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Marking our territory
Two best friends go on the road with petcentric in search of America's pet-friendly destinations.
November 18, 2011, 9:11 am

Intro: Traveling with your dog: The Ultimate adventure
Part 1: The road before the road: Preparing for a road trip with your dog
Part 2: Time to hit the road
Part 3: Philadelphia: A Dog friendly waterpark and a hike in the Wissahickon

See below for bios

Hi, my name is Will, and the handsome gentleman next to me is Mr. Eko, my Rhodesian Ridgeback. We make a pretty good team; Eko has the brains, looks and personality, and I provide the driver's license, credit card and comedic relief. Like any good team, our team has always had a goal - to find adventure. Eko and I love exploring new places, meeting new people and seeing what the world has to offer. Unfortunately, traveling with your dog can be a hassle if you're not prepared. That's why is sponsoring our journey to find the best pet-friendly destinations in America. Eko and I are traveling from city to city to show that not only can you travel with your pet, but you can do it in style.

left/NBCSports/Sections/Dog Show/2011/Images/NDS_Purina_Marking_Will.jpg230020000left#000000http://msnbcmedia.msn.com1PfalsefalseName: Will Kearney

Age: 25

Favorite Movie: Braveheart

Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are

Favorite Quotation: "I don't know, I'm making this up as I go!" - Indiana Jones

About Will: Will grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and due to his freckles he spent the majority of his childhood being confused for his family's Dalmatian, Indiana Bones. It was only fitting that Will's first ambition was to follow in the footsteps of his dog's namesake, Indiana Jones, and become a great adventurer. Unfortunately, Will soon discovered that archaeology involves a lot more monotonous research and a lot less jumping out of planes than is advertised in the movies. So instead of becoming an archaeologist, Will turned to writing to combine his passion for adventure with his love of storytelling. Dogs are the ultimate explorers and Will is ready to hit the road with Eko to find the best dog-friendly adventures America has to offer.

left/NBCSports/Sections/Dog Show/2011/Images/NDS_Purina_Marking_Eko.jpg230020000left#000000http://msnbcmedia.msn.com1PfalsefalseName: Mister Eko

Age: 9 months

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Book: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Favorite Quotation: "It's 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it." - The Blues Brothers

About Eko: Mr. Eko, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, was named after Will's favorite character from the TV show LOST. Will originally planned to name his first child Mr. Eko, but luckily for Will's future wife, he got impatient and gave the name to his new puppy instead. It is widely accepted that Mr. Eko is the smarter, better looking and more talented member of this duo. Ridgebacks are allegedly fearsome lion hunters, but Eko must have cut class that day because he is extremely playful and friendly. Like Superman, Eko is solar powered and you can always find him basking wherever the sun shines brightest. Eko loves exploring new places and meeting new people, and he is even kind enough to let Will tag along.

Follow Will and Mr. Eko's adventures as they journey to find the best pet-friendly destinations in America, and search for your own on, brought to you by Purina. To follow Will and Eko's adventures on Twitter, go to @willandeko.

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