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Summer is officially here, and with it, the warm temperatures. Your dog still wants to play but is panting and not quite as enthusiastic halfway through your normal daily walk, run or ride and seeks shade like a magnet. The challenge for dogs is that they do not have the ability to really sweat across […]

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At Ruffwear we’re always striving to ensure our products exceed your expectations, and a great way to do that is to have them tested under extreme conditions. Amy Burkert runs the pet travel website and blog, GoPetFriendly.com, and travels full time with her husband and their two dogs. For testing travel gear, what could be […]

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Denali is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali. This short film is about friendship, loss and the beautiful fight for life. When Denali came into Moon’s life in November 1999, Moon was 24 years old and had just moved west to Portland, Oregon. His partner had convinced […]

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With three models of dog packs, a couple of questions we frequently get are, what pack should I get for my dog? And, what are the differences between your packs? The question that we ask in return to aid in the decision making process is, “what activities will you be using this pack for with […]

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5 tips from Ross Downard of Mtn Ranks and Lily on how to get back in to biking shape. It’s that time of year. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and it’s time to dust off that mountain bike and hit the trails. There is no better way to go ride […]

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A remembrance is the type of post that you hope to never have to write. Yet, as a member of the outdoor community, you know all too well, that accidents happen in the mountains. Last Saturday, May 16th, Ruffwear lost a friend and Ambassador – Dean Potter. Dean and his flying partner that day, Graham […]

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A note from Ruffwear President, Will Blount, on the greater impact that Ruffwear is able to make, through growth as a company. Most of us desire to be a part of something greater than ourselves. At Ruffwear this desire is reflected in our mission statement: “To build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures […]

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Serving as the cornerstone for our new two-year partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, the Ruff Adventure Dog Adoption Program (RAD Adoption Program) connects active people with active dogs. Ruffwear customers are adventure-loving, active folks who share the belief that dogs make the best running, paddling, hiking and camping partners. Many of the adoptable dogs […]

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For over twenty years, Ruffwear has been celebrating the relationships that we have with our dogs. For many of us, these relationships started at our local shelter or animal rescue organization. Today, we are thrilled to announce a new two-year partnership, including financial and in-kind product, as well as adoption promotions, with Best Friends Animal […]

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Ruffwear’s Founder, Patrick Kruse, and his dog Mavis hit the road today – heading east on a 2896 mile journey from Bend, OR to Florida. Below are his thoughts on the trip they are embarking on. They will be sending us photos throughout their trip that we will be posting to Facebook and Instagram. Be […]

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Spring has sprung and event season is upon us! From running races and paddling competitions, to gear demos and adventures in Central Park, we are excited to hit the road and meet you and your canine companions in your backyard. Join us at one of these events to meet the Ruffwear team, try on some […]

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This week, Ruffwear is donating 10% of all online sales at Ruffwear.com to The Conservation Alliance (4/19 – 4/26). As mentioned in an earlier blog post, Ruffwear is fortunate to be close with the staff at The Alliance. A few weeks ago, we were having a conversation with Serena, their Program Director, and we got […]

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This Wednesday, April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day – a day designated to serve as a reminder for us all to consider what we can do, big or small, to benefit the environment. Earth Day began in 1970 and has continued to mobilize millions to raise awareness to environmental opportunities every year since (read the […]

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Road trips! They really aren’t “staycations”. They are road trips – adventures carried out by hitting the open road and enjoying the journey. Trips that are dreamt up while staring at a map with a cup of coffee in hand and dog at our feet. As spring paves the way for summer, and winter storm […]

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April is a special month for multiple reasons. Not only do we all get to play fun pranks on each other on the first of the month, but spring begins to show its face, Earth Day (April 22nd) shifts our attention to conservation-minded causes and it also happens to be Animal Cruelty Prevention month. All […]

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“April showers bring May flowers,” right? But that doesn’t mean that we have to sit inside while it’s raining the whole month of April. The weather in the spring can be unpredictable and that’s why us humans typically pack a rain shell, just in case. The Sun Shower™ waterproof rain jacket allows your dog to […]

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The Appalachian Trail runs 2,180 miles, from Springer Mountain, GA to Katahdin, ME. Each year, up to 2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire length of the AT (hike the entire trail in one, continuous outing) – a trek that on average takes five to seven months. This year, one of those attempting to thru-hike […]

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History is riddled with tales of exploration. It is in our spirit to want to seek or venture into the unknown – or at least to see for our own eyes those places that captivate our imagination. For many of us, we could not imagine exploring new territory without having our dogs by our side. […]

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One of the strongest driving forces for the Ruffwear product development team is the desire to create smart products that solve real customer problems. That is in fact, how Ruffwear’s first product, and the entire brand, was born – solving a problem – or in this case, a request from a friend. It all started […]

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It is said that many hands make for lighter work. It is through partnerships with like-minded organizations that companies can truly have an impact for the greater good. Ruffwear is extremely excited and proud to give you a sneak peek at a new partnership we have formed with an organization that is leading the way […]

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Simple, rugged and versatile are just a few words that can be used to describe the Just-A-Cinch™ leash. Now available in four new colors, the Just-A-Cinch is a climbing-inspired leash/collar combo made of strong and supple 11-millimeter kernmantle rope. What makes this leash unique is that it is a leash and collar in one. The […]

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We know that a large portion of the Eastern US is still in a bit of a freeze, but Spring is knocking at our door. We promise! This Sunday, most of us will adjust our clocks forward one hour in observance of daylight savings. This small act marks a significant shift in seasons, welcoming warmer […]

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ver·sa·tile – able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities* Versatile is a perfect word to describe the Knot-A-Long™. The Knot-A-Long is a thirty-inch climbing inspired leash that incorporates a comfortable tubular webbing handle, accessory loop for attaching pick-up bags and a locking carabiner for secure leash attachment. A few customers […]

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If you could pick one place to be on Valentine’s Day, why not pick America’s largest gathering of dogs? This Saturday, join Ruffwear as well as dog breeds from Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and every breed in between at the 2015 AMC Meet The Breeds. Held at Pier 92 in New York City, Meet The Breeds […]

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You are going on a road trip! Dates and destination are locked and you are committed. Once the planning is done (if you’re the type who plans their road trips) and the departure date is approaching, what’s the next step? Get packing! We all have our favorite duffels and organization systems for packing gear. For […]

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Road Trip – just the mention of those words bring to mind a plethora of great past experiences, as well as excitement for future road trips. What I love most about road trips is that they are more about the journey and less about the destination. Sure, road trips typically have a goal, but it […]

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The year of the road trip continues! Yesterday, we highlighted our new Dirtbag™ Seat Cover. Today, we introduce the all-new Load Up™ Vehicle Restraint Harness. The Ruffwear Load Up Harness is a vehicle restraint harness designed to safely transport dogs to and from adventures. Ruffwear’s Load Up Harness combines strength-rated hardware with high-quality webbing and […]

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Why did Ruffwear design and build the Load Up Harness? Over the course of 14 months, Ruffwear’s Product Development team designed, built and tested the Load Up Harness. We set out to design this product in response to requests from our customers for a Ruffwear-designed vehicle restraint harness, constructed from quality materials and ergonomically designed […]

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The year of the road trip! A theme you will see across most of our new products in our new Spring 2015 line up – available this Friday, January 30th. While some are fortunate to have trails right out their back door, many of us simply cannot get around having to load up the car […]

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Ruffwear is set to launch our Spring/Summer 2015 line of products. This season’s product line up brings an expansion into a new category with three brand new products, a handful of redesigned products and the reintroduction of one product previously in our offering. Today we give you a teaser sneak peek at some of these […]

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Celebrating Office Dogs is a blog series where we pay tribute to the companies that embrace the canine culture and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. At Ruffwear, we know there are many benefits to having our canine sidekicks by our side but we wanted to explore the benefits that other companies […]

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This is the time of year where we start to hear ads on the radio for gym memberships claiming “new year, new you!” We would like to propose that you already have access to the best gym ever, it is free, and it is right outside your door. You can even upgrade your membership to […]

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The week I decided to adopt my first dog as an independent adult, a good friend dropped off a couple of his hand-me-down pieces of dog gear. I knew that this gear was very sentimental. It came from his recently passed dog, Dylan. Dylan spent a glorious thirteen years on this earth. He was a […]

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From our pack to yours – if you have an outdoor adventure dog in your family, here are some great gift ideas. Click the image below to see what some of our personal favorites are and why we think they’re so awesome.

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Need a little help coming up with the perfect gift for the outdoor adventure dog in the family? Here are a few of our favorites that are great for the runner, hiker, backpacker or all around adventurer who always has their canine companion leading the way. _______________________________________________________________ Kibble Kaddie™ Food Carrier The perfect gift for […]

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With five different dog coats to choose from, we wanted to make it easy for you to decide what coat is right for your dog, and the weather conditions you will be in. Just like the coats in our closet, Ruffwear makes different dog coats for various weather conditions and activities. Here’s a quick breakdown […]

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How do you find out if your toys are durable? Put them in the toughest dog’s mouths. Recently, we put two of our natural rubber dog toys to the test with our ‘Toy Destroyer Challenge.’ We reached out to our fans to find the toughest toy destroying dogs out there, and leaned on our partners […]

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When you open your closet, do you have a different jacket for every activity or weather condition? While it is nice to have specific coats for various activities or conditions, it is also nice to have that one “go-to” jacket for everyday use – the one piece of gear that gets used more than any […]

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While out on the trail, dogs have an incredible ability to keep pushing on, no matter what. Then, when you get home, they grab their favorite toy and drop it at your feet, as if to say, “is that all you got?” But once back inside, dogs also have an incredible ability to sleep… a […]

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It’s time for our week two update from our Toy Destroyer Challengers! Our challengers have used their Ruffwear Huckama™ or Turnup™ for fetch, reward, chew toys and training tools. They have stuffed them with treats and peanut butter and let their dogs have at them. Here are their updates:   Ryker: We’ve definitely had a […]

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Have you noticed the daylight hours getting shorter and shorter? Over the next thirty days, we will lose an average of 1.7 minutes of daylight per day – pushing sunset before 7 pm. By the end of October, the sun will fall below the skyline just before 6 pm. The early sunset can make our […]

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We just received a note from Kimberly Donoghue and her Irish Wolfhound mix, Oliver. Together, they have been thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail all summer. Kimberly took a moment while in Caratunk, ME to send us an update and her favorite memory so far. We hope you enjoy! AT 2014: Animal friends Chirping, whistling, and singing … […]

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  For each of us, the relationships we have with our dogs are unique – shaped by the adventures we share. They are our trail mates. Our biking buddies. Our constant companions. How would you sum up the meaning of your canine companion in a word or phrase? What does you dog mean to you? […]

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