My Dog Blog - Introducing Spike the Vizsla

Woof! Hello, I am Spike and am more than waggy tail excited to welcome you to my first Dog Blog!

All you lucky two legged humans and four legged A listers (which is short for 'Alpha' and refers to me and my extended global fur pack of dogs) will get to share my favourite things about the Isle of Wight where I live. Everything has been personally sniffed and tried by me so is totally dog friendly.

As an adventure dog I do travel on and off the Island so undertook a VIP (Very Important Paws) visit to Red Funnel to check out their facilities for pets. Needless to say it was great fun and even the Captain came to give me an ear scratch, which was most welcome.

This time we were travelling by paw on Red Falcon from East Cowes to Southampton so my Beta (that's my human) didn't need to leave me in the car for the journey. I found out that all pets can be left in cars during the crossing. This is important as some of my fur pack are nervous or a bit bouncy and much happier to remain in a car with their bed, blanket, toys and treats which all humans must provide for their dogs. It's part of our dog code in case you were wondering.

As we dogs are A listers we don't have to pay for our ferry journey and the human staff at the terminal were very friendly and helpful. I had the opportunity for a leg stretch outside while we waited and I think my Beta was grateful to grab a lovely cup of hot coffee.

Although I was to be kept on my lead during our crossing, as not everyone is a dog person and it is safer for me, I did pose quickly for a photograph when we boarded. That's simply the life of a local dog celebrity. 

It was very easy to find my VIP pet area on board by following all the signs. Unsurprisingly the lounge is on A deck right at the top of the boat which has the most amazing views for humans, plenty of plug sockets (apparently this is important for 'work') and also its own cafe.

The floor is nicely carpeted and comfortable as dogs are not allowed on the seats and rightly so. If you don't do your 'dog business' before you get on board your human will need to pay a £50 cleaning charge on the spot. 

Leading off from the pet lounge is an outside promenade area which is lovely to go and have a sniff of the sea air and a drink. Water and a dog bowl is kindly provided in this location.

When we returned home my Beta did a quick stop at a park just a few minutes drive from the port which was very welcome and full of new sniffs. All in all I would give our journey a 5 out of 5 Paw rating.

Please join me next time where I share one of my favourite West Wight Walks with dog friendly places for humans of all ages too. There aren't many Vizsla's on the Island so be sure to say hello if you see me, selfies and pawtographs welcome!

Here are my top 5 things to know about travelling with Red Funnel for all pet owners.

  1. Pets travel FREE on the RedJet passenger ferry and the Red Funnel car ferry!
  2. Dogs must be kept on a lead or muzzled if they are nervous or aggressive and pets carried in RSPCA approved pet carriers.
  3. Pets aren't allowed on seats, but you can bring a blanket or bed for them on board.
  4. Pets can stay in the car on the East Cowes to Southampton crossing.
  5. The nearest park to the car ferry port is the Jubilee Recreation Ground on the A3021 (York Avenue) only a few minutes drive on the main road out of East Cowes with red dog bins and street parking next to it.
Spike the Vizsla

26 March 2017

By Spike the Vizsla in The locals' blogs