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Monday Night Hikes

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes

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Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

  Yesterday marked five years with our golden-haired pal, Owen.  Yes, I'm talking about our fun-loving, active, sweet, and slightly (though sometimes more than slightly) mischievous Golden retriever. We adopted him in January 2013 at the Pasadena Humane Society.  We first saw the Golden on Saturday the 5th, shy and quiet, as he retreated to… Continue reading Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

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Great Hikes: Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects and snakes,… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared

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Great Hikes… With Dogs

Welcome to my two-part series on hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains.  Owen, my golden retriever, and I have recently started hiking together.  I'm not entirely sure why we haven't done more of this before; being out in nature is a fun way to bond with each other.  And it is great exercise for both dog and… Continue reading Great Hikes… With Dogs

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National Dog Day

Good morning and happy National Dog Day. At the risk of offending cat lovers, I think I'll go on record and admit that I and my family are definitely dog people. We love our furry friends. Indeed, whenever we visit friends, our youngest will attach herself to their dogs. To show your love for man's (and… Continue reading National Dog Day