Unlike keeping in touch with friends and family while you travel, it breaks my heart that I can’t tell my dog Teddy Bear that we are coming back!
In Vancouver, Teddy Bear is my little shadow. I’m always pleasantly surprised at how many establishments in Vancouver are dog friendly! Is it the same in other cities too? Teddy and I have together visited everywhere from liquor stores to clothing boutiques to the bank. Many retail boutiques will give you and your dog an extra warm welcome and have treats behind the counter to feed your furry friend.
Teddy Bear and I even participated in blogger events together – like the time we went up to Whistler together for a “Woof Weekend” getaway, or the time he got photographed by NYC’s The Dogist for a #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting campaign with The Body Shop!
So how did Teddy Bear and I meet? I adopted Teddy Bear in 2011. Teddy was picked up as a stray on the street in Merced County, California, put into a kill shelter, then rescued by a woman who specialized in bringing small dogs north from California to Vancouver. Teddy was such an anxious dog when we first got him, he had no fur on his legs because he chewed it all off. His coat was rough and dull. On our first ‘walk’ outside, he just sat there shaking so I carried him around the block instead. It took a lot of love, patience, and training to coax him out of his anxiety but now he’s a happy and well adjusted dog.
It gets me teary-eyed to think about how far he’s come and how lucky we BOTH are for him to have a second chance at life. And it gets me equally teary-eyed to not have my shadow with me while I am away.
Luckily, we have my boyfriend’s parents to take care of Teddy Bear whenever we go on vacation. (Liz, if you are reading this, we are very, very, grateful!). Read my tips on finding the right caretaker for your dog while you travel.
Here are some of my favourite photos of Teddy.
See why I miss this lil bugger every time I go away?! Who do you leave your pet with when you travel?