Gunner the Runner settling into home life after three-week adventure

The newly adopted St. Bernard pup returned to his family on Dec. 30 after escaping from his Creekside home


Many dog owners can relate to the struggle of trying to wrangle their pet through the door when that pup just doesn’t want their walk outside to end.

That hasn’t been the case for Jared Riseborough and his 11-month-old St. Bernard, Gunner. Though the former farm dog is still getting used to life indoors, said Riseborough, “he definitely prefers inside over outside right now.”

Gunner seemingly had his fill of the great outdoors last month, when he spent a full three weeks on a cross-town adventure that took him from Creekside to Emerald and even, reportedly, all the way to Harmony bowl on Whistler Mountain.

Gunner bolted away from his Sarajevo Drive home on Dec. 9, just two days after Riseborough and his family adopted the timid St. Bernard from Chilliwack.

“At first, I was like, ‘Well, he probably won’t go that far. He’s pretty scared of most things right now, so it’ll be fine,’” said Riseborough. “Initially I left work to go find him and I did actually see him and almost got him within, like, the first two hours. But trying to dive for a dog when you’re already in waist-deep snow is not easy.”

Over the following three weeks, sightings of Gunner would pour in through social media. The Sea to Sky Neighbourhood Animals Needing Assistance (NANA) Facebook group as well as Canine Valley, a Squamish-based training-centre, helped spread the word, field sighting reports and build a strategy.

“We would try and go out at least for a couple hours every day after work, usually to see if we could follow him around, which was originally just around Creekside,” said Riseborough. “And then, at some point …

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How Being Single Changed What Travel Meant to Me

Breakup travel is the new breakup haircut — here’s what I mean.

<p>Eliza Dumais</p>

For years, I stole teaspoons from restaurants. They were, for me, souvenirs of perfect meals — proof that I’d tasted things, that I’d loved them. Sometimes, I’d pocket them before dessert had even arrived, as if the storing of the memory were more critical than the real-time event as it unspooled. Technically, it’s a form of petty theft — but nobody says as much if you call it collecting.

On the whole, it would seem that we’re most enamored of “collecting” on two precise occasions: when in transit and when in love. In foreign cities, we amass train tickets, matchbooks, beaded things, paper maps, proof that we ate there, swam there, breathed that air. Falling in love, then, we play at tourism of a different kind, new thresholds of sensation, new modes of translation. We save handwritten notes, birthday gifts, wine corks, photographs. Artifacts that, like souvenirs, grow heavier when they refer to something in the past tense.

<p>Eliza Dumais</p>

The Museum of Broken Relationships was founded in 2010, home to countless “souvenirs” of — you guessed it — broken relationships. While the original concept still stands in Croatia, outpost exhibitions have cropped up across the globe, lending limited-time shelter to assorted relics of local heartbreak: well-worn T-shirts, cracked ceramics, hand-written Post-it notes, pregnancy tests — each submitted with a testimonial outlining its significance. Each insisting that, yes, we were here, we were real, we happened, look at this thing, see for yourself.

I visited the exhibition — a satellite installation in Mexico City — three weeks into the first long-term trip I’d ever undertaken without a partner. Or, at least, without a partner awaiting me at home, phoning me at the airport to ensure I’d landed

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Chihuahuas Left Home Alone Without Food and Water After Parents Go on Vacation

Chihuahuas Left Home Alone Without Food and Water After Parents Go on Vacation

Chihuahuas Left Home Alone Without Food and Water After Parents Go on Vacation

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Two Chihuahua siblings are looking for a new home after their previous dog parents left them alone when they went on vacation.

Dog rescue charity Helping Yorkshire Poundies (HYPS) is currently looking after the pups, named Toby and Chloe, after local police discovered them. 

No Food or Water

In a Facebook post, HYPS said: “Hi everyone I’m Toby the Chihuahua and I’m here with my sister, Chloe.

“You won’t believe what we’ve been through. We were rescued by the police after we were left to fend for ourselves in the house when my owners went on holiday and didn’t want us back.

“We couldn’t believe it…our little legs can’t find food or water for ourselves – it was horrible being alone and hungry.

“So, We’ve come to HYPS to find better people people who would never dream of abandoning us! We’re pretty sure we deserve that, don’t you?!

“Me and Chloe get on OK, but she gets fed up of me sometimes, so today I had my little boys op (apparently we can’t risk us having any pesky little babies of our own!) so I’m feeling extra sorry for myself tonight, but I’ll be OK!!”

Leaving Dogs Home Alone

Of course, no pet parent should leave their dogs while they go on vacation, but how long can you leave a dog home alone for? It’s something that’s often up for debate, with plenty of differing views. 

However, a good rule of thumb according to some veterinarians is that you can leave puppies alone for around one hour per month they’ve been alive, plus another hour. Meanwhile, adult dogs can be left alone for up to eight hours. 

It’s important

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Woman leaves donuts on counter before vacation, comes home to shocking infestation

This mom accidentally left a box of donuts out when she went on vacation, and returned to find her home overtaken by ants!

Diane (@invasian_) is a parent and TikToker who learned a valuable lesson about the perils of leaving food out for long periods of time. The TikToker went on a two-day vacation, and returned to discover her home taken over by ants, who were lured in by the aroma of leftover donuts. Diane shared the shocking video, in which a line of ants winds all the way around her home and up to the box of donuts sitting on the kitchen counter.

The video begins with a shot of Diane’s living room floor. At first, it’s hard to tell what’s amiss. Then, Diane takes a few steps forward and a line of ants comes into focus. The ants are walking in a curving line from one end of the living room to the other.

“We just came back from our trip guys, and look what’s going on here,” Diane says, panning the camera to show that the line of ants continues under a closed door. “Oh my gosh, they’re everywhere.”

Diane continues walking around the room, showing places where the line of ants breaks apart into two separate lines. It’s truly an infestation!

Then, Diane swings the camera towards the door that the ants appear to be coming from. “I don’t even want to know where that door leads to,” she says. “It might be like a huge super ant in there.”

Then, Diane walks into her kitchen. Multiple lines of ants are climbing up to the top of her kitchen counter, and it immediately becomes clear what has been luring the ants into Diane’s home. Atop the counter sits a pink box

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Little Dog’s Eagerness to ‘Go Home’ Is All Too Relatable

This is how everyone feels the minute they leave the house.

If you’re anything like us, you tend to have a social battery that runs out quickly. So, whenever someone asks if anyone wants to go home, you’re more than likely the first to say yes. If only there was a dog who wouldn’t mind being a homebody with us. Oh wait, we spoke too soon!

TikTok user @duhemma123 might have the only dog in the world that is completely fine with ending a walk quickly and going home. In her recent clip, which has 2.7 million views, she asked her adorable little dog if he wanted to go home. His response is all too relatable!

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LMAO! This is exactly how we feel as soon as we leave the house. We love getting home after a hard day of work and just sitting and relaxing. In fact, we race home because we can’t wait to kick our shoes off and sink into the couch, which is exactly what this doggo wanted to do.

@gtwi95 wrote what the dog was thinking. The comment reads, “You ain’t gotta ask me twice.” And then he was off! There’s no changing his mind now. LOL! @lizzylove576 added, “He said, ‘Say less.’”

Even the official TikTok account for Bark Box commented, “Footage of me when my social battery dies.” Retweet! We can only last so long. @stormy_weatherill wrote, “My spirit animal.” Seriously though, this is us to a T!

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Do you have a pet who’s funny, smart, full of personality, or

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The genius way Utahns are buying luxury vacation rentals

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As the weather is beginning to cool, you’re probably considering your next warm climate getaway to sunny Southern Utah. Many Utahns make frequent trips to the St. George area but are increasingly weary of paying expensive nightly rental prices every time you take the family down. No doubt you’ve thought to yourself, “wouldn’t it be great if we just owned our own vacation home here”? But who has the time or money to own an entire second home all to yourself? Very few.

If there were a way to just own a portion of the home and use it for part of the time, that would be ideal. Then your ownership could match your availability and your budget. It would be even better if you could rent out the house when you can’t use your time.

Ember, a new startup based in Lehi, Utah, is solving this problem through vacation home co-ownership.

⅛ of the home, 100% of the experience

Historically, not everyone could afford a vacation home—especially in top destinations like St. George, or Bear Lake. And even for families that could commit to a vacation property, research shows that they are only using the home for two to six weeks out of the year.

With Ember’s co-ownership model, you can choose to buy a portion of a luxury vacation home, instead of the whole thing—and only pay a fraction of the cost. The ownership of each Ember home is divided into eight equal parts. Co-owners get 6+ weeks for each 1/8th share they purchase. Owners looking for maximum time can buy even more of the home. Ember features properties for as low as $103k per 1/8th ownership.

Make memories while you’re there, rent it out when you’re not

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Mountaineer Rick Ridgeway on Chasing a Life of Adventure

Mountaineer Rick Ridgeway spent five decades traveling to uncharted regions, conquering the world’s most treacherous mountains, sometimes before anyone else. Here are his keys to achieving peak performance. — As told to Charles Thorp

Seek Inspiration

I’ve always had a passion for books, and I’ve been a big reader since I was a boy. It’s had a profound effect on my life on multiple occasions and initially inspired me to become a climber. I read a National Geographic story about the first American to climb Mount Everest and wanted to be like him. That guy was Jim Whittaker, and little did I know he’d be the leader of our first American ascent of K2 in ’78. It was around the time of my own K2 ascent when another book came out called The Snow Leopard. The naturalist George Schaller, who’s the main character, become my mentor and one of my best friends. I set up an expedition with Galen Rowell, Conrad Anker, and Jimmy Chin to find the birthing ground of the chiru, an endangered Tibetan antelope, to supported George’s research and help protect the animal. It was the most meaningful trip of my life. My home has a room where I’m completely surrounded by books, including the first one I bought when learning to climb called Freedom of the Hills. That room is one of my favorite places to be.

Redefine Peak Condition

I don’t remember any of my friends who were climbing back in the ‘60s or ‘70s ever going to a gym. None of us had a training regimen. We just climbed all the time and went on long hikes to get to the mountains before expeditions. The on-foot approaches to the landmark climbs people are familiar with were a lot longer than they are

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Friends on group vacation decides last minute to not to split trip costs evenly: ‘Not acceptable’

A woman is upset that the friends she and her husband usually vacation with don’t want to pay their fair share.

She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum for advice. They usually vacation with two other couples and leave their kids at home. This year, one couple wanted to bring their 12-year-old daughter along. Everyone agreed that was fine.

The issue was the housing arrangement. The three couples usually split the housing three ways. So they found a home with three rooms. However, the couple with the 12-year-old said it was “not acceptable” because they wanted privacy.

So they found a home with four rooms. However, the couple with the child still expected that things would be split three ways. The Reddit poster thinks the couple should subsidize the difference.

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“Now they are upset with us for burdening them financially because they want to give their daughter an experience,” she wrote.

Redditors thought the poster was in the right here.

“Stick to your guns. If they want to split it evenly they can stick with one room,” someone wrote.

“They need more space they have to pay more,” another commented.

“Asking them to pay for an extra room is reasonable,” a person said.

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Dreams are great, but enjoying the ‘now’ is what makes life beautiful – Post Bulletin

As we entered the final stretch of our weeklong road trip through North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota, I felt waves of sadness rising up. When vacations and other novel experiences reach their natural conclusions, I tend to resist. This has been the case as long as I can remember.

I suddenly forget everything I believe about the value of savoring the present moment. Instead, I begin grasping for ways to hold on. If only the feelings of freedom, spontaneity and adventure could last forever.

My mind wanders.

Maybe we could sell our home, buy a camper and live on the open road while Justin sells his woodwork at art festivals. Maybe I could become an interim pastor serving congregations in transition around the country. Maybe we could house sit for people around the world while I develop a travel blog. Instead of enjoying the end of vacations, I tend to put a lot of energy into imagining various scenarios that would lead to the experience continuing indefinitely.

The final day of this particular trip was spent exploring western South Dakota. In the afternoon we took our dogs, Maeve and Finn, for a hike on a trail way up in the Black Hills near Spearfish. It had rained off and on that day, and a cold front had moved through. After days spent in the dry heat and smokey haze of Montana (due to forest fires in the region), the trail looked especially lush with lots of green trees, streams and even a waterfall.

“I just want this road trip to last forever,” I said to Justin. He tends to have a more balanced approach to vacations. He enjoys heading out for an excursion, and he also likes to come home.

“Maybe life is one big road trip,” he responded.

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Electric cars leave us at the government’s mercy | Letters

America is sleepwalking into the loss of independence, mobility and travel autonomy. In my gasoline-powered vehicle, I can go as far as I want, as long as I want. If I desire, I can travel from Maine to Mexico and back, beholden to no one. However, if my trip depends on a plug-in electric vehicle, I can no longer expedite my goings without many other factors involved, including government restrictions.

In California, they have rolling blackouts toelectric-vehicles-flex-alert-energy-power-grid-california/103-07f1171f-f035-4a03-925d-db88f75d48c1″preserve power. In some places, they even dictate how low your air conditioner can be set and how warm your home can be. Utility providers and governments can monitor your usage and decide how much power you are apportioned.

If Americans think we can save the Earth by running around in electric vehicles, it won’t work smoothly. There are so many inherent problems. Gasoline means independence. Electricity means interdependence on politicians who think they are smart and clever.

I can run out of gas and have some brought to me, or walk to the next station. Who’s going to bring me an electric charge? I can’t imagine going out West on vacation, traveling hundreds of miles through the grandeur of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, etc., while knowing I’m relying on how long power from my last charging session will last.

One more thing: Imagine if everyone had an electric car today. Now, fast forward to tomorrow morning. I guarantee you, one of the most frequent phrases across the land will be, “What? What do you mean you forgot to plug it in!”

At that point, it will be too late.

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