Traveling with Ears

08 Nov

Whenever I travel – wherever I go – I always take Ears with me.  Ears is one of the first things V gave me when we met. Maybe he was won at a carnival, but I really don’t remember.  Ears comes with me, even if I am only going on an overnight.  You see, I always have a dog with me, no matter where I am in the world. (When at home, Ears lives on my night stand next to the bed.)

Ears China 1

Ears has been in more countries and states than most people, I guess.  I never thought to make him a passport, but if I did, I guess it would look a lot like mine (except no one asks him for his visa) and I think he was born in China, not the USA. – BOL

Somehow the cat’s toy turtle (which is actually one of Sofie’s favorites too) found it’s way into my suitcase on this trip.  (Did I ever tell you about the time I got to Switzerland and was unpacking my clothes to find a dog biscuit among my underclothes,  Hahahaha.  Truly, Nikki, my dog of the time, dropped it in while I was packing at home.  To this day (about 20 years later) – I still carry that petrified Milkbone in my bag.)

I have this tradition of leaving cards for V when I travel. Years ago, when I traveled less, I used to leave a card for everyday.  Now, especially with a 6 week trips, I leave one for every week . The cards are numbered and dated with instructions when to open (not that I am there to know).  I plan the cards between humor and missing you and lovey-dovey, to try and keep the momentum going. There is always usually one from V in my suitcase (hiding in some pocket).  This trip, I guess because it is sooooo long, even K8 made me a wonderful card.  She is such a good artist and makes really nice cards.  Having stuff from home makes living in a hotel room a little easier.

And, I always have my dog, Ears (who is such a good listener).

Ears China 2

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo in China ❤


Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Dogs


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22 responses to “Traveling with Ears

  1. Vicki Flaherty

    November 8, 2013 at 22:25

    Love Ears! Thank you for sharing. Since our dog Tucker died some 13 years ago now, we have been adopting dogs like Ears…we’re up to some 30 and they line the top of the sofa in the den from where I type this comment to you. When we travel, we usually take one of them (sometimes 2, maybe even 3 if we are driving and they can enjoy the ride in the back seat) with us. Our guys (and girls) are well-traveled like Ears…Greece, Portugal, France, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, and more. (I also travel with a photo of my husband and Tucker when they were reunited after our 3 week honeymoon in Europe. I can’t imagine waking up on the road without them next to me when I go to bed and awake in the morning.) Thanks for sharing. Hoping you are having a good trip. Wow, 6 weeks in China!

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 02:24

      Thanks for sharing back. Travel buddies are great!

  2. seeker

    November 8, 2013 at 22:37

    He’s all ears for you.

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 02:23


  3. Cathy Fox

    November 9, 2013 at 10:14

    My daughter Ashleigh has had a Tigger since childhood that travels with her. He’s been on vacation, away at college every year (even comes home when she does) and in Ireland for a semester abroad. A happy life is the joy that you carry with you, not possession you accumulate.

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:12

      Ah, Cathy, your quote is true, but it is the little reminders, like Tigger, that help us through the harder moments. Not for possession but for memories.

  4. Emmadog

    November 9, 2013 at 10:27

    Ears is awesome! I bet so many people tell you how lucky you are to travel. Mom used to travel all the time and has been around most of the world, she is traveled out and just enjoys being home so much. Maybe some day the travel bug will return but for now she feels sorry for people like you that have to be gone so much because it is really hard.

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:11

      Yes Emma – traveling is not as glamorous as people think, and people like your Mom understand how hard it is. I love to see new places and meet new people but this particular assignment is rather boring. Cities that are built just for work and shopping are boring to me. I like more historic sites on the weekends. I too would like to be home more. –

  5. Lynn Delage

    November 9, 2013 at 10:37

    So glad you have Ears to keep you company and help ward off homesickeness. Hope all goes well with your job in China.

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:08

      Thank you Lynn. Ears is also a very good warning system. His ears magically go up if there is danger near by. 🙂

  6. Cyn

    November 9, 2013 at 11:17

    Glad to hear you have some company on your trip and someone to snuggle with. I wonder if Peanut still has her little white lamb (Lilly, I think?) with her these days?

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:07

      Yes, Cindy. She was going to leave Lilly home but I sneaked her into her pillowcase when she was not looking. I am sure she was ultimately happy to have her little lamb. We all need our stuffies to remind us of home.

  7. Genevieve Petrillo

    November 9, 2013 at 11:49

    Having a cuddly dog along, is always a great idea. Especially since he won’t eat the MilkBone while you’re sleeping.

    Love and licks,

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:05

      Never thought of that consequence Cupcake. You are always thinking.

  8. readingwithrhythm

    November 9, 2013 at 12:43

    Nice to meet Ears!! Glad you have him along to keep you company. Does he have dogbreath? If he was at my house he sure would.

    • dogdaz

      November 9, 2013 at 22:05

      Hahahaha – Do your stuffies get dogbreath because Dogs have chewed on them?

  9. angelswhisper2011

    November 11, 2013 at 04:11

    Ears is cute. Glad you have him to keep you company. Pawkiss 🙂

    • dogdaz

      November 11, 2013 at 06:51

      Me too! Thanks

  10. mythreemoggies

    November 12, 2013 at 12:12

    Hope your ankles have not been spat at :-). Overall amazing place to explore xxx

    • dogdaz

      November 12, 2013 at 16:26

      Don’t understand comment? But it is very interesting for sure

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