Our Story



“It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.” 

“Hit it.”

I’m Will, a freelance writer based in Chicago. For a year I lived out of a car with Mr. Eko, my Rhodesian Ridgeback, blogging about the best pet-friendly destinations in the country. Since our time on the road a lot has changed. I moved to a new city, added another pup (Penny Mayhem), and got married.  After a requisite quarter-life crises, I finally felt like I had found my way.

But when we tragically lost Eko in the fall of 2016, I also lost myself. I painfully relearned to get out of bed, meet the day and change the world.  I learned to embrace my fears and use them as fuel for love. A love which manifested itself in Zero, the puppy we added to our family in January of 2017.

One thing remains unchanged, my love for adventures, writing, dogs, and writing about adventures with my dogs. This blog exists to share my version of the manifold love we each experience through our dogs. I do my best to capture all of the moments – from silly to profound to educational  to funny to scary – in words, photos and videos.  If each day this blog can add a smile, a moment of empathy or an ounce of love to the world that wouldn’t have existed otherwise, then I consider my work a resounding success.

For daily updates, check us out on instagram @markingourterritory

For any inquiries, please email



Hi Will, I thought I remembered a video and/or article about buying a ridgeback and all the steps you went through to find a breeder, etc. Now I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. Any way you can post a link to it. I remember you even talking about finding a breeder within driving distance so you can go visit the pups, but it’s driving me crazy that I can’t find it.

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