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A TikToker is traveling the US in a camper van so her aging French bulldogs could see the country

Summary List PlacementPeople are loving this video on TikTok that shows two older Frenchies living and traveling in a van across the US. "My dogs were getting older, and I wanted them to experience everything," the text in the clip reads. "So I'm traveling the country with them in a...

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People are loving this video on TikTok that shows two older Frenchies living and traveling in a van across the US.

“My dogs were getting older, and I wanted them to experience everything,” the text in the clip reads. “So I’m traveling the country with them in a camper van.”

The video had more than 60,000 views and 10,000 likes at the time of writing, and the viewers seem touched. 

“I’m so happy for those babies! They’re lucky to have you,” one TikToker commented. 

“They deserve that,” wrote another. 

TikToker Sarah Ingala started traveling in a van part-time so that her dogs, Henry, 8, and Penny, 7, could explore the US 

“I just really wanted to experience everything with Henry and Penny,” Ingalas told Insider, “to take them to different places, have them meet different people, smell all the smells that they can get, and enjoy every minute of life instead of just sitting at home during a pandemic.”

Three and a half years ago, Ingala was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31. She went through two surgeries and eight months of treatment. During that time, Henry and Penny were everything to Ingala. 

“They kept me going,” she said. “They would comfort me when I was feeling sad or not feeling well, and it brought us so much closer.”

They took a celebratory road trip when Ingala was cancer-free a couple of years ago, and Ingala said she knew it couldn’t be the end of their travels. 

So she bought a camper van and took their first trip in August 2020.

Each trip lasts about two months, and Henry and Penny have been seemingly everywhere, from California to Maine, Vancouver to Washington D.C.

Ingala has been documenting their travels on Instagram

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Most recently, Henry and Penny have been on the road since February 2021, and they plan on traveling through April 2021 before returning to their home in Pittsburgh.

Henry and Penny enjoy different things about travel, Ingala says. She describes Henry as a chill, easygoing, “people person” who takes his sweet time sniffing everything in sight. 

He likes to roll around and enjoy a hike from the security of his owner’s dog backpack, she told Insider. Up there, he can take in the view and have a nap while exploring.

Meanwhile, Penny could hike for hours — “until her little legs fall off,” Ingala says. And she likes to lead the pack, attempting to hunt animals on the way. They’ve seen wildlife from goats to trotting horses.

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For Ingala, the best part of their travels so far isn’t any one rewarding hike, awe-inspiring sight, or unforgettable moment.

“When I look over at them and they’re sitting outside in the sun, just kind of basking in it, it just makes me so happy,” she told Insider. “And literally never leaving their sides has been an experience I’ll never forget.”

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