Dear Friends, Family, Fans and Abolish the Crate Federation Members,

This is a very special blog for Grady and I! We are very happy to introduce you to our newest family member who is also our blogger this month. You know how I dislike wasting time so I’ll let him get right to it. Here’s his story!

– Dawson

I feared I had been given to long haul truckers.

Hello! My name is Jones Steve-Pepper Huntley and I am Grady and Dawson’s new brother. I’m from the great state of Montana (Dawson is extended family!) and had quite the adventure traveling to my new home.

Good news. I realized I was not given to long haul truckers once I got settled at my forever home. What a relief. I like to explore and there’s not much to check out in a mini-van, if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, both Grady and Dawson thought my trip was interesting and suggested that I introduce myself and share about my journey. I thought to myself, “Why not?” I’m an open book and do not concern myself with the opinions of others, so I harbor no worries about being judged.

I took some notes on my journey and will share them with you now.

Day 1 – The Journey Begins

This morning I woke up with all my siblings. We ate together, family style, and then started playing. A lady I met the night before and who I snuggled with for just a bit, came in the room, scooped me up and carried me outside (that’s my Mom!). I had never been outside before (Montana’s just too cold this time of year) and I found it fascinating! Have you smelled grass? It is marvelous! Then we got in a mini-van and drove off. I got to sit in Mom’s lap which was of some comfort, but not enough. I was sad to leave my siblings and being in a moving vehicle was kinda strange so I cried a little. But, I quickly adapted and snuggled down for a nap.

There was a nice man who was also there to do all the driving and watch me when needed. He also had an uncanny knack for finding pizza in any city. I must remember that if I need to locate decent pizza in any American city to call Vitto – the man has a gift! We drove for hours and hours but we did make many stops so I got to get in a little smellseeing! On this day we drove from Montana,

through Wyoming,

to South Dakota

By the way, I highly recommend visiting Mount Rushmore. I was not allowed in the visitors area but the parking lot was fabulous and I made four new friends! And, the smells were amazing!

We finally stopped for the night and I got to stay in a hotel for the first time. It neither thrilled nor bothered me. I did get “introduced” to the crate which also neither thrilled nor bothered me. Fortunately, I had my buddy, Vince, with me. Vince never complains, is always a comfort and has a wicked sense of humor.

With Vince beside me, I was able to sleep quite soundly.

Day 2 – The Journey Continues

Early the next morning, we left the hotel and drove and drove and drove. And drove some more. We drove through Iowa,

and made it to Missouri, where we stayed the night and Mom tried out the famous Kansas City BBQ.

Another early morning in the mini-van for the last leg home! We went through Kentucky.

And, finally made it home to Tennessee, where I met my 2 brothers (love them!) and had my first time in an x-pen.

I am glad to be home!

Just telling it like it is.

Jones Steve-Pepper Huntley
The 3rd of the Brothers Huntley
Sometimes referred to as, “Naughty Jones”

P.S. You might be wondering about the origin of my name. Mom liked the name Jones, Grady wanted to call me Steve and Dawson suggested Pepper. So, everyone got a say in naming me!