After 2,000 horseback miles through five states, Idaho cowboy Phil Dawson expected the quarter-sized calluses on his backside.

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After 2,000 horseback miles through five states, Idaho cowboy Phil Dawson expected the quarter-sized calluses on his backside.

He wasn’t counting on finishing the five-month journey aboard his Appaloosa mare Apache Gold Chip with a passenger: A short-legged Welsh Corgi he picked up in Missoula, Mont., just after coming down from Lolo Pass and the Lewis and Clark Trail.

“As we traveled, I kind of grew on him,” Dawson said of the dog, Short Stop, who rode double in his western saddle for about 500 miles.

Dawson, a horse trainer from the southern Idaho town of Hagerman, completed his round-trip trek last week, finishing 40 pounds lighter than the 200 pounds he weighed when he set out May 1 with his mare and a pack mule named Copper Penny.

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He says the local volunteer fire department and the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office escorted him as he rode into Hagerman Wednesday. Dawson says he’s glad to be home.

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For Dawson’s fundraising site: http://www.americafundraisers.org/

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