Speaking of Indiana.. for Labor Day we went to visit family in Indiana and had the chance to spend some time with the family dog Abby- an English Springer Spaniel. While up there, she celebrated her 11th birthday! I can definitely tell she’s getting older. She tires our much faster than she used to and has some added little quirks. For example, she won’t go up the stairs unless the light is on and she will only walk half way out on the boat dock. She has to be convinced to walk to the end so we can put her in the boat. She still however, loves to get into the neighbors garbage, which is a scary thing because the last time she did that, a chicken bone became stuck in her throat.
We had a great time and it was great to see the entire family. In this photo, Abby is cooling off after spending some time outside. Does anyone have an aging pet that has started to exhibit some odd quirks?
Today I’m taking you to Nice, France where both the scenery and food are delectable.
Nice, France beach
Nice, France eatery
I also got a glimpse of what a day is like in the life of a dog in Nice, France and I must say… all of these years of treating them like humans has finally paid off. They have evolved! 🙂 First there was this Bichon Frise riding around town on a scooter. I asked if I could hitch a ride but he said there wasn’t any room. The photo is blurry because I had to take it quickly before he drove off. I guess my camera couldn’t focus in time.
Dog on scooter
Then there was the German Shepherd mix sunbathing. He must have left his towel and book at home.
German Shepherd mix sun bathing
Happy dog days of summer!
I have to share this travel story about this dog ( and owner) I encountered in Vienna, Austria circa 2010. I hope I’m able to convey the story through text because when it happened, I was laughing for hours. Maybe it was her accent or maybe I have an odd sense of humor. Either way, I hope you enjoy 🙂
We decided to take a tour of the Habsburg (Hofburg) Winter Palace. This was the main winter residence that housed the Habsburg dynasty- one of the most important royal houses in Europe.
Exterior Habsburg Winter Residence
Interior Habsburg Winter Residence
As we were walking to the tour entrance, I saw his polished looking older woman walking her dog, which looked like a Yorkie. Of course I was fixated on the adorable dog and snuck a photo. She was silent and so proper the entire time until the dog wouldn’t stop sniffing this one specific corner. Frustrated, she yelled out multiple times in her Austrian accent “PEA-NOOT COME ccHHHHERRRE!” I don’t know what had me laughing harder… that the dog’s name was Peanut or the scolding she administered in her awesome accent. It had me so tickled that when my parents were lagging behind on the guided tours, I would repeat what she said in the same accent. They must have loooved it 🙂 Anyhoo, here is the photo below!
Peanut and his owner in Austria
There are many reasons I love to travel. I love how it makes me feel apart of something larger than myself and constantly reminds me that regardless of looks, languages or traditions, we all have more in common with each other than we think. I was in Barcelona a year and a half ago and we were having dinner with a group of people. Some were our friends and some we had just met that night. Our friends spoke broken English but others in the group only spoke Catalan. I will tell you, it’s challenging to have a dinner conservation when neither you or the person sitting across from you speak each others language. At first, all I could do was smile at the older man sitting across from me. He smiled back and we sat awkwardly for a few minutes. He must have noticed that the menu had me perplexed because he leaned over, pointed to an item on my menu and gave me the thumbs up.. When the food came he smiled, I smiled and he gestured for me to try his paella and I did the same. We communicated with smiles and gestures for the rest of the evening and I felt like I knew him better than some people I had been in full-fledged conversations with in my own country. It dawned on me.. We all share some basic elements- love, fear, laughter, sadness, a thirst for interaction. The list goes on. Whenever I see dogs when I travel, I’m reminded of these common elements :). I’m obsessed with taking pictures of dogs I see wherever I go, so I’ll be posting pictures of them, as it reminds me of my journeys and of the commonalities that bind us all.
Beautiful dog in Rome. This photo belongs to scoochyourpooch.