Reflections on Week 1

Friday we made it to Edison WA wrapping up week 1 of 25 of our journey. By my estimates we logged about 55-60 and given the week we had, I’m pleased with our progress.  
The Launch

Our sendoff Saturday the 10th at the Peace Arch Park was great. Folks from five states were there including two of our PUPS (Chris & Hope & Lori & thanks to Valerie for helping plan and coordinate), Erick with TAGG, and Sarah Charney the veterinarian oncologist from Boundary Bay Specialty Hospital in Vancouver.  
Unless you’re an extreme backpacker you’re prob unfamiliar with this anatomical reference. It puts the G in grind and the work in twerk.  It’s a subset of pelvic muscles that are quite possibly impossibly capable of being trained.  But after a few days with a fifty plus pound pack they hurt.  
But for me, the term is also a metaphor for what the onset of a massive undertaking is like. There are things that just can’t be planned for or anticipated. Like Hudson throwing up in our tent.

Yep, just two nights into it, I had drifted off into the good sleep only to be abruptly awakened to the sound of retching.  Hudson had vomited earlier that Mother’s Day morning and I didn’t give it much thought since he occasionally has a heave and a hurl and seemed fine from then on.  But after five more times in the tent Sunday night, I made the decision to pull him from the road for a few days rest.  

Google v Reality

Planning our route from Memphis is a whole lot different than getting up here and scouting out the terrain.  I had planned on a more direct path but road conditions sometimes dictate otherwise.  
To be sure, the options are kinda limited since I-5 is the only direct highway from border to border so I anticipated zigging and zagging until we got to Southern Oregon at which point we’ll pick up 1/101 the rest of the way.  But I’ve made the decision to stick the shoreline as much as possible because they be mountains up here.  Speaking of….
Only in my world would our first great technical challenge be a mountain named Chuckanut.  
And though it did try to toss us a few times, its native name means long beach and even on the occasionally treacherous stretches, we bore witness to some of the most stunning bay side vistas.  As well, the mountainside is lined with cascading waterfalls pictured nearby.  

It’s also home to Larrabee State Park, a destination point for anyone travelling in this area.  We took a days rest there and the beach on Sammish Bay was so totally alluring.

The whole area, including our time in Bellingham WA, now known to me as the City of Backpacks, reminded me of the Sirens of Shenandoah in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountain back on our first walk.  I didn’t want to leave.

The people I met here are all so beautiful eclipsed only by the presence of their surroundings.  From the Bellwether Hotel to Boulevard Park to the Interurban Trail we picked up for a bit, this is a special place in the universe and I’m surprised I’ve been tempted so early on in the walk.  Indeed, Erick my walking companion for a few days remarked many times that this is a place he’d like to relocate to.  But the journey must continue…

Testing the Mettle

The first week is always unkinking – adjusting weight load, routes, and all sorts of last minute adjustments physically and spiritually.  It’s a curious truism one which I can only suspect because god’s just making sure you’re serious.

We were picked up Friday and transported to Seattle for the Petapalooza and it was great to spend time with Buddy and Ja-Cee, our PUPS up here in the area and their kiddos – Fonto & Sabrina.

In a few hours, we’ll be back on the road…. Until next time here are a couple of other pics to tide you over…


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Dr. Robert E. Danz Brings Laser Gum Surgery to Ghent, NY Patients Seeking Gum Disease Treatment

Ghent, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2014

Robert E. Danz, DDS, has expanded his practice to offer gum disease screenings and treatment to patients in Ghent, NY. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP

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Aug 17, Complaint about bone tastic lil’ buddy bones

I bought these bone tastic lil’ buddy bones for my lil dog. When I got home I gave him one. They were so hard he couldn’t bite them. I tried to break
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Aug 24, Free dog food for a year

Hey all, just wanted to let everyone know that is giving away free pet food for a year!

All you have to do is sign up, here is the link:

I received this tip from one of our readers. Thank you Marc!

All the best and paws up,
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Monaco Dog Show – Shih-tzu

A shih-tzu being prepared for the Monaco Dog Show.

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TheraBreath Introduces Mouth-Wetting Lozenge Tins

San Diego, California (PRWEB) February 03, 2014

There are a number of products that claim to eliminate bad breath, but TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges are the only product to attack its root cause. These unique, highly effective lozenges have already made a difference in millions of lives, solving long-term breath issues and helping people to regain confidence. The extremely popular Mouth-Wetting Lozenges are now available in convenient tin packages that make it easier than ever to fight bad breath on the go!

The new lozenge tins are smaller than a cell phone and will easily fit in a purse or pocket for fresh breath anywhere at any time! The sugar-free lozenges have the same bold, invigorating mandarin-mint flavor that customers love, but are no longer individually wrapped. The new tin packaging makes the lozenges easy to transport and allows for quick, discreet use without the hassle of wrappers.

TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges are popular because they are unlike any other breath mints on the market. Most mints act as a band-aid, masking the issue rather than solving it. They temporarily cover up the unpleasant flavors and odors, but fail to destroy the bacteria that actually cause bad breath. Underneath this mask of freshness lurks a germ layer that can rear its ugly head once the momentary relief of a mint has worn off.

TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges freshen breath and stimulate saliva production, creating an overall improvement in healthy mouth function. These lozenges don?t simply mask bad breath; they stop it from happening in the first place.

TheraBreath?s Lozenges are the first to work in three phases to truly eliminate bad breath odor in both the short and long-term. The lozenge quickly deodorizes, attacks germs that cause halitosis, and restores healthy moisture for ongoing breath freshness. Average breath mints stop after phase one, but TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges are effective because they take the solution two steps further.

The final two phases are crucial for eliminating halitosis at its source. The true cause of bad breath is a group of anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria in the tongue and throat. These bacteria thrive in a dry mouth environment and produce the tastes and odors associated with bad breath. The active ingredients in TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges specifically target these bacteria.

The lozenges also introduce patented mouth-wetting agents to stimulate the salivary glands and eliminate dry mouth. Saliva is more than just water, it plays an active role in digestion and protects the teeth and gums. Saliva also contains electrolytes, enzymes, and antibodies that destroy bacteria. By stimulating saliva production, mouth-wetting lozenges encourage the body to battle bad breath germs and create a refreshing, healthy mouth environment.

This innovative approach to fighting bad breath is based on the extensive research of Dr. Harold Katz. Deemed the ?Bad Breath Guru?, Dr. Katz is the preeminent expert on bad breath and dry mouth. Clinical tests of Dr. Katz?s patients show a 98% reduction in sulfur-producing bacteria. Dr. Katz founded the renowned California Breath Clinics, and through his development of TheraBreath products and his bestselling Bad Breath Bible, he has helped millions of people solve their bad breath and dry mouth issues.

TheraBreath?s Mouth-Wetting Lozenges are easy to order! The new tin packages are currently only available online at Each tin contains approximately 26 lozenges and packs of 3 or 6 tins are available to order, along with other TheraBreath products including toothpaste, mouthwash, and chewing gum. All products contain TheraBreath?s patented compounds to battle bad breath and keep mouths feeling clean and refreshed! If customers are not completely satisfied with Mouth-Wetting Lozenges, all TheraBreath products are backed by a 30-Day money back guarantee.

About TheraBreath:

TheraBreath?s founder, Dr. Harold Katz, created this premium oral care system at the California Breath Clinics in 1994. Since that time, TheraBreath has become one of the five largest oral care companies in the United States. The original formula has been refined dozens of times to become the most complete and effective oral care system available. TheraBreath products are revolutionary because they attack the germs that cause bad breath. TheraBreath has been proven effective at controlling these bacteria and the embarrassing odor they can cause.

Always continuing his research and testing, Dr. Katz expanded his line of oral care products beyond the original TheraBreath Toothpaste and Oral rinse to focus on specific issues other than halitosis. TheraBreath has grown to have an extensive line of oral care products that address issues including gum disease, clearing of tonsil stones, teeth whitening, specialty chewing gum, and pet products.

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Human Food For Your Golden Retriever

A lot of people wonder what type of human food they should feed their Golden. Even though many prefer to stick with dog food and only dog food, there are certain types of human food that Golden Retrievers love – and is actually good for them. Golden’s crave attention as we all know – and when they watch you eat it never hurts to give them a bite – as long as you know what they should and shouldn’t consume with their diets.

For your Golden’s health, feeding him foods such as chicken, raw vegetables, turkey, brown rice, fruits, and oatmeal are always great. Even though we think of these type foods as “human food”, they are actually good for many animals as well. All dogs have taste buds and noses, meaning that they get very excited when they see you with food.

If your Golden Retriever runs to the refrigerator when you open it up, he’s trying to tell you that he smells something good. Even though he may run to the refrigerator, he isn’t begging for food as many think, he is simply wanting to have some real food. Once your Golden starts to do this, you should give him some of what he wants. Although most real food is great for Golden’s, there are some that aren’t quite so good.

Egg whites
If you feed your Golden a large amount of egg white in his diet, he will get a deficiency in biotin, which is a B vitamin, due to the amount of avidin, which is a very destructive substance. If you are feeding your Golden Retriever egg yolks, you shouldn’t worry as the effects of avidin will be offset by the high biotin levels that are found in egg yolks. You can also feed your Golden egg shells as well, as they contain a large amount of protein. If you want the best for your Golden – try feeding him raw eggs – with the shell intact.

Any form of Chocolate
We all know never to feed chocolate to any type of animal. Chocolate contains bromine, which is very toxic to both dogs and cats. Unsweet chocolate is by far the worst to feed to your Golden, as it contains a large amount of bromine. Bromine is a very harmful chemical, one that normally leads to death of your animal should he be fed any type of chocolate.

There are other foods out there that can be good or harmful to your Golden. If you have any questions, you should always ask your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to recommended real food that is beneficial to your Golden, as well as foods you should avoid. You can experiment with real food if you like – although you should never allow your Golden Retriever to consume any type of chocolate.
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Can I Give My Dog Aspirin?

I used to wonder if I could give my dog aspirin or if it would be too dangerous, or at least would sicken him. As humans, we know that regular aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which helps relieve our aches and pains. But did you know that it also works well for dogs to relieve their pain.

Aspirin works by blocking a dog’s body from producing prostaglandins which are the source of pain and inflammation.

Be careful and use aspirin only as a short-term solution for pain and inflammation relief due to possible health problems it can cause. If you need to keep giving your pet aspirin to relieve its pain and inflammation, ask your vet for suggestions of long term solutions that cause fewer side effects.

A word of caution: there are other pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen that humans can safely take, but both of these are very toxic for a dog. Only aspirin should be given dogs, and always in low doses. Most veterinarians recommend no more than 5mg to 10mg per pound of a dog’s weight, given once every 12 hours. If your dog weighs 20 pounds it should have no more than 200 milligrams once every 12 hours. A large dog weighing 75 pounds can safely take 750 milligrams once every 12 hours. Two of the regular 325 mg aspirins available in most stores would equal 650 milligrams and should be sufficient for dogs 75 pounds and up.

To avoid stomach problems or ulcers don’t give your dog aspirin until after it has eaten. Dogs often reject aspirin because of its unusual taste, so you may have to put the aspirin tablet in chunks of food or inside a favorite treat. Additionally, when aspirin is given without food, ulcers could form in the stomach. A common sign of a dog developing stomach ulcers is blood-tinged vomiting.

Vets recommend that aspirin not be administered in conjunction with steroids. If your dog has allergies and is taking corticosteroids, it should not be given aspirin nor should aspirin be given to dogs with ulcers or stomach lining problems.

The answer to the question “Can I Give My Dog Aspirin?” is not the same for puppies. Aspirin should never be given to puppies, as they lack the necessary enzymes to break down the aspirin which can result in severe organ damage. Aspirin is also not recommended for dogs that are pregnant as it could cause birth defects.

While aspirin is an effective pain reliever, it does not slow down the advancement of arthritis in a dog due to its negative effects on proteoglycan synthesis, needed for other normal bodily functions, and the long-term use of aspirin for arthritis can lead to premature degeneration of the dog’s joints.

Don’t give your dog aspirin as a long-term aid for hip dysplasia or arthritis pain. Its destructive side effects on joint cartilage and possible irritation of the stomach can result in stomach, liver and kidney damage.

A more effective and safer way to treat arthritis and hip dysplasia is with Winston’s Joint System an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own beloved dog. For over 20 years, this long-proven formula has been giving relief from pain and stiffness to all breeds and ages of dogs.

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How long do Shih Tzus live?

How long do Shih Tzus live?
Packing on the pounds: While packing on pounds can affect the health of any pet, it's especially dangerous for little dogs like Shih Tzus, where even a few extra ounces can weigh heavily on a dog's back, joints and other organs. One way to tell if a
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Dog owners invited to bring pets for free health 'MOT'
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Good post! Here are my comments and additions! * …

Good post! Here are my comments and additions!

* First my add to this list of stuff for home treatments. One of my pit pups got a red itchy rash on his belly right at the front of the crease where each hind leg joins his body and also right in front of his penis. At first I was concerned that it might be an allergy thing and since the skin was red and kinda dry/flaky sometimes I tried rubbing in some coconut oil (which is also perhaps a bit anti-microbial). It helped the flakiness but then I realized I was smelling the 'hot spot' smell too and so maybe adding moisture wasn't so good. So I went the other way. I rinsed it off with diluted apple cider vinegar once a day followed by powdering it with cornstarch. In just one day it looked a lot better, after 2 vinegar rinses I just did corn starch once or twice a day as needed to keep it all dry and by day 4 he was all better. No food allergies and no reoccurrence! Yea!

* As folks have mentioned Benadryl, while known for acting as a mild sedative can and does cause hyperactivity or agitation in some folks (or dogs!) either just as their 'normal' reaction to it or in cases of overdose. In large enough overdoses in can cause flushing, dry mouth, super constricted pupils, and agitation. But it DOES work well for dogs just as it does for people in most cases.

* When it comes to bee stings in MAY be a good idea to AVOID things like Benadryl unless you or your dog has a serious reaction. There is some discussion amongst beekeepers that feel that treating beestings with anti-histamines and/or anti-inflammatories may contribute to increasing the severity of future stings. So it's worth considering if you only have a mild welt to deal with!

* For broken toenails or other minor bleeding cayenne pepper makes a good styptic powder. It sounds like it would be awful I know but it doesn't hurt! I don't have much luck with flour. I just end up with blood AND flour all over!

* For the overgrown toenails I'd recommend the Dremeling as well. You can grind down MUCH closer (or even INTO the quick) without the dog minding much. (not recommending you TRY to get into the quick, just saying they don't seem to care as much). You may be able to get the quick to recede better that way.

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