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We are so lucky that we get to live in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and enjoy outdoor time with pups all over the city – every day! All of us at Hot Diggity! love exploring the natural beauty around us, whether that’s on a forest pack hike or an overnight getaway with our own fur babies. Last week we shared some of our favorite spots on the Oregon Coast and Bend/Sisters area. This week, we’re looking east to the Gorge-ous Columbia River and Hood River for hikes and local brews!

Hood River

Sometimes you just need room to run. Pups and humans picked up the pace with the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon’s Dog Leg on October 21st! We’re going to start training for next year…as soon as we finish the rest of this Halloween candy…

Just about an hour outside of Portland, the small town of Hood River is packed full of dog-friendly restaurants, places to stay, and of course hiking trails—like the 2.8-mile Hood River Waterfront Trail and The Spit, a 40-acre sandbar flanked by the Hood and Columbia rivers.

Westcliff Lodge allows pets in their beautiful Riverview Rooms and Cottage Suites, and many local hotels are happy to provide a comfy rest after you’ve lived out your gold medal dreams!

Celebrate with a local rosé at the Naked Winery where Buster is welcome in the tasting room with you—and even encouraged to take a selfie in a red feather boa. For homemade (dog) biscuits under the ever-watchful statue of Lucky, check out the locally owned Pine Street Bakery & Pine Street Kitchen.

Grab your morning cup of energy at 10 Speed Coffee Company and check out some of the beautiful waterfalls that line the Gorge as you meander your way back to the city.**

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Punchbowl Falls, south of Hood River on Hwy 35 occurs at the confluence of the East Fork and West Fork of the Hood River. The quarter-mile trail follows a basalt cliff and leads to a beach right above the falls, where you and your pup can see all the way to Mt. Hood on a clear day. The nearby Dead Point Creek Falls is just above Punchbowl Falls where the Hood enters an impressive canyon with columnar basalt formations before plunging 75 feet in a two-tiered display.

Back on the I-84 side of things, keep an eye out for two of our favorite Columbia Gorge hikes, re-opening soon!

Wahclella Falls, is a 1.8-mile hike along Tanner Creek that takes you through the verdant green that makes Oregon forests so iconic and ends with a gorgeous two-tiered waterfall. This trail can serve as a nice warm-up for Angel’s Rest, or if you’re not up for a strenuous hike, pair Wahclella Falls with the famed Multnomah Falls, which is also dog-friendly. Both falls are on-leash.

Angel’s Rest is a 9.4-mile loop just outside of Corbett, OR. This longer hike takes you past Coopey Falls before reaching 1.6 miles of switchbacks that reward you with a 270-degree view of the Columbia River Gorge and Beacon Rock in Washington. Dogs are welcome on-leash.

Thirsty yet? The patio at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks offers a beautiful view of the Columbia River and Bridge of the Gods, and welcomes Buster who will most likely just want to snooze at your side after all that hiking. Enjoy the local craft beer, salads, and sandwiches before finishing your journey home.

** Traveler Alert: This area was impacted by the recent Eagle Creek Fire. Before you head out, please check with USFS for the most up-to-date information on closures.

Are you ready to go? Sharing all of these awesome adventures has us ready to stand up from the computer and get outside. At Hot Diggity!, a dog-sitting and dog-walking service in Portland, they love taking pups out on the trails and Forest Pack Hikes around the Portland area. If you’re too busy to take your pups on the trails just now, feel free to call them up about getting your dogs into Pack Club today!

Do you love making snacks for other people? What about your pets? Thanks to the internet there are a ton of DIY Dog Treat recipes available. By making the treats yourself you can control the nutritional content and ensure that your dog’s snacks are free of any dietary restrictions they might have. Here are 3 recipes guaranteed to make your dog a happy dog!

Just remember, snacks are no real alternative to their normal healthy diet and should only be provided in moderation in order to ensure that your pups stay healthy and fit.

Leftovers Trail Mix Supreme: Combine any of the following leftovers from your refrigerator to create a flavorful trail mix that you can bring along on a hike with your dog, or to feed your dog as a snack after a trip to the dog park.

Ingredients:

  • Pieces of meat (unseasoned best- or first rinse off any seasoning/flavoring, remember that onions and garlic are harmful to dogs as is too much salt!)
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables such as carrots or green beans (no onions or garlic!)
  • Fruit such as apples or bananas (no grapes/raisins)

Directions:

  1. Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces and mix together
  2. Lay ingredients on a small baking tray and spray lightly with cooking spray
  3. Place in a food dehydrator or an oven set to 200°F until dried.

Homemade Pumpkin Biscuits: Use cute dog treat shaped cookie cutters to make your own special doggie biscuits at home! Make sure to use only unsalted and xylitol-free peanut butter when making this recipe. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs and too much sodium is bad for their cardiovascular health like it is with humans. Adam’s 100% Natural Creamy and Unsalted Peanut Butter is a great wholesome peanut butter brand that is safe for dogs. You can also substitute cooked sweet potatoes for the pumpkin too if you want!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked pureed (or canned) pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups ground oat flour

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in some baking soda and oat flour, then stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix until flour is incorporated.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into whatever shape you like. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat up the coconut oil and mix with the peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).

Doggie Delight Frozen Treats: It might seem like a dream right now coming out of winter, but the hot summer days will be upon us soon and that means you’re going to need creative ways to help your best bud beat the heat! Here’s an easy way to make fun treats that will help keep them cool in the sun. We don’t recommend freezing treats inside Kong or other hollow toys however, the ice can be too strong and suction your dog’s tongue into the toy, causing severe and life-threatening damage if it’s not caught in time. Instead just freeze these treats in ice cube trays or popsicle molds! We promise they’ll be fun enough for your dog as is.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbs peanut butter (remember, salt and xylitol-free!)
  • 1 tbs unsweetened greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp flaxseeds (must be stored in fridge in airtight container to avoid spoiling)

Directions:

  1. Mash the banana
  2. Mix with the peanut butter, greek yogurt (or unsweetened applesauce), and flaxseeds
  3. Stuff the mixture into ice cubes or popsicle molds and place into freezer for at least an hour

Have you made any of these for your pups? Did you do anything different? How did they like them? We’re always happy to hear from you!

Its no secret that our dog pals love to eat. Not only do they want a piece of their food, but they typically want a piece of our food as well! With those adorable faces staring right at you, it can be hard to say no. But it is so important to know if the scraps you feed your furry friend are actually safe for them.

Most of us know the basics; no corn cobs, chocolate or grapes. But after doing a little more digging, there were some foods I found to be a surprise on the do-not-feed list. Some of them may seem obvious, some less so. It’s never a bad idea to brush up on these DONT’S. It can be all too easy to slip our mind and give our pets a piece of our left overs.

  • Bacon- I’m sure we have many guilty dog parents who wanted to give their pal their first piece of bacon. I’ve found from multiple sources that bacon can lead to serious digestive issues or if given too much can cause pancreatitis, which can be very dangerous for our four legged friends!
  • Peanut Butter- Not that this is a complete no no. However, I wanted to shine a light on the fact to make sure the peanut butter does not contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is an ingredient deadly to dogs. Added salt content is also bad for their cardiovascular health. Peanut Butter is a lifesaver when it comes to getting stubborn doggos to take their medication, so just make sure it’s free from salt and especially xylitol. Adam’s 100% Natural Peanut Butter is a delicious and easily available brand that carries a plain Peanut Butter safe for dogs.
  • Raw Eggs- I’m sure there are plenty of people who like to crack open an egg and pour it over dog food to make it more appealing, however this cause a high risk of catching salmonella and e. coli infections, and a dogs system can have a hard time battling that off.
  • Raw Potatoes- Green Potato Poisoning happens when dogs eat too much solanine, a compound found in raw potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants. The symptoms include heart problems, breathing difficulty, and digestive issues.
  • Dairy- Pouring some milk in the dog bowl or sharing your ice cream cone may sound like a good idea, but dogs stomachs can not process diary the same way we do, so it can end up leading to a lot of uncomfortable stomach issues if consumed too often. Watch the yogurt servings too, some dogs can be sensitive to it!
  • Honorable mentions: Cherry pits, mushrooms, garlic/onions, apricot pit, avocado pits.

Now let’s focus on some of the healthy human foods we CAN feed our four legged friends!

  • Apples- Is a great source of vitamin A & C as well as an excellent fiber source. Just make sure to remove the seeds, which can be not so great for dogs to digest!
  • Blueberries- Are an excellent source of antioxidants for dogs, and make good treats for tossing in the air for them to catch.
  • Brussels Sprouts- Are loaded with great nutrients for dogs, just don’t give them too much or they may get gassy.
  • Carrots- Are a great low calorie snack, and great for strong healthy teeth.
  • Celery- Is a great healthy snack loaded with vitamins.
  • Cucumber- Is a great treat for overweight dogs , and can even help boost energy levels.
  • Honorable mentions in moderation: Pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, spinach, watermelon, bananas, and broccoli

I hope this list shines a light on some of the delicious human foods you keep in your kitchen, and just remember; our stomach and their stomach don’t process foods the same way. A lot of these can vary on the breed, size, and age of your dog, and you could be doing a lot more harm then good for their digestive system.

Sources- akc.org, iheartdogs.com, webmd.com, dogtime.com, foodbeast.com, aspca.org, petpoisonhelpline.com