Porter and I are super excited to be hitting the road ourselves in just ONE WEEK! But we will keep sharing interviews from our fellow, traveling dogs. Next up is Malta of From Here until There. Malta and her family are currently in Mexico and we hope to be meeting her in person shortly.
My name is Malta. I’m four years old and live with my mom and dad and brother, Fitz. My brother didn’t get to come on this trip because he is way less friendly than me, but he seems to be incredibly happy on the farm with my grandparents and his other sister. We Skype sometimes. Also, every time I see an open car door I feel an overwhelming compulsion to get inside. Even if mom and dad aren’t going anywhere. That’s how I let them know they had to take me along.
1. Tell us a little bit about where you have traveled with your family. Have you traveled internationally? Within the US?
I went up to Vermont once and that was the farthest I’d ever been from home until now. My folks seemed to get so excited for me every time we crossed into a state I’d ever been to. They practically freaked out when I crossed my first international border into Mexico. They can be so weird sometimes.
2. What is your favorite place to travel? Do you Like hiking the mountains? Running on the beach?
Growing up near the mountains I’ve always loved hiking and camping, but I could really get used to this beach thing. They take me for long walks everyday and I get to run until I want to collapse. Also, I’ve almost caught several seagulls; one day I’ll get one…one day.
3. When you’re traveling do you camp? Stay at hotels? Rent houses?
We’ve camped almost every night in our Four Wheel pop-up camper. There were a couple of times on our way through the U.S. that we stayed at Motel 6 (which is always pet friendly). It was cold and rainy and my parents were being weenies.
4. Do you have a hard time finding good quality dog food and water on the road?
Mom and dad got a big bag of food before we left so they haven’t had to buy any here in Mexico, but they say they’ve seen it just about everywhere. They better get me some good stuff.
5. Have you had any problems with other dogs, either playing at dog parks, or street dogs when traveling?
They were a little worried about me meeting other dogs because I wasn’t really around many growing up. But I’ve gotten along with pretty much all the dogs I’ve met, even the strays. There’ve been a couple who just yelled and yelled at me and that really scared me, but we just walked the other way and they left us alone.
6. What don’t you like about traveling? A different bed? Strange water?
I have to say that life on the road has taken a little adjustment. I didn’t really feel like eating much the first week. And as much as I wanted to share mom and dad’s enthusiasm, I think I just wanted to be at home on my couch (the one I let them occasionally use). My folks seemed a little worried about me but we’re several weeks into the trip now and I’m feeling much better. They bought me a bed to lay on around camp and I love it. So even though we’re moving around a lot, and I’m seeing all kinds of new things, I have a constant at the end of the day. Overall I’m really liking this whole traveling thing and I can’t wait to see the rest of Central and South America.
Thanks Malta! Can’t wait to meet up on the road.
Happy Tails ~ Aspen & Porter