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All Apawd! How You Can Help Dogs Ride the Eurostar

All Apawd! How You Can Help Dogs Ride the Eurostar

Christmas is a few weeks away, and you’re probably thinking of where to take your hooch on holiday, right?

If you had dreams of a romantic train ride to Paris on the Eurostar, strolling the Champs-Elysees with your BFF (matching berets, naturellement), forget it. The Eurostar does not allow pups on board any of its train.

Say what?
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Sure, you can take your dog through the Eurotunnel (if you have a car), fly (only some airlines) or take the ferry (too long). And if your pooch doesn’t fit under your plane seat, there’s a good chance they’ll have to fly in the cargo hold, need to be sedated, or arrive stressed – not our first choice, especially for a holiday!

And get this: other UK and European rail operators allow pets. Barking mad, isn’t it?

The recent #PetstoParis campaign by online pet store Pets Pyjamas suggested pets be allowed on a designated carriage. Makes sense to us! They sent in a petition for the issue to be discussed in the House of Commons, and even staged a flash mob in St. Pancras in September.

Tatler Geoff wants to ride the Eurostar to Paris…

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So does Dennis…

petstoparis2Image via fayechapman1 

It’s even ruffer when you think of how many of us travel with our pets – over a third! – spending a whopping £450 million on holidays. Over 10 million passengers ride the Eurostar every year – imagine how many more would if they could bring their fluffball?

So, what can you do to get dogs on the Eurostar?

* Write to Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic at nicolas.petrovic@eurostar.com

* Tweet out to Eurostar at twitter.com/eurostar

* Post your message on Eurostar’s Facebook page

* Join Facebook group Allow Pets on Eurostar

* Follow Pets Pyjamas’ Get Pets to Paris on the Eurostar campaign for updates.

 

Take action now and we shall all be riding in style, paw to paw, in no time!

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