Category Archives: Canine Corner

There was a hiker who had a dog,
and Kirby was his name-i.
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Kirby’s Custom Paracord Leash & Collar Review

REM Designs Paracord Leash & Collar Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Kirby the Trail Dog doesn’t often get doted on these days. He still tags along on all of our adventures, but our attention is elsewhere. Don’t feel too sorry for him though, because even if we don’t spoil him rotten the way we used… Read more »

Kirby the Trail Dog’s Birthday Giveaway

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Kirby the Trail Dog's Birthday Giveaway - mamanonthetrail.com

Kirby the Trail Dog is turning six! What a pawsitvely perfect excuse for a giveaway! If you have a dog or know a dog, you’ll want to read on… Kirby the Trail Dog is a spunky, energetic, nature-loving Wheaten Terrier who has been a huge part of our lives for the past 6 years. He was our first baby and… Read more »

Maman’s DIY Dog Shampoo

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DIY Dog Shampoo - mamanonthetrail.com

*This post contains affiliate links. No one likes a dirty dog or a smelly dog, but those are often the dogs that come home from adventures in the outdoors. So if you want to keep happily adventuring with your favourite furry friend, you need a good dog shampoo. When we first welcomed Kirby into our life, we purchased a mainstream… Read more »

Brooksie Leash System Review

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Brooksie Leash System Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Kirby is a fairly well-behaved dog. If we are in an area that permits off-leash, then he would be off-leash. But off-leash areas are few and far between, so we need other options. Our new family cottage is one of the places where we… Read more »

Kirby’s Ruffwear Roamer Leash Review

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Ruffwear Roamer Leash Review - mamanonthetrail.com

Picture this: You are scrambling up a steep rocky incline. You have 40 pounds of gear strapped to your back. You are doing your best to keep moving onward and upward despite your lovely friend, Gravity, pulling you back down. You are using your hands for balance and momentum. Around one wrist is a leash and…HEY! IS THAT A SQUIRREL?!… Read more »

Kirby’s Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash Review

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Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I have had dogs my entire life and never have I cared about their leashes. I should rephrase that, never have I put effort into finding a leash I liked. There were leashes that I didn’t like, and leashes that I was indifferent about. It wasn’t until we won a Ruffwear prize pack from Valhalla Pure Outfitters last summer that… Read more »

Dog-Friendly Trail Mix Cookies (Recipe)

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Dog-Friendly Trail Mix Cookies - mamanonthetrail.com

The summer before last, on one of our first day-long hikes at Frontenac Provincial Park, Kirby was driving us CRAZY. He was eating EVERYTHING. Sticks. Leaves. Grass. Dirt. You name it, he tried to eat it. We couldn’t figure it out because other than the odd upset-stomach-grass-nibbling, he doesn’t usually do that. And then it dawned on us: he was… Read more »

Kirby’s Ruffwear Palisades Pack Review

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Ruffwear Palisades Pack Review - mamanonthetrail.com

Have you ever bought a backpack before? The sheer amount of packs available can be overwhelming, not to mention the features and fits and styles available. I bought my Black Diamond pack about 6 years ago when I was heading to France for six months and wasn’t looking for much beyond a decent fit and carryon compatibility. It’s actually designed… Read more »