For years I had read the stories of women who had climbed the corporate ladder only to become dissatisfied with their life. There was the wall street stockbroker walking away to become a yoga teacher or the company director seeking a simpler life. I would always admire these women but never thought, what I had assumed was a mid-life crisis, would happen to me.
I had loved my job; I was a well paid television current affairs reporter who got to do stories all over the world – it had been satisfying, exhilarating and challenging.
But somewhere along the line that began to change. After thirty years in the game it had come less challenging …my heart was no longer in it and frankly that was terrifying. Just what was I going to do next – what would truly make me happy?
Thankfully my schnoodles Billy and Archie provided the answer.
I absolutely love those boys – they are simply the best friends a girl can have.
I sing them ridiculous songs with the most tragic of lyrics (it’s a little love story between a dog and a mum, a dog and a mum) and instead of cackling with laughter they just want to kiss me .
My favourite thing in the world is seeing their joy when we head out for a walk on the beach or go to our local park.
It was on one of those walks that the idea for Travel Wags was born. I was sick of stuffing my pockets with my keys, mobile phone and poop bags and I never had a bowl on hand to give them a drink of water. On weekends when we headed away they never had all their stuff in one bag – it was scattered between my bags and my husband's.
While the idea of the dog walking bag and the tote was simple - getting to launch date has been anything but. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice to say it has been the biggest challenge of my life.
Now we are finally here, I feel incredibly proud of Travel Wags but it’s not just about the bags for me… if I’m entirely truthful, I may have started this just so I can stay home with my boys and talk about dogs all day! So, on that note, if you would share your dog photos and stories with me I would love it – I can pretend I’m working but really I will be admiring your gorgeous dogs and telling Billy and Archie all about them. I also hope to eventually put some of my television skills to good use and bring you some amazing stories that illustrate just how privileged we are to share our lives with these incredible animals.
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It was an easy decision choosing this month’s Travel Wag’s hero.
Australian ultra marathon runner Dion Leonard is a man on a mission to save one small stray dog in China.