Buster is a tough, low-maintenance little dude who loves to camp and hike. Buster lives with his family in Escalon, CA which in the Central Valley just below the foothills of the Sierras.
They have a permanent trailer in Avery, CA at about 3,800 foot elevation. Buster gets to spend a lot of time hiking in the Sierras and sleeping at the trailer. Lucky Dog!
This is what Buster’s Mom shared with us in her email:
Hi Jess, Chester, and Gretel –
I was SO thrilled to find your blog and Facebook page! We were die hard Labrador Retriever people and, until 2 years ago, I would have told you there was no other breed worthy of even considering. Then we inherited Buster, a male smooth black and tan dapple.
From the beginning, we decided we would treat him with the respect that he deserved. We were going to treat him like a big dog and not make a baby out of him like so many people do with small dogs. However, we had serious doubts about whether he would be able to keep up with us hiking.
The first weekend we had him, we had already made camping reservations at Lake Alpine in the high Sierras. He blew us away on our very first trip out. We watched in shock and awe as he powered up the mountain through the loose rock scree, actually raising a dust cloud as he went! Once we gave him a chance to get in shape, we found he had far more stamina than our laid-back lazy Lab – in fact, more stamina than us!
Thanks for your great blog, and for spreading the word of the power of the Weiner!
Kate & Chuck Smith, Buster the AdventureWeiner and Willie the Fat Lab
We were so happy to hear from buster and his family. If you have a similar story to share, we would love to hear from you too. If you contact us you may get featured here just like Buster.
I am sure Buster is famous in his own right – being a weiner dog that hikes all over the Sierras – but everybody loves an extra 15 minutes of fame 🙂
This is Buster with his Labrador brother and Daddy on a camping trip to Plaskett Creek Campground, Big Sur, CA, last October: