Meet Levi. Levi is among the most well-traveled dogs you’ll ever meet. He’s been to Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, French Moorea, and more. All aboard a superyacht, no less. Basically, name a South Pacific country, and he’s set foot (well, paws) on it.
About three years ago, Superyacht Storytellers’ Diane M. Byrne learned about the extraordinary adventures of Levi and his owners, the Mayer family. It started when husband and wife Tony and Delisa Mayer bought an expedition yacht in 2012. Following a 15-month refit, they christened the yacht The Big Blue. Then, they and their three children (plus Levi) embarked on a cruise around the world.
Diane retold their adventures for MegayachtNews.com and Yachting magazine. Readers were impressed with how The Big Blue had an onboard classroom, how Tony flew the onboard helicopter, and how everyone went diving in shark cages among great whites. For Diane, though, Levi was equally captivating, and charming. Just look at him: It’s as if he knew just to pose for the camera.
The Mayers wouldn’t have dreamed of taking this journey without Levi. They hired a veterinarian who specialized not just in proper vaccinations and paperwork for globetrotting furry friends, but also in their nutritional needs. This, in turn, led to further stories about the famous Superyacht Vet.
Sometimes, it’s the stories within the stories that deserve to be told, too.