Relocating to Germany can be an excellent adventure, for families and their pets. The German people, and most public places, are pet-friendly in a big way. In fact, you can take your dog into all sorts of establishments that you cannot take them in most other countries. And if you wind up living in Munich (or just visiting the city, for that matter), you will really be in pet heaven.
You don’t have to own a German shepherd to teach your dog commands in German! Heck, no. In fact, if your family is relocating to Germany, what better way to start getting into the spirit of things than with a little language instruction? That will help you learn new words, and training of any kind is one of the best bonding experiences for you and your dog.
Getting settled into a new home can be lots of fun, even though it’s definitely a lot of work, too. You get to decide how to arrange the furniture in your new space. Where to hang your pictures, and which cabinet should hold the coffee cups. When your family includes a pet, you also have to decide where their stuff should go. And that decision is a bigger deal than you might think.
The Germans love, love, love dogs. So if you’re moving to Germany and your family includes a canine, you’ll be in good company. Don’t feel slighted if you’re a cat person, though – felines are also well-loved. But first things first. You and your pet have to get there.
Lots of American expats are living in Ireland these days. Most are there for business, but it’s a lovely country to visit on sabbatical or to retire. Whatever your reason for moving to Ireland, we know your beloved pet will be moving, too. One of your first, and most important, tasks will be finding a vet for your furry friend. At least you won’t have to worry about a language barrier!
Germany isn’t the largest country in the world, but it is quite diverse geographically. You and your dog will have no shortage of sights to see and smells to sniff. But it’s good to remember that, while summers are mostly mild in Germany, it can get very snowy and cold in winter. So, whether you head out on the trail for a hike or down the street to the local biergarten for a brew, you will want to be properly prepared for the weather.
What could be prettier than an English garden? The British are renowned the world over for their love of landscaping, especially their fulsome beds of flowering shrubs and perennials. Alas, a surprising number of these beauties are poisonous as well as pretty. So if you plan on visiting or relocating to England you will want to know which flora to avoid. Especially if you have pets!
One of the most difficult aspects of planning an international journey for your pet is making appropriate flight reservations. A short hop is one thing, but long distances generally require layovers, plane transfers, even carrier changes, depending on your departure and destination cities. If you are moving from the US to Dubai, for example, there’s a good chance your pet will make a stop at London Heathrow airport along the way. It’s called transiting because you’re just passing through.