Stay Fit this Winter by Snowshoeing with Your Dog

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We've had a love affair with Zuke's since before they had any idea who we were and we are proud to have them as one of our long-term sponsors. Their continued support helps to make sure we have the treats we need to fuel our adventures and that I can continue to share our stories and tips. For three years I have shared our adventure stories with the hopes that we might just inspire one of you … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part VIII – Extended Trip Safety

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The subject this week is somewhat long and dry. I wrote my post on safety and then realized it was way too long for someone to read in one sitting (I am a blogger not a novelist). As with the previous post on short day trip safety, I tried to make a somewhat long, boring subject shorter. I also tried to infuse it will some dry humor. See if you can catch it :) In Part I, I covered the basic … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part VII – Short Day Trip Safety

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I hope you have enjoyed the Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Series so far. When I was thinking what to make today’s post about I couldn’t decide if I wanted to tell you about some of our favorite trails, and trail resources first, or talk to you about safety when Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog. To help me choose, I flipped a squeakie squirrel and he landed on his face…so safety it is (it’s … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog Part VI – How Many Calories Do You Burn?

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One of my most popular posts is “How Many Calories Do You Burn Walking Your Dog?” In this snowshoeing series, I have told you several times that snowshoeing burns significantly more calories than walking alone. I told you that snowshoeing is almost as easy as walking. I say “almost” because you WILL sweat more. Sweating more is proof that you are burning a heck of a lot more calories. … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part V – Get You and Your Dog in Shape First

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So you are all set to go snowshoeing with your small dog? You’re bought the right gear and clothing for you and your dog, picked the right snowshoes and are raring to go? Not so fast. There might be something else you need to do first. I had originally planned to talk about this subject at the beginning of the series but the burning questions seemed to be about gear and snowshoes. Not everyone … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part IV – Clothing and Gear for Your Dog

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The most important ingredient to a happy snowshoeing dog versus one that has a miserable time is warmth…followed closely by being dry. Smaller dogs aren’t able to generate as much of their own body heat as big dogs. Also, because smaller dogs are closer to the ground, the cold radiating up from the surface chills them. To make sure Gretel and Chester stay cozy warm, they wear double-fleece … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part III – How to Select and Where to Buy Snowshoes

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This is the third installment in the Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Series. Snowshoes are designed to increase the surface area of your feet and keep you floating on top of the snow, while still providing traction and stability.  Today I am going to tell you about snowshoe features, how to pick the right ones and where to get them. Like last week when I told you about what you should wear … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 Part II – What You Should Wear

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When I lined out the Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 series, I planned to address gear and snowshoes towards the end. It was clear by your questions that these two subjects were what you were itching to know. You asked me several questions about what you needed to wear and how to pick the right snowshoe. I decided to rearrange the order of my posts to answer your most burning questions … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101: Introduction – It’s Easy and Fun

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A couple of weeks ago we announced that were going to post a Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 series. Yesterday we shared some of our favorite snowshoeing adventures to prove that small dogs really can snowshoe. Today is the kickoff of our series. We will publish a new post in this series each week on Monday until we run out of things you want to know :) Snowshoeing is almost as easy as … [Read more...]

Want to Learn How to Snowshoe with Your Small Dog?

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I have been thinking about this for a while but now I have to get off my butt and do it. Last weekend we met with our Adventureweiner friends at a local dog park. My friend from Life with Doxies said she had been enjoying reading about our snowshoe adventures and asked me what to look for if she wanted to start herself. I said, “funny you should ask” because I have been thinking about doing … [Read more...]

Ding! Stick a Fork in Me ‘Cause this Weiner is Done.

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Some people read about our hiking adventure stories and say "My dachshund would never do that. My dog hates (insert said weather condition here)." Sure, they will sometimes scoff at the rain or wind or snow when you open the door but will usually head out with a little encouragement. Encouragement only goes so far though. Chester knows when he has had enough. It's like a switch. It's bound, … [Read more...]