Crossing the Border with Pets: Canada Edition

Crossing the Border with Pets: Canada Edition

If you grew up in the United States like I did, there are only two borders that you can cross when taking a road-trip out of the country: Mexico or Canada. Crossing into Canada is relatively easy, but what about when you are taking a pet with you? Read on to discover what you need to know about crossing the border with pets. USDA APHIS USDA APHIS stands for the United States Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection…

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How to Plan a Pet-Friendly Road Trip

How to Plan a Pet-Friendly Road Trip

Road trips are a tried and true method of adventuring and traveling the nearby world. There is something so invigorating about hitting the open road and cruising to places previously unknown. As an added benefit, driving is one of the most pet-friendly modes of transportation. However, traveling with pets does take a little added planning. Follow the steps below to make sure your pet-friendly road trip is a success. 1. Make Sure Your Pet Is Comfortable In The Car The…

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A Great American Road Trip – #RVLife

A Great American Road Trip – #RVLife

Glia and I have some exciting news to share! We are planning a great American road trip. Our goal: to start a journey that will end with visiting all 46 of the National Parks in the 48 contiguous United States. The National Parks system in the United States is a wonderful, varied, and extensive system of protected space, hiking trails, and unique ecosystems. It would take years to properly explore all of the places the National Parks system has to…

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Ruffwear Webmaster Harness Review

Ruffwear Webmaster Harness Review

Glia and I are big fans of Ruffwear products. For those of you have not heard of Ruffwear, they are a company that makes performance dog gear for outdoor adventures. Glia and I ordered our first Ruffwear product in 2017, the front range harness. While we loved the color and quality, the front range harness had a habit of sliding onto her neck when she walked behind me and the leash tugged her forward. So this year, we purchased the…

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Coulee Experimental Forest: A nearly hidden hiking experience

Coulee Experimental Forest: A nearly hidden hiking experience

When Glia and I first moved to La Crosse, I spent a fair amount of time trying to find the local hiking trails. During my online research, I stumbled across the Coulee Experimental Forest. The Coulee Experimental Forest is a Wisconsin DNR managed property located near Barre Mills, WI (just east of La Crosse). I consider this a “hidden” hiking spot, because there is no way I would have ever stumbled upon this trailhead without a little research. There is…

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La Crosse Blufflands Project: Great Dog Friendly Hiking

La Crosse Blufflands Project: Great Dog Friendly Hiking

If you like to hike and have lived in or near La Crosse, Wisconsin for any period of time, you know about Hixon Forest. You have probably also heard about Goose Island. But you may not know about all of the small pieces of land set aside as part of the La Crosse Blufflands Project. Between 2002 and 2009, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy partnered with the City of La Crosse to protect nearly 1000 acres of bluffland for public recreation….

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

How will you spend your Valentine’s day? Going out for a romantic dinner, eating chocolates, or smelling a fresh bouquet of roses? This year, I am spending Valentine’s day with my furry valentines – going for a hike with Glia and cuddling on the couch with Frisko. We hope that each of our readers has something special planned for their own four-legged companions. Feeling hard-pressed to come up with ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s day with your pets? Check…

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National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? As humans, most of us have a regular dental hygiene routine. We brush twice a day, attempt to floss at least once a day, and see our dentists/dental hygienists twice a year. We do this to keep our teeth as healthy as possible and address concerns as soon as they arise. The month of February is a great reminder to recognize that pets need dental health care just as…

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Why Pets Shouldn’t Eat Avocados + 9 Other Foods to Avoid

Why Pets Shouldn’t Eat Avocados + 9 Other Foods to Avoid

As a veterinarian, it seems that everyone knows that cats and dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate, but what about other frequently consumed human foods. Check out the list below for information on human foods that our furry companions should avoid and why. 1. Avocados (Dogs and Cats) Avocados contain a toxin called persin. Birds and ruminants (like cows) are very susceptible to this toxin and should never be fed avocadoes. While dogs and cats are far less sensitive, they can still…

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6 Reasons to Take Your Dog for a Hike

6 Reasons to Take Your Dog for a Hike

If you have read more than a couple posts on this site, you will know that I am a big advocate of hiking with dogs. But don’t just take my word for it. Check out this list of 6 reasons you should get off the couch now and take your dog for a hike. 1. Get Some Exercise I think at this point, we all know that exercise has many health benefits for people. Lowering blood pressure, increasing metabolism, keeping…

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