Retractable lead at full-length lock tangled around sand-encrusted paws and ancient Timberland boots. Breathing salt air and feeling exhausted from hiking miles. It’s a holiday weekend here in Scotland!

Because it’s a holiday weekend I thought I’d take you on a little holiday – wild camping with us on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides, Scotland.


Do you go hiking, backpacking, camping with your dog? What kit do you most appreciate? For me it’s:

1. Corkscrew stakeout with swivel bolt and shock-absorber cord. This is one of my favorite bits of kit ever. While it’s great for using when you’re hiking during rest times, it’s a little heavy to lug about on short trips {heavy is good in this case}.

It comes into its own while camping because you can secure your dog and keep them safe – AND by screwing it into the ground just outside your tent and running the cord through a tiny gap at the bottom of the zipper your dog can be inside and comfortable but secured and protected.

2. Traveling water bowl. I use a fold-up oilskin one.

3. Dog Backpack. Even if it’s just for your dog to carry their own water supply. We have a fancy-pants Wenaka one that’s stood the test of time as well as being stored in damp places! I like, the book  “Backpacking with your Dog” by Mal pal, Charlene LaBelle.

4. Weight pull harness. It’s just really fun with a sled dog, or any dog who likes to pull and heave, to give them the chance to do something they really love. Even if, as in our wild camping trip, your dog is getting old but is happy pulling a child’s sled full of litter off an idyllic beach.

5. I almost forgot the most important piece of equipment to me because it is so obvious! A retractable leash. {You need to learn the drive these things properly BTW.} I’ve used a “Flexi Professional” for walking Bubba for about 12 years! And I mean ONE in all that time, with a Malamute! I really should write to the makers of this retractable leash because it has been unbelievably reliable and safe throughtout – only after 12 years of hard-core usage every single day did its spring eventually go bung.

The weird thing is that when I bought this leash over a decade ago, there was a statement on the packaging saying it was NOT to be used for walking your dog. It was a dog training tool. I guess to practice ‘down-stays’ etc safely.

But I felt it was the best design for our needs. Retractable leashes get a bad rap but now I’m experienced retractable leash driver I wouldn’t use anything else.

Happy tails, i mean trails!

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9 thoughts on “Holiday Weekend

  1. Hi! Came over from the Blogpaws group…What a wonderful adventure you had…This is such a gorgeous peaceful looking area…I’d love to visit there…BTW, I saw that you followed my blog which is super, but you followed my old blog before I got self-hosted…I don’t post there anymore…Please follow my active blog http://www.terriertorrent.com Thanks!!

  2. Ha, ha…”wild” camping….I don’t think I have ever heard it called that…but I like it 🙂

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and here we usually call it “front country”/”car camping” – meaning It’s somewhere you can drive your car to or is a developed campground with designated spots for camping and amenities such as a restroom – or “back country” camping/”backpacking” – meaning you had to carry all of your camping stuff some distance in a backpack into the woods (or beach or field) to a place that you merely pitch and tent. It usually has no amenities except maybe an outhouse.

    I camp with my tiny (compared to yours anyway) dogs often but my list is similar to yours. If I had to carry stuff in though I do not bring a corkscrew tie out (gotta keep that pack light). Instead take a long lead and clip it around a tree trunk or something to keep the dogs from wandering off. I never leave them unattended and they are so small that I don’t worry about them pulling so hard that it would damage the tree bark. With bigger dogs, if you have nothing to tie them to, that can present a problem. With my little guys I can tie them to my 30 lb backpack and they are going nowhere fast 🙂

    Great pictures!

    • ‘Back country camping’ – love that, yes, that’s the same as what’s called ‘wild camping’ in the UK.

      It’s camping somewhere with no amenities / no campsite / no toilet{!}.

      Interestingly in Scotland everyone has the legal ‘right’ to pitch-up anywhere {although you do run the risk of a property owner asking you to leave} – but it’s not so in England.

  3. It is a beautiful place to camp. But here in Denmark, you may only camp at campsites. We have a caravan and a car when we go camping, and our Germanic shephard love to camp with us.
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