Flekken 2 (X Breed)

Here are some incredible photos from Oeyvind Bliksvaer of his dog Flekken, hiking in Norway. This is the story to go along with the images...

We had a 4 day hike in one of the Norwegian mountain areas (Jotunheimen) the last week in June. There was still a lot of snow, and much water from the snowmelting. But the Banzai dog pack was perfect, and with good shoes and other equipment, it was perfect.

I am attaching a couple of pictures of Flekken with his pack. It is a perfect fit, and reaches exactly down to his elbows. I had to take the pack off him down the steepest areas where we were balancing down a ridge. Other than that, he was carrying his pack with 4-7 kg all four days, but it was hard on his paws, so if there were to be one more day of hiking, I would have had to put socks on him.

Flekken wearing his Banzai dog pack
This picture is from Besseggen, which is Norway’s most popular hike. It is a 6-8 hour hike, 13 km long and with a total of more than 1000 mtr elevation. We hiked the opposite way of what is most usual, so we had the climbing downwards. This ridge is the one Henrik Ibsen described in his famous act "Peer Gynt". 35,000 people take this walk each year.

This picture of Flekken shows how rough (and beautiful) this hike was.
The second picture is in a valley 25 km northwest of Besseggen. We were planing to do a one week hike, but there was not so fun with lots of snow and water, so it was shortened to 4 days.

Akela & Flekken (X Breeds)

Akela and Flekken packing with their owner in Norway
Oeyvind Bliksvaer in Norway enjoys many activities with his dogs. Akela (on the left) wears her Trekker pack while Flekken (which means “spot”) wears a Banzai dog pack. Oeyvind sent us this message about his dog’s packs:

Your dogpack is absolutely the most versatlie packs I have ever used for my dogs. I have had 3 different models before the Wolfpacks. They are sitting very gently on the dogs, but still very firm (they dont move around or slide forward too much).

Blaze (Golden Retreiver)

Blaze enjoying his Reflector dog pack
Blaze, owned by Jennifer Tucker, helps carry some gear with his burgundy Trekker dog pack. This picture was taken during a cycling trip on Kukopf Island (Rhine River), in Germany. The trip was about 12 kilometers with Blaze happily carrying his water, a Frisbee, and snacks for everyone! Jennifer sent us this nice message about Blaze's pack:

"Blaze, our crazy ten month old male Golden Retreiver, has had his very snazzy Trekker dog pack for a couple of months now. It took a bit of getting used to. At first he looked at me like I was mad and refused to move. Somehow the pack seriously affected the use of Blazes legs even when being enticed by a biscuit! But then all of a sudden voila! He could walk again, all be it a little off balance but he managed :)

Now Blaze wonders what all the fuss was about. As soon as it's on and I give him the all clear, he's off - no stopping him! Well in just one afternoon Blaze managed to prove Wolf Packs correct. While he's wearing it he can walk, run, sit, lay down and even 'Oh boy there goes a squirrel, it's running through the bushes, I don't care come on let's chase it!' He gets even more attention from people when he wears his pack. We often hear comments like, "Look at the dog, he's so cute!"

Thank you Wolf Packs for such a great product.

Jenny and Blaze
Germany"

Kiska & Nika (X Breeds)

Kiska and Nika explore in their Trekker dog packs
Sherry Simmons' Kiska and Nika explore the Misty Moon Trail in the Big Horns, Wyoming. These two beautiful dogs are sisters. They both wear Trekker dog packs to carry their gear. Sherry has this to say about her packs:

On our big trip to the mountains of Wyoming and Montana, my dogs Kiska and Nika wore Trekker dog packs, in burgundy and royal blue with matching collars and collapsible dog bowls.

The dogs had no trouble adjusting to their packs. They appear to be comfortable and well-fitted. As we hiked on the various trails on our trip, the packs proved strong and durable. They dried quickly, and cleaned off easily by brushing when the mud dried. The dogs had no places where the straps rubbed or created sore spots, something I watched for and was pleased not to find. Because the dogs were just one year old, I did not fill the packs with heavy equipment, but our experience was that the packs did not slide around (we hiked in some steep places, both up and down), and the dogs had no problem running around and cavorting with packs on as well as off. They also were able to sit and lay down comfortably in their packs.

The dogs and I both love these packs and we had a great time on our trip.


Kisak and Nika enjoy hiking in their Trekker dog packs
Here the sisters are hiking the Clay Butte Trail in the Beartooth range, Wyoming. The view is to the Absorkas in the south, still cloaked with snow. If you look at the photograph carefully you will see that Sherry has attached both dogs to one leash. This gives her more control and allows the dogs to travel with less danger of tangling.

A beautiful sunset for Kiska and Nika
With their dog packs removed for the evening, Kiska & Nika enjoy a beautiful sunset from Sheep Mountain in the Big Horn range. Sherry says, "They are terrific hiking partners!"

Rudy (Australian Shepherd)

Rudy wearing his five year old Reflector dog pack.
Rudy, owned by Mark Weidinger, wears his burgundy Reflector dog pack while resting on a snow patch near Granite Stairway in the Sierra.

Rudy's pack is now over five years old and has seen many miles of hard use. It was recently retrofitted with new zipper sliders and looked like it will be useful on many more adventures.

You might enjoy reading Mark's letter (see Rudy's Five Year Old Reflector) about Rudy's pack.

Neisha (Alaskan Malamute)

Neisha crossing a stream in her Reflector dog pack
Neisha, owned by Gilbert & Sharlene Quintana, on a jungle tour of Subic (where the US bases used to be in the Philippines). Her Reflector dog pack held drinking water, the camera, and snacks. The name Neisha means 'little princess' (American Indian origin), which is fitting for this lovely Alaskan Malamute. We received the following message and the image above from Neisha's owners:

Dear Linda,

Just thought you might want to see how great your Wolf Pack is doing here in the Philippines. We took Neisha on a jungle tour in Subic (where the US bases used to be here in the Philippines) and we had her carry our drinking water, camera, and snacks. In the attached picture, we forgot that the pack wasn't waterproof, and it was too late when we discovered that the camera was still in there. Good thing someone else had a camera to take this priceless shot.

Thanks,

Gilbert, Sharlene & Neisha

Group of Friends II

Siberians hiking with their Trekker dog packs
Colleen and Marty Hovind hike among the wildflowers with their lovely Siberian Huskies P.J. and Mitchell. Both are using their burgundy Trekker dog packs. Colleen and Marty Hovind's kennel is Heirborn Siberians, located in Craven, Saskatchewan.


Samoyeds hiking with their Trekker dog packs
Mufasa (burgundy Trekker), Taiyna, and Tundra (black Trekker) hike with owners Phil and Lisa Gravelle. Phil, Lisa, and one year old Santana Gravelle hike among a beautiful display of spring wildflowers with their three Samoyeds. Mufasa wears a burgundy Trekker, while Taiyna and Tundra both use black Trekker dog packs, all size medium. Phil and Lisa operate Philisa Samoyeds in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.

This group organized an order for all seven dog packs together into one order, so we gave her a discount for the group. Hopefully this helped with import fees and shipping costs to Canada. You might be interested to read her comments about her dog's packs.

Flame & Dandy (Rough Collies)

Flame and Dandy wearing their Reflector dog packs
Marcus Hanke's two rough collies Flame (closest dog) & Dandy explore the woodlands of northern Austria known as the Waldviertel in their matching burgundy Reflector dog packs. Their packs are holding raingear, water, maps, tour guides, etc. Marcus says this about carrying valuables in his Wolf Packs dog packs:

...the dogs are carrying also our money and travel documents in the unique small pockets on the top of the dog bags - especially in crowded towns, where no pickpocket ever dares to search for it if he doesn't like some teeth in his fingers!

To see more pictures and comments from Marcus, please see Photos Of Our Dogs Equipped With Dog Packs on our testimonials page.