Taking the train.. Day trip with my doggies!

If you don´t own a car, but you do want to take a day trip, there´s only one solution. And yes I am talking about public transport. I don’t dislike taking the train, I do so every day for work, but what about my dogs? You would think international dogs who’ve actually been on an airplane wouldn’t mind the train..or would they?

So my dogs are a bit special, of course they’re special to me, but they’re also one of kind and that multiplied, because both are ¨special¨. No, they’re not weird, but just different. First we have Igor, my little baby, who really thinks he’s baby. He’s boy, but most confuse him for a girl. Yes, he pees like a girl, but that’s just more comfortable to him. Don’t judge, I’m sure some men prefer peeing sitting down too. And then we have Rubio, my street dog. He wandered the streets of Spain by himself, until I found him and couldn’t leave him there. So then he was added to my little family. I don’t know what happend to him, but he’s a bit crazy. He gets very nervous and excited and when he likes you, he will bite you. Not hard. He just bites you very fast, with these very tiny bites, like a crazy person would, but it’s also cute.

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Anyway, I decided to visit my friend with the dogs, so they could have a playdate with her puppy. We had to go by train for about two hours and switch trains twice. The first time I ever took them on the train, was a ride of only five minutes to the next station to visit my grandmother. During this little trip they both got really nervous. Igor wouldn’t stop shaking and Rubio wouldn’t stop crying, luckily crying softly. Don’t worry, it wasn’t an ugly cry. So, when I decided to go by train now, I wasn’t sure how they would take it. Would it become a ride in ¨hell¨? Or would they get over themselves and calm down? I really wasn’t sure, but since it was my only way of transportation, I figured we’d give it a go.

When we got to the first train, I tried to look for a seat not to close to anyone else. Surprisingly the dogs, although a bit nervous, sat down beside me quite calmly. We still had a few minutes before the train would leave and the doors opening and closing every time, did attempt them to make a run for it. Finally we left the station and Rubio figured out that there were windows. I know, shocker right? He used my legs to lean on and enjoyed the landscapes we were passing by. It was actually very cute. A while later, in the next train, Igor also figured out there were windows. My dogs are so smart, it makes me very proud. And he while sitting on my lap, also stared outside and enjoyed whatever he saw.

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You would also be surprised by how many people start talking to you, when you have a dog with you. Normally in the train everybody ignores well everybody. Now, when having the two dogs there, almost everybody ignores you, but some see it as a way to start a conversation. Mostly it goes like this: ‘Oh cute dogs, how old are they? They look different, what type of dogs are they? Oh there from Spain? Do they mind the train?’ And more questions and imaginable answers like these. Trust me, I don’t mind this, because I love my dogs and I as you can see from this blog, I don’t mind talking about them. It’s actually a good thing, because most people, when seeing dogs get a lot friendlier and happier I guess.

After this magical train ride Igor and Rubio had a lovely playdate with my friends puppy Boef. They ran around the forest and Igor even jumped into a small and very dirty pond, but they got quite tired from their day of fun. On the way back, the train ride was the easiest it could have been. Both dogs were passed out. I just needed to wake them up to switch trains and catching one train was going to be tricky. We had 5 minutes to get from one side of the station to the complete other side. This was on the biggest train station of the Netherlands. I thought the dogs would slow me down, but trust me, if you ever want to catch a train, you should take Rubio with you. He almost pulled me up the stairs when I told him to run and on the station, people had to jump to the side, to let us pass. He was just so fast, I couldn’t stop him. We caught the train easily and the rest of the ride, they slept quietly on the floor.

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So if you ever want to take the train with your dog or dogs, I would say go for it. Even if it seems scary or hard in the beginning, in the end the dogs will love it and you will too. Mine even learned to appreciate the view outside and made some new friends along the ride. They even helped me to catch the train on the time. It was a great day and I would do it all over again!

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