Amos, the original TravelingDog, was Tom's dog since before I knew him. Amos quickly became one of my favorite animals I had ever met as we all traveled together, exploring life and land, and most importantly, each other. The following is his history in the TravelingDog Calendar.
Our first long journey was a trip to Tom's sister's Michelle's and her partner Bob's ranch in Paso Robles, CA in January, 2003. We had never been there before, so we arranged a Drive-Away vehicle and headed out of Ptown and onto the open road. It gave me plenty of opportunity to take pictures of Amos along the way and back. We spent two months driving from Ptown to CA and back to Ptown. The best trip ever! All the details of the trip are written down in that year's calendar, which also listed my family and our friends birthday for us to remember.
|Amos Traveling Dog|
2004 Davey B Calendar
|Amos in Geneva, New York|
|Amos in New Mexico|
|Amos in Joshua Tree National Park, CA|
|Amos in San Simeon, CA|
|Amos in Vegas|
|Amos in Taos, NM|
|Amos in Green Mountain National Forest|
|Amos in Lincoln, VT|
In October, 2004, we had decided to make a jump and move from Ptown. Our plan was to stop in Silver City, NM where I had a few prospects, and if they did not pan out, back to the ranch in Paso. Being away from Ptown, I had to use CopyMax to make the new calendars. I previously used a local print shop so I was able to create my own template and add in what I wanted. I added Tom's family in the calendar that year.
My computer crashed that December, after I had put the calendar to bed, and I lost most of the pictures that were in the 2005 Calendar. I had uploaded them onto a printing website, Cafe Press, but they refused to release them to me. I still have never gotten them back, but copied the images from their website. I made the montage above from those snippets.
|Amos @ 254 Bradford, Winter|
|Amos @ Dave & Aimee's|
|Amos @ the Grand Canyon|
|Amos in the Badlands|
|Amos in the City of Rocks|
|Amos in the Gaspe|
|Amos @ the Great Sand Dune|
|Amos in Lees Ferry, AZ|
|Amos in Restigouche|
|Amos @ Indiana Dunes National Park|
|Amos & Pedro|
|Amos @ the Arroyo|
2005 was an interesting year. We had to return to Provincetown because we couldn't find enough work in CA. The only job I could find was being a stock boy at Takken's Shoes. It was barely enough to pay the car payment, let alone eat and live and start a life in a new state. We arrived back in Ptown in April and started our normal seasonal jobs, hoping for a better opportunity.
The 2006 Calendar was my favorite. Along with the Amos photos, I also put smaller photos in the date boxes commemorating different friend's and family's photos. I also started to add more people's birthdays of people who knew Amos.
2006 Davey B Photo Calendar
|Amos at Morro Rock, Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, CA|
|Amos at Lupine Ridge, Paso Robles, CA|
|Amos at Panther Creek State Park, Morristown, TN|
|Amos and the Bouys, Provincetown, MA|
|Amos in Portland, ME|
|Amos at Mopang Stream Rest Area, ME|
|Amos in Salmon River, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Amos in the Woods, Listuguj, Quebec, Canada|
|Amos at Hopewell Rocks, Fundi National Park, NB, Canada|
|Amos at First Landing, Cape Cod National Seashore, MA|
|Amos in Lake Champlain, Sand Bar State Park, NY|
|Amos and the Prayer Flags, Lincoln, VT|
We moved back to California in January, 2006. We traveled there via Florida to see my father and then west towards Texas and then over to California. It was my intention to hit every state in the country with Amos. We only had the Northwest left to see at this point.
2007 Davey B Photo Calendar
|Amos at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico|
|Amos with Mountain Ears, Texas|
|Amos with "46" Grapes, California|
|Amos and the Oil Wells, California|
|Amos and the Nuclear Power Plant, Delaware|
|Amos at Big Bend National Park, Texas|
|Amos at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Amos at the Shore, North Carolina|
|Amos in Study Butte, Texas|
|Amos at Dawn, Guadalupe Mountains, New Mexico|
|Amos at Night, Savannah, Georgia|
|Amos at Cumea Ranch, Paso Robles, CA|
Amos died on August 24, 2006 from cancer. As I stated, he was the best dog I have ever met. Amos was cremated and his ashes were dispersed in a few locations around the country. His ashes also went for a final road trip close to a year after his death up to the Northwest and British Columbia. With that final trip, he visited in 46 states and 3 provinces in Canada.
I owe Amos everything that is TravelingDog. He was the inspiration and always will be.