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..but concerned that it might stop us doing things - like eating out in the evening - don't really want to leave it in the camper.... how do others deal with this? May be we wait until we have stopped motor homing abroad.......
 

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In all fairness, we have Pepper, our Cavachon and we take her everywhere especially on the continent. We did a 6 week tour of France, Switzerland and Italy and previously Luxembourg and Germany and we didn't have a problem but we mainly stay on Aires or ACSI and used steam trains and the Panoramic train at Clermont-Ferrand with absolutely no problem. Most shops allow dogs and when we've occasionally used restaurants, we're happy with outside seating but have used restaurant with only inside dining and always ask and they've never said no. Great addition to our touring (except £19.00 each way on train). We now always use the train rather than leave her. Thus year though we have Frequent Travel and looks like saving around £100.00.
 

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Dogs are fine left in campers while you have a meal in a restaurant. Just a bit of cleaning up required when you return. :)

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We have travelled extensively with our Bernese in tow, we frequently visit pubs/restaurants, always best to ask first if dogs are allowed. We've never been turned away so far. When we sit down for a meal, we tend to leave Rosie in the van, she treats it as her second home, this is her spot in the van:
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We haven't had any trouble visiting any of the places we've been. We even went around Chateau Chenonceaux last year, we were allowed to bring her in, but not in the castle itself (obviously).

The only thing to be aware of, if you travel in France, they are very hot on dogs in distress in hot vehicles, and will smash windows to get them out. We have a sign on our window written in French that reads "Our dog has water, and the air conditioning is on" whenever we leave her in the van in France.
 

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..but concerned that it might stop us doing things - like eating out in the evening - don't really want to leave it in the camper.... how do others deal with this? May be we wait until we have stopped motor homing abroad.......
We take our pooch everywhere with us and would never leave him in the van. He is the reason we got our MoHo and is part of the team. Think carefully before you decide as it is a big commitment. Kids grow up and look after themselves, your dog can't do that and will need you forever
 

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You mention 'buy' a dog. If you decide to go for it please consider the 1000s of dogs currently in dog homes looking for a second chance through no fault of their own.
All our Border Collies have been rescue dogs and for some reason they know you have given them that second chance and are so so grateful which is repaid in love and affection

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These 2 are no problem, Suki, more commonly known as Yoda and Gremlin or Juglugs
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was brought up in a motorhome, she loves it, Can you guess which is Suki?
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Just to give the other side, not a pet owner now. decided when ours went that we wouldn't have another while we were travelling. don't want to leave one in the vn while we are out for however short a time, can't take one on the motorbike, have seen how restricted friends can be when they take their dog. One couple in particular are going on a National Hliday to Paris as their plans last year were thwarted by having the dog with them. Their dog hates the motorhome and is a nervous wreck when travelling. My old dog loved my van so much she sneaked in and came to work with me :LOL:
Having said that if I were on my own would more than likely get a dog, and hope that it wnjoyd the journey i the van.
 

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Why buy a dog? Plenty in rescues urgently needing a home, We have 2 Irish terrier rescues who love travelling and getting out in the van also non shedding/hypoallergenic so ideal travel companions who will always draw a crowd

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Ours is a labradoodle Stanley and of topic had a doodle meet at Porlock Somerset, landlord let us all have a meal at the pub and the campsite was full of doodles ,ours is the scruffy one but we love him and I agree with Scott sue you are restricted and I don't know how he will go on my ktm
 

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Why buy a dog? Plenty in rescues urgently needing a home, We have 2 Irish terrier rescues who love travelling and getting out in the van also non shedding/hypoallergenic so ideal travel companions who will always draw a crowd

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Ordinarily I'd totally agree especially with our last two girls were Doberman rescue dogs but Swmbo wanted a Cavachon and if there had been a Cavachon rescue then we'd have definitely looked
 

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So she wants a crossbreed dog then? All you are doing by buying a "designer" mix is rather than getting the best of both breeds is crossing defects. Breeding these types of dogs has put others at risk of dying out completely the Irish Terrier is on the endangered breed list in the UK despite it being a very popular breed 100yrs ago and used extensively in the trenches of WW1. By helping a rescue your saving 2 dogs lives, taking one out a rescue and allowing another to take it's place plus you may just help a breed survive.

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We do miss our mutt, but the pet insurance each month just got more and more. Not sure that the budget would stretch that far now.
 

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Tesco insurance is good vet told me about it and for the price I was paying for one via petplan I've covered both my current two
 

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So she wants a crossbreed dog then? All you are doing by buying a "designer" mix is rather than getting the best of both breeds is crossing defects. Breeding these types of dogs has put others at risk of dying out completely the Irish Terrier is on the endangered breed list in the UK despite it being a very popular breed 100yrs ago and used extensively in the trenches of WW1. By helping a rescue your saving 2 dogs lives, taking one out a rescue and allowing another to take it's place plus you may just help a breed survive.
Or possibly breeding out the known defects.
I can't disagree with what you said but by buying the 'desigber' dog then we gave her a good home as we weren't aware she was already born but actually, Swmbo had decided we wouldn't have another dog at all and it was 20 months after losing our beautiful Mollie that she decided to get a smaller dog (and one without issues) and read about them after seeing one. So didn't we save her life?

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Our Jake the Yorky has been travelling around the UK and Europe for last 10 1/2 years, never been refused anywhere with him as always ask first, everyone loves him and he loves the attention back.
Love taking him walkies everywhere we go and very rarely is he left in the moho.
Now that you can him to the 5 days before your ferry or train (rather the 24 hours previously) now much easier to arrange a vet visit prior to return trip.
Nearly everyone on sites or aires will stop and talk with you and make a fuss of him, a great way to meet and make new friends too !!
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Or possibly breeding out the known defects.
I can't disagree with what you said but by buying the 'desigber' dog then we gave her a good home as we weren't aware she was already born but actually, Swmbo had decided we wouldn't have another dog at all and it was 20 months after losing our beautiful Mollie that she decided to get a smaller dog (and one without issues) and read about them after seeing one. So didn't we save her life?
Would say no, The male in the pic was 3hrs away from being PTS as was a stray found in the RoI he was saved at 7am and was scheduled to be put down at 10, Breeder didn't want to know as they thought he'd been snipped as he was that badly matted when we got him we found out he was still intact which may have changed the breeders mind if they had known

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Our 3 are fine on their own in the mh for at least three hours. If there's much activity outside we use a couple of blinds but the worst they do is bark if disturbed (or, on one occasion, sound the horn until it burned out :)).
 

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Would say no, The male in the pic was 3hrs away from being PTS as was a stray found in the RoI he was saved at 7am and was scheduled to be put down at 10, Breeder didn't want to know as they thought he'd been snipped as he was that badly matted when we got him we found out he was still intact which may have changed the breeders mind if they had known
Only time will tell. Actually unsure what you're saying would say no to.
We've had rescue dogs and we donate to The Dogs Trust and various other rescue centres but our beautiful Mollie did have problems which would take too long to explain but we are now the proud owners of Pepper.
 
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Agree with previous posts re rescue dogs.

All ours have been from rescue centres.

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Our present dog, Lucy, first went abroad in our m/h when she was four months old, she is now approaching 12yrs.

She has visited, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Monaco.

We have never had a problem. She loves the m/h and is happy to stay in her second home when we are out. Europe is much more tolerant of dogs than the UK.

In France, our main interest, she is allowed in restaurants, bars and hotels. In restaurants and bars she just lies down and goes to sleep,unless people come up to stroke her, when she does her “diva”act.

Don’t be worried about travelling with a pet. It can be very rewarding.
 

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Our dog goes everywhere with us in the motorhome. We can invariably find a pub where we can sit outside and eat or where they allow dogs in, which most do even if only in the bar area. On rare occasions we have to leave her in the motorhome for short periods. We have a large folding cage which she absolutely loves. In fact she likes it so much that she is usually fighting to get in even before we have finished erecting it! We usually return to find she is fast asleep and snoring! :)
 

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Charlie, is that a labradoodle? That is what we are looking for...

Noodle is a Cockapoo... Quite a bit smaller than a Labradoodle. Massive personalities huge fun kind hearted characters and playful.

Oh and as mad as a frog.

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