September 4, 2015

Blake the dog, the star of our short film on pet travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

As you probably know, here at Eurotunnel Le Shuttle we adore pets, and it seems like they love us, too, as we've had over one million happy dogs, cats and ferrets travel with us. One of these pets is a very cute pooch named Blake, who has travelled with us many, many times over the years. We decided it would be fun to make a short film about Blake's typical journey on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Here's what happened behind the scenes on this pawesome trip!

Who is Blake the dog?

Blake is a seven-year-old Border Terrier who lives with his lovely family in Sittingbourne, Kent. They have a second home in France, which they visit several times throughout the year, and they always travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Blake and his owners love travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle because the journey only takes 35 minutes and they get to stay together for the duration. Plus, Blake always has a great time running around the terminal exercise areas and making new furry friends. Blake's number one tip for owners travelling with their pets is to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as planning lots of stops along the way.

Filming Blake's journey

On the day of filming we had to be up at the crack of dawn and we were glad to see the sun was shining and the skies were clear. After a quick costume fitting - Blake wore a special harness during filming - we set to work. It's fair to say that Blake was a natural, with some scenes only needing one take! It took the whole day to complete the film and we couldn't have done it without the help of the whole team. Massive thanks to Blake's owners, the film and production crew, all the lovely pooches and the helpful Pet Reception staff.

 A few of the crew who were involved in making the film
A few of the crew who were involved in making the film.
 A couple of extras from the film
A couple of extras from the film.
 Blake wearing the 'dog cam' and making a new friend
Blake wearing the 'dog cam' and making a new friend
 Check-in time
Check-in time.
 Some of the crew and Blake outside the new Pet Reception in Calais
Some of the crew and Blake outside the new Pet Reception in Calais.



Travelling with your pet

If you're planning a trip with your pet on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, here are a few tips and some advice to help make your journey go as smoothly as possible:

  • Check the PET Travel Scheme for everything that's required for your pet to travel. This includes a pet passport, microchip, rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment.
  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date well before you travel, so you don't have to rush to do it at the last minute.
  • As Blake says, don't forget to bring lots of water and snacks, and plan regular stops along the way.

Remember to visit the new Pet Reception at the Calais terminal. It's got an exciting new play area with artificial grass, and lots of other great features for you and your pet. We'd also recommend that you check your pet in one hour before you're due to travel back to the UK.

Feeling inspired?

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle takes just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, and you'll get to spend the whole time with your furry friend. Start planning your trip and book with us today.

*Please note that a special filming harness was used in the making of this video*

Photo Credits:Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

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