Photograph by Theron Humphrey
Published February 27, 2014
But Steinbeck, who died in 1968, wrote more than just novels. Travels With Charley, the story of his 40-state road trip with a standard poodle as his companion, still resonates with dog lovers everywhere. One is Theron Humphrey, a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Doodle Courtesy Google
In 2011 Humphrey began a project to visit every state in America. He wanted to photograph and tell the stories of people he met along the road. Inspired by Steinbeck's adventure with Charley the poodle, he adopted a coonhound from a local shelter to accompany him and then set off. (Take National Geographic's dog quiz.)
Maddie proved to be a perfect traveler. Since then the pair has completed another project featuring animal-rescue success stories from every state, and a book, Maddie on Things.
"A lot of folks ask me, How do you travel so much with your dog? Isn't it hard?" says Humphrey.
"I figure after three years on the road, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Maybe it's a bit like when you have your first child: You can't imagine giving up the life you knew and all the freedom you felt you had, but once you hold that baby, you wouldn't trade it for anything. That's how I feel about Maddie."
You can follow the pair’s daily adventures on Instagram @thiswildidea.
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