Welcome back, friends! How was your weekend? We unplugged and celebrated the end of school with a lot of cook-outs, pool time, and no real plans. And it was perfect! The weather has been amazing lately, so we’re taking advantage before the heat arrives and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Y’all know we’re hardcore fans of Backcountry, and it’s the go-to place for all our active family adventures, from hiking the Grand Canyon to skiing in Winter Park. In fact, they have the gear for just about every outdoor activity you can think of!
But did you know they also have an amazing selection of gear for pups?! Yes! Even our furry family can get in on the amazing quality gear like collars, leashes, and beds!
Remember a few years when we up and moved with no warning? Of course we loved the house (or the bones of the house, we’re slowing making it ours)…but the biggest selling feature was the location. Just down the block is the most beautiful greenbelt and private nature preserve, which means miles of trails, hiking, biking, and big open fields for the pups to run! #bliss
We love living in Texas and closer to family, but had been missing all the landscape and nature from our life in Nashville. Now we have the best of both worlds! And Maggie and Mollie couldn’t be happier!
I tend to hunker down behind the computer for long stretches of time, so I try to venture out almost every day…if even for a few minutes. It’s amazing what a little fresh air and nature does for my mood. And productivity! Not to mention, the pups get to run free for awhile!
These leashes are my favorites…super lightweight, but incredibly sturdy. The handle is smooth around my arm, and there’s even a spot for a pick-up bag. The clips are wide and easy to hook quickly on collars, too.
On the weekends shoot for longer walks, and this day pack is essential for storing water, hat, snacks and anything else we need. It folds down to the size of a small envelope, too, so it’s perfect for packing! I use these small carabiners to attach keys, water bowl, and other smaller items to the bag.
This pop-up bowl is perfect for keeping the pups hydrated on long walks…it holds a ton of water for both dogs, and collapses flat when not in use. It’s light as a feather, too, so doesn’t add bulk to your bag. Sometimes I skip the daypack, and just attach the water bowl to the lease with another carabiner.
Their collars are super sturdy, too, and adjust easily. I love the little rubber tag to quiet their tags when running around.
If you follow my Instagram Story, then you’ve likely seen Mollie leaping in the pool and swimming for hours at a time. If Little Miss is in the pool, it’s guaranteed this pup is going in, too. (Maggie wants nothing to do with it!)
And while Mollie is a great swimmer, we always put a float vest on her so we don’t have to worry about her getting too tired. (She seriously stays in for hours!!) This one is lightweight, but keeps her really buoyant. It slips comfortably around her neck, and buckles securely around her torso, and even has a sturdy handle to help lift her out.
Fit Tip: The product page has a helpful sizing chart with detailed instructions on where and how to to measure your pup for the right size!
Her face cracks me up! She looks like a sea otter!
I love these precious girls, and our time together outdoors. It’s funny Mr. SP and I went 18 years without a pet, and now we’re both crazy dog people! Are you a dog person? What gear is essential for your walks and adventures?
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*Photos by the darling and talented Audrie Dollins. This post is sponsored in collaboration with Backcountry and ShopStyle, but all product selections and crazy dog-mom behavior is my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors*