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Some things are just meant to be. Welcome, Yodel!

Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. When we brought Rally into our lives it wasn’t just because we wanted another dog, but because I want to be a search dog handler… and you can’t be a dog handler…

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Goodbye, Rally.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share this update. As I write, Rally is laying next to me chewing a bone, one that she picked from the dog store at the conclusion of a tour of…

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K9 Nosework – Detection Work for Pet Dogs

A few months prior to getting involved with the search and rescue dogs, I started looking for resources that would help me understand how detection dogs work. Professional detection dogs are trained to use their noses to sniff out…

Rally sleeping on the front seat of the rental car.
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Meet Rally

Meet Rally, the newest member of the Hitchcock team. She’s a 9 week old Golden Retriever puppy who joins us all the way from Mexico, New York. As often happens in our life, I am a little bit surprised…

Kurgo K9 Excursion Running Belt Review
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Kurgo K9 Excursion Running Belt

I used the Kurgo K9 Excursion Running Belt ($30) a few times this spring, while we were in California building the bus. We haven't used it too much while on the road, because we generally choose to visit areas…

The Dog 2015 Summer Journal

Accident Report: Porcupined

Last Thursday I was hiking with Hilde when she got “porcupined” right in the mouth. It’s common in the outdoor community to write up an accident report when something goes wrong, so that your mistakes can help others avoid them in…

big dog, tiny house
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Big Dog, Tiny House

As I write this the rain is tapping lightly on the top of the bus. The sound of the rain is much more vibrant out here than it is in a house, and I love the feeling. Will sits to…

Preparing for a dog emergency: 3 easy steps to set yourself up for success
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Preparing for a Dog Emergency

“GET THE VET ON THE PHONE, NOW!” Will shouted at me as he burst through the bus door. Surprised, I told him to slow down – what was going on? Apparently Hilde had been poking around in the garage…

Hilde sticking her head out the window of the bus
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Meet Hilde, the Ultimate Adventure Dog

We started discussing the idea of adding a dog to our life in early 2013, back before we moved to Colorado. Alyssa grew up with dogs and is a lifetime animal lover, but Will had never had a pet…

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Top 10 Adventure Dog Hacks!

Summer is almost here, which means DOG ADVENTURES! Ok, ok – we know you and your pup adventure in all the seasons, but summer is probably the most fun! In the last year of adventures with Hilde, Will and…