Five items to pack when bringing your dog to the trail or campsite.
Seattleites love hiking and they love their dogs. And more and more, they like hiking with their dogs.
The next time you bring your best furry friend with you to explore the great outdoors, pack these (mostly local) essentials keep your dog cool, safe and happy.
Ruffwear The Beacon Safety Light ($25 at All the Best Pet Care and ruffwear.com). Trying to beat the crowd to the best hiking spots? You’ll need to get up early! This waterproof light out of Bend, Oregon, clips onto a collar and will keep you both safe in dim light. It shines a steady or flashing light, and recharges via USB.
Seattle Sports Treat-N-Toyz Go Bowl ($35 at seattlesportsco.com). This clever, locally designed kit includes a compact, collapsible food bowl, a water bowl and a flexible flying disc, that all nest. Just grab the kit and your pooch, and go, dog, go! PVC-free, and available with a 7- or 9-inch disc.
Healers Petcare Urban Walkers Dog Booties ($34–$36 per pair at healerspetcare.com). These protective dog sneakers have a nonskid sole, quick-drying mesh fabric and serious cred: They’re designed by a former Nike shoe designer, tested by the National Guide Dogs for the Blind, and produced in Portland for this Vancouver, Washington, company. Available in sizes XS–XL.
Coolaid Canine Cooling Bandana ($19–$27.50 at Mud Bay and coolaid.com). Help your dog chill out with this easy-to-use bandana made of patented machine-washable material — just wet it, wring it out, shake it and cool down. Matching bandanas are available for humans, so you can cool off together in style after a long hike.
My Dog Nose It ($13–$35 at mydognoseit.com). Did you know dogs can get skin cancer, too? This doggie sunscreen provides safe, water-resistant protection from harmful UV rays. It also soothes, moisturizes and protects his nose color from fading. Available in a nose balm and a body spray for pups with light coats.