Tails from the Trail: Patrick Meiering, Zuke's Founder

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Tails from the Trail: Patrick Meiering, Zuke's Founder

In October 1995, Patrick and his dog, Zuke, set out on a hike in Durango, Colorado. Fall is one of the best seasons in Durango—the leaves have turned yellow, orange and red and the trails are perfect. Elbert Creek Trail is one of the steeper hikes in the area. Zuke and Patrick wound their way through the yellow leaves of the aspen trees and topped out the hike with a view of the entire mountain town of Durango. At 10,450 feet, Elbert Creek has one of the more iconic lookouts in Durango. It was there that Patrick noticed his young and energetic chocolate Lab had become fatigued. Patrick gave him some of his energy bar as he wondered why that didn't exist for dogs. Well, now it does, and more than 20 years later, Zuke's is still running on the idea that the best adventures are shared with our dogs.

Patrick and Zuke lead the way with their hike and we want to continue their spirit of adventure! Every month we are going to tell more "Tails from the Trail" stories of shared experiences with humans and their dogs. We thought we should kick it all off with our ultimate story of exploration and how Zuke's came to be. We now leave the rest up to all of the four-legged explorers out there!

If you've always been curious about what it's like to live in Durango and work at Zuke's, make sure to follow us on Instagram. Watch for photos of our Zuke's Pack and #DogsofDurango, where we feature photos and stories from our very own Zuke's dogs and their humans.

Patrick, Trek, Ellie, and Charlie Hike Elbert Creek Trail, Durango, Colorado

Patrick retraced his steps on the Elbert Creek Trail in August 2016 with his dogs Trek, Ellie, and Charlie while reminiscing about the monumental hike that set the course for Zuke's natural pet treats and dog food.

Zuke's Founder Patrick Meiring on the Elbert Creek Trail in Durango, Colorado

Zuke's Founder Patrick Meiring on the Elbert Creek Trail in Durango, Colorado

Zuke's Founder Patrick Meiring on the Elbert Creek Trail in Durango, Colorado

Zuke's Founder Patrick Meiring on the Elbert Creek Trail in Durango, Colorado



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Sarah Sturm

Sarah Sturm and her sidekick Norman are Durango locals in every sense of the word. They ride, hike, ski, run, climb and share tents together. Norman is a rescue dog turned mountain mutt who doesn’t let his poultry allergy slow him down. He loves following Sarah on her adventures, especially on the bike (he’s a much faster runner than she is). Sarah raced bikes professionally and is now an avid high-country mountain biker and adventurer. While she loves exploring overseas, nothing beats going on micro-adventures with her best friend, Norman. Together they embody the Durango lifestyle.

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