I am a dog walker, so my 2005 Subaru Outback Sport has seen more dogs than most people see in a lifetime, and is the fur is deep in the fabric that no amount of detailing will ever pull it all out. But I also have my own dogs, and the story of my Subaru starts there. At the end of 2004, I took a leave of absence from my desk job in Boston to go to Kanab, UT and volunteer at Best Friends. It was then that I bought my first new car—a Subaru. Shortly after, my dog Alex and I set off on our drive from Boston to Kanab, all by ourselves. I had never driven past Ohio. We drove across the country again and had many other memorably excursions in the Subaru. Sadly, Alex left us recently, just a week before his 15th birthday. I miss him terribly, and think of our many long drives every time I get in my Subaru…which now has 85,000 miles on it.