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Right before photographer Theron Humphrey jumped into his Toyota pickup to start a 50-state photo-project road trip, he made a stop in a Marietta, Georgia, animal shelter. There he met a coonhound that he had seen on a pet adoption website.

He adopted the puppy, Maddie, and a few months later left for a 365-day cross-country journey. The project, called “This Wild Idea,” led Humphrey across the nation to tell the stories of individuals he met along the way.

Maddie accompanied him across 65,000 miles, quickly becoming what Humphrey describes as his best friend.

He wanted to document his journey, as well as his companion, so at the beginning of his trip he decided to take her picture on top of the mode of transportation. He was surprised at her balancing ability, he said.

“She stood there and looked at me,” he said, wondering what else she would…

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