Travel – A Dog’s Impressions
How would your travel through the French countryside or a walk along a Paris street change if you were accompanied by your dog?
Sheron and Bob Long found out when they took their nine-year-old Sheltie, Chula, on a two-month French vacation. The book about their trip, Dog Trots Globe–To Paris & Provence, describes their travels from Chula’s point of view. As you’d expect, the highlights of the trip (according to Chula), include a sheep-herding festival, chasing a cat, and the smells of delicious food.
Traveling with a dog transformed the trip. And paying attention to what caught Chula’s eye (or nose) meant the Longs noticed things that would not be mentioned at all in a traditional travelogue.
The Dog Sets the Pace
Everyone has a different travel style. Many people try to take advantage of their brief sojourn in a new place to “see everything.”
But when you’re traveling with a dog, you can’t “see everything.” Some places will not allow your dog to accompany you. Your dog may not tolerate certain activities. If you have a sociable dog, you’ll need to stop periodically to greet interested canines and humans.
But the structure of your day will be most affected by the need to find grassy spots for periodic potty breaks (yes, it all comes back to poop eventually, doesn’t it?).
By necessity, traveling with a dog makes you slow down. You have to think ahead about where you’ll be when it’s time for a break. Or need to plan a different range of dog-friendly activities. And, in the end, your dog probably helps you plan a better vacation than you would ever plan for yourself.
Yes, you’ll help the global economy if you shop for souvenirs. And you’ll recover some of your high school history if you tour enough battlefields or churches.
But if traveling with your dog causes you to stop and chat with other dog people or sit in a cafe instead of visiting yet one more museum, you’ll learn something about what it’s really like to live in a place. And to me, that’s the best thing you can learn on a trip.
Dog Trots Globe—Join the Fun
If you enjoy armchair traveling, curling up on the couch looking at beautiful pictures with your dog at your side, you’ll enjoy reading Dog Trots Globe. The beautiful photographs certainly inspire travel lust. And the book ends with practical tips for traveling to France with your dog, including the bureaucratic paperwork you’ll need to complete.
You will also find “extras” at the publisher’s website–more photographs and videos to inspire you. And, of course, don’t forget to stop by to read my review at A Traveler’s Library. Leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.
I’m giving away my copy of Dog Trots Globe to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below telling me where you would most like to travel with your dog. Don’t worry about practicalities like whether plane travel would be safe or if you could afford it. This is fantasy time.
I’ll choose one winner at random from all the comments. The contest closes Sunday, April 15 Eastern Daylight Time and is open to anyone. I will announce the winner next week.
Where would you most like to travel with your dog?
[Disclosures: The book jacket above is an Amazon Affiliates link. If you buy the book through that link, I will earn a few cents. Thank you. The photo was provided by the publisher and is © Sheron Long.]