Meet the Pack

Name: Miles

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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Name: Wyatt

AKA: Whineit

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

In Memoriam

Name: Reese (November 2003 – August 24, 2017)

AKA: Chompington, Sweet Pea (my better half would have me add “Princess”)

Breed: German shepherd/husky mix

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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Miles and Wyatt support environmental stewardship, including awareness and respect for native wildlife. All text and photographs are copyright Steve Lysaker unless otherwise noted.


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  1. This is great!! I didn’t know you had a blog, Ive read your 3 most recent posts & cant stop, although I need to get back to work, I will be tuning in more later on! Keep up the good work big bro!!!


    1. Thanks! Yeah, I just do it for fun/personal sanity, but it’s cool that some other people have caught on and seem to like it. Now get back to work (haha…)!


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