This month sees the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog (16 February), with the animal seen as a symbol of success and good fortune.
Four legged friends are certainly popular at Portsmouth International Port, with new figures showing an ever greater number of dogs being taken on ferries to France and Spain from the Great Waterfront City.
Brittany Ferries has increased the number of pet friendly cabins onboard ferries operating from Portsmouth, which in turn has encouraged more families to bring their dogs on holiday. The company expects to carry more than 100,000 dogs this year, an increase of more than 9,000 on last year’s figures.
The cruise-ferry Baie de Seine has just had ten more pet friendly cabins added to its onboard accommodation, which is god news for passengers using the popular ‘économie’ service from Portsmouth International Port to Bilbao and Santander in Northern Spain and Le Havre in France.
Steve Lawrie, pet passport manager for Brittany Ferries said “We pride ourselves on providing an easy, cost-effective way to travel abroad with your pet. Dogs are the centre of many families, and a man or woman’s best friend. That’s why it is important that customers have the option to enjoy a holiday abroad with the entire family.”
In 2012 Brittany Ferries carried 51,500 dogs on its services. In 2017 that figure had risen to 91,289. The popularity of pets traveling on holiday means the new “super green” ferry Honfleur will be well equipped when it arrives in Portsmouth next year. It will have 12 pet-friendly cabins available on the popular Portsmouth to Caen route.
As well as offering pet-friendly cabins and kennels, Brittany Ferries also offers a free pet goody bag to dogs travelling in a pet-friendly cabin. This includes, a pop up bowl, a bag of treats, a chew toy and three disposable bags.