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[heading style=”modern-1-light” color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″ align=”left”]East Coast: Shenandoah National Park, Luray VA[/heading]

A billion years ago, the Blue Ridge Mountains rose from the earth and were higher than the Rockies, becoming one of the first mountain ranges in our history.

Time has weathered this ridge and has created one of the most beautiful hiking ranges in the world. With sweeping views of mountains and scenic meadows of wildflowers, Shenandoah offers a hike for every level of experience. 

 

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  • Water: Bring water for you and your pet (one gallon for you, 3 liters for each dog). Dogs should not drink from unknown sources due to the danger of invisible parasites. Carry bouillon cubes or a small packet of dehydrated goat’s milk to encourage your pet to drink.
  • Reflective Leash and Collar or Harness/Pack: Your pet should always be wearing a collar and proper ID tags. Make sure your dog is never mistaken as a threat by making sure they are wearing reflective gear. Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
  • Bowls: Bring along a collapsible bowl for your dog’s water and food. They are lightweight and easy to clean on the hike.
  • Picture ID: Be sure you have a recent picture of your pet in case the unthinkable happens.
  • Poop baggies: Make sure you can (and do) clean up after your pet.
  • K-9 First Aid Kit: Be sure you have gauze (enough to wrap an injured paw), flex-tape, and antibiotic cream.
  • Natural Pest Control: Be sure you keep your pet protected from mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other pests. There are many natural pest control sprays that will deter them from your pet (and you). Never use a spray intended for a human on a dog.
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