Holiday Like The Pros
- Cristina Stavro
Ruffwear Ambassadors share our belief that dogs make us whole and our relationship with our dogs is shaped by the adventures we share. So who better to turn to for some holiday inspiration than our very own Ambassador Pack?
Read on for their top gear picks (both human and canine) and other ways they make the holidays with their canine companions an extra special time of year.
The Pack: Huw & Finn
The Picks: Stash Bag™ – it makes walks simple. You don't have to think about what you need when grabbing your lead and heading out the door. And you've always got bags on you. Human who uses the last bag ALWAYS refills :) For Finn, Highlands™ Dog Pad. There's no better way to stay warm than simply having a barrier between you and the floor. When we walk in autumn or camp in winter, it keeps Finn off the ground!
Favorite Holiday Treat: Leftover turkey from the neighbours on the street. Finn get's spoiled!
Favorite Winter Activity: Breaking trail in fresh snow! Finn LOVES bounding round in snow that is too deep for him.
The Pack: Emily-Jane, Charlie & Summer
The Picks: Home Trail™ Hip Pack to carry all the essentials whilst out on walkies. And I love the Crag reflective dog lead as you can extend the handle to clip around your waste which is really useful when you're out walking but need both hands free.
Favorite Gift to Give: Framed photographs as I find them sentimental and personal.
Favorite Holiday Treat: The dogs love getting their own advent calendars to open each day in December, and warm mince pie's for humans.
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Having cuddles with the dogs on the sofa in front of the fire whilst watching Christmas films.
The Pack: Annalie & Ted
The Picks: The Trail Runner™ System. It’s just the right size to pack the essentials (ahem, treats) for a longer run with Ted. For Ted, the Front Range® Harness. Quick and easy to pop on, perfect for everyday wear.
Favorite Gift to Give: The Huck-a-Cone™. It lasts forever!
Favorite Holiday Treat: Annalie: Toblerone Orange Twist. Ted: Anything edible.
Favorite Winter Activity: A good sunny hike followed by snuggles under the heated blanket.
The Pack: Andria, Scrappy Nelson & Duncan Pickles
The Picks: Treat Trader™ Bag - perfect for agility. And a very close second is the Quick Draw™ Lead, which is ideal for off lead walks but with the flexibility of quick control if needed. Scrappy Nelson loves the Pacific Ring™ Toy, and Duncan Pickles the Turnup™ Rubber Throw Toy.
Favorite Holiday Treat: Dog Ice Cream or Dog Popcorn
Favorite Winter Activity: ZOOMIES on early morning walks when it’s frosty under paw and the smells are all locked into the grass by the frost, or to play in the snow when we get some.
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Relaxing next to the fire, and snoozing on the sofa under a blanket.
The Pack: Maria, Bodie, Willow & Riley
The Picks: The holidays usually mean traveling for us, so I love the Haul Bag™. All three dogs wear the Front Range® Harness.
Favorite Gift to Give: The Gnawt-a-Cone™! You can never have too many toys that bounce in crazy directions and double as a puzzle toy we can stuff with food.
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Fires in the fireplace, and 3 dogs snuggled up together on their beds.
The Pack: Bronwyn & Arnie
The Picks: Since I have the world's coldest hands, I don't go anywhere without my Auclair Gigatex mittens. So toasty! Arnie likes to be a 'hound about town' in his Powder Hound™ Jacket... it's so fetch!
Favorite Gift to Give: The Front Range® Harness and the Flat Out™ Leash are two of my favorite gifts to give for four-legged friends and family
Favorite Holiday Treat: For Arnie, being allowed to sleep on the bed (under the covers, of course). For me, baking pie, then eating it for breakfast before skiing.
Favorite Winter Activity: Skijoring is our favorite activity to do together in the snow. Canmore is home to many skilled Nordic skiers, and with Arnie's help, I can almost keep up with my friends!
The Pack: Katie & Spaghetti
The Picks: We all love The Beacon™ Safety Light so much that we have two!
Favorite Winter Activity: Zoomies through freshly fallen snow.
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Turn off our phones and go for a walk to our local trails while admiring our neighbors' twinkle lights.
The Pack: Shannon, Graham & Pebble
The Picks: For the humans, Outdoor Research's Super Alpine Down Parka. For the dog, the Quinzee™ Jacket.
Favorite Gift to Give: First Ascent Coffee
Favorite Holiday Treat: Homemade dog treats (little spiced meat patties made in the dehydrator).
Favorite Winter Activity: Low-angle mellow ski days together.
The Pack: Nate, Dani & Ranger
The Picks: Home Trail Hip Pack for the humans, Web Master Harness for the dog.
Favorite Holiday Treat: Peanut butter!
Favorite Winter Activity: Cross Country Ski together
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Warm fires and drinks, and snuggles under our Clear Lake Blanket
The Pack: Linsey & Chimmy
The Picks: Home Trail™ Hip Pack for Linsey, Hydro Plane™ Toy for Chimmy.
Favorite Gift to Give: Flat Out™ Leash
Favorite Winter Activity: Playing in the snow together
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holiday: Naps, lots and lots of naps by the fire.
The Pack: Krissy & PD
The Picks: Krissy loves the Patagonia Thermal Airshed Jacket, PD rocks the Hi & Light™ Harness and Ridgeline™ Leash
Favorite Gift to Give: TREATS! Any kind of treats.
Favorite Holiday Treat: PD likes freeze dried duck necks, Krissy likes Pumpkin Pie
Favorite Winter Activity: Trail running. Especially in the snow -PD
Favorite Way to Unwind During the Holidays: Curled up in the van bed together. Peppermint Hot Cocoa for Krissy, ear scratches for PD.
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