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    In Between the Lines

    Passion is a tricky thing.  It gives you fire, motivation, and a burning desire to contribute. On the flip side, it can make you feel vulnerable and afraid to share your light with the world.  It’s safer to keep your passion to yourself where it’s comfortable rather than live it out loud.  Truly living in your passion can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done and simultaneously one of the most terrifying things you’ve ever done.  Luckily, our dogs give us a great model for moving forward in this fragile but incredibly rewarding space. 
    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for.  Your new dog is coming home! Whether they are a puppy or an older dog you adopted from the shelter, there are several things you can do to make sure they feel welcome and at home in their new environment. 

    Do you think dogs get disappointed? I don’t mean little disappointments, like when you pick up the leash without taking them on a walk, but big disappointments when things don’t go their way.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog pout for hours or days when reality doesn’t match their expectations.

    Dogs seem to go with the flow so well.  Always looking for the next opportunity, the next chance to enjoy themselves, or just the next moment itself, whatever it brings. They do it so naturally, so easily.

    There’s nothing better than exploring a new wild area with your pup, and national parks are some of our country’s most treasured wild places. But not all of these national parks are dog friendly, and there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and realizing you have to leave your best friend in the car.  


    That’s why we’ve created a list of the most dog-friendly national parks so you never have to roam alone! 

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    It’s a new year! I think we can all agree that 2020 was… well, it was hard. Although hopefully you can look back on 2020 and find things you were grateful for, it was a challenging year for so many people.    As we all move into a new year with new possibilities, it’s a great time to set your intentions for the year, your life, and your relationships (canine included!).
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    Your cell phone is dinging with Facebook notifications, the e-mail in your inbox keeps piling up and that laundry you need to do is just sitting in the corner, silently judging you. There are a million and one things competing for your time and attention, and they’re all screaming that they are the most important. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.

     

    Then your dog comes in with a tennis ball and puts his head in your lap....

    We’re all spending a little more time at home these days. So if you’re looking for some inspiration until you can get out there again, these adventurous dogs on Instagram have got you covered.  Spend a few minutes scrolling through these accounts to get inspired for your next adventure with your own pup!
    You, your dog, and nature.  What could be better?  Hitting the trail solo with your dog could be one of the best things you do for yourself, your dog, and the bond between you.  It offers the opportunity to unplug, unwind, and get outside your comfort zone. It may seem a little daunting at first, hitting the trail alone with just you, your pack, and your dog.  But, as with most things, a little preparedness goes a long way.  Trust us, the benefits are well worth it.

    Getting a new puppy so is so exciting!  Everything is new to them, and it’s fun to watch them explore the world.  Their first encounter with stairs, learning how to carry a stick twice their size, protecting you from their reflection in the mirror and so much more.  And there is a lot you have to teach your puppy. He needs to know where to go to the bathroom, how to chew bones and not the new shoes you just bought, and how to sleep on his own.  


    You got a puppy in part to have an awesome adventure buddy.  But have you given much thought to what you’ll need to teach your puppy to become the ultimate adventure dog?  Some people simply head out on the trail with their new puppy and hope for the best. But you weren’t born knowing how to hike, camp and climb, and neither was your puppy. 

    Here are our top training tips to set you and your dog up for many miles of successful camping trips and mountain trails.

    Here at ZUMI. we often talk about what we can learn from our dogs. Whether we’re talking about being a more compassionate or empathetic person or maybe finding more presence in our day to day life… 


    Dogs just have this shit figured out.


    So if you’re here and you possibly agree with our “woo-woo” (or are even just open minded to it), we’ve got some great news for you...


    It’s a process. Not an achievement.

    Today is a special day at the ZUMI office because we’re celebrating Esha’s 10th birthday!

    She’s the last of the office dog birthdays for 2019, so we sorta make a thing of it, even though everyday is a party in Esha’s world.

    Also, we do try to keep this level of crazy-dog-people-ness limited to one day a year... you know, for our street cred.

    A few months ago we told you all about our Perfectly Imperfect Program.


    Today we wanted to highlight one of the amazing organizations that we’re proud to call part of our PIP pack.


    Midwest Working Dog Rescue