Planning a Vacation With Two Dogs

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For those of you who don’t know us yet: we are Douggie, Norbert, Marcel & Verena. If you want to learn more about us, click here → About us!

It is beginning to look a lot like… spring. And for me spring means exams but also VACATION! Every year after I am done with my exams I have a couple of weeks to spare and naturally I want to spend my time traveling. As I am planning (actually already planed) our vacation I want to share some tips and tricks with you guys.

There are certain things you have to ask yourself before planning a vacation (or during the beginning process):

  • do I really want to take my dog(s)?

» probably the most important question, so chose a place where you feel good and confident to take your dog to

  • if no, do I have somebody to take care of them?

» relatives, friends, or dog hotels; there are so many choices; find the one that is best for your dog and you feel sure to leave him

  • is the place I am going dog friendly?

» nowadays there are so many places you can take your dog, but there are also places where it can be very difficult so make sure the place you are going is a dog friendly place, otherwise your dog will spend a lot of time back in the hotel/holiday home/or car (which isn’t fun for anybody)

  • am I aware that traveling with dogs can be very exhausting?

» dogs need attention and time; feeding, going outside, activity, perhaps extra care adapting to a new place etc.; so make sure there is enough time to take care of your four-legged friend

  • do I have the money for possible expenses?

» vaccinations, international passport, car safety equipment, etc.


Where to go?

Truth be told, planning a vacation with two dogs can be very difficult. It’s even difficult when you have only one dog which we discovered last year when we were in the Alps. However, we are going back to the sea this year. We’ve already been with Douggie twice, but it will be the first time for Norbert which is very exciting. I’ve found that vacation at the sea is the simplest for two dogs because there are so many advantages. On most beaches (in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark etc.) they can run free from October to March, most of the houses welcome dogs, there are many hiking trails, and most importantly Douggie really loves digging in the sand and chasing seagulls. I just love to see how happy he is whenever we are on the beach.

Finding a proper holiday home

For me there was actually only one criteria for a house – a closed porch. Douggie is a dachshund and he has a strong hunting instinct, which basically means that I can’t let him lose anywhere where there could be something of interest. We found our house here, and we always love going there because it is not too crowded (especially in March), there are many hiking trails, dogs are welcome (mostly) everywhere, and there are many beautiful places to see nearby.

Getting there

Another thing to plan is the journey itself. With Douggie we had no problems because he is tiny and we could just put him in his travel box on the back seat. But now that there’s two we need to figure out how to put them both in the car safely + all our luggage. Fortunately we can borrow a much bigger car than ours for our drive, which is a big relief.

The trip from our home to our destination takes about 7 to 8 hours which is a lot for the dogs but Douggie has been really great in the past (by sleeping most of the time), but Norbert is still a puppy so we will have to make a lot more breaks in order to keep him sane. Fortunately, there are many places along the way to stop and take a break and even pit stops which have their own trails for dog walking.


For those of you who are going on vacation soon, here is a last minute check list:

  • does my dog have all the required vaccinations?
  • does my dog likes traveling and doesn’t get car sick?
  • is there enough place in the car for the dog? (like really enough to move!)
  • am I aware that I can’t go into every place with my dog?
  • have I planned enough time for plenty breaks?
  • is my dog safe in the car? (important!)

Love and kisses,

Verena, Douggie & Norbert

Reminiscing about the Alps

I still can’t believe how fast the time runs by. It feels like yesterday when we were on our way to Austria for our (late) summer vacation. But it has been over four months which seems insane. Last night I went through all the pictures I’d taken and felt very nostalgic. However, that’s what pictures are for. At least for me it is. To remember the good old days (not that these days aren’t good ones, but hey) and the memories we made while climbing up mountains (one) and driving endless roads which lead to the most beautiful panoramas. I really hope Douggie had any joy at all on our trip even though the weather wasn’t always on our side. In case you are wondering, here are some of my favorites:

Our Daily Routine

It’s been a bit quite around here because at the end of the year I was trying to figure out how to continue with this page. I would like to write more instead of just posting pictures which I simply did because I didn’t have the time to write proper articles. However, I want to change that and tell a little bit more about our life and adventures (if there ever are ones).

For today, I thought I would share our daily routine with you. I know it maybe sounds a little bit dull, but I figured some might be interested in how I/we manage to even have a daily routine with two dogs and especially a puppy.

Norbert has been great the last couple of weeks, but there are still things which need a lot of work (including being house trained). Nevertheless, I kind of managed to establish a certain routine for our daily life. (Of course, only if it’s a ‘normal’ day without any meetings or grocery shopping etc.)

06:00 am – This is basically the time Norbert wakes up the first time (he already sleeps through the night – mostly) because Marcel is getting up for work. So he goes out with him and afterwards, Norbert sleeps again until 8 or 9.

8:00 am – Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but around 8 am my actual day starts. It might be late for some people but as I study from home I might as well get an extra hour of sleep and be more active and relaxed throughout the day. When I wake up everybody else wakes up, too, but mostly it’s Douggie who wakes me up. First thing I do is go outside with Norbert because he is not quite the trustworthiest dog when it comes to peeing inside. Then we just cuddle up in bed, Douggie and Norbert play a little bit and/or I catch up on the news, and social media etc.

8:15 am – 8:45 am – Depending on the weather we take a short or a little longer morning walk. We are very fortunate to live right next to the forest which is a real blessing.

8:45 am – While the dogs eat their breakfast and the coffee machine is working I make the bed, clean up a bit (mostly collecting dog toys in the entire apartment), and then sit down to drink my coffee, read a bit, or watch some videos.

9:00 am – On good days I am fortunate enough to be at my desk at 9 so I have a lot of time to study, but most days it is more like 9:30 to 10 when I can actually start. Life is just not that consistent in our house. While I study, Douggie and Norbert can pretty much deal with themselves by now. Either they play, or sleep, or find something else to occupy them. Douggie used to sit right next to me or even sleep on my lap (which he is doing right now) while I studied, but now that Norbert is here he is more active around that time, which I am really grateful for.

I take some breaks during studying in which I cuddle or play with the two, and of course in between everything I do throughout the day I have to go outside with Norbert. He is quite good at telling us now when he has to go outside so I don’t have to watch him 24/7 anymore which is a real relief.

12:30 am – 1:00 pm – Who would have guesses, but around lunch time I actually make my lunch.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Another phase of studying in which Douggie and Norbert mostly sleep. I guess it is their actual nap time.

3:00 pm – Maybe sooner, depending on my studying progress, and the level of Douggie’s and Norbert’s restlessness, it is time for our afternoon walk. I try to make it a long one, regardless of the weather.

Whenever we are back from our walk, Douggie and Norbert get their second meal, and besides a 5-minute-period of craziness, both sleep again afterwards.

Sometimes I study some more, or I clean up a little bit, sit down with a book, or watch some tv, until Marcel comes home from work, which is at….

5:30 pm – Daddy’s home so there is a lot of excitement. We have dinner (the boys get another bowl), cuddle up on the couch, watch some tv, and just relax. In winter especially, when it is dark at around 4:30 to 5 pm, the day is pretty much done when he comes home. In the summer there is actual time and light (!) to do something more productive in the evening (though tv nights are nice too).

10 pm – 11 pm – That is basically the time everybody is too tired to stay up any longer (while Douggie sleeps through most of the entire evening), so Marcel takes the dogs outside a last time and we all go to bed.

I hope you enjoyed it. ☺️

Love and kisses,

Douggie, Norbert & Verena

Two weeks of being a big brother

Douggie & Norbert: brothers for life.

I am so happy those two get along as well as they do. It could’ve turned out different and I’m really grateful it didn’t.

From the moment I started studying and wasn’t able to give Douggie the attention he deserved 24/7 I wished for a brother to keep him company. (Of course, this isn’t the only reason we got Norbert!) I am so grateful we found little Norbert who’s become such a good friend to Douggie.

It is so much fun watching them together as they play, sleep, and even eat..

Our first days with Norbert

I’d like to say it is always funny and nice with our little baby, but who am I kidding?! Puppies can be really stressful. Thankfully Norbert is a really good one and he learns really fast. He’s already on his best way to pee outside and only outside and he’s already managing to sit on command. He still chews a lot (including Douggie’s tail and himself), but I’m certain we will get it under control.

He brings so much joy to our life and is just the sweetest little creature (next to Douggie of course!).

Fortunately he sleeps a lot, even during the night he manages to sleep for three to four hours straight which is very different to Douggie when he was a puppy. Therefore, I’m quite rested and can still concentrate on my studies.

But most of all I am grateful for his relationship with Douggie. The most important reason for me to get a second dog was so Douggie wouldn’t be all alone while I was sitting at my desk studying. And the greatest worry was those two might not get along. But they do. They play around all the time, sleep next to each other and are bonding so fast it really gives me the greatest joy. It’s so much fun watching them become friends, and I’m really looking forward to watch them grow up together. 💕

That’s everything for now. More pictures to come. 😊


Douggie, Norbert & Verena