Tails From the Trails: January 2021 Q&A
Hello everyone! This is the first post in our blog, "Tails From the Trails"!
Today we're doing a Q&A session with Anthony who happens to be the human behind one of the coolest Insta pages around: @shadow_my_adventures
Let's get to it, shall we?
WT: What is your dog's name and breed?
A: Shadow. Siberian Husky; 2.5yrs old.
WT: How did Shadow become part of the family?
A: I've always wanted a husky since I was a kid.
WT: What inspired you or led you to start taking your dog with you on your outings?
A: I’m an active guy, always been. I played sports my whole life. Always hiking, biking, skiing, camping and I’ve always wanted to have a dog companion. Dog that loves the outdoor, the cold and adventures and I think Shadow was able to do all that. He’s pretty mellow at home (sleeps all day) but once he sees my camping/hiking gear, he knows he’s going for an adventure.
WT: Where are some of your favorite places to take Shadow?
A: Berge Lake (Mt Robson). We did it in one day (42k. Took us 13hrs). It was the longest and scenic hike we’ve done and I was a bit worried but he loved everything about it; The snow, the rain, the waterfalls, the lake and the smells. He was in his element. Back counrty camping/hiking is always our thing. Finding a new spot, lake etc.
WT: What's your most memorable time you've had out with Shadow?
A: I’m gonna have to say, all our winter camping. I get to go off road and he gets to play in the snow.
WT: What's some of your favorite equipment to take with you?
WT: If you could only take three items with you on an outing what would they be and why?
A: For basic local hike, Food/water, for both of us. Just to fuel up. Camera, to capture our memories. Lol that’s pretty much all I take. We’re not fancy.
Camping is a bit different. Gotta take the Jeep and my roof top tent. It takes us to remote places and I can literally park anywhere and sleep. You don’t need a Jeep or a rooftop tent to travel. I started with my old Sportage and regular ground tent for years but I wanted to explore in the backcountry and I needed a 4x4.
Backcountry hike/snowshoe is also different. We gotta pack more safety/emergency gear just in case.
WT: If your dog could talk, what would they say about you on the trips?
A: More adventures. Food. Thank you and I love you.
WT: What advice would you give someone who is interested in starting to go on outings/trips with their dog?
A: Go explore! Have fun with your pups. Enjoy every moment. You don’t need all the fancy gear to start your adventures. Be you and enjoy the time you spend with your dog. We do a lot of backcountry hikes. Make sure you plan ahead, have the right gear. Do your research.
Well, there you have it. If you're just getting into adventuring with your pooch maybe this can give you some insight before you begin your own journey. If you're a seasoned vet, perhaps you can slide into Shadow's DM's and chat about your adventures. Or maybe you're just here to look at cute dogs, and you know what? There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.