Yay! Dexter has finally recovered from his 2 knee operations that has kept him calm (or at least tried with everything I had in me) for the last 9 months!   The poor guy is only 2 1/2.  WELL, lets just say he is ramped up and ready to go!  We can finally start hitting the trail again which is what he loves to do most! Here is some MUST HAVE Summer Gear for Hiking with Dogs.  Hiking isn’t fun, or sometimes safe, without it! 

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Collapsible Water and Food Bowls by Alfie



I love these water and food bowls because the collapse down to the smallest thing! It is so convenient to clip them to my pack.  This saves space inside my pack for my gear, and allows the water bowl to dry more quickly.  They are durable, sturdy, and easy to clean!


Mesh Hiking Pack for Dogs by Outward Hound

dog pack

I love this pack! It is entirely mesh except the inside of the pockets.  This keeps Dexter cool when he is running all over like a nut!  The handle on the top comes in super handy when needing to assist him in getting up or through boulders or for holding him when necessary when off leash.  I love that I can pack his pack with a his food and a few necessary things.  It fits comfortably, is easy to clean, and dries quickly.

DIY Snout Sun Cream for Dogs

snout sun cream

This is my own creation that I use regularly to help protect Dexter’s nose from the sun.  Made from coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, and Young Living Essential Oils, I am assured that Dexter’s snout will remain untoasted! Click HERE for the recipe and information about the cream!

Cooling Bandana for Dogs by Allcott


This is a great bandana I use to help keep Dexter cool on those HOT, HUMID NY days in the Catskill or Shawanagunk Mountains nearby! All you need to do is soak the bandana in water and the non-toxic polymers inside the fabric help keep a cooling sensation around the dog’s neck!  This works really well and is easy to clean!

So hit the trail, and enjoy your hike!

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5 Comments on Summer Gear for Hiking with Dogs

  1. I’m glad to hear you doggie is getting better!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206