Playing Tug-o-War with a Log in the Smoke of the Stehekin

I tug, wrenching my butt up and bending my front paws. My teeth feel strong, biting into the flesh of this stick. My claws dig into the sand, and I wag my tail a bit. The stick doesn’t budge. It’s longer than I am, protruding from an underwater tree. I’ve been working at it for ages, up to my belly …

Border Collie vs. the Wildlife of Burnaby, British Columbia

What. A. WEEK! We’re staying in a renovated sunroom in Burnaby, British Columbia. Burnaby is what you call a suburb of Vancouver. The AirBnb is pretty and well-lit, but it’s been excruciatingly hot since coming to Burnaby. Kayla and I have been doing a lot of early morning runs and late night – which takes me to the height of this …

A Dog’s Eye View of Victoria, British Columbia

I like the north, that’s that. While I haven’t had quite as much freedom as when we were in Wisconsin, I’m back to running and hiking and swimming. Holy bacon biscuits, that feels good to say! We took a late ferry over to Canada last Friday. I got pretty stressed out on the boat. There were a lot of people …

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A Collie without Borders: How to Bring a Dog to Canada

I’m a collie without borders! Yesterday, Andrew and Kayla learned that it’s super easy to bring a dog to Canada. We took a ferry from Washington to Victoria, British Colombia. They showed the agent my vaccination records, and that was it. Turns out it’s super easy to bring a dog to Canada. But let’s back up. It’s been a while …

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I Tore My Iliopsoas Because I’m a Border Collie

I have really, really bad news. I can’t play fetch until September 15. Do you understand how long that is? That’s the same amount of time since we left Denver. That’s a quarter of a year. It’s one-sixth of the time that I’ve lived with Kayla and Andrew. I went to Gallatin Animal Hospital yesterday (for the second time in two …

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A Dog’s Eye View of Wisconsin

Holy biscuits of bacon! I love Wisconsin! I’ve been swimming. Every. Single. Day. Kayla’s dad lives on 40 acres of property and I can run around with sticks and basketballs all day. He’s got little baby chickens that I can herd (oh-so-gently) and a cat that really seems to want to sleep instead of play. Memphis was so gosh-darn hot, …

A Dog’s Eye View of Memphis

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Boy oh boy, I thought Dallas was hot! I was wrong. Memphis is un-dog-ly hot. Overall, Memphis was great. Let’s start at the beginning. We drove to Memphis from Dallas, which was only about a 6.5-hour drive. I slept most of the way while Andrew and Kayla drove and worked. When we got to Memphis, I was immediately greeted by two crazy …

A Dog’s Eye View of Albuquerque & Dallas

There. Are. Goats. In. Albuquerque. This place is amazing, everyone. We stayed in an Airbnb that had literal goats in the backyard. Not going to lie, I spent at least a few hours a day staring at them through the glass door. Kayla wouldn’t let me out with them, she said that they’d headbutt me. Doubtful. I think about the goats …

A Dog’s Eye View of Las Vegas

We all slept on the pull-out couch on our last night in Salt Lake City. The next morning, we got up early and they packed the car again. We drove for a long time, then stopped for a hike. I ran all over the hills and stained my paws dark red with Utah dirt. It was awesome! Andrew and Kayla …

A Dog, the Lake of Salt, a Cat, and Crippling Loneliness

It’s been a bit of a tough week, guys. We moved to a new house last week, and it’s rough. Ginger, my beautiful Goldendoodle friend, is gone. And instead, there’s this… ugh. I can’t even say it. A cat. A freaking cat. It runs around at night. Kayla feeds it, but it doesn’t eat right away. Instead, it leaves its …