I am beyond ecstatic about this holiday!! It took me over a month to actually arrange it as we will be flying with our little Boston Terrier puppy, Oscar. For those of you flying to/from the UK with pets you know what a nightmare it is.. BUT I finally figured out the route, and the flights, AND found a place via Airbnb that accepts pets!! We’re off in September for a lovely 2 weeks of pure relaxation! I wanted to go as low down in Spain as possible, without being super far away from the airport because travelling with pets can be a bit of a tricky thing. So islands sadly for us were a no no. I found this studio at Playamar beach in Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain and it was just so perfect. Plus the host was super nice with all my questions and let us take Oscar with us, so for me the hunt was finally over. I finalised the overnight ferry trip with cabins from Harwich to Hook of Holland via Stenaline. Then bought the flights from Iberia from Amsterdam to Malaga direct and phoned up to reserve the spots for Oscar. And have now as well booked a visit to the vet to make sure all his papers are in order to avoid that horrendosity that was the trip through Holland last time
I just can’t believe I’ve actually managed all this!! Really, I can’t. At points it just felt like it was impossible to get to Spain and have a nice holiday with our little boy. Or have a holiday anywhere, besides back at home and in the UK, with our little dog. And I actually managed all of it without breaking the bank! This is all thanks to Airbnb and Alain, our host. This will be my first time using it, so expect a follow up review after the holiday 🙂 The studio we will be staying at has all the amenities that we required (biggest of which was pet friendly) and is a step away from the beach. It even has a pool! Woohoo! I’m so excited I just can’t put it all into words. This holiday is absolutely a neccessity for both my partner and I and I just know I’m going to love staying in Malaga ❤ Less than 4 weeks to go now! AAAHHHHH JUST CAN’T WAIT!!!
P.s. For any of you thinking of travelling to Spain from the UK with your pet don’t hesitate to ask me for the best routes. Believe me, I struggled and did way too much research as usual.
As you might remember I said I had today off for a Family Day Out. We didn’t have the best start to our day as a water mains burst in our area, which meant we didn’t have water until 9pm tonight Needless to say we were a bit late for the event, but at least we made it! Better late than never, right? 🙂 Forgot the last time I had a bucket shower (with water bought from the local offie), haha 😀 Anyway, we finally get to Richmond and have a wonderful time with drinks, burgers, bouncy castles, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, tug-o-war, and donuts.. I have definitely pigged out today.. and I couldn’t care less about the calorie count! 😀 Companies should really have more of these days out. It was just such a great way to interact and remind everyone else that everyone you work with is human after all. Thank you GBK for the yummy burgers and for the fun day! Now knackered at home and able to finally take that shower. Hubs and I are satisfied and I’m sure our hearts are slightly hating us at the moment. Not a bad Tuesday if I do say so myself! Now for another 4 days of work and then its weeekeeenndddd tiiimeee againnnnnn ❤
P.S. The GBK team actually beat the rugby team! Hah!
Is there anything nicer than flowers from your loved one? 🙂 Ok… I can think of a few things better 😉 Buuuuut this is pretty nice as well 😀 I’m being so lazy these days with posting its not even funny. It’s constantly busy in life at the moment and work really takes me out of me these days. Believe me when you have a puppy and spend 9 hours in front of two screens all day the last thing you have energy for is coming back home to stare at a screen even more I just love having my puppy cuddles now ❤ Thank you for the flowers hubby!! Love you ❤
It’s finally come!! Haha! Oscars 5 generation pedigree chart!! And wow all I can say is … wow! Lol! Some of these names can keep me amused for hours. So according to the pedigree Oscars name is Freddies Ripper (we have never chosen that name, but hey-ho its what it is). To us Oscars full pedigree name will forever be Oscar Peanut Louis the 3rd! And my lord even some of his humpty-dumpty ancestors were imported from the states! Imagine getting flown to somewhere just to have sex! Haha 😀 Gotta love the escort Boston Terrier lifestyle 😉 It is now 1000% official, all his papers and documents are in our names. Enjoy the hilarious names everyone! Whats your favourite one? I’m torn between quite a few to be honest ;P
OOOOOHHHHHH the hubby did GOOOOOOOOD tonight!!! Came home and what was waiting for me when I stepped in? Salmon ceviche made in two different (F*CKING DELICOUS) ways, crayfish salad, crab, chorizo/shrimp/couscous salad, and mango/peanut/chilli salad with Prosecco and a huge bowl of fruit salad for dessert. Omg – omg – omg and can I say omg again? This was just so perfect for this hot weather!! Not to mention I’ve been craving it for MONTHS. I had foodogasmns throughout the whole meal, ate SO much and am euphorically floating on cloud nine now. This man is totally getting lucky tonight or any other night of this week! Amen, hallelujah, and bon- a-freakin’-ppetite!
This is the ultimate sin and luxury… Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes!! Had the privilege to spend a wonderful night celebrating a friends birthday and got to eat scrumdiddlyumptious cupcakes!! You can totally taste the heart attack in them, but you totally don’t even care because they are so good! Which reminds me, healthier life starts from today! Hope you’ve all been good while I’ve had a mini time out from things 🙂
So lots of people have been asking me how we took our dog over from the UK to Finland via flying. To answer a few questions:
1) Yes, we flew.
2) Yes, he came in as hand luggage, which means he just goes under our seat.
3) No, its not expensive. Only 40 euros. and lastly;
4) Yes, it can be a bit complicated with all the paperwork required, etc. Especially on returning to the UK!
That all said he was simply the best traveller! All that early socialisation and getting him used to all sorts of transport really truly paid off! He didn’t mind one bit, not a single peep. He just slept and one looked up for a little scratch. Trip through the airport was easy too and for once I saw the security guys smile and be nice (I think we can all agree on how un-friendly they can be..). It was such a great trip I really didn’t want to start work again and go back to reality! More pics to follow from our little vaca later on 🙂 And if ANYONE has ANY questions on how to fly, etc, with their dog, please feel free to ask! It can really be quite a hassle in the UK if you don’t know what to do. I’m so happy we can travel with our little Boston Terrier 🙂 He’s such a braze good boy! ❤
P.s. Below are pics of Oscar in his SturdiBag! The bag is AMAZING. Finnair only has 20cm of room and this bag really used all the room possible! Oscar didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. If anyone out there is trying to think of a bag to get, I couldn’t recommend the SturdiBag more!! We have the large black version as you can see. It was so flexible, super light, and not that expensive. We paid £44.91 for it from Zooplus! It has tons of ventilation, great zippers that even lock so if you have cats they can’t get out, a soft pad attached with velcro, a comfy carrier strap, and best of all Oscar took to it immediately. The installation was minimal and as you can see form the pics below it fit in the plane just fine. I think Finnair tends to put pets in the middle seat as they are a tad “wider” in the foot space area. And because the SturdiBag smushes when pushed, but retains it shape, it simply becomes flatter, but wider. So our Boston Terrier still had plenty of room. Well, as plenty as a plane will allow 😀 Even us humans are sardines in them.. Anyway, if anyone has any questions about flying like I mentioned before, or about the SturdiBag, then don’t hesitate asking! Us pet lovers gotta stick together! 😛
Sorry for the radio silence everyone! Been on holiday at our Summer House in Finland in Rautalampi.. almost smack in the middle of Finland. So you can probably imagine how little of any source of technology worked there. We are finally back after one of the most gruelling trips back ever (thats for another time, believe you me). I thought I’d share a photo today that just makes me smile and laugh every time I see it! Oscar is slowling growing up, and as usual he was a hit everywhere he went. Here he is running through the house as the happy Boston Terrier puppy that he is 😀 Ah, I do love him, I do! ❤ Thank you Harvey for taking all the wonderful pics!!
Is this my week or what?! Should I play the lottery as well?? First my redundancy came through, and now Petplan paid us some back from when Oscar had his UTI. I had actually completely forgotten about this… and to be honest didn’t think we would ever get anything back anyway (this being the UK after all…). PERFECT timing right before holiday! Now… to continue with with Petplan or not since their premiums are beyond ridiculously high I mean hello… £70 a month? Yea.. I think not. But thanks for the cheque! 😀 Anyone have good pet insurances they go with?