Trevor, that wild, foaming-at-the-mouth rottweiler wannabe as always, was curled up, sound asleep in his doggy bag. And this was enough to alight the passions of the most somnolent train ticket guy. I found out that:
1. My dog was allowed on board in a bag (he doesn’t pay a ticket for occupying an extra space)
2. Larger dogs – who may fit under your seat, no less, have to pay.
3. Even though he’s in your bag, he must have a travel license, with a visit 24 hrs. prior to your trip by a Vet, or, at least have handy certification that his shots are all in order.
4. He’s not allowed to travel in or out of the bag on any trains during rush hour (7am-9am) nor in the evenings.
5. If you do not abide by any of the above, you will be fined €200 and forced to get off at the next station (thankfully, they let me stay on board)
After we discussed and debated at length the intelligence behind each of the above points - each clearly devised by the Veterinarian’s Association and none having absolutely anything to do with dogs and travel, I sat back in my seat.
To be accosted by a stream of ticketless beggars, pick-pockets or bag ‘handlers’ who don’t have even so much as an elementary school certificate let alone have their shots in order. Even Trevor takes a bath. And, whom, you are most likely to find in rush hours on every train from tip to toe – and, are never forced off at the next station, or in the odd chance they are, simply board the next train; ticketless & toothless (and probably with tetanus) once again.
Trenitalia does it again.