The Private Jet + 5 Dogs

So, yes, this got a lot of attention on social media. And yes, that is a private jet. And yes, those are my 5 wonderful rescue dogs who we moved from Hong kong to the Azores. Questions, I am sure there are questions. Let me explain what and why we ended up on a private runway in Germany, awaiting to fly to the Azores on a Gulfstream.

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, You do not change your decision to get there.”
– Zig Ziglar

The most commonly asked question I get asked is how did you justify a private jet? I answer this simply as I can. I am 100% committed to building an eco hotel here in the Azores, and our commitment to sustainable tourism is why we created the Ocean Azores Foundation. But, there was no way I was leaving them to be abandoned in Hong Kong. For all we do to help the planet, it has to be a place I want to save. To me, that meant the dogs were coming with us to the Azores.

Being dyslexic, and having learnt from a very early age in the cruelest way possible at school, when a barrier is put in your way, you either find a way round or you cry alone about it. But, ultimately the only way forward would be on my own. No-one could help except me. There are a few people who understand this drive, to take the risks, the hard decisions and the anger, laughter or jealously that it may create. Sometimes, what is worse than the people who get in your way, is yourself. Once you overcome that fear, nothing stands in your way.

So when the problem came of how we were going to move our 5 dogs to the Azores, and all options were exhausted, I found a solution. It was one hell of a solution. But I have never been one to do things on a small scale.