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Dog's Life: Travel
Super-Dog-Friendly Pacific Northwest
Washington & Oregon adventures
Every dog has his day, and in the Pacific Northwest, he also has nights and weekends. For endless and economical summer (and all season) fun, here are four favorites. Beach-Town Fun. Manzanita (northern Oregon coast)—all beach resort and no pretense, this seaside escape is so dog-friendly we call it “Muttzanita.” Dig for treasure on a seven-mile strip of windy sand, hike Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Five Boys and a Bear (and a Bag)
Who knew the wilderness could be so ... wild?
Not long after the Great Mummy Bag Incident, I begin the search for a new sleeping bag. I want one that doesn’t taper. One that isn’t form-fitted like my mother’s Playtex 18-hour girdle. One in which I and my two Miniature Dachshunds, Cooper and Isis, can sleep without starring in an M.C. Escher puzzle. There it is! Right there on page nine of REI’s Memorial Day Closeout Catalog, the “Bark”-o-...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Two Wieners and a Mummy
A camping trip with two Dachshunds is an exercise in futility
I buy a new tent, on sale, at REI’s flagship store in Seattle. I am going camping for the first time since I was 12, when my parents were in charge of setting up the tent. No, wait, I think I’ve been camping once since. My husband set up that tent. I’m no dummy. My mother taught me, and told me often, that practice makes perfect. I read the instructions and set up and take down the tent in the...