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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!

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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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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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What’s going on?

So, as you may have noticed it’s been a little while since our last Tails from the Trailz installment, but don’t worry, we have a lot of good ones coming up soon! I’ve been spending my writing time working on a manuscript for an upcoming writing conference in New York, but once I’m back next week, our Tailz will resume, bigger and better than ever!

Meanwhile, just a quick update to let you know what the staff of GoDogz has been up to over here. I recently completed the Big Sur 21 mile course with my dad and my sister, and I’ll be running my first ever ultra marathon tomorrow – the Ohlone 50k. I’m very nervous, but after spending my days running and walking with all of our energetic GoDogz, I feel like I’ll be ready for it.

Sean has been running like a madman! He completed the Miwok 100k two weeks ago, then the Quicksilver 50k last week, and he will also be running the Ohlone 50k tomorrow as well. His big race of the year is the Western States 100 Mile Endurance run, which will take place in late June. To that end, we’d like to thank all our super running GoDogz for helping both of us train – a special shout out to our team of “ultra” dogs: Ciao, Bear, Nora, and Doyle, give yourselves a paw!

Ultra dogs run 60+ minutes at a time. So, if your dog is consistently running you into the ground, you might have an ultra dog – give us a call! We’re always looking for more training partners. : )

Stay tuned for more updates, and, even better, more Tails from the Trailz!

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