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

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.