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Groundbird Gear Harness and Trekking Packs Review

Groundbird Gear Harness and Trekking Packs Review

Finding the perfect backpacking set-up for your dog can be a challenge. There are many options available, but it can still be hard to find the perfect fit. This is where Groundbird Gear comes in. Groundbird Gear is a small company with a big passion for creating a great backpack for dogs. Founded by an avid backpacker who has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and has her own four-legged hiking companion, this company has filled a gap in dog backpack production….

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Falling For A Rescue

Falling For A Rescue

The leaves outside my window are starting to change. They slowly morph from green to gold and then drift down to the ground. The air is finally crisp and I am comfortable in hats and gloves outside. The apple orchards are open and the pumpkin patches are full of the large round squash. As I scroll through Instagram vibrant pictures of fall foliage greet me. And when I stumbled upon the hashtag #FallForARescue, a hashtag developed for an online contest…

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The Great Backpacking Misadventure

The Great Backpacking Misadventure

The Incomplete Planning In July of 2018, after spending 3 months in an RV, I was itching to strap my gear to my back and head deeper into wilderness. Fortunately for me, I had a family event to attend in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Eagle River is only a hop, skip, and a jump to Michigan’s Upper Pennisula. Even though none of my usual backpacking buddies were available, Glia and I were ready to go. So I planned our first solo…

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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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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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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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