Cabin-fever starting to set in? Believe me, your dog is feeling it too. Cooped up in the house, while the 30 plus inches of snow piles up outside, can make anyone go a little stir-crazy. If you’re like me and are planning to take your dog out for a nature hike after the Sun shows it face this weekend, make sure to throw some simple post-snow ready-for-anything survival items in your ride.
- An old Towel (or two). Melting snow + dirt trails = one muddy pup. Be ready for your animal to, well…act like an animal. Bring one for those dirty paws, and one for you or the car.
- Water (or more than usual). Don’t you enjoy a big water-chug after a run? Your dog’s the same way. You should always keep a bottle in your car if riding around with your pal but on trips that follow days of pent-up energy, bring extra.
- Toys. If you’re opting for the park instead of a hike, bring some throw toys to keep your dog energized (unless you want to keep up with the running).
- Transport Kennel. Don’t pull a Britney and get caught with your baby in your lap! Icy conditions make accidents more likely, so think of the kennel as a seatbelt for your dog. No room for a kennel? Check out a car barrier.