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Backpacking with dogsEveryone has their own preference when it comes to backpacking, some people love to go ultralight, some are more in it for comfort, and others want practical. For backpacking with a dog, being prepared without over packing is my main goal. Below, I have my list of items I consider essentials and would never leave the house without when backpacking with my dog Goose. 1.) Dog backpack I am aware not all dogs can carry a backpack either for size or age of the dog, but if your dog is healthy enough then I say take advantage of it! If you don’t know if your dog is ready for a backpack I recommend taking them to your vet and asking your vet to conduct a physical exam to determine if they are physically ready to wear a backpack. Ok so your dog can wear a backpack that’s great, just remember to not dive right into a backpack full of dog gear remember training is key to keep your dog happy and healthy. Start with short hikes and lightweight in the backpack and slowly increase the weight to the target weight. A maximum of 25 percent of your dog’s body weight is a rough estimate. But...
Well ladies and gents, Thanksgiving has officially come and gone, and the sounds of Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas songs will soon be ringing in our ears in shopping malls and grocery stores alike. And while this means we all will be loosening our belts a notch or two thanks to those mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner, it also means we have to start looking forward and prepping for what’s to come: holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, the hardest people to shop for always seem to be those practical, outdoorsy friends and family. It seems like they always either already own it, or don’t want it, regardless of what “it” is. To try and help this process along, I present to you: a list of perfect holiday gifts for the outdoors-person in your life. Guy or girl, here are some items that any true outdoorsman or woman will love this holiday season.   1. Let’s start with the obvious, ENO gear Whether they already have a hammock or not, you can never have enough accessories or upgrades. Get them a Vulcan Underquilt to prep for the frosty winter months to come, or invest in a Guardian Bug Net to...

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