Most adventurous types have dreamed of spending a year or so backpacking in a foreign country. For Taylor and Drew Woodard, this became a reality when they went to Nepal and planned to spend one whole year discovering this beautiful country, and themselves. They also ended up taking home a rescue pup.
Aside from being adventurous, the Woodards are animal lovers, especially Taylor. Whenever they spot dogs, cats, and even elephants, they would stop on their tracks to admire the animals they encounter along the way. During their 12-month adventure, they hired a local guide and interpreter — a man named Harry.
Harry noticed how the Woodards loved the creatures they meet on their adventures, so one day he decided to give them a gift. Harry brought the couple to his village and asked them to wait inside his home. When Harry returned, he was clutching a cute little puppy, who was only three weeks old.
Harry explained that the pup’s mom got sick, and they needed someone to take care of him. Luckily, the Woodards were more than willing to help. They named him “Buda.” Everywhere they went, they had Buda in tow. He has become their official companion during their adventure in Nepal.
When they were about to go home, Taylor started to process the requirements to bring Buda back to the United States. Taylor heard grim tales about dogs being quarantined before allowing them inside the U.S., so she had Buda checked by a vet often to eliminate the quarantine requirement.
When they flew back home, Taylor was so scared for Buda. Luckily, the extra measures that she took were very effective. Because Taylor had documentation proving that Buda was often checked and was given clean bills of health, he was able to enter the country right away. Taylor shared that having Buda made their adventure extra special, and now she’s back home with her new best friend.
Credits: Taylor Nicole Woodard