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“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 will@markingourterritory.com

165 Comments

Hi Will,
I am a huge fan of your videos as I am a Rhodesian Ridgeback lover myself. I was fortunate enough to be raised with a Rhodesian Ridgeback female named Ginger. She passed away in my teenage years and I longed for another one ever since. Well… I joined the military and got sent overseas. Due to my living in on base in the dorms I could not have a dog. While I was in Germany, my brother searched a breeder in Michigan and got a female Rhodesian Ridgeback named Cabela! I knew it was my chance to beg my brother to breed! A few years later, Cabela gave birth to her first liter. 13 puppies! Can you believe the size of her liter! I know my brother was shocked, but I was thrilled knowing I would get my first puppy April 2014 and I named her Jasmine. Jasmine is almost 4 years old now, and my brother decided to breeds again. The second liter Cabela had 15 puppies!! After watching your videos, my husband dying for a dog, and giving into the temptation of getting another dog, we are happy to add another Rhodesian Ridgeback to our family February 2018! I think it was the inspiration of your YouTube videos that gave me the courage to handle two dogs! The fun does not stop there… my husbands best friend is deploying and wanted a puppy like Jasmine. I will be watching two puppies until his return! It is going to be a blast, but I wanted to share my story and love for Rhodesian Ridgebacks to you and your family. Thank you for posting the videos as I know I will be watching a few for puppy encouragement to see how to train a puppy all over again.
P.S. New puppies are Baloo-male and Ronaldo-male

Hey Lindsey,

Thanks so much for your note. So glad we could help add a touch of inspiration to your own Ridgeback adventures! While you’re watching your friend puppy, I’d recommend reading about littermate syndrome to help give you some tips about how to raise two puppies from the same litter. It’s a unique challenge that will definitely keep you busy. If you have instagram, would love to see a photo of the gang in February (my handle is @markingourterritory)

Dear Will,
In a world loaded to the hilt with dogs , and people who argue, debate, judge and fight over dogs and dog issues, nothing is more refreshing than a simple and tasteful, honest medium of expression about the love and lessons dogs bring to our lives.

You love dogs for what they are and what they add to the human condition. You are honest, clear and non-judgmental. What a wonderful concept.

More than once your blog has made me cry. It was a GOOD thing. Keep doing what you’re doing. Long live Penny and Zero, and Eko immortal!

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