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The Intrepid Pup’s Cold Weather Safety Guide

The Intrepid Pup’s Cold Weather Safety Guide

It’s official. December is upon us and the highest temperature in my forecast this week is 33 degrees F. Honestly this isn’t that cold for December, but it is time to start taking care when on outdoor adventures with my pup. Glia has lived in either Minnesota or Wisconsin her entire life, so we wanted to share some of our tips for walking, hiking, and living in cold winter temperatures. We have compiled the following Cold Weather Safety Guide for…

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Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Many of us love to travel with our pets. Whether it is a car trip to visit friends or a backpacking trip into the wilderness, it is important to always have a good travel pet first aid kit on hand. While my at home first aid kit is a little extensive to travel with, there are a few items that I always like to have on hand. And the more things that can overlap between the human first aid kit…

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Hiking at Great River Bluffs State Park

Hiking at Great River Bluffs State Park

With commanding views of the mighty Mississippi and meandering trails through southern Minnesota forest, Great River Bluffs State park is worth adding to your list of dog-friendly hiking destinations. The park contains approximately 6.5 miles of hiking trails, making it an easy day hike location. If you include the interpretive trail, the total comes to about 9 miles. About Great River Bluffs State Park According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR): The creation of Great River Bluffs State…

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A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

Ah Thanksgiving. A holiday that is as much about shared feasts of turkey, stuffing, and pies as it is about remembering to give thanks for the abundance of blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  The start of the “holiday season,” Thanksgiving is the last holiday before the world (at least my part of it) fully unleashes Christmas. So in honor of celebrating Thanksgiving with pets, read on for holiday specific pet safety tips and a Thanksgiving day recipe for cats….

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Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

With the passing of every day, we all get older. Sometimes it feels that if you blink too quickly, your new puppy will start to develop silvery gray hairs along his muzzle. For those of us who hike frequently with our dogs, one of the first signs of old age is a dog who is slowing down on the trail. Or perhaps he runs hard all weekend, only to end up stiff and limping after a night of sleep. These…

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Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Glia and I have lived in La Crosse, WI for about 3 years now, and our favorite part of the city is the hiking opportunities. We have several trails that we frequent on a regular basis( see 5 best dog-friendly hiking trails in La Crosse, WI). From trails inside the city limits to exploring the local state parks (like Perrot State Park in Wisconsin and Great River Bluffs State Park in Minnesota), we love hiking the bluffs and river. Of all of these…

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Tips For A Petacular Halloween

Tips For A Petacular Halloween

The end of October is fast approaching. Soon it will be October 31st and Halloween will be upon us. Read on for my tips and tricks to enjoy a petacular Halloween! Petacular Halloween Costumes This wouldn’t be a proper petacular Halloween post if I didn’t start off with a paragraph about pets in costumes. The resident pets at my house have suffered through a few costumes over the years. Just like harnesses and collars, it is important that costumes fit…

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The Complete New Puppy Checklist

The Complete New Puppy Checklist

So you have finally made the big decision to add an intrepid puppy to your life. Congrats! This is an exciting decision and one that will change your life for roughly the next 10-15 years. Mostly in a great and wonderful way, I promise. However, before you pick up your furry new addition, it is important to make sure that you (and your home) are ready for a puppy. Use this new puppy checklist to make sure that you aren’t…

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The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

What is the VOHC seal? The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) concept was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Veterinary dentists recognized that there were many products being marketed to improve the dental health of pets. However, there was not an objective means of recognizing which products actually worked. As a result a panel of veterinary dentists and representatives from several veterinary organizations agreed upon a protocol for testing effectiveness of plaque and calculus retardants in dogs. (Note…

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Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Fall is here! It is time to hike through fallen leaves and pull out the fall sweaters. Besides visiting all of my favorite local La Crosse, WI hiking trails, one of my favorite fall activities is apple picking. There is something special about the taste of a crisp apple picked straight from the tree. Luckily for me, there are several apple orchards within an hour of La Crosse. As a result, my house is currently overflowing with apples, so even…

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