more room. The aygo was for us the best fit, double the space at least. It the 2018 model so supposed to have a better engine, which can shift when needed. I am now looking for a trailer for it but have problem with a very steep drive with no access of that size of a trailer to the back for secure storage and the garage is full of crap, So still thinking that through at mo.
 
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We have seen some good modifications with the dogs travelling or sleeping in the garage. You could of course exercise the dogs while on electric bikes.
 
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Thanks for all your observations. I think we’ll have to bite the bullet and go for a C1, Aygo or a Peugeot 108. We’ll probably opt for a trailer as the a frame modification is well over 2k these days. The authorities on the continent are iffy about them too and we like at least a month in the sun in the summer.

That’s our lurcher Mabon in the boot by the way. We were in the Alpilles in Provence.
 

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Pappajohn - photo of your windhound please?
I think his windhound is just a dog that farts a lot ... of course it could just be Pappajohn blaming the dog ...:D2
 

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Take a look at the new Smart ForTwo, we've got one and they are wider than the older ones so more room in the rear ... we can fit our 3 dogs in without a problem, when we next get the car out the garage I'll stick them in and take a photo, but this is them - a Chihuahua/JR cross, a Patterdale Terrier and a heffalump cross greyhound staffie.

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Well i have a PANDA and my sons 2 GSD go in the back fine with the rear seat folded..BUSBY,,
 

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