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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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! Tell us a little bit about where you have traveled with your family. Have you traveled internationally? Within the US? 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! What is your favorite place to travel? Do you like hiking the mountains? Running on the beach? 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? 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! Do you have a hard time finding good quality food and water on the road? 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? 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? 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!
Thanks Tulku and happy tails!
Aspen & Porter
Tarantula Pippilotta Gasolina Scorpio Mc Junior. A.k.a Tara, was born in a gas station in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, a small town bordering Colombia at the edge of the Amazon forest. She joined the team of Nonurbia when she was only one and a half months old and has been traveling with her humans Sarah and Erdem for a year now. You can follow them @nonurbia on Instagram, Facebook and nonurbia.com on their blog.
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.
As we are on the final countdown to our own life on the road, we continue to enjoy bringing you stories of other pups out there roaming the world with their parents. Next up, Emma of Together we Roam! Welcome Emma.
Please offer up a short blurb about who you are? Age? Who else is in your family?
Most say that I’m a Mini Aussie, I personally like to consider myself human. I hear my Mom say I’ll be 5 in January, feels more like 35 to me.
I’m currently living the #vandog life with my Mom and her main man – Parker. Don’t tell Mom, but I usually favor him. Most days are chalk full of naps on the bed in the back, but it’s the hiking and beach days that I love the most. That fresh salty sand on your paws … nothing beats it!!
For the Holidays we are heading back to NJ to visit Grandma, Grandpa, Sairy (12 yo Springer Spaniel) and Remi (5 yo Aussie) as well as various other barnyard animals. Remi and I share a language that is unknown to most. No one else seems to understand why I chase after him while biting at the scruff of his neck, but he does. I’d even go as far to say that he likes it!! I think we’ll also see my cousin Tela (5 yo Springer Spaniel) during Thanksgiving. She’s traveling down from Vermont.