Animal-loving couple Céline Lemarchand and Aurélien Thiebaut from Paris, France, wanted to travel the world but couldn’t bear to leave their precious pet behind. So, the solution was simple; bring their two-year-old Akita Inu, Yuuka with them on their world travels.
“We think having a dog is a responsibility, leaving for several months without Yuuka was unthinkable. First of all, because we would miss her too much as she is like a member of the family, and we could not impose our dog for nine months on our family or friends,” explains Aurélien.
The couple originally planned to visit the Oceanic continent including Australia and New Zealand but were put off by the weather and complicated paperwork for Yuuka. South America took their attention instead and they explained how Yuuka is much happier travelling than she was living in Paris. “When we lived in Paris, she was in a 45-square-metre flat and her daily walks were on sidewalks or in parks on weekends,” said Céline. “So even if it’s a dog that does not ask for a lot of exercises, she can only be happier with her new adventurous life.”
So far they have visited Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. They continued their journey to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, the United States and finally Canada.
“Our initial project was to do only South America for six months, but we arrived in Colombia we chose to cross the Cape Derien and continue to Central America and North America,” said Aurélien.
“Thanks to this trip, we can show people who thought we were crazy that it is possible to travel with a dog in America. We think, she is really happy to discover new landscapes, new smells and more than anything to discover new animals. She is passionate about iguanas and monkeys.”
People called the couple crazy for wanting to bring their dog on such an adventure but Aurélien hopes they can show it is possible. “We really hope our adventure inspires others,” he said. “We think that people may need to think a little more about bringing their pets with them because it is with us that our dogs are the happiest.
“But for some countries, it’s impossible to get them so fortunately there are kennels. The most important thing is to find a solution and not abandon them to go on vacation.”