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Old 24th September 2009, 11:13 AM
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I'm looking to take my dog to the Algarve area in the next few weeks. I don't really want to fly him as he's a gets nervous and although I've never travelled in the hold of a plane I can imagine its very noisy.

So I'm considering driving him over from the uk. Has any-one done this and if so could you please tell me which route you took, how long it takes and approx cost.

Alternatively if someone else is taking their dog out either for a holiday or to live I'd be happy to come along and share costs.

One more thing, are dogs allowed on the beaches.

I've been quoted just over 500 from a company who takes dogs all over Europe.

Thanks in advance for your help

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we recently came over and although we were nervous the dog was ok flying. The company spray the travel box with pheromones that are very similar to the smell their mother would have given off when feeding them so they are relaxed and happy. As yet we haven't found a beach that we can run the dog on!

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Oh that's a worry, he loves the beach and the water. Can I ask, how much did it cost you to fly your dog out and which airline did you use?

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HI: We live in lagos and although we dont have a dog ( cats) we see dogs at all the major beaches in the Lagos, Faro, Portimao area. I would fly the dog. That's got to be better than all those hours in a car. Although Meia Praia is the beach with the "cat colony" and I have seen many a curious pooch ( regardless of size) taught a lesson by the fat cats that run the beach.

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Oh that's a worry, he loves the beach and the water. Can I ask, how much did it cost you to fly your dog out and which airline did you use?
we used petair in dorset. afraid i cant give you a price for the dog as we also bought 3 cats and a rabbit and in total it cost about 1500. That included being picked up from our home kenneled for two nights and transport from Dorset to Heathrow. It also included vet check and confirmation that animals were healthy to travel.

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Thanks for all your replies, they've been very helpful. I found out that dogs are allowed on the beaches out of season apparently.

Any expats in Portugal that can advise me if TAP Portugal (the airline) still takes animals on board. I stumbled on a webiste which said they did and also that the animals travel in the cabin!! I tried to ring the number but was on hold for so long I gave up for today.

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we used petair in dorset. afraid i cant give you a price for the dog as we also bought 3 cats and a rabbit and in total it cost about 1500. That included being picked up from our home kenneled for two nights and transport from Dorset to Heathrow. It also included vet check and confirmation that animals were healthy to travel.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Tracy,
We are in the same predictament. We have a cat and a german Shepherd and we live in California. We found that Queen Mary II has a pet program that allows us to bring our pets on the queen Mary. It goes to south hampton though. From there we are having a hard time deciding how to bring the animals to Portugal.
Does petair have a web site, or a contact phone that we can use? I would be interested in contacting them. The wife found an airline in Britain that would take us all to Portugal, but it costs $10000. Your cost was quite reasonable?

Thanks
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we used petair in dorset. afraid i cant give you a price for the dog as we also bought 3 cats and a rabbit and in total it cost about 1500. That included being picked up from our home kenneled for two nights and transport from Dorset to Heathrow. It also included vet check and confirmation that animals were healthy to travel.

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Found a link to their website. Just googled petair dorset.
Thanks again.

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We have a German Sheppard and we take him to the beach now and again. We were told once by the life guard, to remove the animal from the beach. We did it, and after checking, we found out that by the Portuguese law, dogs are not allowed on the beach. We still take ours, now the summer is over so the majority of the coast line has no surveillance. But I know that we can be booked.
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I'm looking to take my dog to the Algarve area in the next few weeks. I don't really want to fly him as he's a gets nervous and although I've never travelled in the hold of a plane I can imagine its very noisy.

So I'm considering driving him over from the uk. Has any-one done this and if so could you please tell me which route you took, how long it takes and approx cost.

Alternatively if someone else is taking their dog out either for a holiday or to live I'd be happy to come along and share costs.

One more thing, are dogs allowed on the beaches.

I've been quoted just over 500 from a company who takes dogs all over Europe.

Thanks in advance for your help
I have just travelled with my dog from Portugal to England in a few weeks we are returning back to Portugal on the same route.
We are sailing from Plymouth to Santander in Spain, it is a 22 hour crossing, having spoken to other people who travel a lot with their dogs this is the best ship for animals and the quickest way to Portugal.
All the animals are in large enough cages on the top deck, they can have their own bedding, toys and food, you can visit them whenever you want and walk and toilet them.

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