Have you ever considered how far you walk with your dog? If you walk just 15 minutes a day you will have walked far enough in your dog’s lifetime to cross the United States. With all that walking ahead of you, aren’t you ready for a new place to take a hike with your dog? Doug Gelbert, author of 19 books on hiking with your dog, has brought his pack to the central New York to sniff out the area’s best tail-friendly parks and trails for the new book, DOGGIN’ THE FINGER LAKES: THE 50 BEST PLACES TO HIKE WITH YOUR DOG. The Finger Lakes can be a great place to hike with your dog. Within a short drive you can be scaling mountains that leave your dog panting, exploring impossibly scenic gorges that will set tails to wagging or trotting along glacial lakes for hours. DOGGIN’ THE FINGER LAKES explores the region’s top trails with your best friend in mind…Where can your dog hike to the base of the second highest waterfall east of the Rockies? (page 55) Where can your dog hike past a replica home of the only U.S. President to serve without a Vice-President? (page 21) Where can you hike through one of the rarest habitats in the country and the only such place in New York? (page 103) No Dogs!Is there any more dispiriting day for a dog owner than driving to a new park and encountering the dreaded “NO DOGS” sign? DOGGIN’ THE FINGER LAKES tells you the parks that don’t welcome dogs. Also packed inside these 128 pages are……dog-friendly campgrounds …tips on outfitting your dog for a hike …tips on practicing low impact hiking with your dog …and much moreWhat makes a great place to take your dog hiking? Well, how about a paw-friendly surface to trot on? Grass and sandy dirt are a lot more appealing than asphalt and rocks. A variety of hikes is always good – long ones for athletic dogs and short ones for the less adventurous canine. Dogs always enjoy a refreshing place to swim as well. For dog-friendly parks our guides describe the trail options for your dog, evaluate park traffic from other users, tell you whether you will need a guide dog to find your way around and, of course, tell you how to get to the park.While walking the dog, Gelbert also brings along generous helpings of local history, botany, geology, architecture and more. So what are you waiting for? Your dog will want to visit a glacial kettle (page 19), hike through the darkest place in Cayuga County (page 77), explore a Seneca bark longhouse (page 31), hike to Todd Ewer s favorite place (page 59)… DOGGIN’ THE FINGER LAKES: THE 50 BEST PLACES TO HIKE WITH YOUR DOG is whimsically illustrated with 18 original drawings by Andrew Chesworth.
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