how to come

Before coming we researched and researched about what we would be necessary to bring Sandy – a 9 year old Labrador – to Portugal from the UK.

It ended up being so easy! Just the rabies vaccine, microchip and a pet passport, given by the Vet at the same time of the rabies vaccination.

We came by car, and no one stopped to request the Pet Passport. Once living here:

  1. we had to go to the vet with the Pet Passport and get a document that says that the dog belongs to us;
  2. Then, with this paper, you need to go to the Junta da Freguesia – a type of village council, where your dog will be registered. It cost 7 euros (August 2016).

All dogs must be registered.


how life is here

I bet the life here for your dog would be very different than for the Portuguese dogs. Most of them are treated very differently, outside, sometimes without any sort of shelter, no walkies, no good food, no social life at all – not all, but too many for my taste.

There are still hunters here, going around with their dogs and shotgun! These dogs are even kept in hunger somedays before they go out in hunting days… too sad…

Pet shops are far away from the pet shops we have in the UK. Most treats and toys are found in supermarket.

Access to most of the beaches are forbidden during the summer season, but out of what they call “época balnear” (Epoca Balnear for 2016).


ah! Food… no wet food, no raw, no several main healthy brands we find in the UK.

The only one we found was ACANA, and bought online from one of several online shops (Loja do Cão).



Luckily we live near a wood area, where they grow pine trees and eucalyptus trees. Very nice and beautiful, lovely in the spring, with tracks and lots of sticks to play throw and fetch – even though our dogs just play throw…


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