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On a road trip to Ladakh with two labrador retrievers – Vipul’s bucket list
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On a road trip to Ladakh with two labrador retrievers – Vipul’s bucket list

Vipul along with his wife Dhanshree took their life partners, a 12+ year old male yellow labrador retriever, ‘Happy‘ and a 7+ years old female, ‘Guggu‘ on a bucket list trip to Leh-Ladakh over a promise.

On a promised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

“Well, we are those finicky pet owners who call each of our labrador retriever a family member and we don’t go on a vacation leaving the family behind. As a matter of fact, we had our dogs on our honeymoon as well (if I may say, dogs).”

It might seem  like a merry story so far but sadly it didn’t start out so. Grab your tissues because you’re in for an emotional ride.

Vipul’s bucket list owes its origin to an eerie night where after a few pegs of alcohol he promised his furry best-friend, Happy that all of them, would one day go on a trip to Leh-Ladakh.

On a promised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

But then things went awry for this family. One of the saddest things about our canine furry friends is the short duration of the lives they live. The family lost a member, a 6+-year-old female labrador retirever ‘Breezer.‘ And the eldest of the labrador retriever trio, Happy already was suffering due to old age with severe health complications. Frequent visits to the vet became common.

This made Vipul realize the importance of the time that had already passed away. He realized on his bucket list and eventually, the whole family along with a few friends began a 1800+ kilometre journey through Udaipur to Goa.

“There is no nirvana stage that will come and God will not get down on my sofa and say that Yes the time will come.”

On a pawmised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

Enough of homework was done for such a drive with the dogs, be it getting their Ertiga tuned and serviced, carrying nothing less than 60-80 litres of water for their dogs. They don’t change the water for their pooches whenever they travel as a precaution. The seats were removed from the car to make sure they stay easy and comfortable the most, Happy and Guggu.

Kilos of medicines and constant communication with Dr Jasjeet Josan and Neelam Singh Josan on call/Whatsapp group was ensured to make sure that they are not leaving any stone unturned to make the trip. Dhanshree, like the caring and compassionate hen-mom, made sure to carry oxygen cylinders, sweaters and blankets for their labrador retrievers.

On a pawmised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

After just about thirty kilometres on the road, the plan changed.

“I wonder why I looked at Happy and what all he wanted to say. Everything changed, routes, hotels, road maps.” – Vipul

On their bucket list road trip, they have covered 4000 kilometres. From Gurgaon to Leh Ladakh via Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Kargil, Khadungla, Changla, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill and the list goes on.

“Started from Gurgaon and enough breaks, homework, preparations, We finally did it. Exclusive and Epic places were covered from the Changla to Pangong Lake (the 3Idiots point). From Magnetic Hill to Nubra Valley, from Khardungla till Leh-Ladakh, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Jammu and Kashmir.”

On a pawmised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

The Happy Pettings founder recalls of a night after a tiring 800+ kilometre drive. They somehow managed to convince the manager of a hotel and got a room for themselves. But had to leave early because pets were not permitted and the owner was unaware of it.

Their happiness multiplied when they came in the network coverage. They were able to start posting the pictures of their road trip to Leh-Ladakh. This sort of a feeling of self-accomplishment came for the couple after 30+ years.

All of this happened, but they missed a partner. A beloved member of the labrador-trio, Breezer who was the more adventurous out of the three pooches.

On a promised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

It’s a proud moment for the family as they have crossed the world’s second highest motorway/pass with Happy and Guggu.

“We were obliged when people advised us that we surpassed all level/bars of expectations with keeping. Be it claiming for the Limca Book of World Records or having a word with the Woovly Bucket List Team.”

On a pawmised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

Vipul suggest that one must definitely visit Leh-Ladakh via road to enjoy the real charm.

For their next bucket list, they are hoping for a similar family trip. A road trip to Siachen, 20000 feet above the sea level. However, fingers are crossed since the eldest labrador retriever, Happy needs rest.

On a pawmised Leh Ladakh trip with Happy and Guggu labrador retriever Vipul adventure travel road trip cover featured bucket list bucketlister woovly

Time and tide wait for none !

So, why wait for time and miss out on your passion and the promises made to yourself. Add your bucket list here and experience true happiness like our bucket lister Vipul Agrahari.

7 comments

  1. Evangeline Dutta says:

    Heartwarming story.

    1. Monami Dutta says:

      Hi Vipul, I so wanted to take my TWO Kids ( Golden Retriver ) to a Beach or Hills But Not brave enough to go alone with two of them So Please take US along with you on your next trip . I stay in South Delhi. 🙂

  2. wow ….so much motivating and encouraging . true animal lovers..hatsoff to you both. I , we always wanted to do this with our Aekon who is chocolate brown lab.12 year old.very loving and therapy dog who featured in mumbai mirror.. i would love to do same. need guidance as our aekon now can not climb and get tired very fast. How did u manage them to climb in the car and how often u took a break foe their nature call. ..i would be really glad if u can help us with the answer.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Partha Sarkar says:

    Hi I am Partha, I also dog lover and recently I done one trip to Kolkata with my pet lab Leena . I am staying at indirapuram and made no trip with my dog.

  4. LetsMeetCafe says:

    This is really awesome. I wish more people could be like this. Hats off to both of you for doing such wonderful things to Dogs

  5. Hi Vipul,

    I have a similar bucket list of road trips with my pet, please share the preparations that are required for such a journey for the pet, what are the dos and don’ts. Looking forward for your list please.

  6. Coucou, super site un grand merci pour ce billet genial.

    je sukiff également ce type d’image, la position du manequin est particuiaire, je
    kiff beaucoup le style de l’artiste.

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