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ohmidog! is hitting the road

Restless, poor, unemployed and finished with THE BOOK, I — along with my two co-dependents, Ace and ohmidog! — am hitting the road.

Maybe for a month, maybe for two, maybe for more, we’ll be traveling the country — or at least those parts of it that are dog-friendly and in the red zones of that Verizon wireless map.

In the week ahead, we’ll be putting our stuff in storage, moving out of our house, leaving Baltimore, at least for a while, and exploring.

Basically we’ll take what we are spending on rent, and spend it on gas instead, see some America, visit some family members, camp out a lot, mooch off friends, continue to blog and job search and keep an eye out for places that are particularly dog friendly.

We depart with no real destination and no firm plan. We’ll be stopping in North Carolina for a quick visit with (Ace’s) grandma, tool on down to Alabama for my son’s high school graduation, and, proof of citizenship in hand, drop by Arizona, where my father and brother live.

Beyond that, it’s pretty wide open, and we are, of course, open to invitations, especially if you know of a good place to pitch our tent.

If you run an especially dog friendly — not dog tolerant, dog friendly — institution, program or business, feel free to drop us a line (muttsblog@verizon.net). The same holds true if you run a rescue, shelter or dog-related organization that’s doing new and exciting things. Depending on where you are, and how close we’re passing by, we’d love to come see and document your efforts.

In part, our journey will be a search for dog friendliness — and by that we mean the true and sincere form, not dog friendliness based on breed, weight, or a non-refundable deposit.

What prompts the trip, more than anything else, is being finished with the book I left the Baltimore Sun to write, and my guilt about all the family members and friends I’ve ignored during the research and writing of it.

As for the book, it’s a behind the scenes account of the quest to clone a dog and the subsequent marketing of that service. It’s title will be “DOG, INC.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend.”

It’s scheduled for release in December, but don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

Comments

Comment from Pat DeWald
Time May 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

Sounds like great fun. Definitely stop by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary if you get to Southern Utah. You’re like will never be the same. Safe travels.

Comment from Liz
Time May 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

This is SUCH a great idea! This is definitely something I’d like to do one day with my dogs to visit friends and family around the country. I follow from Cincinnati … congrats to what you do, I’m an avid follower of your posts. :)

Comment from 2pugsinapod
Time May 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Good luck on your travels. I used this website to find dog parks as I drove from VA to TX.
http://www.dogparkusa.com/
If you get to Sugar Land, TX, there’s a wonderful park with 5 acres and a pond for big dogs. The little dogs have an acre, but no pond. Plus, there’s a real bathroom in the park. Perfect for a rest stop.
The park in downtown Charlotte, NC, was nice, but no dedicated parking. And it was tricky to find. But the people were friendly.
La Quintas seem to be the most pet-friendly hotels. The ones I stayed in didn’t charge a pet fee or even ask how big my dogs were, unlike other hotels. The prices were reasonable, the rooms were clean and the staff was helpful.
I hope you’ll share any dog friendly areas you find, too!

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time May 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

YIKES! So this is why you gave up Miley! And here I was thinking the worst, like you would stop OMD altogether. Well, I miss you already!…..But the older I get, the closer to possible retirement one day, and despite that I am a real homebody, the more I also long and daydream constantly for selling it all for a nicely equipped Winnebago and off we go, the furs and I, to see places and animals and people that decades of working hard have precluded. Pat (above) already said what I was going to advise…Please visit Best Friends and tell us all about it, as well as a plethora of other animal rescue sites that abound. It could be the makings for your next book…and Ace’s!…and I am sure that it will provide phenomenal insight. Know that your readers are excited for you and look forward to your great blogs. Another great adventure for JW and his dog! Happy trails….and tales….and tails!

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time May 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Once again, Eighteenpaws, you said it all!!

John and Ace, we’ll miss you here in Baltimore, but we’ll be watching every day for your reports from the road. I can’t wait to hear about the many adventures in store for you. I know you’ll make many new friends and see many wonderful things.

Vaya con Dios!
Spencer, Anne, and Greg

Comment from Denise Iannatuono
Time May 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Hey John,
Lucky you! We’ll be in Charleston for the entire month of June. If you pass our way give a shout and stop by. Best of luck to you. Denise

Comment from Susan
Time May 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait to read your dispatches. Interestingly, I’m planning a trip for Stella and I to a (hopefully dog friendly) Baltimore in a few weeks. We have to deliver a friend to Eastern Ave. and I’d love any advice you might have on hand on where to stay, eat, or play.

Comment from debbie
Time May 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

I too am very excited for you, and a tad jealous as well! How wonderful it would be to head out and take each day, one at a time.. I always look forward to reading ‘ohmidog’ everyday.Ace looks a lot like our beloved Stanley ( who is in spirit ). Have a safe and memorable journey.

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