When surfing the Internets there are things that jump out and grab our short attention span. We thought we would start sharing some of our favorites with you so you can see how we spend our time between hikes and adventures.
The first thing I didn’t actually find on the Internets. Instead, I found it on a table at a bookstore when I was wasting time waiting in line to meet Henry Rollins. Then, while at home in my jammies, I ran across a blog review of the book – Following Atticus – over at Agatha and Louise. Following Atticus is a book about a Miniature Schnauzer who follows his human up 48 high peaks while teaching him about life and himself. We love, love, love that a small dog hiked up all of those peaks. We also like self-helpish books about introspection so this one might just make our reading pile – because I have a stack of about 10 books that I never get around to actually reading 🙂
Although our current get-your-dog-seen-at-night-doodad is the SpotLit blinky light, we were intrigued by the GlowDoggie Ultra LED collar that was reviewed over at Dog Tipper. The nice thing about these collars is that they are visible from about any angle. However, these “collars” are meat to be used in ADDITION to your usual harness or collar, not as an actual collar you hook a leash to. All I know is that it is getting dark earlier and, if you are like us, it’s either before work in the dark of after work in the dark that I can walk Chester and Gretel. It’s important to have an item like the SpotLit or Glowdoggie so that your dog stays safe.
Along the lines of keeping your dog safe in the dark of fall and winter is keeping your dog safe in the COLD. We ran across a short but thorough post at Dog Tipper on Keeping Your Dog Safe in Winter. My favorite tip is to use pet-friendly (salt free and chloride free) ice melters. We love this tip because not only is it gentle on your pet’s paws but it protects water quality….and some of you know just how passionate this little Water Quality Specialist is about that issue. If salts and chlorides get into the drains on the street it will get to streams and harm little fishes. By using pet-friendly de-icers you are protecting your pet AND the fishes.
I went to college at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA so that area is near and dear to my heart. Naturally, it grabbed our attention when Go Pet Friendly published two posts on their blog about it – one about Dog-Friendly Hiking at Mount Baker and one about Pet-Friendly Sightseeing in the North Cascades. It sounds like they really enjoyed their time in our neck of the woods and their pictures are amazing! In their own words, they said ” It is undoubtedly one of the most special places we’ve seen”. We agree!