You know how sometimes you get the urge to just hop in the car and drive? To just pack up the essentials, throw ’em in the back seat, and hit the road? No destination in mind, just you and the asphalt stretching on towards infinity and your new life.
Emily and Corey, creators of the popular blog “Where’s My Office Now”, felt that same exact urge. And they did all those things. And they never looked back.
Three years later they are still living the dream, working out of their VW van, traveling the country, and seeing as much of the world as they can. They even added a canine co-pilot to the mix when they adopted Penny Rose who Emily refers to as “the protector and bringer of much love and joy.”
There’s no greater sidekick than a dog and Penny has made their adventures on the road so much more enjoyable in all of the ways only a dog can.
Having a dog around can of course help diffuse stress, but it can also help prevent it in the first place. A dog depends on you so you can’t get caught up in any unnecessary drama.
Dogs are like a living, breathing reality check. Caring for a pup requires you to set and stick to a routine which is useful in your own life as well.
When you spend so much of your life in the car, it’s important to make time to take care of your physical health and spiritual wellbeing. A dog encourages you stay active and to prioritize exercise resulting in a much healthier, happier body and mind.
On the other hand, dogs can also help you relax and unwind. They demand that you be present and appreciate all of life’s infinite blessings.
Above all else, dogs keep you spontaneous and in love with life. As Emily puts it, “Penny Rose lives in the moment. I find myself meeting her here. Here, now, is a wonderland.”
Check out this extra special “Van Life” episode dedicated to answering all the FAQs about having a dog on the road!