About Will & Eko

Hi, my name is Will, and the handsome gentleman next to me is Mr. Eko, my Rhodesian Ridgeback.  We make a pretty good team; Eko has the brains, looks and personality, and I provide the driver’s license, credit card and comedic relief.  Like any good team, our team has always had a goal – to find adventure.  Eko and I love exploring new places, meeting new people and seeing what the world has to offer.

We spent the past year looking for the best pet-friendly destinations in the country, but just because we don’t live in a car anymore doesn’t mean we have settled down! Eko and I are on a mission to make the most of every day and we need your help to make our bucket list – you can send us suggestions here.

Name: Will Kearney

Age: 28

Favorite Movie: Braveheart

Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are

Favorite Quotation: “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go!” – Indiana Jones

 About Will:  Will grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and due to his freckles he spent the majority of his childhood being confused for his family’s Dalmatian, Indiana Bones.  It was only fitting that Will’s first ambition was to follow in the footsteps of his dog’s namesake, Indiana Jones, and become a great adventurer.  Unfortunately, Will soon discovered that archaeology involves a lot more monotonous research and a lot less jumping out of planes than is advertised in the movies.  So instead of becoming an archaeologist, Will turned to writing to combine his passion for adventure with his love of storytelling. Living with a pet is an everyday adventure and Will is excited to share that story.

Name: Mister Eko

Age: 3

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Book: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Favorite Quotation: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”  “Hit it.” – The Blues Brothers

 About Eko: Mr. Eko, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, was named after Will’s favorite character from the TV show LOST.  Will originally planned to name his first child Mr. Eko, but luckily for Will’s future wife, he got impatient and gave the name to his new puppy instead.  It is widely accepted that Mr. Eko is the smarter, better looking and more talented member of this duo.  Ridgebacks are allegedly fearsome lion hunters, but Eko must have cut class that day because he is extremely playful and friendly.  Like Superman, Eko is solar powered and you can always find him basking wherever the sun shines brightest.  Eko loves exploring new places and meeting new people, and he is even kind enough to let Will tag along.

79 thoughts on “About Will & Eko

  1. Hi there – thanks for liking our blog. Started following you and look forward to checking out your adventures together. Our boys love adventures and love exploring our country so I’m sure Eko will be exactly the same. Nothing like mans best friend – or friends as the case may be :-)

  2. Hi Will, Ecko and Penny!! I just wanted to tell you that we look forward to your posts every day! I started following your adventures when it was just you and Ecko and just couldn’t stay away. When you got Penny, I got my husband addicted too. We have a “sweet” little Rhodesian named Bera (we actually call her the Monsta) and Penny is her- In every way when she was a puppy. The color, the mannerisms the sweet innocent face….BAM that’s our girl! The only difference is that our girl only got to be about half size and weighs 65 pounds, which we don’t mind, as she has full size energy and spunk. She is now 4 and has mellowed out the way your Ecko seems to have done. In just wanted to say thank you for sharing your adventures, brings a smile and giggle every time we read it.

  3. Hey Will & Eko,
    My wife and I have been breed hunting in our adventure for our first pup! I had always wanted a Ridgeback and finally convinced her of all their amazingness. In particular, we visited the breeder we now plan to get our pup from, and the dog that just crawled into her lap melted her heart.

    But during this process I found y’alls bog and fell in love with Eko and Penny as well. It has gotten me unbelievably excited. We will be bringing ours home mid November, and these next 3 months may be the longest of my life.

    Anyways, you seem to have two well trained and socialized dogs that we can only hope to have. Do you have any particular resources for training plans, etc, to assist us in reaching the heights you’ve obtained? And what ways did you find it best to socialize Eko and Penny while waiting for completion of their vaccinations?

    I hope you continue your excellent blog. I look forward to continue following it and seeing all of y’alls adventures!

  4. Hello! This is Julia from lessonswithoscar.wordpress.com. I couldn’t find your email so I thought I’d send you this message here. Hello there!
    I’m writing this because Pam from Sammy’s Blog nominated me to take part in a blog hop, which I’ll be doing next Monday and I’d love to nominate you to take part in the blog hop the following week.
    The blog hop consists of answering four questions and then nominating three bloggers who you’d like to answer the same questions the following week.
    The four questions are
    1. How does my creative process work?
    2. How does my work differ from others of its’ genre?
    3. What am I working on?
    4. Why do I create what I do?
    I love reading your blog, which is why I’ve nominated you and I thought it would be interesting to see your responses to the questions. I understand if you don’t want to take part, but it would be great if you did. Just let me know!
    Julia :-)

  5. Hi Will, Eko is a beautiful dog! My ridgeback died in March and I am looking to get a new one. Do you mind sharing what breeder you got Eko from? Thanks!

  6. Love your blogs and videos!!!! I am the proud parent of two rhodesian ridgebacks. It’s amazing how similar they act in comparison to Eko. What a wonderful, one-of-a-kind breed:) Keep up the amazing work, and safe travels to both of you!

  7. I see you have been nominated before and you are about to be nominated again by me for The Versatile Blogger Award. I just recently found you and LOVE your blog. Keep up the entertainment. Of course in no way do you have to reciprocate for this award. Award posts are timely and can take away from what you want to really post on. Anyway her is the link to my award post, enjoy. http://thesundogdrift.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/6-awards-9-puppies-and-a-mama/
    Adios
    Jo

  8. Hello, Will and Eko! It’s always a pleasure to meet another dog and his person who have so much fun together. Thank you for visiting my blog and Max and I look forward to following your adventures. (We are in NJ, too.)

  9. I loved the video of eko n cash s I watched the video cash looked so familiar I have a Great Dane German Shepard mix that looks just like cash I wish I could send u a picture I think their twins

  10. Great blog! It’s been great to view the journey of love & friendship between yourself & Eko via Facebook. Looking forward to more to come. :)

  11. I have just found your blog today and absolutely LOVE it!! I’m an owner of a Ridgeback and he looks just like your Eko, my boy loved watching your videos and wishes he lives near you so he could play with Eko :-)

  12. I love your blog! My friend read your essay for Notre Dame Magazine and pointed me here because she knows how much I love dogs, too. So happy to see another ND grad super happy with his best friend! I’m dying for the day when I can find my own canine buddy, sadly not there yet. You’re a lucky guy! Keep writing, your thoughts are fun to read.

  13. This is how I picture my answering…

    Name: Rosemary (Rosie)

    Age: Almost 7 months

    Favorite Movie: John Hughes’ films and Planet Earth Series

    Favorite Book: Snoopy comics

    Favorite Quotation: “Back off, man. I’m a scientist.” – The Ghostbusters
    ( Woof. If I only had opposable thumbs. -Thought, Brittany, my human thinks I have)
    About Rosemary: Rosie is a smooth coated border collie; she loves movies in the park, neighborhood street festivals, late night beach romps, and exploring the beauties of nature.

  14. You just sold me:

    Favorite Quotation: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it.” – The Blues Brothers

    YES!! My dad and i recite that all the time. Love it. Keep up the awesome blogging.

  15. Will –
    From the beach pics, looks like you’re somewhere on the North Side or the northern Chicago suburbs. I spent many summer AND winter days at Tower Road beach and Gilson Park.

    It’s always fun to see what the two of you are up to!

  16. That was so adorable! Eko is so handsome & photogenic too! such expressive eyes!
    Wish you both all the best for all your future endeavors & adventures! One awesome blog here, so enjoyed my stay here :)

  17. I have seen you around the blogging community so much, but could never find ya till now! You guys look like you have lots of fun, can’t wait to read more! p.s- I also love where the wild things are!

  18. Will and Eko thanks so much for stopping by and following our blog, we would have never found you otherwise. Your blog is very interesting and inspiring and we look forward to following your adventures.

    p.s. We are Indiana Jones fans too ;)

  19. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Thank you for following me. You do not need to accept it if you do not want to, but if you don’t, know how much I appreciate your support. If you do want to accept it go to this page to see what you have to do.(http://wp.me/p2eEip-uh) Thanks again!

  20. We love reading your blog. Our Lab loves to go places in the car and always takes his toy Chester with him. ( I think it’s his security blanket but, we won’t tell him).

  21. I wanted to say hello! Just came across your blog when notsofancynancy reposted your Creative Problem Solving post. Looking forward to reading more about your travels and adorable Mr. Eko!

  22. I enjoy reading about your adventures with Eko, Will. In fact I read them out loud to my Rhodesian, Rooi. He remembers some of our best times (in his 8 years) being on the road together….He was a great traveler and still is. When we are out hiking together, he never leaves my side (except, of course, to chase an occassional rabbit). I have lots of wonderful pictures and videos about our adventures as well.
    Keep up the good work you two and have fun!
    Also, in reading from some of your bloggers…regarding the unfortunate treatment of animals in some states. I live in Idaho which was one of only 3 states that has no “animal cruelty laws” in place. One of my neighbors has worked tirelessly for the better part of a year collecting enough signatures for it to come up for a vote..Anything we can do raise awareness about abandonment and cruelty to dogs and other animals…

  23. You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award
    Enjoy!

  24. Eko, I wish you and Will were around 13 years ago, my beloved yellow lab was in his prime then. Not many places would take us back then, but heck, I’m enjoying seeing you living life to the fullest, man, you have the best life ever!! Hope Will is keeping up with you. Keep sniffing!

  25. Hello, Will and Eko!

    My name is Sara and my husband and I also have a ridgeback. His name is Murphy and he is also the brains and the looks of our house :) Murphy also has a little sister, Milly. She’s a boxer/beagle mix rescue, but she is definitely second in command. Murphy’s real sister, Gypsy, also lives close by. We live in Oklahoma City, home of one of the best dog parks in the nation. Lake Hefner dog park is amazing, and we all love it! We think you guys should come up here and try it out! Hope to hear from you! Good luck on your journey!

  26. Why isn’t Mr. Eko Neutered? As much as you love him, health reasons alone should be enough. Ask your Vet. If I am not the only one to ask you this question then you probably know about the population problem and all the Ridgeback Rescue sites that have awesome dogs waiting for a home. Not to mention the personality complications that should arrive soon as his adult nature and his Ridgeback blood make him more likely to become aggressive or giving unwanted advances. This would make it harder for you to make a good impression and be a good canine ambassador for all these lovely places that take our beloved pets. Purina should think of this as this makes him look bad to millions of Rescue minded people. People who don’t or won’t care enough to alter their pet won’t care one way or the other, but people who do will look at only two things (very prominent in the photos) and then dismiss you and your good intentions.

  27. Nice to get tips from another dog traveler!

    If you and Mr. Eko get to the Mendocino area in California, check out Fort Bragg’s Shoreline Cottages. For $100 / night, you get a small cottage with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with large-screen TV, and covered carport. Your cottage has a porch, but the best parts? Your dog is very welcome there, and has a grass-covered park with trees on the property to run around on. There’s also an outdoor picnic table, and the staff is super-friendly. They’ll rent you fairly recent movies to watch in your room. There’s a path to the beach just across the street, and lots of dog-friendly trails in area parks. Plus you and your dog get to watch crashing waves along this beautifully-rugged stretch of California’s coast. Our big male Sheltie Buzz loved it!

  28. I just happily discovered your Blog. Just LOVE the idea and will be following your adventures. Mr Eko is indeed very handsome. Have fun and be safe,
    Nancy

  29. Hi Will and Mr.Eko,
    While browsing for pet-friendly places to visit, I happened on your site and what a treat for the early morning start! Our “Brie” is a British Creme Golden Retriever, whose name reflects her color (like the cheese). She’s smart and beautiful, but tries to rule the roost most of the time. I envy your travels together……what a great way to spend your days!
    Cindy

  30. What a great Idea-!! Enjoy your road trip- we are at the Jersey Shore- right near Asbury Park- if you plan on heading this way we have a great dog beach, and at times can have up to 6 RR’s there :)
    Maureen- with Reagan, Chance & Luna

  31. If you are Ever in Pensacola Florida, please let it be known! We would love pictures with Mr. Eko and Tobago, our Bull Mastiff/Pit mix (1 y/o) and of course our kids too! I am loving all the adventures and now that I know where we can stay in different cities, it will be easier! =)

  32. Woof Eko,
    I’m French (well technically German), tall, age 3, white, and volunteer as a face licker at senior homes and hospitals.
    Love your blog.

    Fallon
    Standard Poodle

  33. Hello Will and Eko from Barbara and Rooi (a Rhodesian Ridgeback).
    A few years ago when Rooi was just a pup…I started out to travel around with Rooi and do the same thing you are….discover “dog friendly” places to travel…it was a publication to be called “Traveling with Rooi” to all the best places in Idaho. I had already done a short video with another traveling companion, a little “Staffie” whose name is Jessie…she is now 13 yrs. young …she and Rooi are best “buds”.
    Anxious to read about your travels with Eko.
    Barbara Sjolund

  34. Just want to say thanks for your wonderful words about Wags and Whiskers in Nashville. We’re glad you and Eko enjoyed your visit! Hopefully you’ll have a chance to visit us again one day. In the meantime, we are enjoying following the travels of you and Mr, Eko!

  35. This is great! I have been sitting here all night trying to find a road trip I can do with my ridgebacks, May and Milo. You guys look so calm together. By the time the three of us arrive anywhere, it is chaos. My fingers are crossed we roll as well as you did :)

  36. Good luck in your travels I would like to think that you will find many pet friendly destinations but I’m afraid if your travels bring you south you won’t have as much luck. I live in rural Mississippi and it seems that the most value placed on a dog around here is for hunting. I cannot count the number of stray dogs, many of which are abandoned hunting dogs, that I have had to take 30 miles to the nearest shelter. We don’t have any laws to protect animals outside of the city limts. Service animals may be welcome in some places but I took one of my puppies, carried in my arms, into the Dollar General one day and got thrown out. Maybe you will get a better welcome in Hattiesburg. Again good luck and safe travels.

    Pamela D.
    (Owner of 3 dogs and foster mom to my daughters’ 2 while they are in college)

  37. I live in central ny (upstate). I was wondering if you’ve came across any places there that you would recommend for dogs. My fiancé and I just found out our pup doesn’t have much longer and we wanted to take him places he’s never been before that he will really enjoy.

  38. Love reading about your travels and the fact that you travel with a “fearsome” breed! You, my friend, are a lucky, lucky man.

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