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Adventure Dog Gear

When you’re an outdoor hound it doesn’t take long to find the brands that bark to you. These are the brands created not only for rugged friends but for the world they play in. Planet Dog has always been one of my faves- not just because of the cool people that work there; not just because they donate 2 percent of every sale to the Planet Dog Foundation to fund their national grant program- but mostly because dogs love their gear!

I knew the minute I brought Moki home he’d be one big adventure and my puppy care package from Planet Dog came to the rescue.


The Baby Blanket Buddy comes in two super soft, squeekable sizes. The starfish shaped stuffed toy is perfect for a snuggle. The fabric naturally absorbs familiar scents to keep your pup feeling right at home. Of course, it’s machine washable.

When you want to say, “Good boy!” but their little puppy mouths can’t get around a Milkbone, try these teeny all-natural Eats. I still have to break them in half for my pup but then that just doubles the yum.

The On The Go Snack Sack gives you a place to put those treats when you’re out for a training session or on a trail. It’s got a top cinch and Velcro belt loop just like a chalk bag to keep everything in its place.


For bigger kibble there’s the On The Go Feedbag. The clipping, roll top and tough poly-nylon fabric make it ideal for roadtripping. Just don’t leave the food in your car forever. Mice will love to chew through it.


Put a handful of pet food in the On The Go Bowl and when he’s done I can collapse it, roll it, and stuff it into the glove box.

After dinner, it’s play and chew time with toys made from specially formulated Orbee-Tuff material- durable enough to withstand the teething habits of a pup, yet soft enough to be gentle on a pup’s teeth. The Tuff bone is minty, buoyant, recyclable and 100% guarantee

Finally, there was a Shammy for cleaning up muddy pups. It’s a hyper-absorbent, compact towel made from recycled wood chips that you can use even when damp.

Also in my care package was a fleece-lined hemp collar and leash. Moki is a tad too small for these but now we have something to look forward to as he grows!

PCSkiGal Gets a Dog

Four months ago today my best friend in the whole world died. It took me all of three days to fill the emptiness in the house with… a kitty.

I hated feeling that there was no one home but me but I just wasn’t ready for a pup. I needed to mourn, to ski, to gear up for basic training all over again. Sixteen years ago, I put my heart and soul into Tenaya. The 8- week old furball was dropped at my feet late one evening in a SLC McD’s parking lot. We did puppy classes, aggression training and finally got our Canine Good Citizen award along with a certification for the Utah Animal Assisted Therapy organization. My Aussie survived three crappy boyfriends and one amazing one (Ryan), a couple of one nighters, a move to Bend Oregon, a new baby (she actually stayed with me in the recovery room), and my bout with breast cancer. I’m tearing up now. Anyway, I never want to replace her per se but I miss having a companion.

Willow, our grey tabby sleeps in my office on Tenaya’s dog bed behind me or on top of my desk. When I get up to go somewhere, she follows. She has a thing for sleeping on my forehead at night and her antics constantly make me laugh. But she’s not a dog.

As the snow melted, I would see families out on the trails with their pets; I’d drive by Gorgoza Pond after dropping Sage at school and wish I had a dog to take swimming too. Then this coffeetable book- The French Dog by Rachael Hale- showed up in the mail with all sorts heartwarming images of pooches in settings from chateaux to countrysides. The dog on page 127 looked a lot like Tenaya, I thought. I guess you might say the feeling in my gut was like some weird biological clock. I couldn’t wait any longer.

I began combing the internet for breeders near and far. Well, Minnesota was too far but Washington State wasn’t. I found a breeder who directed me to her Facebook page. From there, I joined the Australian Shepherd Lovers group and connected with other breeders. Some referred me to friends that might have puppies. Soon, I was overwhelmed. Who had which puppy? And then there was the price. Some folks wanted $1500 and for me to sign contracts stating what I was going to do with the dog. That didn’t sit quite right. If I was going to pay that kind of money you’d think I could own it outright instead of answering to some sort of petowners association. But for that price they actually come with a three-year warranty like a refrigerator from Sears. There was Bonfire and Maybell – gorgeous red tris in Washington – and Tommy – a red tri male in northern Cali. All tested for every possible genetic defect (hence the charge). I would never be able to afford these dogs and then add to that the cost of traveling to go get one.

Ultimately my search brought me back to Utah. A lovely breeder of working dogs in Panguitch, Utah; discovered right on Apparently half of the Aussies in Utah come from her dogs’ bloodlines. “Puppy” is ASCA registered and right now 6 weeks old. We met today and fell in love. I want him to stay with his family for another week or two before coming home to mine.

with dad ‘Nitro’

I am sorry to everyone who now hates me for not rescuing a dog from a shelter. To be honest, I looked there too. But no Aussie pups. Mixed, yes, but I want pure. There was a reason why 16 years ago I chose the breed and Tenaya’s legacy runs deep. She was the greatest dog I ever had and once you have an Aussie you never go back.

The breeder says that if we come up with a name, she’ll start calling the pup by it. I’d love some ideas so please comment!

P.S. Lorena has two female black tri pups for sale. They are the last two of 13! If you are interested, send me a note.

Spring Super Pet Adoption Melts Puppy Loving Hearts


Not that I was looking for a new pet but you couldn’t dismiss the crowd mounting in the parking lot outside of PetSmart off of ‎1830 S. 389 W. There were all these people and dogs and my curiosity got the best of me. You can sum up in one word the Super Pet Adoption going on this weekend,   “Awwwww”.

It started yesterday afternoon under several tents and continues through tomorrow. Don’t think “all the good ones are taken”. With about 500 pets, if you’re in the market for a new companion, there are still so many cool friends that need homes.

It was cold, blustery and sometimes snowing yesterday. The dogs were going nuts barking and circling their kennels. I thought, “Don’t you know, Dog, you have a better shot at adoption if you’re quiet?” Some dogs, however, uncaninely knew how to milk it. Had I not already had a senior dog I’d be smitten and wind up with not only a new dog but a cat too.

More than 20 Utah shelters and rescue groups brought out their dogs and cats.

When the gates close tomorrow at the hope is to beat the adoption numbers from last year- 108 cats and 248 dogs had found new families.

Cats are inside and dogs outside. Volunteers abound to walk and play with the pets all day. They also cleaned cages/kennels, filled food/water dishes, and rescued my sweater which fell out of my backpack while I was taking photos.

Talk about saving time, energy and gas. If I wanted a new animal, this event is the best way for you to see as many homeless pets as possible in one place. If you are even thinking about a new member of the family, head down to the Adoption. It goes until 7 p.m. tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow. If you miss it this weekend, there will be another in September.

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