Joy from a Rescue Dog

A little more than four years ago, I adopted a rescue dog. I fell madly in love with Abby immediately. The lopsided, extra-large tongue and the bugged-out eyes simply melted my heart. Coupled with her adorable piglet-size and endearingly sweet disposition, she makes friends wherever we go. Abby and I met on a foggy San…

Love dog, will travel

Taking a dog into Italy was shockingly easy in actuality (I could have been carrying a raccoon and they didn’t seem to care at all), though bureaucratic paperwork had to be completed beforehand. Abby was a huge hit on our special trip to Venice last year. It was as if most people had never seen…

Leading the Way Home

Abby, our little Bug (Boston Bull Pug), has a great sense of direction, among her many wonderful traits. She loved to try to lead the way, and once we got near enough to home, I’d unhook her leash and let her lead us through the last two alleyways and courtyards. Abby was very popular in…

Swimming on Lido

Early in our trip, we went swimming on Lido, a larger one of the many islands that comprise Venice in northern Italy. Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) is an 11 km long sandbar on the Adriatic Sea. The Lido is also home to the Venice Film Festival. We took the vaporetto (water bus) from San…

World-class glass sculpting

This has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip, and our adventures in Murano were no exception. Our first day there was in the afternoon, having not previously realized that much of the glassblowing takes place very early in the day. We made plans to return the next morning for a much anticipated private tour…

The Traveling Party

Meet More Diane In just a few weeks time, I will be traveling to Venice, Italy with My Amazing Mama, who’s fighting a rare terminal brain cancer, along with our sweet, healing service dog Abby. Given that Mama’s condition requires full-time caregiving, traveling abroad alone was a daunting goal. We were determined to go NO…