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Dog Jaunt’s second anniversary!

It’s been two years now since I hit the “publish” button on my first Dog Jaunt post. Since then, I’ve written over 550 posts (and some of you have written posts for me!), and I still haven’t run out of things to say about traveling with a small dog. Happily, too, I still think that traveling with Chloe is way more fun than traveling without her. Our most ambitious trip with her to date, to Paris for a two-week visit, was Chloe’s first trip abroad, and, hands-down, our best trip ever to the City of Light. Visiting with Chloe made me and my husband feel a little like we were locals, prompted us to walk even more than we usually do around a city that rewards pedestrians with beauty and interest at every step, and brought us into contact with lots of pet-owning and pet-loving Parisians. We noticed The Chloe Effect most vividly in Paris, but we feel it wherever we go.

What else happened this past year? I pulled up my socks and got Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page going, and now over 300 of you have “liked” it. Thank you so much for your comments on the blog and for your posts and comments on the Facebook page — they provide encouragement and information to people who are considering making their first big trip with their dog, and I love hearing your thoughts and seeing your pictures.

I also posted Dog Jaunt’s first-ever video report, which was a hoot, and spoke about dog travel on the radio and in my first-ever podcast — also great fun, but a bit nerve-wracking.

In the coming year, I hope to post more video reports — I’ll keep them short, and I promise to provide text as well, for those of you who don’t like video clips. I have an iPhone app in mind, and I hope that this year Dog Jaunt will start earning its keep through ads, etc.

Two years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into — thank you for all your help and support, and for your company!


  • Akila

    Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary! Your site is amazing and has helped me so much in planning trips with our dogs.

  • Patty

    Happy Anniversary Dog Jaunt!!
    I’ve thanked the woman who shared your blog with me, and I have shared it with other dog people as well – paying it forward! 🙂

    Thanks for all of your good work, Mary-Alice.

  • [email protected]

    Congratulations, Mary-Alice! That’s a great milestone. You’ve accumulated a great encyclopedia on traveling with a small dog. If I ever have a small dog, I’ll know right where to come! In the meantime, I’ll enjoying reading about your adventures.

  • Edie

    Happy, happy blogiversary! It’s been a pleasure working with you, whether on podcasts, guest posts, or joint contests. Here’s to even more accomplishments for the next year.

  • The Daily Toki

    Joyeux anniversaire! I’m not French, but have been dying to travel to Europe with my dog. If only because I’ve hear that they’re allowed in cafes and other places where most American dogs are forbidden… Did you find that to be the case? Unfortunately, my pup is a very large shepherd-husky mix. So no in-flight accommodation for her. One day I’d like to take the Queen Mary 2 to England from New York, but for now, we’ll stick to road trips around the US. Thanks for all the great trip tips. Christine and Toki @ (PS – we found your blog through!)

  • Thank you, Christine and Toki! That’s exactly what we found, and we loved it. We, too, would like to go on the QM2 someday, and we’ve learned from Akila (the first commenter, above) that it’s not nearly as crazy-expensive as you’d think…

  • Karen Steele

    Mary-Alice, thank you so much for all the hard work you put into Dog Jaunt. I have my own blog and I know the time and expense is significant! And you don’t always know how many people are reading your words. But I’m sure there are many many people out there like me who are reading your blog and taking your well-researched tips on making pet travel possible. Congratulations on creating a site that actually makes life easier for us and our dogs! You’re the best!

    Karen Steele

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