Traveling with the Dog – Stockholm Edition

P1020994So how was it – traveling with man’s best friend? Well, I got to say I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think my chihuahua will be a world traveler anytime soon. 😀

I decided to list some pros and cons I discovered during our week in Stockholm. I guess the most important thing in traveling with your pet is that your pet is social and fine with the situations. But after this trip, I guess it all might be a bit too much for mine.

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Let’s start with pros:

+ You won’t miss you your dog, because he’s with you!

+ You get different experiences when you have to think your trip the dog friendly way

+ It might be easier to get contact to locals as you have a dog as ice breaker

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…And the cons:

-It’s stressful and more work: customs, vaccinations, dog might be stressed…? Even when you want to get a taxi you have to make sure dogs are allowed.

-Is the apartment/hotel/cabin dog friendly? You might have to start your vacation cleaning the place so your four legged friend won’t get anything suspicious to eat/chew!

-It costs more money: You might have to pay ticket for your dog too or get a vaccination/medication before/during the trip, like we did.

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Also summer time would be better to travel with a dog – then you can just hang out outside too!

Chihugram

RU6A1865Since it has been quiet on the travel front after Prague, I’ve been struggling to find ideas to write about. As I have gone through the memory card from my camera, looking for inspiration, I’ve only barged into pictures of my dog.

Like I’ve said before, I don’t wanna turn this blog to be all about dogs. So I continue to write this like I have until now. But I also wanted to have some sort of channel for my endless chihuahua-pictures. So from now on, you can follow my canine photos and maybe get a little insight to my dog’s life in instagram. The account is named creatively “Chihugram” (https://www.instagram.com/chihugram/).

So when it’s quiet on my blog, you might wanna follow chihugram, there might be something going on there. 😉RU6A0293RU6A1848RU6A0125

 

“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell”

IMG_8358I’ve posted pictures of my dog a thousand times, but my family has also other pets that are easily left out of the limelight — turtles.

I saw a post on facebook today from an animal welfare group in Helsinki, and it told that two red ear turtles were looking for a new home. It’s a familiar story. Turtles end up being abandoned way too often. Maybe because they are misunderstood, people don’t know what they are getting themselves into when they get a turtle as a pet. Turtles are good pets, but only for the right owners. IMG_8348

Turtles are not as social as dogs, they can’t be pet like a cat, but still they need to be taken care of. Feeding them a couple of times a week doesn’t sound too bad but cleaning the aquarium is a different story. But they are fun to watch, interesting and cute in their own way.

My family took turtles when I was about 5 years old. I wanted a dog and my parents tried to take the easy way out. Now the turtles (that are living at my parents house), Emma and Vippis, are already over twenty years old and will probably live at least another twenty. They don’t get as much as attention as my chihuahua and they aren’t warm and fuzzy. But still, I’m always happy they are there. I hope other turtle owners would be too, so less pet turtles would end up in the nature on their own, where they barely have any chances (at least in this cold Finland)…

I took these picture last summer when Emma and Vippis were outing.

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Snow & Traditions

IMG_1463I’m back at Tampere, right on schedule in getting a panic attack for being too stressed out about moving. 😀 Well, still three whole days to get everything into boxes and make the apartment shining and clean! It’s enough, right? I mean, a two-room apartment can only have certain amount of stuff…

But first, as I like to avoid packing obligations, let’s devote a minute (and a few pictures) at looking back how relaxing Christmas was… Yes, all the chocolate, Christmas sauna, food and sleeping should be enough for me to make it through moving and all the way to next year.

We had a white Christmas after all! ❤IMG_1633 IMG_1568

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Icelandic Horses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the best things I experienced in Iceland was riding with an Icelandic horse.

I’ve taken riding classes when I was a child, but that hobby faded after I fell off a horse (well, it was a pony, but the situation was dramatic nevertheless! :D). I guess that sort of left a small fear towards horseback riding — because anything can happen when there are living creatures involved.

But after the riding trip in Iceland, I’ve been wondering why did I ever stop?!? Riding is so much fun. And it wasn’t scary at all (might be because the tour was made so safe and easy and it was suitable for beginners… Actually my mom rode for the very first time in her life!)

There are many different tour options and companies that organize riding tours in Iceland to choose from. And many of them are only less than 20 minutes ride away from downtown Reykjavik. We went with Islenski Hesturinn (The Icelandic Horse) and I have nothing bad to say about them. Our guide Inga seemed really skillful, reliable and nice. I really had a blast!

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