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. A lot has changed since Eko and I began this journey nearly eight years ago. I moved to a new city, added another pup (Penny Mayhem), and married the most incredible woman.  After a requisite quarter-life crises, I finally felt like I had found my way.

But when we  Eko died in the fall of 2016, I was lost all over again. 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.

With Zero’s help, when it was time to welcome my son Lincoln to the world in May of 2017, I was ready

All these years later, one thing remains unchanged – my love for sharing the journey with others.  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 success.

For daily updates, check us out on instagram @markingourterritory

For any writing inquiries, partnerships, or if you just need someone to share cute puppy photos with, please email will@markingourterritory.com

179 thoughts on “Our Story”

  1. This is great! I have been sitting here all night trying to find a road trip I can do with my ridgebacks, May and Milo. You guys look so calm together. By the time the three of us arrive anywhere, it is chaos. My fingers are crossed we roll as well as you did 🙂

  2. Good luck in your travels I would like to think that you will find many pet friendly destinations but I’m afraid if your travels bring you south you won’t have as much luck. I live in rural Mississippi and it seems that the most value placed on a dog around here is for hunting. I cannot count the number of stray dogs, many of which are abandoned hunting dogs, that I have had to take 30 miles to the nearest shelter. We don’t have any laws to protect animals outside of the city limts. Service animals may be welcome in some places but I took one of my puppies, carried in my arms, into the Dollar General one day and got thrown out. Maybe you will get a better welcome in Hattiesburg. Again good luck and safe travels.

    Pamela D.
    (Owner of 3 dogs and foster mom to my daughters’ 2 while they are in college)

  3. I live in central ny (upstate). I was wondering if you’ve came across any places there that you would recommend for dogs. My fiancé and I just found out our pup doesn’t have much longer and we wanted to take him places he’s never been before that he will really enjoy.

  4. Love reading about your travels and the fact that you travel with a “fearsome” breed! You, my friend, are a lucky, lucky man.

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