Meet Finnian, a medical alert service dog who has abseiled, kayaked and ice-skated his way to over 54,000 Instagram and 74,000 TikTok followers.
Heartwarming photos and videos of his antics form entries in digital diaries – under the user name ‘finnianthegoldie’ – that document his travels around the world. The two-year-old golden retriever has visited Gibraltar, France, Spain, Andorra, Iceland and Canada – as well as half of America’s states – so far.
The service dog, whose main job is cardiac alert, has been with his owner – who has a form of dysautonomia, which impacts the nervous system – since he was just two months old and they have formed a particularly special relationship through their travels together.
She said: ‘Being able to travel together makes our bond as a service dog team much stronger. It builds our trust every time we travel somewhere because I know I can rely on him to help me when I have medical episodes and I feel safer when I’m with him.’
One video of Finnian abseiling down slot canyons in Utah has had over two million views, with his owner revealing that she was surprised at how much he loved it. ‘I’ve never seen him so excited. He was running around in circles,’ she said. The adventurous pup also loves to lie on her lap whilst she is kayaking and recently visited a frozen lake in Colorado where his owner, a keen figure skater, taught him how to ice skate.
Finnian’s family also include the owner’s husband, a software engineer, and two other dogs, a six-year-old Pomeranian called Lacey and a four-year-old Goldendoodle called Keegan. They are based in Massachusetts but travel around the U.S in a converted 1991 GMC van. Scroll down to see pictures and videos from Finnian’s adventures…
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Pictures and videos of medical alert service dog Finnian have amassed him over 54,000 Instagram and 74,000 TikTok followers. He’s pictured here in Massachusetts
Finnian, who is two years old, is pictured here in Cannon Beach, Oregon
This picture of Finnian was taken in Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Finnian’s owner is a keen figure skater and took him to Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado for some skating lessons
Finnian is pictured on the left holding a Union Jack flag in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on Spain’s southern coast. He’s pictured on the right in Madrid
After touring around Mackinac Island in Michigan, Finnian enjoys a well-deserved rest, complete with some novelty headgear
The golden retriever loved his trip to Utah’s slot canyons, where he could explore at his leisure
While in Utah, Finnian was kitted out with a special harness that allowed him to abseil down the narrow rocks (left). A video of him in action has garnered more than two million views on TikTok. The picture on the right shows him posing in front of Delicate Arch during a sunrise hike in Arches National Park, Utah
While in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, Finnian went about modelling a trendy pair of pooch-sized goggles
Finnian smiles for the camera in his service dog vest at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
While hiking through remote terrain Finnian, shown here in West Virginia, carries a backpack with a number of essential supplies including a first aid kit, boots and water
Here, Finnian has the beach at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, all to himself
Finnian proves he has sturdy sea legs during a kayaking trip in Massachusetts
The pooch strikes a pose in front of British artist Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture (aka The Bean) in Chicago
LEFT: The avid traveller strikes a pose with a French flag in his mouth while on a jaunt in Collioure, France. RIGHT: When he’s not jet-setting around the world, Finnian travels around the U.S. with his owners in their converted 1991 GMC van, stopping off for activities along the way
Finnian’s family includes a six-year-old Pomeranian called Lacey (pictured) and a four-year-old Goldendoodle called Keegan
Finnian in Collioure. His owner said he loved the trip because everywhere was so dog friendly
The service dog during a trip to the Park of María Luisa in Seville, Spain. His owner said: ‘Being able to travel together makes our bond as a service dog team much stronger’