Occasionally we get letters and pictures from some pretty cool world traveling dogs. We recently received this from Toni and couldn’t resist sharing. Enjoy!

Dear Ruffwear-team,

This year I walked the Camino of Santiago with my beloved friend Lucy, a white Boxer. I bought her her own Backpack and then we hit the Camino del Norte. We spent 850 km and 5 weeks walking together and the bond between us will never break, that’s for sure. We made plenty of friends. Actually she made, I was more the girl of Lucy! Everybody knew her name and she was the shining star walking the Camino. She managed to create a group around us of 4 other guys from all over the world, and everyone would give their last drop of water or the last piece of bread to Lucy.

Here are some photos of our trip for a first impression…

Rest stop on the Camino de Santiago

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Trekking the Camino de Santiago

11 thoughts

  1. I am thinking of doing htis with my dog and I am so happy to see it CAN be done! Thank you to Toni for sharing! It will be different for us since Montecristo is 3.5 pounds. we KNOW we will have to carry him some of the way for sure. But we are use to that and have a sling bag for it. We would also NOT go in the summer. Thanks Ruffwear for sharing!

  2. I had been thinking to do it with my dog (ona) for a long time but unfortunately I didn’t manage to have the chance and ona died two years ago. So, don’t wait too much.

    I’ll do it with my next dog.

  3. Toni,

    I hope to walk the Camino with my dog. I would be interested to know how you managed with food and water for Lucy. Did you/she carry it, buy it along the way? Also about traveling to Spain with her–what was required to get her into the country? What time of year did you walk? Did you need booties to keep Lucy’s pads healthy?

    Your photos are wonderful, and make me want to walk with my Daisy even more.

  4. What a great story! It’s really one of my dreams to walk the Camino together with my dog. Unfortunately my (Spanish) dog is recently diagnosed with artrosis so she can’t do it anymore :(.
    Where did you sleep with Lucy? I heard it’s not easy to find a place to stay with a dog in Spain.

    1. Hi Hester, We do not have experience on this trail. This story came to us in an email. We will see ask Toni how hard it was to find a place ot stay with her dog. Thanks!

    2. Hey Hester!
      It definately is not always easy to find a place to stay or eat. I was aware ot that, so I carried a two person Hiking-tent which did it’s job just fine. We did have to sleep in some backyards of the pilgrims hostels or in the entrance hall, if there were just in the middle of big cities. But, everything has two point of views: Lucy did some seperations that I didn’t have any unfluence on, but they weren’t always bad. as a matter of fact those experiences of not knowing where to stay the next night and how many km’s this “future home” was away, did have an incredible bounding effect on the whole group and we ended up being better off then the other classis pilgrims surprisingly often. When we entered the next village that didn’t have pilgrims albergues, we asked if we could sleep in the local church and it was mostly no problem. We even got free food and blamkets sometimes. And the best of all was, that we almost never had to share the room with a bunch of deadly tired, snoring pilgrims.
      So yes, you have to be prepared to sleep outside and you have to be willing to do so, otherwise you won’t have fun! But if you start into each day on the Camino without expectations about how you want the next night to be like, you’ll have the best time of your life being accomplished on such an impressive hike by your best friend – in my case named Lucy. The connection of spending 5-6 weeks walking together and literally spending 24 hours together every day is just amazing.

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