29 October 2008

DogsonTour at large

One of the compensations of getting to the fag end of the year is that you can start planning lots of exciting adventures for the following year. Now I know that my plans don’t always come off – in fact I probably have a plan/execution strike rate of about 50% - but that’s not the point. You do it for the thrill, the thrill of all those glorious possibilities that exist in the wide world – if you can actually carry it off and turn paper scribbles and internet searches into actual journeying and real experiences, then so much the better.

After reading a couple of books and magazine articles, I’m suddenly taken with the desire to visit Denmark, or at least the bit the tourists don’t go to ie all of it bar Copenhagen. It’s reachable, it’s quiet and clean, there are excellent roads and camping facilities, there’s a nice mix of beaches and woodland, and most importantly, they strike me as having a very positive attitude to dogs. I would be a bit anxious about going to somewhere like southern Italy where the number of roaming or stray dogs might cause us a few issues – I wouldn’t want to cause an international incident if Susie decided to cry God for Harry, England and St George and nip the back leg of some canine Mario. I’m hoping that we’ll find dogs on leads or dogs in close proximity to their owners which makes life so much easier for us – if we came across a marauding pack of Viking  dogs on the loose, I’m not too sure that I could control the situation. Ranger doesn’t wear Burberry for nothing...

To be honest, though, from everything I’ve read we’ll be lucky to see a soul except other motorhomers. Most of the 5.5 million inhabitants are in the three major cities so population is a bit sparse in the country. But of course that’s just the way we like it and exactly why we want to go there. So there’s a good chance that in 2009 DogsonTour will be expanding its horizons to take in the odd pickled herring and Danish pastry. And no, the dogs will not be sporting little helmets with horns...

2 comments:

Lesley K Nb Caxton said...

Ah, but the question is, 'will you and 'A' be sporting said helmets?

This trip to Denmark will have nothing to do with the re colonisation of Iceland by Denmark and 'Icesave' pennies would it?

Anonymous said...

Greyhound optimism certainly rubs off - "the thrill of glorious possibilities" is what they're all about - the possibility of chasing a cat/rabbit/squirrel, of thieving food, of sleeping all day on a forbidden bed. I hope you enjoy it as much as they do!
Sue, Indigo Dream
ps. My friend has Danish relatives and spends a lot of time in Denmark. She thoroughly recommends it for a holiday. I'll ask her which bits she recommends.