My dog made us friends. That’s all I could think about as I sat at the airport waiting for his plane to taxi to the gate. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the thought…
We all know dogs are excellent social facilitators. But I never imagined a dog could orchestrate and foster friendships between humans.#buthedid
Yet almost three years ago, Harley used a spunky little nine year old to do just that.
Marshall and Harley were actually brought together as an experiment by his father and I.
Marshall has allergies, but after his first encounter with Harley – there was no reaction.
We continued to allow the two of them to play testing the “hypo-allergenic” theory about Goldendoodles.
The two could wrestle and romp all day long, but symptoms would flare if Harley’s saliva made contact with Marshall’s face.
BACK TO THE FRIENDSHIP STORY –
As their relationship grew stronger they reminded me of a 21st century Lassie & Timmy…
They played together as often as allowed…
Together the two helped the younger brother find comfort around larger dogs…
Slowly the parents found Harley irresistible…
Then the friendship became “official” when you agree to camp out in your own backyard with your neighbors…
…so the children can sleep in a tent with your dog…
Dialog about opening their home to a dog was the intro into learning we were like minded people with many common interests.
About a year later – they had their very own Doodle…
Saying goodbye was hard for all of us. More than any of us imagined.
When we extended an invitation for them to come and visit, we sincerely meant it.
True friendships are very important. They’re a gift – a blessing – a true treasure.
As Marshall exited the airplane, it was hard to contain the tears. He’s grown so much in four short months. Now eleven years old, he made the pilgrimage alone. #flyingsolo
BUT NOT FOR LONG –
The rest of the family arrives tomorrow night to hang out with us for a couple of days.
I sincerely believe – had it not been for Harley, our two families might never have become the friends we are today.
Dogs are great facilitators of social interaction. Especially between strangers. julie beck
BEST CITY FOR PET TRAVELERS –
We did it – We did it – Thanks to YOU – We did it ❤️
RECAP OF ROUND 2 –
There was no in-between in Round 2 of the Best City for Pet Travelers tournament – most of the contests were nail-biters or blow-outs!
Phoenix, AZ (Tamara M.) squeaked by Benicia, CA (Debbie J.), Bozeman, MT(Sarah M.) edged out Seattle, WA (Carrie T.), and New Orleans, LA (Maureen F.) slipped by Cocoa, FL (Kathy C.) – all by a single vote! At the same time Charleston, SC (Cathy B.) rocked Nashville, TN (Mary A.), St. Petersburg, FL (Rachel M.) showed Cleveland, OH (Ann M.) the door, and Fredericksburg, VA (Debbie L.) routed Royal Oak, MI (Amanda B.). And now we play on! The cities that survive Round 3 will be into the Sweet 16 of the Best City for Pet Travelers tournament, and these match-ups are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
CHARLESTON VS. TAMPA FL. –
While Tampa has its share of beaches (varying stipulations for dogs), a few pet friendly eateries, and a handful of hotel chains, a great deal of Tampa’s main attractions are not pet friendly. #saywoof?
What’s a pet parent to do?
COME TO CHARLESTON SC –
When the rest of Marshall’s family arrives, the entire family can take them around our beautiful, city.
Can’t wait to show them our rich history, pastel pre-Civil-War-era houses, cobblestone streets, French Quarters and Battery areas from a breath taking view in a horse drawn carriage…
– and the boys are welcome to ride along too…
No matter where we eat, shop or stop – in Charleston – the Boys are always welcome!
IT’S TIME TO VOTE #AGAIN –
With you on our team, I know we can take Tampa. #nothingbutnetbaby
We got the fever, we’re hot, we can’t be stopped
DO YOU HAVE A FEW SECONDS? –
Charleston’s bracket is at the bottom of the page.
Thank you (in advance) for your super doodle support.
Voting in Round 3 closes Wednesday, March 23rd at 9pm EDT
Round 4 opens Thursday, March 24th #sweetsixteenbaby
The Boys are headed out to place more lawn signs… #noshameinourgame
GOLDEN hugs & DOODLE kisses for all your support.