Winston Goes to Spain

“Who will look after my dog?” is a common dilemma when going on vacation.  Our solution was to bring our Yorkshire Terrier, Winston, along with us for a six week trip to Spain.

Winston has travelled with us on several road trips in western Canada and the US, but we have never taken a pet on a transAtlantic flight. If we were taking a shorter trip or one with multiple stops, we wouldn’t take our dog as it wouldn’t be worth the expense, red tape, or the stress on our dog. The experience turned out to be a great one for us as well as Winston.

I'm ready. Let's go!

“I’m ready…let’s go!”

I love the warm Spanish sun on my face.

“I love the warm Spanish sun on my face.”



Why we decided to take Winston on this trip:

  • Our stay was long enough to make the effort and expense worthwhile.
  • Winston is small enough to fly in the cabin with us.
  • We were planning to stay at one location, rather than moving a lot from place to place as we have on other trips.
  • There is no quarantine period for pets entering the EU from Canada.

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24 replies
  1. Shelley
    Shelley says:

    Thanks Betsy. Sounds like you have great memories with your Little Daisy. Now that you’re house-sitting you can still get your pet love fix!

    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      We’re lucky that my parents like to have Winston when we can’t take him along with us. Nerja is one of our favorite places for sure! Can’t wait to go back 🙂

  2. Jackie Smith
    Jackie Smith says:

    We drove from WA State to Puerto Vallarta many years ago and took our two cats in our Jeep which had become their RV. I swear I’ve never had such stress! I love your photos and it looks like your little one was a great travel companion!
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  3. Juergen
    Juergen says:

    You didn’t mention how Winston behave during the flight… Did you feed him some travel pills to calm him down? And then there is the question how one can deal with the urge of a pet needing a toilet break on a plane… (sorry, I know, Americans never talk about this, but all cross Atlantic flights are at least 7 hours or longer).
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    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      Winston was really good during the flight. I think maybe the airplane noise calmed him. Our vet and the airlines didn’t recommend giving him sedatives, as it can affect their heart rate during the flight. We didn’t give Winston food or water for four hours before the flight, which was I think 9 hours. We then had a connection in Paris where we took him outside for a quick break, then on to the next flight for 2 more hours. So he left his mark in Paris 🙂

    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      That’s true. North America and Europe are pretty straightforward, but some places like New Zealand have pretty tight pet import regulations.


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