I’ve often given her haircuts myself, but after months without seeing a professional groomer it was definitely time for her to get a ‘real’ haircut.
We discovered Pet a Porter shortly after arriving in Madrid and haven’t found another pet store that can compete with their selection of natural pet foods, shampoos, and adorable pet accessories. It’s a little on the pricey side, but since we don’t dress Abby in fur lined puffy vests it works out okay – ha! I even found her a new collar for 4 euros, which was perfectly within our student budget.
When it was finally time for her to see a groomer I went in to Pet a Porter and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was 29 euros (less than what we paid for grooming in Seattle, WA) and the groomer was incredibly thorough and sweet with Abby. For those of you with dogs, you know that it makes a huge difference to know your furry friend is in good hands!
I would highly recommend Pet a Porter to anyone looking for a place to buy pet supplies or have your dog groomed in Madrid.
C/ Juan Bravo 21
There are many agencies that can help make this process easier – you can read this earlier post about Dflat Housing - so after 3 days of endless walking, numerous jumbled phone calls, and the discovery of some pretty terrible apartments, we took the advice of friends and called Everystreet. Like most agencies, Everystreet charges one month’s rent as their fee – totally worth it in the big scheme of things.
We were thrilled to meet Loreto, an agent from Everystreet, who had captured what we wanted in an apartment perfectly based on our description and only had to show us one apartment – the one we live in today! Yes, she earned an easy commission, but I can’t tell you how happy we were to have found the perfect apartment and to have someone help us complete all the necessary paperwork to secure it. Because we weren’t able to get a bank guarantee, we offered to make a large deposit and our landlords accepted the terms, primarily because of the negotiation skills of Everystreet‘s owner, Modesto, who worked so hard on our behalf and really went above and beyond to help us (he even called the internet company for us when we couldn’t get them to come do our installation!).
You can contact Modesto personally at email@example.com or 639 34 98 52.
Best of luck finding a home in Madrid!
(34) 915 766 033
General Diaz Porlier, 11
Retiro park: This place can be a dog haven with plenty of areas to explore. There is also a large dog park on the south side of the park that is fenced in, allowing for that leash to come off. While walking through the park you will need a leash most the day, however before 10am and after 8pm it is allowed to have your dog leash free. Remember the park’s extended summer hours are from 6am – 12am.
Poop: After walking down a Madrid sidewalk you might be inclined to argue with me, but in fact Spain does have pooper scooper laws. So you will need to pick up after your dog. Small poop bags are available in most parks and are sold in stores as well.
Veterinarian clinics: There are a plethora in Madrid as well as 24 hours services. I’ve heard good things about vets in Madrid and some offer special food for pets which might have allergies or sensitive stomachs.
Microchip: You will need to have your dog microchiped or at least with a clearly visible tattoo.
For overall information on bringing your pet and living with your pet in Madrid check, AngloInfo.
And some further information from the Spanish embassy office on bringing your pets into Spain.
Luckily the process is not difficult. With the correct paperwork and shots, you will most likely not run into any issues bringing your pets into Spain. And then once here, you’ll quickly find that there is a dog culture here, so they’re be quite accepted. I think the only point of difficulty I ran across was dogs, cats or ferrets under 3 months of age are under no circumstances allowed in.
There are many sources online that can assist you in the step-by-step process. There are even companies out there who for a [hefty] fee will do all the work for you – door to door service. But, in my opinion, this is not necessary as the process is simple enough. There are a few steps of logistics you’ll have to get through as you prepare your pet, the most important of them being the certificate from its Veterinarian which will include the following:
- Identification of person responsible for the animal(s)
- Description of origin of the animals(s)
- Microchip or tattoo number, location and date of insertion.
- Rabies vaccine information
For simplified information, broken down specifically for those from the USA/Canada and EU, check out SpainExpat. For those from the EU and Norway, you are lucky enough to fall under the blue Pet Pass rule (requiring a blue pet passport documentation) which eased restrictions since 2004. Here is another site that you may find useful. This blue document contains the same information as mentioned in the bullets above and is accepted in all EU nations.
As for flying your pets in, I would suggest you check the rules of your individual airline, as each has varied costs, rules and restrictions.
For information on pet passports, updated rules, pet friendly hotels…etc. see Pet Travel.com