Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dog Trots Globe -- Chula

Image copyright © Erick Paraiso. All Rights Reserved

Meet my friend, Chula, Paris dog about town and "globe trotter" extraordinaire.  This sweet Sheltie has enjoyed adventures in Paris and beyond (in Provence) with her owners Sheron and Bob.  She tells the story in a book titled Dog Trots Globe, which I have enjoyed reading and reviewing.  The text and beautiful photographs are blended into this tale for any age, one that will have a special place for those who love dogs and/or France.  In addition to Chula's story, there are many tips about bringing a dog to France and the book has more than 150 lovely photos of  familiar scenes of Paris and Provence and Chula, bien sûr!   

When I am in Paris, I love seeing the dogs in cafés and restaurants which is almost never allowed in the US, but there is another side to visiting in Paris from a dog's point of view.  While over 200,000 people in Paris have dogs which are permitted in most hotels and restaurants, they actually cannot go in the Métro, the parks, the museums, and many other public plces.  Sheron said, "We had to leave Chula home a lot, and this picture where she is curled up in the big chair captures her sad face."

Image copyright © Sheron Long. All Rights Reserved.

This charming book comes in three formats:
Sheron and OIC Books have made a copy available to my readers and so I will have a giveaway (my first) for a print copy of this book, signed by Sheron and Chula!  To enter, just make a comment here on my blog today.  Each day you make a comment on my daily blog will add another chance to win, and the random drawing will be the evening of Monday, March 19th, announced on Tuesday's post of March 20th.  I will have a post that day of Chula with her happy face in the lavender fields of Provence as she travels "beyond."

I might also mention that Chula has her own Facebook page where readers can keep up with her comings and goings. 


  1. Une très jolie publication... Moi qui suis une amoureuse des toutous de tous genres je trouve cette petite Chula adorable...
    Aujourd'hui je n'ai plus qu'une toutoune, une dalmatienne (mon amour) nommée Olween.
    Gros bisous et une caresse à Chula.

  2. What a great idea to describe travels through a dog's eyes!and so funny!
    The way countries act with dogs tell a lot about them.In Iceland, that I visited last year, dogs are absolutely prohibited in the whole center of Reykjavik!
    I'd like to read the part "In Provence" of the book!

  3. I must see if I can buy or order it here. But no dogs in the parks?
    THat is so strange, where do they go for a walk with the dogs? :)))

  4. Chula looks very relaxed in the top photograph. Perhaps he is recovering from a jaunt to the Eiffel Tower.

  5. Thanks for the reminder. I"ve been meaning to order a copy for the grandkids!

  6. A lovely dog who enjoys travelling. So sorry that I can't take a cat in the same easy way to travel with us.

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    With warm regards.

  8. Bonjour Genie. I reviewed this darling book a few weeks ago on my blog too. I loved reading Chula's adventures. Yes, life can be hard for dogs sometimes. You are right about Paris: It is not always dog-friendly. I guess this is why one finds so many "fragrant gifts" on the sidewalks ;-) If I had an active dog like Chula in Paris, I would take him to one of the two great "lungs" of the city: Le Bois de Boulogne or le Bois de Vincennes, several times a week. Dogs are allowed there. They can even run off-leash when nobody is watching ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  9. Chula is so pretty Genie, just like Lassie and almost as famous!

  10. I always thought that was odd about the metro and stores. But I have seen them in both places. I'll check out the book.

  11. I am such a "sucker" for a dog and Chula is no exception! I would love to win this book and even if I don't, I will certainly put it on my list of "to read books."

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter your giveaway Genie!

  12. How perfect to have a peripatetic pet! Chula looks like a charming traveling companion. I hope the otherwise enlightened ville de Paris makes some dog runs in her parks one day soon.

  13. As a dog lover, this sounds like a book that I would enjoy. 'Mon toutou', Chloe, is not quite ready for prime-time, like Chula, but we're working on it! Please enter me in your drawing.

  14. I've always loved dogs, and hated "No dogs" signs (in whatever language). And Chula looks like a real sweetie.

    I'm not so sure about the book, so if I win, I want Chula herself. (That seems like a reasonable request.)

  15. My husband and I are crazy about dogs and France. Sounds like this is a book for us! Thanks for acquainting us with a great " read".

  16. Oh Genie, what an adorable sheltie Chula is. Not many dogs can say they are Globe Trotters!
    I love those books written by someones canine family member - very touching.
    It's my birthday Monday so I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed!
    Shane x

  17. What a sweet travel companion!!! She looks quite content...we've been away a lot this past month...I think Kelly, the Golden, and Sadie and Cleo the kitties would have preferred to be travel companions rather than staying at home...although Kelly the dog got to play, play, play with new and old friends...so maybe only the kitties!!!

  18. Well, I am certainly glad that I found Chula, a sweet little thing! Also happy to know that I made the cut-off date for the lottery. I'll be happy to forward my address ahead of time. I feel lucky!!

  19. Oh my, I must apologize to Chula. I mistook her for a collie in the photo of her in Provence. My apologies Chula. You are adorable and I bet the book is too.

    We're seeing more dogs in restaurants lately here in Florida. Outdoors only in bistros of course, so it's not France or Germany here quite yet.


Merci for your comments!