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Melissa Crumb is no stranger to us here at Dublin...and now she is our newest Ambassador!   Melissa and her pups Freya and Loki have been putting our stuff to the test for quite a while.  We sent them a Gripple to test out and here's what happened!
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About a month ago we received our Gripple and since then not a single day has gone by that my dogs, Loki and Freya, haven’t asked to play with it!  My dogs and I are incredibly active.  In a single day we go on two walks--one in the  morning and one in the evening, both usually somewhere between 30min to an hour long.  We play in our backyard, we train, and several times a week we go to our neighborhood lake park to play.  Once a week we do adventure day with my best friend and her dog... We are very active and the Gripple has been a perfect addition to our toy box.

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At the lake park we toss it far away and Freya swims out for it, in the backyard we throw it around and it bounces crazily, which Loki finds irresistible, and in the evening we put treats inside it and the girls play with it like a puzzle toy to get the treats out.  It is a fantastic toy that my dogs continually pick over other toys. I don’t have kids (yet), so often my floors are strewn with all kinds of toys, but guess which toy my girls bring me when they want to entice me to come and play....? The Gripple.

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They love the way that it bounces when I throw it, they love the rope because they can grab it when it's floating in the lake, they like the texture of the toy and love that it smells good (like vanilla), and the smell helps them find it when it bounces into a bush. The Gripple is durable but its material also has some give to it so my girls can bite down on it
without breaking it. I love this toy because my girls find it so rewarding and it’s easy to find when it gets lost in the grass.

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It floats, it bounces, it’s durable, and we can use it as a puzzle toy. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s a toy that has lasted over a month which is a huge accomplishment for a toy in my house. I love playing with my dogs and I love when they get excited about a new toy.  The Gripple has been a spectacular play toy for us. I only hope that your dogs will enjoy it as much as my Loki and Freya have!!

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It's getting hot out there and Outside Magazine has some tips to keep your K9 cool this summer. Coming in at Tip #2, they have featured our Collapsible Travel Food and Water Dog Bowl.

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5 Hot-Weather Essentials for Your Dog

Keep your four-legged adventure companion cool in the heat this summer.

With July just around the corner, it’s about to get hot. Really hot. And while you might have the gear you need to perform at top speed when the heat is on, what about your pup?

Dogs (especially older ones) can become dangerously overheated even in temperatures just warmer than 70 degrees. Heavy panting, excessive drooling, or an inability to walk straight are all warning signs that your pup might be too hot.

There are emergency measures you can take if this happens. Wet a towel or bandana with warm water and place it on the dog’s belly or drape it over his shoulders, advises emergency vet Dr. Heather Loenser. “Get him to stand in a stream and pat water onto his belly. Fan your dog—he needs evaporation to help him shed heat.”

But the best way to help your dog this summer is to make sure he doesn't overheat in the first place. That’s where annual physicals, exercise, and these five products come into play.

Dublin Dog Nomad Collapsible Travel Bowl ($25)

Unzip the Frisbee-like Nomad and two waterproof bowls pop out. Made from 1,000-denier Cordura, the bowls hold 1.1 liters of water. An S-hook lets you clip the Nomad on the outside of your pack for easy access.
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Read full article here.


Our next Ambassador, Liz Stout, loves her beautiful husky, Kenai, and he loves her right back.  She took a unique approach with her first blog installment, talking about the wonderful, loyal relationship she shares with her pup.  It will surely brighten  your day!

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I prepare to leave for work in the mornings, he is ever hopeful he's going to get to go with me.  I come home for lunch only to leave to head back to work for a few more hours, he is ever hopeful he will be going with me again.  I prepare to go to a meeting or dinner with friends, he is ever hopeful he will attend, too.

I prepare to leave on a trip that involves an airplane (thus no Kenai), and he is ever hopeful
he will get to travel, too.  I leave and he runs upstairs to look out the window as I back up to drive down the drive.  And yet, every time I come home he greets me as if nothing ever happened and its the best part of his day - even if it happens multiple times.

His food bowl is empty, but its not quite time for it to be full again, he is ever hopeful that this time when I walk by it might just be the time that I fill it up.  He comes to the kitchen hopeful that this time might just be the time he gets a treat.

He goes to the door hopeful that this time might just be one of those times we go out for a romp.
Ever hopeful. Ever watchful. Ever eager.

Ever hopeful. Ever watchful. Ever eager.

 

 

 

 

 


From the snow covered hills of Vermont to the Pacific Northwest, our Ambassadors and their pups are unleashing adventure all across our great country!   Our next power duo is Ambassador Melissa Joyce and her Coon Hound/Black Lab mix, Cooper.  Together they love to explore the wild and adventurous backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.  Melissa sent us a blog about her latest adventure with Cooper along with some great pictures...  Enjoy!I believe that Cooper and I live in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. The magnificent Pacific North West is home to green, lush mountains and crystal clear rivers that run through them. Together, we explore and appreciate the inspiring area around us.  It’s Friday, Friday’s mark the beginning of our new adventure, another weekend of exploring the beautiful country that surrounds us. As I pack up Cooper is staring up at me with a look of anticipation that melts my heart. He is my companion, together we are a team. So I quickly finish packing, taking special care to remember our Dublin Dog gear, throw our stuff in our Honda Fit, and we hit the road.     I believe that Cooper and I live in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. The magnificent Pacific Northwest is home to green, lush mountains and crystal clear rivers that run through them. Together we explore and appreciate the inspiring area around us.

It’s Friday. Friday’s mark the beginning of our new adventure, another weekend of exploring the beautiful country that surrounds us.  As I pack up Cooper is staring up at me with a look of anticipation that melts my heart. He is my companion, together we are a team. So I quickly finish packing, taking special care to remember our Dublin Dog gear, throw our stuff in our Honda Fit, and we hit the road.It’s a sunny day as I drive away from the hustle of Portland, Oregon. Cooper sits next to me perked up, watching the country pass. We drive south; we are heading to Southern Oregon for this adventure. I’m planning to take my little man to see the mighty Redwood Forrest, the crystal clear Smith River, and the pristine Oregon Coast, embracing the awe inspiring West Coast for all its wonder.  We spend the weekend exploring. As we entered the Redwood Forrest, surrounded by 2,000 year old magnificent trees, it takes my breath away. Cooper scampers forward, loving the cool damp soil and dense green foliage.  Cooper is excited to see what there is, and he soon realizes that the crystal clear Smith River is waiting just below the trail. He is off, eager to get his feet in the water. It is amazing! Cooper loves swimming, this is new for him since he is only 8 months old and his tentative nature around water is slowly wearing off. I am so excited!    It’s a sunny day as I drive away from the hustle of Portland, Oregon. Cooper sits next to me perked up, watching the country pass. We drive south; we are heading to Southern Oregon for this adventure. I’m planning to take my little man to see the mighty Redwood Forrest, the crystal clear Smith River, and the pristine Oregon Coast, embracing the awe inspiring West Coast for all its wonder.

We spend the weekend exploring. As we entered the Redwood Forrest, surrounded by 2,000 year old magnificent trees, it takes my breath away. Cooper scampers forward, loving the cool damp soil and dense green foliage.  He is excited to see what there is, and he soon realizes that the crystal clear Smith River is waiting just below the trail. He is off, eager to get his feet in the water. It is amazing! Cooper loves swimming.  This is new for him since he is only 8 months old and his tentative nature around water is slowly wearing off.  I am so excited!We then head to the Oregon Coast, such a great way to end our trip. As I take a long walk down the beach, Cooper explores the sand, runs down the beach, and chases the waves. Perfect.  Our trip is beautiful, just what we need. As I watch him swim, run and play, I am so grateful for these moments and what we have. And, I am also completely grateful to have Dublin Dog gear as a part of Coopers adventuring necessities!
We then head to the Oregon Coast, such a great way to end our trip. As I take a long walk down the beach, Cooper explores the sand, runs down the beach, and chases the waves. Perfect.Our trip is beautiful, just what we need. As I watch him swim, run and play, I am so grateful for these moments and what we have. And, I am also completely grateful to have Dublin Dog gear as a part of Coopers adventuring necessities!
Our trip is beautiful, just what we need. As I watch him swim, run and play, I am so grateful for these moments and what we have. And, I am also completely grateful to have Dublin Dog gear as a part of Coopers adventuring necessities!
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Meet Dublin Dog Ambassador Nick Gottleib and his beautiful black lab, Jackie.  Nick is an avid backcountry skier and Jackie is his ideal partner in “unleashed adventure”.  He sent us a blog about skiing with Jackie along with some killer photos.  As hot as it is out there, this should be a great story to cool off with!
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Vermont is a beautiful place and something of a mecca for outdoor sports, but it can be frustratingly hard to find adventure partners, particularly with backcountry skiing. On the rare occasions when you run into someone else, miles from a road in the Green Mountain National Forest, their first words usually aren't, “Hey! How's it going? Let's exchange numbers so we can ski together next time.” The typical response generally more along the lines of, “How did you find out about this area?” “Don't bring anyone here.” Or if they're in a particularly good mood, they'll offer some beta on where the “best” skiing is and hope you don't follow them.

Not especially conducive to making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.

Fortunately for me, I have had a reliable ski partner for six years now. Jackie lives for winter, and the mere mention of skiing will get her so excited that she refuses to sit down for the car ride.

She doesn't mind when it's a five hour slog through the woods where we ended up skinning all the way back to the car. She doesn't mind when it's a five hour slog through the woods where we ended up skinning all the way back to the car.
Or when we skin up a mountain only to have to jump turn (read: fall) our way back down on top of a bullet-proof ice crust. Or when we skin up a mountain only to have to jump turn (read: fall) our way back down on top of a bullet-proof ice crust.
She loves skiing on not-yet-open ski resorts in late fall, even if when more grass than snow. She loves skiing on not-yet-open ski resorts in late fall, even if when more grass than snow.
And of course, she doesn't complain about deep pow (although she should've had a snorkel on this day!) And of course, she doesn't complain about deep pow (although she should've had a snorkel on this day!)
She even enjoys the occasional trip to ski in the western mountains (although she definitely doesn't drive her fair share). She even enjoys the occasional trip to ski in the western mountains (although she definitely doesn't drive her fair share).

melissafreyaWe wanted to take a second to showcase Melissa C., a committed customer and true Dublin Dog fan, and her pup Freya! This pack keeps it real out in the elements in the great state of Washington, rain or shine, and their EcoLucks collars go with them wherever they go.  She had nothing but great things to say about the Ecolucks collars and she gave us some great suggestions...

..."We really like the way the EcoLucks fit the dogs. Because of their material they are lightweight, keep their color, and dry really fast. We live in Washington which means that we are often walking in the rain and it's nice that the EcoLucks dry out in no time at all. My dogs and I do a lot of hiking and swimming...and we like that you offer a color choice for each style because that means that my girls can have coordinating but not matching collars. However, we've pretty much bought all the EcoLucks styles and we would just love to some new options so we can spice up my dog's wardrobe with some cool new collars!"

Frey and her friend Archie sporting their EcoLucks for their weekly outing, "dog adventure day". Frey and her friend Archie sporting their EcoLucks for their weekly outing, "dog adventure day".

We hear you, Melissa and Freya! Our thanks goes out to you for the kind words about EcoLucks and the great suggestion. We truly take valuable customer input like this to heart and we will no doubt keep it in mind as we develop exciting new styles.  It goes to show that your voice will be heard!
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Our 'pack' is continuously growing and we are absolutely stoked to introduce our Dublin Dog Ambassadors! These dog-lovin', outdoor-crazed folks and their active dogs represent us across the country by featuring and reviewing our products, blogging about Dublin Dog adventures and holding events featuring our exciting brand of active dog products. We interviewed our Ambassadors and will be featuring each of them (and their active pups!) here on our blog.

ameliakatmai1Our first featured Ambassador is Amelia Mayer and her 9 year old yellow lab, Katmai, from Yellowstone National Park, WY. They are living the Dublin Dog life in one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Here's a look into their lives and the adventures they unleash almost every day...

DD: Complete the following: every day my dog and I…
AM: Walk, play at the playground and sometimes bike or run.

DD: What is your favorite thing about your dog?
AM: He loves to play and be a part of our family.

DD: What are your favorite places to go with your dog?
AM: Hiking – he’s happiest there off-leash and exploring.

DD: What are your favorite outdoor activities to do with Katmai?
AM: …hike, ski and walk!

DD: What is a fun fact about life with you and Katmai?
AM: The kids love him and he loves them.

DD: What is one thing you would never do without your dog?
AM: Camp first and foremost – he loves it and we love the added protection for the kids especially.

DD: Describe your dog’s ideal day…
AM: Waking up, going on a walk, hiking in the mountains and camping!

DD: What is the one thing your dog loves to do more than anything in the world?
AM: Go after a Frisbee:)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
DD: What is your favorite Dublin Dog product and why?
AM: I love the Nomad pad! It’s the perfect bed for us to bring camping or traveling. Katmai still has his spot and we’re not bogged down by a giant bed!

DD: What is one sentence that you would use to sum up Dublin Dog?
AM: Products made for an outdoor lifestyle that fit active and happy dogs!

THE DUBLIN DOG LIFESTYLE
DD: Our Tagline is “Unleash Your Next Adventure”. Describe what that means to you and how it translates into the way you live your life?
AM: We are all about adventure in our family – Katmai fits right in on that! As a family, we love to explore and try new things (all outdoors, of course) and we believe adventure brings families closer together!

DD: Why is the Dublin Dog way of life a great fit for you?
AM: It is exactly what we live for – adventure without boundaries and exploration!

DD: ONE MORE…write your own question that you wish we’d ask and answer it.
AM: What’s your dog’s favorite weather? Katmai HATES being hot (just like the rest of us) and will jump in a lake or river with ice still on it. He looks for shade wherever he can find it and is happiest in the snow or cool temperatures!


June 5-8 can't come quick enough! We are psyched to be headed up to Vail, Colorado to take part in The GoPro Mountain Games, the country's largest celebration of adventure sports, music, and the mountain lifestyle!

Athletes, human and canine, will compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines including dog competitions! Our good friends Dock Dogs will be there with their Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Big Air events. Dogs and humans alike can also participate in the Rocky Dog Trail Run and The K-9 Companion BADASS Dash!

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In addition to the athletic events, the GoPro Mountain Games will include a mountain photography competition, adventure film school, film festival, an interactive exhibition and demo area, live music, and mountain lifestyle parties. We can't think of a better way to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog! Whether you're coming to compete or just enjoy the festivities, we look forward to joining in the fun with you. See you there!!
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We've unleashed our next adventure... our new sponsoring partnership with DockDogs®, the world leader in Canine Aquatics competitions and events!
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We just had an incredible weekend in Virgina Beach, VA  as we sponsored our first DockDogs' event, the Care-A-Lot Canine Extravaganza.  We are so happy to be part of such an enthusiastic and energetic dog-lovin' community!  If you haven't heard of them, DockDogs® sanctions all national and international dock jumping performance sports.   The best part is ANYBODY can join the competition!  All you need is a fetching, water loving pup!

We also debuted the Dublin Dog DockDogs®  Dock, which will appear throughout the 2014 DockDogs® Tour at consumer events, fairs, festivals, and pet-related shows.  Join in the fun and come check out an event!!
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About DockDogs®

DockDogs® is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For additional information visit http://dockdogs.com or check us out on Facebook at http://facebook.com/officialdockdogs.

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Friends of Dublin Dog and their newly adopted adorable puppy. Friends of Dublin Dog and their newly adopted adorable puppy.

The Sochi strays are back in the headlines again, with the news that Gus Kenworthy’s adopted pups have landed here in the US. The plight of Sochi’s homeless dogs was one of the big stories leading up to the games, and the American freestyle skier was just one of the athletes who made good on his Olympic promise to rescue at least some of them. We think that’s pretty awesome.

We also know there are folks who’ll never make the news who do good work for dogs everyday. They volunteer in shelters, they help foster pets waiting on new homes and families, or donate to causes that keep animal rights on the front burner. There are veterinarians, lawyers and other pros who offer their services for free - just to save dogs just like these right here, every day. We’re humbled and grateful to know just a few of the many who do this good work.

And these dogs are just as grateful. You’ve probably seen the posts on these dogs going home from the shelters for the first time. You bet they’ll return the favor with the love and loyalty only a dog can dish out. Or maybe in an even bigger way. We’re sure this Michigan family isn’t second-guessing their choice to adopt a dog - after he saved their skins just a couple of weeks after they brought him home. Way to go, Hunter!

In this land of second chances, who knows how Kenworthy’s new best friends will turn out. Or the fate of any other adopted dog, for that matter. But without that second chance, they’d never get the opportunity to prove their worth, serve their purpose or fulfill whatever their destiny may be. We don’t have a crystal ball or anything, but we do know this: everybody loves a comeback story. Thanks to all of you who’ve helped make one happen!


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