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Pawsitively Intrepid

If you are an adventurous pet lover, than you are in the right place.

We hope to inspire you to get outside, create more adventures, and live your life alongside 4 paws to the fullest.

Click on one of the 3 links below to get started exploring this site.

Pets in the National Parks

Click here to explore the United States' national parks with us.

We have visited 37 /46 national parks in the contiguous 48 states.

-National Park Adventures-

The Midwest Pup

This is the place for all of our local adventures, gear reviews, and general dog blog posts.

This blog was started in La Crosse, WI, although our current home base is in Minnesota.

-Dog Adventures-

The Feline Files

We can't forget about the cats. Cats can make wonderful adventure companions.

This is the spot to find blog posts about indoor and outdoor feline adventures.

-Cat Adventures-

Our story

Pawsitively Intrepid is a blog dedicated to exploring the adventure of life with dogs and cats. From challenging hikes, to gear reviews, to creating indoor enrichment we hope to encourage amazing human-animal bonds through informative blog posts that help you tackle life’s obstacles with your four-pawed companion.

Our aim is to inspire ourselves and our readers to invite more pet-friendly adventures into our lives. Whether that means welcoming a litter of foster kittens into your home or planning your first backpacking trip with your pup, we hope you can feel pawsitively intrepid.

Our headquarters are located in the Midwest. This blog originated in La Crosse, WI and is now operated out of Minnesota. We are continually working on adding information about local hiking, rescues, health concerns, and more topics for the Midwestern cat and dog. 

While most of our topics are local, in April 2018, Sasha, Glia, and two human companions started off on a national parks road trip. The first loop of our road trip encompassed 3 months and brought us to 37 of the 46 national parks in the 48 contiguous United States. We have plans to complete the remaining 9 parks. 


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Life with pets is an adventure. Enjoy the journey. 


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Recent Posts

  • Keeping your dog hydrated is an important part of every hike. A hydrated dog is at less risk of fatigue and overheating. But with so many dog hiking water bowls and bottles on the market, how do you choose the best one? We have tested 5 different styles of portable

  • For those of us who hike with dogs, it is important to still follow leave no trace trail etiquette. And a big part of leave no trace is finding a way to pick up after your dog. No one enjoys walking on trails littered with dog waste. And dog waste

  • Redwood National Park is managed alongside three California State Parks, making the official name Redwood National and State Parks. Today these parks work together to protect old-growth redwood groves, open prairie lands, parts of two major rivers and 37 miles of California coastline. The park’s namesakes, the redwood trees, are

  • If you enjoy river views on your hikes, then you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to hike along the St. Croix River. The St. Croix River is a tributary of the Mississippi River and a National Scenic Riverway. There are five Minnesota State Parks situated along the St. Croix River. And

  • Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities you can share with your dog. There are so many health benefits for both you and your pup. But just like anything, there is a point where too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. So how do you

  • Recently, I was searching the internet for information about hiking with dogs. This question came up and I didn’t find any great answers. So I have set out to compile a complete answer to whether or not hiking is good for dogs. The short answer: Overall, yes, hiking is good

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park is a 100,000 acre national park located at the southern edge of the Cascade Mountain range. Lassen Volcanic was designated as a national park in 1916, making it one of the oldest national parks. From mountain views to boiling fumaroles, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a

  • Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, is a beautiful Minnesota State Park along the St. Croix River. William O’Brien State Park is one of our favorite state parks for year round enjoyment. This might have something to do with the fact that it is also the closest state

  • Ruffwear is a leader in the dog hiking gear world. They offer a range of products from sleeping bags to boots to leashes. Today’s post will discuss two of Ruffwear’s most popular products: the Ruffwear Webmaster Harness vs. the Ruffwear Front Range Harness. But before we compare these two harnesses,

  • Yosemite National Park is one of the most well-known national parks in the United States. Located in California, this region was a favorite place of John Muir, who has been referred to as the “Father of the National Parks.” And there is a reason that John Muir worked so hard

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