Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February Hiking

I didn't get much hiking done in February. But that doesn't mean no hiking happened.

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For my birthday at the beginning of the month, I got together with a few friends and we went and hit a few different beaches as well as a super fun, short hike.

We went to South Beach State Park, which is one of the beaches I go to the most. It is easy to get to, not super busy unless it is absurdly good weather on a weekend (despite being near Newport) and is near plenty of other things to do.

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Further south along the coast is another great beach that I love, Ona Beach. The picnic area near the parking lot is flooded pretty much every single time I have been there, to a greater or lesser degree, regardless of time of year. However, I have always been able to find a path that connects to the beach without having to wade. There is a river that runs through the picnic area here that I want to come back to this summer with the kayak.

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Just south of the bay in Newport is the South Jetty. There are walking trails that go along the jetty as well as through the dunes to the south, and eventually connecting to South Beach State Park in multiple places. The photo at the top warning of waves was taken at the South Jetty. Obviously, it is not a good place to go during high surf warnings, and likely wouldn't be good for people with young children since there are some dropoffs as you get further out.

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Again pretty near Newport on the south side of the bay is Mike Miller Park. Mike Miller Park is one of my favorites as a shorter hike that really shows what Oregon should look like. The trails wind through old growth spruce, and you can see a ton of different native plants along the sides of the trail.

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A few different trails wrap around at Mike Miller park, and we only took one of the loops this time around because we were all hungry and ready to go hit Rogue Brewery for lunch.

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Other than these three beaches and one hike, I did make it back out to Bald Hill a few times, both for a shorter training hike with a flyball teammate, and for a few longer hikes exploring the trail I discovered in January. But I haven't made it far enough into those for any new signs this time around.

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How much did you get out in February?



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Kong Wobbler Treat and Food Dispenser

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This month, I was lucky enough to do a review of the Kong Wobbler for Chewy.com. (We were given the Kong Wobbler for free in exchange for our honest review, but we were not compensated in any other way.)

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I like finding ways to feed kibble that take longer and require more thinking than just tossing it into a bowl. Raw meals here normally take at least five minutes, and sometimes a lot longer. So when we feed kibble, I like to do what I can to make it take a lot longer than ten seconds.

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With the Kong Wobbler, you unscrew the top and bottom portions (great for cleaning too!) and scoop in as much kibble as you want. The small size wobbler is what we used, and it fits almost exactly two cups of kibble, but you can put less in of course so it is the amount you want your dog to have for their meal.

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Then, just screw the parts back together and set it down for the dog. Ptera didn't take long to figure it out at all.



The dog can nudge it with their nose, paw at it, or even just generally accidentally knock into it. Ptera switches between her nose and her paw. Koira is all paw, all the time.

Overall, I love the Kong Wobbler. The small is the perfect size for my dogs. I would say if your dog is more than 50 lbs, or eats more than two cups of kibble in one meal, go for the large.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Waterproof Collar Review

Oregon is wet. As I type this, I can hear the rain outside. It has been raining every day for weeks at this point, I believe. The past few days, snow has been mixed in with the rain. But wet weather can't keep us from having some fun, or else we would never leave the house.

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Chewy.com offered us the opportunity to review the Red Dingo PVC Dog Collar this month, and we jumped on it. This is a completely waterproof collar meant for the kind of weather we go through here, or for playing in the water in the summer. Or for dogs who roll in things (you can wash the collar off in the sink with soap, rather than running it through the laundry), or uncoordinated owners who spill things on their dogs (like coffee, which I spilled all over all of the dog gear at our last flyball tournament).

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So, first, I have had Biothane collars before. Biothane is a specific brand of coated nylon that is used for horse and dog gear, among other things. This PVC collar is similar, but not the same. It feels less like leather and more like plastic than biothane, though it is just as waterproof and I do think it looks good. The colors are more vivid with these PVC collars than on any biothane one I've seen, with blue, hot pink, orange, purple, and lime green available. These photos were taken after almost a full month of Ptera wearing this collar every day, so you can see it holds up well. The bright color isn't faded at all.

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When picking a size, the collar was very true to size. You can see that Ptera wears it on about the middle hole, and it fits her great. I just used the neck size I have measured with a fabric tape measure.

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Overall, I think this collar is a very affordable option for anyone who wants a waterproof/odorproof collar, but isn't looking for the leather-like feel that comes from biothane.