My Traveling dog

My traveling dog, by Packing my Suitcase

What dog moves from one country to the other? What dog changes continents and travels the World? What dog gets a passport and travels by car, train, boat and plane? As you may imagine, not many. However, mine is one of them; and that is what this post is all about: my traveling dog, Enzzo.

Enzzo is a Golden Retriever, one of my travel companions, to be exact the most special of them. He was born in Brazil – my home country, and where I used to live – and lived there for 4 years of his life enjoying the sun and the beach. This was until I moved to Switzerland in 2011, and brought him along with me.

Before the big move, Enzzo needed to get a microchip implanted in his body, go through some examinations, and get vaccinated, all to meet the Swiss/European requirement for being “imported” and becoming a new citizen. The process took around 3 months, and I didn’t mind going through all the trouble just to have him by my side, and I guess he didn’t mind either…

My traveling dog, by Packing my Suitcase

After the long plane journey – his first and only until today – we arrived in Geneva, where we would live together for 1 year, and where he would get his first dog passport! Enzzo was then, a Swiss citizen. Both of us had to learn some rules about the new country, and make some changes in our lives. He would now take the bus and the tram with me, go to restaurants, to the lake, take longer walks, meet new neighbors, wait for me outside the supermarket, and wait for me to clean his little “mess” on the streets.

We had an intense year in Switzerland. I learned to be a better dog owner; he learned to be a better dog. We grew up together, faced hard days, funny days, and lived unforgettable moments. We packed suitcases almost every week to visit W in Germany… we drove together back and forth, which resulted in approximately 50,000 Km on the road! And he was always there with me.

1 year later, everything would change again… we were now moving to Germany! W asked me to marry him, and he wanted to be Enzzo’s father. Now we had to move again, learn a new language, new rules, make some new friends, visit new places, change our routine… and get a new passport! Since 2012, Enzzo is a German citizen, though he doesn’t understand the German language much, except for “nein” and “sitz” (No and sit).

Throughout these last 3 years my traveling dog also got the chance to travel around Europe with W and me: he swam the turquoise waters of Croatia and the Lake Bled, visited the Ljubljana’s Castle and the SchΓΆnbrunn Palace in Vienna, walked through the old streets of San Marino and Verona, traveled by train in Switzerland and by boat in Croatia, watched an amazing sunset and had dinner in a boat-restaurant in Budapest, and played with snow for the first time in Regensburg, Germany.

Click on one of the photos to see the slide show…

My traveling dog has seen a lot, and still gets excited every time I pack his things for a new road trip. However, he doesn’t appreciate suitcases as I do, along the years he has associated suitcases with me leaving him… so I try to pack as last minute as I can, especially if it’s a trip he is not coming along.Β 

My traveling dog, by Packing my Suitcase

Quick facts

Name: Enzzo

Date of birth: September 19, 2007

Place of birth: Fortaleza, Brazil

Currently lives in: Munich, Germany

Countries lived: 3 (Brazil, Switzerland, Germany)

Total countries visited: 11

List of countries: Brazil, Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and San Marino.

Hotels stayed: 11

Dog hotels stayed: 5 (yup, DOG HOTELS… but that’s a topic for another post)

My traveling dog, by Packing my Suitcase

There we go, my traveling dog is officially introduced to all of you!

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Wow thats a wonderful thing to do, taking Enzzo with you on your adventures. I wish we could take our cats, but cats are so territorial. We miss them so much when we’re travelling and I know they miss us too.

    • Hi Cindy πŸ™‚ yes, whenever we are traveling by car we bring him along. Though, when we travel somewhere that requires flying, then he has to stay πŸ™ and we miss him a lot!
      I can imagine how hard it must be leaving your cats when you travel… and it would be great to bring them too, but I know how cats are, its different πŸ™ where do you leave them when you travel?

      • Hello my pretty friend. We leave our babies at home with my brother, but they are so clever when they see us packing our suitcases, they know that we are going away and they want to be carried all the time. It’s very sad. But we buy them lots of treats before we leave and when we get back.

        • Awnnnn how sweet!! I understand how that is… Enzzo gets sad and stressed when he sees us packing πŸ™ poor pets, I wish we could always take him along!

  • Aawwww he’s adorable! And golden retriever is my favourite…

  • Aw, how sweet! πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Trozell

    What a sweet post πŸ™‚

  • Very nice photos of your dog. I love golden retrievers too but do not own one πŸ™‚

    • Thank you!!! They are very sweet, always friendly and great companions… very intelligent too πŸ˜€ I hope one day you have one, you won’t regret!

  • Wow, Enzzo must be one of the best travelled dogs ever – he’s also very gorgeous!

    • πŸ˜€ thank you! He is a very sweet dog, with a big <3
      Glad you liked the post!

  • Ana

    Poxa, que histΓ³ria mais linda! Meus olhos encheram d’Γ‘gua! Que vocΓͺs possam vivenciar muito mais desse mundΓ£o juntos! πŸ˜‰ O Enzzo Γ© muito lindo!

    • Aii Ana, que fofa!!! Obrigadaaa!! Espero que possamos nos encontrar em breve, assim vocΓͺ o conhece πŸ˜€ Fico feliz que gostou da histΓ³ria!!

      • Ana

        Que pena, tenho Termin dia 06 e vocΓͺ nΓ£o estarΓ‘ aΓ­. Mas acabei de ver que vc estarΓ‘ em Fortaleza em Janeiro? Vi certinho? Estou indo dia 09!!! πŸ™‚

        • Oii Ana!! Pois Γ© πŸ™ quase que vocΓͺ me pagava aqui em Munique!! Nooossa nΓ£o acredito!! Nos encontraremos em Fortaleza com certeza entΓ£o… que coincidΓͺncia hahaha πŸ˜€ Irei dia 16 e voltarei dia 30… vamos marca alguma coisa por lΓ‘ entΓ£o πŸ˜‰

  • How cute <3

  • What a happy, beautiful and lucky dog! I know people who have traveled less!

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ hahaha yes me too… my mom and my father for example, have traveled less than my dog, kind of weird to think like that πŸ™‚

  • Enzzo is a legend! πŸ˜€ I wish I had a travelling dog companion like that! πŸ™

    • hahahaha thank you! I hope one day you do… he makes any trip special πŸ˜€

  • He is so adorable, I love that picture with him on a boat! <3 My dog associates the car with going to the vet, so taking her anywhere results in shaking and barking πŸ˜†

    • Thank you Vlad πŸ˜€
      Ohh nooo, really? My dog loves the vet hahaha I dont know why… but whenever I say the name he gets excited and looks for his leash… so sometimes I dont even say we are going there so he doesnt get too excited πŸ˜€

      • Don’t get me started on the leash, that’s another thing that leads to hiding behind the armchair, haha. She likes to run free outside πŸ˜€

        • hahahaha really?? How cute!! Every dog with its habits πŸ˜€ I love it!!

  • Aw, Enzzo is so cute! He’s better travelled than a lot of people I know haha! πŸ™‚

  • Lovely story accompanied by super pictures.

  • Love this post! The photo of Enzzo swimming in Lake Bled is fantastic!

    • Thank you Sue!!! hahaha yes, this photo is epic, I love it too πŸ˜€ <3

  • What a lucky dog, I am envious….

  • OMG, that’s so cute!

  • What a cutie he is! We are thinking about getting a pup and will be moving to Spain possibly. Your post was perfect timing because I was worried it would be hard on a pup to travel. Looks like Enzzo is doing just fine. πŸ™‚

    • Awnnn thats amazing to hear!! Yes, he is doing perfectly fine and bringing him along was one of the best decisions of my life! Im sure it would be ok with your pup too, just dont forget to check the requirements for bringing him along with you πŸ˜€ I hope it all goes well!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Amazing! If only Enzzo could speak and write a blog… πŸ™‚

    • hahaha can you imagine how cool it would be? I wish I could see the world with his eyes, just to know what he thinks πŸ˜€ thank you for the comment!

  • Haha Enzzo is so cute, and extremely well-traveled. He’s probably visited more countries of the world than most people! πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Shelley hahaha yes, he has traveled more than my parents for example hahaha πŸ˜€

  • What a lovely account of your travelling dog! Lucky chap. As a matter of curiosity, who looks after Enzzo when he’s not travelling with the both of you? Another point for pondering…what happens to Enzzo if he is not allowed inside restaurants, shops, etc?

    • Thank you Helene!!! Happy that you liked it πŸ˜€
      When we are traveling without him he stays at a very cool dog hotel near Munich πŸ˜€
      Here in Europe is very rare to find a restaurant that doesnt allow dogs… in fact, some of them even put a sticker on at the door saying that your pet is welcome πŸ˜€ but of course there are exceptions, and when that happens we dont go in, we look for another one…. and when its a store, then one of us stays outside with him while the other looks at the store πŸ˜€ Your questions are very interesting, and will be considered for my future posts about traveling with a dog πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

  • Awwww…. Enzzo is your baby! He’s gorgeous. And a very lucky dog to have travelled so far and to have an ace owner πŸ™‚

    • hahaha thank you Ting!!!! Yes, he is my baby… a practice for when I have a human one πŸ˜€ He is a sweety, with such a big heart! I hope that all this traveling has taught him lots of things about this world πŸ˜€

  • So cute πŸ™‚ !! Waiting for the dog hotel post πŸ˜‰

    • hahaha and I am very excited to prepare this post πŸ˜€ I hope you will like it!

      • I just told my husband about your dog πŸ™‚ I didn’t know you brought him from Brazil! A culture shock to everyone it must have been!

        • hahaha yes it was!! He loved it… the weather is better for him here, colder πŸ˜€ I guess for me it meant more work in the beginning, but it all went all and Im very happy to have here with me!! πŸ˜€

  • Awww what a perfect travelling companion!

  • Tim

    A very happy pooch for sure!

    • I really hope he is, I try my best to make him happy… he only complains when I leave him alone at home for a couple of hours πŸ˜€ then everything is fine again!

  • Oh I love this! I have a huge love for all animals and travel so this just made me smile so much. So many wonderful adventures Enzzo has had with you πŸ™‚

    • Awnnn thank you Ayla! I am so happy you liked the post and that it made you smile, that I am also smiling πŸ˜€ He has been a great and funny travel companion <3

  • Love this!! I love that your dog travels with you. And such a beautiful golden retriever too.

    • Thank you dear Joella <3 yes, I always try to bring him alone, I wish it was possible every time, but sometimes staying is for his own good, though I always miss him a lot!

  • Enzzo, is super adorable. You definitely have a bond with your dog! Loved all the photos!!

    • Thaaank you dear! Yes, we have a bond… its so cute that he knows when Im sad, when Im stressed, or happy… its incredible, a great and true friend πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the compliments, Im happy that you liked it :*

  • wow! how lucky is Enzzo, I am sure there’s so much of fun! love the photos πŸ™‚

  • I can’t believe nobody has said ‘it’s a dog’s life!’ πŸ™‚ Well, somebody has now. I think I’d be happy to swap with him but I’m not so cute.

  • Enzzo is a dog traveler πŸ˜‰ If he can scuba dive, I am sure he will be delighted to company you guys πŸ˜‰ Lovely pictures of him πŸ˜‰
    I have never used dog hotel for my dog though..usually our friends or our dog walker (we hire a dog walker during weekdays since both of us work full-time) take care of our dog during our holiday. Curious to read your review on the dog hotels πŸ˜‰

    • Hahaha as he also loves swimming and the sea, it would be a dream for him if he could dive ❀️ ohhh ok, Im sure you will find the hotel where Enzzo stays very interesting! I never hired a dog walker, and our friends dont know how to deal with dogs hahaha so I feel safe leaving him there ☺️

      • πŸ˜€ I am sure he will love those fishes – just has to learn to stay away from peacock mantis πŸ˜€
        I am curious! I was thinking the other way around πŸ˜‰ But that’s because our friends have dogs and Dante used to his dog walker’s pack and our friends’ dogs then he is familiar with them as part of his pack. Anyway, have a great trip to Egypt!

        • hahaha Yes, better stay away from the peacock mantis! By the way, Im in Egypt now and I thought a lot about you these last days, you would love to dive here in Marsa Alam, the corals are incredible… there are nudibranches πŸ˜€

          Ohhh lucky you, I wish I had your luck to leave Enzzo with friends, or family… instead we spend lots of money for hotels πŸ™ even though its great there. πŸ™‚

          • That sounds nice! Yes, I have heard good thing about diving in Marsa Alam. Must be different type of nudibranch there, would be interesting to see the different species πŸ™‚
            I still have to convince Dutchie to visit Egypt, he has been diving in Hurghada and did not feel to return to Egypt..maybe I just have to go to Egypt by myself πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
            Enjoy your time there!!!

          • hahaha thats funny, some people love Hurghada, some hate it… what I know is that both are pretty different…. here in Marsa Alam is calm, less crowded, the reefs are very healthy and there are amazing dive sites. I hope you both can give it a try, Im sure you will love it here, there is no way not to be impressed with the diving around here!
            Thank you dear!! On friday we will go to that famous dive site called Elphinstone, I hope to see some sharks, the last group that went there didnt see any πŸ™ fingers crossed!

          • Hope you will see the sharks on Friday πŸ˜‰ Fingers crossed for you!!
            I was lucky that on my first five dives after certification, I already saw sharks πŸ˜€ – tens of them! Additionally somehow when I dive somewhere, I managed to see them – few were expected but mostly unexpected πŸ˜‰ Maybe by not expecting meeting the sharks could turn into good thing – my experience told me so πŸ˜‰

          • Thank you Indah!!! And you are right, sharks not expected is always better… we did some in the Maldives, but we were snorkeling, I wish we can see some when diving soon πŸ˜€ Im not expecting to see any tomorrow, but who knows… its a chance πŸ˜€

          • πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ *fingers crossed*

          • πŸ˜€

  • This post is adorable. Enzzo is adorable! :)) Once we get back to Europe and/or America we will definitely be taking our baby Ruby with us too! Can’t wait to see that post about doggy hotels. Or dog-friendly hotels? It would sure be helpful.
    -Marina from MadeinMoments.com

    • Hi Marina!! Thank youuu πŸ˜€
      How amazing, Im sure you will be very happy to bring your baby Ruby to Europe!! If you ever need some tips let me know!!
      Yes…posts about dog hotels and dog-friendly hotels are coming up πŸ˜€ I hope you will like them!

  • Awww! cute dog πŸ™‚ and lovely pictures, too!

  • We had a traveling cat for years, passport and all. Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, America, Canada…

    • awwwwwnnn really?? How amazing!! Lucky cat, not many cats get to travel the world!! πŸ˜€

      • I am not sure she felt lucky! I feel like the dog we have now would be more into it – well, terrorizing the world, more than traveling it, per se πŸ˜‰

        • hahahaha ohh noo!! Well, I guess cats prefer staying at home, and dogs prefer being with the masters πŸ˜€ so cute! Which dog do you have?

          • Pomeranian Schpitz. He is evil.

          • hahahaaha they are sooooo cute, I cant believe he is that evil hahahaa πŸ˜€

  • Adorable. The snow one is my favourite.

  • What a great post! What a beautiful dog you have!
    I was thinking about bringing my small dog to Norway. But I was thinking it would be too hard! But now I see that it is possible! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you dear πŸ˜€ Im happy that you enjoyed it! Yess of course its possible, and Im sure you wouldnt regret it… specially if he is a small one, makes things lots easier and cheaper too πŸ˜€ <3 let me know if you need any tips!

  • One of the best blog posts that i have ever read…My cocker Taurus says a woofffff to the travelling dog!

    • hahahaha awwwwn that you so much!! It makes me really happy to know that!! Enzzo says wooooff back to Taurus πŸ˜€ <3

  • How wonderful. It is brilliant that travel restrictions have been reduced and doggie passports introduced. My dog travelled a lot with me but only in the UK. He travelled on trains and ferries but never planes. And it was always hard to leave in when I went abroad! I love the fact you can take Enzzo on so many trips.

    • Hi Debbie πŸ˜€ yesss things are so easy here in Europe, in Brazil he could never stay at a hotel πŸ™ only very few hotels accepts dogs in Brazil. Here in Europe I love the fact that you can take your dog everywhere, thats why whenever is possible Enzzo comes along πŸ˜€
      What kind of dog do you have? πŸ˜€

  • Oh my gosh, I ADORE this post and the fact that your Enzzo goes everywhere with you! What an absolutely gorgeous boy, too <3 I wish I could take my ginger cats everywhere with me. They're what I miss most when I'm away!

    • hahaha thank you!!! Im happy you liked the post!!
      Yes, I take Enzzo along whenever its possible… to all the trips we arent flying he comes with us πŸ˜€
      When I have to leave him I also feel very sad, and have that feeling that something is missing on my days!!
      Where do you leave your cats when you travel? πŸ™‚

  • Loving that you have a travelling dog called Enzzo. I too have an adorable Enzo – but with one Z. he’s a two year old cavoodle. We live in Australia but gave him an Italian name due to our love of Italy. A book I’d recommend if you love dogs called Enzo is called “The Art of Racing in the Rain” – an amazing book!

    • hahaha what a coincidence, how cute! I put this name on him because of Enzo Ferrari.. though I decided to put with ZZ for no reason πŸ˜€
      Ohhh yes I read this book as soon as Enzzo arrived, such a nice story, I still have it on shelve <3 but I never cried so much reading a book as I did with Marley & me!!

  • I love your illustrations!! Lucky dog must say πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, its from a friend of mine πŸ™‚
      Ohh yes, he is really lucky I guess hahaha… I always try to bring him alone, I have leaving him behind when Im traveling πŸ˜€

  • Quite possibly, this is the best travel blog post I have ever read! Enzzo is just gorgeous, what a furry little adventurer. I’m sure he makes an excellent travel companion.
    I’m very jealous πŸ˜‰

    • hahahaa you are so sweet!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! You made my day, actually my week πŸ˜€
      He is an awesome travel companion, my trips are much more fun when he is along!! There will be more posts about him this year πŸ˜‰

      • Brilliant! I’m such a dog lover, the only way I can really enjoy their company is as a house sitter at the moment – I have so many furry friends around the world!
        One day, when I’m older and a little more settled I’ll definitely get a rescue dog (or two) and we’ll all go a’travelling!
        Looking forward to more Enzzo-filled posts!

        • Awwwwn that is so cute!!!
          And I love your plan, I hope you do it!! I also always wanted to rescue a dog, I hope the next one will be rescued πŸ˜€ I would love to have one more, but traveling with 2 dogs is a bit more of work πŸ˜€
          Thank sou for such a lovely comment!!! πŸ˜€

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  • The most adorable post ever! You have a veeeery beautiful dog! πŸ™‚

  • Awww his so cute! This is one of the best posts I read and your dog must be a true traveler πŸ™‚
    How does he handle dog hotels? It must be hard for you to leave him for your travels. Dogs have such sad eyes, when they know you’re leaving them somewhere. Even if just for 5 minutes infront of the store πŸ™‚

    • Awnn thank you so much!! I am happy that you liked the post <3
      The dog hotel where he stays is amazing and he loves it there… I always say it is a spa for dogs. Soon I will write about his hotel too πŸ˜€
      And you are right, dogs like a little drama, they always make a sad face when he is left behind or want food πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  • Urska

    Enzzo is indeed one lucky dog! πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha thank you dear πŸ˜€ I feel lucky to have him, wh puts a smile on my face everyday πŸ˜€ thank you for stopping by!

  • Are you serious?? That’s amazing!! You guys are now an inspiration to me πŸ˜€
    Wow! I think I would do the same hahaha
    And what an amazing road trip you’ve got planned, I hope you guys will have a wonderful trip together!
    This year we also have a few road trips planned and we are certainly taking Enzzo along!

  • Awwwnn same here!! Enzzo knows when we are going away and gets totally depressed… sometimes he doesnt know he is coming too, so he gets really excited when he realizes he is πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much! It’s great to know that! Enzzo never traveled to that part of France. It’s definitely a lovely idea to do that someday πŸ˜€