Hi! We’re zoe (with the hat) and Pluto (with the ball). We head up the customer service team at Waggle Canine Adventure Gear. As we’re pretty much thinking ‘dog’ 24/7 over here we thought we’d share our musings. We’d love to hear back from you!
Love the site. Perhaps you can do a blog on international travel with a dog? I’ve taken my dog to 11 different countries and although he’s a bit different as he is a medical assistance dog the first time it was a real eye opener all the different forms needed for all the different countries e.g. you even need an export permit to take your dog out of Australia (mind you, AQIS have been great on all my trips) and the time it takes to do it all.
Wow! You sound far better equipped to do an international travel with dogs blog than I am! Impressive!
11 different countries. You have me curious now. Where have you gone with your dog?
I am also very interested to hear about your dog’s medical assistance role. At Waggle we sponsored the two year training of an Australian Assistance Dog (named Waggle of course!) and are waiting for him to get his assignment. He was a star in his class, but he’s a big lug and will need someone with a big personality to match him.
Thanks for your input Carolyn!
Devo is a diabetic alert dog – he lets me know when my blood sugar is falling before I get warning signs (and before anyone else needs to know). I got him through Paws for Diabetics www pfd.org.au
PFD mostly uses whippets for their good nature and the fact they ‘mature’ quickly as they are put with their ‘person’ at 8 weeks of age but also have a min pin as well as poodles for those with dog hair allergies but it does get requests for other dogs so is working towards trying a few others.
In the 3 years I’ve had him we’ve been around the world twice (NZ, Canada, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore) as well as Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, Madeira and Chile – that one was support crew for a group of 3 trying to bike ride to the top of Ojos del Salado, highest volcano in the world so we got to over 17,000 feet on that trip. We have also been on the QE2 and the maiden voyage of the Queen Elizabeth ship. I think Devo has more stamps in his passport than may people. It’s especially ‘interesting’ taking a service dog to non-English speaking countries that aren’t used to service dogs and we are developing a good list of vets around the world who can fill out other countries’ import permits!
Wow! That is amazing. I thought I was doing alright but Devo definitely has me beat paws down. Sounds like you’ve not only travelled but been to some very interesting destinations together. How romantic! : ) If you ever want to share some of your travel stories I think it might be interesting to feature some on ALL THINGS DOG. If you’d ever like to submit a guest blog entry about traveling the world with a service dog that would be fantastic! I think the world could use some more information about all the types of talented service dogs there are out there. Go Devo!
Hi. Did you ever find out about the dog boarding in the southern highlands? The one with the dam for them to swim in. Was it up to your standards, and what is its name?
I still haven’t had a chance to get there! If you do we’d love to hear your review. The woman who runs it is the sister of someone I know though.
We recently stayed at “The Clarence Gorge” or “The Gorge” as it’s affectionately. Wow, what a beautiful place. Inland from Grafton our beautiful 10 mth old bullarab x “Camo” was able to run free on 8000+ acres and swim in the running, freshwater river. It was only $20 per night per vehicle, but you need to take everything you need. If you love to take your best mate with you camping, and don’t mind fending for yourselves, this is definitely the place to go. You can also go bass fishing, it’s nothing to wake up with cows next to your camp! Had an absolute ball and would recommend it to the camper who loves to get away from it all.
Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great tip! How did Camo go with the cows?
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