Dog-Friendly Hiking Destinations


Hiking Accident Prevention: National Park Visitors Get Too Close To Wildlife


S T O R I E S  P A S T  A N D  P R E S E N T 

Tourists Don’t Understand When Wild Bison Feel Threatened

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers And Backpackers

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Health Food for Dogs and Cats

As an animal-lover, I’m always on the lookout for high-end food to keep our companion animals in the best of health.

Primal Freeze-Dried Nuggets are rectangular-shaped, raw food that can be fed dry, or moist.

The nuggets fit in the palm of your hand, and break up very easily into feeding bowls.

The nuggets contain fresh ground meat, collard greens, squash, sunflower seeds, quinoa, kelp, celery and lots of other healthy ingredients, most of which are organic.

The nuggets are made by  They’re sold in sturdy, zip-lock bags.  You can buy them in most pet food shops, and online sellers like

Bone Appetit!

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Cafe Chihuahua

Thanks to his owner, this little dog made one too many trips to Cafe Chihuahua, an imaginary name for humans who overfeed their dogs.

Overweight dogs are not healthy animals, and neither are people who overeat.   Feeding your dog too much food may result in  serious, and life-threatening health problems.  Neither you or your dog enjoy veterinary visits.  Take better care of your furry friend by feeding him properly.

The life expectancy of this breed is 15 or more years.  Healthy Chihuahuas weigh between 4 to 6 pounds.  When overfed, they balloon up to as much as 13 pounds.

Obesity causes problems to humans and animals alike.  An overweight Chihuahua may develop arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and shortened lifespan.

Read more about the rise in animal obesity at these posts, Obesity Up In Cats, Dogs and Horses, and Doggie Calories.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training

Disabled Dog Saves Handicapped Boy

The Story of Owen and Haatchi

This post is for animal lovers who enjoy a sweet story about the human-animal bond, and how Owen Howkins, a handicapped 9 year old boys’ life was turned, around with the help of his disabled, 3-legged canine friend, Haatchi.

Owen was born with  Schwartz-Jampel Syndrom, a rare, painful condition, that causes muscles to permanently contract, resulting in severe muscle stiffness.

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Owen and his dog Haatchi

Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd was abandoned on railroad tracks, when he was 5 months old.  He was hit by a train, and left to die.

The dog was rescued, brought to a local animal shelter, and then adopted by Owen’s parents.

Owen states “I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi , and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.”

I’ve followed this story on You Tube, and decided to post it on my blog.  If you go to You Tube and search for Owen and Haatchi, you’ll find many videos of their continuing story there.

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