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Stay Safe with Ruffwear’s Lumenglow High-Vis Dog Jacket

While fall is a fantastic time of year for hiking in most areas, here in Minnesota it is also a time of year when daylight hours are getting shorter and hunting season starts. But whether you are trying to stay safe hiking during hunting season, trying to remain visible to cars in your neighborhood at […]

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Keep Your Dog Safe during Hunting Season

It’s fall in Minnesota, which is arguably the best time of year for hiking. But fall is also hunting season. Follow these tips to stay safe and enjoy hiking in October and November. 1. Know When Hunting Season Starts and Ends Your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website is often the best source of […]

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OneTigris Sleeping Mat: A Portable and Packable Solution

If you backpack, camp, or even just road trip with your dog, you may have found yourself searching for a good sleeping solution for your dog. If you are staying near your car, you can haul a regular dog bed along with you. But if you want something to bring with you on day hikes […]

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Dog Adventures Hiking Trails

Best Dog-Friendly Backpacking in the Upper Midwest

While the upper Midwest is not well-known for its backpacking, there are some trails well worth exploring. Instead of mountains or slot canyons, you will enjoy waterfalls, lake shorelines, and forests. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t dramatic rocky views and wilderness that extends for miles in any direction. If you are looking for a […]

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Hiking with a Dog Diagnosed with Arthritis

Dogs make great hiking companions, but they age faster than we do. And commonly, older dogs develop arthritis. But just because your dog is aging doesn’t mean that you have to stop hiking with them. This post is dedicated to helping you support your arthritic dog in continuing to stay active as long as possible. […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Hiking with Your Dog

Have a dog and enjoy hiking? If you are new to hiking with your dog, then you are in the right place. Below you will find all the information you need to get started on a lifetime of adventure hiking with your dog. Preparing for Your First Hike For the purposes of this article, I […]

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Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Harness Review

It’s hot out. Summer in Minnesota has finally arrived. Despite the heat, I always want to take full advantage of the beautiful sunny days. Adjusting from winter to summer hiking is always a little hard. In the winter, I hike in the middle of the day and rarely need to bring water with me unless […]

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Dog Adventures Hiking Trails

Explore the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness with your Dog

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness is the largest state park in Michigan. Located in the upper peninsula, the park covers 60,000 acres of forest, lakes, and rivers along the shore of Lake Superior. The Porcupine Mountains themselves form a 12-mile-long escarpment that parallels the Lake Superior Lakeshore for a distance of 1.5 miles. On a clear day, […]

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A Dog-Friendly Adventure in Canada: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of spring and summer weather here in Minnesota. Last year, I used the long weekend to backpack a portion of the Border Route Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoa Area. This year, I had planned to spend 4 days and 3 nights thru-hiking the Kekekabic Trail, which is also […]

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Ruffwear’s Hitch Hiker Leash: “a versatile leash option for hiking and camping”

This spring/summer, Ruffwear came out with some new and updated dog gear. When I looked through the updated catalog, there were 3 products that immediately caught my attention: the new colors of the Flagline harness, the Swamp Cooler harness, and the focus of this blog post – the Hitch Hiker Leash. *Please be aware that […]