In Ace and the Desert Dog, backpacking takes the back burner. Ace Kvale and his Blue Heeler's adventure isn't about living sans bacon, or drinking water that tastes like urine. It's about canine friendships, and the beauty thereof. It's about learning from a dog's patience, loyalty, and perseverance, and about slowing down and playing.
In 2005, burnt out from photographing big names worldwide, Ace returned to Utah to find a newspaper ad selling abandoned puppies. Little did he know one, Ghengis Kahn, would become his best friend and partner, ten years later, on a 60-day canyon trek celebrating his 60th year.
But Ghengis is more than a dog who drinks from a saucepan. He's the author of Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg, where he admits he naps while his "man" answers questions about them, and sticks his tongue in people’s mouths if they don’t pay him attention. When Ghengis and Ace explore, it's not about the miles and the numbers; it's about the beauty of the backcountry, and the bonding.
Ace questions why the internet's full of cats. His answer: because dogs are too busy playing outside. Ghengis is proof.