16 April, 2007

Have Pouch, Will Travel

We lived in Europe for three years in the late 90's. At that time we had our little terrier, Muffin; she traveled everywhere with us, as dogs in Europe do. Shopping, out to eat, on public transport, you name it. We bought this padded travel pouch at that time; it has a tether inside that hooks to the dog's collar to secure them, handles ride up over the owner's shoulder, zip the top and puppy is good-to-go! The pouch languished in a closet after we moved back to the U.S. and our little Muffin passed away. We dusted off the pouch and took it with us in September of '04 when we drove to Murray, KY to adopt Hannes, then only 8 and a half weeks old. He was so tiny back then! He nestled deep down inside what was then a cavernous space for him on the long drive home in the "inherited" pouch. He's grown to fit, as time has passed, and looks upon this pouch, his pouch now, as a signal that we're all off on an outing! The minute he lays eyes on the pouch he literally leaps into it, turns around and pokes his head out through the opening as if he's saying "OK, let's go-- I'm ready!" In the great tradition of family dogs before him, he's become a champion traveler.
Life is Good!

10 comments:

Connie said...

What a sweet story and a sweet photo of that darling doggie.

Laurie Ann said...

Ahhh..... three new photos of Hannes. Life is Good! :) :)

Nancy said...

Love it. And becoming mighty fond of that there dog, too.

We had a cat back in the 70s who used to get right into our suitcases when we would lay them out to pack. She did not wish to be left behind.

Tanya said...

How lovely to have a pouch AND a dog you can take wherever and whenever you want! Alas, our dog, Choco is somewhat unsettled (an understatement) and just bringing her in the car is a danger to all of us on the road. Sweet Hannes! Good for him!

meggie said...

Isnt he just adorable. Those eyes!!
Thanks for sharing.

Quilt Memories said...

Caught up reading your blog tonight, been gone you know,!!! So glad you are feeling better,hope to see you tomorrow at LQS.

Quilting Kim said...

I would love to travel too if I had a nice comfy pouch like Hannes has - he is one lucky dog. Bailey becomes quite acrobatic when he see the leash - or maybe he is just leaping for joy that he is going out.

gwen said...

You are right about Europe, you still see a lot of these dogs pouches around, with dogs inside!
Hannes´s looks very comfortable and I can understand why he always wants to be taken along. Take care.

YankeeQuilter said...

Hannes would be right at home over here as one of the "pub puppies." Macbeth loves sitting right near the door and watching the people come in...

Anne Heidi said...

How cute is that! Such a sweet looking dog, and how great to be able to carry him with you!