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Wednesday – In The Eyes of Tatum August 10, 2011

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I hear mom stirring.  Is that the alarm?  Yay!  It’s morning!  I’m so excited for the day…  wag, wag…  stretch…  wag!  Hi mom, “morning”…  I’ll jump up with two paws on the bed to get her attention… are her eyes are open?  I’ll jump up again.  I hope she’s ready to get up.  Oh, shoot, not the snooze button?!  Her eyes are closed, but there’s a voice… “go back to your bed”.  Darn it.  Okay, I guess I’ll try again in 10 min.

Better look around the house to see if we’re dog sitting…  whew!  Just me.  No sign of house guests.  Don’t have to fight for attention or share my toys.  I wonder what day it is?  Will we go for a run with our friend, Sharon this morning?  I hope mom doesn’t have to go to work.  Maybe it’s a weekend and we’re driving to the mountains for a long hike.  Oh, I’d love to swim in the reservoir.  I’ll just lay here ‘til I hear the alarm go off again. 
It’s time!  I love waking up mom…  here’s my stuffed animal monkey, aren’t I cute when I carry around stuffed animals in my mouth?   Outside…  outside… can’t wait any longer.  Run in circles around mom to the front door…  wake up, pay attention.  Open, Open!  BAM!  I’m out…  I smell squirrels, I hear birds, oh, is that the neighbor walking by with that annoying little brown mutt?  Bark.  Bark.  Check the yard for intruders…  I’m hungry!  Breakfast.  Can’t wait…  run full speed up stairs…  the faster I run circles around mom while she’s preparing my food, the faster she’ll get the bowl down.  I’m getting dizzy.  But oh so hungry!  Gulp (30 seconds later) tasty.  Can’t wait to get outside again.  Door’s open…  here I come! Hello world!  I’m awake.  Smells good out here….  Sniff Sniff.  Oh, squirrel…  I know I can climb this tree to get him.  OUCH, branches in my way.  Plow through the woods.  So close.  Prickles from the rose bush.  What’s a little scratch?  Okay, yard looks safe. 

Where’s the leash?  Leash?  Where’s my mom?  Oh, she’s going for the baseball hat… a good sign.  Picking up running shoes.  Yippie!  I don’t see Sharon yet, so this must be a walking morning.  That’s okay.  Walks are good too.  Where’s the leash?  Walk towards the door, mom.  Get the leash!  No, not the harness… wiggle, wiggle.  If I squirm she can’t clip on the harness, but then no walk.  Fine.  Let’s go.  Nothing worse than being held back by a harness.  I’ll pull hard to let her know how much I don’t appreciate being on a leash.  Open the gate.  Open it! ———————-

YES. Out the door!  We’re walking.  We’re walking — fast.  Squirrel in that tree?  Sniff sniff…  pull.  Pee break.  Another pee break.  This is my territory… pee, pee, pee.  ALERT!  Cat sitting on a porch 1 block away.  Quick…  try and catch him.  Damn leash!  Trees with squirrels.  We’re walking, I’m leading… stop tugging me from behind, mom.  Walk faster mom!  Is that a butterfly?  Jump, chomp.  No luck.  Walking…  starting to get warm.  Wish I had some water… panting.  Thirsty, but no time to think about that since there are SQUIRRELS!

We’re walking…  I own this neighborhood!  Ouch.  Stop trying to get me to walk closer to you.  Stupid leash.  Getting thirsty.   I smell home.  Done.  Is that it?  Get this leash off me.  I’ll sit and look sweet.  But, get it off.  All of the “Good girl Tatums” must be for me, which means I get a treat!  Gate opens…  run through the yard, fast perimeter check…  sprint, leap, smell, dive bomb woods, done.  Open the door.  I’m thirsty.  Open. 

Water bowl here I come…  Gulp.  Dribble.  Thanks, mom, thanks…  dribble, slurp, ahhh!  Where’s my treat?  I hear the cookie jar.  The lid is opening…  so hungry for a snack.  YAY!  Is that a Eldora Energy Cookie?  My fav!  Me, me.  Sit like a good girl, look at me.  Aren’t I cute?  Gulp.  Yum!  Okay, gotta get  more water.  Open the deck door.  Open!  Yes…  sun.  Ahhh…  where’s my monkey?  Need my monkey to sunbathe with me.  Oh, and a bone…  maybe two bones… and a Kong.  Toys, check.  Sun, check.  Know mom’s where-a-bouts (in the shower), check.  Relax. 

Must be a weekday…  I hear news on TV.  Mom’s picking clothes from the closet.  Lay on her feet and roll over…  pet me, rub my belly.  Don’t go to work.  I wish she was opening her workout drawer instead.  Darn it.  I’ll follow her around ‘til she gets dressed… circle, circle, you can’t put your shoes on with my head in your way.  Back to the bathroom.  My favorite.  The hair dryer!  Take a break from the sun to lay on the bathroom floor…  hot air.  Awesome!  Rub head on mom’s leg.  Hey, don’t aim that thing at me!  Ahhh…  sniff sniff.  Oh no, she’s getting ready to leave.  She’s really leaving me, all alone.  Get closer…  follow, look sad, make her trip over me.  I’m here.  Don’t leave.  (big sad eyes)…  okay, I’ll lay down, but can you put on some music or something?  She’s heading toward the stereo.  NPR, hmmm?  Not my favorite, but it’ll do.  Yes, mom, I’ll sit.  One last ditch effort…  paw.  You’ll be right back?  Okay, then. 

Well, I’ve got the place to myself, what should I do first?  A nap sounds good.  Mom’s bed sounds even better!  She’ll never know… 

I hear a car.  Mom?  Is mom home?  The gate’s opening… wag, wag…  I can catch a glimpse out the window of the front door.  Jump up.  Jump…  wag…  jump…  it’s her, it’s her!  Here she comes.  Keys  in the door.  Whalla!  HI MOM, Hi!  I’m hungry.  It’s so good to see you…  circle…  here’s my monkey…  circle…  do you love me?  I’m so happy.  I missed you.  I’m hungry.  Gotta pee, but don’t want to loose track of mom.  She’s heading upstairs.  I hear the Tupperware bin opening.  DINNER!  Pee faster.  Thump, thump, up, up and away…  upstairs full speed.  I’m so hungry.  Full bowl of food… GULP.  Outside…  gotta search the yard… .is that a cat on the other side of the fence?  Scratch, jump, scratch.  Darn.  Fence is too high.  Can’t reach him.  Okay, where are the squirrels?  I smell them.  Sniff…  sniff.  Yay, mom’s home!  What’s the plan?  Better get back inside to see what she’s up to. 

  Cling clang…  pans are out.  That means only one thing.   Baking treats!  Where are the ingredients?  Yum.  Where?  Pant…  pant…  circle…  get the carrots.  I see the food processor.  Carrots!  Carrots!  Yes, a carrot piece on the floor.  Mine!  More carrots.  Applesauce…  just one taste.  I’ll stand under the counter.  Crumbs…  fall off the counter, crumbs…  floor tastes good.  Lick.  Drop something else… wag, wag, circle…  I’m here.  Stop spilling flour on me.  Flour on the floor… lick… hmmm?  Where are the carrots?  What’s next?  FLY!  Ahhh… chase the fly.  Jump, chomp.  What’s going on outside?  Guard the house from the deck.  Clear view from here… stare at the trees, keep a watch for squirrels. 

Is that the dresser drawer opening?  The one with the workout clothes?  Yay!  Yippie!  Oh no…  I hope she’s not going to the gym.  Run, Run, Run…  I want to run!  Circle…  pant…  she’s going for the shoes.  Run!  Come on…  leash, leash?!  I’ll lead the way downstairs.  Yikes…  almost tripped over my own feet.  Too fast.  Get the leash!  Oh boy, circle, circle…  tie your shoes already.  We’re OUT!  I’ll lead the way.  Oh, goodie…  we’re heading toward Highland Tap & Burger.  We’re walking…  we’re walking.  Yikes!  Dog!!  Scary dog!  Mom…  protect me.  He’s mean.  Barking on the other side of the fence.  Don’t like him.  Walk faster.  Protect me, mom.  Whew…  keep walking.  Sniff, sniff.  Oh, there it is!  Highland Tap & Burger.  I see runners.  We’re running!  Can we start now?  Lots of people in running shoes.


Let’s go!  Mingle…  circle…  sniff…  where’s our leader?  Can I lead?  We’re off…  pull, pull, faster, down the hill…  people everywhere, where’s my mom?  Okay…  on the other side of my leash.  Pull…  we’re running.  New smells.  The park, I love the park.  The trail, the creek…  sniff, sniff.  Ducks?  I smell ducks.  Birds.  Faster, faster.  We’re running.  It’s hot out here.  Can we run back now?  Pant…  pull…  I’m not tired.  I never get tired.  I’m leading.  I smell dinner…  steaks grilling.  Yum.  Is that a squirrel?  Up that tree?  Get him!  Pull.  I’m thirsty, very thirsty.  It’s a hill…  we’re turning around and up the hill.  Snort, snort.  I’ll pull mom.  Come on…  faster.  Thirsty.  This is it.  I see our final destination.  I smell food.  It’s right there…  only two blocks.  Water bowl.  I’m thristy.  Faster!  Sprint!  Made it.  Gulp, burp, splash, water…  yum!  Gulp, slurp, ahhh…  someone splash some on my back.  There you go, thanks, mom.  Oh no, do you really have to tie me up?  I won’t go anywhere, I promise.  “stay”…  like I can leave!  Okay.  Too tired to fight it.  I’ll stay on this side of the metal gate and watch everyone eat  & drink on the patio.  There’s mom.  In site.  Slurp, slurp.  Almost ready to lay down.  Feels good to rest & catch my breath.  Where’s mom?  I can see her.  Eyes getting heavy.  I can see mom…  Good to lay down.  What a great run.  I’m so happy…  Eyes are heavy.  Zzzzzz’s….

Mom’s getting up.  I know I can sneak out from this leash situation and clean up some of the crumbs on the patio before we leave…  making a break for it.  Ugh.  Stopped in my tracks.  Untie me!  I got one!  A crumb!  “Time to go Tatum, say good-bye to our friends”…  crumbs…  crumbs…  everywhere!  I love visiting the other side of the gate.  This patio rocks!  Pull…  lick up scraps.  Bye…  see you next week.  Give me one more pet, Ann.  Ahhh…  just one table scrap, Savannah?  Please!  Attention.  People.  I’m here.  Thanks, Brian.  Attention… love attention.  Ahhh…  petting…  happy! 

Homeward bound.  I love going home.  Home is good.  Pull…  sniff…  let’s go home.  It’s getting dark out here.  We’re walking… we’re going home.  I hope I get a treat when we get there.  Yikes!  That was a big truck.  Scary!  Almost tripped avoiding the loud noise.  Where’s mom?  Behind me…  we’re going home.  It’s dark.  Stay closer to mom.  I’m thirsty again.  Hope I get a treat. 

Open the gate…  Run the perimeter…  Check for squirrels.  They’re all asleep.  It’s late.  It’s dark.  No more birds.  Yard looks good.  Ready to go inside.  Where’s my treat?  Whiffs of carrot treats in the oven… sniff sniff.  Open the oven door, mom.  Open!  Mmmm…  warm treats.  Can I have one?  I was so good.  I’m a good girl, I am.  I really love the treats you bake.  I’ll sit and wait for one.  Gulp!  Yum.  I’m guessing that’s me you’re talking to… “Good girl, Tatum, did you have a good day?”.  Yes, mom.  It was good… lay down to roll over for belly rub.  So good!  “Time for bed”.  That’s my cue.  Where’s my monkey?  Can’t go to bed without the monkey.  Ahhh…  cozy bed.  I guess I am tired.  Where’s mom?  I’m ready to be tucked in!  Rub my belly…  ahhh…  so happy.  I love my mom, I love my bed.  I’m sleepy.  Keep petting me.  “kisses”, “good girl”.  Good night.  Ahhh…  I’m a good dog.  Life is good.  Fall asleep, so relaxed.  So happy.  Can’t wait for tomorrow!!


Treat Tips: Answers to the most common treat questions July 6, 2011

What’s the purpose for giving treats?                   

To use as a training tool? 
Choose a small, one bite treat that your dog really likes and can eat quickly
*Suggested treat: Tatum’s Trail Mix

To keep your puppy occupied?
Large bones are best for these situations, particularly raw hide bones.  It’s best to stay away from bones that can break apart easily to avoid choking.

To reward good behavior or just to be nice?
Feeding treats is a great way to help reinforce the special bond between you and your dog and reward positive behavior.   Healthy, low fat treat is best for this purpose.
*Suggested treat: Eldora Energy Cookie

How do you choose the right treat for your dog?

Consider your intended use, how often you’ll treat, your dog’s age and overall health, i.e. any known food allergies.  You should think about your dog’s size, chewing habits & capabilities, as well as any the activity level of your dog.  But, the most important consideration when choosing the right treat for your pooch is of course his/her taste preference!

If your dog is extremely active, involved in competitive shows and needs a lot of energy, then you probably should choose treats that have extra protein and fat that he can turn into extra energy. 
*Suggested treat: Sunshine Peak Treat

What are the benefits in feeding your dog treats?

Some treats – especially crunchy treats – promote dental health.  Biscuits are extremely popular due to their portability, crunch, and the fact that they help keep teeth clean by scraping off debris.  Such treats can also provide dental benefits by freshening breath and reducing plaque buildup and tartar formation.
*Suggested treat: Rocky Mountain Crunch Ball

Feeding your dog low-fat, wheat free, all-vegetable based treats provides him/her with essential nutrients while offering all the flavor and appeal of a delicious snack.  These types of treats are conducive to weight loss and assist in maintaining optimum health, which is a lifelong benefit!

Remember, treats should be given as they are intended and are not meant to be a staple in your dog’s diet.  Your dog still needs to maintain a healthy diet and weight, to ensure he/she has a long healthy life. Treats should not be more than ten percent of your dog’s daily diet.

Bon Appetit!


Running Dogs June 14, 2011

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Looking for the perfect training partner, one who can motivate, who can keep up the pace, and who is always enthusiastic?  Look no further than a dog!

There are many reasons why dogs make ideal running partners. They have a natural athleticism and a joy of running that can be inspiring runners of all levels.  I’m fortunate to have a great running partner in Tatum, as her work ethic & running enthusiasm can’t be beat!  She looks forward to our weekly outing with my neighborhood run club, and has successfully completed a handful of doggie running races.

A well-exercised dog is not only a happy dog, but also a healthy one.  Running provides a mental and physical stimulation necessary for a dog’s well being, increasing their endorphins and helping to keep the unwanted pounds off.  Dogs live for human contact, and running is a great activity to bring the two of you together.  Some breed types make better running companions than others.  You’ll find a large variety of breed options to choose from if you’re the type of runner who typically runs shorter distances at a slower pace (10-12 min per mile).  If you run more like 5-10 miles in an outing at a faster pace (8 min per mile or faster), you’ll want dog that’s athletic, energetic, and built for speed.

Compared to people, dogs dissipate heat poorly.  Breeds with long hair, or are large or overweight have a harder time dealing with hot temps compared to shorthaired, smaller, and more slender dogs.  Those with flat noses, like Pugs and Bulldogs, have a more difficult time getting enough air as well as dissipating heat.  Dogs that are best suited for running, and probably easiest to run with are those who are above your knee height.  Shorter dogs are easier to trip over!  Sporting breeds such as German Shorthaired Pointers, Vizslas, and Weimaraners make the best runners.  These dogs tend to be able to go long distances and get into the zone with a steady trot.  Dogs who are 30 – 60 lbs (Border Collies, Standard Poodles & herding breeds) are generally athletic enough to run well, as are America’s most popular breed — Labs!

Before hitting the trails/pavement with your dog, it’s important that he/she is in optimum health and good physical shape.  They need to be trained in basic heeling skills to avoid injury and discomfort for you and your pooch.  Although, this is an ongoing battle with Tatum, as she has the tendency to go full speed ahead, pulling & pushing me to challenge myself with a faster than normal pace.  We’re working on that…

As far as food consumption, it’s best not to feed your dog right before or after a run, but small treats can be helpful enticements during the run.  Tatum’s Trail Mix makes for the perfect “on the go” running snack!

All in all, you need to pay attention to your dog while you’re running together.  If he or she seems thirsty, stop for a water break.  If their paws seem sore from the pavement, slow down and let your dog run on grass or in the shade.  Be mindful of your dog’s condition as well as your own, and you’ll both have a positive outing!


Hay is for Horses, Carrots for Dogs? May 12, 2011

A Horse is a Horse of course.  But a dog who eats like a horse… that’s my dog!

I realized Tatum’s love of carrots when I first began testing recipes for the Red Rocks Scone Bone.  While cutting carrots down in size for food processing, pieces would often fall off the counter and onto the kitchen floor.  By Tatum’s reaction, you would have thought a sirloin steak landed in front of her… she’d gobble these carrot pieces up in record time, getting back in her “ready position” for the next falling orange gem to land.  

This little scenario became routine for us, whether we were baking treats or cutting up fruits and vegetables for human consumption.  After the discovery of carrots, Tatum was thrilled to find the same satisfaction in apples, zucchini, cucumbers and bananas.  The apples are a big hit on the trails.  They’re easy to pack, and a great thirst quencher too!

Research shows that a dog is classified as a carnivore, but is an omnivore in practice.  Therefore, vegetables are safe for dogs to eat (in moderation).  Many dog foods on the market include carrots as one of their ingredients, using this particular vegetable as a filler and vitamin supplement.  Trail Dog Treats are no different, as carrots and apples are a staple ingredient in our kitchen.  Other than the obvious benefit; a delicious crunchy snack that your dog will love, carrots can be good for plaque removal on your dog’s teeth. 

So, go ahead and feed your dog like a horse, with nutritious fruit & vegetable snacks… raw or cooked!


Flowers Blooming ~ Treats Baking April 15, 2011

Spring is in full bloom and the Trail Dog Treats kitchen is alive and bustling! 


With a total of 8 doggie events and 4 human race events on the calendar, Tatum and I are busy planning, prepping and training.  From passing out free samples at the Barkin’ Dog Duathlon @ Cherry Creek Reservoir, to running the Canine Classic in Boulder, we’ll be enjoying active weekends filled with fun!  We’re excited to be a 2nd year sponsor at the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5k event and run the race with our fellow Labrador friends, and looking forward to a day with Mountain Dog Sports to take part in the NADAC agility trials.

    These type of events offer the perfect combination of dogs and their people socializing and exercising.  Not to mention a contribution to some wonderful animal welfare causes!  So throw on your running shoes and check out dog walking and running races in your area,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Our Spring activities are a great way to gear up for the main event this summer…   the HUNI Farmer’s Market!  If you live in Denver or plan to visit our beautiful city, please come visit us in the Lower Highlands neighborhood (LoHi; as the locals would say) every Saturday, June – October for fresh baked treats!


Wellness Prevention for Dogs March 21, 2011

Everyday stress doesn’t just take a toll on humans, but the daily exposure to pollution &, toxins, consumption of food additives/preservatives, over-medication and general strains associated with modern living affect your dog too.

As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”! By being proactive when caring for your dogs’ health, you can easily prevent future health issues. Why cover up problems with medications when you can take charge and give your dog what he/she needs to stay healthy? …nutritious diet, vitamins, vaccinations, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep.


All of these things are crucial when it comes to a healthy and well-balanced life for Fido, but the most important factor in my mind is feeding your dog high quality food and treats. Good nutrition is vital to your pups health and well being and Trail Dog Treats takes pride in offering an all natural, wheat-free snack to ensure optimum health.

Some of the benefits of prevention vs. cure with medications include:

  • A decrease in developing certain diseases/illnesses or health conditions
  • Improvement of overall health and vitality
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Speedier healing after injury or illness
  • Extended lifespan and improvement in the quality of each year
  • Prevention/decreased likelihood of certain behavioral/emotional disorders or problems

Tip for Fido: Eat Good Treats!


Proud Sponsor February 21, 2011

Filed under: Animal Rescue,Dogs,Events,Fundraiser,Labrador,Sponsorship — Trail Dog Treats @ 3:28 pm

Trail Dog Treats is proud to support many local non-profit animal organizations through event sponsorship and treat donation.  In 2010, Trail Dog Treats partnered up to help raise money and awareness for the following charities:


Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

Mountain Dog Sports

Colorado Service Dogs

Lakewood City Rabies & Licensing Clinic

Denver Dumb Friends League

Canine Partners of the Rockies

Boulder Humane Society

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

We are excited to contiunue supporting these non-profits throughout 2011, and hope to add more to our list as we continue to grow our business.  Please take the time to learn more about each of these wonderful organizations by clicking on the links provided.  Any help is always appreciated…  it’s all about giving back and paying it forward!