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Pics from the Trailz!

Hot off the press, this week’s Tails from the Trailz returns with more pics!

Summer arrived in a big way this week, with temperatures climbing. Our GoDogz (and their walkers) all enjoyed the extra sunshine, incorporating more shade and water breaks to keep everyone cool and happy.

Duchess, Meadow, Cali, and Pickles cool off after their run

 

First up, Cali continued her adventures with the running pack, joining the aussies and little lab friend Duchess for some fun at DeLaVeaga!

 

These pups are working it!

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Moses took time out of his busy hiking schedule to strike a pose with his packmates out at Henry Cowell.

These two are the silliest! ;D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary caught Omar and Bronx goofing around in the car – clearly these pups had some energy to burn. Good thing they were headed to the trails!

The super pack, dominating the trails of Henry Cowell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After hiking with the big boys, Hillary picked up her next crew and joined Sean for a super pack hike at Henry Cowell. This was Huck’s first experience with a super pack – he’s growing up so fast!

 

 

 

 

 

I was reunited with the Soquel/Aptos crew for a beautiful hike through Nisene. This fearsome fivesome has been hiking together for years, each of them in perfect harmony, a cohesive dog pack.

Herbie, Penny, and Chelsea, 1/2 of the crew

Romeo and Juliette, part 2 of the Soquel pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These dogs are on a mission!

 

 

Wednesday the aussie pack was at it again, tearing it up on the trails of Henry Cowell.

 

 

“Hi, I’m Pearl!”

 

 

Also on Wednesday we welcomed new GoDog Pearl! She did great on her first hike with me and Hillary, exploring DeLaVeaga for the very first time. She’s a born trail dog!

 

 

“Ahh…”

Kaylee soaked up the sun first with her buddy Archie…

Happy girl. 🙂

 

 

 

 

…And then Kelly, who reveled in the warmth out at the harbor.

 

Cue dramatic movie score music…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Sean and his pack embarked on an epic adventure through the redwoods of Henry Cowell!

Cattle dog smiles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Ricky Bobby and Zoe were quite happy to explore the harbor and Arana Gulch with their pal Kaylee and their bff Kelly.

Treat break! Woo hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Hillary took her crew out to Nisene Marks, where Gloria was a model GoDog as she patiently tolerated the puppy antics of Heidi-the-dog, Bronx, and Huck. Lots of puppy energy!

Racing through the weekend! (Moses once again modeling 😉 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every week is a great week when you get to spend it in such fun company! Enjoy your weekend – we are already looking forward to Monday and another week full of adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tails from the Trailz with Denali!

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Meet Denali, a happy, energetic lab with a thirst for adventure! Denali joined the ranks of the GoDogz back in January, quickly becoming a fixture in the pack runs and hikes.

 

 

Denali with her "aussie pack" pals Doyle, Gordy, Ciao, and Dexter!

Denali with her “aussie pack” pals Doyle, Gordy, Ciao, and Dexter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like most labs, she’s a social pup, and is happiest when she’s surrounded by her friends on the trails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an ultra dog, she’s explored the redwoods of Nisene Marks, the sand hills of Henry Cowell, the trails of DeLeveaga, and, of course her own local Pogonip.

Denali and her friends posing by the Pogonip creek

Denali and her friends posing by the Pogonip creek

 

Henry Cowell Graham Hill loop - sprinting down the road to the Campground

Sprint to the finish!

 

 

 

Denali alternates between the running and hiking groups, and is happy in both, especially if she’s exploring a new trail. But she seems at her most joyous while running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy siblings!

Happy siblings! Maggie fits right in. 😉

 

 

 

Sometimes Denali’s sister, Maggie, comes out for a visit. Family is very important to Denali, and she’s been quick to introduce Maggie to her friends and to the GoDogz lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

After a good, hard run or hike, Denali is quick to claim a good spot in the van and settle down for a post-workout nap. Sometimes with a bit of space…

Buddy and Denali, two content dogs

Ahh, relaxing after a run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and other times with no space at all.

 

Gomu does not believe in personal space.

Gomu does not believe in personal space.

 

 

 

 

 

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Back at the house, Denali is always extra excited to see her family if they’re around. If not, she settles in and waits for them to get home so she can tell them about her day. Then it’s time to rest up for the next adventure.

 

Denali is very photogenic. For more cute pictures, check out her photo album on our Facebook page.

 

 

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Smokey and Freyja’s Adventures Continued!

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Earlier this week we introduced you to Smokey and Freyja, two of our ultra-running GoDogz. Their story continues in this second installment.

 

Freyja and Smokey have a whispered conversation behind Gordy's back ;)

SMOKEY: What do you think? FREYJA: Eh, he seems okay… 😉

 

 

 

 

Soon after we began running Smokey and Freyja, we decided to introduce them to Gordy and see how they liked running with friends.

 

Gordy joins Smokey and Freyja

Gordy joins Smokey and Freyja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The verdict? Gordy was in! One of their favorite games became “chase the Gordy,” where Gordy would run up ahead, and Smokey, Freyja, and I would run after him, sprinting up and down the rolling hills of Nisene Marks. Soon Gordy became a regular on the Smokey and Freyja runs, and we decided it was time to introduce them to some other great dogs.

Such a cute trio!

Such a cute trio!

 

Ziva, Freyja, and Smokey wait for their mid-run treat.

Ziva, Freyja, and Smokey wait for their mid-run treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their first official GoDogz friend after Gordy was Ziva! A regular at Nisene Marks, Ziva was very excited to share her favorite trails with her new friends. Their favorite run together was up and down the rolling hills of the Split Stuff trail. Despite their obvious size differences, these three quickly fell into a familiar running rhythm, becoming their own happy Aptos pack.

 

Clearly Smokey and Freyja were both social runners, enjoying the combination of the thrill of the run plus the company of other dogs, so we began including them in pack runs all over Santa Cruz county so they could enjoy the redwoods of their local Nisene Marks:

Nisene Marks pack run!

Nisene Marks pack run!

Photo op in Pogonip

Photo op in Pogonip

 

 

 

 

the meadows of Pogonip:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Sean’s favorite, the hills of Henry Cowell:

Racing through Henry Cowell!

Racing through Henry Cowell!

 

 

Such a cute pack of wet dogs. ;)

Such a cute pack of wet dogs. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain or shine, these pups were ready to go!

 

 

Best buds

Best buds

 

 

 

 

No matter where we brought them, one thing remained constant, and that was their sheer love of the adventure. Smokey and Freyja could almost always be found running side by side, happy to share the trails with their new GoDogz pals, but even more, happy to share them with each other.

Bon voyage!

Bon voyage!

 

 

Recently Smokey and Freyja embarked on a big adventure, moving out to Southern California. While we all miss them here, I’m sure they’re bringing their GoDogz spirit with them, exploring new trails and racing each other across the beach, infusing each day with their love of adventure.

Happy trails to you! Until we meet again. 🙂

 

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Tails from the Trailz with Pickles!

Happy Pickles!

Happy Pickles!

Meet Pickles, an adorable GoDog with plenty of energy!

 

Pickles racing Allison

Pickles says, “Let’s go!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickles likes to meet us at the door, ready to run! After she’s leashed, she’ll dance around, and then gallup full speed down the hall, daring her GoDogz runner to keep up! 😉

 

First meeting with Gordy

First meeting with Gordy

 

 

 

 

Pickles is a social runner, and is always happiest when she has a friend along. She met Gordy early on, and the two quickly bonded over their shared love of the big things in life: Trails and Treats.

 

Pickles waiting to run with her pals, Trip and Gordy

Pickles waiting to run with her  pals, Trip and Gordy

 

 

 

 

 

Since then she has developed a whole string of canine BFFs, like Allison’s dog, Nitsii, and her neighborhood running pal, Trip.

 

 

 

 

 

After several months of shorter runs, Pickles decided it was time to up her game and become an ultra dog. In addition to the shorter runs, she now joins the pack once a week for an hour run on the trails.

 

Pickles joins the Pogonip Patrol!

Pickles joins the Pogonip Patrol!

Typically, Pickles will trot along near the back, until she gets a sudden burst of energy and zooms ahead, doing her galloping prancing run as she races the other dogs full speed down the trail before settling back into her trot again.

Pickles keeping her eyes on the prize!

Pickles keeping her eyes on the prize!

 

 

 

She is quick to stop for her treat break and sit for her treat, although not always patient when the treat is in sight! 😉

 

 

 

owning the trail

Owning the trail

 

 

 

 

 

Pickles is not the biggest fan of Westcliff, but she enjoys the local trails at Lighthouse Field. Still, her favorite paws down is to go on a field trip to some exciting trails. She’s visited Pogonip, Henry Cowell, and Nisene Marks, and has owned all those trails!

 

 

It's a ruff life. ;)

It’s a ruff life. 😉

After the run, Pickles likes to sprint down the hall again to her home, especially if she knows her mama is waiting for her inside. 😉  Then it’s time to kick back and relax until her next GoDogz adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

For more cute pictures, check out our GoDogz Facebook page!

 

 

 

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Herbie’s Tails from the Trailz!

Herbie the Love Bug!

Herbie the Love Bug!

 

Meet Herbie, named after the Love Bug!

 

Herbie originally started off with runs, but after a few weeks we realized long hikes were a better fit for him. Since then he’s been spending most of his GoDogz adventures hiking in Nisene Marks with his favorite walker, Erin!

 

Erin and Herbie pose for a photo op

Erin and Herbie pose for a photo op

As a border collie golden retriever mix, Herbie is smart, intelligent, and very prey-driven. He likes to keep an eye on the squirrels he passes, just in case they get out of line. 😉

 

 

 

Out on the trails, Herbie is a very enthusiastic hiker. Like any true GoDog he loves the outdoors, and always looks happiest when he’s hiking along.

 

He’s happy hiking pretty much anywhere, but seems to especially enjoy the sights and smells, not to mention sounds, of Nisene Marks.

 

Looking regal at Nisene Marks

Looking regal at Nisene Marks

 

 

 

Back at the house Herbie is very well-behaved, sitting on his spot by the front door and waiting for his after-hike treat. He’s learned to shake with his paw first, then gently take the biscuit, just like a gentleman. Then it’s time to say goodbye and recharge until his next GoDogz adventure.

 

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