The Dogs Behind the Wheel

10 dogs driving across America: In their own words and photos

Elizabeth Eve

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Photo by Shirley Wyland

Truckers are amazing dog owners — what could be better than 24/7 companionship for a dog??? Every single thing in your house has touched a truck at some point. Dogs: your food, leash, bowls, clothes (sorry), bed, toys — seriously, everything! It is estimated that 40% of truckers drive with a pet. Here are just a few of the hero dogs that drive America!

Photo by Vicki Carpenter

Hiya! My name is Neo. My mom found me on Craigslist in Louisiana. I started trucking at 12-weeks, and I’ve been on the road for 5 months now. It’s amazing! I love to explore all of the places mom takes me. I have soooo many toys! Mom says it looks like a toddler lives here, but that’s what happens when you’re a puppy! I can sense when my mom feels homesick, and I’m on it with cuddles. When mom comes back to the truck, I have a giant smile on my face — I love her so much. Fun Fact: When mommy sings, I join in, really!

Photo by Mark Ryan

Diesel Dog here. My dad saved me from a not-so-ideal home when I was 5-months-old, and I’ve been on the road with him ever since — TEN years! Boy, did I get lucky! Wherever we are, my dad looks up nearby dog parks, so you can say I’m a dog park connoisseur. I’ve played in parks all over the country, but my favorite is in Tulsa, OK. My dad noticed many drivers had dogs, so he created a Facebook group and developed a community of over 2,000 of us by handing out business cards with the group name to all the truckers with dogs he meets. He is awesome.

Photo by Greg Weakland

Little Foot here! I’m a 1-year-old Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix. I’ve been riding pretty much all my life. My dad got me up from a friend of a friend who had an ‘oops’ litter, and two days later, I was on the road, and haven’t left! I’ve been to forty-four states, but my favs are the Carolinas and New…

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Elizabeth Eve

Forever a work in progress. Writing about pets, body image, self, and other reflections. Always written with vulnerability and authenticity.