Travel theme: Dogs

Last week, August 26th, was National Dog Day and I thought it might be fun to extend the canine celebrations a little longer. Here then are some of my favourite dog photos. First, my own sweet, dearly departed Major, who understood the importance of rushing outdoors at the first sign of snow to build a snowman and catch snowflakes on your tongue. A very wise dog indeed.

major, snowman, winter, travel, travelogue, ailsa prideaux-mooney

beach, vashon island, major, boxer dog, travel, travelogue, true love, ailsa prideaux-mooney

Sprocket, my friend Mary’s dog who took me on an awfully big adventure all the way from Seattle to Boston.

US USA road trip dog Sprocket travel driving car

Loppy, the little stray dog in Guatemala who stole my heart on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

stray dog, atitlan, panachajel, guatemala

Dirty Biter, a tough little dog so beloved by the town of La Conner that he got his own statue.

dirty biter, la conner, skagit valley, washington state, travel, travelogue, ailsa prideaux-mooney

Whisper, a blind and deaf cattle dog…

Whisper, cattle dog

…and her brother Rufus, a feisty little cattle dog whose idea of heaven was to go camping in the blue house (his tent) with his humans, Brian and Sylvia. Sometimes he let me tag along too.


So do you have a shaggy dog story of your own? If you would like to join in with your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Dogs
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xxx Ailsa

I am I because my little dog knows me. – Gertrude Stein

My little old dog: a heart-beat at my feet. – Edith Wharton

We never really own a dog as much as he owns us. – Gene Hill

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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66 Responses to Travel theme: Dogs

  1. aj vosse says:

    Woof… woof……. WOOF!! 😈

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  3. The dog in Guatemala is so cute. I actually just published a post of “Animals around the world” from my travels… they’re not just dogs but I thought to share it here. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Aww, that face would melt your heart, what a cutie! And Swingle is certainly popular, isn’t she? How many friends does she have? Give her a cuddle from me! 🙂

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  5. Great post from the Bulldog!

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I think you might be a little biased. Hey, I just saw your ‘Feet’ post, those leopard print wellies are so cool, I have official rain boot envy! 🙂

      • Omg. Thanks. I know, right? I love them!

        • ailsapm says:

          I used to have these super cute leopard print clogs that were kind of fuzzy felt, but my dog Major saw them as competition so he ate them. I came back to find shredded clogs and one very guilty looking dog – he wouldn’t look me in the eye for an entire day, I wanted to be mad at him but he looked so comical I couldn’t do anything but laugh.

  6. Jaspa says:

    Love it, Ailsa! I got Rich to take a bunch of photos of the stray dogs on our last morning in Valparaiso earlier this year. Unfortunately, I never got to write the post, because our camera was stolen while we were having lunch that day. The good news is, we’re going back in February, so I’ll hopefully get another chance!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh no, having your camera stolen is bad enough, but losing the photos feels worse somehow. Glad you’re getting a second chance to take those photos though! 🙂

  7. Life wouldn’t be life without dogs traveling along. Love the pictures

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  11. mickscogs says:

    I suspect this one may be popular! I love dogs and I think I have some travelly dogs in my archives.

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  17. Debbie Smyth says:

    I love the photos and the quotes.

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  20. pommepal says:

    Love this theme Ailsa it tugs at the heart strings. Your dog photos are so adorable and love the quotes. Here are a few of the dogs that have passed through my life recently.

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  23. Leya says:

    Thank you! Major must have loved snow as much as my dogs do/did! And the Guatemalan guy is so sweet! Here are some of my favourites

  24. Pickleope says:

    Fun! Although, please, the snow will be here soon enough, ease off on the anxiety-inducing snow pictures (I’m kidding, post whatever you want).

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  26. Each and every dog in your photos is special, Ailsa. And such an adorable photo of Major, eyes closed in concentration of feeling the snow.
    I have chosen a couple photos of Klaartje, the dog of friends of mine. We go for a walk each Monday evening:

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  34. cocoaupnorth says:

    Such adorable photos! Here’s my contribution,

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  36. Just had to add my woof. 🙂 This is my first Travel theme post. Thank you and all for lovely contributions.

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  40. leannenz says:

    I hope it is okay I recycled and added some recent pictures to a prior post. I hope you enjoyed meeting Jasper.
    I am looking forward to all the Dog posts and stories!

  41. leannenz says:

    This was one of very first ever blogs so I apologise for waffling on but for dog lovers the images may be of interest. The photos are not mine but rather from google. I hope that is okay. After a couple of weeks in and finding my blogging feet I started using only my own images.

    Check out this Dogs’ life in Japan.

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