We just returned from an AMAZING trip to the beach with mom and dad and Porter is well into a blog post about it, but in the meantime we got yet another great Dogs on the Road interview with Sheelah and Miro from Paws on Tour!
Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?
We are the canine Overlanders Sheelah, 13 and Miro, 11 years of age. We have been traveling through the Americas in a Toyota Landcruiser HZJ75 with our humans Michel and Ursi since early May 2012 and have more or less 6 months left until we return home to Switzerland.
Next up in our Dogs on the Road interview series is Frankie of Follow the Hound. Frankie is our first interview with a European hound so enjoy his perspective on traveling the world.
Hi Frankie! Tell us a little about yourself.
Tell us a little bit about where you have traveled with your family. Have you traveled internationally?
Hi, I’m Frankie, I travel the world with my wonderful owners Ross and Dinia in our old VW Syncro. I’m a Posavac Hound who had a tough life before they found me, but its all great now, and Ross says I will hopefully be the first dog to visit all 7 continents!
It started, a few years ago, I grew up in an area where there are hundreds of dogs roaming the streets, looking for food and trying to stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, one day I was sniffing around the forest and I got my paw stuck in an animal trap. I don’t know how long I was there for, but by the depth of the cuts and how skinny I was, Ross thinks it was for nearly a week!
Luckily, just before it was too late, Ross and Dinia found me while they were camping in their old Land Rover and they decided to share food with me and show me some TLC. They stayed with me for 2 days feeding me and playing with me, but when they thought I was getting better, they had to move on. They started to drive away and I got very upset as these were the nicest people I had ever met. As they pulled away, I started running and luckily, after 2 miles, Ross spotted me in his wing mirror and decided that he was going to keep me!
3 years on now and although I like to escape and run around chasing deer (I am a hound after all) I still live and travel with Ross and Dee. They have even decided to name their website after me. Id love if you would take a look at our adventures at: http://www.followthehound.com
Hi Aspen & Porter!
My name is Penny Rose or “Penster” as my humans Corey and Emily sometimes call me. I think I am 1 or 2 years old but it’s just a number. I think I’m still a puppy! I am a true lover of the outdoors. Going on bike rides, running on the beach, and catching frisbees is what I live for.
We begin our year of adventure with an interview with Karm, the Wonderdog, who travels with her parents, Bryan and Jen, at http://thedangerz.com.
1. Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?
My name is karma (as in good karma).
My parents tried to make the name “Karma the wonderdog” stick…but its a mouthful. I guess I’m nine but i like to think of myself as a spring chick since I’ll likely outlive my folks. My parents are Bryan and Jen. Known in some circles as the dangerz, but nobody really knows why as it doesn’t fit their personalities- they’re pushovers!
I’m a libra, i shed more then you might think is possible, I love belly rubs and honestly…(not to brag or anything) but I’m like the best behaved dog on the planet, seriously. Do you know any other dog that doesn’t own a leash and will just lay outside of a bar for hours on end while their family goes inside to watch a game? They’re so spoiled.
Next up, for our final interview of the year, we hear from Seri, Zeb and Mango of It’s not a Slow car, it’s a Fast House.
Hello! I speak for the dogs when I say – Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. There are three of us that travel with www.slowcarfasthouse.com but, since I am the oldest and wisest, I will take charge of this interview. I am Seri, named for the Seri Indians near Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. I am 9 years old and I adopted Mike and Geneva when I was just 8 weeks old. I came from a rescue group in Prescott, Arizona My brother-by-another-mother is Zeb. Hs is a bout 8 years old and his name is about all we know about him from before he adopted us. He was abandoned in a foreclosed home in Phoenix when he was 3 and Geneva found him through a rescue group. Zeb and I are Catahoula Leopard dogs. We both have the same color fur but different body types. Our little sister-by-another-mister is Mango. She is about 6 years old. She came from a resuce in Phoenix and has a story of her own to tell, if you have time to listen. She is a Chihuahua/Daschund mix and loves to be carried like a baby. We each play a very different role in our family, but we work together to keep each day entertaining and joyful!
By Aspen & Porter~
Next up in our interview series, we’re super excited to introduce Tia from Carpe Viam. Tia and parents Toby and Chloe have been on the road for quite a while now, making their way all the way down through Mexico and Central America, currently calling South America home. Enjoy her tips and stories from the road!
By Aspen & Porter ~
Next up in our interview series are Shae & Olivia of Adventures in Skyhorse. These two lovely pups have already been on the road for over a year with their parents, Hani & Sarah, in what is absolutely one of the most unique vehicles we’ve ever seen! Follow along on their journey down the PanAm at http://adventuresinskyhorse.com/
By Aspen & Porter
Our next interview subjects are Neli and Maya of Neli’s Big Adventure (http://nelisbigadventure.com/) Neli and parents Victoria & Jason began their road trip through Mexico and Central America as a party of three, but along the way, while volunteering at a local animal shelter, puppy Maya joined the pack. Neli was originally not so happy to have a dog sibling, but has come to love Maya’s energetic puppy ways. On the road for over nine months already, this happy pack is very slowly making their way back north, enjoying more adventures along the way!
By Aspen & Porter
Next up in our interview series is Maya & Olmec who are traveling with their parents Brianna & Ian of Vangabonds.com. They’ve been on the road for almost two years now and have tons of fabulous advice for traveling dogs. They travel slow, just like mom and dad say we’ll be doing, so we feel we can learn a lot from their experiences.
Tell us a little about yourselves:
We are Maya and Olmec, 7-year-old sister and brother. Our mom was a blue heeler (Australian cattle dog), our dad was an English pointer, and our human parents are Ian and Brianna Kietzman.
- Tell us a little bit about where you have traveled with your family. Have you traveled internationally? Within the US?
We were born in Kansas and moved to North Carolina when we were just a year old. We loved the long drive in the car to our new home and enjoyed getting to go on trips to the beach, so when our humans decided that they were going to drive the Americas, we were thrilled to hop in the backseat and go along for the ride!
2. What is your favorite place to travel? Do you like hiking the mountains? Running on the beach?
Though we’re siblings, we have very different personalities. Maya is a beach girl, and Olmec is a mountain man. Wherever we go, we both love hiking and all of the new smells.
3. When you’re traveling do you camp? Stay at hotels? Rent houses?
Sometimes we camp or stay in hotels, but most of the time our family rents apartments for a month at a time in the places that we are traveling. Having us along means that our humans have fewer options for lodging, but so far they haven’t had much trouble at all finding nice, pet-friendly apartments or houses throughout the Americas. Also, our kennels come with us to each of our new homes, which give us a sense of normalcy when it’s time to sleep.
4. Do you have a hard time finding good quality food and water on the road?
Not really. Our humans were worried when we left that Maya wouldn’t handle changing food brands very well, but it hasn’t been a problem at all. Only one month did they buy a cheaper brand of food than they should have, and boy did they pay for it with the smells we made! Sufficient options are usually available though and not too difficult to find. For water, we usually drink whatever our humans drink. If their source is expensive, sometimes they will boil tap water for us instead.
5. Have you had any problems with other dogs, either playing at dog parks, or street dogs when traveling?
Maya doesn”t play very nicely with other dogs, so we usually just keep to ourselves. In some of the cities we’ve visited, there are many territorial street dogs. This was never a big problem, but it was somewhat uncomfortable for our humans.
6. What don’t you like about traveling? A different bed? Strange water?
We tend to think that we are pretty happy travelers. Olmec didn’t feel that well when we went through the curving roads of mountains, and Maya sometimes gets bothered by new sounds in a city, but otherwise, we get really excited on travel days and are usually wearing a smile and a wagging tail!
Luna is our latest interviewee. We were super excited to get this interview as Luna and her mom have traveled all over the world so offered us lots of tips!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Luna Griffis is a full-time world-traveling pooch with a special love for big adventures (of course, when you’re 14 pounds, everything is kind of a big adventure). In 2012, Luna and her mom (Gigi Griffis) sold their stuff and took off around the world. You can follow their adventures at gigigriffis.com.