On July 17, 1909, Harriet and her entourage - comprised of Maria, her personal maid; Albert, her man servant; and Harold Brooks, her driver - left Trenton, New Jersey for New York City. There, the Locomobile was transported overseas to Paris where their international journey would officially begin. All went as planned until they arrived in Genoa, Italy, only to be informed that Honkie could not sail onboard with Harriet's party. Declaring that, "Honk Honk must not be forgotten!" she sullenly resigned herself to composing a letter that lovingly detailed Honkie's care during his solo journey on another ship.
Harriet and Honkie were reunited in India, and the little dog survived his three-month long voyage through the jungles and palaces of the most remote regions. He survived encounters with wild animals, some humans with bad intentions, and over-feeding by his doting royal hosts.
Sailing for Japan, Harriet was once again informed of the ship's "No Dogs Allowed" policy. Honkie was again left in the care of a ship's captain and crew. Wherever he went he was so loved by his caretakers, and by a family who temporarily housed him in Kobe that Harriet genuinely feared there were times he would not be returned to her.