We lost our beloved dog Buster 1/14/14. Don and I got him when he was 8 weeks old. He was our child, our baby. He will be missed. Buster loved vacations just as much as we did. We took him on camping, boating, cabin, ski trips, and stay cations . He loved going somewhere new all the time that he would whine in the car as if he was telling us, “are we there yet?”.
In remembrance of Buster this post is dedicated to traveling and adventures that Buster enjoyed.
When we first got Buster I was a full-time student. Don and I had just bought a house and had a very limited income. We went camping a lot. Its a wonderful inexpensive get away. Washington has a lot of wonderful camping spots. Our favorite was Twin Lakes in Belfair, WA. The campsite is on a first come first serve basis. You have to hike in your camping gear which deters most rowdy crowds. Buster loved swimming in the lake and chasing chipmunks. When we were off dirt biking Buster would wait for us patiently, laying on the picnic table. He loved camping for the first 2 days. More then that, he couldn’t wait to go home. Such a suburban dog!
Ruff weekend camping
We were blessed to have access to Don’s dad’s boat. We would take weekend trips around the Puget Sound and day trips to Maury Island. Buster was a great boat dog! He loved walking around the boat, climbing up the ladder, and meeting new people on the dock. He made friends with everyone! He was a natural mariner!
Buster loved laying out in the sun. Moments after this picture, he fell asleep and fell into the water! It was so funny!
He loved laying around with us
Lazy dog day on Blake Island, WA
Hiking goof balls on boat access only Blake Island.
On the dingy to Maury Island.
We love renting cabins. We rented many of cabins with friends or just the 3 of us. Buster was always the center of attention when we rented cabins with friends. We have many of funny stories of him being super goofy. He always brought laughter and love. He loved exploring the grounds of the cabin and discovering new smells. Most of all enjoying time with us.
Family Reunion in Seely Lake, Montana
Sunset dip in the Hood Canal, WA
Boating to the cabin in Ten Mile Lake, Oregon
Swimming in La Push, WA
Buster in Montana at Tamaracks Resort
Buster loved the snow. He would wait patiently when we were out snowboarding. We would return to the truck and let him run about in the parking lot. He got to play with other dogs and meet new people. He also loved to go snow shoeing with us and wad through chest deep snow! He enjoyed it when we would rent cabins in the snow and staying in the Summit Inn at Snoqualmie Pass. Thank you for being pet friendly. We wished more hotels were pet friendly!
Snow shoeing at Alpental, WA
Buster and Don playing the snow
Buster was never good in a crate which prevented him from airline travel. When Don and I would visit Hawaii we would sit on the beach and say, Buster would love Hawaii. Thankfully, we have amazing friends who would care for Buster when we were gone. One of his favorite stay cation was with the Gordon’s. He got to spend time on a Lake Tapps with a lovely family. Lilly, the youngest daughter would let Buster sleep with her in her room. I bet Buster was in heaven!
Buster and Lilly
Buster also loved visiting Opie and Dana on their lake front property in Maggie Lake, WA. He got to hang out with his buddy, Hole Shot (RIP, buddy) and swim around the lake all day long.
Buster enjoyed trips as much as we did. He lived life to its fullest! We loved him so much and will be missed. Rest In Peace Buster. We miss you so much. Till we meet again.
TIPS ON TRAVELING WITH YOUR PETS
Pets are allowed on most campsites. Glow in the dark collars are very helpful at night so you can spot your pup in the dark.
Dog friendly hotels allow dogs with a fee. Usually, $25 a night.
Vacation rentals: We found most of our vacation rentals on VBRO.COM. You can filter pet friendly properties. There’s usually a dog fee. Its either nightly or one time fee. We experienced either $25 a night. Or fees like $60 a trip.
LINKS of some of places we’ve stayed at:
1 bedroom cabin on Hood Canal in Tahuya, WA – The property is waterfront and very secluded. Lots of room for dogs to roam. The owner was very friendly and accommodating. She loved dogs and didn’t even charge a dog fee!
5 bedroom Olympic Peninsula & Pacific Coast House in Forks, WA - The property is on 80 acres! Plenty of room for dogs to roam! Buster was so excited about the size of the house and property that he kept running around and exploring! He ran right into the sliding glass door. It was so funny and he was so embarrassed. After that he was so weary of running into sliding glass doors.
Ten Mile Lake House in Oregon - This property is very hard to get to. Many of the homes on Ten Mile Lake is boat access. This property would be very difficult without 4 wheel drive. The drive way is very narrow and steep. But the property is very tranquil and just beautiful. The boat house was a great place to relax on the water. Ten Mile lake is very close to the Oregon Sand Dunes where we go dirt biking.
Tamarack Resort in Seeley Lake, Montana – This large property has a cluster of cabins. Its great for family reunions so that we all can get a cabin and have some personal space. They are very pet friendly!
Summertide Resort in Tahuya, Washington - Lovely owners who love dogs! The property is a cluster of rentals on the shoreline of Hood Canal. Great for fishing and crabbing.
Great Northwest Cabins in Packwood, Washington - This was the last vacation we went on with Buster. We knew something was wrong when he started to act like an old man. We were so lucky to spend time with him on this trip.
Buster had is own Facebook page. You can check out his awesome adventures here!
You can also find him on Instagram. Hashtag #busterwoo.
Always excited to go somewhere!
He was the biggest goof ball!
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