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The days are getting longer and warmer, and that means it’s hiking season once again. My favorite go-to company for great outdoor gear for dogs is Ruff Wear, and they’ve recently introduced some new products just in time for hiking season. My favorites of the new collection are the Top Rope collar, which features a fierce buckle and a conveniently located V-ring for easy leash connection, and the Flat Out leash, which is a hand-held, waist-worn, and fixed leash all in one — perfect for a day on the trail.

Check out the new gear and old classics at Ruff Wear.

And don’t forget to take advantage of our special coupon code at Planet MOMO by tomorrow!

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You may be familiar already with the photography of Claire Bow, a/k/a Rouxby Photography (if not, you need to go check out her site, like yesterday). Claire and her friend Sam(antha) have recently embarked on three-month-long road trip, hitting up Canada, the West Coast, and wherever else the open road leads them. They’ve also taken along their dogs, Roux (Claire’s Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Grady (Sam’s Border collie).

Along the way, they’re blogging, tweeting, and, of course, taking pictures.

Check on more photos and follow the adventure on Four Crazy Bitches’ blog and flickr.

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So, is this officially, like, the shortest summer ever, or what? I mean, it’s going to be broiling at best here in the South for at least another month, but kids go back to school, what, like next week? Duuude, I bet they are BUMMED.

Your pup can rock summer style all year long thanks to Island Dog Gear‘s leashes, collars, and accessories inspired by Hawaiian beach style. My personal favorite? The portable Bowl-to-Go, available in happy funtime summertime colors.

Found via Daily Kibble.

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Have I mentioned before that I love New York City? Here are some photos from a recent trip.

Enjoy your weekend!

West 82nd

10th + Bleecker

More after the jump.

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Camping season is in full swing, y’all. I can’t wait to get out in nature and do nature-y things. We haven’t been on a camping trip yet this spring — we’re still trying to psych Dottie up for it. (She doesn’t really “get” the whole camping thing. Mingus, on the other hand, would probably prefer we just live full time in the woods.) I love camping, and fun doggie camping products make it even better.

This Eco Food Sac from ABO Gear, Inc. looks like the perfect thing for a camping trip or a weekend at the beach. It’s made of all-natural, heavy-duty jute fiber (which is biodegradable and recyclable), and it even comes with a little bamboo scoop.

Check out ABO’s site for all kinds of fun outdoor and travel gear as well as strong, eco-friendly jute toys.

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There are a coupla cool dog parks we’ve been frequenting since we moved here to Asheville, but one of our new favorites doesn’t have a water spigot, which we’re not used to. So we’ve got to start remembering to take some water with us when we go. We might need to add RuffDawg’s new RuffBowl to our dog park bag.

Actually, we don’t have a dog park bag. But maybe we should. With a bowl in it. And water.

Fetch the collapsible, durable RuffBowl online or at a store near you.

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I would definitely call myself a “big dog person,” despite the fact that I have two measly little 40-pounders running around my house. One thing I’d love about a small dog, though? Not tripping over monstrous dog beds every time I turn around. (We only have two, but somehow they’re always right where I’m trying to walk.)

The Crater Dot from Sleepypod is an awesome, compact little lounger for a small dog or (gasp!) cat. Its base is made of contoured, molded foam, so it provides support and cushion despite its small size. You can even place Sleepypod’s warming pad inside for extra snuggliness.

I like the fact that it’s small and compact enough to toss into the car for trips (you know, if your dog’s small and well-behaved enough to be trusted to leave the house).

Check Sleepypod’s website for a video on how it works.

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I’m a total softie when it comes to my dogs, but we do have a few hard and fast rules. A biggie? Mingus and Dottie are not allowed to sleep with us in the bed. I spent a good portion of my youth being smothered and slobbered upon by our dear cocker spaniel at night, and many a sleepless night I vowed, “Never again.” Nevertheless, whenever we go camping, the dogs assume (Mingus especially) that the house rules no longer apply since, after all, we’re in a tent. So every night of every camping trip is spent furiously battling the dogs (especially Mingus) for a share of the air mattress.

Maybe if they had travel beds of their own, I could reclaim my sleeping bag? I like this travel bed from Canine Hardware. It’s made of durable ripstop nylon, is machine washable, and stuffs into its very own stuff sack.

Fetch it at REI.

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I have this little trick when I need to remember something later on: I just whip out my phone and send myself an email. Brilliant, huh? I do this often when I’m out and about and want to remember a cool dog product I see that I want to look into when I get home. I saw the Pet Trek Traveler the other night flipping through a Real Simple magazine while watching snowboarding with some friends, and I promptly emailed the link to myself for further investigation.

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The Traveler is a lightweight portable food/water storage system that comes apart to reveal two separate compartments that can also be used as bowls. And that cute little bone in the handle? That’s a rubber chew toy. Awesome.

The Traveler comes in blue, gray, and pink (yay!) and is currently backordered on Pet Trek’s website, but it looks like you can also fetch it from SpaceSavers. (Also check out Pet Trek’s Walker, a portable water bottle and bowl.)

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If you’re one of those people with a clever license plate (“MDLFNGR”), I’m one of those people chuckling mildly behind you at a stoplight. Even the hokiest license-plate wordplay can make me laugh, which is why I love the name of the company that makes these cool stainless-steel dog water bottles: H2O4K9.

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These nifty bottles are easily portable (with a carabiner for attachment to a belt loop or backpack) and are made from 18/8 food grade stainless steel and toxin-free polypropylene. The removable cap becomes a bowl for your pup (if your dog, like both of mine, has never mastered the art of drinking from your hand).

Fetch them at H2O4K9.com.

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