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Instatraveller: The Travels of One Man and His Three Dogs

Catching sight of the Northern Lights is an experience which tops many travel wish lists – but imagine watching the colours dance across the sky with your pet pooches in tow? That’s the reality for this month’s instraveller, @timthetoothninja. From discovering ice caves in Alaska to exploring Canada, Tim and his three furry friends have ticked off an enviable number of travel experiences. With 92,000 people following their story, we caught up with Tim to find out more about their adventures.

How did it all begin?

I've had Henry since 2011, when he was a puppy living in California. We adopted Rivers from some relatives when he was two, and Bjorn is an Alaskan dog rescued by my wife. He was just a puppy when we found him. We initially didn't want another dog, but we ended up keeping him.

Did they get along instantly?

Henry and Rivers have always gotten along. Henry is like the first born and has a little bit of that big brother mentality over Rivers. When Bjorn came to us as a puppy, neither of them wanted anything to do with him initially, but after about six months they all bonded. Rivers and Bjorn are best rumble tumble buddies now. We just naturally started taking them everywhere we could with us.  Dogs do something to energize us to take more adventures.

Which destination has been your favourite to visit with them?

It’s really hard to put a finger on a favourite destination because there have been so many. I'd say one of the coolest locations we have taken them to is an ice cave in Alaska, which was just amazing.

Henry and Rivers have also been to Canada.

What’s your favourite image and why?

There have been so many images of the dogs over the last four years, it’s so hard to choose! I think one that always comes to mind is the photo of Rivers and me watching the Northern Lights. I've done it with Bjorn too. I'd say capturing those shots are the most memorable because they are the hardest. They also show the special bond between humans and dogs.

What’s the reaction been like to your photographs and the Instagram account?

It’s been so positive. People just love dogs and if you have one, you'd know why. There is just something about the dogs that makes people happy. My favourite reactions are when people send me messages and say how they were having a rough day, and they pull up my Instagram and get a fun dog picture that makes their day.  Those kind of reactions really keep me going. There is something therapeutic about a close-up happy dog face!

What’s the next adventure?

Alaska, our home, is such a beautiful destination. We have been here for five years, but we still have so much to explore.

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Written by Tessa Watkins

Formerly a local news editor and reporter covering court cases and crime stories, I’m obsessed with all things travel. Often found exploring a new city and seeking out the world’s best beaches, there are a plethora of destinations I remain desperate to discover. Tweet me @tess1977

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