We are back from our trip to France with Alfie and it was a great success. He was a star - he was fine with the long journey, the overnight hotel and the trip through the channel tunnel and he settled straight away in the cottage. We had to keep him on lead or a long line in the garden as there were horses in the field a few feet away and he could run straight under the fence but the location was lovely. We had some forest and riverside walks, explored villages and stopped at a lot of cafes. Most cafes had outdoor seating and the one restaurant we went to let us take him inside. Many non-food shops allowed dogs too but the beaches we went to didn't. Taking him through the tunnel was very easy. Crossing to France they just asked if we were taking a dog, there were no checks at all. There was an enclosed dog exercise area at the Folkestone terminal with some play equipment (jumps, tunnel etc), a shelter and water - it's in the first photo but Alfie is blurred as he was racing round after being stuck in a car! The checks coming back were very quick - there were about 8 desks open in the Animal Control building at the channel tunnel and only a couple of people queueing. It took under a minute to get Alfie's passport and microchip checked and get a form to say he was OK to travel. I was a bit nervous about taking Alfie abroad but I knew he would be happier coming than being left at home. I'm much more confident about doing it again now.