Woof Trekking Packing Checklist: Dog Basics

Woof Trekking Packing Checklist: Dog Basics

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Happy Friday, everyone! For today’s post, we wanted to give you an in-depth look at what we bring with us on our Woof Treks. We will be focusing on the first section of the packing checklist: Dog Basics. You can find the full checklist at the bottom of this post.

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FOOD

When it comes to feeding our dogs, our vet has fully convinced us to go “grain-free”. We had heard about Taste of the Wild ever since we took Izzy to puppy school six years ago, but thought it was too expensive. However, our vet has since made the case, and now we only feed our dogs the best.


Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food


Wellness Thick & Chunky Stews Natural Wet Canned Dog Food
 

CAN OPENER

A good can opener can be hard to find. We’ve tried both Martha Stewart brand and the Oxo brand openers, with plenty of early success. But after a while, the opener gets all clogged and rusty. That hasn’t happened with our Zyliss.


Zyliss Lock N’ Lift Manual Can Opener with Lid Lifter Magnet
 

FOOD BOWL

Their current food bowls look a lot like the bowl below. They are nice and sturdy, but on the road, they can get a bit bulky.


Petrageous Designs Pooch Basics Pet Bowl

Consequently, we purchased smaller, lighter bowls like the bowl below for future Woof Treks.


Loving Pets Bella Bowl Dog Bowl
 

WATER BOWL

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We bring the same water bowl that the dogs and cat use at home. As mentioned in Woof Trekking, when we are on a hike, we will just pour a small stream of water from our water bottles into our dogs’ mouths and they love it.


PetFusion Premium Brushed Stainless Steel Bowl
 

CRATE

We lug their large crates with us on every single Woof Trek. They don’t actually take up much space, since they are collapsible. Still, they’re heavy! We’ve been looking into alternatives (like this one) but haven’t actually purchased one yet.


Aspenpet Pet Porter Kennel
 

BEDDING

Izzy and Nana each have a blanket in the bottom of their crates. We tried putting in more padded bedding, but they pushed it out of the way. We believe this is because they like the cool feeling of the plastic when they get hot at night.


Pet Dog Cat Blanket Mat Bed with Paw Prints
 

PET WASTE BAGS

We recycle a lot of grocery bags to pick up pet waste, but will occasionally splurge on these. A surprising number of rest areas throughout the country supply these, but it’s best to have your own stock, just in case.


AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip

 

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Basic Blogging Checklist: Embedding Videos and Maps in Blog Posts (Mobile Friendly)

Basic Blogging Checklist: Embedding Videos and Maps in Blog Posts (Mobile Friendly)

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Last week, we discussed how we use content and images on our blog. This week, we will show you how we embed videos and maps. This is post is primarily directed to WordPress users.

Understanding iframe

“iframe” stands for inline frame. According to WhatIs.com, an iframe is “an HTML document embedded inside another HTML document on a website.” Now “why would this be helpful?” you may be asking. 

WhatIs.com has an answer for that also: “A web designer can change an IFrame’s content without requiring the user to reload the surrounding page.” For example, you can watch multiple youtube videos on the same webpage.

Obtaining the Embed Code

For YouTube Videos, go to the Share button under the video and click Embed. Copy the iframe code.

How to Embed a YouTube Video

For Google Maps, it is a bit more hidden.

Embed Google Maps Step 1 Click Menu

First click the menu, located to the left of the search bar.

 

Embed Google Maps Step 2 Click Share

Then click Share or embed map.

Embed Google Maps Step 1 Copy Embed Code

Set the zoom to your perfect setting and switch to Earth or Map view. Once the appearance is to your liking, copy the iframe code.

Making it Mobile Friendly

Making content responsive (aka mobile friendly) can be a real head scratcher. Fortunately, the folks at SmashingMagazine.com have a solution that we find works perfectly. You can read about the whys and wherefores on their site here.

Add a div class to iframe content

First, in text editor mode, you want to wrap your iframe content in <div> with the class set to video-container.

Add CSS content for div class

Next, you want to add some custom css. Get the code above at SmashingMagazine.com. If your theme doesn’t have a custom css section, you can install a plugin like Simple Custom CSS.

The Final Result!

 

 

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Basic Blogging Checklist Part I: Quality Content and Important Images

Basic Blogging Checklist Part I: Quality Content and Important Images

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They don’t call it the Blogosphere for nothing. Blogging is its own little world with plenty of unwritten rules. These are constantly evolving as the internet evolves.

Today, we wanted to share Part I of our Basic Blogging Checklist. We read a lot about blogging before we ever published a post, so we had an idea of what to expect. However, it does not due to live exclusively by the precepts of others.

You have to figure how you want to do things for yourself. So this series is about how we approach blogging after 100+ posts. Maybe we’ll do another series when we are at 1000+ posts!

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Content: The Key Ingredient

Content is king in the blog world. We aim for 300-500 words of content. Some may be shorter or longer, but most fall into the aforementioned range. This may seem daunting at first, staring at the blank page and blinking cursor, but the more you write, the easier it becomes. You just have to sit down and do it. See yesterday’s post for more (How to Write Anywhere & End Procrastination For Good).

The content must also have some intrinsic value to the audience. It needs to have a focus and a purpose, for example, to inform or entertain. A scattered blog post is not very helpful to readers, even it can be fun to create.

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Images: Visual Value

Everyone seems to have a two second attention span these days. Pictures help break up content for the reader. We tend to use between 3-10 images per post. The internet is a big place with lots of websites competing for viewership; images keep readers captivated. How many times have you stayed on a website to view interesting images?

You can use your own images, get some from flickr under the Creative Commons Licenses, or just google “free stock photos” to find great sites like unsplash. Once you have your photos, you will likely need to do some editing to optimize them for your blog.

We use Photoshop CC from Adobe on a $10/month subscription basis to make minor improvements to photos. We had been using Photoshop Elements happily for a couple years, including to create our very first book cover. (See more in Evolution of an eBook Cover: Part 1).

However, the price of Photoshop CC is well worth the editing power. You could also use a free alternative like PicMonkey. See The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives You Need To Know from lifehack.org for more.

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Optimized Images: Level Up

We usually adjust the levels, curves, and hue/saturation as needed per photo. We also do any crops, rotations, or necessary text additions/watermarking in Photoshop. We have been teaching ourselves how to use Photoshop through YouTube Tutorials, especially those offered by Phlearn, and through some excellent sessions from Creative Live, where you can stream live classes for FREE! There is always more to learn in Photoshop.

Once we are happy with the look of each photo, we reduce the size to 900 pixels wide x (proportionate number) pixels high; sometimes we do 1200 pixels wide if it is an artsy photo. Reducing the size of your images will increase the speed of your website. Also, you don’t need to worry about high resolution – 72 pixels per inch is fine for blog photos.

Now the photo is ready for import to the website. We use wordpress, which makes image optimization a snap. We further reduce the size of our images using the WordPress PluginWP Smush. Almost finished…

Finally, we add the photo to the post and add some “alt text.” This seemingly obscure task is important for search engine optimization (SEO). You can read more at Image SEO: alt tag and title tag optimization from Yoast (of SEO Plugin fame). Basically, you type in words that describe what is in the image into the Alternative Text section of the Image Details. For example, the alt text for the above photo includes: “computer, laptop, photo editing, photoshop.” Another helpful article is from Search Engine Journal: Image Alt Text Vs. Image Title: What’s the Difference?.

We’ll be back with Basic Blogging Checklist Part II next week, so stay tuned!

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