Pups on Adventure, although created for Huck and Sawyer, truly began years ago with our original Adventure Pup, Gryffin. Gryffin was a border collie / lab mix, and we ironically dubbed him “Adventure Pup,” because he was a bit of a chicken. Mom & Dad absolutely love the outdoors, and it was natural for us to bring Gryffin along on our adventures. He was a good little hiker, as long as there were no other dogs or people on the trail, and the kayak was fine, as long as it wasn’t too windy and there weren’t that many waves.
As the years went by, Gryffin became more acclimated to the frequent mountain trips and river floats, and turned into the best adventure buddy anyone could ask for. He had his favorite “spot” on the kayak, and would let his tail dip in the water as dad paddled them around. On trails, he was quick to spot the best route up and waited patiently as his mom climbed after him. In March of 2017, Gryffin passed peacefully after a lifetime of adventures. He was one of those dogs that you know was “once in a lifetime,” and he is missed by his Adventure Family every single day.
We created Pups on Adventure to chronicle our travels, and hopefully, as a helpful site for families similar to ours – those looking for getaways that include their four-legged kids. Most of our trips are either dayhikes, weekend backpacking, or kayaking trips. Posts will detail our pre-trip planning, trip details, painfully honest gear reviews, and post-trip lessons learned (aka mistakes made). On weekends we aren’t traveling, we sometimes take the pups to breweries and parks, so we also plan to review pup-friendly places in the city of Charlotte, NC.
If you have questions about any of our trips and want more information, please contact us through our site. We love other pup families and would love to keep in touch!