My name is Mike and I geocache under the name Teamtailwagger.
We chose the name Teamtailwagger because our dog at the time, Domino, had won a contest as the best tailwagging dog in the city. Domino, who looked like a small Dalmation, passed away Oct. 30, 2018, at age 18. On April 11, 2017, Kinsler, a German shorthair pointer, came to live with us. On the way home from picking him up, we took him geocaching. We bought him a trackable for his collar and gave hime the geocaching name of Capt. TailWagger.
Capt. TailWagger doesn’t come on all of our geocaching adventures. Sometimes, it’s just too hot for a dog to be comfortable. Sometimes, we’ll leave Capt. TailWagger at the kennel if we’re going to be out of town for a few days. But for the most part, Capt. Kinsler is with me when I’m out and about looking for those hidden treasures.
If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, I’ll give you a quick primer: Geocaching is often said to be using billion-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods. Well, yes and no. Geocachers are using billion-dollar satellites to find all kinds of hidden containers. A geocacher hides a container, gets the cooridinates and posts it on geocaching.com. After a volunteer reviewer checks to make sure the new geocache meets the guidelines, the geocache is published and geocachers begin the search, often using a smartphone with a geocaching app on it or using a handheld GPS receiver. When the geocache is found, the finder signs a log sheet inside the container and places it back where it found for the next person to find it. That’s it.
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