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Isn’t it ironic? (Don’t cha think?) For the past few years, I’ve been entirely focused on moving my in-laws, and then my own parents, out to Seattle from their respective homes, and you haven’t heard a peep from me or Chloe. Now the parents are settled…and this dreadful virus is upon us, and no one is traveling. But Dog Jaunt Nation is resilient, and hopeful, and we can share tips and stories and look forward to better days.

First things first: Chloe is absolutely fine. She’s — well, let’s call it blonder — than she was, but she’s full of pep and bounce. Thank you to all of you who worried about her during this downtime, and forgive me for not writing back with reassurance. Here she is, in my husband’s arms, on one of the many, many cross-country road trips I’ve taken over the past few years.

Chloe at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Please note how her fur has turned nearly uniform Capitol Reef Red.

Utah was astonishingly beautiful, by the way. I managed to cross the country on all of the major east/west routes, but on the last trip, I chose to leave Route 66 even before Gallup, New Mex-i-co and get my kicks in Moab instead. It’s that good.

You’ll hear a lot more about road trips with Chloe, but I’m starting my re-entry with updates to Dog Jaunt’s useful travel charts. So far, I’ve brought the chart of U.S. airlines’ pet polices and the chart of international airlines’ pet policies up to the moment. We can all gaze at them wistfully, from our living room couches.

I really want to hear what you’ve been up to with your own travel buddies! Many of you have left comments for me (thank you, faithful ones!) and sent e-mail messages ([email protected]), and I’ll be looking at them and sharing them, with your permission. I’ll also be firing up the Dog Jaunt Facebook page, but as always, recall that comments here on the blog are forever, while on Facebook they just scroll away.

The thing I valued most about Dog Jaunt — and this is odd, coming from a textbook introvert — was the community we created together. Especially in this anxious time, it’ll be a great source of comfort to be back in touch with Dog Jaunt Nation.

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  • Edie Jarolim

    It’s SO nice to have you back! I was one of the many who’s been thinking about you and wondering about Chloe, especially since I was lucky enough to see her — and you — in Seattle. Glad you are all doing well. Madeleine and I are fine. You can usually find us on Facebook.

  • Stephen

    Our Halley is gone and our cat Morris doesn’t travel. But Mom was the beneficiary of your care for those two years, and our family is so grateful. We celebrate your return to Dog Jaunt and look forward to more advice and help. Maybe it will help to bring back a dose of normal to our lives. Your writing is spot on and delicious, keep up the great work!

  • Amy

    So very, very glad you are back! We’ve missed you so much – you have no idea. But family always comes first and it’s wonderful you have been able to help yours. Give Chloe hugs and kisses from all of her fans!

  • Melissa

    So glad you are all well! Gracie the dwergpoedel and I were worried about you. So excited to hear more about Chloe’s adventures.

  • Sam

    I am so relieved and glad that you are all well. This website has been such an amazing help to us and our travels with our large small dog (big Havanese – 16 pounds). He has handled many plane trips and adventures well, and so have I, with your help and reassurance and great planning tips. Best to you.

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