My Sidekick Rio

Rio at Yankee Boy Basin

Rio at Yankee Boy Basin

Rio is a blue merle Australian Shepherd (Aussie) who goes with me on all my Rocky Mountain adventures. He is about to turn 2 years old, and weighs 71 pounds and thinks he’s a lap dog. Rio loves to play Frisbee and thankfully, loves the water. How sad would it have been to name a dog Rio and then he turns out to be afraid of the water? You’ll see a lot of Rio on this web site. He’s quite photogenic and seems to somehow manage to get in every shot!

Rio came from Desert Willow Aussies in New Mexico. You can check out other Aussies like him at their web site: Desert Willow Aussies.

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  1. Brenda White  February 28, 2010

    Rio is totally awsome! Your pictures of him are beautiful.

  2. admin  February 28, 2010

    Yeah, Rio is THA DAWG! He’s great and loves to offroad and camp!

  3. Laura  March 18, 2010

    Hello, Awesome dog, they are such great company;0)~ I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I have only seen a few of your videos so far and I will continue watching them all. I am going through some tough times right now, thankful for good health however, but my dream is to go to Colorado and I am hopes of making it there this summer. Your videos make me feel as though im there. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Sincerely
    Laura Hughes

  4. Gary Theil  March 19, 2010

    Beautiful Australian Shepherd! I breed Australian Shepherds and I have six right now. I hand picked the father and mother and they have had two amazing litters. I used to go 4 wheeling in Colorado back when the only people for the most part who had 4 wheel drive were ranchers, loggers, and hunters.
    I lived in Colorado for about 16 years and I miss it very much. I used to go backpacking deep in the woods with my Border Collie Beau. Have you ever been to Blue Lake? It has been closed to 4 wheeling for decades now, but other means of entry are still allowed I believe. We used to go into Keener and Edge lake also. We turn up at Dotsero and follow the river for a while and go to some great places. I wish I had gotten directions and other information from my father before he died. He would LOVE your video about True Grit Then and Now. That was a Great movie and the John Wayne did an excellent job portraying a great hero.
    There are so many celebrities these days and few heros, many males and few men.
    Without courage we can not be compassionate. Courage and compassion are inseperable, like the two sides of a coin.
    Australian Shepherds are definately some of the very best dogs I have EVER had! I wish the hell I could have kept all 16 of the pups! I miss them badly.
    Have a nice spring. Gary T.

  5. Gary  March 28, 2010

    According to a recent unbiased survey Jeep is in the top ten most unreliable vehicles on the road. Land Rover and Mini Cooper also made the list.

  6. Michelle  April 19, 2010

    Hello, Awesome dog, they are such great company;0)~ I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I have only seen a few of your videos so far and I will continue watching them all. I am going through some tough times right now, thankful for good health however, but my dream is to go to Colorado and I am hopes of making it there this summer. Your videos make me feel as though im there. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Sincerely
    Laura Hughes

  7. admin  April 20, 2010

    Thanks Laura, sorry you are going through hard times…I spent many years daydreaming about Colorado and I’m just so happy I finally made it out here! Hope you get to come visit!

  8. john eagerton  June 18, 2010

    That looks like one spoiled rotten dog:-) BTW, thanks for the video posts. I’ve enjoyed watching them as it helps me plan my annual trips out to SW CO.

    Regards,
    john

  9. admin  July 8, 2010

    Thanks for watching and yes, QUITE the spoiled dog 🙂

  10. Linda Lysaght  July 18, 2010

    Beautiful dog. I love Aussies.

  11. admin  July 26, 2010

    Thanks, Linda. he’s my third Aussie in 22 years. I love them too! I think he’s glad to be back on his couch though…camping for a week made him appreciate his comfy house LOL.

  12. Desert Willow Aussies  January 1, 2011

    I love this! T

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