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One year of Milo

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Dear San Francisco Animal Care and Control,

One year ago today, we adopted Milo. Nine days later, we headed south with him, driving in our Volkswagen camper down through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, until today, here in Colombia.

Here is some of our first year with our new best friend.

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Leaving his beloved Heather at the adoption center

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Learning to swim in Baja

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Assisting at the mechanic

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Enjoying the ferry ride over the Sea of Cortés to Mazatlán

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Rooftime play in Mazatlán

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Taking part in Vochorama (VW fest) in Guadalajara

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Angling for tacos in Tapalpa (Jalisco)

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Hiking at 3500m in the Michoacán Butterfly Reserve

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Shopping for bargains in a market by Lake Chapala

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Celebrating the Día de la Revolución at a parade in Dolores Hidalgo (Guanajuato)

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With his host Mosey in San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato)

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Boating on Lake Catemaco (Veracruz)

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Helping to prep piña coladas in Calderitas (Quintana Roo)

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Playing big brother to Chiquito in Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca)

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Exploring Hierve el Agua (Oaxaca)

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Birdwatching in Cobán, Guatemala

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Waiting for gasoline outside Antigua, Guatemala with visiting relatives

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Posing with Mom
in Suchitoto, El Salvador

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Beachcombing in El Zonte, El Salvador

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Cooling off in El Porvenir, Honduras

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Frolicking in a public square in León, Nicaragua


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On the volcanic island of Ometepe, Nicaragua

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Hunting for crabs in Costa Rica

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At the Panama Canal

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Exploring Panama City in the rain

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Excited for his first (we think) airplane ride!

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Hiking the highlands of Colombia

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Always a sport about church photo ops

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Watching the world go by…

We could not be happier with the MVP of our journey. He guards our campsites, keeps us warm on chilly nights, and helps us with all of the dishes. He came to us fully potty-trained, gets along great with all of the dogs he meets, and allows all the children to manhandle him without getting ruffled. And he’s only gotten carsick once. Most importantly, when things get stressful on the road, he is always ready with his smile and the offer of a walk. He has adjusted to life so well on the road. We only hope he’ll be able to settle back into San Francisco when we make it back next year.

Thanks so much for the work that you do, and for making us a family!


Stephanie, Juan and Milo

ps: yes, we updated his shots this week!

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