Tourism

Pet projects: meet Leo

This week, we’re introducing you to some of the travel industry’s favourite furry friends.

Each day this week, you’ll get to meet a very loyal member of the animal kingdom and their travel industry owners!

Say hello to Leo the brave little Dachshund.

His owner is Tina Mcintosh, managing director of Busabout.

IMG_3746-EditTina McIntosh Busabout

Here is Tina and Leo’s story.


Leo was sitting out the front of Woolies when I fell in love with him.

When his previous ‘fur-parent’ returned from shopping we got talking and she mentioned that she was looking for a new home for Leo.

That was five years ago and the rest is history.

Three months after settling Leo into his new forever home, he slipped a disk in his back and became instantly paralysed.

We raced him to hospital and opted for life-saving spinal surgery.

After 12 months he slowly regained his ability to walk again.

We call it the drunk walk because he stumbles around and loses his footing sometimes, but he’s independent and a happy dog now.

Rehab included hydrotherapy, massage and pushing him around in a pram until we progressed to doggie wheels.

We tried everything to give him the best chance of recovery.

I co-parent Leo with my mum because caring for Leo is a full-time job with his special needs.

Leo has taught me about how resilience and determination can move mountains.

He has also taught me never to give up because sometimes miracles just do happen with enough love, patience and support from your friends and family.

I believe that dogs choose their parents and Leo found us when he needed us the most.

His love is unconditional and my life has been so much richer since he came into it.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Qatar Airways entangled in online recruitment scam

Adding to its already horrendous news week, the airline has become embroiled in an online recruitment scam.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“It’s good business to have”: Contiki boss talks pivoting to domestic and why agents should target youth travellers

Adam Armstrong began his stint at Contiki at an interesting time, to say the least. Here’s his game plan for the brand and his advice for agents.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre boss demands proof of Queensland’s border closure advice

Skroo’s patience with the Queensland government is wearing thin, after making yet another request to see the medical advice that influenced the state’s border closure.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Man wearing Burger King crown cops airline ban following racist tirade

If this article proves anything, it’s this: just because you’re wearing a fun hat doesn’t mean you can be a racist dickhead.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival slapped with additional environmental requirements before return to sail

The company has been ordered to prove it is adhering to the requirements relating to past charges against a subsidiary, which was convicted for discharging oily waste in 2016.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas launches ‘flight to somewhere’ following success of ‘flight to nowhere’

You’ve heard of Qantas’ ‘flight to nowhere’. Now, prepare for the airline’s newest addition: a ‘flight to somewhere’. Not sure what that means? Read on.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Federal government announces changes to Tourism Australia board

There are a couple of fresh faces now sitting at Tourism Australia’s boardroom table. However, no word yet on when said table is getting a new coat of lacquer.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Passenger on same Qatar Airways flight as invasively-searched women thought plane was being hijacked

A 73-year-old woman has recounted her disturbing experience of being on a Qatar Airways flight when several Australian women were forced to have invasive vaginal examinations by authorities.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Register for Travel DAZE 2020 and you could win Wallabies v All Blacks tickets!

Keen to attend both Travel DAZE and the Tri Nations next week? Well, Air New Zealand is making it all the more possible with this generous competition!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor to open three more Sebel properties in Australia and New Zealand

If you miss the thrill of hotel inspections while on famils, we promise this article is full of snaps of spiffy hotel rooms to lose yourself in while you procrastinate your Thursday away.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Regent Seven Seas breaks bookings record with 2022/23 Voyage Collection

Need proof that travellers are still keen to cruise? Check out this champagne-popping moment from a luxury cruise line’s collection release.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Go on a safari in Sri Lanka from the comfort of your own couch

Couch potatoes, rejoice! You can take a tour of some of Sri Lanka’s most wild national parks from the comfort of your lounge room.

Share

CommentComments