WooFPAK Heroes Episode 99 – The First Leg Of The New Journey

November 6, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Jag isn’t quite sure how Chase can go from being filled with so much energy it’s like he’s been zapped by lightning to spending hours sleeping like a sack of stones. For what has to be the sixth time since

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 98 – Rest At Home Between Runs

October 14, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

They take a week to go back home and rest, after a bit of convincing from WooFDriver’s lovely wife. Jag’s happy enough with it. He likes being at the house. Their yard is large, and they get to spend time

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 97 – Getting Ready To Start The Next Run

September 25, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

“And we’re sold,” says WooFDriver. “I think that’s everywhere that we were supposed to hit up.” Chris asks, “so we’re good on this run?” WooFDriver nods. “Yeah. I think it’s about time we go home, take a break, and then

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 96 – Birds Watching

August 20, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

When they go out on their run the next morning, the sky is still painted in brilliant hues of pink and orange. Princess feels alive, more so than she has this entire run! Finally, the sense of wrongness has left

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 95 – The Good News

July 29, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The cardinal looks very pleased to be receiving such rapt attention from an animal so much larger than himself. Birds don’t get attention from dogs very often, as one would imagine. At least, not the pleasant sort. Bounty takes his

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 94 – The Mourning

July 11, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

That night, as the humans make what will be their last camp for the trip, the WooFPAK makes a plan. They don’t know how a bird might mourn another bird, but they know how a dog mourns a dog –

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 93 – The Shot

June 25, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Princess isn’t sure if she’s glad to be out of the car or not. The earth is solid under his paws, steady and unyielding. The wind is calm and cool, all signs of a storm having passed on, leaving nothing

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 92 – The Gun

May 30, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Princess isn’t surprised when they’re left in the car, but she is irritated over it. They pull into a small, rural vet clinic. The signs are big and lit up, despite the time of day. A few other cars are

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 91 – The Name Is Acorn

May 13, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Loading everything up is a flurry of frantic, rushed motions. Some of them take pictures of the bird, some of them make phone calls. Chris helps load the WooFMobile up, and then the WooFPAK themselves are loaded into the car,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 90 – Going For Help

May 10, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase asks, “what kind of bird?” Zarro snorts, ears flicked back. “I’m not a bird expert. How should I know?” Princess isn’t sure what kind of bird it was, either. She says, “it had a lot of brown feathers. Could

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 89 – Finding The Bird

May 8, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Much to Princess’s dismay, WooFDriver does make a decision. That decision is to cut the engine completely, make sure that all of the leads are hooked to the halters, and the leads hooked to the car, and then go off

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 88 – Right Before The Storm Hits

March 18, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Lower Trail is a seventeen mile run. For the most part, it has a rolled, crushed limestone surface. It’s a flat run, meaning there are no hills or slopes to deal with. That makes it perfect for horseback riding

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 87 – At The River Bend

March 15, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For all that Princess is concerned and a little worried about the trip. It still makes for a very fun run. There’s something about being outside, in the wild, that will never cease to amaze her. The fresh air fills

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 86 – Along The River

March 12, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

They start in a small town called Alfarata. And as soon as they get there, Princess knows that they were right. She’s not usually one to press her face up against the glass, but as they drive along Main Street,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 85 – Start Of The Lower Trail

March 9, 2020 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Blair County, Pennsylvania. That’s what the sign says, sliding past outside. Princess shifts in her seat, unsure if she’s excited about this or not. They go to trails in Pennsylvania fairly often, always with mixed results. Some of them are

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 84 – GAP Trail Into Next Trail

December 31, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

When WoofDriver finishes his piece on the Homestead Strike, touching and heartfelt as it is, the WooFPAK is goaded back into motion. And this, thinks Chase, as they race along the Great Allegheny Pass, might be the most amazing run

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 83 – The Homestead Strike

December 30, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Running through the part of the Great Allegheny Trail that cuts through Pittsburgh is a totally different experience from anywhere else that they’ve been on this trip so far. WooFDriver takes a lot of care in making sure that the

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 82

December 29, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

“One hundred and fifty miles,” says WooFDriver. He’s standing just outside of the WooFMobile, hands on his hips, talking into the camera. “That’s what makes up the Great Allegheny Passage. From Pittsburgh to Cumberland, and we’ve almost done it all.

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 81

December 28, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The run ends with no other problems. Even though Chase is constantly lifting his head, craning his ears, parting his mouth to try and catch the scent of the bear – there’s no sign of him. Within minutes, the sound

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 80

December 27, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase loves the way that the forest looks at night. And usually, he loves that WooFDriver throws caution to the wind and heads out in pursuit of any challenge that he meets. This time, though, it’s a concern. This time,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 79

December 26, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver is a very good human. He cares for the environment. He loves animals, especially dogs. He takes very good care of all of his animals, and his love extends even outside of them, to wild animals, to the animals

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 78

December 25, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For a while, the WooFPAK is able to fall back into relative peace. They enjoy the ride, enjoy listening to their humans, and enjoy snuffling among the plants and brush when they stop for a brief pause. Before long, though,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 77

December 24, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

I was scared. It’s amazing how those three, simple words can utterly change the course of how something goes. Because the moment that they leave Jag’s mouth, Chase’s whole face softens. Dogs are extremely expressive, and Chase is a very

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 76

December 23, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The police arrive in a beat up ATV. There are two of them, and they introduce themselves as Officer Katrina and Officer Davies. Jag sticks around until he’s certain that there won’t be any issues between them and Sharon, or

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 75

December 22, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Somehow, Jag has managed to mess up without even doing anything. It’s not just the unease and distrust brewing in his bones, but the fact that all of the other members of the WooFPAK seem to be so genuinely angry

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 74

December 21, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver gives in, because he’s good like that. He can tel that something’s wrong, and he can tell that the dogs know what’s wrong. So rather than just leaving the whole pack there with the Pit Crew, he leaves only

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 73

December 20, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

As a whole, the WooFPAK decides to make the trip through the cave as quick as possible. They don’t stop to sniff anything and, with the exception of when Jag stumbles over his paws at another sudden crack, they mostly

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 71

February 19, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The fog swirls around their paws. It’s thick enough that Jag can’t see what he’s walking on. Even the beam of the flashlight doesn’t appear able to cut through it. “This place is awesome,” says Chris. WooFDriver is quick to

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 70

January 25, 2019 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Very little happens until they arrive at the Big Savage Tunnel. It’s one of the most popular land marks on the Great Alleghany Trail. WooFDriver explains, “according to this page, the mountain is named for a man named John Savage.

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 69 – Saying Goodbye To Legacy

November 23, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

They say goodbye in the early morning hours the following day. Legacy sits in the back seat with his new little girl, and the window is cracked just enough that he can call out, “thank you, for everything! I wouldn’t

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 68 – Mother Arrives

November 13, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The storm passes a few hours before morning, and dawn rises on a town that is very wet and a little worse for the wear. As soon as he feels it’s a decent hour, WooFDriver gets on the phone, trying

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 67 – Found Legacy

October 22, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase goes until he can no longer find the fire. It carries them deep into the city. Unfamiliar streets stretch out around them. The storm gets worse instead of lighter. But that warm feeling in Chase’s chest gets stronger, too,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 66 – On The Right Path

September 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

“Alright, boy.” There’s something pinched in the look on WoofDriver’s face when he kneels down in front of Chase. Around them, the world is a crashing, dark sheet of rain. It floods the earth around them in great pools, leaving

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 65 – Lightning Strikes

September 11, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The storm doesn’t miss them. It rolls in sudden and fast, a swarm of black clouds that blot out the rest of the sky. Chase whines and presses close to Legacy, who stares up at the sky with a haunted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 64 – Another Dream And A Legacy

August 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Legacy is happy. It’s obvious in the way that he’s curled up around Jim’s feet, fast asleep beside the fire. Just looking at the stray dog makes something go warm and happy in Chase’s chest. When he talks, he makes

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 63 – Getting A Name

August 15, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Chase hears the rest of the pit crew long before they actually come into view. The pit crew is lounging around the cars, back hatches dropped and bags of chips popped open. There’s jerky, too. Chase can smell it. The

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 62 – The Stray Dog

July 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

WooFDriver is, if nothing else, utterly infatuated with animals of all sorts. But dogs? Oh, dogs are his favorites. It’s something that can be figured out in a matter of minutes. People can tell, sure, but dogs can tell that

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 61 – Helping The Stray Dog

July 16, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The fear stink that comes off of the dog is enough to make Chase want to choke. He’s never met another canine that smelled like this before. It’s like he’s never known kindness before, like he’s never known what it’s

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 60 – Finding The Spook

June 19, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Youghiogheny River Lake Forest is a vast thing, and one that Chase hopes he never has to venture into again. He runs beside his pack, because that is what he’s meant to do, and because, no matter how afraid

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 59 – Youghiogheny River Lake Forest Spook

June 4, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The forest shouldn’t be anything special, shouldn’t be anything different. But it is. It is, and Chase hates it. Even with Princess trying to make things more light-hearted, there’s something about the air that makes him want to quail away.

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 58 – Youghiogheny River Lake Overflow Recreation Area

June 1, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

For the first time in Chase’s life, he isn’t excited about going on a run. In fact, the closer it gets to their time of departure, the more nervous he becomes. The poor dog can’t understand why his companions don’t

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 57 – About To Be Spooked

May 4, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

At night, Chase dreams of the Youghiogheny River Lake. He is standing in the middle of a town. There are people around him, happy but unaware. A massive wave has risen up behind them, topped with white foam, waters faceted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 56 – Getting Spooky

April 6, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The Youghiogheny River Lake is beautiful. Even Chase is able to admit that much. The water smells fresh and clean, in a way that the lake they were just recently at didn’t. He goes to the very end of his

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 55 – Back On Track At The Dam

March 16, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

After hot dogs from Charlotte and pets from Johnny, the group head back towards the trail. Chase gripes about not having been able to bring his stick with him after all, but over all the mood has been considerably lifted

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 54 – Saving Johnny

February 27, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The lake is large and vast, sunlight shining down onto the smooth waters. It’s a pretty day. By all intents and purposes, it should be an easy day, something that has absolutely no problems, something that can’t really be separated

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 53 – At The Lake

February 1, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

The branch scrapes its way along the entire path. At points, the entire team has to go slower because of it. WooFDriver and the other members of the pit crew find it funny – they make jokes about the branch,

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 52 – Chase Finds His Branch And They Go To The Lake

January 2, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Jag leads the way when they go off the trail. He usually does. It’s one of his unspoken responsibilities – something that he does without thinking, that the others allow without question. There are parts where the cliffs are sheer

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 51 – WooFPAK Finds Turners Gap

December 18, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Turner’s Gap is a wind gap in the South Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is located between two counties in Maryland. It’s traversed by U.S. Route 40 Alternate, also known as the old National Pike. And, through

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 50 – Saying Goodbyes and Heading For The Next Leg Of Their Adventure

November 21, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

Come dawn, the members of the WooFPAK are ready to leave. They load up what belongings had been unpacked, mostly just a few pieces of clothing, a bag with their own food and snacks for the animals. WooFDriver shakes Donna’s

WooFPAK Heroes Episode 49 – WooFPAK Almost Done At The Cabin

October 13, 2017 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

It works. For Bluebell, this is no surprise. The little rabbit knows full-well that her human is good at this sort of job. But the men, the dogs, they’ve never been around someone that does this. Donna steps close to