Welcome to The Scoop – our weekly roundup of the dog news that’s got us all talking. In this week’s news, meet the lucky dogs whose parents have taken them on the trip of a lifetime, another very lucky and incredibly fast dog who took on a peloton, and a rescue dog who started an awesome Photoshop Battle.
Two dogs, two humans and a camper van named Chewie
Remember that story about the couple who had bought an old school bus and were travelling from Alaska to Argentina with their dog? It looks like the trend is spreading to Europe! A Dutch couple made the news this week after they decided to sell their Amsterdam apartment, buy a VW camper van and travel around Europe. And the best part? They brought their dogs along for the ride.
Jeroen and Hedwig (they’re the humans) have managed to clock up 7,427 miles on the road and, in 16 weeks, they’ve visited six countries. That’s not particularly impressive, as any teen who’s gone interrailing for a fast and furious week will tell you. But their relaxed pace was all part of the plan – the motto of their adventure is ‘Live Slow, Drive Slower’. Don’t worry, a life on the road isn’t for all of us. If you’re not quite ready to sell everything to live in a camper van, you can still go on travels knowing your dog is being loved and cared for by a DogBuddy dog sitter.
Trust us, if you don’t want to suffer a serious case of wanderlust, whatever you do don’t check out their website and don’t even consider looking at their Instagram. It’s full of beautiful images of the places they’ve discovered now that they’ve been freed from the responsibilities of jobs and rent.
A spectacular video emerged on Facebook this week of a dog who’d somehow gotten himself into a cycling race. The dog, who’s speed (and guts!) has to be admired, manages to keep pace with the cyclists for a good couple of minutes, easily outpacing them on the corners. Eventually, the dog tires and gives up. Not really a fair race, in the end – the humans had wheels! (Don’t worry, we’re assured by Cycling Weekly that there were no crashes and the dog managed to escape the peloton without getting hurt!)
Rescue dog who won’t sit still for photos prompts hilarious Photoshop battle
It’d be fair to say we’ve been known to see a good number of hours disappear while we’ve been looking at pictures of cute dogs on Reddit. One of our favourite subreddits is, without a doubt, Photoshop battles. This week, The Dodo shared a story of Banana, a 4-year-old Chihuahua-mix who was rescued in a malnourished state. Banana hasn’t let his setbacks in life affect his positive outlook – it’d be fair to say he’s something of a clown, based on the pictures that The Dodo shared. One of the pics made it’s way to Reddit’s Photoshop Battles, and well, the rest is history. Here are some of the best contenders. You’re welcome.
Come back for more doggy news in The Scoop next week!