LITERARY legend Phileas Fogg famously went around the world in 80 days. Fine if you are a human, but it’s a tall order for a cuddly toy.
Still, 9cm-tall Foggy has already clocked up 38,000 miles and covered three continents in his globetrotting mission to raise £10,000 for charity.
It is hoped Foggy can clock up one million miles in 12 months.
The wacky money-spinner is the brainchild of Southsea’s Sally Callow, who has always dreamed of travelling the world but is restricted by a debilitating condition Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME).
So the 38-year-old posts her teddy dog to her large network of friends at home and abroad.
They take photographs of Foggy in far-flung locations, with New Zealand, Florida, Iceland and the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey already in the holiday album.
The next stops for the jet-setter are Jordan, Spain, India, Australia and Japan.
Sally, a library assistant, said: ‘I wanted Foggy to look like my own dog Patch, who is great with me when I’m having a bad day.
‘I chose the name Foggy because of the brain-fog that ME sufferers have on a daily basis.
‘Foggy’s having some wonderful adventures.
‘I will never go to most of the places he’s visiting. I’ve got relatives in Australia, but I can’t dream of going because I know the flight would wipe me out.’
Donations have already reached £1,500.
The money will be donated to the ME Association, which supports ME sufferers and funds research.
Sally was diagnosed in 2010.
She added: ‘When I describe my illness to people, I say, “Imagine the worse flu you’ve ever had, on the very worst day. The way your body aches”. I will go without a meal, because I haven’t got the energy to cook.’
Helen Hyland, from ME Association, said: ‘What’s desperately needed is more research.’