Taking a road trip with your dog is definitely an awesome and an unforgettable experience. It's also a great way to put some adventure in your lives when the weather is less than favorable. To make that trip a more enjoyable experience, keep these things in mind before before hitting the road with your furry friend. Plan Ahead When Taking a Road Trip With Your Dog 1. Motion Sickness Just … [Read more...]
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If you live in Washington State, or plan to visit, you might like reading about some of our favorite dog friendly hiking trails near Seattle.
Protecting the environment is a hot topic right now (as it should be). Check out my eco-friendly articles if you are interested in learning how to be environmentally responsible with your dog in nature.
I've been wanting to stay in a yurt with Chester and Gretel for a while. So when the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce contacted me and asked if we wanted to stay in one of the dog friendly yurts at Fort Steven's State Park, I jumped at the chance! Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River … [Read more...]
You wanted a hiking buddy with lots of energy and that was always excited to go when you are so you got a puppy. You can't wait to hit the trails with your new pup and introduce them to a life of adventure. But should you? Puppies shouldn't go on substantial hikes until their bodies have fully matured. So how old should your puppy be before they start hiking? At What Age is it Safe for Puppies … [Read more...]
Although I chose to hike on a weekday afternoon to reduce encountering off leash dogs, I knew we might encounter one or two. Chester and Gretel are what you call "reactive" dogs - an off-leash dog running up to them, especially when they are leashed, scares them. I rounded the corner and saw two larger dogs, both off leash. Their owner was nowhere in sight. I pulled Chester and Gretel to the … [Read more...]
You're sitting around the campfire chatting with your friends when suddenly you realize your dog is missing. Maybe you hear barking, or yelling, from the campsite next door and realize your dog is over there sticking it's nose where it doesn't belong. Or maybe your dog has chased after a chipmunk and you're panicked because he's not coming when you call his name. Whatever the reason - etiquette or … [Read more...]
Summer is here and you are looking for ways to spend more time in the outdoors with your dog. Camping with your dog is a great way to do that. It's like taking your life and moving it outside. Your dog will love exploring all the new sights and smells, it will help clear your mind, and it can improve your bond with your pet. There are several different ways you can camp and each one suits a … [Read more...]
Are you new to camping with dogs or have you done it so infrequently that you forget what dog camping gear you should bring? I've been camping with my dogs for years. I've gone through a lot of trial and error and have decided that there are 10 things I won't leave home without. This isn't an exhaustive list but it's our must-have list for every camping trip. To me, it's just not pleasant or … [Read more...]
Because I hike with my own small dogs, I am extra aware of other small dogs on the trails. While I own and hike with Dachshunds, I've also done a lot of research into other small dog breeds. Based on that research, and my experience, these are the 5 most popular small dog breeds for hiking. Jack Russell Terrier A post shared by Katie (@trustyourtrail) on Dec 15, 2016 at 6:36am … [Read more...]
If you and your pup are looking to spend a few days outdoors in the Washington wilderness, but tent camping isn’t quite your style, cabins, yurts and fire lookouts can be an awesome alternative. Known as "glamping" - or glamorous camping - this way of experiencing the great outdoors means you can commune with nature without sacrificing all of the comforts of home. Since the type of facilities can … [Read more...]
I've always loved photography. My mom was an amateur photographer when I was a kid and I remember sitting for hours looking at slides with her (yes, I'm that old). I started playing around with landscape photography when I discovered hiking. I switched to "landscape with pets" photos when I started this blog 5 years ago but, for the most part, I just stuck with the "take a landscape shot but throw … [Read more...]
Search the internet and you will find that dogs on hiking trails is a subject that is hotly contested. There are very passionate voices on either side. I am of the belief, obviously, that it is ok for dogs to be out on the trails. However, bringing your dog along comes with great responsibility to both people and the environment. I admit, I did some things that weren't cool when I first … [Read more...]
As you know, I'm all about hiking with dogs. I believe that almost any dog in good health can do it. However, it IS true that not all dogs can go the same distance or over the same terrain. If your dog has never been hiking before, you should start them slow on easier trailsand work your way up to more difficult hikes. Even dogs that love hiking and have been hiking for years have their limits … [Read more...]
People sometimes get altitude sickness when they reach an elevation of 8,000 feet or higher. I knew it was a possibility that someone would get sick on our recent trip to Colorado. People who live in Colorado are used to the altitude. People who travel there, especially sea-level dwellers like us, can get quite a shock to their system. It can take anywhere from a couple days to several months of … [Read more...]
I love all dogs and do not discriminate based on size. However, it is a fact that there are differences between small dogs and big dogs. Some of these differences become apparent when you are hiking or backpacking with your small dog. Advantages of Hiking with Small Dogs [Tweet "7 Advantages of Hiking with Small Dogs via @YDWWYW"] You can use your hand as a water dish because they … [Read more...]