We love our trips to Provence because we go with a traveling dog, our 11-year-old Sheltie, Chula, whose name means “pretty” in Spanish. Last fall, we made our third trip together and savored the treasures produced in the fields of Provence.
The Rhone River, one of the major rivers in Europe, flows from Switzerland to Arles, where it breaks into two branches on its route to the Mediterranean Sea.One of the great ways to spend a day is to tour wineries in the Rhone River valley, and dogs are generally welcome.
Chula doesn’t do any tasting with us, but she does take in the experience. Our favorite tour is of the wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, about an hour to the north of our village, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.Continue reading →
Chula Wula D’Augue, Sheltie by birth and Frenchie by choice, is one of those happy traveling dogs. On three occasions, she has trotted the globe with us from California to Paris, an 11-hour trip followed by a 3-hour train ride. Still, she arrives at our home in Saint-Rémy-de Provence with a smile on her face and ready for adventure.
While the possibilities for adventure in Provence are endless, Chula, Bob, and I think some of the most special days are those we spend right in our village.
The Wednesday Market
In Provence, a bustling market happens in a different village each day of the week. Wednesday is Saint-Rémy’s turn, and Chula wouldn’t miss a visit even for a chance to chase a cat out of her backyard. Continue reading →
On each trip to France, our family devotes the first few days to getting over jet lag, and that includes Chula, our 11-year-old Sheltie. Though scientists say that dogs are not as subject to jet lag as humans, we wonder why Chula, an experienced traveling dog, sleeps so much the first couple of days and why she is always there staring at us when we awake at 4 am!
At some point, thankfully, the whole family is rested and ready to venture beyond our village, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. That’s when we head to the Luberon Valley where some of the prettiest villages in Provence grace the hilltops.
First Stop: Quiet Saignon
Heading up the south side of the valley, we pass through Maubec, Ménerbes, La Coste, Bonnieux, and end up in Saignon, a secret jewel at the east end of the Luberon. Continue reading →
Sheron Long has generously provided Animal Cafe readers with a four-part series on her gypsy-at-heart traveling dog Chula’s escapades and explorations during trips through France. Over the next few cold, wintry weeks we’ll get to enjoy a little of the sunny climes of the South of France, imagining the scent of lavender in the air!
Four Paws in Provence
Chula, a traveling dog and the author of Dog Trots Globe – To Paris & Provence, packed light with only a fur coat and four white socks (no shoes). Then she set off with Bob and me for a 2-month adventure through the south of France, in the area known as Provence. After a 3-hour trip on the bullet train, Chula settled into Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, her hometown.
The trips to France with Chula began three years ago when Bob and I were first able to spend two months at a time there. The thought of being without Chula, our 9-year-old Sheltie, for so long was unthinkable, and that’s when she made her first trip to France and turned right into a traveling dog.
Pet behavior expert Steve Dale offers some great pet travel advice as we head now into the holiday travel season, it’s a good time to refresh our memories on the basics when it comes to being prepared for all of the ins and outs of safe travel for pets. In this video Steve goes over what you need to do to book a pet friendly hotel, what toys you should bring along, as well as whatever else you need to keep your pet comfortable and happy.
Steve also gets expert advice from Dr. Natalie Marks of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago on how to handle a dog who may suffer from car sickness, which can put a serious dent in your plans. When you travel with pet approved tips like these, everyone in your family will arrive happy.
Fall travel with pets is so much more fun that going it alone, sun shining on colorful leaves, crunching and flying as your dog goes for that long toss of the ball. There’s something about warm sun and cool temperatures that just beg for an outing, maybe a last picnic of the year with your best furry friend, and the un-furry kind too!
Carol Bryant of Fidose of Reality stopped by with some interesting news about places she’s been with her dog and even has a surprising recommendation for those who can’t get to the Northeast.
You might want to think about taking your Fall trip to see foliage earlier rather than later in October given the extreme weather we’ve had this year. Check your sources, whether its online or your Uncle Buck who lives where you want to go, and remember there are so many more places that are now pet friendly, you don’t need to leave your dog(s) at home! Enjoy your Fall travel with pets!