When a newly engaged friend of mine began to make wedding plans, I offered to watch her dogs while she was on her honeymoon. I knew that her dogs would be happy at our house, and I hoped that would allow her to leave any canine-related worries behind. She seemed shocked by my offer, though, because she had never considered going on her honeymoon without her dogs.
When I said, “Oh, you’ll be taking them with you?” she replied, “Of course! Didn’t you?”
In fact, I did not, nor did it even occur to me to do so. I was married almost 20 years ago when it was less common to take dogs on vacations of any kind. Also, we honeymooned in Alaska where we ran a half marathon together, took a plane ride over the mountains of the Alaska range and kayaked on the Kenai Peninsula. None of that would have been possible with our dog. Besides, we wanted to focus on each other rather than on our dog after coming out of the “wedding vortex”.