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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...
Find a Trail That Has Water Find a trail with water I just can’t stress this enough when backpacking with your dog, It’s not only a great way for your dog to cool off but also to catch a drink or for you to refill waters.
Before we head out for a camping trip I always have a small checklist I run through to make sure I have everything I need for my desert dogs. It’s just the necessity’s and I’m sure every owner will have a different item they might bring along, but here are my 15 things I never leave home without.
Sometimes I do really feel like my dog is my best friend. We go most places together, and our favorite place to be is by each others’ side unless there’s a squirrel or other dog nearby, or a bike ride I want to go on. My husband and I live in a camper with our medium-sized mutt, a Boston Terrier/Boxer mix named Major Tom, who’s almost 11 years old. On a lot of RV forums, people post concerns over getting a dog or hitting the road with their favorite pooch, but it really isn’t too hard to keep everyone happy as long as some steps are taken. Heck, some folks even travel successfully with cats. Make sure your dog’s food is widely available. Chain pet stores carry a wide variety of foods these days, and our dog is on a specific diet of limited ingredients for a small older dog. We buy in bulk when we see a Petco, and break it up into smaller, more manageable containers. For treats, we give Major Tom peanut butter in Kong. It goes a long way for calming his nerves, and is cheap and easily found in just about any store. If we...
Have you ever had to take a car trip with your dog? You quickly realize that planning ahead and having the right accessories can really help make your dog happy and healthy during the trip. When I embarked on a cross country road trip with my dog, there were a few key items I brought and a few I wish I had known to bring! Here’s my list of must-haves for pet travel:   Collapsible Food and Water Bowl Get it Here. There are a lot of different varieties offered for food and water bowls, but I enjoyed this one because I could pack down the bowls and store them away during the long drive. I didn’t want something that would take up too much room but was still sufficient for my dog’s needs.   Collapsible Cage Get it Here. This came in handy on my trip when we visited my cousin’s house to stay overnight while we split the trip up. This cage packed easily into our vehicle and set up is a breeze. I suggest bringing an extra towel or a small dog bed for the dog to sleep on when in the cage.   Eno ReLeash Get it Here. ENO’s dog leash is made...
There is nothing that makes my 3-year old Siberian husky, Juneau, happier than spending time on the trails and being in the wild.  And, I’ll be honest, since she came into our lives, she has been one of our biggest motivators to get out and enjoy nature.  Luckily, we live in Michigan were you can experience all kinds of climates and landscapes all within a day’s drive.     Here are my awesome tips for adventuring alongside (wo)man’s best friend:   1. Get Your Dog In Shape Even working dogs like Juneau can get a bit out of shape and become couch potatoes. Start training with them early with walks around the neighborhood that get longer and longer every day to build up their stamina. Then work yourselves into walking on different terrain for long distances. This will also help you to evaluate whether or not your dog is physically (and mentally) able for strenuous hiking.   2. Be Prepared Just as you shouldn’t be hiking without a first aid kit of your own, you also need to bring supplies specific to your canine sidekick. Consider things like extra gauze or even socks to help with paw injuries, which are...
It’s no secret that ENOpian’s LOVE animals. I’m sure my pup is not the only one out their who joins me in my hammock. When one has a fierce love for the outdoors, often that translates to an appreciation for animals, namely everyone’s best friend–the dog. A lot of backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts have furry companions that join them on their outdoor adventures. However we know all too well that anything can happen on backcountry expeditions. Accidents happen because they are not foreseeable, but you can be prepared. Read on to learn about the main doggy-first-aid essentials so next time you and your best friend hit the trail, you’ll have the confidence to come to their rescue.   Tick Key If you happen to find one of these creepy crawly bloodsuckers sneaking up your leg, you’ll be glad you packed this for your pooch. These keys aid in actually removing the head of the tick–which if it’s left in can cause infection. It’s cheap and lightweight so there’s no excuse not to pick one of these up–especially if you’re hiking around in the southeast in the summer.   Saline Another item that be used on animals and humans alike. Saline...
The summer is a time for playing outside, eating outside and exploring outside. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and boy, can you get a good tan! But just because it feels awesome for you, it may not feel quite as pleasant for your furry, four-legged friend. In fact, the 90 degree heat that has you purring with delight sprawled out at your local, woodland water hole, might leave your hound dehydrated, burnt and bitten. Don’t fret though, there are many simple ways to minimize pet danger and maximize your fun without having to go easy on your summer plans. Here are a few of our suggestions… Vaccinate early – Before you are even think about which hike to throw yourself into on Memorial Day weekend, it’s worth making sure your pet is protected medically. Take them to the vet for a quick once over and make sure they’re checked for heart worms. Also, make sure you’re up to date on their preventative medication – think ticks, fleas, biting insects and heartworm. Ticks can be a pain -literally! – but a simple tick collar is super effective and remains in action for up to 90 days! Beat the heat – Dogs only...
Hola ENOpians! Here at our Asheville base camp, we believe in a happy work environment to make you, our faithful followers, even happier. So, what better way to up the office’s endorphins, reduce stress and improve relationships, by bringing along our furry friends! Here are a few of the office dogs!

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