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Montecristo (and His People) Visit Brigantine and Philadelphia

by Suzanne Fluhr on July 28, 2014 · 79 comments

road trip to Philadelphia

One of the unanticipated pleasures of declaring myself becoming a Baby Boomer travel blogger has been the chance to meet up with like minded, interesting on-line friends in real life, either in my home town of Philadelphia or during travels.

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Montecristo strapped into his elevated car bed anxious to start the long drive from Ottawa (Gatineau) to Brigantine, New Jersey.

Last June, when I traveled from Philadelphia to Ontario for a travel blogger conference, I invited myself to visit an Ottawa, Canada based travel blogger. Montecristo Dumas is a bilingual (English and French), 4 year old, 3.5 pound long-haired chihuahua who blogs about traveling with a small dog. He (and his people) have traveled widely in Canada, the United States, Europe and even on a small sailboat cruise to some Greek islands. On airplanes, Monte travels with the passengers because he fits under the seat in his carrier.

If I were your mother and you told me you were going to stay overnight with a Canadian dog you met on-line, I would seriously question your judgment. I wisely did not mention my plans to my own mother. I did get a raised eyebrow (or two) from Mr. Excitement, but I couldn’t think of a polite way to ask Montecristo’s biped mother, Sonja, in advance if they were ax murderers.  I was quite relieved when she and Monte collected me at the Ottawa train station and they seemed nice and normal. (I know, many ax murderers seem normal until you get to know them).

After Monte’s and his people’s kindness during my visit to Ottawa, I was anxious to return the favor of not being an ax murderer by hosting them in Brigantine and Philadelphia. Our escape from the Philadelphia summer muggies is Brigantine Beach, New Jersey, located on the first barrier island north of Atlantic City. In mid-July, Montecristo and his people, Sonja and Stefan, made the long drive (828 kms, 514 miles) from Ottawa to Brigantine. Google maps maintains it’s an 8 hour and 6 minute drive without traffic (hah!) That doesn’t account for the back-up at the border (their papers, including Montecristo’s, were in order), pee pee stops nor any sight seeing. The trip took them over 12 hours.

Dogs meeting each other

Dino and Montecristo becoming acquainted.

Our cockapoo, Dino, is pretty chilled and I knew Montecristo is well socialized with other canines and people, so I wasn’t too worried about how they would get along. After a rip-roaring game of chase when they first met (instigated by Montecristo), they pretty much ignored each other—except for the time Montecristo managed to nudge Dino out of Dino’s bed.

Like many New Jersey beach towns, Brigantine does not allow dogs on the public beaches during the summer tourist season. In Brigantine, the prohibition runs from after May 29th until October 1st. However, at the north end of Brigantine, there is a state park beach where dogs are permitted year round, so of course, this was one of our first stops. Although he is quite opposed to getting wet, Montecristo does enjoy walking on the beach. (Dino was not included in this outing because he has a disturbing tendency to find and eat long dead, disgusting sea creatures. In contrast, Montecristo is quite discerning and I actually witnessed him turn up his little nose at being hand fed hamburger because he wasn’t in the mood at that particular time. I could read Dino’s mind, “Dude, you’re kidding, right?”)

north end brigantine beach allows dogs

Sonja, Stefan and Montecristo enjoying the deserted beach in the state park at the north end of Brigantine. Canines allowed!

Montecristo is a licensed emotional support dog. The legal status of emotional support dogs is somewhat hazy in the United States, but Montecristo was received enthusiastically wherever he went, including our housing complex swimming pool and the Atlantic City boardwalk which both strictly prohibit dogs. (I suspect that being smaller than most rabbits might have contributed to law enforcement’s willingness to look the other way.)

no dogs on Atlantic City Boardwalk

The rule is: No dogs on the Atlantic City boardwalk—except Montecristo, apparently.

Although we ate all our meals at home because Dino requires an emotional support person during thunderstorms and they were in the area, there are several Brigantine restaurants with outdoor seating that accommodate dogs. According to Sonja, there is at least one thing about which the U.S. is more liberal than Canada, and that is allowing dogs to join their families at restaurants for outdoor dining.

 

After a few relaxing days “down the shore”, we made the hour and ten minute drive to Center City Philadelphia. For once, I was happy to be squished in the rear middle seat because I got to sit between two adorable dogs. As soon as we were on the Walt Whitman Bridge crossing the Delaware River and could see the Philadelphia skyline, Sonja remarked that she was “surprised” at how interesting it seemed. This was the first of many times that Sonja and Stefan seemed surprised at how lovely Philly is. Philadelphia is so much more than its reputation for grittiness, cheese steaks, and badly behaved sports fans.

Admittedly, I did not take Sonja, Stefan and Montecristo to visit the seamier underbelly of the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection). However, we walked all over Philadelphia’s pleasant central core, wedged between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, a distance of about 30 blocks east to west and 14 or so blocks, north to south and made a foray to Chestnut Hill in the northwestern part of the city.

Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square is very dog friendly.

Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square is very dog friendly.

As downsized empty nesters, we live in an apartment on Rittenhouse Square. Sonja said this leafy green oasis in Center City Philadelphia reminded her of the parks in London. Our first stop was lunch at the Marathon Grill, a block from the Square, at an outside table. The Marathon Grill is our “go to” restaurant when we I don’t feel like cooking. The menu is the perfect size and well executed with mostly fresh farm to table ingredients. It works well when one of us wants a healthy dinner salad and the other needs wants comfort food like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The people at each outside table were accompanied by a dog, so Montecristo didn’t feel out of place although he was by far the tiniest. In fact, Sonja, Stefan and Monte liked it so much that they returned there for dinner one night. They also tried out the Parc Brasserie across the street from Rittenhouse Square for an afternoon treat where Montecristo was welcome.

Enjoying an afternoon treat at the Parc Brasserie on Rittenhouse Square. Dogs welcome.

Enjoying an afternoon treat at the Parc Brasserie on Rittenhouse Square. Dogs welcome.

Stefan is a coffee addict afficionado. He tried out multiple cafes throughout the city and declared them worthy, including La Colombe on 19th Street between Sansom and Walnut Streets, right off Rittenhouse Square — a very well regarded Philadelphia original — but no wifi. No worries. When I have to stay connected, there’s a Starbucks a block away at 19th and Chestnut with great wifi.

Having impressed Sonja with the view of Philadelphia skyscrapers from the Walt Whitman Bridge, with my Canadian trio in tow, I set out to show them West Center City, especially the graceful 19th century, federal style city homes, many on quiet, leafy streets. I took them on a 3 mile loop walk that included the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Philadelphia’s museum row), Logan Square (which is actually a circle — go figure), the LOVE sculpture, and Philadelphia City Hall. Despite my concern that he must be exhausted on a warm day with all that walking, Montecristo gamely trotted along with us and posed for photos when requested.

 

The Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Like just about everyone who visits Philadelphia, Montecristo had to run up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in his hoodie.

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He made it! Cue “Eye of the Tiger”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Park Statue Philadelphia

Montecristo was a rock star posing with Philadelphia’s Love statue in John F. Kennedy Plaza.

 

at Philadelphia Travel Massive

Hey, networking makes a guy hungry.

That evening, we attended Philadelphia’s first ever Travel Massive meet-up which also provided me the opportunity to show Montecristo, et al, Old City, Philadelphia. Indeed, the meet-up was held at the Philly Travel Hub at 2nd and Arch Streets, right next to the Betsy Ross House. (BTW, Betsy Ross was a seamstress in Philadelphia in 1776 who either did—or did not—design and sew the first American flag.) The gang recovered with the free food provided by the meet-up sponsors, so we hoofed it (pawed it?) the 2 miles back to our apartment, passing by the most famous sites in Philadelphia, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. (The Liberty Bell is visible to passersby even at night).

Montecristo is not generally welcome in museums (even in his carry sling bag), so he and his people like to check out the outdoor possibilities when they travel. I took them to the perfect place, the Wissahickon Valley Park where we dined al fresco on the Valley Green Inn porch and then took a 3 mile walk along the Park’s sylvan “Forbidden Drive”, a gravel road along the Wissahickon Creek. Montecristo kept up even having to take 5 steps to our one.

Covered bridge on Forbidd

Covered Bridge on Forbidden Drive, crossing the creek in the Wissahickon Valley Park.

Sonja and Stefan were so pleasantly surprised impressed by Philadelphia that they have promised to return to actually be able to visit our world class museums while Dino, Mr. Excitement and I keep Montecristo entertained.

When Montecristo publishes his blog post about his road trip to Brigantine and Philadelphia, I’ll let you know, so you can get his perspective on his visit —  from 8 inches off the ground. Once Montecristo has convinced you to take your next vacation in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection), I’d suggest using Philadelphia’s official tourism website, Visit Philly, which I consider among the best and most helpful of those I’ve seen — and I’ve seen a lot!

[Photo credits: All photos except final one are courtesy of Montecristo Travels.]

Have you been to Philadelphia or Brigantine? If so, what were your impressions? If not, is Philadelphia on your list of places to go? (And, Montecristo wants to know if you’ll take your dog along.)

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avatar Michele Peterson July 28, 2014 at 4:11 am

Montecristo is too cute…I especially love his outfits in the photos :). I hope he travels to one of the Travel Massive events here in Toronto

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 4:17 am

Maybe he will now that he knows about Travel Massive — especially if he thinks there’ll be cupcakes. Actually, he was just smelling the cupcakes, but he did get some pizza. 🙂

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

We will likely go … the question is always “Is Montecristo Welcome”? Time to find out!

Michele: On his FB page we have an album of Montecristo’s Fashions. 🙂

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avatar Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) July 28, 2014 at 6:19 am

Absolutely adorable! And I cannot tell you how relieved I am that Sonja and Stefan are not ax murderers:) Looks like a fantastic trip! I haven’t been in in Philly in years, but I’d go back in a heartbeat and I still have yet to visit Brigantine Beach. Loved the pictures!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Let me know if you ever make the trip. I show people around even if they don’t bring a cute dog 🙂

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avatar The GypsyNesters July 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

Okay, Montecristo is one cute little fella – I about lost it with the Rocky Steps and the hoodie! How much fun that you guys got to host each other and the fact that no axes were wielded is just icing on the cupcake! -Veronica

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

One of the greatest benefits of travel blogging!

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avatar marlene July 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

Great post! Loved it.

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avatar Irene S. Levine July 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

Love-ly story about a lovely friendship (human and canine) in the City of Brotherly Love!

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

We can’t thank you and Mr. Excitment enough for hosting us. Brigantine and especially Philadelphia were such an unexpected treat! We were truly impressed by the architecture, history, food (and coffee), and kindness we encountered. A common issue we face in North America is the fact that you need a car (and the associated added cost for the rental) to visit a city. But not Philly! A wonderfully walkable city. We are going to take you up on that invite to return and see the museums!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

We’re glad that you, Stefan and Montecristo decided to make the long drive. You definitely only scratched the service of what Philly has to offer. Now that you know we have a low ax murderer rate, I hope you will indeed come back.

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Now that we know the invitation still stands and that our “with dog” focus didn’t drive you nuts… We will return! Much left to see. And thank you for being such lovely hosts. Oh…. Tell Steve I am enjoying the book he gave me. 🙂

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avatar Betsy Wuebker July 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

Oh, the cute! Montecristo is so tiny compared with Dino! Yes, we’ve been to Philadelphia, and love it. Ate and drank our way through a 4th of July weekend in your city several years ago, which kicked off a longer history-based trip over a half dozen states. We liked Fork very much, and know the Starbucks by the Betsy Ross house very well for wifi and charging. Elfreth’s Alley and Moriarty’s are two other faves. Sweet story!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for corroborating that it is possible to have a very fun time visiting Philadelphia! You don’t even need to bring a cute little dog.

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avatar Stacia July 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

Montecristo Dumas was at the Valley Green Inn? Wish I had known. I would’ve stopped by to make a fool of myself over the cutest doggie in the world!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

He didn’t know he was going to be there, or I’m sure he would have called. 😉

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avatar Donna Janke July 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

I haven’t been to Philadelphia but you make it sound inviting. I love the picture of Montecristo on the Rocky Steps. Our dog is getting old and some days has trouble with the steps in our house. I don’t think she’s be running up those.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Don’t worry, there’s a Rocky statue down below next to the Art Museum steps where tourists line up to take their photos if they’re feeling too tired to bound up the steps.

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avatar noel July 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

That MonteChristo is a star, love the tourist attractions with the doggie posing, very sweet.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

I’ve never seen a dog who was not a professional “actor”, pose so cooperatively. I think he might role his eyes occasionally, “What? Another one?”, but he’s pretty amazing.

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

He does roll his eyes… But he is such a camera ham!!
He is a good sport about it.

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avatar Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it July 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

I’m vertically challenged at 5’2″, so getting the perspective of this great city at that level was so fun. I was surprised to find Betsy Ross’s house to be so narrow with steep steps leading to the next floor. I loved hitting all the historical sites in Philly and would love to see those parks.

We stayed at a very snooty hotel in downtown Philly. I drove the maid nuts daily by changing the radio station to a less snooty station. She won, when we left.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Do you remember the name of the hotel? Chez Mr. and Mrs. Excitement is pretty much the antithesis of snooty. We try sometimes, but cannot pull it off 🙂

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avatar Rachee July 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I can’t stand the cute!
I live in Philly and have never had an experience like this. I think I need a puppy!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Montecristo isn’t a puppy. He’s 4 years old. Travel with a puppy, especially a big one would be kind of a nightmare—unless they were teeny tiny. You have given me an idea for a Philly job. Stand next to the Art Museum steps with a cute little dog and charge for photos 😉

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avatar Cathy Sweeney July 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

So much cuteness! Love it and your engaging and humorous style. Also very helpful pet-friendly places tips for traveling dogs and their people. Of course, always nice to see pics of Dino, too.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Thank you for the Dino shout out. I think he’s a little miffed that Montecristo got top billing in this one.

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avatar Shelley July 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Haha, so cute and funny. We love to travel with our Yorkie, Winston, so it’s good to know when we have a chance to visit Philly he will be welcome!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

But, if you’re traveling with a dog, you want to visit Philly during warm weather when you can eat outside — which is pretty much from late April through late September.

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avatar Patti July 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Montecristo is a big name for such a little dog and it seems to be somewhat of a royal name as well. Is there a story behind his name? It was good of Dino to share his digs (and his peeps) for a few days! 😉

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

My husband is a descendant of Alexandre Dumas. Author of – among others – the three musketeers and the Count of Montecristo.
We had first looked at a musketeer name – but soon realized people would then ask us “where are the others?”. So we switched books.

The Count of Montecristo is my favourite. We toyed with Dante as a name… But when we realized that Monte means mountain and the irony in naming such a small dog that… Monte Cristo became: Montecristo.

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avatar Carole Terwilliger Meyers July 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I love Philly and most especially Rittenhouse Square, and even though I enjoyed your story, I am so glad I don’t travel with a dog!

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avatar Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) July 30, 2014 at 1:48 am

Sadly, we don’t travel with our dog either. Of course, I wrote a blog post about that: http://www.boomeresque.com/how-to-travel-without-your-dog/

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avatar Marilyn Jones July 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Traveling with dogs is a lot of fun — and responsibility! I really appreciated this article and your photos are wonderful!! BTW, I worked in Philadelphia for 10 years. You brought back great memories; it’s a wonderful city!!

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

We travel all over with Montecristo. Favouring Europe!

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avatar Leslie in Portland, Oregon July 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

This post is a particular treat for me because my husband and I love to travel with our two dogs, Henry (a Golden Retriever) and Bob (a Long-Haired Dachshund). They relish new people and places, and they beautifully introduce us to many of both. Bob has flown across the country 8 times (always in the aircraft’s cabin), but Henry is too big to be allowed in the cabin of commercial aircraft, so we drive on trips whenever possible. It’s been too long since I’ve visited Philadelphia, but I liked it very much when I did!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

We haven’t taken Dino on any road trips yet — other than the hour or so trip “down the shore” to Brigantine. I’d like to try a trip with him sometime, but I guess it would have to be one that isn’t museum heavy.

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avatar Virginia Woodruff July 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I love your writing style, especially this: “If I were your mother and you told me you were going to stay overnight with a Canadian dog you met on-line, I would seriously question your judgment.” I am from outside Philadelphia and people who visit are always surprised by how nice it is. A mid-Atlantic ssecret.

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avatar Mike July 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Hey Montecristo it’s wonderful to see your cute, adorable self! We are so glad that you guys had a wonderful visit with Suzanne, Mr E and Dino! As I’ve told you many times Suzanne, you are #1 on my list of bloggers that Phoenix and I want to meet in person followed by a great blogger friend of our’s in Washington D.C. Argh, why do you all have live the furthest away from us in the continental U.S.! I would absolutely want to go to the dog friendly Marathon Grill. Oh, and I’m so relieved you are not an ax murderer, Suzanne. What about chainsaws, icepicks, wood chippers, etc? Are we in the clear there? Great post, our friend 🙂

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Mike, I promise you (and Phoenix) that we do not have any lethal weapons. It is a bummer that we live so far away, BUT on the other hand, Philly and D.C. are only 150 miles apart—–a mere jaunt for you western types.

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avatar Alice July 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm

As a loyal ex-Philadelphian who loves the Jersey shore and small dogs, this was the perfect blog entry for me!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 29, 2014 at 12:36 am

Bring your little dog for a visit t to your former city. You can take a girl out of Philadelphia, but you can’t take Philadelphia out of the girl. 🙂

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avatar Johanna July 29, 2014 at 2:18 am

This gave me a lovely chuckle today! Montecristo is absolutely gorgeous, so too Dino, and this is a lovely story for a busy Tuesday. Thank You!

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avatar Linda ~ Journey Jottings July 29, 2014 at 5:24 am

Its great to see how travelling with a dog is not only possible – but easy.
It goes to show if you really want to do something, anything is possible –
Philadelphia for me is a world away… but you’re opening up my knowledge to what I have in store for when I get there 🙂

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avatar Montecristo Travels (Sonja) July 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm

We have been traveling with Montecristo for 4 years now. It is easy. If it is a priority. People often think it is far more complex than it is. I find his paperwork to be about the same effort as getting a visa for a human.

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avatar Anita @ No Particular Place To Go July 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

We loved our trip to Philadelphia a few years ago but it looks like we missed a lot of interesting and comment worthy places in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. Can’t wait to come back and visit again in a more leisurely fashion!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

If you do make it back to Philly, now you “know” a local!

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avatar Kristin Henning July 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Such a fun exchange you’ve had! I really like the photo of Dino and Montecristo checking each other out. And of course Monte perched with the iconic statues of Philadelphia. Delightful.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

You and Tom were two of the first travel bloggers I had a chance to meet in Philly. In fact, I believe we had dinner at the Marathon Grill—inside—no dogs!

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avatar Nancy Thompson July 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm

What a delightful post and a fun way to sneak in a blog tour of the city. Love it!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I couldn’t decide if I was sneaking a dog story into a travel blog post or a travel blog post into a dog story. Then, I decided it didn’t matter 🙂

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avatar Larissa July 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

So happy that you had the opportunity to impress a few Canadians with our fair city! We may have to see if we can get a photo of Mr. Montecristo with Little Rocky 🙂

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avatar Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) July 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

I have a photo of him with Big Rocky, but little Rocky would definitely be a better fit.

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avatar A Cook Not Mad (Nat) July 30, 2014 at 4:45 am

What a cutie and he’s from my home town!

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avatar Diane Boyko Achatz July 31, 2014 at 6:45 pm

What a delightful travel story! I about 1-1/2 hours NW of Philly, and reading this makes me want to return…and maybe take Mollie along! What fun!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr July 31, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I hope you will come back to visit Philadelphia again. I assume Millie is your dog. By all means, bring her—-unless your major objective is to go to museums, Independence Hall, etc.

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avatar Michelle August 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

No one who owns a dog that cute could be an ax merdererer – except the ones that use cute dogs to lure their victims 😉 Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I love all the photos. Monte sure loves the camera like Dino 🙂

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr August 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Monte and Dino are good sports and (usually) tolerate having their photos taken although I swear I can see the little bubble over Dino’s head sometimes, “Sheesh, Lady, give it a rest!”

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avatar Haralee August 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

What a great story, how you met, re-met and of course the dogs! They are a very photogenic family.

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avatar Andrea August 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I wish you would have told us when you were going to Valley Green and Ben and I could have met up and finally met the infamous MonteCristo! He is just the cutest, hopefully he will visit again and get to meet the rest of the Philadelphia Albeldas!

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avatar Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) August 4, 2014 at 3:43 am

Andrea, we went on a weekday—not good for people who actually have day jobs. Well definitely introduce you if he keeps his promise to return to Philly.

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avatar Carol Cassara August 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

I fell in love w/ the long-haired chihuaua breed at Westminster Dog show last Feb. but my Riley is anything BUT chill, so one is not in our future. Sadly.

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avatar Doreen Pendgracs August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

That was a really fun post, Suzanne! How neat to do a reciprocal hosting, with dogs are the stars? Love it! I do hope to get to Philly in the next year, and look forward to exploring it with you and Dino.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr August 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

That would be great—and so would another meeting in Hawaii. 🙂

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avatar Debbie August 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

What a cute little dog and Canadian, to boot! 😀 Dino is also adorable. I enjoyed the photos, Suzanne and would love to visit Philadelphia properly one day. We drove through there on our way to Atlantic City, right by the “Rocky” steps. It looks like a lovely city!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr August 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

It’s a lot different than Atlantic City—that’s for sure.

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avatar Suzanne Stavert August 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Very cute story! I love the idea of telling the story with the dogs in the lead roles. How nice for you to make friends with non-ax-murderer travel bloggers. No I have never been to Philadelphia or Brigantine, someday maybe.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr August 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Suzanne, you’d probably enjoy Montecristo ‘ s blog.

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avatar Cathy Chester August 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

Dogs, travel and now New Jersey? Why didn’t I read your blog sooner? So much in common.

This post was just marvelous, Suzanne!

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avatar nan @ lbddiaries August 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Hmmm, I thought I’d already commented but apparently not! This was a great post and makes me want to zip over and visit Philly, too!!

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avatar Corinne August 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

Suzanne, What a cute story. I think we all love to get together with people we’ve met through this bloggy thingy. Love the photos!

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avatar Marlene April 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

What a great post!!! Maybe I could come visit someday? Maybe? 😉

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avatar Estelle August 1, 2015 at 8:30 am

I love having your adorable doggie as my tour guide. I love Philly-Fork is one of my favorite restaurants there.

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avatar Rena McDianiel August 1, 2015 at 9:11 pm

What a great tour! I didn’t realize that Philadelphia was that beautiful. I miss my life on the road!

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avatar CAROL CASSARA August 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

I love long haired chihuahuas and Montecristo is ADORABLE. Adorable. Made my weekend.

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