Dog Friendly Hike: Gem Lake via Snow Lake

Hike or Cackpack to Dog Friendly Gem Lake

Our first backpacking trip with the dogs this year was up to Gem Lake. The most common way to get up to Gem Lake is via the Snow Lake trail so that's what we did. Snow Lake is one of my favorite dog friendly trails near Seattle because it's not too hard but the destination is absolutely amazing. It's a 5 mile hike up to Gem Lake (about 1.5 miles past Snow Lake) so we got started in the … [Read more...]

How to be a Good Pet Parent on Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Woman kissing a Yorkie

This Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day. I think every day should be Take Your Dog to Work Day. That's partly why I quit my cushy government job to go back to school, start my own business, and work from home with Chester and Gretel snuggled in their beds beside me. Seriously, that is one of the big reasons that I took the leap. Many across the country aren't so lucky. They're stuck in … [Read more...]

Backpacking With Dogs: What to Do if Your Dog Has an Allergic Reaction to a Bug Bite

Photo Courtesy Deposphotos/fyletto

Do you know what to do if your dog has an allergic reaction to a bug bite or sting when you are out in the woods? Most people assume they can rush their dog to the vet when something like that happens. The vet is not an option when you are in the backcountry like we were though. Thanks to my pet first aid certification, I was able to handle the situation without too much panic. To be clear, … [Read more...]

Dog Subscription Boxes Demystified: They’re All the Same (or ARE They?)


The dog subscription box market has exploded. About 3 years ago, I learned about the first one. Less than a year later, there were 7 boxes on the market. I found searching the internet for reviews and information to make the right choice confusing. In order to demystify the choices, I wrote a blog post comparing all 7 dog goody subscription boxes side-by-side. That comparison post was … [Read more...]