About Pawsitively Intrepid

Pawsitively Intrepid was created to help dog-lovers plan adventures that don’t require leaving the dog behind. Whether planning a multiple month road trip or an hour long hike in the woods, it is Pawsitively Intrepid’s goal to provide tips and suggestions to make adventure travel with your dog easier. 

Meet the Team


Kate is the blogger behind Pawsitively Intrepid. She began blogging in 2017 as a creative outlet and a way to share her adventures with her dog, Glia. 

At the time, Kate was living in La Crosse, WI and working as a veterinarian. When she wasn’t providing medical care to dogs and cats, she was finding great hiking trails along the Mississippi River bluffs.  Many of the original blog posts on Pawsitively Intrepid feature hiking trails in the La Crosse area.

In 2018, Kate moved from La Crosse, WI to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. But rather than heading straight from one job to the next, she planned a 3-month dog-friendly road trip to all of the National Parks west of the Mississippi River.  

While many National Parks do not allow dogs on the hiking trails, there was still plenty to see from the roadsides and dog-friendly areas. And there were plenty of hiking opportunities in between parks. The experience of driving an RV cross-country for 3 months and hiking every day with the dogs was unforgettable. And the trip provided plenty of material to blog about. Find out more about that trip on our National Park’s page.

These days, you can find Kate relatively stationary in Minnesota. She is still working as a small animal veterinarian. But when she is not working, you can find her backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail or day-hiking at one of Minnesota’s State Parks. If she isn’t hiking, she is probably writing for this blog.  

Accomplishments and Background

Here are a few of the things that Kate has accomplished that help provide personal and professional experience as she writes for Pawsitively Intrepid.

  • BS in Animal Science: Univeristy of WI – River Falls
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of MN
  • Has visited 43 National Parks with her dogs
  • Has completed backpacking trips to the Smokey Mountains, Superior Hiking Trail, and Ice Age Trail
  • Hikes year-round with her dogs in Minnesota


A black 40 pound mutt (see her DNA results here), Glia came into Kate’s life in 2011. Kate picked up this bouncy little pup from a local humane society during her second year of veterinary school.

Glia has always loved the outdoors and never backs down from a hiking challenge. Her joy of adventure has fueled Kate’s own love of the outdoors and made much of this blog possible.

Glia’s accomplishments include:

  • Several overnight backpacking trips
  • Has visited 43 National Parks
  • Master of Squirrel Stalking: from Backyard University
  • Certified Adventure Companion per Kate


The newest addition to the Pawsitively Intrepid team, Sasha is a King Charles Cavalier mix weighing in at only 12 pounds.

She joined the team in time for the 2018 National Parks road trip. Sasha was able to visit 36 national parks before she turned a year old. Although small, she tackles adventure head-on and is always ready for a hike.

Sasha’s accomplishments include:

  • Traveling to 43 National Parks
  • Hiking over 20 miles in one day
  • Master of Fetching All Balls
  • Designated as the most excited of the group to go hiking


Part of the original team, Frisko is featured in many of our feline posts. He was a wonderful feline companion that lived with Kate (and later Glia) from 1999 to 2018. 

Although, he spent most of his life as an indoor-only cat, in his later years he began exploring the backyard and enjoying peaceful urban adventures.

Our 3 Main Blog Post Categories:

National Park Adventures

In April of 2018, we started a 3 month road trip to visit 36 of the 46 national parks in the contiguous United States. We returned in July and are in the process of planning our visit to the remaining 10 national parks. Why not all 62? Logistically, traveling with a 40# dog via any mode of transportation besides a car gets a little tricky. Alaska might be in our future someday, but for now we are sticking to the “lower 48.”

Dog Adventures

Currently, this category contains a wide array of generalized dog topics. However, the large majority of our focus is on local outdoor activities that can be enjoyed with your pup. In 2017, the year of this blog’s creation, we lived in La Crosse, WI. You will find some great hiking trail suggestion for that area. As of August 2018, we have been living in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. Stay tuned as we explore the plethora of dog-friendly spaces in this region.

Cat Adventures

We wouldn’t want to forget our intrepid feline companions. The Pawsitively Intrepid household is a frequent host for foster cats and kittens and we love to share their stories with you. This section also contains general cat topics and posts about helping your cat explore the great outdoors safely.

Please explore the site and enjoy reading blog posts about a wide variety of topics from fostering kittens to backpacking with dogs to volunteering with international veterinary organizations. Find our search bar either on the side of the page (if using desktop) or at the bottom of this page (if using mobile). Or visit our table of contents. 

If you have suggestions for topics you would enjoy reading about, let me know. This site is still a work in progress and I would love to know more about what interests you.



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