Planning for Springtime

Planning for Springtime

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One of the best things about knowing that spring is on the horizon is planning for outdoor trips and hikes with our  dogs. We’re excited for the springtime season to return so we can get outside and play with Rukia and Saki in the sunshine, and maybe even take them on camping adventures to the mountains. Perhaps I’m rushing things but there is something satisfying about snuggling up with your dogs inside a tent, listening to the sounds of crickets as you drift off to sleep.

Since spring is just around the corner, I can use the time to take inventory and see what things we need to restock before our road trip. It’s important to make sure that our dogs needs are met first. Therefore, before heading out we always restock our pup’s first aid kit, because it never hurts to be prepared for the unknown.  When we hit the open road, we always pack an adventure harness and an extra leash just as a precaution. Also, making sure that their dog tents are in good working order is crucial, since they love to hang out in their cozy hideaway (especially Rukia).

Packing the Right Travel Bowl 

We’ve learned through trial and error that there are two things you can never have enough of, particularly with Shiba Inus… Water and an easy-to-carry water bowl. It never ceases to amaze me how much our pup’s can drink when they are out and about on their springtime adventures. That’s why we always pack our Happy Camper collapsible travel dog bowl. 

Whenever we travel with our furry kids we always pack an extra Happy Camper bowl. Because they’re BPA-free and made of 100% food grade silicone, they are super flexible.  Since they weigh only 8 ounces, these bowls easily fold up and I can stick it in my back pocket.  Although, sometimes I’ll attach it to my backpack after Rukia and Saki take their water break.


We’re pretty proud of our travel dog bowls. While it is slip resistant and impervious to hot and cold, and dishwasher safe, these aren’t the only reasons we love this bowl. We’ve partnered with Valley River Humane Society of North Carolina, so that all proceeds from sales of our Happy Camper Travel Dog Bowls go to support Valley River’s mission to reduce the number of homeless animals in their community. We carry this bowl with us wherever we go in order to strike up conversations with people to discuss helping dog rescues in rural areas, like Valley River.

Every dog should have the opportunity of a loving home.  But sadly, not all dogs are as fortunate as ours. So it’s really important to us to help make a difference in a dog’s life and the way we do this is by supporting Valley River.  With very limited resources and the help of volunteers, Valley River works hard to rehome on average, 2,000 pets per year.

Dogs are family members, and that’s why we get pretty excited about the spring and going on family adventures – which most definitely begins with our two shibas. 

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