Sparticus’ Dad took a little adventure time out to answer some questions for us.
- Tell me a little about Spartacus
Spartacus is 13 months old (Dec 14, 2010 birthday) and approx. 16lbs. He’s is not fat so that weight technically classifies him as a tweenie. We “rescued” Spartacus at 8 months old from a family on Craigslist. They said they could not take care of him, and that he was crate kept all day and night 🙁 it definitely showed when we got him because he was not potty trained at all, nor had he ever really been outside much. We have made great progress with him over these last few months and now he has a great life full of adventure and the love he deserves.
- How does Spartacus break the small dog stereotype?
Spartacus showed us on our first camping trip that he was no wimp- we hiked to Eagle Lake (Washington, Central Cascades). Not only did he hike the few miles in without trouble, but he hiked up to the ridgeline with us the next day, trailblazing our way up a super steep, slippery wooded slope! (and back down again via an overgrown boulder field).
Aside from being a “tough” hiker, he also has no fear of larger dogs at the dog park. The dog park near our house has a lot of huskies that come to play, and they tend to play “rough” when they are in their pack. Some of the other small dogs there are terrified, but Spartacus stands his ground when they try to play rough with him.
- What has been your favorite adventure with Spartacus?
So far, we have only taken him with us on ne long hike and one camping trip. The camping was pretty awesome and Spartacus did really well even though it was his first camping trip ever.
- What is your next big planned adventure with Spartacus?
The second weekend in February, we are taking Spartacus to “Snow Camp” with the motorcycle group. Because my current motorcycle has not been outfitted fully for winter travel yet, we will be taking the car this year. It will be a lot of fun though. The campground is near the base of Mt Rainier, at a campground just outside the National Park.
The next LARGE adventure planned for Spartacus and I will be near the end of July. We are taking a 2 week trip from our home in Edmonds, WA to Woodland Park, CO- all on a motorcycle! This will be for an annual motorcycle gathering I normally attend myself, but this year, I will have my Spartacus with me as passenger!
- What at is your must-have piece of outdoor gear for Spartacus
He wears his harness whenever he goes out of the house. When we got him, the previous family had put what looked like a cat collar on him. It was too small for him and rubbed the fur off of parts of his neck! He only wears a harness now, for safety.
One of his harnesses – for longer trips, or places where light might be low- is reflective on the edges. For any days where he will be out at night, especially off leash for any time (like camping) he has an illuminated collar that blinks red in the night!
For colder weather and rain, he wears his Windhorse brand dog coat to keep him warm and dry.
- Do you have a blog?
Spartacus doesn’t have a blog but he does have his own Facebook Page. You can find photos, videos and short status updates about his adventures and day to day life there.