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Adventure Dog Podcast
73 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Chelsey and Freya & Stranger
Today’s episode is with Chelsey and her two girls Freya and Stranger @2WanderGeeks, working and playing in their backyard wilderness in Montana alongside other service dogs in training. Chelsey and her husband Andrew live on the edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and right from their doorstep, they take the dogs hiking and backpacking regularly. To go back, Chelsey’s story begins with her service in the Army in Afghanistan. On her return to the states and dealing with PTSD, she was able to rely on the comfort and security of her dog. Foxy, a rescue from New Mexico, also inspired Chelsey to get into the outdoors and to start service dog training. Fast forward a few years and she adopted another rescue dog, Stranger a Malinois, from Grateful Dogs in San Francisco @gratefuldogsrescue25. This time, Chelsey was looking for those specific high drive, working dog traits that would make Stranger a great search and rescue service dog. Though Stranger, who has a few traits typical with the breed, did not become a service dog, it wasn’t long till Freya was adopted and trained. Freya, a lab and shepherd mix from Woods Humane Society @woodshumanesociety, joined the family in summer of 2019. Having Foxy had led Chelsey into an active outdoor lifestyle including backpacking and hiking, though Foxy was unable to do some of the more strenuous hikes due to age and hip issues. When Chelsey and Andrew applied to backpack the entire length of the Continental Divide Trail, they unfortunately had to leave both Foxy and Stranger behind. Considering the extreme weather conditions in 2019, the dogs would most likely not have enjoyed it. The trip was funded and supported through the non-profit organization Warrior Expeditions @warriorexpeditions that helps veterans accomplish long trails, cycling trips, and paddling expeditions, with a focus on mental health through outdoor experience. Because Chelsey was unable to complete the CDT in 2019, she is currently training along with her trail partner Freya, to backpack the remainder next summer. One of their favorite spots to hike is Blodgett Canyon, which leads up to Blodgett Lake right on the Montana and Idaho border. And the CDT is just 40 miles/ 64km away. But really, any trail in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area is a great trail. Most recently they hiked Big Creek trail, where they followed wolf and elk tracks for miles. Further south is the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a wonderfully named area that encompasses 2.3 million acres/ 9,500 km2, the single largest federally managed wilderness area outside of Alaska. Along with the also wonderfully named Goose Hump Wilderness, there are more than 3.3 million acres/ 13,000 km2 of roadless protected land! Most of this area was originally inhabited by the Niimíipuu, also known as the Nez Perce Tribe. Chelsey’s shout outs go to Michelle Revoir @michellerevoir and Sean Gobin @veteranvanlife who run @WarriorExpeditions. The two service dog organizations that she works with are @DogTagBuddies and Canine Companions for Independence @ccicanine. Thanks for listening!
78 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
O&B & Keylo Ogunda, Queen Yansa, & Vivian Soohki @Hood2HomesteadOB
Today’s episode is with Baltimoreans Oscar & Belinda and their pups Keylo Ogunda, Queen Yansa, and feline Vivian Sookhi @hood2homesteadob, putting down new roots homesteading in the beautiful desert of New Mexico! Both Belinda and Oscar had been living in the city and working corporate jobs. Eventually they left the corporate world to run their own businesses as a chef and barber, respectively. But after several years they wanted even more change. In an effort to live a more grounded, sustainable, and mindful lifestyle, they purchased a plot of land on the 35th parallel in the heart of the New Mexico desert, not far from the Rio Grande River valley. And they built a tiny home to get there! Eventually, their plan is to build a more permanent home on their plot, with a focus on sustainability and renewable energy. Of course, they made plans for their fur children too. Keylo Ogunda, a labrabull adopted from Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter @barcsanimal_shelter, has been with O&B for five years. He was their first dog they brought to the family as a couple, and a companion for their older red nosed pit, King. After an incident with another dog, Belinda was set on adopting out Keylo to a veteran’s program. But Belinda quickly found that Keylo was focused on her well-being and he has since become a permanent part of the family and a loyal guardian for Belinda. After King passed, they then brought Yansa, an AmStaff and the runt of her litter, into the family as a puppy. Keylo Ogunda and Queen Yansa now benevolently rule over their hoomans! Last but not least, there is also the wonderful Ms. Vivian Soohki, a Calico feline to keep an eye on the canines. Some of the places they enjoyed taking the pups while living on the east coast included Susquehanna State Park, Shenandoah National Park and valley, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Loch Raven Reservoir Park, Jerusalem Mill, Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, and more. Because Keylo gets so excited around other dogs, they visited most of these places for the ability to be outdoors with plenty of distance from other dogs. Now that they have moved to New Mexico, not too far from Albuquerque, they enjoy the wide open expanse of the Rio Rancho desert. A short drive from their homestead plot is Petroglyph National Monument, which is partially dog friendly. To the north is Jemez Springs in the red rock San Diego Canyon in Santa Fe National Forest. To the east is Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest, full of trees and reminds the pups a bit more of their previous home. O&B have many friends and family that they could shout out, but the one they agreed was most important was their friend Pablo Santiago @juncutz and his wife and children. Pablo, a barber in the Fort Worth area @unitedcutz, is a brother to Oscar. Truly though, the list of people that have been part of O&B’s journey is endless, and they consider themselves blessed. Thanks for listening! Check out O&B’s blog and shop! For my upcoming backcountry trip, I’ve used a couple of sources to plan my groceries and meals:Backpacking Food Ideas from www.Greenbelly.comBest Backpacking Foods from 99boulders.com Check here for my list of all 50 U.S. state parks websites along with COVID information.
81 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Gretchen & Scout @Offroadrunning_Dog
Today’s episode is with Gretchen and her pittie Scout @offroadrunning_dog, who breaks down the non-running pitbull myth while having amazing trail adventures on the Oregon coast. Gretchen and her husband live, along with their two pups Scout and Dawg, near Lincoln City right on the coast and within immediate access to hundreds of miles of dog friendly trails in state forests, national forests, and even beaches! Gretchen has been trail running and competing in races and triathlons for many years. After having adopted her German shepherd Dawg from the local shelter, she decided to put her active lifestyle to use to benefit the shelter by volunteering to take the high energy dogs out for trail runs. Over the years, she’s found how amazing it is for helping some dogs at the shelter that have anxiety, and other issues. Scout was one of those pups in the shelter that was extremely timid and anti social, until her paws hit the trails for her first runs. Since then, Gretchen and Scout have run many, many miles together and competed in several races. One of their favorites is the Peterson Ridge Rumble, which has quite a history. The laid back race offers a 40 mile and 20 mile option through beautiful Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, Oregon, though dogs are not allowed in the 40 mile option. Another is the Siuslaw Dunes 50k and 25k through the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, near Florence Oregon. In this race, both the 50k and the 30k are dog friendly and travels through some amazing and varied coastal and old growth ecosystems in the Siuslaw National Forest. Coming up at the end of October is the Oakridge Triple Summit, a three day trail running and camping adventure that covers 65k and three peaks: Westfir, Larison Rock, and Dead Mountain in Willamette National Forest. While the race is dog friendly, there is a limit to how many tails they allow for each day. Lastly, Gretchen mentioned her preparations for the C2C, or Corvalis to the Sea, trail. The trail which just recently opened to the public is approximately 60 miles and of course, dog friendly. Gretchen’s shout out go to Kate & Hank @all.about.hank, Malibu @malibusmama and @malibusadventureclub, Amanda and Leilani @adventurepittieand3kitties, pitbull advocacy group @blockheadbrigade, and Cooper @thedelectabledane. With the increased threat of wild fires, floods, and other natural disasters, having a “go bag” for your animals is extremely important. It’s also easy! Check out the Multnomah County Animal Services website for emergency preparedness info and additional resources. Thanks for listening!
78 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Debbie & Brownie @BrownieHikesToo & @BlackPeopleWhoHike
Today’s episode is with Debbie and her sweet girl Brownie @browniehikestoo who started their hiking journey together exactly a year ago and inspired a movement with @blackpeoplewhohike! Debbie’s hiking adventures started when she adopted Brownie from a local shelter. Brownie and her ten siblings had been rescued from an abandoned house in the middle of the winter. Shortly before she adopted Brownie, her father was diagnosed with cancer, and bringing Brownie into their family brought a lot of happiness. Debbie had always been active and had changed her diet to be vegan. Then a close family friend convinced her and Brownie to go for a hike. So getting into hiking and the outdoors was just the next logical step. Of course, to Debbie, the lack of diversity on the trails was apparent. Debbie was quickly inspired to get other friends involved and she created the @blackpeoplewhohike account to encourage other BIPOC to get outside. Some of the things that Debbie focuses on include the reduction of stress, healthy food and physical activity to promote a better lifestyle, and the strength of community. In particular, Debbie spoke of forest bathing, a growing field of study that being in nature, and specifically in forested areas can improve our well-being. According to recent studies forest bathing can have positive affects on the body’s immune and central nervous system. To her, this is an important factor for at-risk black population and people of color who suffer from a disproportionate rate of common diseases and illness. Some of the locations in and around the St. Louis area that Debbie and Brownie like to go to are Castlewood State Park, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Hawn State Park, and Weldon Spring Conservation Area which includes the Lewis and Clark Trail, part of the National Park Service. Castlewood State Park is where Debbie and Brownie took their very first hike together! Close by in Illinois are Pere Marquette State Park, Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve. For their @blackpeoplewhohike outings, Debbie relies on the AllTrails app to find new locations for each organized hike. Her golden ticket adventure would be to take Brownie to Gambia, where her family is originally from! Debbie’s shout outs go to like minded organizations that promote BIPOC participation in the outdoors. Among them are Outdoor Afro @outdoorafro, Melanin Basecamp @melaninbasecamp, #blackhikersweek co-founders Nailah @wecoloroutside and Zenovia @blackkidsadventures, @blackmenhikela, and @blackgirlshike_la. Don’t forget to sign up at blackpeoplewhohike.com to find out about future events. For information on heat stress and heat stroke in dogs, I found several sources with great details: Humane Society: Keep Pets Safe in the Heat Animal Emergency Service: Heat Stress in Dogs, What it is and How to Treat it American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion in Dogs And dogs in archeology at Independent.co.uk: Indiana Bones: The archaeologist dogs discovering ancient remains Thanks for listening!
69 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Sallay & Otis @OtisTheGoodDogSon
Today’s episode is with Sallay and her pup Otis @otisthegooddogson about their adventures from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to the coastal beaches of North Carolina, and lots of trails in between. Sallay shares her experiences of being black in the outdoors and her views of bringing diversity to nature. Growing up in Greely, Colorado, Sallay was introduced to the outdoors by her father who enjoyed fishing, hiking, and spending time outside. Though she and her sisters were active, she rarely saw other black people or people of color on the trails. And she constantly experienced reactions of surprise from white people, as if being in the outdoors as a black person was not “normal”. Now living in the Raleigh-Durham area, she sees more diversity though she is unsure if this is because of more population diversity or a change over time. After moving to North Carolina, she adopted Otis during a pet adoption event. Within just a couple weeks, she was introducing him to her love of the outdoors! Their first hike was in the Duke Forest area. Some of their other favorite spots to go to include Eno River State Park, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Umstead State Park, and Hanging Rock State Park. The last is well known for its many rock formations and Hanging Rock, which rises up high above the forest below and offers an amazing view of the nearby valley. On the east coast of the state, Sallay and Otis have visited Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. On the other side of the state, in Pisgah National Forest to the west, is another favorite, Catawba Falls. She is definitely planning to return to Catawba Falls for future adventures. Her golden ticket trip would be to the amazingly beautiful Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Sallay has had few issues on the trails throughout North Carolina, but has felt a lack of diversity and sometimes a less welcome environment while camping, especially in more rural areas. Safety is definitely one of her concerns. A few precautions she and her partner have relied on in order to be safe are researching locations, general preparedness with the right gear, always taking a phone, and always letting someone know where they are. Her hope as well as mine, is that by motivating more BIPOC to get outside and into nature it will help to increase the safety, improve accessibility, and put an end to the stereotype that the outdoors isn’t for black people. Sallay gave an amazing list of shout outs and hashtags to follow for BIPOC and accounts that are working towards improving diversity in the outdoors: @wildginaa, #blackoutdoorjoy, @diversify.vanlife, @irietoaurora, @blackgirlstrekkin, @doesthiscountasvanlife, @meliseymo, @melaninbasecamp, @karl_shakur_, @adaezenoelle, @_sol.flower_, @rongriswell, @naturechola, @colourthetrails, @jujumil, @blackpeoplewhohike, @akunahikes, @outdoorafro, @urbanclimbr, @unlikelyhikers, @themirnavator, @she_colorsnature, @jitabebe, @fantaffstic, @michelledoubleelle, @switchbackshawty, @indegenouswomenhike. Some dog accounts she recommends are @northernjindo, @zion.nationalpup, @griffeyflood, @karmathesheprador, and @kianaintheruff. Recently @ellenandpack made a great post that includes many more BIPOC adventure dog accounts. Thanks for listening!
11 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Adventure Dog Podcast Summer Update
Today’s episode is a brief summary of our most recent adventure, our fundraiser success and a few shout outs to listeners, some dog related scientific studies, and more! Last week I completed a 50 mile run to raise awareness and money for All 4’s Rescue League @all4srescue, a rescue organization that works to bring relief to low income dog owners in at-risk and marginalized communities in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with donations from listeners, we were able to raise more than $250. With that money, All 4’s Rescue is able to provide dog houses, food, spay and neuter services, and education to owners who need a little help, especially in these tough times. If you would like to donate, please visit all4srescue.com or at paypal.me/all4srescue. A recent scientific study and article posted in The Journal of Animal Science sums up many previous studies done on the correlation between dilated cardiomyopathy and specialty diets such as grain-free or legume protein. The study is a terrific breakdown of many different results including some studies that seem to contradict each other. The study is peer reviewed and quite extensive, but a great read if you are interested in nutrition and dog health. Check it out in the June 2020 issue. There is also a series of articles about alternative protein sources in pet foods from the American Society of Animal Science. Another study looked at the possibility that dogs were emotionally motivated to help their distressed owners. The study included 60 dogs that were put through a series of experiments to see if they were motivated to assist their trapped and distressed owners without a reward. The owners were put into a box enclosure with a removable door. To compare, the dogs were also tested to see if they would try to “free” a high value food treat from the box. The study showed that dogs were more likely to assist their owners, therefore showing the emotional bond was stronger than the desire for food. Check out all the details of this really cool study at the PLOS One scientific article website. The Dog Days of Summer start July 22nd and last till August, so stay safe in this heat. One great way is to go out at night and look up at the sky! Sirius rises before dawn. There is also the NEOWISE comet in the northern sky at dawn and at night. And FIVE planets are visible right now! If you have experience with orienteering and navigating in the backcountry, we want to hear from you! Email nathan@adventuredogpodcast or send us a message @adventuredogpodcast. Thanks for listening!
71 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Jen & Sitka @LongHaulTrekkers
Today’s episode is with dog travel blogger Jen and her trail pup Sitka @longhaultrekkers, always working together on some phenomenal training and planning the next big, or little, adventure! Jen found Sitka and adopted him quite recently in December of 2019. Sitka, who was an owner surrendered pup in the PNW, had a couple of common issues with leash reactivity and anxiety around loud vehicles. From the very beginning, Jen has been doing extensive and precise training with Sitka in order to improve his behavior and confidence. Jen was highly motivated to learn better training by her experience with a previous dog Leila, that was unmanageable. By simply reaching out to other dog parents through social media in the beginning, and eventually working with a professional trainer, she has learned and shared her techniques through her own accounts. One of those accounts is her dog travel blog, aptly named LongHaulTrekkers.com. In her blog, Jen has years of information based on personal experience with camping, cycling, hiking, trail running and even international travel with dogs. Mixed in is lots of training, trail etiquette, and plenty of beautiful photos along with all of the dog related tips! Some of Jen and Sitka’s favorite locations to adventure include their own local trails near Portland, as well as the trails around their friends Jessica and Gretel & Summit’s @youdidwhatwithyourwiener home in Cle Elum, Washington. Together, they have traveled to many spots in the PNW and even down to the Arizona desert, after having just met, for an Instagram meet-up. They also did an great tour of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, finding all of the dog friendly things to do there. The Oregon coast is also one of her favorite places, and is where the Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua Heritage Tree can be found. This is the namesake of Sitka. Jen, along with her previous dog Sora, also did an extensive amount of international travel. They completed a bike tour through Europe, starting in Norway, and included 16 countries and more than 4,000 miles of pedaling. One of her favorites on the European tour was Turkey. After leaving Europe, they flew to South America and began a 15 month from the southern tip of Argentina all the way north to Colombia. One of the resources Jen used for her international travels was PetTravel.com. Though they don’t currently have any big international adventures planned, Jen and Sitka’s next biggest adventure will be resettling in Bend, Oregon. Jen’s shout outs go to Amber & Ariel @ambpitch, Jura & Tala @tala_the_nubianhound, and Maria and Riley & Bodie @sup_with_pup. For the most up to date information about traveling safely in the U.S. during Covid-19, from the CDC website: Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US. If you would like to help support my 50 mile run fundraising efforts for All 4s Rescue League @all4srescue, please visit their website or instagram, or here at their PayPal donation link: paypal.me/all4srescue Thanks for listening!
71 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
Chaz & Tricia @BlackKidRunning
Today’s episode is with Chaz and his girl Tricia @blackkidrunning, a Team USA Track and Field Olympic runner and guide dog team with a need for speed and a desire to help others with visual impairments to adapt. As a Paralympic runner, Chaz has been working with Tricia, who is a specially trained running guide dog, since 2018 to have more freedom in running outside. When Chaz first started running in high school, he quickly found that he had an ability. In his sophomore year, he had a state champion title in two mile on the track. In college he competed in both track and cross country. Not long after in 2013, he began to notice an issue with his vision. In a very short time, Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) caused Chaz to be legally blind and changed his entire life. At one point Chaz believed his running career was over. With the help of friends and family, Chaz adapted and even got back to running, relearning on a treadmill and eventually back out onto a track. Perseverance paid off and Chaz qualified and ran in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, competing in the 1500m and 5000m on the track. Later in December 2016, he ran a 2:31:48 marathon in his debut at the California International Marathon along with a guide runner, setting a new American record for the T12/B2 visual impairment division. He also bested the Rio Marathon first place finish by 29 seconds! While living in Denver, Colorado, Chaz learned about having a guide dog and not long after, he started the process through Guiding Eyes for the Blind @guidingeyes in New York. The first dog he met through the program was a small rambunctious black labrador retriever named Tricia. They immediately clicked and their training took off. Tricia and Chaz quickly progressed from simple street crossings to finding new routes. Chaz believes it’s all due to Tricia’s ability to focus and adapt in very high stress situations. Tricia lives for her work. But she also loves to run. Unlike typical guide dogs, Tricia went through several extra months of training through Guiding Eyes in order to learn to use her skills at a much faster pace. Along with a custom made harness from Ruffwear, Chaz and Tricia are able to run together and still maintain control. Though Chaz is used to training for long distance endurance running, Tricia is limited to shorter runs, simply due to her importance as a working guide dog. First and foremost is always preserving Tricia’s longevity. One of their favorite local daily runs where they live in Boston, is the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, which for them is a well known, safe and easy route to run. An adventure in itself, they get out out and navigate the city on a daily basis where Chaz does social work with Massachusetts Association for the Blind and coordinates Team With A Vision @teamwithavision. In their down time, when the harness comes off and Tricia isn’t working, her favorite activity is playing ball. It’s an important time for her to just be a dog. Chaz also plans to get Tricia out on trail hikes and runs in the future. Chaz gives a shout out to both his parents for their support throughout his life, his dad for motivating him to overcome the negativity around his impairment and get back into running, his girlfriend Kyra who was there through his learning and adaptation process, and last but not least, his Hartford track and field coach Roger Busch @coachrogerbusch. If you are looking to donate to charitable organizations in this time of change, Black Lives Matter is the most direct non profit you can give to. If you are interested in helping at-risk and low income pet owners, please consider All 4s Rescue League @all4srescue, or your local Humane Society or SPCA. Thanks for listening!
86 minutes | May 29, 2020
Jessica and Gretel & Summit @YouDidWhatWithYourWiener
Today’s episode is with Jessica and her dachshund duo Gretel and Summit @youdidwhatwithyourwiener, celebrating a decade of her adventure dog diary on the aptly named blog youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com. She’s also the creator of the Adventurewiener Club of America! Jessica left the corporate world and last year moved away from Seattle to focus on being a professional blogger and to give her dogs the life she felt they deserved. They settled just on the east side of the North Cascade mountain range. From there, Jessica has access to a network of quiet, unmarked community trails and backroads, just out her door. And because she now works from home, Jessica is able to get Gretel and Summit out nearly everyday for quality hikes. Not too far from home, they have hundreds of options for adventuring in the PNW. The Mt. Baker area, Ptarmigan Ridge, Artist Point, Skyline Trail, Chain Lakes Loop, and Snow Lake are just a few they’ve done. On the south side of Mt. Baker are Park Butte Lookout and Maple Pass Loop, along the Hwy. 20 corridor, just outside the national parks. One of their favorites to the north and east, away from the crowds is Iron Peak. They’ve even done some backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail! Having previously worked in Olympic National Park, Jessica has a terrific amount of knowledge of places to go and things to do in and around the park that are dog friendly. A couple of those are Upper Big Quilcene Trail to Marmot Pass, and the Spruce Railroad Trail, as well as many beaches along the west coast of the park. Last year Jessica made the drive down to Death Valley National Park, where they met up with others and did an amazing amount of exploring while still following the National Park rules for having dogs in the park. Some of the spots that they checked out were Twenty Mule Canyon and Zabriski Point, as well as Racetrack Playa! Her shout outs go to friend and travel partners Jen and Sitka @longhaultrekkers, Catra Corbett and TruMan @dirtdiva333, Stephanie and Frankie & Storm @pupfrankie, Rachel and River @whyld_river, @goldentrailz, and @trustyourtrail. To learn how you can #RecreateResponsibly, check out the National Park Service page with a list of things you can do to safely adventure during Covid-19. Thanks for listening!
94 minutes | May 15, 2020
Sam and Dexter & Alfred @MittenMadePups
Today’s episode is with Sam and her two boys Dexter and Alfred @mittenmadepups from Michigan, with tales of adventure from around the country and across the globe. While both Dexter and Alfred were adopted, Alfred’s journey from his past situation is a pretty amazing story and involved quite a long trip. After adopting Dexter from a tough foster situation several years prior, Sam and Garrett decided it was time to adopt another pup. They attempted to go through several local rescue groups and were unsuccessful before finding out about Second Chance Dogs & Cats China Rescue. They applied and were able to adopt Alfred in December of 2019, who was flown to the United States along with the flight volunteers who assist in the rescue program. Since then, Alfred has been fitting right in to his new life and looking forward to adventures with his big brother Dexter. One of the places that they love to explore in the Detroit area is Belle Isle State Park, a 982 acre island park on the Detroit River. Since they live so close to downtown Detroit, getting out into the state to visit other natural areas requires a bit of driving. But according to Sam who is used to traveling, everywhere is local to her! Her fiancé Garrett has a family connection to Mackinak Island, between the lower and upper peninsula. And at the extreme northwest corner of the state is Michigan’s largest state park, the Porcupine Mountains. Here, Sam, her two brothers, and Dexter recently did a backpacking trip and covered nearly thirty miles in three days. Back in 2017, Sam and her then boyfriend Garrett packed into his Ford Escape and hit the road with Dexter, visiting every state in the lower 48 in 34 days. Some of the most memorable stops were the Adirondack Mountains in New York and Acadia National Park in Maine. There were historical stops like the Freedom Trail in Boston, the Wright Brothers National Monument at Kitty Hawk, and even prehistoric Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. There were natural wonders like Great Sand Dunes National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, redwood trees at dog friendly Arcata Community Forest in California, Crater Lake National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming, and even man made wonders like Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. But there’s no place like home, and upon returning to Michigan, Garrett proposed to Samantha at the McGulpin Point Lighthouse near Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. Sam gives a shout out to Rachel and Barley, Moe & Cascade @wildgoldens and @wildwearpets, Taylor and Darwin & Charles @ourevolvingadventure and @featherstone.fotography, Jenny and Chesney @chesneythecorgi, and then of course, her dad. Thanks for listening! A couple links to some information from this episode: PetPoint.com data for U.S. pet adoption and shelter numbers, including Covid-19 special reports ASPCA symptoms and treatment information on separation anxiety in dogs
66 minutes | May 1, 2020
Erin & Roo @RedDogCoffeeRoasters
20 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Dr. Zinkus on Covid-19 @GermantownParkwayAH
Today’s episode is with my vet Dr. Angie Zinkus @germantownparkwayah and covers canine colds and Covid-19 concerns. Just this past week, my dog and co-host Roux @rouxtheshark came down with a bit of a cough. While not severe, it did cause some concern and like any good pawrent, I took her to see our vet, Dr. Zinkus. Due to Covid-19 safety practices, I was not able to talk face to face with Dr. Z. But we did speak over the phone and we covered a few things about Bordetella, known as kennel cough, and Covid-19. Bordetella is a bacteria that that causes a highly contagious respiratory illness, similar to bronchitis, in dogs. Since it can spread so easily in confined spaces, such as boarding facilities, it has become commonly referred to as kennel cough. Though it can be transmitted anywhere that dogs come into contact with one another. There is a vaccine available, but the efficacy of the vaccine is not perfect, since there are actually numerous bacterias that can cause kennel cough. It is also reassuring to know that most cases of kennel cough are easily treated. We also delved into coronaviruses. Simply put, our pets are extremely unlikely to be affected by Covid-19, though felines tend to be more susceptible to the disease. To date, there is no evidence that the disease has been transmitted to a human from a companion animal. If you, as a pet owner, find yourself infected by this coronavirus, it is recommended that you limit your contact with your pets to prevent spreading the disease. It seems like common sense but still must be said, please do not use any type of disinfectant on your pet. Always consult your veterinarian first if you have any concerns or believe your pet is ill. Here are a few links to information: CDC guidelines about Covid-19 and “If You Have Pets” OiE World Organization for Animal Health Q&A on Covid-19 CDC FAQ for Covid-19 and Animals
80 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Katherine & Robin @RobinVentures
Today’s episode is with Katherine and Robin @robinventures and their southern California adventures that include everything from extraordinary to everyday exceptional. Robin is a Pomeranian Chihuahua mix that Robin rescued from a kill shelter in Los Angeles as a young dog a little more than five years ago. Unfortunately, it took a few years for Robin to completely warm up to his dogdad Addison. But it didn’t take long at all for the adventures to begin. In the first couple months, Robin was going on easy hikes and trips with his new family. Within a year, Robin was getting into some serious adventures with Katherine and Addison in the San Gabriel Mountains along with friends. Just a half hour away from their Los Angeles home are the San Gabriel Mountains, a national monument and part of the Angeles National Forest. An hour and a half drive to the east are the San Gorgonio Mountains, located in San Bernardino National Forest. For comparison, Katherine states that the San Gorgonio Mountains see less traffic and more serious hikers and backpackers due to being further away from the city and generally requiring more permits for day use. The San Gorgonio Mountains are also more rugged and scenic, in her opinion. For those more serious about hiking and backpacking, the Sierra Nevada Mountains begin about three hours north of LA. A few specific spots they have been to in the last year include Dry Lake near San Gorgonio Mountain. For that trip, Addison packed in an inflatable raft! Leading up to a big backpacking trip to Mammoth Lake area, Katherine hiked Mt. Lukens and San Gorgonio Mountain. On their final conditioning trip to San Gorgonio, they dealt with altitude as well as getting caught by a surprise thunderstorm. At Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevadas, Katherine and Robin hiked to Minaret Lake and Ediza Lake. According to Katherine, Robin is actually quite a “lazy” dog whenever they are not on a big adventure, and she’s careful to pay attention to his fatigue level. Fortunately, during the ongoing pandemic and stay at home orders that have everyone on lockdown, Robin is just as comfortable hanging out around the house and getting his exercise in the yard. Hopefully, once the restrictions are lifted, they plan to head back to the Mammoth Lakes area to do some more adventuring. With all their experience, Katherine and Addison have used and reviewed lots of different gear. To check out their carefully curated gear list and read more about their adventures, check out their blog at Robinventures.wordpress.blog. Katherine’s shout outs go to her backpacking friends Elizabeth and Sparky & Dawn @muttsbelove, Kayla and Bo, Sadie, & Nash @misterbo619, and @jennyinthewild, her friend and dog gear color advisor Jen and Tybee @tybeetotherescue, and small businesses like Rachel @whyld_river, @muttruk, and of course @groundbird_gear. Thanks for listening!
65 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Today’s episode is with Amy @gopetfriendly, who along with her husband Rod, has spent the last ten years inspiring others to travel with their dogs, and learning how to adventure at home with dogs wherever their home may be. Back in 2008, Amy and Rod had already been traveling with their Shar Pei pup Ty, when they rescued a big German Shepherd. Buster, who quickly became a part of the family, made traveling difficult because of his size and breed. After a three week long trip that required a lot of difficult planning, Amy and Rod decided to launch a website to make travel planning for pet owners much more simple. The website GoPetFriendly.com started in 2009. Beyond just basic planning, the site offered information on as many dog and pet friendly restaurants, museums, attractions, and other businesses as they could find. In the beginning, much of the information in the database was gathered manually. In 2010, Amy and Rod decided to pull up roots in Philadelphia, buy an RV, and prove how easy it could be to go on the road with pets. Their “paws on the ground” research led them to writing articles, starting a blog, and growing the website. Originally their plan was to settle back down, but as the years passed, Amy and Rod realized that they were accustomed to living their lives on the road. They adapted their businesses and focused their activities around being happy with Ty and Buster. The one “big” adventure Amy was proudest of, was their year long journey around the lower 48 states and D.C. in 2017. The trip culminated in the publishing of The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, which covers their trip to the top pet friendly attractions in each state. Though both Ty and Buster have passed on, they lived amazingly happy lives. Everyday was full of exciting experiences and new adventures. Their legacy continues to live on through the Go Pet Friendly website and collection of amazing photos and memories in their Instagram account. More than just a following, Amy and Rod have worked to build a community. As they celebrate ten years of living a life of adventure, they are continuing to grow their brand and look forward to what the future holds. Thanks for listening! For at home dog activities during the quarantine, I recommend trying the #train20challenge or other daily training programs. For more information on scent work, check out the American Kennel Club’s site and find their recommended list of scent work kit supplies here.
80 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Julie and Tucker & Leo @TuckerLeo_Da_Huskies
Today’s episode is with Julie, the dogmom to Tucker and Leo @tuckerleo_da_huskies, a husky and husky mix from Denver with a penchant for pulling! Julie was living in Chicago at the time she first got Tucker, and was already getting him out and being active when she met Leo. Along with some instagram friends, they met up at Starving Rock State Park to see some mushing sports with Windy City Mushers, and Leo was part of one of the teams. Immediately, Julie found out that Leo was available for adoption and the rest is history! A few other places around Chicago that they enjoyed going to were Montrose Dog Beach in uptown on Lake Michigan, and some of the many forest preserves throughout the city. Not long after Julie made the move to Denver, she quickly found to her surprise, that there was little to no mushing sports community in the metro area. She formed the Mile High Mushers group as a way to get people in the Denver dog community together for dry land mushing. Her goal for the future is to organize some racing events in the local area. Some of the other places around Denver that she enjoys taking Tucker and Leo to are the Cherry Creek State Park off leash area, and Washington Park in her neighborhood. But beyond just traveling around for some beautiful adventures, which they do often, Julie has been taking her pups up to Leadville, Colorado to take part in some “serious” dog sled racing! The Colorado Mountain Mushers host a number of mushing events in and around the Leadville area, including the Mount Massive Mush I and Mount Massive Mush II races. These races take place at more than 10,000 feet or 3000 meters above sea level, on the groomed snow at Mt. Massive Golf Course, the highest golf course in the U.S.! For her mushing gear, Julie uses either an x-back or canicross style harness from Howling Dog Alaska. To highlight the inexpensive accessibility of the sport, she found her bike for bikejoring on craigslist.com. Her sled she was able to find through a facebook group, Musher’s Exchange. And often, the larger mushing groups and meet-ups will have extra gear for new dogs to try out, which is important for bringing new people and dogs into the mushing community. Her shoutouts go to her boyfriend Jake (the number one dogdad), Meghan and Jäger & Porter @drunkonhuskies who got Julie into mushing, all of her insta dog friends in Colorado, and of course all of her husky friends! A great source for used dog adventure gear is GearTrade.com. And a terrific source for possible toxic chemicals in dog toys, bedding, and other supplies can be found in the Archived Pet Supply Data provided by the Ecology Center at ecocenter.org. Thanks for listening!!
71 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
Kristie & Harper Lee @HarperLeeTheCur
Today’s episode is with Kristie, the dogmom to Harper Lee @harperleethecur, a catahoula leopard dog living among the lowlands and wetlands in the motherland of central Louisiana. Historically, the Catahoula leopard dog is the only species of dog know to have originated in Louisiana. Most of their time is spent walking and exploring the community of Lafayette. Kristie, as a photographer finds inspiration in the unique backgrounds in and around town, often with degraded old buildings, street art, and plenty of intrinsically southern scenes. Going beyond digital, Kristie shoots quite a bit with film and even uses both medium format and a large format camera for some of her photography and Harper just happens to be a terrific subject. She even develops her own film at home and, most likely, Harper joins her in the darkroom. When they have time to hike, especially on the weekends, they love to go to several spots close by. One is Acadiana Park and Nature Station on the north side of Lafayette. In the 143 acre park, there are six miles of trail for hiking. Just a few miles to the east is Lake Martin, surrounded by bayous, canals, and Cypress Island Preserve. The preserve is 95,000 of swamp and hardwood forest with levee trails and a boardwalk. Of course some of the things to look out for in these areas is alligators and snakes, as well as being aware of the hunting seasons. About an hour to the north is Kisatchie National Forest which has five ranger districts. The two spots they visit the most are the Kisatchie Ranger District and the Calcasieu Ranger District near Alexandria. Just outside the national forest is Indian Creek Recreation Area which offers an astounding 100 acres of developed recreation facilities, 250 acres of primitive camping, and 100 campsites along the 2,250 acre Indian Creek Lake! Close by are several trails including Kincaid Lake Trail which is a nine mile loop around Kincaid Reservoir. The Wild Azalea Trail is a 26 mile trail through Kisatchie National Forest. In the episode, we also talk a little about Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge and Catahoula Lake. Her shout outs go to Kevin & Nola @catahoudat, Nessie McNubbins, Frankie Lou & Ali @nessie_mcnubs, Gentle Ben @thetenderestbenjamin, Coop and Monte @mycoopdawg, and Eric @louisianahikes. Thanks for listening! In the intro to the episode, I talked about several things including flushable PVC dog waste bags. Here are a few links to the research that I did. USDA “Composting Dog Waste.” Natural Resources Conservation Service. nrcs.usda.gov, December 2005 University of Minnesota. “Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban water.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 April 2017 “It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop; Pet waste has become a major pollutant, both outdoors and at home.” Outside Magazine. outsideonline.com, 27 March 2018 “Implementation Plan for the Fecal Coliform TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)for Four Mile Run, Virginia.” Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. deq.virginia.gov, 31 March 2004 “Phosphorous removal from wastewater.” Lenntech USA LLC. lenntech.com “Polyvinyl alcohol.” Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org, 21February 2020
71 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Stephen and King & Sam @KingandSamExplore
Today’s episode is with Stephen, the dog dad to King and Sam @kingandsamexplore, two extremely active german shepherds in California that absolutely love to run, ride, hike and explore. Stephen, who is an apprentice California wildland firefighter, spends a lot of his time being active and getting out with his pups in his time off. One of their favorite activities is cruising the Fresno-Clovis Rail Trail, which runs the entire length, north to south, of their hometown in Clovis. Nearby is Woodward Park, with a dog park and network of trails. Sam is young and speedy and loves to run alongside Stephen on the bike, while he pulls King in a trailer. Occasionally King still puts in a couple miles of running, but at 11 years old, his endurance is not quite what it used to be. But Sam certainly helps keep King feeling young! When it comes to running, Stephen and Sam have competed in a couple of dog friendly 5ks including the UHC Summer 5k Hot Run in Fresno, and the Rad Dogs Mud Run Obstacle 5k in San Diego. Next up on their race schedule is the Ruff Run 2020 in Phelan, California in April. On their bucket list, Stephen wants to compete with Sam in the U.S. Canine Biathlon, a four mile obstacle course race in Anniston, Alabama that takes place twice a year in May and November. For other adventures, just a short drive from home are a few favorite spots including Bass Lake on the edge of Sierra National Forest, and Yosemite National Park just to the north. Even more than the forest, they absolutely love visiting the beach. One of their favorites is Huntington Dog Beach near Los Angeles. Another to the south is Fiesta Island in San Diego. During their big cross country trip in 2019, Stephen and a friend drove with King, Sam and Bailey to the east coast and worked their way down to the Florida Keys. Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the southern most point in the U.S. During the episode, Stephen and I talked a bit about sustainability and how his job as a wildland firefighter gives him an appreciation for being in the outdoors as well as natural resource conservation. One of the things that Stephen has done is learn to sew in order to mend his own equipment and even create useful gear for dogs. He started @tacticoolk9 to promote his dog adventure products like reflective wristbands, and bandanas that can be customized with patches and lighting for visibility. Another product he uses is the Ray Allen Buddy Bowl for a spill proof travel bowl. His shout outs go to family and friends including his cousin Aidan, the Lechuga girls, Christine, Caitie, Gabe & family for watching King that one summer, Storm for joining in the Mud Run, and Ace & Charlie. Then of course for the road trip, Jess and her boy Bailey, who has since passed. Thanks for listening!
64 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Julie & Ginny @GinnyTheHound
Today’s episode is with Julie and her sweet girl Ginny @ginnythehound, a bluetick coonhound who, even as an adult dog, is constantly learning new skills and becoming more adventurous. Currently, Julie and Ginny are working towards completing their NH48. During the week Julie works as an obedience trainer near her home in Massachusetts and generally bring Ginny along, who is crate trained. When they are not able to get out for a daily walk, Julie is able to exercise Ginny at work on a treadmill. For her mental exercise, Ginny is constantly working on new commands. Recently, Ginny was able to show off her excellent obedience while being on stage and back stage during the Boston Ballet’s production of Gisselle. When they are able to get outside and adventure, some of their favorite local spots include Hopedale Pond and Parklands, with a trail around the entire pond. Also close by is Borderlands State Park, with a historic mansion on the grounds and more than 20 miles (32k) of hiking and biking trails. Further from home, and when they have the time, Julie and Ginny have been making the drive over to New Hampshire to hike the trails and summit peaks in the White Mountains. Currently, they have bagged seven of the 48 4000+ foot (1200m) peaks on the NH48 list. They have plans to start knocking off many of the peaks this summer with a goal of completion by the end of the year. Julie’s interest in hiking mountains started when they summited Mt. Moosilauke last year. Also last year, they had a chance to visit Acadia National Park, where they stayed in a dog friendly cottage and even had a sunrise hike at Cadillac Mountain. Also in Maine, they’ve visited Rangeley Lake State Park, and love the beach at Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Julie loves her biothane long line.For winter hiking, Ginny wears a Hurtta Extreme Warmer and Rexspecs goggles. And in case of emergencies, Julie keeps a Pack-A-Paw rescue harness from Mountain Dogware. Julie gives a shout out to Roka @rokatheflyingaussie and Fern @fern_e_dog and their dogmom @pintsizedadventures_. Thanks for listening!
75 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
Jen & Tybee @TybeeToTheRescue
Today’s episode is with Jen, the dogmom to Tybee @tybeetotherescue, a super mutt heeler mix from Pennsylvania with some super adventures. Jen adopted Tybee from a local rescue group Wags Rescue @wagsrescuepa, but originally Tybee was transported from Georgia after being abandoned during a hurricane along with the rest of her litter. Even though they have been together since she was a young pup, Tybee still has a couple of behavior and personality traits, as well as anxiety that Jen works on with training. Jen is very honest and open about the process through her instagram account. Part of their training has included getting out and adventuring, on both local trails, and farther from home on a couple of road trips. Their first hike was a relatively easy one at Jacobsburg State Park, along a paved path. Jen found Muddy Pawz hiking club on meetup.com and was able to join group hikes. With more experience they began to branch out to bigger hikes like Trexler Nature Preserve with a nine mile (14.5km) trail around the park, and a network of smaller trails. Another local spot is a small mountain near Allentown, with a network of rocky trails, typical of Pennsylvania. And speaking of rocks, Bake Oven Knob is a trail they’ve done some rock scrambling on, which is a popular spot on the Appalachian Trail. Further from home, they’ve visited Acadia National Park and hike trails in and out of the park. A couple favorites include Jordan Pond on Mt. Desert Island and Little Long Pond. For some awesome paddle boarding and lake swimming, they stayed at a lake house at Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes of New York. Another road trip recently included driving on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park as well as a number of hikes in the area.Recently, Tybee has shown some car anxiety issues, so they are currently working to train and overcome this. Fortunately, Jen reports that she has been having progress, and they look forward to doing some more road trip adventures soon! One of the products they use, other than an e-collar, has been extremely helpful with Tybee’s training. Jen recommends the Transitional Leash from @k9lifeline. A few items of gear that she really loves are the Hurtta Extreme Warmer, @voyagersk9apparel Tummy Warmer, @threadzntails Fleece Cozies, Liebesband collars and leashes, @groundbird_gear harness and pack, and @whyld_river Doggy Bag. Her shout outs go to her and Tybee’s adventure friends Gina and Maverick @mylifewithmav, fellow gear nerd Kat and Robin @robinventures, Opportunity Barks training @opbarks, Angela and her pack, including Tybee’s first bf Decker @herdingblake, and @sagenzara_duet. Thanks for listening!
67 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Mallory & Will and AnnieMae @AnnieMae_TheIrishSetter
https://adventuredogpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/mallory-will-and-annie-mae-40anniemae_theirishsetter.mp3 Today’s episode is with Mallory and Will, the dogparents to the elegant and rambunctious AnnieMae @anniemae_theirishsetter who adventures in Arkansas! Mallory and Will are both from Conway, which is in north central Arkansas and surrounded by natural rural areas, state parks, national forests, as well as a national park just a couple hours away. Because of Will’s busy work schedule, Mallory tends to take AnnieMae to places nearby on a daily basis, which includes her farm. Beaver Fork Lake is another one of her favorite spots and one of the first locations they started taking AnnieMae to when she was a puppy, just north of where they live. Within a short drive from Conway is an extensive list of state parks. Woolly Hollow State Park, with the Huckleberry Trail and a small waterfall. Petit Jean State Park has miles of trails as well as a great view from the Petit Jean gravesite, overlooking the Arkansas River valley. Mallory’s favorite though is Mt. Nebo State Park, where she led her first hike as a @hikingdogsofinsta hike leader. She recommends the Bench Trail with a Sunrise Point and a Sunset Point. In her opinion, the view is even better than Petit Jean State Park. Further from home, Mallory and Will have been to Devil’s Den State Park where they were able to meet up with a number of other Instagram pups. The hike to Yellow Rock Overlook was led by hike leader River @thehikingsetter, who just so happens to be Annie Mae’s sister! In Ozark National Forest, they’ve been to Long Pool Recreation Area and Long Pool Falls. Some of the locations that Mallory has on her list of places to visit soon are Buffalo National River in Ponca, Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs and close to Ouachita National Forest. Some nearby waterfalls Mallory wants to check out are in and around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, near Mountain View. The area includes the Sylamore Creek Trail, Mirror Lake Waterfall, Blanchard Springs Caverns and waterfall. A couple of the products they use and recommend are Rope Hounds leashes, for which they are an ambassador. The other is their MuttRuk @muttruk and is the first backpack designed for hiking with dogs. Their shout outs go to Annie Mae’s sister River @thehikingsetter, Zuki @naturalstatehusky, Karma and Ragnar @pittypartyoftwo_, Trooper, Delta and Zeus @the_byrum_trio, and Nala and Murphy @the.natural.danes. Thanks for listening!
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