Yes, Jen brought her walking partner traveling with us. And it was the best time ever.
Over 6 months ago, Levee and Jen crossed the American frontera, jumped on a plane in Seattle, flew to Houston and then onto the Costa Rican City of Liberia to meet up with Erin and embark onwards into adventure. The essential info of the flight was that we used Continental Airlines, Levee flew cargo and he was roughly 12 hours in his kennel. It was awful but we arrived alive and he forgot about it 5 minutes after we got off the plane.
Latin America is a very different place for dogs. Namely, there are dogs everywhere. Beach dogs run around and flirt with tourists all day, same goes for the inland street dogs. There are also lots of pregnant dogs running around and usually they would chase Levee away. No one ever asked me where my leash was so that was a nice change.
We were very often asked along the way “Isn’t it difficult to travel with your dog?” The truth of it is that there is not much more we would have done if Levee was not with us. We still went surfing, hiked canyons to hidden waterfalls, hitch-hiked half the country and partied at night. After escaping from the park ranger’s van… twice… Levee even quietly watched a mother turtle give birth with us, and he was there a month later in Nicaragua, when we helped release the new baby tortugas into the ocean.
Speaking of Nicaragua, once you are in a Latin American country, your dog will need a passport to cross the borders into neighboring countries. You get these by going to the Veterinarian (there) with the documents you brought from Canada which includes an International Health Certificate and proof of Rabies and other required vaccinations. A bit of work is required, but in this case, it was worth it. Here are a few reasons why:
Some bad things happened.
Borders were pushed.
Good friends were made
and we learned a little more about communication.
And so to close this epic adventura that is Two Girls One Pup, we encourage everyone to lose the leash and take a trip with their favorite four legged friend, whether it be across the continent or merely down to Pirate Island for an all night dance party with your favorite amigos. Todo Bien. Happy to be back.