My gap year with Myrtle the dog – story sold to Daily Mirror

Daphne’s real life story about how she took her little Pekingese dog Myrtle with her on a ‘pensioner’ gap year was published in the DAILY MIRROR this week.

When former estate agent Daphne Sullivan 64, decided on a gap year before settling into retirement, she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving behind her beloved dog, Myrtle.
And so, at a cost of some £10,000, and against the wishes of many friends and family who thought Daphne was mad, Myrtle accompanied her on her year-long trip to Egypt.
There, the pair travelled through the desert, visited the pyramids and the Sphinx and both of them even received marriage proposals!
Unfortunately, on the way back to the UK – and despite having a pet passport – poor little Myrtle had to go into quarantine for six months. But when she finally came out everyone held a great big welcome home party for Myrtle.
Myrtle’s journey was documented in an article that appeared in the Daily Mirror on Friday. It went over two pages and featured lots of photos from Myrtle’s adventures.

Daphne said: “I thought the feature looked great in the Mirror. She is such a very special little dog and despite the costs I have no regrets at all that I took her with me.”

As regular sell your story blog readers know, I take my own cat Crystal abroad with me and I adore to hear your pet stories. Click on Pet story to sell to tell me all about it and your pet could be the star of a feature too!

Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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