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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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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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Weekly round-up: Pics from the Trailz!

Of course our GoDogz are not only excellent hikers and runners, but they’re all also ridiculously good-looking. 😉 We decided this much beauty had to be shared with the world, so kick back and enjoy this first installment of our Weekly Round-Up!

Check back each week for new adventures – we’ll continue to share a handful of our favorite pictures from the previous week’s outings, fresh from the Trailz!

Meadow and Ciao are all smiles on their run

 

 

On Monday Kaylee tore down the trails of Henry Cowell with the aussie pack!

Doyle mugs for the camera.

Huck, Duchess, and Denali!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New GoDog Huck graduated up to his first ever pack hike, joining lab pals Duchess and Denali for a sunny hike at DeLaVeaga:

Pogonip and Oliver loving the sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

Pogo and Oliver are becoming quite the running BFFs! Although these pups have a need for speed, they were willing to pose for Dani at the Henry Cowell overlook bench. 🙂

Looks like a tired GoDog to me! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylee did her best to tire out Mawson with a hard run on Wednesday. Much thanks to his packmates Lola and Pickles for pounding those trails with him. 😉

The Pleasure Point Trio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky Bobby, Kelly, and Zoe (a.k.a. the Pleasure Point Trio) were loving life with Hillary at Anna Jean Cummings park Thursday.

That tongue, though… ;D

 

 

Buddy and Tripp are back! We missed this dynamic duo, and were happy to welcome them back to the GoDogz life.

Aww, sibling love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archie and Gordy, longtime BFFs.

And I’ll end this first round-up with a picture of two of our oldest GoDogz friends, Archie and Gordy. These two go way back, and have enjoyed more hikes and runs together than I can count. (Look closely and you’ll see their little pals Flicker and Toby chilling behind them… 😉 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Smokey and Freyja!

Here's Freyja!

Here’s Freyja!

 

 

Meet Freyja, a young miniature Spitz. Confident and easy-going, Freyja loves other dogs, especially her pal, Smokey!

 

And Smokey!

And Smokey!

 

 

 

 

 

Smokey, an Alaskan Klee Kai, is a little younger than Freyja, but does his best to boss her around when she lets him. He’s small in size but big in personality! 😉

Smokey decides Heidi's not so bad

Smokey decides Heidi’s not so bad

 

 

 

 

 

Our first run together was a little over a year ago. When I first arrived, Freyja cheerfully met me at the door, ready to go. Smokey was a little bit unsure, but after running down the trails of Nisene Marks together, all three of us were good pals. From then on, whenever I came to the house Smokey would race his sister to be the first one leashed and out the door.

 

Freyja and Smokey know they're going somewhere fun!

Freyja and Smokey know they’re going somewhere fun!

 

 

 

A typical outing with these two would go like this: we’d show up at the house, and Smokey and Freyja would serenade us, excited to run. They’d race to the car, Smokey nudging Freyja along the way, and hop inside. On the car ride to the trails, Freyja loved to stick her nose out the window and feel the breeze on her face, while Smokey would usually curl up on the seat, saving his energy.

 

 

A couple of GoDogz on the go!

A couple of GoDogz on the go!

 

 

As soon as we parked the car, the pups would be ready to go! At the start of the run, Smokey and Freyja liked to cut around each other, battling for the superior position on the outside, until finally they would settle into their places and focus on running.

 

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On the car ride back, they’d be mellow and relaxed, but the moment we got home they would race each other around the house, looking for their parents and wrestling or playing tug-of-war with one of their toys.

 

 

Come play with us!

Come play with us!

 

 

 

 

Eventually, though, their hour on the trails would catch up to them and they’d relax. Our goal was always to turn this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into this:

Sleepy puppies

Sleepy puppies

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned…this is just Part 1! Smokey & Freyja’s adventures continue in Part 2…coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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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 Topher, Tucker, and Daisy!

Here's Tucker!

Here’s Tucker!

Meet Topher and Tucker! They might be small, but they are large in GoDogz spirit!

Tucker is a high energy terrier mix. Not only does he love to walk, but he’s also quite the happy runner!

...and Topher!

…and Topher!

 

 

 

His pal Topher is a little more mellow, but still very eager to walk, and super sweet.

Daisy!

Daisy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And meet their roommate, Daisy! A chiweenie, Daisy is never happier than when she’s walking…or getting a treat. The two best things in life. 😉

 

 

 

 

A typical outing with Topher and Tucker goes as follows:

Topher and Tucker on the go!

Topher and Tucker on the go!

We open the door and immediately Topher and Tucker are excited – like any true GoDogz, they love their walks and can’t wait to get started. Tucker is the most exuberant so we generally start with him, letting him out of his kennel first. He’ll usually bounce around the room like a furry ping-pong ball, letting out that initial burst of excitement, and then we’ll get him leashed and have him wait more-or-less patiently while we let Topher out.

Me and Tucker after his first GoDogz run

Me and Tucker after his first GoDogz run

 

Topher is also super excited to walk, but most of the time he’ll sit there relatively calmly while we get him harnessed and leashed. As soon as he’s clipped in, though, he’s quick to join his buddy and the two of them lead us out the door and outside.

At the start of the walk Tucker is so excited he’ll stand on his hind legs, walking like a little person as he urges us to go faster, faster! Topher trots alongside his pal, but he’s also happy to take his time a little more, enjoying the scenery.

We know we did our jobs when we bring them back inside and both dogs lie down, happy and calm and relaxed. After some water and a bit of TLC they go back in their kennels, there to wait until their family gets home.

Topher and Daisy are ready to walk!

Topher and Daisy are ready to walk!

Daisy lives in the room next door, and sometimes she gets to come along on a GoDogz walk as well. The first time I came to walk Daisy she was snug as a bug on the bed, all curled up in her nice warm blankets and none too thrilled when I woke her and pulled her harness over her head. One treat later, however, and she had forgiven me, and once her leash was on and she knew she was going for a walk, we were the best of friends.

Check out our facebook page for more pictures of this adorable trio!

 

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Tails from the Trailz with Lucy and Zeny!

Meet Lucy and Zeny, two young pit bulls who love to run!!

Lucy showing Sean some love

Lucy showing Sean some love

 

 

Lucy, short for “Lucinda,” is a pit bull boxer mix with a very loving heart. She was adopted first and is very quick to demand attention. A real people-lover, she likes to be wherever you are.

 

 

 

Happy Zeny

Happy Zeny

 

 

After she was adopted she seemed a little lonely…until the day she met Zeny out on a walk. The two pups were instant bffs, and since Zeny was looking for a home at the time, Lucy’s family brought her back with them.

Zeny is short for “Zenyatta,” a famous race horse, and like her namesake she is a born runner! She also has super hunting instincts and makes a point of noticing any cats or squirrels along her path.

Aww...

Aww…

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from a few sibling squabbles, these two love playing with each other, and you can often find them cuddling together on the couch. On their dog runs, they usually run in step with each other as well, in perfect harmony.

 

 

Perfectly in step

Perfectly in step

 

 

A typical dog run with these pups goes like this:

When we show up Zeny is usually in her crate, and Lucy is dancing all around the living room, very eager to run. Zeny actually starts shaking, she’s so excited, her whole crate shaking with her! The hardest part of the run is getting these exuberant pups leashed and out the door. Once they’re running, they fall into step very quickly, perfect running dogs!

Ah, refreshing!

Ah, refreshing!

 

 

About halfway through the run it’s time for a water break. Zeny especially loves to drink straight from the bottle. Then it’s time for a treat, and then back on the trails! We usually run along westcliff drive, occasionally winding our way through Lighthouse Field.

Once back at the house Lucy and Zeny drink their water and spend a few minutes in the yard before it’s time for them to nap and recharge. We know we did a good job when Zeny puts herself back to bed in her kennel, and Lucy is content to stay in the livingroom, not even attempting to follow us out the door.

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But like any true GoDogz we know they are busy recharging and will be ready to run again at a moment’s notice! 😉

 

 

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Even More Happy GoDogz

Yesterday in honor of Fourth of July we posted a series of happy GoDogz…well, we had so much fun looking at pictures and found so many excellent doggie grins that we decided to do another post with even more pictures. Enjoy!

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We are on vacation until Wednesday, July 10th. See you all then!

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