Oz’s Top 10

April 27, 2019

It seems like top 10 lists are cool (at least on blogs and websites) so I’ll give it a go.  My top 10 list is a bit deferent than my parent’s.  Their’s are focused on crazy adventures in the jungle and hippy dippy nature experiences involving cool birds or weird mammals.  I don’t get to participate in all of these activities since my parents are paranoid about me getting bitten by a snake or stolen by a local (which I admit are real possibilities).  But I do get to participate in some of them.  In any case, my top 10 is a bit different than theirs.

# 1. The COCONUTS!

As you know, I’m a huge fan.  I love the juice (and no not with a fancy biodegradable straw since they don’t really work), the flesh and even playing with the shells and hair.  Oh, and my favorite is the pieces of coconut oil that fall on the floor when my mom is moisturizing herself with it.  Overall, can’t say enough good things about it.

# 2. Sleeping on the Bed in the Camper

The trip got off to a good start when I figured out I was going to get to sleep on the bed.  What happened to that?  Why am I now sleeping on the top of the collapsible shower and toilet, which sometimes has to be used during the night, ruining my sleep?

# 3. Teaching Other Dogs to Play

For some reason, the local dogs don’t know how to play.  Perhaps the had tough childhoods.  Anyway, I’m teaching the the skill.

# 4. The Boat Trips

I didn’t know if I’d like boats but the trips we have done have been world class.  The boat trip down the river through the jungle to an uncrowded Mayan ruin and the tour of the Golfo Dulce come to mind as highlights.

# 5. The Beach

I don’t get to run around on the beach all the time, but when I do, it’s awesome.  Black sand or white sand.  It doesn’t matter.  There’s just something magical about it.

# 6. Quality Time with My Parents

This has been the best thing about the trip.  I’m rarely by myself.

# 7. The Connections

As I wrote in a previous blog post, one of the goals of my trip has been to connect with a broader community.  And I have been doing that, connecting with and forming friendships, even if they are temporary, with a bunch of cool dogs along the way.

# 8. The Crazy Campsites

There have been many good campsites but a few have been off the charts.  That includes the huge campground in Chetumal that’s right on the water where the pelicans were flying overhead as I swam out over and over to grab the frisbee.

# 9. Diverse Food

For the first time on this trip, I’m getting some of the same stuff they get.  Highlights include the sausage in Guatemala and the steak in Nica.

# 10. The Mountains (and an occasional air conditioned room)

I love the beach but find it hard to sleep at night when it’s hot and humid (my nose gets hot and I pant all night).  That’s why I love our frequent trips to the mountains as well as the occasional (actually rare) opportunity to stay in an air conditioned room.

That’s it for now!  I’m sure that this list will evolve along the way and I’ll keep you updated!


I am a 2-year old Australian Shepherd. I am also an entertainer and explorer with a focus on connecting with broader communities of dogs and people. I particularly love frisbee, swimming, trail running and TREATS!


  1. Comment by Myco

    Myco April 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Woufff OZ ! This is Myco. So happy to have news from you and see that you are very happy in your traveling life. I really love to read about your top 10. I’m like you with coconut, I can play on the beach for so long with them, and I ripted them also to drink the delicious coco agua. And I will definitely have a conversation with my human parents about food, bed and boat trips! Woouffff and love to you and your parents. xoxoxo

    • Comment by Guided by Wolves

      Guided by Wolves May 4, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Big wet smooches!

  2. Comment by Christy Speirn-Smith

    Christy Speirn-Smith April 27, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Oz!! This is Molly writing for Finn and me…our Mom keeps talking about what a cool adventure you are on.
    Our life is pretty much the same routine except that Spring has finally mostly come to Boulder and we are enjoying our mousing in the wood pile followed by a nap in the sun on the deck. Finny says to tell you he hasn’t been barking so much lately, but I keep annoying Mom and Dad with mine. We miss you, but know you will have lots of stories to tell when you get home!

    • Comment by Guided by Wolves

      Guided by Wolves April 28, 2019 at 2:35 am

      Awwww! Thank you for the update Molly! I miss playing with you and Finn. I met TWO dogs in Costa Rica that I thought were you! Good thing we have good sniffers! Can’t wait to share stories with you when I get back!

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