No No Nolan

Throwback Thursday – Summer 2011

Hello all! Life has been crazy in our neck of the woods this last week and by crazy I mean sickly. First the husband got it and then I got it and now, after thinking we were both done with it, the little bugger is trying to hold on! Its been a week of working from bed, drinking a lot of tea, and snuggling with Basil even more than normal.

For todays throwback thursday enjoy a few photos of sweet old Nolan back from the summer of 2011, when we took our engagement pictures. And even though Nolan didn’t make it to the wedding, I am so happy to have these photos to remember him by. Happy Thursday everyone… Stay well!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Tips for Road Tripping with your dog!

Over pack – When it comes to dogs always over pack! Bring everything that you may need just in case. Bring food, large refillable bottle of water, blanket, favorite toy, leash and food/water bowls. We have portable dishes that stay in the car at all times. Plan for an emergency. Even if you are only going on a short day trip, plan for a longer trip, just in case.

Check the weather along your route – For a longer trip make sure to check the weather on the route you will be taking. This isn’t just for you but for your dog. If you need to stop and have to leave your dog in the car you want to make sure its not going to be too hot or too cold. Extreme weather can harm your pet! Never leave your pet in the car when the temperature is above 69 degrees fahrenheit. If its cold my basic rule of thumb is, if its too cold for you its too cold for your dog!

Stop often – You know your dog better than anyone, so you know when they have to use the bathroom. When we are on the road I try to stop at a rest area and let Basil potty even 2 hours at the least. This may sound like a lot but for us and Basil, who is a smaller dog who drinks plenty of water, this works. If you have a larger dog you may not need to stop so much but I would say its better to be safe than sorry!

Make a comfortable space for your pet – For us we have never crated Basil or Nolan when in the car. They have both been great road trip dogs and are just happy to chill in the back seat. To make Basil comfortable I always bring his favorite blanket. He curls up in it and falls asleep. To keep the car seats protected we use a little weight weighted water proof picnic blanket. Its perfect for keeping the car clean from wet, dirty dog or spilled food or water. It is washable and folds up super small. For those of you that do use a crate in the car make sure to add comforts from home like a pillow or blanket.

Set the child locks on the windows – This sounds funny but it is something that we have learned over the years and it has really come in handy. If we don’t set the child locks on the power windows Basil takes it upon himself to lower the windows in the back seat no matter what the weather outside may be.  

 These five tip have helped us when traveling with our dog all over the United States by car. If you have any other tips you would like to add make sure to let me know in the comments below. Hope everyone is staying warm!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Throwback Thursday – No No Nolan in Leavenworth, WA

Hello all! This throwback Thursday I would love to share a photo of our late Boston Nolan. One of his all time favorite places to travel, as well as Basil’s, is Leavenworth, WA. This photo was taken back in the summer of 2011 and I can tell you that it was a very hot day. We tried to get Nolan to go swimming but even though it was over a 100 degrees out the river water, which was flowing right from the mountain hills, was very brisk. This photo shows you just about how much No No Nolan was willing to put up with when it comes to the act of swimming!

After this photo was snapped I got him a little wet, gave him a drink of fresh water, and headed back to the comfortable air conditioned hotel. In Nolan’s eyes that was just heaven!

Coming next week for #TravelTuesday I will be posting Basil’s Travel review of Leavenworth so make sure to check back then.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Throwback Thursday – Remembering No No Nolan

Happy throwback Thursday! On this TBT we wanted to remember an old friend that we lost almost two years ago. He came to our home as an 11 year old foster in pretty bad shape. Severely over weight, very smelly and with an awful name, No No Bad Dog!! Well, after a few puppy baths and a healthy meal we decided that he could’t go on with the rest of his life with such a rude name. We tried a few names that started with the letter N but nothing seemed to stick. I don’t remember who thought of the name Nolan but the moment it was said out loud he knew and we knew, that was it!Nonoglasses

No No Nolan was the original traveling Boston terrier. Despite his advanced age he was a trooper. Once he lost a bit of weight he was walking to the farmers market in Ballard, WA every Sunday. He was hiking with us in Leavenworth, shopping in Portland and picnicking with us anywhere and everywhere. Nolan had a heart of gold and loved everyone! Even though Basil never got to meet his amazing older brother I just know they would have been the best of friends.


We lost Nolan very suddenly at the age of 12 the day before Thanksgiving 2011. I miss him everyday and I have never again met a dog with the same personality.

No No Nolan was proof that when you are looking for a new pet, giving an older dog a chance can really be an amazing thing.


Basil was very happy to be able to share his blog to remember the original Myers family traveling Boston terrier, Nolan!


No No Nolan

11/11/1999 to 11/23/2011

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil