AKA: Chompington, Sweet Pea (my better half would have me add “Princess”)
Breed: German shepherd/husky mix
DOB: @December 2003
POB: Kalispell, Mont.
Favorite toy: Wyatt
Likes: Hiking; swimming; snow; chasing (but not actually fetching) tennis balls; leaping on strangers; marking anything outside that stands more than three inches off the ground, including trees, fire hydrants, fence posts, garage sale signs and individual blades of grass; aged, extra-sharp, Vermont cheddar cheese.
Dislikes: Roughly 93 percent of all dry dog food brands; the word “no;” the loud, rampant swearing that accompanies the playing of video games and the viewing of televised sports; cows.
Favorite rule to break: Slipping into The Proprietor’s chair right before he tries to sit down.
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Chased a moose.
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AKA: Miles T., T-Dawg
Breed: Catahoula leopard hound
DOB: @December 2004
POB: Pocatello, Idaho
Favorite toy: Tire with rope
Likes: Eating; tug-of-war; trying to eat other dogs’ food; hiking; attempting to eat the poop of random wildlife while hiking; napping; dreaming of breaking into the closet where dog food and treats are stored and eating everything contained therein; slurping humans in their ears; the sound of the food-closet door opening.
Dislikes: Any water outside of a bowl (despite allegedly being a water dog); nail-clipping sessions; fireworks; thunder; backfiring cars; the time between breakfast and dinner.
Favorite rule to break: Jumping up to the kitchen counter and sink to check for crumbs and scraps.
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Three-way tie: ate an entire, 30-pound bag of dog food in a span of 15 minutes; knocked a Tupperware container full of Christmas cookies and fudge off the top of the refrigerator then devoured everything (including half the plastic lid); climbed more than 6 feet up a juniper to try and catch a squirrel.
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Breed: Border collie/husky mix
DOB: March 11, 2008
POB: Fairplay, Colo.
Favorite toy: Wubba
Likes: Wrestling with my bros; hiking; snow days; chasing rocks; meeting new dogs (people, not so much); being in constant motion; knocking a ball under the couch, whining until The Proprietor retrieves it, then repeating the process; peeled, baby carrots.
Dislikes: Remaining still for longer than a nanosecond; sleeping; car rides (they require being stationary, often for agonizing periods of longer than five minutes); the spatial constraints of a leash; cleanliness.
Favorite rule to break: The “stay” command.
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Tried to jump on the back of one of those giant Marmaduke dogs
Reese, Miles and Wyatt support environmental stewardship, including awareness and respect for native wildlife. All text and photographs are copyright Steve Lysaker unless otherwise noted.