We interviewed our 2019 Zuke’s Pack members to learn a bit more about why they go outside with their dogs, how it helps them bond, and of course, which Zuke’s treats they bring along on the trail. You can follow all of their adventures on Instagram for outdoor inspiration.
Kerri & Goose
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Favorite hikes/activities: Favorite hike is Hackberry Spring trail in the superstition Mountains.
Why do you hike? We both love nature and we both love being with each other.
How have your outdoor adventures allowed you to bond? I think all the long hours spent on the trail has made our bond even stronger we both look towards each other for support and companionship on the trail.
What would you tell other dog parents who are considering getting outdoors with their dogs? Go slow and keep things fun and positive.
Any trail tips for fellow adventure dogs? Always pack snacks and treats and of course plenty of water.
Most important piece of gear for outdoor adventures with your dog: A good set of dog booties.
Favorite Zuke’s Treat: Mini Naturals Rabbit flavor!
Nancy, Marty & Pablo
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Breeds: Marty – Golden Retriever; Pablo – Mixed wire-haired terrier
Favorite hikes/activities: The Bridge to Nowhere is definitely our favorite hike! But we love city dog parks as well throughout the week. The Pawsadena dog park is probably our favorite.
Why do you hike with your dog? It sounds corny, but it feels like I’m lucky to have them hike WITH ME. Seeing them so happy and free, there’s nothing else like it. I think watching them appreciate all the little things keeps me grounded.
How have your outdoor adventures allowed you to bond? I think camping is probably our favorite activity. We’ve done it all alone, without people in sight and it brings us closer. We’ve always been a tight pack, but when you’re out there alone for days at a time, it’s a reminder of how tight we all are. It’s like they watch over me just as much as I watch over them.
What would you tell other dog parents who are considering getting outdoors with their dogs? Bring lots of treats! My dogs are the best, but even they get carried away sometimes. I don’t think they’re as responsive to anything else like they are snacks. I also make it a point to add a small jingle bell to their collars when we’re going out to the wilderness. It helps me know exactly where they are, even when it’s dark out or when I don’t have eyes on them.
Any trail tips for fellow adventure dogs? Trust your dogs, but leash your dogs! I don’t ever start a trail with my dogs off-leash. I think it takes loads of training and trust to get to that point.
Most important piece of gear for outdoor adventures with your dog: A camera, of course!
Favorite Zuke’s Treat: Marty goes crazy over the Salmon Mini’s! She knows where they are before I do. Pablo seems to love all of them equally, but he hoards the Mini Trees more often.
Katie, Quinci & Chipper
Location: Mesa, AZ
Breeds(ish): Quinci – Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua Mix; Chipper – mutt
Favorite hikes/activities: Hiking, camping, paddleboarding, backpacking and climbing
Why do you hike? Because the 3 of us are most at home in the outdoors. It’s a space where we can play, relax, be ourselves and not have to worry about societal pressures.
How have your outdoor adventures allowed you to bond? We have learned to trust each other, to rely on each other. The outdoors has a way of building character and bringing people (and dogs) together.
What would you tell other dog parents who are considering getting outdoors with their dogs? Have a blast! But first, start slow. Gather knowledge, gain experience, research and always be prepared. Your dogs are counting on you to be prepared!
Any trail tips for fellow adventure dogs? Be creative! Find trails and places to explore that are off the beaten path. Use Google maps, talk to locals, study old maps.
Most important piece of gear for outdoor adventures with your dog: I’m not sure if water can be considered a piece of gear – but in the desert, it’s the most important thing to always have. We always carry too much, and it’s just enough!
Favorite Zuke’s Treat: Zuke’s Power Bone!