This is the eighth post in our ongoing series about people who travel with their pets. We interview people whose lifestyle allows them to spend A LOT of time on the road with their furry folk. Then, we share their stories in hopes of inspiring our readers to do something cool with their pets. Let us know what you think! And if you have a story you would like to share, please contact me.
Without further ado, please meet Heather Travis, a Director of Public Relations from Ontairo, and her two Wirehaired Pointing Griffon companions, Hermann-Maier and Eddie-Vedder.
Give us the basics. Who are you, what do you do for a living?
My name is Heather Travis. A city girl who moved to the country and now boasts and extensive rubber boot collection. I am a Director of Public Relations working in the not-for-profit agricultural sector. I love cooking and sharing good food with friends and family. The dogs like this too because they usually enjoy some tasty beef leftovers.
And most importantly, tell us about Herman-Maier and Eddie-Vedder.
Hermann-Maier (named after the skier) turned four this past August. And Eddie-Vedder (named for the lead singer of Pearl Jam) will be one mid-December. Both ‘our boys’ as we call them are Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. Eddie is actually Hermann’s uncle! Hermann-Maier joined us at 8 weeks old and it was love at first lick! He is like a man in a dog suit, a very wise man. His first car ride was on the way home from the breeder and he slept the whole time! We knew he would be a good traveler right there. Eddie-Vedder came to us from Quebec City (we live in Ontario) via the plane. I picked him up at the cargo only section of Pearson Airport, just a wee little guy in his crate with a blanket. Once we got into our car, he slept the whole way home. I guess he knew he was safe with us. Both our boys love the car. All you need to say is ‘car ride’ and they are right there with you – eager to go anywhere!
Where is your home base?
Home base for us is in a lovely little town in Wellington County, Ontario. It’s doggie-heaven!!
Every morning before work our whole family, me, my husband and our boys go for a nice long nature walk, they visit with other dog friends we meet along the way and then head home for breakfast. Most mornings they both nap on our bed while we get ready to leave and then stay put until our dog walker arrives at noon for their lunch time visit. They eagerly wait for her at the door – and are sure to tell her if she is behind schedule! I am usually the first to arrive home and usually find both boys sound asleep on the living room couch or in a bed upstairs. Our afternoon walks are usually very lively, meeting with 6-10 other dogs (and their owners) from our area on our nature trail-way. They run, play and swim with all the other dogs until thoroughly exhausted and ready for dinner. Our evenings are spent snuggling, playing the yard (fetch anyone?!) or wrestling – boy do our boys love wrestling together!
How often do you travel with your boys?
Most of our traveling is within driving distance and almost always our boys come with us. We travel quite frequently, at least once a month, and the boys love seeing their food loaded into the car – that means they’ll get to explore someplace new.
What’s it like traveling with your dogs? What’s the best part? What’s the part that’s least fun?
We LOVE traveling with our boys. I honestly couldn’t think of a family vacation without them! The best part is seeing their excitement for the new places we go and also having folks stop us to admire just how darn handsome they are. The only down side to traveling with two big dogs is the amount of nose prints our windows endure! I swear I keep Windex in business with their handy wipes – our car doesn’t go anywhere without them!
Anything special in their travel bag?
Always a dog first aid kit, some water and some food.
What’s the most favorite place that you’ve visited so far?
Two years ago we went to Vermont on a ski trip with friends. Hermann has his first cross-border experience and slept most of the time.
What is the place you are most looking forward to seeing?
We would love to do a camping trip leaving from our home and go all the way to Prince Edward Island and back.
Do you have any difficulty finding dog friendly places to stay and things to do with Hermann and Eddie?
It’s amazing how many dog friendly places there are! We enjoy camping and haven’t had any trouble finding campgrounds that welcome the dogs.
Based on your experiences, what could businesses do to make traveling with a pet easier/better?
When we traveled to the US with Hermann, it was so hard to know exactly what we needed have with us, what vaccinations Hermann required, etc. Having a list of what is required would have been helpful. But honestly, even if the place isn’t pet friendly, if your pet IS friendly and well behaved, people are usually quite lovely.
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