Thursday, May 17, 2012

Travels With Max

I can't imagine living on the road without my dog, Max.  There are many alone moments traveling and when he's with me, I am never really alone.  The few past years when we lived in a tent, I was a bit afraid in some of the remote places we settled in since rangers were quick to remind us at every step that we were in BEAR COUNTRY!  Max sleeps inside of my sleeping bag (yes, true story), so at times I was a bit afraid that the bears would think I'm hiding a snack for them.  We made it through and now I feel a bit safer sleeping with him in the van.

As much as I think this journey is for me, it's really for Max.  I make decisions on where to go based on how Max would like it and how comfortable he would be.  He LOVES the beach!  It's the only place besides dog parks that I will let him off leash.  When we get to a safe area where there are no roads close to the beach and there really isn't anything for miles, I click him off of the leash.  He knows once he's off, he gets to run as far as he can and dig like a crazy beast in the sand.  I've attached a few videos to prove it.  Once he digs a hole, he likes to lay in it and doesn't mind if I start to bury him in the sand.  He's been relaxed enough a few times to let me bury him.  

On our first getaway with the Van, I keep looking back to make sure that he's comfortable since he doesn't have a "routine" in the van yet like he did in the car.  He quickly found that he likes the back (after I built a throne of pillows and blankets) of the van to hang out in.  Each time I look back and see him there, he makes me smile.  

For those of you who don't know Max, I adopted him three years ago from a rescue group that had him at a farmer's market.  I've never had a small dog as my own before so I wasn't sure.  He has brought so much joy to my life.  Not to sound like a crazy dog lady, I really do love him so much.  He keeps me laughing each day.  It's amazing how a rescue dog can bring so much joy in my life.  If you are thinking of adopting, please rescue a shelter dog.  They will rescue you right back.

Why Max stays on a leash (above)

Learning at the beginning how a freak Max is at the beach


Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

...or a rescue cat. Sinbad will sleep in the sleeping bag with me. Early on I worried about him getting enough air but he does just fine. Max is a bundle of energy! The buried in sand photo, a dog magazine would love.

Misha said...

This is so sweet, so wonderful. His enthusiasm makes me want to bury myself in the sand.

Love your travels, Alison, and your travel companion.

Moran said...

Beautiful post, beautiful pictures, beautiful dog, beautiful friendship. And what a beautiful adventure.

Frank DiBona said...

I love your blog especially the dog stories. Max is certainly full of energy.

Our dog, Rosie, blogs herself on our Airstream blog. Check out her latest at

Anna Sullivan said...

I adore Max!! We traveled with our Milo in the car and always dreamed of cross country in an RV with him but, we lost him. He was my "heart" dog and it's been almost 3 years since we lost him. We volunteer for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue but, another one hasn't found us yet. You can see our boy at our blog:

I really love your blog and yes, especially the Max stories!! I'm so happy you have him and he has you. Cheers!! Anna

Lid Lifter said...

Loved the photos and videos, really made my day, in the second image he looks positively human!

Wendi said...

Max is awesome!

The Good Luck Duck said...

OMG, what a face! Cats can get self-conscious and embarrassed, but dogs never seem to, except when they poop in public. I love that about them.


Alison said...

Aww, thank you so much! Max keeps me company and keeps a smile on my face. I am so thankful for him and I hope he makes you smile too. :)

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