Gift Guide For Your Dog

Dogs are part of the family too, so don’t forget about them this holiday season. I’ve put together a quick gift guide featuring some of our favorite gifts I’ve gotten for Loki.

Zukes treats:
Of course the first one is my pup’s favorite gift to get… Treats. These treats are natural and grain-free, which is super important to me. A lot of them are low calorie and some of them have added vitamins and minerals. They fuel my dog on adventures or come in handy when we’re working on training. These are the treats I trust, Loki loves them, and I’m sure your dog will too.
Visit your local pet store,, Amazon, or go to to find vendors.

Ruffwear toys:
The lunker and the hydro plane disk are Loki’s two all time favorite toys. It’s almost impossible to get him to leave these alone when they’re out. They both float on water, which is huge for us since he loves swimming so much. They also are good for playing in the snow, as the snow doesn’t stick and ball up on them. They are gentle on Loki’s mouth and super lightweight. They also come in fun colors to keep them visible.

Camping With Dogs bandanas:
Look towards these bandanas to add some fashion to your dog’s wardrobe 😉
No, they do look good, but we actually have a lot of practical uses for these too. In the summer before a hike, we soak these in water at the trailhead and wrap them around our pup’s necks to help keep them cool for a bit in the heat. In the winter they add more coverage and warmth to the neck. We also have used them to wipe a water bowl clean that was dirtied during a hike. There really are a lot of little uses for these and they add pretty much no weight to carry. Right now they come in green and red, which are both colors that look great on Loki 😉

stocking stufferPhoto from Camping With Dogs @campingwithdogs

Wilderdog leash:
These leashes are made of climbing rope, so they’re super durable. They have a locking carabiner to prevent the leash coming off the collar or harness. They’ve held up great through the dirt, mud, rivers, desert, rocky trails, and everywhere else we’ve taken them. Plus, I love the variety of colors available.


Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket:
This jacket is insulated, weather resistant, tough, light, packable, and just so insanely cute! Loki has 2 jackets, which I’ll cover the other one after this, but this one is the one we use more. It covers more of his body and does a better job at keeping him comfortable in the cold. It has a zipper and a tighter fit, while not being tight. He has room to breathe but keeps me comforted in the level of coverage. It doesn’t interfere with his ability to go potty and it also has reflective trimming as an added bonus. This jacket is just all around a great winter jacket for your pup. It’s expensive, but I have no regrets in purchasing it.


Kurgo Loft Coat:
This is the other jacket Loki uses. It too is everything above, except it isn’t insulated and it doesn’t cover as much of the body. I use this for Loki either on a cold camping trip or on winter hikes before it really starts to snow. It’s reversible and has a zipper top to allow access to a harness if your dog is wearing one. This option is under half the price as the Ruffwear, but you give up coverage. Both of these jackets are hanging for quick access in our outdoor room because they are both loved and used.


If you’re a last minute Christmas shopper, like most people are, hopefully this will help you in deciding on that perfect gift for your dog.

Thanks for reading,

Miranda + Loki

DIY Paw Print Ornaments

Every December we look for fun Christmas dates and activities. It’s always a bonus when we can incorporate the dogs into whatever we’re doing. Here I’m going to walk you through how we did our DIY paw print ornaments so maybe you can make some too! 🙂


What you’ll need:

1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
Paint brushes
Parchment paper
Optional: Glitter, sharpie, and a straw to make your ribbon hole.


What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 225 F.
    In a bowl, mix together the hot water, salt, and flour. Kneed it with your hands until it forms a ball. Start off with the cup of flour, but if it’s too sticky feel free to add some more flour as you form the ball.
  2. Roll out the dough until it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.
  3. You can keep your dough together or section it into pieces which I find easier to get your dog’s print. Wipe off your dog’s paw and then gently press it into the center of your dough to make the paw imprint. Since most dog’s don’t like their paws being touched like this, use treats as a bribe 😉
    Get a cup or small bowl to cut the ornament circle with your dog’s print in the middle. Use a straw or some other small object to create a hole for the ribbon.


  4. Carefully transfer the circles to your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. We got our dog prints with the dough already on the parchment, so for the ones we didn’t feel like we could safely pull off, we just cut around.
    Bake for 2-3 hours until they are solid and dried out.
  5. Once they are done and have completely cooled, break out the paint! This is where you can get creative and do whatever you want. Decorate your paw print ornament and then set aside to dry. When dry, tie a ribbon through the hole. We also wrote our dog’s names and the year on the ornaments right before hanging.


  6. Hang your ornament and admire your work! Just remember, even though these are salty, they are technically edible. Keep them high enough so your dogs can’t get them.
    Now it’s time for us to decorate the rest of the tree…


    Hope you have as much fun as we did!
    Thanks for reading,

         Miranda + Loki

Roadtripping With Your Dog

Taking your dog on a roadtrip is definitely fun, but it does take a little extra work. I’ve written something like this before, but I decided to do a refresher. Here are our top tips when roadtripping with your dog:

  1. Don’t forget about safety!
    When taking your dog on the road, you need to think about their safety. It’s up to you to decide the best way to protect your dog, but for us, we use a car harness. Remember that accidents definitely happen and it’s super important to keep your dog’s safety in mind.seatbelt
  2. Do your homework.
    Make sure where you’re going is dog friendly. Trails, campgrounds, hotels… You need to research wherever you are going to know if your dog is even allowed. Check that your campsite allows pets and if the trail you’re hiking is fido friendly. If you’re booking a hotel room, most places have rooms specific for dogs. You need to make sure the hotel is aware you are bringing a dog so they can get you in a dog friendly room to avoid any problems at check-in or a hefty “undisclosed dog fee” that most places charge.hotelroom
  3. Keep your dog comfortable.
    I know all circumstances are different, but try your best at this one. Try to keep your dog hydrated. Give them a place to lie down. And when it comes to food, avoid feeding them at least 30 minutes before a car ride. A lot of dogs have a bit of anxiety when on the road (even if it is just minor), so feeding them right before you leave could really upset their stomach.
    If they are on a feeding schedule, try to stick as close to it as possible while working with your plans.
    It’s super handy to know how your dog handles car rides and the signs they give. Some people result to using a calming aid when taking a roadtrip with their dog.
    Also think about keeping their favorite toy with them. It may seem silly to some, but little comforts can go a long way.img_4134
  4. Bring a first aid kit.
    I learned the hard way how important a dog first aid kit is. Don’t underestimate the importance of them!
    I have 2 dog first aid kits. A small one that goes in my pack and a bigger one that stays in my vehicle.
    The small kit consists of the very essentials: tweezers for ticks, dog aspirin, Benadryl (talk to your vet about this one), gauze, vet tape, and a wound care spray.
    The car kit has all of this as well, plus a handful of extras. Make sure the things you are using in your kit are made for dogs or are safe for dogs.firstaid
  5. Let your dog have fun.
    Don’t jam-pack your days with so much that you’re constantly on the move. Let your dog get out to stretch their legs and smell the smells. I believe dogs enjoy the views just as much as we do, if not more 😉
    So get out and have fun with your furry best friend!IMG_9577
    Miranda + Loki

Being Your Dog’s Best Friend

Loving your dog is great, but building a strong bond with them is so much better! Loki is my best friend and I encourage you to make your dog your’s as well. Here are some tips you can use to help become best buds with your doggo:

Be loving. For us, this means lots of hugs and cuddles. There are many dogs that don’t like that though, so you could go with speaking kindly to them and ear or belly scratches. They take simple things as big gestures. Giving your dog a body rub shows them your attention, which is huge. And yes, talking to your pup is highly encouraged. Your dog is not just a dog, they are family.

Be their companion. Spend time with your dog! Don’t always go out and do stuff while leaving your dog locked up or home alone. It drives me absolutely crazy when someone gets a dog and then barely acknowledges their existence.
One of the biggest bonding moments I have with my pup is spending time in the outdoors. Playing in the wild together really strengthens our connection.
Also, when I’m on the couch reading, I scratch my mutt’s fluff butt with my foot. That action right there is so simple, but speaks volumes to him.

Be a safe haven. Don’t push your dog too far; build an environment that makes them feel cared for. Pay attention to your dog’s body language and study it in all situations so you can have a better read on how they’re feeling. This will help you react appropriately and help them back into their comfort zone if needed.
When disciplining Loki, I go with the “firm, but loving” technique. Instead of anger, I use disappointment. When he does something wrong, in a strong voice I ask him why he would do that. I show disappointment in him, like placing my hands on my hips and making eye contact while I ask him why and he goes crazy with guilt.
Never beat your dog. You hit them, I hit you.
I kid. But seriously.

Be encouraging. Give your dog lots of praise and be super over enthusiastic about it. I’m talking about if he sits when asked, pretend he just saved the world. The tone in your voice usually says a lot more to a dog than the words themselves.
Show them you are happy to be in their company.

Building a strong bond with my dog is honestly one of the best things I’ve done. It makes all of our adventures so much better. It even makes our hanging-around-the-house moments so much better too.
Treat your dog like a family member and a best friend, and get to spending more time with them!


Miranda + Loki

Basic Guidelines: Camping With Dogs

The weather is warming up around here so “camping season” is within reach. Here I’ll share with you some basic guidelines to camping with a dog.

  1. Practice could make perfect.
    If this is your dog’s first time camping and you’re worried about how they’ll do in a tent, don’t be afraid to try it out first. Set up a tent in your living room or yard and encourage them to go hang out in it with you for a little bit. Bring some toys and treats and let them know a tent is a positive thing!


  2. Be aware.
    If you’re camping at a campground, make sure you know their rules for dogs. Most places require your dog to be leashed while in the campground. If you’re in the backcountry, the rules are more relaxed, but please try to make sure when choosing a place to camp that it is already a campsite. Follow the “leave no trace” guidelines.


  3. Be prepared.
    Check the weather report, possible wildlife in the area, and if the campground is even open and allows dogs. It’s good to know the possible setbacks or dangers that your pup might face. Bring a doggy first aid kit just to be safe.


  4. Know your dog.
    There are a couple things that fall under this category. For starters, it’s good to know the signs your dog gives to tell if they are too anxious or scared. That can be tricky if this is a new dog, but the more time you spend with them in the outdoors, the faster you catch on to their tails…
    (See what I did there? Tails, tells… No? Okay, moving on…)
    The second thing is definitely optional, like all of this since you can do whatever you want, but think about deciding if a dog sleeping bag is for your dog. Does your dog have short hair? Do they get cold easily? Do they like to be covered? Are they small enough to fit in it? Dogs get cold too, but that doesn’t mean they want a sleeping bag.
    Loki does not like to be in a sleeping bag and doesn’t fit in any that are made for dogs anyway, so that problem was decided quickly for us.
    The final one here is to bring something that could feel like home to your dog (besides you), like their favorite toy or treat or pillow.


  5. Don’t forget the food!
    This sounds like a no-brainer, but I’ve actually heard a handful of stories where people forgot to pack dog food when going camping. I always make a list and check it twice 😉
    When camping, we always have other activities planned. We don’t just hang out at the campsite all day, so since my dog is active, I always pack more food and water than I’m expecting we’ll need. The more active they are, the more food and water they’ll need.


  6. Spend time with your dog. Duh.
    So now that you have a basic picture in mind of how you’ll go camping with your dog, pack up your stuff and go! Make sure you curl up in a tent with your furry BFF and try to get in some cuddle time while enjoying your night in the great outdoors.


    Miranda + Loki

Ruffwear Powder Hound review

I bought the Ruffwear Powder Hound jacket for Loki for our snowshoeing trips in deep snow. I wanted a jacket that had more coverage than the one he uses in the fall. There are a few things I really love about this jacket so I’ll share my opinions about it here.

1. The coverage:
It has little “sleeves” and a long enough body to provide nice coverage. It doesn’t cover too much though, so your dog is still able to go to the bathroom while wearing it. There is a zipper down the side that makes it easy to put on and take off. I was worried that it might zip his fur in it, but it has a nice piece of fabric on the inside that goes between the zipper and fur.
2. Holds strong against the elements:
The material is soft, but strong. Loki can leap into a pile of snow and come out dry. In fact, he’s done that many times. It also works great in a snow storm. This is a real essential item to our all day snowshoeing trips.
3. It’s super adorable.
That’s all I really need to say about that.

The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it causes Loki to shed more than normal, and all that fur sticks to it so I have to lint roll it when I take it off of him.
But that’s only a small flaw to me, so overall it’s super worth it for our all day snowshoe trips.
If you’re going to get this jacket, make sure to measure your dog and follow the chart on Seriously. I’ve made the mistake of not measuring before, and it’s something that doesn’t take a lot of time and is worth it.



Happy adventuring friends!
Miranda + Loki

Our Top Guidelines to Snowshoeing

The very first thing we do for snowshoeing is check the weather and conditions.
Don’t only check the weather forecast, check the avalanche warning and trail conditions. Most of the time I just type in my inquiries to a search engine.


Tell someone where you’ll be and a general estimate of when you’ll return.
Let people close to you know the area you’ll be in and what time you’re expecting to come back, just in the off chance that something goes wrong. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even print out a map of the area you’re planning to be and write down your plans on it.

Dress for the weather.
If you’re going on a sunny day, don’t wear too many layers. You may even be slightly cold at first, but you’ll warm up once you get going on the trail.
If you’re going with rain or snow in the forecast, wear waterproof clothing!
It is absolutely miserable to be soaked in the cold. I wear a waterproof down jacket and waterproof soft shell snow pants.

Generally snowshoeing takes a little longer than a normal hike or walk. Plan accordingly. Give yourself extra time than you normally would on a trail. Some people go from point A to point B, but I like to enjoy the area and snowshoeing is a great way to explore all your snowy surroundings.

Strap on your snowshoes and go have fun!
If you are looking for snowshoes or any snowshoeing gear, here is a coupon code for 40% off on regular priced items from Yukon Charlies ( that is good until January 30th 2017: YUKONCHARLIESLOVE

Happy Adventuring!

Miranda + Loki