Weekend trip to Memphis

This past weekend I went to Memphis, Tennessee because one of my nieces had a soccer thing there. Her team is based in Tallahassee, FL so I don’t get to see them play terribly often. This was a great opportunity since the trip is only about 3.5 hours from Nashville.

Well, the downside is that it rained the entire trip. And I don’t mean spotty showers. I left Nashville in the rain, drove the entire trip there in the rain, all the soccer events were under rain, and then drove the entire way back in the rain. There wasn’t even a 5 second span where it wasn’t raining. Crazy. I *think* I even saw a guy building a wooden boat and I can’t be totally sure but there may have been animals walking towards him two by two.

My sis and I on the team bus

Now with that said, it was still such a fun weekend. My niece played in two soccer games Saturday afternoon, and I love watching her play. I also chatted and laughed a lot with my second oldest sister. I count soccer and laughing as two of the best things I get to do as an uncle! Plus, I’ll be totally honest, I’m competitive. I really enjoy watching all kinds of competitions. So those were the top highlights of the weekend.

Another memorable highlight was being able to reconnect with a dog we met in Memphis last summer. You can see him in this video I made from July 2017:

The short story is that he was homeless, alone, hungry, and in need of some love. My nieces were champions for him, so we weren’t leaving there without making sure his circumstances improved, even if it was to give him a little more hope than he had right then. He ended up at a dog rescue organization and that might be the best thing that had ever happened to him up to that point in his life. Since then, he’s been brought back to great health, and was adopted by a married couple that works at that rescue.

So this weekend we had a small window of time to break away from the soccer stuff going on. We arranged to go see Cole man and here’s a short video showing him now, just 7 months later.

I’ll obviously count this weekend trip to Memphis as a highlight of 2018, with my fingers crossed for more great highlights to come!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

6 thoughts on “Weekend trip to Memphis

  1. Ahhhh great story! But I prefer “Cole” to “Maddox”. What do you call that breed there? Here they are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Staffies for short. They can be a notorious breed. Truthfully after a bad experience with one I steer clear. Shame!


    1. We liked Cole too 😉 But Maddox definitely fits him. They are commonly called Pit Bulls here, and definitely have a reputation that intimidates people. All the pit bulls I’ve met have been great, but I do still get a little nervous around them, or when my dogs are near them.


      1. Yes we call them pit bulls here too but the owners say no no s/he’s a staffie! Well have it your way but their jaws are way too terrifying regardless. A neighbour’s dog crashed through the fence some years ago and jumped me. I ended up cowering on the ground as he tried to make friends. Trappled me half to death. My husband could not call him off and had to fetch the owner. In the end said dog had to be put down as once he got older he bit a lady on the arm. Anyway, I am trying to get over it. I did stroke an innocent looking one in a bookshop.


      2. They say it’s more about how they’re raised, I’m sure they say that where you live too. The dangerous aspect is it only takes one bite from them to do such damage. And often times it’s too late at that point! Your story sounds frightening. Was he just being overly playful?

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      3. Yes, he was a pup but huge and powerful for his age. Apparently he was nothing like the rest of his family. The owners were pretty useless and left him crying for hours. Back when I was not Christian and had psychic powers I “talked” to him and he was scared of the dark. They would leave him outside alone for way too long.


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