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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!




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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Last Week at a Glance – Pics from the Trailz!

Last week we launched our first ever weekly round-up featuring a handful of our favorite pictures from that week’s GoDogz adventures. We’re continuing this with today’s newest installment of the week at a glance.

Gordy taking his Arizona road trip seriously. 😉



First of all, I forgot to say much thanks to the GoDogz team for covering while Sean and I took a road trip to Arizona last week so Sean could run the rim-to-rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon. Also many thanks to all the GoDogz themselves who helped Sean train up for this event. 🙂

Doyle and Pickles share a moment.




This week started off in true GoDogz fashion with an aussie run at Henry Cowell.

Denali, Mochi, Cali and hounds waiting to hike!

Sean got to shake out his legs on the trails with this crew, before following it up with a hike with his second pack. Not pictured here is Archie, because he called shotgun for the drive. 😉

Okay, just kidding. That deserves a pic.




Tuesday morning Bolt got to hit the trails with his good pal, Ben.

Bolt loving the trails of Pogonip! 









What’s not to love? Instant BFFs!





On Wednesday Cali jumped in with the full running pack. She also joined new instant-best-friend Oliver for a run on Friday, easily making the transition from hiker to runner.


Twinsies! ;D




Thursday Hillary and Dani joined forces for a super pack hike at DeLaVeaga. One of the highlights? This photo op of Cooper and Dani’s new pup, Pogonip!


Sean and his pack



Friday Sean and I enjoyed the amazing weather for a pack run at Nisene with Ziva, Pickles, and the Pleasure Point trio! Here’s Sean with his pack: Zoe, Kelly, and Ricky Bobby. Photo bomb courtesy of Ziva. 😉




This is the face of a dog who loves to run. 








That’s all the space we have today, folks. I’ll leave you with this final picture of Pickles. Enjoy your weekend, and check back in next week for more Pics from the Trailz!



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Tails from the Trailz with Denali!





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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Tails from the Trailz with Rikki!

cute Rikki_blogToday I want to introduce you all to another fun GoDog – meet Rikki!

Rikki might be small, but she packs a powerful personality! And like any true GoDog, she loves her walks. Most mornings she walks with a pack of friends, but during my time with her we switched things up and did a few nice hikes through Pogonip.

What's taking you so long?

What’s taking you so long?



When I first showed up at her house to take her on a walk, Rikki stayed upstairs, hiding in her closet. She wasn’t sure about going anywhere with me, but after a few treats she let me leash her, and then we were off. After that, Rikki would head downstairs when she heard me come in and wait to be leashed – she knew it meant another fun hike together!


I believe now would be a good time for a treat...

I believe now would be a good time for a treat…


Rikki rides very well in the car, curling up on her seat and waiting patiently until we get to the trails. On our hike, she lets me know when she thinks it’s treat time – hard to resist that cute upturned face!

One morning her pal Charlie tagged along for the hike – both pups were very excited! Since Rikki is usually such a social walker, she seemed especially happy to have her friend along, and was more confident down the trails, so the next day Gordy tagged along for the fun.

Back in the car, Rikki always looks tired and content after her hike as she curls into a ball on the seat, dreaming of her upcoming breakfast.

For more cute pictures of Rikki, don’t forget to check out our facebook page!

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Rula’s Tails from the Trailz!

Silly Rula!

Meet Rula, a young Swiss Mountain Dog!

Rula is always so happy to see me because she knows it’s walking time! When I let her out of the yard, she bounds past me, turns at the gate, and bounds back exuberantly, barely sitting still long enough for me to leash her.

Once on the leash, however, Rula immediately calms down and walks like a perfect little angel, keeping pace.  Her head is right at hand height, so I can pet her easily while still walking – a nice benefit to being with such a good-sized dog.  🙂  The only complications are when her feline buddy, Oswald, decides he wants to walk as well.

Dog and cat walk


I always know Oswald is behind us because Rula starts doing a kind of sideways dance, trying to go say hi to him.  She gets very excited and wants to play while walking, which can make our outing a little more interesting.  Still, eventually we reorganize, and Rula and I walk while Oswald jumps and leaps and trots along behind and next to us.

It's tug-of-war time, right? Right?



On the days that Oswald sleeps in, Rula and I usually explore Pogonip, or take the nearby path into Harvey West.  Otherwise, there are plenty of nice streets to wander and neighborhoods to walk through.  No matter where we go, Rula always looks content just to be outdoors and walking.

Once back at the house, it’s time for a good brushing.  Rula usually turns around in circles, leaning into the brush.  Afterwards, she tries to interest me in a nice game of tug-of-war with her favorite toy.

Hey! When's our next walk?



When I leave, sometimes Rula jumps up and watches me go over the gate.  It’s hard to leave with those huge puppy eyes on me, but she knows I’ll be back.  Until next time, Rula!

For more cute pictures of Rula and the rest of our GoDogz pack, check out our facebook page!

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More Tails from the Trailz with Kaya and Shell

It was reunion time with Kaya and Shell recently! We had a week-long slumber party full of fun GoDogz adventures! Here’s how it went:

Me with Kaya and Shell on a rainy morning walk



When I first showed up, I had to remind Kaya that we were old friends.  Shell, on the other hand, was perfectly happy to see me right away, and as soon as I began petting her, Kaya decided she wanted in on the action.  After that it was time for a walk along our old route, looping along the creek and down to the ocean.



Nap time!





My goal at the end of each day was to have the dogs looking like this:







The best way to reach that goal was to have a variety of activities throughout the day.  In the mornings we liked to walk along East Cliff Drive and look out at the surfers.  When the tide permitted, we’d go down and explore along the beach.  Both Kaya and Shell were very happy to sniff at the rocks and trot along the sand.

It's beach time!




In the afternoon, it was time for another good walk.  Sometimes we did our normal route along the creek, occasionally making a stop at the beach in the middle to enjoy the view of the waves.  On rainy days, we trekked back over to East Cliff to avoid the mud.  In true GoDog fashion, both dogs were perfectly happy to walk, rain or shine!


Hiking time? We LOVE hiking time!!

One morning, we took a field trip over to Pogonip, where we joined Christy and Gordy for an adventure hike along the trails.  Eleven-year-old Shell was like a puppy again as she raced Gordy and Kaya, stopping only to investigate the occasional interesting bush or tree.  Kaya preferred trotting along at that easy aussie pace, conserving her energy until the moment was right for a sprint.

I figured both dogs would be worn out for the rest of the day after our hike, but when the afternoon rolled around, they woke up from their naps and let me know they were ready for their next outdoor adventure! 🙂

In the evenings we relaxed at home, catching up on our TV watching or reading.  The cats, Molly and Felix, would usually join us during these quiet times, and the five of us would enjoy the calm of another day well-spent.  Until next time!

A true cat nap

Want more cute pictures? We’ve got ’em! Head over to our Facebook page to check out our Kaya, Shell, Molly, and Felix album!

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Tails from the Trailz with Hudson Hound!

Why yes, I would just love a treat!


Before I ever met Hudson, I had it on good authority that he was one handsome hound, and I have to admit, those words do not do him justice.  With his beautiful coloring, big, floppy ears, and soulful eyes, Hudson gets lots of compliments when we’re hiking.  Good thing he’s modest and doesn’t let it go to his head.  😉

Hudson, who’s seven years old and in his prime, is pretty mellow most of the time – as long as he gets in his daily hike.  A true GoDog, he is a firm believer in getting enough exercise, and generally hikes 5-10 miles a day with his owner! This meant I had a lot to live up to, so on one of our first hikes together, I decided to take him to Pogonip, his absolute favorite place.

Something's about to be hounded



As soon as Hudson realized where we were going he became very excited, and all that excitement came tumbling out as a happy hound howl that filled our car.  When I looked back at him in my rearview mirror, all I could see was a frantically wagging tail.  With that encouragement urging me on, we quickly got to the trail and set out on our journey.

Hudson was very eager to take in all the sights and scents.  As we hiked swiftly along the trail we’d have to take periodic “sniffing” breaks so Hudson could smell what was up with the local wildlife.  It was amazing watching his entire nose moving as he sniffed at the air! Sometimes he’d choose trails to go down, and other times I’d have to coax him back on the main path, but all in all we made good progress.

Hudson waiting to go back in the car

On the way back we had a few extra sniffing breaks, as well as a quick stop so Hudson could get some love and attention from a group of admiring hikers.  After that we decided to run it back to the car.  Hudson quickly fell into a rhythm, racing alongside me, his ears flapping in the wind.  As soon as he began running, he stopped getting distracted by the local wildlife and just focused on the ground moving beneath his paws.

At the car he was a perfect gentleman, sitting patiently outside the door while I unlocked it and then taking his final treat very gently from me before relaxing against the seat for the drive home.  Once there, he curled up on his bed, looking like a very happy hound.  Until next time, Hudson!


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