Dogs on the Road Interview ~ Fiji of Fijipaw

I know, I know. Another extended absence with no word from me. I PROMISE I’m going to get mom to let me on the laptop more often to update you on life on the road. But first up I wanted to share this inspiring interview with Fiji, of Fijipaw.com and her mom Jasmine who are BIKING all over the place. I know, crazy right? First a few words from mom Jasmine and then we’ll jump right in with Fiji’s interview.

Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?

My name is Jasmine Reese. My travel companion and furry daughter is Fiji Reese. I am a long distance cycling, violin playing vagabond who embarked on a round the world bicycling journey one year ago. In 2013, Fiji and I also crossed the U.S. together, starting with only $50. Now, I we have traveled over 14,000 miles together through a combination of boats, hitchhiking and cycling around most of North America. My theme for my adventure is majorly about facing fears and pursuing dreams. My bucketlist is to learn and play violin all over the world, so I’ve been meeting with musicians and sharing music along the way, while also using street performance as one way to fund my travels. I am 28 years old, and my mom and little brother live in Indianapolis, IN.

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Dogs on the Road Interview ~ Taquita of Home on the Highway

Next up in my interview series is another rescue pup, Taquita from Home on the Highway. My mom and dad have followed her parents, James and Lauren, trip down the Pan Am highway for several years now. We were all thrilled to hear that they had decided to rescue a little pup they found abandoned and alone along a remote stretch of Mexican highway. Here are her thoughts on life on the road.

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Dogs on the Road ~ Kaylee of the Flightless Kiwis

Happy New Year! First of all, I apologize for my long absence. My time at Lake Atitlan was wonderful, but aside from daily freaking out over the never ending bombas being blown off, the day to day was mostly a bit of a non-event. Oh, life was good with lots of hiking the footpaths, swimming for coconuts, and going to San Juan and San Pedro with mom & dad for lunch or shopping, but our day to day routine was pretty set.

Now we’re back on the road an IN MEXICO. I know, believe me I know. We are supposed to be heading south right? Well, mom and dad seem to have some navigational issues, but I can’t complain because I love it here!

I am super excited to share this interview with you. Although I have never met Kaylee, I spent several days with her mom and dad, Ben & Emma, when they stayed with us a couple of years ago. At that point they were just heading out on their long roadtrip and didn’t have a dog. Poor souls. I was glad to see that by the time they got to Guatemala they rescued a sweet pup and now are a complete family. Hope you all enjoy her interview as much as I did.

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Dogs on the Road ~ Jaeger of The Traveling Together Journal

Today, I want to introduce you to Jaeger, who is traveling the PanAmerican highway as well! Jaeger and his parents Matt and Amie from The Traveling Together Journal, is only a short way behind me and so I really hope to meet him in person soon. Until then, enjoy his stories from the road.

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Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?

I’m Jaeger. I have a few nick names Brown Bear, Old Man, and Super Senior. I’m a pretty mellow guy these days. I generally do what I want, and pretend I can’t hear unless it’s food time or when my family is packing up the car because I don’t want to get left behind. Amie adopted me when I was 10 weeks old, and Matt joined our family when I was 9 years old. Today I’m 13 1/2 years old. Lately I have been called Super Senior a lot, because Amie was really worried that I was getting too tired to go on all the hikes they where hoping to do this winter in the Mountains of Mexico.  I was moving pretty slow, and I would not last long during walks on the beach, but that was because it was way too hot. Now we have been trying to summit big volcano peaks and I’m doing better then they are. This makes them really happy.

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Dogs on the Road Interview – Max & Copper of Clunkmonkey

Hello fellow doggie friends! I apologize profusely for not writing these last couple of months. What can I say? I just wasn’t too happy in the heat and humidity of Puerto Vallarta, and being locked in the apartment much of the day. These last three weeks have been a true whirlwind of activity. We moved out of the apartment, and back in our tiny house on wheels. We have explored magic towns, and the biggest lake in Mexico, but most important, we headed to the hills to escape the heat of summer! I am so much happier now, living in my little safe place, and spending much of my time outside with mom and dad, exploring the world and meeting new pups.

Today I offer you a Dogs on the Road interview a long time in coming. Max and Copper were going to stop by and see me in Puerto Vallarta, but sadly plans just didn’t work out that way. Below enjoy their interview of life on the road, but see the sad footnote at the end of their interview.

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Dogs on the Road Interview ~ Rasta & Rose of BurlyDirtyHippy

I am thrilled, today, to present my Dogs on the Road interview with Rasta and Rose of @burlydirtyhippy and The Ecclectic Dirtbags. Porter and I first met Rasta and Rose, and their parents Bruce and Jodi, in Baja at the Pescadero Surf Camp. We thought they were SO much like us. Rasta is a bit of a delicate flower, bothered by the heat and bugs, etc while Rose is like myself, TOTALLY fetch obsessed.

I was lucky enough to camp with them for a full week in Sayulita, so got to know them a little bit better. Here are their thoughts of the life of Dogs on the Road.

Tell me a little about yourselves~

Hello, I am Rasta, a 9 year old Harlequin Great Dane.  I have been with my parents 
since I was a pup.  I grew up helping momma around the farm, hunting down all the pesky 
groundhogs and watching over the chickens. I really loved farm life.  Rose the Red 
Lab-ish showed up a little over three years ago.  I must say she was a little too 
energetic for me at first, but her sweetness quickly won me over.


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Dogs on the Road Interview~ Sora of Long Haul Trekkers

Today’s interview is with another truly inspiring pup. Not only is Sora a worldwide traveler, but she does much of it on her  own four paws!!! Her parents are biking from Patagonia home to Portland, Oregon, after having already biked around Europe. Wow, I’m tired just thinking of that!  Enjoy my interview with this inspiring dog, whom I can’t wait to meet on the road.

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Dogs on the Road Interview ~ Maya of A Gypsy Tail

While we are spending lazy days running the beaches of Baja, we are still in touch with all of our fellow doggie travelers. Next up in our Dogs on the Road series is Maya of A Gypsy Tail.

Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?

HI! My name is Maya. I am an almost 7 year old Border Collie Mix from San Diego, California. Right now it is just my mom and I travelling. I don’t have any brothers or sisters but we make lots of friends on the road.

Maya at Belgredchik

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Dogs on the Road Interview ~ Tulku of Boundless Biking

Today we offer up an interview with Tulku who travels around the world by BIKE. This is a first for us so please enjoy this insightful inter-view. You can find their info on facebook or on their crowdfund page.

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Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your 
family?
I am Tulku - almost 8 years old west highland white terrier. I live and travel together 
with my humans Kira and Sven. My latest adventure is 25.000 kilometers by bicycle from 
the southermost point of South America to the northermost point of North America. Last 
year I became blind and had 3 surgeries in Colombia to fix my legs, but that didn't stop 
me from loving traveling and exploring new things! 

Tulku 1
Tell us a little bit about where you have traveled with your family. Have you traveled 
internationally? Within the US?
Tulku 2

I started traveling from the first day I met Kira, my human. At first, we were traveling 
in my home country Lithuania. On my first birthday, I took my first international trip 
and haven't stopped traveling ever since. I traveled more than 100.000 kilometers in 
Europe, Asia, South America and now North America. 2 years ago Sven joined us and I 
started my latest adventure: taking a front row seat while my humans cycle from Tierra 
del Fuego, Argentina to Alaska, USA. Cycling touring is not the only way I've traveled. I 
also tried hitchhiking, buses, trains, planes, boats, ferrys, cars. You name it - I've 
tried that! 

Tulku 3
What is your favorite place to travel? Do you like hiking the mountains? Running on the 
beach?

Tulku 4
Yes! All of that! My two favourites are snow and mountains. Running on the snowy mountain 
top is the best! Besides that I love sand. I found that deserts are the best sand pits 
one can find. I love beaches too, but I'm not keen on open water. Despite that, when my 
humans took me to a week long trip on the sailing boat where we crossed open water for 
days, I had a blast! My seasick humans could not keep up with me exploring the boat. I 
like big cities too, all those different smells keep my nose busy. I especially loved 
chasing pigeons in Venice, Italy through the crowds of tourists and meeting cows in 
Mumbai, India. Cow in the city center, how cool is that? 

When you're traveling do you camp? Stay at hotels? Rent houses?
Tulku 5

Yes, all of that and even more: camping, hammocking, couchsurfing, warmshowering, being 
invited to private homes of random strangers. Also: hotels, hostels, motels, love hotels, 
police stations, fire stations. Oh, I even stayed in a five stars hotel once! It had a 
llama in it's private garden. Yet mostly it's either camping or cheap zero starts hotels. 
I don't care much, my home is where Kira is and my bed is always Sven's pillow. Fancy and 
fluffy or skimpy and rag-like, as long as I can pull some of Sven's hair overnight - I'm 
happy! 
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Do you have a hard time finding good quality food and water on the road?
Tulku 6

In some countries - yes. My humans usually buy 3 kg bag of dog food "Proplan" 
and carry it on their bikes for me. So nice of them! And yet in some places it's not 
enough and I end up eating human food until good quality dog food can be foung again. I 
love human food! My favourites are fruit and vegetables. Sadly for me, good dog food is 
available in most of the places we visit. It's easier with water, I drink same water that 
my humans drink. Lately I have a problem with water though: we cycle in hot blazing sun 
for hours and all the water gets warm. Yuck, I'm not drinking that! I'd rather drink some 
cold coconut water. 

Have you had any problems with other dogs, either playing at dog parks, or street dogs 
when traveling?
Tulku 7

I'm not very fond to other dogs. I am a perfect guard dog and take my duties very 
seriously. Stray dogs notice that and don't even dare to look at me when I'm sitting in 
my basket high up on the front wheel. And yet I was bitten by two different dogs on two 
different occasions and had a total of 3 additional holes in my body. It was a pain in 
the ass, literally! 

What don't you like about traveling? A different bed? Strange water?
Tulku 8

For me traveling is very natural. I started traveling on my first birthday and haven't 
stopped ever since. I don't know any other - non traveling - way of life. I don't like 
being left behind, even if it's for a second!
Tulku 9

Thanks Tulku and happy tails!

Aspen & Porter