Costa Rica to Panama to Serbia to Hungary

It’s cramped inside the car. I keep standing up, turning around, panting, and settling heavily only to realize my legs are falling asleep again. Kayla, Aaron (Andrew’s younger brother), and I are squeezed into the back seat of a taxi. Andrew’s head lolls nauseatingly up front as he attempts to sleep. The road is impossibly bumpy. We left our AirBnb …

Tracking Jaguars with Rescue Dogs

conservation detection dog

I woke early, packed my bags and left the Airbnb in Ezcazú (a suburb of San Jose). I arrived bleary-eyed to a wagging lab and his handler, Stephanny. She warned me, “He jumps.” And jumped he did – Tigre left a few tiny bruises on my arms as he chomped on my wrists. He calmed down quickly, though, as we …

A Blustery Month in Tilaran, Costa Rica

We left Tamarindo on January 25, packing up the car and driving down a long dirt road to reach Paquera, Costa Rica. The small town is nestled at the end of a peninusla. I chased butterflies in the yard while Kayla and Andrew washed the car. The next evening, Andrew and Kayla left me and headed out into the dark. …

Why My Dog is More Danger Running in Latin America Than I Am

running shelby farms

I thought that taking my dog to Latin America would keep me safe while running. I actually spend my runs defending him. Let me describe to you today’s run, a fairly typical one in the last few months that we’ve driven from Mexico to Costa Rica. As Barley and I head out the door, a neighbor calls to us, “Don’t go …

Water, Fire, Salt, Foam, and Joy – Tamarindo, Costa Rica

After the odyssey of driving through five countries in ten days, it was a relief to arrive in the beachside town of Tamarindo. Bad news – the internet deleted our blog post that recounted the tale of our 10-day drive from Mexico to Costa Rica. But trust me, it was epic. The humans unpacked while I sniffed around the yard …

Jet Lag and Shopping: Day 1 of Delhi

Kayla here – Barley is going to take some time off while I write about my trip to India. To be honest, he’s probably a bit sick of writing about our adventures while we leave him at home. We’ll need to make sure our next few weeks are more dog-friendly! I headed to Delhi for about a week to celebrate …

Mainland Mexico: The Coolest Hike in Guadalajara, the Ocean, and More!

Woooooof. It’s been a busy few weeks for Barley the Border Collie and the rest of El Perro Tambien! Puerto Vallarta After taking the ferry from Baja California to the mainland, we headed to Puerto Vallarta for the end of November. We rented an adorable little Airbnb that’s right off the Malecon, which is the giant beachfront boardwalk. The apartment was …

Everything We Did Wrong Traveling Down Baja California with a Dog

We missed a crucial step in the immigration process when we drove into Mexico via San Diego/Tijuana. As you might remember from my blog post about entering Mexico, no one ever stopped us to see our papers. We didn’t stop to ask anyone, assuming that we were doing OK. We found out last week that we were very wrong. You Need …

The Best Day Hike in La Paz, Baja California Sur

After our near-death experiences with cliff roads and food poisoning, it’s been nice to settle into our routine in La Paz. Kayla and I have been going for runs along the ocean every day. She’s been making it a point to catch the sunrise or sunset (or both) every day with me. I don’t give a cat’s tail about the …