Friday, July 31, 2015

Hiking Georgia With Dogs: Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trail

Last weekend we headed out for another agility and hiking day with our pals Johann the Dog, Gracie, Rach and their mum Leslie. 

After playing agility for a few hours at the Canine Ranch, we headed up the road to the Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trail, near Waleska, Ga. 

There are 12 miles of trails for both horses and hikers. We mapped out a 2.5-mile course on the yellow and green trails. It's still super hot here, so we didn't want to overdo it.

The parking lot was filled with horse trailers when we got there, and we weren't sure how the dogs would react to horses on the trail.  But as it turned out, these were the only two we saw at the start of the trail, and we didn't come across any horses while hiking. 

I thought the sign was pretty amusing! Do horse people carry horse-sized poo bags?

Probably not! Here's the rest of the sign! The parking lot was pretty clear of horse poo, the trail wasn't too bad, either.

At the start of the trail, we saw this nifty horse playground. Some of the instructions reminded me of dog-training tips.

Seems like they're using shaping techniques by rewarding the slightest try and waiting for the horse to offer the behavior.

Here's the Cowboy Curtain. Rocco was too short to demonstrate!

The second challenge was the Step Up Tire. These look like the same exercises we do on our K9FITbone.

Rocco shows his all four feet on technique! That's a big tire!

Next, it was time to head down the trail.

It was a nice surface, soft and a bit sandy, and nicely maintained.

We saw some interesting tree trunks. And some of the trees were labeled.

I especially like this one. Did you know a PawPaw is a type of tree with large, simple leaves and large fruits? I didn't see any fruits or leaves on this one, but it did remind me of this tune... Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch! Listen to the whole thing...  you can thank me later (you'll be humming it the rest of the day!).

That's Rach, Rocco, Johann and Gracie! They sure had fun on this hike! 

Have you ever seen a PawPaw patch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Horsing Around With Fido's Freebie Friday

Garland Horse and Hike Trail near Waleska Georgia

Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

Last weekend we headed out for another nice hike, this time on a trail that's also designed for horses! Did Rocco mind sharing a trail with a horse? Do horse people have to carry really big poo bags?Come back tomorrow for FitDog Friday and we'll tell you all about it!

In the meantime, it's time once again to check out all the great giveaways at Fido's Freebie Friday!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Enter Purina Instant Win Game (and a #Giveaway)! $45,000 in prizes! #ad

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Hiking Georgia With Dogs: Pine Log Creek Trail

Rocco pauses on the trail for a quick pic!
Last weekend Rocco and I  headed up north of Atlanta for some agility practice with our pals Johann, Gracie, Rach and their mum Leslie. Afterward we found this nifty little hiking trail not too far from the Canine Ranch agility field. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cleaning Up With Friday's Freebie Friday

Rocco Havanese dog grooming
Rocco looking slightly dazed after being groomed! 
Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

Rocco visited the groomer this week for a much needed trim and bath! Now he's smelling all sweet and clean again (at least for a few days!). I brush him daily and bathe him myself, but I just can't bring myself to do his nails. That's where the groomer comes in!  Here's a tip regarding a detangling brush that I'm loving! The Groom Genie helps get out the tangles without pulling and tugging and that makes both Rocco and me very happy!

Now, it's time once again to check out all the great giveaways at Fido's Freebie Friday!

Friday, July 17, 2015

How to Keep Pets Safe from Backyard Wildlife

Rocco LOVES his backyard!
I love having a backyard and safe place where we can play and I can let Rocco run off leash.

One of my neighbors recently asked if I let Rocco and his pals out back unsupervised.  I do have a completely fenced in yard, but my answer is NO!


Because even though I live in the city with a six-foot high fence, there have been all sorts of wildlife sightings in the area. And with small dogs, especially, I don't want to take any chances.

Here are a couple of things I do to help keep things safe so that Rocco and his pals can enjoy their heathy, active lifestyle in the backyard!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Out On The Town!

Rocco Havanese at Empire State South dog friendly patio Atlanta

Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

This week we had some fun dining out with Rocco and finding a new pet friendly patio in Atlanta. Empire State South is in the Midtown area of Atlanta, the food was delicious and the pet hospitality supreme!

Now, it's time once again to check out all the great giveaways at Fido's Freebie Friday!