Clear Lake Campground – A Camping Review

By Porter ~

This year mom and dad have seemed to make it their goal to try out a lot of new campgrounds. I think Clear Lake might become one of our favorites. For one thing, it was close to home. I have eventually come to understand that we spend a lot of the time in the truck when we go camping. Thats okay because if we’re in the truck, it means we’ll be camping and spending family time together, and that is all I really care about. Having said that, traveling is tiring for a little dog and I am only now learning to lie down and most of the time I have to snuggle in where I can because fat girl, I mean Aspen, tends to not only take up a lot of the seat BUT she also wants to lie right in the middle so I’m stuck on one side or the other.


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Interview with Tia of Carpe Viam

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!

Tia 3

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Happy Birthday Porter!

By Aspen~

This weekend we’re going camping to celebrate my brother Porters birthday. Well, I don’ t know if that is WHY we’re going camping, because we do that often, but we also get to celebrate Porter living with mommy & daddy for two whole years, which is a long time in dog years!




I’m just hoping we might get some extra special kibble treats in celebration.

Happy Birthday Porter! I love you.

Barview Jetty ~ Campground Review

By Porter ~

While we have been to Barview Jetty before, we had a completely difference experience this year and I wanted to do a campground review on it. Mom and dad didn’t really want to go, after the pricing debacles of Webb County campground last month, they claimed it was too expensive for what you get. Last year we were on the end site, right next to the beach, which SHOULD have been wonderful, but it was very crowded, busy, and noisy with obnoxious people constantly hanging out in front of our camp. I was exhausted from having to be on patrol all the time.


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A Weekend in the Lake – Crane Prairie Reservoir Campground Review

By Aspen ~


Okay, I have to start by saying I am SOOO glad mom and dad took us camping at Crane Prairie. It was a long drive to get there, but that was okay since it was a long weekend called 4th of July weekend. I don’t know exactly what that means, except that we go camping every year. Porter is terrified of all loud noises and, to be honest, I’m not a big fan of fireworks either, so it all works out for the best. This year we went with our Uncle Ken, Aunt Wendy, and cousins Lexi and Jenny and we were super excited because Uncle Ken got there a day early and got us a campsite right on the edge of the lake!


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The Black Dogs are Hitting the Road!

By Aspen & Porter ~   Recently mom & dad took us on a LONG road trip! When we first got in the truck we thought we were just heading out for our typical weekend camping trip. Instead, we spent days and days driving through FIVE states. It was a lot of time on the road! We are still processing all that happened in those 17 days, but we did learn two things. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending extended time with mom and dad, and we LOVE living in the camper.


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Guest Interview with Maya & Olmec of Vangabonds

By Aspen & Porter


Next up in our interview series is Maya & Olmec who are traveling with their parents Brianna & Ian of 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.

maya and olmec



  1. 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!

maya and olmec (2)


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Dog Days at the Beach

By Porter ~

We spend a lot of time at the beach. And we love it, but we had a good talk and want mommy and daddy to know that we would like to go camping somewhere new next time. I know we’re planning to go on some big trip to a place called Overland Expo in May, but in the meantime I think a new camping adventure would be good.


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Pet Safe Citronella Bark Collar Review – Part Deux

By ~ Porter

You may have read Aspen’s review of my bark collar experience and, lets just say she didn’t fare any better. I know mom & dad don’t want me to bark at the neighbor dog at home, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I’m a Border Collie, I am protecting the BORDERS! I’m not quite sure what they don’t understand about that, but I am really smart so I try to keep it to a minimum when they’re home, and save my primary border patrols for when they go to work. That is when I really need to protect things anyway!


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