This stray dog was living on the streets when he decided to follow Maggie and Maeve on their bikes. | ESL Video

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This stray dog was living on the streets when he decided to follow Maggie and Maeve on their bikes.


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Have you ever had a stray animal follow you? How did you handle the situation?

Discussion Questions

    • 1. Have you ever had a stray animal follow you? How did you handle the situation?
    • 2. Do you think Maggie and Mave made the right decision to bring Monty home with them? Why or why not?
    • 3. What do you think Monty's life would have been like if she hadn't followed Maggie and Mave?

Listening
Watch the video and choose the correct answers.

Play Video: Keynote (Google I/O '18)
1. How long did the stray dog follow Maggie and Maeve?
2. Where were Maggie and Maeve?
3. What did the couple initially assume the stray dog would do?
4. What country were Maggie and Maeve in when the stray dog followed them?
5. Did the dog have any fleas and ticks?
6. How many miles did the dog follow Maggie and Maeve?
7. What did the couple name the stray dog?
8. What did the vet recommend for the stray dog?
9. Did they leave Monty behind?
10. What did Maggie and Maeve get for Monty to travel back to the US?
11. Where does Monty live now?
12. What kind of adventures does Monty join Maggie and Maeve on?
A stray dog followed a couple for 4 days while they were on a bike tour abroad. They initially weren't quite sure what to do and assumed that eventually the dog would go her own way.

Maggie and Mave are from Chicago but they were in Montenegro at the time, and there are lots of strays in the area. When they stopped for some bike maintenance, one came up to them. She was covered in fleas and ticks, but she was friendly. Maggie and Mave gave her some love and a snack and continued on their way. However, the dog followed for miles and miles, even when they set up camp for the night and woke up in the morning; she was still there.

This continued for 4 days with the stray dog who they called Monty. Never falling far behind, they started to really fall in love with Monty and knew that they at least needed to get her to a vet to take care of her fleas and ticks. The vet recommended spay surgery, and Maggie and Mave considered covering the procedure and then trying to find someone local to adopt her. But the thought of leaving Monty behind at this point made both of them too sad.

So, they went through with the procedure and found someone local to foster Monty while she recovered. While it's far from a simple process to travel internationally with a dog, Maggie and Mave got Monty her own passport and got her cleared for travel back to the US with them. Monty is now living her best life in Illinois, thriving in a cozy home and joining Maggie and Mave on all of their outdoor adventures.

I'm Jen and I post something positive every day. You can see more from Monty on Maggie's account, which is tagged and in the caption.
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Vocabulary
Listen again and complete the sentences below using words from the word bank.

Play Video: Keynote (Google I/O '18)
Wordbank
miles and miles       leaving Monty behind       recovered       positive       falling far behind       cleared for travel       fall in love       strays       was covered in       thriving       assumed       abroad