Adopted Dog Joins Foodie Dad for Adventure of a Lifetime

From coast to coast, Holland is the perfect furry copilot.

Adam + Holland

A road trip wouldn’t be the same without a best friend. When Adam set off to eat his way through the country, Holland was there to dive into the adventure with all four paws.

"Holland has now seen (and played in) snow, and we've been to over 16 Major League Baseball and National Hockey League stadiums and arenas, countless national parks, many different festivals, and she's been on a mission to collect ALL of the sticks wherever we go!"

One year ago, I left on a journey to eat my way around the world with my dog, Holland, by my side! Holland wasn’t really sure what we were getting into as she noticed that I was packing up and selling pretty much all my belongings. When we hit the road, I immediately rolled down the back windows of my truck and Holland popped her head out to catch the breeze and smell all the smells. Every time I roll that window down and see the excited look on her face, I realize that I have the best travel companion a guy could ever ask for.

Adopted Dog Holland

Being on the road for over a year now has its ups and downs and can take a toll on a guy, but Holland has been right by my side for the entire journey and kept me going with her unconditional love — and a little quirkiness that makes me smile and laugh. Over the past year we have visited 18 states and made our way into Canada! Holland has now seen (and played in) snow, and we’ve been to over 16 Major League Baseball and National Hockey League stadiums and arenas, countless national parks, many different festivals, and she’s been on a mission to collect ALL of the sticks wherever we go!

Adopted Dog Holland

She has gone swimming in the Pacific Ocean and the Colorado River, and done zoomies anywhere there has been sand or snow! We’ve spent our summer on a dude ranch in Colorado, where she is now an honorary ranch dog, and we have gotten to spend our days in the beautiful Rocky Mountains playing with the ranch horses and other animals. She’s been on TV a handful of times during our journey and has not only changed my life for the better, she has her own following now and has influenced the lives of many others who we have met along our journey.

Adopted Dog Holland

Holland is not only the best dog I could ever ask for, but she’s the best companion — human or not — that I could ever wish for. I could not imagine my life without her and I’m so glad I decided to adopt her that August day back in 2015!

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Adam won Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.