Holidaying In Europe with Your Pet


I have always loved animals since I was a child and apparently animals seem to love me as I am one of those people that animals seem to get excited on seeing (I have this affect on children too which is useful).  On numerous power walks I have made new friends who have then decided to follow me on part of my walks.  It’s not just me though we are a nation of animal lovers.  Our pets don’t take long to become an important part of our daily lives.

They are our loyal companions who see us through the ups and downs and make great listeners.  The comfort and love they show us daily is unconditional.  They become family from the first day they arrive at home, and you want to spend every second playing with them and cuddling them.  It’s not always easy to leave them at home while you go to work but worse still is to have to leave them with someone whilst you go on vacation.  Fortunately travelling with pets has become much easier over the years and the steps to enable them to be able to come with us are simple and straight forward.

I am sure some of you would love to take your pets abroad but in some cases not knowing the process involved to allow you to do so puts you off so in this post you will find all the information you will require.  Make sure you check out the various links for further details on the topics in bold.

The Checklist for Your Pet

 Before travelling with your pet it’s important to make a checklist of the steps that need to be fulfilled before departure.  First of all, your pet will need a pet passport plus a super cute picture to go with it.  Your veterinarian will be a fundamental part of this process.  Before any vaccines, or paper work, remember that your pet should be micro-chipped (in many countries it is required by law).  The chip serves as a permanent ID, in case of emergency situations so for example if your pet gets lost and then found thanks to the chip he/she will be recognised and linked to the respective owner.  A common vaccination that may be required is for rabies.  After having this your will need to wait 21 days before they can travel.

Don’t forget their favourite toy(s) and a blanket to help keep them calm during travelling and settle into the new surrounding better.

If your pet requires medication / special shampoos, creams these will need to be packed too.

Don’t forget too pack a spare leash and muzzle in case they are needed.

Choosing the Right Means of Transportation


Once you go through your checklist, and get your pet the appropriate jabs you then have to choose your mode of transportation.  Whether you are going near or far, the way you choose to travel is important for both you and your pet.  One of the best, and more efficient ways is travelling by air.  Travelling by plane is, as we all know one of the safest forms of travel and picking the right service provider that will care about your pet’s comfort is important.  One company that provides international transportation for pets by air is Bliss Pet Service.  Bliss Pet follows your loved one from start to finish and ensures their trip goes as smoothly as yours.  Started in 2011 this company has a 98% satisfaction rate.

After dealing with all the paper work and veterinarians visits, comes the fun part, deciding where to go.  You will need to make sure you do a little research into where your little furry friend will be accepted without any problems.  The world is your oyster obviously, but some of the best problem-free places to visit include Italy, Germany and Switzerland. These countries are known to be extra pet-friendly and do not mind when you want to bring pets along with you.  You and your pet will be able to do almost everything together.  In fact, your 4 legged friend is welcomed in places such as shops, restaurants and hotels.  Bringing them on public transport is also possible, as long as you keep them on a leash and have a muzzle with you just in case.

It is far easier to travel with pets than you may think and lovely not to have to leave them behind.

Have you ever travelled with a pet(s)?

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Regular readers will recall a post featuring a dog food company called Pooch&Mutt (grain free dog food) and the adorable Ruby earlier this year.


New Melanie’s Fab Finds readers that own dogs will also be interested to hear that Pooch&Mutt have five different dog foods to choose from including: Move Easy, Calm & Relaxed, Slim & Slender, Fresh Breath and Digestion & Wind.  The competition hosted with my last post proved to be quite popular so we thought as it was a while back it would be nice to get another up and running.  This time the prize on offer is a 2kg bag of dog food (winner can select which one) and a six pack of treats (again winner can chose which one).  The prize is worth almost £30.  For those eager to get their hands on some of this great dog food you can get a £5 off a 10kg bag voucher simply by filling in a short survey.

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My little girls are extremely inquisitive as one would expect given their ages.  The only thing that concerns me though is their fascination with bugs especially spiders eeekkkkk!  I’m really not a fan but I do like to do things at home with them that are educational.  With a science / medical background I am myself also interested in the natural world and all the beauty that can be seen within.  Now although I’m not into spiders I do like other sorts of weird and wonderful creatures so I thought as it’s the summer holidays it might be fun to in a sense, grow out own pet(s).  I discovered Triop World after a brief search.  It wasn’t hard to summon up my inner child and get the girls to assist me in my latest ‘science lesson’ Life Cycles.

Here’s the science part.  I feel like one of those women from the hair shampoo commercials lol.

Triop are great little creatures for science demonstrations plus you get all the fun of having pets but without the long term commitment.  Triops have been around since the Triassic period (the time of the dinosaurs) with fossils dating back 200 million years.  Triop normally live from 3 to 6 weeks but not to fear they normally leave eggs behind.  Even if you only have 1 Triop don’t despair as they often produce eggs without having to come in contact with another Triop (I’m leaving out any mating talk as my girls are way too young for that to be mentioned).

TriopThe best temperature range for Triops is between  21 to 31 degree C but they can survive at 15 degrees although this can greatly affect their survival, growth and fertility.

The girls were of course so excited they could pop when the package containing the Triops arrived.

DSC01739We followed the instructions and washed out the tank with bottled water and then dried it.

DSC01752The tank was ¾ filled with bottled water and allowed to reach room temperature.  Then the detritus containing the eggs was poured in and the sides were washed down to make sure that no eggs had stuck to them.

DSC01765Within 24 hours we had babies!!!  They were tiny at first but luckily for me I have superhuman vision so I could see them quite well.  On day 3 we put a tiny amount of food in.  We noticed that they were doubling in size each day and also moulting.

Size on day 3

The girls would stand watching the tank for ages, they loved watching the little creatures scurrying along the floor of the tank and swimming around.  We even had a torch next to the tank for the girls to shine in to take a good look.

Here are ours at 6 days old:

DSC01938You can even see parts of the exoskeleton that they shed each time they grow.  The instructions said that we could remove the detrius that the eggs had been combined with (the small brown pieces of what looks like bark) but we decided not to as our Triops seemed to have so much fun with it.DSC01939DSC01940P1150882Here you see our Triop shed it’s exoskeleton.

When our Triops reach 2 weeks we will add the sand provided in the kit.  This will help to keep the water clear and keeps the Triops busy as they search for food.  Our little pets may reach almost 7-8cm although they normally grow to 4-5cm.

The little ones are really enjoying having Triops and we would really recommend getting some for parents with young children from about 4+.

The Triop world kit contains everything you need but you can also purchase additional eggs and food, sand and tanks.

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Thanks to wikipedia for the first Triop photo.


As a nation of animal lovers we want the best for our pets.  For dogs this means plenty of exercise, fun things to keep them occupied so they are not gnawing at the furniture and on our shoes etc. and of course good nutrition.  You can tell a lot about a pets wellbeing by its coat and interaction with others.

  Ruby is a 7 year old Hungarian Vizsla and one of the most mild mannered a friendliest dogs you could meet.  Given her age a pet food that helps give her suitable nutrition to help her mobility is appropriate as like us, dogs can suffer from joint problems as they get older.  Ruby loved her new dog food from Pooch&Mutt (MOVE EASY complete grain-free dog food).  This is tailored for dogs with mobility issues or for those like Ruby that are very active.  With high levels of essential fatty acids from Scottish Salmon, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, green lipped mussel, rosehips, linseed, alfalfa and yucca this mix is formulated to support healthy joints and mobility.


 Pooch&Mutt have formulated a grain-free dog food because many dogs struggle to digest foods containing grains.  This can then result in digestive discomfort and itchy skin.  The food is naturally hypoallergenic as it does not contain common allergens like dairy products, soya, wheat or rice.

Well it’s one thing to tell you all about how great this product it supposed to be but another to be told straight from the horses mouth or in this case dogs.  What did Ruby think?  Well from the second she was told she was told she could eat her head did not move from the bowl until it was sparkling.  You would never have known that it had been full of food just a few minutes earlier.  Although joint problems have yet to be seen in Ruby, by eating this food it helps to avoid them manifesting.


There are five different dog foods to choose from including: Move Easy, Calm & Relaxed, Slim & Slender, Fresh Breath and Digestion & Wind.

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As well as foods they also have a range of tasty treats available.

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Treats are also available for our canine friends.  There are seven different types.  Containing only natural ingredients the hand-baked bone shaped treats are a great low calorie treat that dogs will love.  Again we tried the ones tailored for easy mobility.  Ruby loved them, the second she smelt the treats she was like putty in our hands, no trick was too much trouble if it meant she would be rewarded with these tasty bite site bones treats.





Containing ingredients that have been scientifically proven to improve joint comfort and also incorporating Yucca which was traditionally given by North American Indians to their animals to aid normal joint function these are guaranteed to benefit your dog.

Available straight from Pooch&Mutt as well as Amazon Prime, Ocado and Pets at Home their products are well worth a try by our four legged friends.

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