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Colorado Trail Part Two
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Colorado Trail Part 2: Release the Gear Hounds

In part one of my Colorado Trail Series, I introduced the 100-mile trip my mom, Bella, and I are planning next month and talked about our planning process. After deciding on our sections, schedules, and resupply and pick up points, the next step for me was to get my gear…

PooVault Review
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PooVault Review

We recently collaborated with PooVault to do a test and review of their poop bag carrier. My older lab, Huron, is now 14 and I’m not exaggerating when I say she doesn’t make it 40 yards from our house or camper on a walk without pooping. She poops a lot. And, as…

Ruffwear Quick Draw Review
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2018 Ruffwear Quick Draw Review

A year ago, we wrote a joint review on Ruffwear’s Quickdraw Leash. Ruffwear recently redesigned the product, and we wanted to be sure to share our take on the updated version. What hasn’t changed? The overall functionality and look of the product. It’s the same length with the same trusty,…

Conquering 14ers With Man's Best Friend
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Conquering 14,000ft with Man’s Best Friend

About a year and a half ago my best friend Cooper and I moved from the Adirondack Mountains of New York to the Rockies of Colorado. After summiting all 46 high peaks in NY and exploring hundreds of other trails near our small town I was ready for some bigger mountains…

Ruffwear Trail Runner Bowl Review
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Ruffwear Trail Runner Bowl Review

So, let’s be honest…there are a multitude of travel bowls for dogs of all different shapes and sizes on the market…so what’s the big deal about this one? If you are a trail runner, thru-hiker, or otherwise weight-conscious adventurer, then you know that you can’t afford to be weighed down…

Ruffwear Singletrak Review
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Ruffwear Singletrak Review

Ruffwear recently sent us their redesigned Singletrak Pack to try out, which is arguably our favorite product Ruffwear has ever made. Bella has worn her trusty original Singletrak Pack for many hundreds of trail miles, in all types of terrain, and in all kinds of weather. She’s had her current…

Altitude Sickness in Dogs
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Altitude Sickness in Dogs – Recognizing and Treating

When traveling to areas of high elevation or hiking in high mountain ranges (particularly 5,000 feet above sea level and higher), dogs should be watched for signs of altitude sickness. Factors that may impact a dog’s chance of getting altitude sickness: Hydration Activity level/exertion Length of acclimation period the dog…

Colorado Trail Part 1
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Colorado Trail Part 1: “Don’t Go Wishing Your Life Away”

The idea for this trip first came to me at the Banff Film Festival’s Boulder, Colorado screening a few years ago.  We were celebrating my husband Patrick’s 30th birthday, and his father had come up frequently in conversation that night.  When Pat was in his early 20’s, he lost his…