Exploring And Hiking – How To Be #HealthierTogether With Your Dog


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I Love Being Outdoors With My Dogs

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My dogs and I share the same passion – enjoying the outdoors. Hiking, backpacking, swimming, and jogging are at the top of our list of fun activities. Together, we strive to stay active and fit. Nutrition for me and my dogs is a top priority.

Previously, I wrote a dog food review about Nulo – a grain-free, premium pet food brand inspired by world-class athletes. The Nulo MedalSeries is available only at PetSmart. My young, athletic black labrador retriever, Rio, has been testing out the food for the past 6 weeks. We’ve been on several hiking trails over that period and it gave me an opportunity to evaluate and monitor Rio’s energy and stamina while on Nulo.

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Hiking with both my dogs around the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC. Devil’s Courthouse summit is behind us.

We enjoyed scenic hikes in Western North Carolina off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, like the Little Sam Trail and Devils Courthouse as well as some in the Pisgah National Forest. But our most challenging was backpacking through a section of the Appalachian Trail in Ga.

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22 Mile Backpacking Adventure With Nulo

The legendary Appalachian Trail runs through a total of 14 states – from Georgia to Maine. Earlier this month, Rio and I backpacked through a section in Georgia. I was eager to see how he would perform since transitioning him to Nulo dog food. Our trip started at Hightower Gap and we hiked to Blood Mountain – the highest peak of the Ga section on the Appalachian Trail. Much of this section is classified as Moderate/Difficult.

Our trip started on a Sunday afternoon and on the following Tuesday afternoon we reached our destination. In less than 48 hours we did a whopping 22 miles. Rio also carried his own backpack with his water, including his food at times. For a strenuous trip like this, he needed to be on a high-quality dog food like Nulo – because Nulo’s formulas provide an industry-leading, animal-based protein level that nourishes growth as well as repairs muscle and tissue.

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Here I am with Rio – starting our hike to Blood Mountain

Throughout the hike, Rio’s energy level and stamina were great. He never tired nor did he slow down (except to eat).

Final Thoughts And Things To Consider Before Making The Switch To Nulo

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I like supporting companies and buying goods from the U.S. Nulo is based out of Austin Texas and make their high-quality food in South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Additionally, pet obesity is on the rise. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight. Nulo’s formulas have fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts. Their low-glycemic carb formula will help keep your pet lean. Check out their chart and see for yourself how they compare to the competition.  But also look at other dog food resources like Dog Food Advisor.

Transitioning your dog to a new food can be difficult for some – I know because Rio has a sensitive tummy. Nulo has a patented BC30 probiotic to help the immune system, reduce gas and improve stool quality.  Rio had no issues with making the switch.

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Our cat, Mr. T, watching Rio eat. Yes – Nulo has a premium cat food line as well.

Also, I care about all animals and our environment. Nulo works with farmers and ranchers who have an emphasis on free-range beef and free-roam chickens and turkeys. Their fish come from sustainable companies that conform to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program.

I’m happy to share that Nulo is a pet food brand that I can stand behind. I am pleased with how Rio (and my other dog) perform on Nulo. I also closely connect with the company’s philosophy and how we can live #HealthierTogether with our pets.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nulo. The opinions and text are all mine.

WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.