Pets

Slepian, Maggie
It was a clear December afternoon when Linda took Daisy for a walk on a familiar trail. Daisy was sniffing around—off trail but within sight—when she leapt into the air, yelping, thrashing, and biting her front leg. Read more >>
Watts, Jennifer
I stared into my dog’s big, brown eyes. “I’m so sorry,” I said, fighting back tears. And then I threw her off a cliff. Read more >>
England, Mike
If only I’d had the Ruffwear Beacon years ago, when my old dog Bear went deaf—it would’ve saved me countless hours trying to locate his jet-black body when he’d wander off at night. Read more >>
England, Mike
Every Montana dog owner gets a little anxious during hunting season, and for good reason—there are definitely a few dumbasses roaming the woods, loaded guns in hand. Read more >>
Bilverstone, Bill
Aarrrooooo… Aarrrooooo… Read more >>
Harris, Emily
With my two dogs—Mr. Magoo, an American bulldog, and Molly, a mastiff/Catahoula mix—in the back of my hatchback, I pulled into the Dudley Creek trailhead in Gallatin Canyon. Not quite a mile down the trail, Molly wandered off in the underbrush and I had Mr. Read more >>
House, David H.
“Dad, there’s a rock at the bottom of the ‘V,’” said Jesse, age seven. She knew that we would follow the deeper, glassier water into the steeper gradient. She made sure that we avoided the boulder as well as a likely corresponding hydraulic. Read more >>
Illustration by Maggie Slepian
Slepian, Maggie
Most of our outdoor adventures are enhanced with a canine companion, and options for dog-friendly recreation seem limitless. A well-intentioned owner can take a dog for a run around Peets Hill, a hike up Triple Tree, or a swim at the Bozeman Pond. Read more >>
O'Neal, Meghan
You’re on a hike with your canine buddy and you bust out an energy bar. Buster stares at your snack, eyes begging for a bite. But it’s people food, and you down it despite the desperate gaze of your hungry pup. Read more >>
Cunningham, Terry
Bear was having a good day. He was finishing a late-afternoon jaunt along the Nordic ski trails in Hyalite Canyon on Friday, March 22 with Mandy Woodmansee and her boyfriend Grant Ellison. Read more >>
Coble, Melynda
If you've ever had to pull porcupine quills out of a dog's face or wondered why your pal won't stop panting and laying in the shade during a trail run, then you need local veterinarian Sid Gustafson's new book First Aid for the Active Dog (Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, $18). Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
The Wild West Winterfest at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds returns to Bozeman with Western-style fun for the whole family—including Fido. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
Now that winter is here, high-energy activities for your dog don’t have to end. Consider taking up skijoring, where two of Bozeman’s favorite things—skiing and dogs—are combined for a team-oriented adventure. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
When picking out a pet to join your family, consider the smaller animal shelters around Montana. “Most of the small-town shelters in Montana have wonderful dogs—they’d be so happy to get a real home,” says Pam McCutcheon, owner of Small Dog Realty. Read more >>
Beaudoin, Kate
He was a three-month-old puppy from the animal shelter, and I named him Reginald. Reggie—a tiny, furry orange mutt—became my best friend. We snuggled, we played, we had adventures together. But one chilly October Sunday, Reggie got sick. Read more >>
Sprede, Mick
Snobs. You know the type. The people who immediately bring up the fact that their Frisbee-loving buddy “Prince” is a purebred golden retriever, complete with show-winning parents. “I don’t care how many blue ribbons Prince’s mum won at Westminster,” I like to joke. “She’s still a bitch!” Read more >>
Sundborg, Caitlin
And they call it puppy love… On May 19, team up with Bozeman Canine Classic for the K9 9K, a dog party, mixed-species footrace, and alliterative palindrome all in one. Read more >>
Jakob, Thomas
Nutrition is rapidly gaining popular interest, and food companies are under pressure to increase the quality of their ingredients. Read more >>
England, Mike
Zuke’s—Durango, CO Jerky Naturals $20 (6 bags) zukes.com 866-985-3364 Read more >>
Mike England
Per capita, can anywhere in the country lay claim to more outdoor dogs than Bozeman? Our mountain mutts go everywhere with us: hiking, camping, hunting, biking, even skiing and climbing. Read more >>
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