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Our Latest Addition to the GetAway Office

Hello world – meet Oilibhear (Ollie) the newest staff member at GetAway Travel! 

This year on Black Friday we picked up a new puppy.  No he was not an impulse buy – we’ve actually been planning his arrival before conception occurred! 

Ollie’s about 11 weeks old now and is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.  The Wheaten breed originated from Ireland, hence the Irish name of Oilibhear.   He has a nice bed and plenty of toys in the office and he enjoys chewing all of them (toys, bed, office desks, chairs, etc. – you know he’s a typical puppy).  If we’re on the phone with you and all of the sudden we shout the word “NO”, please don’t take offense.  That’s just our encouragement for Ollie not to use the office as a restroom!   He is still in training so let’s just call it an unpaid intern position – although he constantly pays us with plenty of kisses!

While OIlie does not yet collect a salary, he does receive many perks such as free meals, fresh water, a huge yard, all the toys a pup could want and very generous health care benefits.

Ollie came to us from the same “staffing agency” that brought us both Fergus and Feena, which while they are no longer with us still occupy gargantuan spaces in our hearts.  Here’s a link to Ollie’s breeder on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/vanbeardwheatens  where you can also find updates on Ollies’ 3 sisters and 2 brothers all of which seem to be living the highlife.  

So Ollie – welcome to GetAway Travel.  We think you have a very bright future ahead of you.  Please be aware that during your initial intern assignment that performance appraisals occur on a very frequent basis.  Positive reviews will noted with the words – “Good Boy”.  Negative reviews will typically begin with the word “No” followed by explicit words explaining what you may did wrong.   Regardless though we promise to always love and cherish you as a valued member of the agency.


Animal Attraction to Travel

There are a few things in life that I know to be true.  One, I love to travel and two, I love animals.  Almost any destination and certainly almost ever animal (okay spiders and snakes are creepy but I mean like animals not reptiles or insects).  But I digress….

Koala, Churchill Island, Australia

Living in north central Wisconsin we have the usual set of animals (think farm, normal pets and wildlife) but when we travel we are opened to a whole new world of living creatures.  Take for example a trip to Australia.  Here you have an opportunity to get up close and personal with Kangaroo, Wallaby, Wombat and Tasmanian Devil.  How cool is that!  Some of these animals you’ll be lucky enough to see in the wild but not the Tasmanian Devi.  The Devil is an endangered species due to a cancerous facial tumor that has affected 30- 50% of the wild population.  But have no fear, nearby Hobart is the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.    Visiting this sanctuary will allow you hands on contact with several native Australian animals.  You can feed kangaroos, pet wombats and koala and observe the cute little Tasmanian Devil.  Our visit to the sanctuary was a highlight for this traveling animal lover.

I know what you are thinking, well sure there are cool animals in Australia but that is a long trip and I can’t go that far.  Have no fear, cool animals are everywhere you just have to look.  Let’s take the good old USA for example.  A trip to Alaska in the summer will provide you with an opportunity to see humpback whales feeding in the kelp rich waters.  And yes, a humpback whale is a mammal so thus does not fall in the creepy category 😊 Now the very best way to see whales (all types in AK) is a small craft tour (boats that hold 18 – 36 people max).  When choosing your tour company also be sure the boats are safe for those magnificent creatures you have come to see (no dangerous propellers).

Faerie Penguins, Churchill Island, Australia

What about the Polar bear, I mean the kind that live outside the zoo?  Wouldn’t it be cool to see them fishing for salmon out of a river?  A trip to Alaska, Canada, Norway, Russia or Greenland will provide you with the opportunity to see these at animals in the wild.   Of course, you aren’t just going to happen upon them, you’ll need a guided expedition or tour to give you the best chance of watching them in their natural habitat.  From Fairbanks you can take a tour mid Aug – late Step (side note, due to global warming it is expected that the polar bear could become extinct in the years to come).   This one is still on my bucket list!

Bear at Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau Alaska

Still too exotic you say.  Well as I said earlier, I love animal, pretty much any.  In particular though I happen to covet my Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Fergus.  And yes, I look for his kin just about everywhere I go.  I’ve seen them in France, Holland and Ireland, just to mention a few.  And each time I come upon one I smile and feel love.

Fergus – Our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

So, pick your favorite animals and travel!  You’ll be surprised to see so many along the way.