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Pets on tour: What it’s really like travelling through Europe with your dog

Is it barking mad to travel with your pooch? A trip to Venice by boat and train from Ireland takes more than a little planning – but is well worth it

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Italy has a warm welcome for dogs

Italy has a warm welcome for dogs

Ros Dee in Venice with Dudley

Ros Dee in Venice with Dudley

Gondolas at sunset in Venice

Gondolas at sunset in Venice

Roslyn and Dudley on their travels

Roslyn and Dudley on their travels

Roslyn and Dudley at a cafe

Roslyn and Dudley at a cafe

Roslyn and Dudley in Venice

Roslyn and Dudley in Venice

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Italy has a warm welcome for dogs

It’s a beautiful sunny morning on Tuesday, the first day of March, and I’m sitting in a comfy seat on the Stena Adventurer with the Irish Sea stretching ahead towards Holyhead, and as calm as a millpond for as far as the eye can see. It’s years, decades actually, since I’ve been on a ferry, always being one for the get-there-quick option, but now here I am at the start of my slow odyssey to Italy.

Down in a kennel on a lower deck is Dudley, my wire-haired dachshund, none too happy at being left to his own devices for a few hours in such strange surroundings, but I console myself with the knowledge that once we disembark at lunchtime today, Dudley and I will be joined at the hip, as it were, until we alight from the train in Santa Lucia station in Venice at teatime on Friday.


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