Highway Buddies

Taking to the open road is a joy for these women with their dogs along for the ride.

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Dogs, especially those who travel to shows and competitions, are no strangers to RVs, hotels, and being on the road. But for a steadily growing group of women and their dogs, the lure of the open road is more about combining freedom, travel, and the simple pleasure of one-on-one companionship with a nomadic lifestyle. For women like Paula J., 48, traveling with her dog is also about healing, growing, and sharing.

Paula, a grandmother of five, is a special-education aide for a middle school in Massachusetts and is passionate about motorcycles. She credits Cooper, her 4-year-old male Bichon Frisé therapy dog with her newfound ability to travel. Paula and Cooper have been motorcycle companions since Cooper was a puppy and Paula placed him on her bike for a short ride in 2006.

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