Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence by Chula Wula D’Augue, as barked to Sheron Long. Reviewed by Gustav Schreiber for LiteraryDogs.com.
This book provides aficionados of both travel and dogs a unique approach both to travel-and-dog writing, as told through the eyes, ears, nose and barks of a nine-year old Shetland Sheepdog named Chula. Accompanied by her human tour guides, Sheron and Bob Long, Chula set out from California on a trip to Paris and Provence, then faithfully dictated her story to the human author (Sheron Long).
Along the way, Chula experienced many of the great delights (and a few surprises) of France. For most of their visit Chula, Sheron and Bob stayed in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where Chula enjoyed ● market days, street-side bistros and café’s with her human friends, especially savoring bits of cheese, sausage and croissant crumbles under the table; ● various French traditions, including 3000 sheep paraded through the streets, to her amazement and delight (she’s a sheep dog after all, though of the family pet variety; hence, quite unfamiliar with the herding traditions of her breed); ● ‘Vistas and Villages’, including expansive views of olive groves and vineyards in the Les Baux Valley and the lush lavender fields of Sault; and ● the many delights, highlights, and city lights of Paris itself, including the Eiffel Tower (of course), art museums, statues, and bridges over the Seine. There’s much more, but this gives you a taste, well beyond mere kibble.
By taking her on their trip, Sheron and Bob introduced France to Chula, and Chula to the everyday occurrences of life in France. Readers will delight in the attractive sights and tempting sensations Chula sees and experiences (by smell and taste, mostly) under foot and under the table, so to say. It’s a quick and easy-to-read dog-oriented travelogue.
For travelers with dog, Dog Trots Globe includes a very useful ‘Afterward’ describing in detail ‘How to Take your Pup to France’. The key to traveling with a dog is to keep your sense of humor, always! And be sure you have all the requisite papers, especially health certificates and tickets, and an airline-approved crate. The Afterward tells how to find and fit a crate to your dog’s dimensions, and what to expect from the airlines. Details of ticketing, feeding and watering enroute are useful, as well as various tips and rules about dogs and dog behavior (throughout the book).
For further information, visit OIC-Books.com for links to organizations with up-to-date information on travel regulations for dogs. The website also posts audio and video clips for more about this particular canine’s “dog’s eye view of France.” For a quick view of the book itself, go online to http://www.oh-i-see.com/book-summary/book/dog-trots-globe (click on the book cover to open).
Overall, Dog Trots Globe is a quick and entertaining guide to traveling with a dog. Chula wittingly describes many delightful aspects of her travels from an entirely unique point of view. We’d like to see more travel-with-dog books like it.
Dog Trots Globe is published by OIC Books of Carmel, California; 2011, 160 pp., profusely illustrated with color photos and sketches. ISBN 978.1.936951.00.0.
P.S. After posting the review, above, we received this nice note from the publishers: “Thank you so much for the thoughtful review of Dog Trots Globe. We’ve shared it with OIC’s Facebook fans and also had Chula post it on her wall. Thank you again. [signed] Emily“ See: Facebook.com/OICmoments