Hey, Hey! This is Josie Bear here. Giving you an update on what we’ve been up to.
Right now we are in this California place.
We’ve been traveling down the eastern part of California. At least, that’s what they tell me anyways.
Wherever it is we are, I like it.
We’ve been doing more boondocking. And I like that. I mean, I REALLY like that.
You want to know why?
Because boondocking means less traffic. Which means more space. Which means more OFF LEASH TIME!
And who doesn’t love some off leash time?
Especially now that I’ve gotten so good at it.
And believe it or not, Scooter is pretty good at it too.
We were at this Lava Beds place and there was like NOBODY around.
Me and Scooter were running down this road just happy as clams. Hanging out, chewing up pinecones. Yup, boondocking is GREAT.
Then we went further down the road and you’ll never guess who we met up with...
LILY & MUSHY!
Yup! I was SO EXCITED to FINALLY see my friends again! And better yet, introduce them to my little bro, Scooter.
Woohoo! It was heaven! Back to off-leash, dog pack, dog walks! With my best buds.
Unfortunately, the fun was short lived for me. You probably heard. I got into an argument with another pup – NOT Lily or Mush – and I had to go have emergency surgery.
Now I have been sentenced to rest time on the couch.
They said my stitches had to stay in for 3 weeks.
So far, it’s been 2 weeks. And mama is going CRAZY with all the ruckus I’m causing.
Papa calls me a bull in a china shop. Apparently I’m not very graceful with my cone. But I just can’t help it. I mean, it’s always in the way!
But today I got to go hiking with Scooter, Lily GG, and Mush Man. And guess what – I got to go without my cone!
We have been hanging out at this Sawtooth Ridge area. I got to lead the pack with my Papa. We forged the way up the ridge!
We even had time for a quick photo shoot.
It's the 4 amigos! Left to right: Scooter Pig-Pen, Josie Bear, Lily Good Girl, and Mush Man
I must say, Scooter is coming along nicely. At first he could NOT pose for more than 2.2 seconds.
But now he acts like a pro, just like me. And of course, it’s because I’ve taught him everything he knows!
Which is honestly, exhausting work. I mean, you would be exhausted too if you had to deal with this high energy Pig-Pen!
Slowly but surely though, he’s getting there.
It’s a good thing he has a golden girl like me around to teach him these very important things!
Have you ever heard of FAKE water?
I know, me either. But I’m here to tell you – IT DOES EXIST.
I’ve seen it.
It looks like real water.
It feels like real water.
It even sounds like real water.
But it’s a total faker.
We’ve been traveling around. And I’ve been so excited about all the new things I’ve gotten to see!
But I never thought I would see such an imposter!
So there I was, minding my own business, enjoying the new scenery...
We were walking across this really soft, squishy stuff. I loved the feel of it between my paws!
There were so many smells I had never even IMAGINED!
I went running out to where the soft squishy stuff turns wet. And that’s when the imposter hit me!
The water came right at me! Excited for some swimming, I jumped right in!
And then I did what I always do when I jump in the water – I took a drink...
I was like – WHOA!
What’s up with this??
It tasted so YUCKY!
I couldn’t get the nasty out of my mouth!
It really kinda freaked me out! So I decided to stay away from that FAKE water stuff –
I decided I would join Josie who was trying to chase birds.
But then I discovered something even BETTER!
Remember that super soft, squishy stuff we were walking on??
Well guess what – it’s the BEST stuff for DIGGING!!
And if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s DIG! ...and ROLL! I love to dig and then roll!
Be careful! Drink safely my friends!! BEWARE OF THE FAKE WATER!
Oh, did you know? I’m a very good boy!
You wouldn’t believe all the adventures we’ve been having!!
The trails, the smells, the hiking, the waterfalls, the rivers... I can just hardly believe it!
This Washington place is AMAZING!
The trees are SO big!
There is so much green EVERYWHERE!
And the leaves are GIGANTIC!
We have been having so much fun every day I can hardly keep my eyes open! I am so worn out!
I’ve got to tell you about my super important job! Since I drink like, a TON of water all the time, Mama said I had to help carry it on our hikes!
So here I am proudly sporting an adventure dog backpack – so I can carry my very own water bottles!
We took this trail, that wound along the edge of a hill, and got to see this super awesome waterfall!
I was like- WHOA!
Then we took this OTHER trail, and I got to walk across a BIG LOG over a rushing river!
I was like – WHOA!
Josie was scared to go across. So Papa took her around through a shallow part of the river.
But NOT me! I was SO BRAVE! I practically pulled my Mama across that log!
I thought it was so awesome of me! I still don’t know why she was panicking!
Papa must have been pretty proud. Because on the way back, he took some video so I could show off my MAD SKILLS!
And since I made it look so EFFORTLESS, Josie was convinced she could do it too, and followed Papa over that log on the way back.
But did you see ME? I was able to do it ALL BY MYSELF!
Mama says I’m really becoming quite the adventure dog!
And I’m trying really hard to learn from Josie how to pose for pictures.
But it sure is hard sometimes... I just can’t hardly contain my excitement!
Well, gotta go rest up for now!
By the way, did you know that I’m a very good boy?
Holy Moly – I know they kept telling me about all the adventures we were going to have. And I tried to listen. Really. I tried. But I had no clue how AWESOME it was really going to be!
Where do I begin?!
The first few days were a little nerve wracking. I had no idea what was actually going on.
There were so many new noises. And the smells! New smells EVERYWHERE! What’s a boy to do?
We are on new adventures every day!
We drive for a while, then we stop and park someplace. Can you imagine my surprise when I discovered we actually brought our HOUSE with us?
I was like – WHOA!
We go for walks every day – and I’ve even gotten to meet a few new people!
We parked at this place that had a GIGANTIC lake! It even had waves!
I was like – WHOA!
Papa tried to take a picture of me standing on a big rock! I tried – truly, I did! But I just couldn’t resist – before anyone knew what was happening I was out for a swim! And had a mighty fine time I might add!
Josie acts like this is all No – Big – Deal.
But I’m like, Hey! This is a very BIG DEAL!
She even spends our entire driving days sleeping. Can you believe that? SLEEPING?!
I spend our driving days sitting up and watching out the window! I don’t want to miss ANYTHING!
At first I was barking at EVERYTHING. Everyone was quite surprised to learn that I have a very loud, deep bark!!
But I quickly discovered that if I just WATCH and stay quiet, Mama gives out treats! Yay!
So today I got in my first REAL hike! It was 6 kilometers long!
I did much better posing for pictures, and I even sat right next to a SQUIRREL!
I was like – WHOA! Check out that squirrel! He is SO cool! And I didn’t make a peep!
Now I am tuckered out and ready for a much deserved nap. Although, closing my eyes is hard! I don’t want to miss out! I will try.
But did you know, that I’m a very good boy?
Hello! My name is Scooter! Scooter Pig-Pen! And I am the happiest guy you’ll ever meet!
Mama tells me you’ve been anxiously waiting to get to know me!
I’ve been with my new family now for almost 2 months!
I have been doing what I can to fit in! Papa says I’m a perfect fit to the family!
So what have we been doing? Let me fill you in!
Josie has been telling me about all the traveling! And it sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait! And I hear we will be hitting the road very soon!! I’m so excited I can hardly sit still!
By the way, did you know that I’m a very good boy?
It’s true! Mama tells me every day!
This is Josie Bear. I know it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me.
We have been hanging out in good old Fairbanks.
Walks every day. Naps every day. Basking in the sun. Snoozing on the couch. Life has been pretty mellow. But very, very good. Did I mention the naps?
I haven’t been for too many car rides lately. Since our house has been parked in one spot for a while now. A few short ones. But no long ones.
And it’s kinda nice to have a break. I guess. But I do like going for car rides.
I miss my friends. And I miss exploring new trails. I can’t wait until we hit the road again.
So I guess maybe mama noticed I was missing my friends. And missing Leda too. I think she noticed that I was a little lonely…
The next thing I knew, mama and papa said it was time to go for a car ride. And they were pretty excited – so of course, I got excited too!
So here I am, anxious to see what all the fuss is about. And we pull up to the clinic. Now this isn’t just any clinic – this is the clinic where my friend Susan works!
Any dog who goes through the Golden Retriever Rescue knows Susan! And let me tell you, everyone loves her too! She’s always happy to see me! She’s the one who brought me to my mama and papa!
So I’m excited as all get out to see my friend Susan again! But I had to wait in the truck, while mama and papa went in without me.
And I started to get suspicious…
Are we really here just to visit Susan?
Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long – papa came out to get me! I all but barreled through the clinic so I could get to Susan who was waiting for me out the back door!
And that’s when I saw him.
Yup. You know where this is going…
Before I knew it, I was greeting this short, pudgy, roly-poly golden boy!
I was pretty excited to meet a golden boy! Of course, I do get excited to meet every dog I see!
We sniffed each other out and hopped around together, while mama, papa, and Susan anxiously watched us.
After we had some fun, rolling around together, it was time to go. I was a little disappointed that we were leaving so soon.
I went back to the truck with papa. And then we waited.
What was taking mama so long?
And guess what? When she finally showed up at the truck, she had the golden boy with her!
Mama helped him into the truck, and she buckled him in. Right where Leda used to sit.
I could tell that the golden boy was nervous. He was panting like crazy.
I tried to play it cool – I sat tall and proud looking down on him. Showing him how awesome I am and that he had nothing to fear.
Then I realized that he likes car rides too! He settled right down and put his head on the pillow.
I couldn’t believe it. He was going home with us!
I was very excited to show him the house. But very nervous too.
The doggo bed. The tub of babies. The water bowl.
Golden boy was still nervous. But I could tell he was excited too.
After mama fed us some dinner, he started to settle down.
Papa says he is doing all the same things I did when they first brought me home.
Hmmmm. I don’t know about that one. I mean, I’m pretty sure I was the perfect golden girl. And I still am.
So let me cut to the chase here, and introduce you to this golden boy.
His name, is Scooter.
Scooter is a 7 year old golden boy and a barrel of wiggle worm goofiness!
What a crazy wild ride it’s been. Traveling the country… Seeing the sights… Meeting new people… Making new canine friends… Spending every day with mama and papa… Exploring new trails… Seeing new animals…
And just when I think I’ve got things figured out, things get even MORE wild.
We showed up at this place in Wyoming, and before I knew it, my whole world turned upside down.
We were in a strange place. There were strange people lurking about. Then mama took me into this new camper…
It was so amazing! There were so many windows! So much light! She showed me around and then before I knew what was happening, she was bringing my stuff into the fancy camper!
I was a little worried. I paced. I huffed and puffed. I cried a little too. Mama made me a treat kong full of peanut butter to keep me distracted. It worked a little. But not much.
Then at dinner, I ate in the new camper. Then it was bedtime, and I slept in the new camper too! I could see our old camper outside through the window. It was a good home. We had lots of fun in it. And I will always remember swapping sleep spots with Leda.
But now we are in this new fancy camper. And my favorite part is that I can sit on the couch and there is a window just for me. I can look outside at all the nature.
It is fancy. And mama and papa have been busy getting us situated. I have tried to be a good girl. But sometimes it’s hard. Especially when your world is turned upside down.
Apparently I have been acting a little wild. At least that’s what mama says. And she is right.
I was doing so good off-leash too. I was exploring with my friends every day. It was nice out and I could lay in the sun.
Now I can hardly be trusted on-leash. I am running around, being rambunctious.
I was walking with mama down the side of the road yesterday and I leaped at this car driving by for no reason. Mama was not happy. She said she nearly had a heart attack! I’m not sure why I did it. I’ve never done that before.
Then after I was standing on a snow pile, I leaped off super fast and nearly knocked mama over! I’m not sure why I did that either.
Mama was a little frustrated with me. I know it’s just because she cares for me. But she said that I’m probably feeling a little overwhelmed from this wild ride.
And I think she’s right.
So for now we will try to be a little less wild. We are hanging out here in Glacier National Park, and it is beautiful. Lots of love, walks every day, tummy full of treats… sounds like the perfect solution for this Josie Bear.
Have you ever ventured out to do something new and found that you loved it?
And then you go venture out to do your something new with friends and you love it even more?
Well if you have, then you now exactly how I feel!
I have found that I really love hiking. And I love hiking challenges. Even though sometimes they make me nervous.
It can be such a rush!
That Crack in the Rock trail in Lake Havasu was a rush.
But it did not prepare me for Moab!
I have found lots of new friends while in Moab.
We have become quite the pack! We have been having so much fun together!
I have even gotten to walk off leash with my new friends.
I have gone swimming with my new friends.
And I have gotten to go hiking with my new friends! We even did this one hike that was pretty tricky too. I had to go like straight up! And even though I had to stop part way because I got really nervous, my Mama gave me a good pep talk and I was able to make it up! Although I think it was even more nerve racking when we were coming down!
And sometimes we just hang out and be goofy dogs together too.
But I am still finding time to be Papa’s assistant. I know how much he needs me when he’s trying to take the perfect picture!
If you find something you love, you should share it with someone. I bet you will love it even more.
I don’t know how long we are staying in this Moab place. But I’m not going to complain because I am having such a great time with my friends!
I know you may be wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while… but have no fear because I am here! I have just been very, very tired because Mama and Papa have been keeping me SO busy!
They have been keeping me busy doing lots of hikes! And I’m not just talking about walks around the block hikes, I’m talking major WEAR YOU OUT kind of hikes!
Did you know that the Petrified Forest National Park is actually a pet friendly park?
I was super excited to hear this, because most National Parks do NOT allow pets on trails.
So when we came into Arizona from New Mexico, the Petrified Forest was one of the first places we went to. But it was just for the day because there is no camping there.
This is where the hiking started. But I must admit, I was a bit confused. Okay, I was a LOT confused. Because I could not find a forest ANYWHERE.
I thought a forest was supposed to be full of trees! But Mama said these trees were petrified, which means they are really, really old. So I thought there was going to be really old, half hanging over trees.
But no. That was not the case.
So I bet you’re wondering what I did see in this Petrified Forest… Well let me tell you.
I guess a really long time ago this area was a forest. And then it got wiped out. And all covered up.
Now some of the dirt and rocks are drifting away to reveal the huge logs that used to be forest.
So as I am hiking around, I get to look at lots of logs laying around. At first I was skeptical, until I realized that these logs were actually full of some pretty cool colors. They didn’t look like regular wood. Which I guess is how you can tell they are petrified… or something like that. Don’t ask me, I’m just a pup! I don’t really know much about these things.
So anyways, the Petrified Forest is where the hiking started. But what really wore me out, was once we got to Lake Havasu City.
First, Mama and Papa took me to the most AMAZING DOG PARK THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN!
And I’m NOT exaggerating either!!
It was super amazing! We are in Arizona which is full of desert! Which has kinda been a problem for me, because I had no place to potty. I was actually pretty upset that I had to learn to potty on the gravel. But when I went to this dog park I saw what I had been missing – GRASS!! Can you believe this place was so nicely landscaped?! With a walk way and a play area and it was so nice and CLEAN too. Not to mention all the dogs and the people.
Playing with dogs is fun and all. And believe me, I got my wiggle butt a going! But I also had lots of fun going from one person to the next person getting lots of love – my favorite!
Then believe it or not, the fun continued. To wear me out, that is…
There is a park here called Sara Park. And at this park is a trail called The Crack In The Rock Trail.
And believe me, they are not even close to kidding.
What an adventure!
Just me, Mama and Papa went off on this amazing hike! We went down this big gravel wash that used to be a river, until we came to the giant crack in the rock.
Here you can see Mama giving me a pep talk. We had heard it was a challenge, and boy did we hear right!!
We were climbing all over! Up and down and over. Lots of over. In fact, we were so busy, Papa didn’t get a chance to take to many pictures.
But there was this one section where people actually have to slide down the rock!
I was SO excited! But I was SO nervous too!!
Mama went first, and I really wanted to follow. But it was a long way down! And Mama went really fast too!
So after I finally got up my nerve, I let Papa grab hold of me and I went down the slide on Papa’s lap!!
I was so excited, we were having so much fun!
Then it got even trickier! There was a skinny passage where a rock had fallen and gotten lodged. If you were really small you could go under, but most went over. So Mama went all the way over, while Papa stood in the skinny section. He picked me up, and passed me to Mama over the rock. Oh my goodness I bet we were a sight!
After that you’ll never believe what happened… I got to continue the hike OFF LEASH!!
I was like, whoa!! This is great!! I especially loved it once we got out of the crack in the rock and finally made it to the lake! There were birds and ducks everywhere and well, I just couldn’t help myself!
As soon as I saw the birds, I perked up, and took off!! I could hear Mama start to panic, and I could hear Papa hollering about birds. But they didn’t have to worry much because as soon as I got to the lake I just jumped in and started swimming after all the ducks!
I was having such a good time too! It was like the best day ever! I even got to hang out at the lake a while and chew some sticks while I was there and take a few swims. I was having a blast!
We took the trail that went across the ridge line to get back to the truck, because Mama and Papa said it would be too hard to go back up the crack in the rock. But I think I could have done it.
So anyways we hiked along the ridge line. And I was still off leash!! Mama said I did really good too. I learned how to FOLLOW.
Papa was the leader up the trail and I had to follow behind him. Then Mama followed behind me. There were some parts where I got to lead and Papa followed me, but I had to be really good about listening. There was only one time where I saw something and was about to bolt down the hill side, but Papa caught me. And It’s probably a good thing he did because I made some rocks slide down.
So after 5 miles we finally got back to the truck. And boy, was I TIRED. I was so tired I have pretty much spent the past 2 days sleeping on the couch. And I've been eyeballing my Mama and hoping she doesn’t reach for that hiking pack again any time soon! This golden girl needs to rest!!!
You’ll never believe where we went today. I can hardly believe it myself.
I hopped in the truck and tucked myself in for the day’s adventures, just like I always do.
Nana and Grandpapa came with us too. So poor Mama was squeezed in the middle up front. I think she did that just so I could have space for my pillow. Mama is so good to me!
Once everyone was in, and we had all of our water and snacks for the day – we headed off!
I had no idea what was in store for me. So I anxiously waited in my seat.
When we finally arrived and Mama opened the door, I stuck my nose up and sniffed the air – something was different!
When I jumped out, my paws hit something soft. I wasn’t sure what it was at first…
There was lots of white everywhere I looked! The first thing I thought was – Hey! This can’t be snow! It’s too warm out here!
It was really warm today and that sun was shining! But the ground felt kinda cool to the touch…
As I started to venture around I realized that it moved when I walked! Weird!
I was so excited! Cool, white ground that moved! I then I realized, it was SAND!
I had heard of this sand stuff before, and I had heard that you could usually find it at the beach. But guess what... there was NO WATER!
In fact, we even climbed a hill of white sand! How cool is that?
And even better, Mama let me off the leash and I got to run and play!!
But I couldn’t really play too hard because it was so HOT! Mama said it was only 65 degrees, but man oh man was that sun beating down! Good thing we brought plenty of water with us – I was gobbling it down!
By the time we left I was so exhausted! But man did I have fun running and playing in the White Sands! What a great day!
Hi! We are Josie & Scooter - and we are the canines of this castle! We are living the good life with our people. Check out and enjoy our adventures!