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When I'm not hiking the tatras I am always on the look out for new locations to chase a stick and bark at a rock.

You’d have thought that having four legs made this whole travelling thing easier. I look at you humans all the time and I wonder how you make it around on those wonky pins, always carrying heaps of unnecessary stuff in giant backpacks. The dog way should be so much easier – no luggage, an abundance of er, public toilets, and if you get tired from all that walking, you just lie down where you feel like it and take a little nap. 

Unfortunately, travelling as a dog can actually be a lot more complex sometimes. Rules about where we’re allowed, what we can do – as if we’re the ones who aren’t well behaved! (Yes, I’m looking at you, Krakow stag-do people…). 

In terms of walking around and going to see things, the word on the street is that a lead isn’t technically needed. I don’t know about you though, but I think I’d be insane to let my human off the lead – he has a tendency to wander off into all kinds of trouble, so it’s just easier to keep him on it. There are quite a few parks that require leads, but many that don’t. I enjoyed the ‘City Park’ (Stromovka Kralovska obora) – there were a lot of ducks to make friends with, and even an island with a little pull boat, and Jim particularly enjoyed Letna park because he liked to stop every so often and have a beer (he seems to get a kick out of that stuff about as much as I do from toilet water). There were signs outside most of the parks telling me if I needed Jim on a lead – but I can only imagine a lot of the dogs and owners didn’t read Czech, because there seemed to be a lot of bending of the rules. 

After chasing sticks (and ducks, and rocks) the most important things have to be sleeping and eating. Prague is great for both of these – the vast majority of restaurants were happy to have me around – even inside, so long as I was on a lead and behaving myself (like I ever do anything else!). Lots of people even brought me out water or treats. Visiting things was a little more tricky – I was able to enjoy things like the castle and cathedral from the outside, but going in wasn’t an option (to be honest, I think I’m already a cultured enough dog, I don’t know how many more statues or canvases are going to change that). I did enjoy looking at the Lennon wall though – but Jim kept me a good couple of feet away from it, he didn’t want me adding my own contribution to the graffiti. I thought I could have made a pretty relevant contribution, personally…

Hotel wise, all of the major booking sites are pretty good about indicating whether you can take a dog – though I like to send them an email personally and remind Jim that there’s usually an extra cleaning fee. An alternative, if your human wants a little free time, is to pop me into my own hotel for a night or two. There are more than a few ‘dog hotels’ located on the outskirts of Prague – I’ve heard good things about the ‘VIP Five Star Pet hotel’ and ‘Happy Dog’: all with clean and spacious accommodation, personal attention and even the ability to watch me over a camera (because dog privacy is apparently not a thing).

that lamp post is mine

I decided however not to stay in a pet hotel as I prefer a little more luxury and booked myself into the Maisonette Na Kozacce.  Breakfast was excellent, showers were hot although I prefer not to clean myself in that way and room was very clean, at least when I first arrived.