A road-tripper and his two puppies have traveled more than 30,000 miles together through 35 states – after he rescued them from the middle of the desert.
Jordan Kahana, 30, was driving from LA to Colorado when he spotted the tiny dogs on the side of a remote road.
The digital director rushed them to an animal hospital where vets told him the male and female pups, aged just eight weeks old, were severely dehydrated.
They also revealed that the stretch of highway, between Sedona and Page in Arizona, was a ‘hot spot’ for dumping unwanted pets.
It was then that kindhearted Jordan decided he couldn’t leave without the puppies – so he decided to adopt them and carried on with his adventure.
Since rescuing them in December 2016, Jordan and his new travel buddies have driven roughly 32,000 miles through 35 states, including along the east and west coasts.
The trio – who sleep most nights in Jordan’s trusty van – have visited 12 national parks as well as tourist hotspots like Times Square in New York and the Hollywood sign in LA.
Jordan, of Chicago, Illinois, said: “I just knew I had to bring them with me. If I couldn’t keep them when I got back to LA where I lived at the time, I was going to find a good home for them.
“Luckily at the hospital they were just dehydrated and very thirsty. I got them their shots and that’s where the adventure squad was born.
“I was driving to Colorado to spend New Year with my friends and when I left Page, I called one of them and asked him if I could bring along two more friends and he said, ‘No problem’.
“When I showed up with the dogs, he was so surprised.
“Everyone wanted to hear the story and fell in love with the dogs, how could they not. They were at their cutest stage.”
Jordan christened his new travel buddies Sedona and Zeus and determined that they were a German Shepard and border collie mix through a DNA test.
In the year since he adopted the dogs, Jordan left his digital director position in Los Angeles and the trio have traveled to 35 states and even ventured to Canada in his trusty van.
The adventurer, who has racked up 50,000 followers on Instagram, said: “After that Christmas road trip, I had planned to leave my job in March or April because I wanted to travel more and I did that.
“I’m lucky because I can do a lot of freelance work, and to keep my costs down I plan my trips so that I can sometimes stay with friends.
“I’m used to traveling by myself, but it has been great to have some companionship. We’ve basically traveled cross-country in month-long stints.
“I just put the back seat down in the jeep and I’ve got them a mattress so they’re comfortable.
“We’ve done some amazing hikes in national parks around the country, and one of the highlights has been being able to hike virtually on our own in these beautiful places because we visit at off-peak times.
“We’ve done the west coast and travelled to Yellowstone National Park which was amazing, but we’ve also done an east coast trip where we travelled to places like Denver, Chicago, where I’m from, Pittsburg, New York, North Carolina, New Orleans, Austin, Texas, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona.
“During the east coast trip, we clocked up 20,000 miles on my car.”
While Jordan says becoming a dog dad has been life-changing he says it isn’t all sunny on the road with Zeus and Sedona, despite the enviable Instagram pictures on their account.
“They’re a lot better now but I can tell you, that first trip, my car smelled like pee the whole time.”
Follow Jordan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jordankahana/, or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/jordankahana
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