If you’ve visited my Pinterest board “Have Dog, Will Travel” you know that dogs can be excellent travel companions. Although many dogs hike and go camping, Boogie the Pug and his sidekick, Marcelo, are world travelers. Last spring they enjoyed a studio session with Pets by Petra in Brooklyn, New York.
Although Marcelo clearly adores and aspires to be like Boogie the Pug, he is, in fact, a Chihuahua.
Candy Pilar Godoy writes about pet travel over at boogiethepug.com. She’s also the founder of Dog Candy, a whimsical dog brand inspired by her two pups. She lives between NYC and Rio de Janeiro with her dogs Boogie and Marcelo, and her cat Kitty. Candy shares some amazing resources on her website including tips for flying with your pets as well as pet-friendly hotels.
From Candy: “Close to 10 years ago, I found myself pet-less and traveling around the world. But traveling didn’t stop me from being around animals. In the Republic of Congo, I worked with chimpanzees and I met pandas in Chengdu, China. Additionally, I volunteered at a dog shelter in Thailand and visited a cheetah sanctuary in South Africa.
I love so much about travel and I love the thrill of the unknown. I love new immersive experiences, new smells, new eye-candy to indulge. So much of travel is a treat for the senses, new sensations to explore and unfold. It is about forcing oneself out of the comfort of the mundane.
Having pets is in many ways the exact opposite. It’s the same pleasure but comprised of love, warmth, and structure. Pets have routines; they go out every day for exercise and to do their business, and they expect food twice a day (and if you have a pug, they know mealtimes down to the minute). Taking pets along while traveling is like bringing a piece of home with you.
My dogs welcome new experiences, as long as they’re with their humans. They’re not nervous or easily frightened, which makes them great travel companions. And there’s no one I’d want by my side more. Animals and travel have always been two of the main passions in my life, with my interest in both starting at a young age. My family adopted our first dog when I was only four years old; I was on my first airplane before I could walk.
Today, I share my life with two dogs and a cat. Boogie is a seven-year-old pug. He was adopted from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue in, you guessed it, Brooklyn, NY. His former owner abandoned Boogie at a young age with an ear infection.
Marcelo is a puppy mill rescue from Missouri. He’s a four pound, nearly toothless chihuahua with a long tongue and a love for humping.
Kitty, the cat, was rescued from the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
I travel with my pets because they make life better. Boogie, Marcelo, and Kitty are my perpetually excited travel buddies that are always in a good mood. They get to take in new smells and meet new friends and still get the same outside time and two meals a day. It is possible to do it all – to have pets and travel – and it makes everything better.”
You can see more of Boogie, Marcelo and their cat, Kitty, by following Boogie the Pug on Instagram.
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About Pets By Petra: Located in Brooklyn, New York, Petra Romano offers lifestyle and studio photo sessions for pets and their humans.