All My Dogs

I love dogs, but I don’t have one of my own.

Here’s why: With the amount that I’m away on the road, I just can’t keep a dog at home. And unlike Tintin, I could never take a real dog with me on all my adventures around the world.

Instead, I “adopt” dogs wherever I travel. Those who follow me on Twitter know that every day I find a new dog to call mine. Sometimes I only get to play with them for a minute or two–sometimes I get to take them on walks or even steal them for the night. In every case, I take a picture of that dog and send it out to all of you. NG Kids reported on my growing dog collection last year and even held a contest to name one of my big dogs (“Chatham” was the winner).

Why are dogs such a big part of my travel stories? Because dogs are universal. No matter where I go in the world, I know I can find a dog, and one of the great joys of travel is comparing the subtle differences between the world’s most universal things. People, food, houses, and clothes are universal, but also so different from one place to another.

In my travels, I meet dogs that are serious workers, some that are pampered pets, and some that roam in wild packs. Some are loved and coddled, while others are sadly neglected. Some are tiny and sleek, others are massive and hairy, and so many others are somewhere in between. I love them all but am somewhat picky about which ones I “choose” to tweet about. When I do find that one dog that’s special and lovable, then I announce that I’ve found my dog and send out the picture.

Meeting hundreds of dogs in so many countries has only made me love dogs even more than before — as I prepare for my upcoming travels, I can’t wait to meet my new dogs, wherever they may roam.

Comments

  1. Marilyn Terrell
    January 6, 2012, 10:02 am

    I just had to add this moose video you took in Quebec, which at the end of it has that sweet gray wolf puppy nuzzling you:
    http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/16/wild-life/

  2. Josh Wickland
    Southern California
    January 6, 2012, 11:28 am

    Yeah, Adam; DogBlog!

    Really enjoyed the pics this Friday; wy wife and I keep a dogblog ourselves, check it out from the road sometime if you get a chance –

  3. Jay Kane
    January 15, 2012, 3:36 am

    Such a great idea! I’m an animal lover and think it’s great how nice you treat dogs on your travels, ‘adopting’ them as you meet them. There are lots of dog lovers in the world. I use HereStay to list my vacation home rentals, and one of my most common questions is whether or not I allow pets!

  4. Dotan Negrin
    New York City
    January 15, 2012, 12:36 pm

    I havent seen anyone write about this, but I’ve actually done something similar in Dominican Republic and in Thailand. There is always one or two stray dogs that you’ll meet who will follow you around. Once you develop that relationship, that dog will do anything for you.

    There was one dog in the DR that stayed by our apartment that we rented and would growl at anyone trying to enter the area. I also noticed that the stray dogs are much much smarter than any dog I met at home- I think its because of the massive amount of REAL experiences they went through. Great post!

    -Dotan Negrin

  5. kevin-king
    January 20, 2012, 1:28 am

    ooo, poor dog! It has little thief!

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  7. Suzy Parker
    March 12, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Hey, lovely photos… I also love both dogs and photographing and every now and then I use to take photos also of dogs of different breeds. But one thing, I dont think the “Hokkaido” is really Hokkaido. They have erect ears, a bit shorter muzzle and little less hair with different texture (more spitz kind hair, and without that kind of long hair under the ear). Actually Hokkaidos resemble a bit the Finnish Spitz and are a bit like “large Shibas”, but just without urajiro markings. To my eye, this dog looks more like a Golden or Novascotia Duck Tolling Retriever mixed with some other breed like the Alsatian etc.

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  10. Siwa Sue
    Egypt
    October 11, 2012, 4:51 am

    Love it. I do have my own cat and brought her all the way from Australia to live in Egypt with me, where she has lived on far side of Sahara in Siwa Oasis, and now in Nuweiba. But I also take photos of other animals that adopt me as I travel, mostly cats but also dogs and camels…

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  12. Molly
    Canada
    July 16, 2014, 10:37 am

    WoW amazing pictures. Lovely dogs.
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