Welcome to the travelogue of a magical dog, Matilda, and her travel mate, Hobo John. Stories from the past, present, and future … and occasionally a story from a friend.

Matilda is, according to the folks at the shelter where she was found, an Australian Shepherd mix. She was adopted on March 27, 2014 at the age of 7 months. She was originally named “Pumpkin” for the orange-brown spot on her back, then “Girl” as an easy way for her to recognize her name, and then “Matilda” – the name that stuck – as an homage to the song “Waltzing Matilda.” Although it is not certain when she was born, she was given the birth date of August 31, 2013 by her veterinarian.