Atlas’ gear list

Food

TurboPup– Meal Bars. I feed Atlas a couple of blocks every time we stop for a rest break.

Tuckers Carnibar- Dehydrated Meat Meals. I feed Atlas 1 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. These have just been discontinued, so i’m looking for a new option.

Water/Food Bowl– This has to be the lightest weight dog bowl on the market. It folds up into nothing and fits in my pack’s hipbelt for quick access to get Atlas hydrated without needing to take my pack off.

Hiking Gear

Grip Trex Dog Boots– I use these if Atlas has any paw injuries or if the trail is really hot or has sharp rocks. He wears a different size for his front paws vs his back.

Boot Liners- I use these under his boots. I’ve tried the boots without these liners but he gets friction sores on his feet. They work well but fall down over time and so I adjust them each time we stop.

Cooling Jacket– This really helps him out in the heat. It has cooling technology and drops his body temp pretty substantially. It does dry out fairly quickly when it’s really hot. I won’t hike in the desert without this.

Palisades Pack – I’ve tried everything to make this pack work but it’s just not a good option for Atlas. He gets sores under his arms when he uses it. I’ve tried tweaking the fit, adding the cooling liner, using anti-chaffing cream under his arms and keeping him and the pack out of water. I’m on the hunt for a new pack and until then, i get to carry his stuff.

Sleep

Sleeping Pad– We use this a lot! I use it for my sit pad for breaks during the day and Atlas sleeps on it at night.

Synthetic Jacket– I tried the doggy sleeping bag that Ruffwear makes but Atlas hates being zipped into it. This jacket works really well instead unless it’s really cold. Below about 40 degrees it’s not quite warm enough.

First Aid

Fido Pro Airlift– This is a great little rescue device that i carry in case Atlas were to get injured to the point he can’t walk. I could use it to carry him to a point we could get rescued.

Skin Irritations- Chlorhexidine solution with gauze. If he gets a skin cut I use this as a disinfectant so it doesn’t get infected.

Skin Antibiotics- Cefpodoxime Proxetil tabs

Diarrhea Antibiotics- Metronidazole tabs

Anti-inflammatory- Rimadyl tabs

Eye Drops- Tobramycin solution

One thought on “Atlas’ gear list”

  1. Hi Kate (and Atlas!),

    Just came across your site and, wow, Atlas has been on quite some awesome adventures! Kate, I can tell you are a wonderful, loving, caring mom (sister?) to Atlas. He is lucky to have you and to be able to explore such beautiful places in nature.

    (I’m glad I found this page–you seem to have thought through many details for all the potential different situations Atlas may find himself in and all the foods, supplies, tools, equipment, etc. needed to keep him safe).

    I do have a couple concerns/questions. (I am not an experienced backpacker but am a huge dog lover and hope Atlas is always safe and healthy while having the experiences of a lifetime backpacking–and that these backpacking outings do as little wear and tear on Atlas as possible so he can continue backpacking long into the future).

    -What happens if you guys encounter a mountain lion or grizzly bear or some other large predator? How will you keep Atlas safe?

    -For dogs like Atlas, what is the safe/healthy backpacking mileage per day and over multiple consecutive days? Due to physical differences, the number of steps to walk, for instance, 1 mile for an adult human (e.g. Kate) is different and much lower than for an adult black lab (e.g. Atlas). Is the distance you and Atlas are backpacking on various terrain sustainable and healthy for Atlas? (How much of a toll/wear and tear will it be on Atlas? And how much of it is recoverable?)

    -I see, Kate, you wear sunglasses in many of the pictures. So my guess is that in good weather, many places you backpack through are very bright/sunny. I understand that dogs rely less on eyesight than smell. However, dogs may also get cataracts or other damage to their eyes from being exposed to too-bright settings for long periods of time… Is there possibly a way to protect Atlas’s eyes from long hours of exposure to very bright, sunny conditions? (Of course, any changes to protect Atlas’s eyes must be comfortable, adaptable, and safe for Atlas… as there are enough obstacles/potential dangers for Atlas to navigate on the trail that any protection must not hinder his ability to use his eyes efficiently to help him navigate his surroundings…)

    -I see some photos of Atlas traversing over big rocks–the kind that overlap one another in irregular ways and there are gaps, cracks, and holes between where rocks overlap. Since dog’s hands and feet (paws) are much smaller than our feet, there are many more holes/cracks between the rocks that Atlas’s paws may fit/fall through than yours or mine. How does Atlas safely navigate such terrain/how does he walk on these big rocks without trapping his paws in some holes/gaps?

    **Lastly, my family’s golden retriever had arthritis that got pretty severe and debilitating. Much of it is genetic (she didn’t hike/backpack). I don’t know if arthritis is common to labradors. But what we found to be *extremely* helpful was to buy beef tendons (raw) (usually from Asian grocery stores), and make a beef tendon stew. Basically, put the raw beef tendons in water and bring to boil, then slowly cook on low for hours until the tendons are soft enough to be poked through gently. The tendons *and the soup* are Absolutely Fantastic in helping keep joints healthy. (This natural way was magnitudes more effective than the Cosequin supplements that our vets recommended). So, if it is at all possible for Atlas to eat this tendon and stew regularly when you and he are at home/not on the trail, it would be very helpful to keeping his joints strong. And, of course, the tendon + stew is perfectly yummy and safe for humans to eat (and good for our joints) too!

    Thanks for taking the time to read my very long comment! I’m so happy I found your site and will be following your and Atlas’s adventures. Atlas is so fortunate to have you and go on these adventures. Just some questions that I wondered about, because I’m absolutely adore dogs and hope Atlas stays safe and healthy always. Take care!

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