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Is That Charlie Machete on a Baseball Cap?

I try to downplay the fact that I’m a crazy dog lady when I’m at work.

For example, I tried not to talk too much about the pack yesterday, while I was at an all-day conference and trade show for my job.

But then, in the product showcase area, I saw these hats.



I’m pretty sure Charlie Machete could have been the model on this one:

Dri Duck black lab embroidered cap

The company behind these hats is called DRI DUCK, and it is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

In addition to the labradors, walleyes and deer, they offer a wide variety of other neat animal and nature designs.

What do you think? Would you wear one of these hats?

Dogs in Snow

The white stuff is melting fast now, but before that happened I snapped some footage of these Kansas City canines carousing in the snow.

Let me know what you think in the comments – this is my first attempt at video editing!

Return of the Blizzard

On Tuesday, the world outside our Kansas City windows looked like this. image


In a follow-up to last week’s snowstorm, Snowpocalypse II dumped another 10-12 inches across the metro, and pretty much shut down the city.

The dogs and I didn’t mind too much, since it was perfectly possible to snuggle get work done on the couch in the home office.


Can’t you see I’m working here?

And then, suddenly, it was no longer possible to be so productive. Right after I snapped that Instagram of Charlie Machete playing office, we heard a loud pop across the street.

A transformer had exploded, and the power would be out for the next 20 hours or so.

Reportedly, some 100,000 people lost power at some point during the storm.

As one of them, I feel incredibly lucky that friends and family offered us a respite from the cold overnight.

Bonus: The sleeping accommodations included a fireplace and Charlie Machete’s spastic girlfriend Roxy.

Wherever you are today, I send you warm wishes!

Have you ever been stuck with your dogs and no electricity? Share your story in the comments!

Snow Day in Kansas City

A big ol’ blizzard came through yesterday and turned Kansas City into a winter wonderland.


In the end, the snow was as deep as Scooby is tall. Needless to say, that made going outside a real challenge for the elderpin.


Charlie Machete, on the other hand, enjoyed every romp he got in the white stuff.

The weather wasn’t all fun and games, though. At least 7 cars got stranded right outside my house throughout the course of the day, and wrecks littered the roads and highways all over the city.

The Big Snow of 2013 (aka Winter Storm Q) led to a state of emergency being declared in Kansas City, with schools, businesses and even some medical facilities shutting down for the day. I felt grateful to be able to work from my warm, safe home all day, surrounded by the dogs.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

A Christmas Fit for Husky Dogs

Kansas City woke up this morning to white stuff and blustery wind.


My fingers are crossed that we might actually have a white Christmas.

For at least two households I know in this metro area, it will be the first Christmas celebrated in the company of a beautiful husky mix with heterogenous eyes.

Could you stop Facebooking and pet me, please?

I’m not only referring to Minnie, my lovely former foster dog who now enjoys a pampered existence with my friend Holly.

There’s also Mia.

Several months ago, my friend Nicole, the Kansas City animal advocate I introduced you to last week, forwarded me this picture.

beagle husky mix

The beagle husky mix belonged to some people in Nicole’s family who were moving and could not take the dog with them.

I helped Nicole spread the word. As luck would have it a family I knew was on the hunt for their first dog. And the dad had a soft spot for huskies.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about Mia’s happy ending!

Hiking with Man’s Best Friend (Guest Blog)

Does this look like fun?

Spring reconnaissance between upper Cook Inlet and Fairbanks, circa 1923. Source: NOAA Photolibrary, NOAA’s Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection

The guy and dogs in this historic photo are obviously hiking pros. I’m not, although I wish my current existence allowed more time for hitting the wilderness with a dog or three in tow. Today’s guest post is about hiking with your dog and what supplies you may want to take with you.

Hiking with Man’s Best Friend

Going on a camping trip to do some hiking? Bring man’s best friend along. Not only is hiking good exercise for you, it’s good for your dog too!

To make sure these adventures are fun for both owner and dog, there are certain items that a pet will need to ensure its comfort and well-being while out on a trek.

A portable water bowl is a must, even on short trips. Many experienced travelers prefer compact, soft-sided nylon versions that fold down when not in use and can be stored in their vehicles. These nylon bowls also typically feature a drawstring at the top, so that water or food can be carried with little or no spillage.


Here’s Charlie Machete with his collapsible water bowl.

There are several nice portable water bowl versions available from brands such as REI. Although REI has great prices, wise shoppers should always check for an REI coupon code that can help them save even more money.

While some backpackers may think that it is perfectly natural for their dogs to drink water from a lake or creek while out hiking, it can actually have deadly consequences. There are certain bacteria and parasites that live in what looks like pristine water that can kill a dog if it ingests them. It is always advisable when out camping to carry fresh water or sterilize any water a pet drinks.

Owners who plan on doing a lot of camping with their pooches should consider investing in a doggie backpack. With these nifty little devices, Fido can pack in and out his own needs.

Featured in a previous post, Sandy the golden shar helps lead dog-friendly hikes with the Sierra Club.

If a hike is going to be long or is going to cover rough terrain, some owners will outfit their canines in dog boots. If an owner is unsure of the terrain or of the dog’s ability to handle long treks, he may want to carry a set of doggie boots in his backpack just in case a need arises for them.

Pet owners who will plan on camping overnight in chilly conditions may want to consider packing in a dog tent, especially if they own a particularly large or restless animal. Another thing your dog may need is an inflatable dog bed, especially if the ground is rocky.  Depending on how cold the conditions are, some dogs may require a small sleeping bag, although some campers prefer to pack in a two-person bag and let their dogs sleep with them.

No matter how well mannered a dog is, it should always stay on a leash while on a hike or during a camping trip. While this may seem to go against the natural feeling of a camping trip, a loose dog can end up chasing a wild animal or get hurt, or end up killing or injuring the other creature. In addition, a dog may not be able to find its way back to its owner.

If a trail is particularly technical, it may even be best to have the dog in a harness. It is often easier to hoist a dog up and over obstacles or through difficult situations by picking it up by the harness.

Camping and hiking are great ways to bond with your dog. Being prepared with the right equipment to take on all that nature has to throw at you and your furry friend will ensure that your hike is not only a fun one, but a safe one, as well.

Guest blogger Lisa enjoys the outdoors with her pooch, Ralph. When she gets spare time she also likes to volunteer with the local no-kill animal shelter.

Readers: Do you hike or camp with your dog? What are your must-have supplies when heading into the back country?

The KC Pittie Pack tends to do more walking than hiking, but at least twice a month we do take a group of dogs for an on-leash adventure in nature (or at least nature in the city). If you live in Kansas City and want to join us, head to our Meetup page.

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