Ruffwear Front Range Harness-Finn’s Review

According to Finn,
“I was just minding my own business one day barking incessantly for a treat when a package arrived. Inside was a contraption similar to that thing I used to pull them around with when I was younger. A strange thing happened though they put the leash on a different loop and it made pulling them around harder. I think its pretty comfortable and doesn’t hurt like another one they tried on me. I still pull them around (haha) when I feel like it. I’m very strong. I like it when they put it on. It distracts me from wrestling and biting my sister. I know that a good time is coming and I can go for a walk.”

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is a well made adjustable and comfortable harness for dogs. Finn was correct about comfort since he can pull like a little bull. All the pieces of the harness are padded to prevent chafing. The strangest phenomena occurs when we put his harness on. He gets quiet and waits to go walking. For an over exuberant Yellow Lab it is short of a miracle. The only time he is quiet is when sleeping.

Key Features according to Ruffwear (with our comments inserted)

  • Comfortable, everyday harness that is easy to fit and put on (It is easy after adjustments- just two fastex buckles to fasten on a wiggly puppy)
  • Customizable fit with four points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
    (This really helps get the harness fit exactly right)
  • Padded chest and belly panel for good load dispersion and comfortable, extended wear
    (This adds to the all day comfort level for Finn -if it wasn’t he would have chewed it apart)
  • Two-leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the dog’s back (Finn calls this the easy pull), and reinforced webbing on the dog’s chest (This helps correct a pulling puppy sometimes- in Finn’s case he is getting better with age)
  • ID pocket stores dog tags (nice feature)
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim (always good for dusk and night walks)To sum it up. the Ruffwear Front Range Harness like most Ruffwear products is tough durable and designed for the comfort of dogs. Finn gives it four paws up!
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Meet Finn Our Newest Member of the Pack


Finn was born on February15th just a day shy of Valentines Day. After losing Rio, We had to step back and  decide what to do about the huge space that he had filled in all of our lives, especially Lily’s. Lily was quiet and pensive. Walks were just routine. She slept most of the day and seemed sullen. Janet and I talked about rescuing another dog but finding a good mix for her was challenging at best. Then we found a breeder that lived close by. Janet went to check out the litter just as their eyes were beginning to open. Of course, I got dragged over to take a look. You can look but somehow not leave without wanting to put a deposit down. They were cute but devoid of any personality. We returned weeks later to pick one of them to bring home. Our choice was between two remaining boys, one rather large and one smaller. We chose the smaller boy thinking he would be a better match for Lily and might fit in the already crowded Airstream Argosy. a couple of weeks later we brought him home. Lily was somewhat offended at first trying to stay away from him. This went on for a few weeks. Then exactly on Rio’s May 6th birthday she began to play with Finn. I guess she decided to make the best of it or that Rio’s spirit guided her.
Now they are inseparable. We have gone through the usual bites, scratches, and little sleep that owning a puppy affords. The adventure with labs continues!


Greetings from the Sierras

Shake the winter blues and get outside! Snowshoeing is the fastest growing sport in the country for a variety of reasons.

Snowshoeing requires no particular skill. If you can hike, you can snowshoe.
Generally snowshoeing doesn’t require an admission fee.
You can take the dog and even the entire family from young to old.
Pack a lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate and you are set.
Good sturdy hiking boots and a gaiter are recommended footwear.
Outerwear to keep you warm and dry is also a good idea. Don’t forget the Musher’s Secret for the dog’s paws.

On a recent holiday I ventured away from the crowds at the local ski areas and explored the trails along highway 20. The snow was fresh and deep from the last storm coating the trees and creating a winter wonderland. All this was less than 30 minutes travel from Nevada City. At Omega Overlook I headed north out of the parking lot on a trail that paralleled the highway. I followed the trail and took the first left which looped around and headed back to the starting point. The view from the trail was spectacular. The trail can provide both silence and solitude as it winds deeper into the forest.
Snow Dragon near Omega Rest Stop
Further down the highway Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop 18 miles east of Nevada City. For a wide open space try the area near Bowman Road. The Castle Peak area provides access to the backcountry via the Pacific Crest Trail. A Sno-Park pass is required to park for these trails.
Mountain Recreation has a full line of Atlas and MSR snowshoes, poles, and gaiters available. Rentals are $15 day and includes poles as well.
Guided tours are available from one of our professional guides. Call us at 530-477-8006.
On the snowshoe trail

Pick it Up! Just because its a dog park…

Pick up after your dog!

Pick up after your dog!

Just because its a dog park, doesn’t mean you don’t have to pick up after your dog. There I was this morning dodging dog turds and becoming really aggravated. By the way, What do you think the biodegradible bags are for? I pick up after my dogs every time! -and sometimes yours when its just too disgusting to leave on the trail.