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  • Christmas Taffy

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Rain’s first Christmas brought lots of fun.  She got to meet a good deal of her distant family (who are super playmates), get in the middle of snowball fights, and play with her cousin Taffy, a rescued Shih -Tzu. Oh the food, ham bones, and presents from her Grand Parents were pretty awesome, too.

    Rain and Taffy. Not quite pals, yet.

    Rain's ready for the ambush!

    Haha. Gotcha!

  • Loves The Birthdays

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    The day started out at about 5am with a breakfast that included a few bites of ham and eggs followed by a shorter than normal morning hike, because we wanted to get to the dog park while it was still cool. As we have discovered, hot dog park = empty dog park.

    Rain and Finley playin at Thorpe Bark Park

    Once we made it to town, our first stop was a pet store where Rain got her first “Real” disc. She had only had one prior to it. It was a soft one that, at 6″, was too big for her when she got it. She has since out grown it. I must say, she likes the new one better than the baby one. She also got a new plushie, which has already been de-stuffed less than 24hrs later. Rain wasn’t too sure about being in the store. She’s quite the country dog.  She was well behaved, but you could tell she was a bit nervous. Happy and excited, but nervous. Note to self: need to take her in more stores more often.


    After that, we  spent a couple of hours at  Thorpe Dog Park in Flagstaff, AZ where Rain made a lot of friends. Most notably, Finley, the Vocal. He was an adorable little Highland Terrier with a big bark. She got along well with everyone and handled all the diversity with grace.

    After that, we  laid about the house for an hour to recoup. We then walked around town and met a dog who had just turned one a few days earlier.  He and his people were traveling Historic Route 66. He and she had a blast playing. That was probably the time that Rain had an interaction with a dog in city limits and not in a dog park.  It was a good one.

    We visited a few outfitter shops that gladly allowed Rain inside. One of those shops even had a pup about Rain’s size and activity level. They played and played. This city is really dog friendly. The people are, too!

    The day was mostly over, and we were just about to head out to find a campsite when we passed a nice grassy park with lots of shade in the middle of town. We decided to stop. Johnny juggled while Rain and I played ball and chase followed by laying in the cool grass and people watching.  Next thing we know, a one year old chocolate dog named Lobo had his eye on Rain. He pulled his master over to us and the two of them played for over an hour. Too bad our camera as out of batteries by then.

    Needless to say, by the time we found camp, Rain was exhausted. She passed out on the couch. Johnny made her a special chicken and rice birthday dinner. She gobbled it all up and wanted to play some more. That”s my girl ;).

    A big day for sure! Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes…. especially Cyndi and Stumpy who gave Rain an extra special one

  • Bday For The Doggay.

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Rain's last party...

    On May 25th, Rain will celebrate being on earth for exactly one year. She wants to invite you, her pal, to the party. In typical nomad fashion, she has no idea where she will be on the big day. She’s got pretty good idea though. There’s a decent chance that she will be near Sedona, AZ. Regardless of where she is, there will be free camping, treats, room to run, and hiking trails. Hope to see you there!

  • Traveling Dog Bed

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    recycled dog bed

    Check out this super cute and useful traveling dog bed. The author has taken a vintage hat suitcase and transformed  it into a dog bed. You could use a larger suit case for your big dog.  There’s plenty of room to hold your pet’s stuff while in transit. Dog beds can be expensive. DIY and save money to spend on lodging.

    You can learn how to make your own on Care2.com

  • Oscar the Smiling Dog

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    "The Family" chilling with Oscar The Smiling Dog

    Rain was with her new family less than a week when she met her first Traveling Pal: Oscar The Smiling Dog. He and his companion, Pete,  have been on the road traveling around in a vessel they call The Wonder Egg since early 2008. They are always exploring interesting places and meeting new people. They maintain a travelogue over at http://peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.com.

    Rain and Oscar had a great time playing. Oscar was very gentle with the month and a half old pup. It as a good first experience for her. Pete, a wonderful soul with a great outlook,  was there to see the caverns on the ranch that Rain was born on. I was a tour guide there at the time and enjoyed giving him an extra long personal tour. He wrote about the experience on this blog post. Many thanks to Pete for snapping this photo!


  • Born To Travel

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Unsure - First night with new family.

    Born May 25th, 2010 at 5:25pm on a ranch in West Texas. Number 5 of 5 in the litter. One sister and two brothers… one didn’t make it.

    Exhausted after an exciting first day.

    Mother: Casey, a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) . Dad: Slick, a Short Haired Border Collie. Both parents are herders of sheep, goats, and cattle.

    Always watching and analyzing.

    Been on the road since the age of 8 weeks. It’s the only thing she has ever known.

    Rain in the grass. Her home in the background.

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