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One of my favorite things about being home for the holidays? Getting to spend time with Tucker, my family’s beloved cocker spaniel. You guys may have heard me mention him before, you know, in basically any and every post that takes place along the East Coast of the United States (Tucker travelers frequently with us between Albany, Philadelphia, and Martha’s Vineyard).
When I’m traveling, I receive frequent updates and photos of Tuck living it up back home. But it does little to cure my puppy lust. So I get by however I can — donating to or volunteering with canine-centric charities, or assaulting street dogs with hugs and snacks. Koh Tao, though, is one of the few places I really get my Fido fix, thanks to the number of friends I have there with pups I can borrow for snuggle sessions. And the thing about the dogs on this island — at least the ones with human companions — is that they always seem to be on holiday.
Like Charlie, who’s never too busy to stop and selfie. (Okay, perhaps technically I was selfie-ing and Charlie was looking confused, but let’s not split hairs.)
Or like Ilo, resident guard dog at Maya Bar on Sairee Beach. She basically only guards against fish, which she patrols tirelessly for during every waking hour. And she gets a lot of nap breaks.
Or like Sadie, the most energetic furball I’ve known in a long time, who loves to lead ambitious hikes all over the island.
And then there’s little Saya, who adores being behind the wheel (though we are trying to teach her about the dangers of drinking and driving, she hasn’t quite caught on yet…).
And speaking of drinking dogs, there’s also Elmo — lovably crusty Elmo is most often found lounging on the bartop at either Maya or Banyan bars, giving the proverbial finger to Health and Safety codes everywhere. Can’t stop the paaaaarty! (And I mean literally, you cannot. Elmo doesn’t move for anyone. You could plop that pup on the bar, walk away for hours, and come back and Elmo would still be there giving side eye to the more lively establishment patrons.)
See what I’m saying? Pups on permanent holiday (and if you want to help dogs on Koh Tao that aren’t as fortunate, it’s easy to do.) Saya and Sadie in particular were a big part of my recent trip back to Thailand, and all these little guys put a smile on my face on a regular basis.
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Do you have both pets and a travel addiction? Who takes care of your furballs when you’re on the road?