PAWZ Dog Boots ~~~~~ Reviews By Rene’

Pawz Dog Boots – This review is going to be short and sweet!  Now don’t take that wrong, and assume I have negative things to say! To the contrary!  I think these little gems are awesome; and it is going to be as simple to tell you why as they are to use.  

1)  Easy to put them on. 

You just  have to stretch them out and slip them on their paws.  I put Hendrix’s on all by myself, with no difficulty. While Hendrix didn’t actually have an injury when we used them, if he had, and I had needed to wrap the paw, these would be great.  I would just wrap his paw, put the Pawz dog boots over the wrap, and the Pawz dog boots would keep the wrap on and free of dirt/moisture. 

2) Very light!

 When you are a hiker/backpacker, anything that adds extra weight to your pack is a big concern.  I have other paw protectors, and if I were going on, say, a 3 month AT adventure, I would probably take them. For now, those never make it into the “must have” items when packing my pack, because they are bulky. I was always hoping we come out of our hike without needing them.  I will probably never hike with my dogs, without Pawz dog boots again. Just stuff them in somewhere.  They will fit anywhere in your pack or pocket.
 3) Inexpensive enough to be disposable but durable enough to be reusable. 

4) Waterproof

5) They stay on!! 

6) Biodegradable

7) Easy to take off; just pull!

8) Hendrix barely even noticed they were on!  He just went on about his adventure.

9) When we were done with our hike, the Pawz dog boots were still like brand new,       even after some ruff and rocky terrain. 

AND!!!  With coming into a wet and rain/snow season, I am very excited to have found this product! Slip them on and send the dogs out. When ready to bring dogs back in, just pull them off and set them somewhere to dry!  Keep their paws and your floors clean with Pawz dog boots!

These Pawz dog boots are a new favorite product at our house!  

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Blowing Springs Trail in Arkansas

Blowing Springs Trail in Arkansas

Hello Readers! Who has been to Arkansas? I am very happy to say, I am getting to frequent this beautiful state often lately! Our newest adventure took us to Blowing Springs Trail, in Bella Vista, Arkansas. While I have never seen this trail in the winter, I am guessing this time of year, spring, is the very best time of year to go. 

Foliage was exploding with every shade of vibrant green, with stimulating contrasts of yellow, purple, and the occasional  white and red blooms.  I saw several Cardinals fluttering about with squirrels periodically teasing Hendrix The Hiking Dog’s obedience.  Hen only gave into his temptations, and gave a short chase once! He actually does not care much for getting off the beaten paths. 

Blowing Springs Trail is adjacent an RV only campground, with a beautiful park area that has spring fed waterfalls.  After coming out of the trails, I decided to venture into the park area, and so glad I did.  We had the pleasure of meeting Crystal, and her fur babies; Fiona, a finely aged Chow mix, and Oscar, a young wiper snapper terrier mix! 

Fiona and Oscar, with the company of their human, Crystal, are living the life as current residents of the campground.  Very much appreciate this trio, for showing us their beautiful home away from home!

While Hen and I were on the trails, we found them to be immaculately kept, and easy to moderate maneuverable.  With that said, the trail could definitely use a marking system. While this trail does mark the mileage, there are no markers to keep one oriented to the trail.  

With that said, it was fairly easy to get off a certain course but not feel lost, per say, as there are houses here and there, and while the trail over laps itself, and twist and turns, it always seemed to end up back on the part of the trail that runs along the campgrounds.  No markers will not keep us from going back and exploring more.  While this trail is not as remote, or secluded, as I prefer, it truly is beautiful, and the foliage lets you pretend you are in the middle of nowhere.  I do want to add, however, that this is a high biker usage trail.  While I went early in the week, so the bikers were scarce, I am told that there are always riders, increasing in numbers on the weekend.  The riders I did encounter were very nice, but on busier days, I could see how it might be a bit frustrating for bikers and hikers to all be on the same trails.  All in all, I definitely recommend this adventure.  

And, if you are a regular reader, you know I love to try and find a unique “stop” on the way home from our adventures, and we were very successful this trip! Tontitown Winery is fantastic, as is their wine! (I bought 3 bottles!) And I love that they make their own wine on site, with locally grown grapes! Tontitown Winery is open year round, and if you happen to be in town in the spring/summer, you will find great live music on the weekends!  Go enjoy the atmosphere and wine!

                        Until next time!

                         HAPPY TAILS AND TRAILS!

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Sparrowhawk Primitive Area Near Tahlequah, Oklahoma

 SPARROWHAWK PRIMITIVE AREA – A little college town called Tahlequah, Oklahoma is the where.  Sparrowhawk Primitive Area, to be more exact.  I was very happy to find this little gem!  But before we get to all the awesome details,  I need to get this out there right off the top.  

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation governs this area and YES, a permit is required to hike here at Sparrowhawk Primitive Area.  And if you get caught without one, you may be fined over $200.00.  Oh!  And you know who else needs a permit to be there, and they are there? Hunters!  I should probably be a bit embarrassed that I did not discover this information until after our hike.

Okay.  Now the fun stuff! We didn’t exhaust all hiking options on our initial visit to Sparrowhawk Primitive Area so I can’t confirm what I have read, that there is a 7 mile loop.  From the trail head, we headed up the path to the left. My son had not hiked with us for awhile and he admitted that he was a bit concerned at the beginning of our hike.  It starts climbing, by way of rocky terrain, from the very beginning.  It does, however, calm down nicely, not too far into the hike.  We found the rest of the trail to be mildly up and down.  While we were very impressed that there was still so much vibrant evidence of being the season of Fall, the most amazing part of this hike was found when we cautiously veered off the main path, down to the bluffs, over looking the Illinois River.  I give cautions here, as it is a pretty steep, and somewhat loose, down and back up, path. 

****Only attempt this part of the trail if you are confident in your strength and agility.

 Lady Bonnie is all fun, and no fear!  On the other hand, Hendrix The Hiking Dog is a very protective canine, in that he will try to tell humans to go back up to safer ground, when he realizes the drop off is VERY impressive!  I try to pay close attention to when Hendrix “tells” me it is a bad idea.  So, after a couple photo ops, we climbed back up to the “safe” zone.  


 After taking in the spectacular views, and letting nature do that amazing thing it does; clearing the mind and putting things in perspective, we headed on down the path. 

BONE: If you have a relationship that is strained, or someone who is having a tough time,  GO ON A HIKE! There is just something about being outside, exercising, and sharing those moments, or hours together, that opens the doors of communication.  Too many times to count, being out on the trails with someone has made progress in life happen.   

At one point, the trail came to what seemed to be the start of a housing addition, right in the middle of the woods.  We chose to turn around, and I believe our total mileage that day was only a little over 3 miles.  Next time we will look for the “loop” I have read about. 

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