The Trail Hound’s Handbook

Want to take your dog hiking for the first time? Whether you’re new to the hiking scene and want to bring your dog along or have been hiking for years, this book is a great resource.

The Trail Hound’s Handbook by Ellen Eastwood

Geared toward families with children and dogs, the thing I really appreciate about this book is that it’s no nonsense, thorough (without being too thorough), and easy on the eyes. Every page is chock-full of photos and tidbits of information that make you think “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “What a great idea!”

In The Trail Hound’s Handbook, Eastwood writes about dogs as a species before delving into the proper way to introduce them to hiking and, subsequently, what to look for when you’re out on the trail. She covers everything from equipment to scat to poison plants.

Who woulda thunk…an unused poop bag as an impromptu water bowl?!

One of my favorite tidbits of information that Eastwood writes about is the importance of the “leave it” command. It can be invaluable when you’re on the trail, that’s for sure.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow, informative, family-friendly book about hiking with your dog, The Trail Hound’s Handbook is for you. And, at under $10 on the Wilderness Press site, it’s a great value that you’ll definitely use through many years of hiking with your dog.

You Had Me At Woof

A few weeks ago, I finished the book You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam.

My friend AW marched over to my desk at work one morning about a month ago and told me I had to read it.  I lollygagged a bit because I was in the middle of a few other books, but once I started it I didn’t want to put it down.

You Had Me at Woof is a fairly quick and easy read that details Klam’s experience as a foster for a Boston Terrier rescue group in New York.  Klam’s writing is smart, quick-witted, and thoughtful.

Now, once I finish To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit (if you haven’t seen the documentary Man on Wire yet, it’ll change your life) it’s on to The Art of Racing in the Rain!

On my Nookshelf

Happy Fall!


This photo pretty much sums up Fall in Washington State.  Beautiful colors and rain, rain, rain!

For me, Fall is a time for hot apple cider, my Snuggie (awwwww yeah!), my down booties, candles that smell like pumpkin pie and evergreen, and good books.

I think I’m set for this Fall, at least.  😉

I’ve already read Marley & Me and For the Love of a Dog and I’m almost (almost!) finished with Inside of a Dog, but it’s dragging big time and I can’t bring myself to pick it up off the shelf.

Especially since I’m deeply entrenched in this:

Oh, yes.  You may remember me mentioning that I downloaded the sample of Temple Grandin’s Animals Make Us Human for my Nook a while back.  It took me a few months, but I finally bought the entire book and I’m hooked!

With the research I’ve done on Temple Grandin and the few times I’ve seen her on TV and YouTube, I knew I’d enjoy this book because she’s very straightforward and easy to understand.

I’ll admit that I’m moving a teensy bit slower on Animals right now because I’m past the main section on dogs and into the part about horses.  I love horses and horse research is fascinating, but I picked this book up for the dog information.  Obviously.  😀

If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy books about dogs, Animals is not for you.  Grandin is very matter of fact and gets to the point quickly.  I think I appreciate her straight-to-the-point writing more after reading For the Love of a Dog.

In Dog, Patricia McConnell used a lot of stories to illustrate her research on dogs.  I loved that, and it’s one of the things that made her book so easy to read.  It’s nice to have the opposite approach to describing research and dog behavior with Grandin’s Animals, though.  Mixes it up!

I’ll fill you in on the deets once I finish Animals.  She’s got a lot of really fascinating stuff about dog emotion that I’m wrapping my brain around.

What’s in the queue after Animals?

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about The Art of Racing in the Rain (and that I’ll surely bawl my eyes out).  I can’t wait to start it!

What dog books have you read that you’d recommend?  Anyone read this one yet?

Looks like it’s right up my alley…

Have a great Fall evening!

Seattle Magazine

Hello, hello!

Did you hear?  Teton and I made it into Seattle Magazine’s October issue!  😀

No, we didn’t discuss beer.  Though that would have been fun.  😉  Look closely in the bottom right corner.

The Little Blogger and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been both quoted and photographed for Seattle Magazine’s Seattle’s Dog Obsession article.  What an amazing experience!

It looks like the Seattle Magazine site may be down at the moment, but keep trying to click here to access the article that we’re featured in:  Seattle’s Dog Obsession

Luckily, I used my handy dandy snipping tool (!) yesterday evening to capture these snippets from the article so you can check it out right here on Her Dog Blog.

That’s Teton and I doing some doga.  The photo from Seattle Magazine’s site is pretty tiny so that’s as big as I can get it for now.  (When the physical October issue is available (later this week) I’ll be sure to scan the full-size photos.)

The Little Blogger was a pretty good sport for our photo shoot.  It lasted about 20 – 30 minutes in total and we took a lot of shots.  I’m eager to see what was used for the actual magazine, as well.

Very, very exciting that they linked to Her Dog Blog!  😀

If you’re here because of Seattle Magazine, thank you for visiting our site!  I blog twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) with an occasional weekend post.  We hope you’ll stick around for a while!

As if this week couldn’t get more exciting, this Sunday we’ll be walking in the Seattle Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals.

It costs just $30 to enter the walk and you can register as an individual or join a team.  If you’re interested in joining my team, contact me at

All proceeds from this event benefit animals at the Seattle Humane Society.

Teton came from a rescue organization called People United for Pets, so any and all rescue groups have a special place in my heart.

After the 2.25 mile walk, we’ll be at Fido Fest, which should be a rockin’ good time.  I’m a product-nerd so I can’t wait to see what vendors are in attendance.

I hope you’ll join me in the Walk for the Animals this weekend.  If you are unable to walk, please consider making a donation to the Seattle Humane Society.  Every donation makes a positive difference in the lives of homeless animals in Seattle.

See you Thursday for a dog safety product review!

Lazy Sunday

Hi y’all!

Whew!  This Daylight Savings thing is kinda nice, huh?  I feel like I’ve done so much already today and it’s not even 2 PM yet!  I might be complaining tomorrow, though.  Daylight Savings always screws me up for the first few days…I don’t know why, but it just throws me off a little.

I don’t have a pet product to blog about today but I wanted to share a good read with all of you dog lovers out there.

I’m not quite finished reading For the Love of a Dog, but I like what I’ve read so far.  Now, I realize that I may be at a whole new level of nerd here, but for those of you who want to know more about the relationship that you and your dog share, this is a great read.  It’s much easier to read than Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Alexandra Horowitz), which I found to be a bit too scientific and wordy.  For the Love of a Dog is fun to read because Patricia McConnell writes about her experiences with her own dogs and with dogs that she has worked with over the years.  This lady has a lot of experience and much of what she writes about really hits home.

I’ll let you know what I think of the book as a whole once I finish reading it, which I’m off to do now!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!  See you on Tuesday.