America’s Largest Off-Leash Park?

Fate, karma, luck, call it what you will, but we had driven over ten thousand miles without a single bit of car trouble.  That all changed on our drive out to Montana.  I guess it can’t officially be a road trip unless you break down at least once.

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The drive started off great, the entire countryside looked like a background from a computer with Windows 95 

We came around a turn about eighty miles east of Montana and drove right into a huge piece of scrap metal that took out the driver side front tire and did some damage to the undercarriage.  Like any good horror movie scene, the sun was setting, the car was perched precariously on the shoulder of a bridge and I had no cell phone service.  I did my best impression of a one-man NASCAR pit crew and changed the tire as fast as humanly possibly.  The car got us safely to MIssoula, but unfortunately it would go no further, so Eko and I had to say goodbye to our trusty steed, Clifford.

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Clifford (left), we thank you for your service. Clifford Jr. (right), time to bring us on home.

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Clifford was kind enough to forgive Eko for some youthful indiscretions 

With Clifford Jr. loaded up, we made our way out to Emigrant, Montana where one of my friends has a ranch.  Since we got here I haven’t had to put Eko’s leash on once.  In Emigrant, your neighbors are miles away and there’s nothing but beautiful wide open spaces.

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Eko, unfortunately our backyard in Chicago is not going to look like this

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Eko liked relaxing in the long grass, but as always, his favorite activity was…

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As far as Eko is concerned, we never need to leave the ranch – the world is his dog park right now.  But I know that just a short drive south is Yellowstone National Park and there is no way I’m going to miss that.  If anyone has ever visited the park, shoot me an email at and let me know where we should go.

Also, just want to say thanks again to everyone who has followed and supported us on this journey – you guys are the best!

14 thoughts on “America’s Largest Off-Leash Park?”

  1. Well, Will & Eko…welcome to the world of traveling the backroads highways & byways of this great country. Since I grew up in this kind of environment, no problem for me. But for Rooi, (my then young Ridgeback), it was sometimes a source of concern. Case in point; traveling a remote stretch of road bordering southern Idaho & nothern Nevada…temps in high 90’s not a soul in sight, drove over sharp rock, instant flat tire. Just as I was finding some car shade for Rooi and locating my (buried) spare tire in my van…a pickup appeared. At first I figured it was a figment of my imagination (you know, a mirage). It got closer and closer…stopped, and out stepped a young man from one of the ranches. First words were, “don’t worry Ma’am, I change flat tires all the time”. Rooi and I breathed a giant sigh of relief and 20 minutes later we were happily on our way to our next destination.

    • Catching a flat out here is the worst! I’m glad you guys found a knight in a shining armor to save the day. I know Eko was appreciative of my tire-changing heroics, he just had a funny way of showing it. That is, while I sprinted around, jacked up the car and changed the tire like a madman, Eko was fast asleep in the back seat!

  2. Can we look forward to a trip across Canada next Spring? Are you ready to write dog friendly business plans?

    • I definitely have some ideas for a dog bar in mind, so we’ll have to find a spot to put in in Chicago. My boss (girlfriend) has nixed any future travel for the time being.

  3. Eko needs to put his paws down and make you stay in Montana! What a dog heaven that ranch is!! Glad that you guys didn’t get hurt with that kind of tire blow-out. Great photos too!! Yes, keep us posted no matter what.

    • Tur, he did exactly that! Usually when I walk to the car he eagerly follows behind, but today when he saw me open the door for him he sprinted away into the field. It’s a good thing we found a place in Chicago close to a dog park.

  4. I enjoy your adventures with Eko tremendously! I look forward everyday to hear about your “goings and “comings”! Thanks so much and I so envy you two!

    • Thanks so much, that makes my day! We’re very lucky to be on this great adventure and even luckier to have such great people to share it with.


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