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Stephanie Firstbrook got our cover shot of her Sharpei/Lab mix Ruby in Ludlow, Vt., in March. “She loves all outdoor activities and will spend hours playing and exploring in the woods during the winter months,” says Stephanie. “She is just so much fun to have on all of our outdoor adventures—especially hiking and kayaking.”

Lauren Traister takes Humphrey, a Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix, everywhere with her, no matter if it’s skiing near her home in Morrisville or exploring a swimming hole in Maine. “As soon as my SUP is in the water he walks right on to it and takes his position up front,” says Lauren. “We paddle almost every day from May to October at Green River Reservoir. It's his favorite thing to do when we aren't hiking and ski touring through the forest.”

READER'S CHOICE: ALICE Alice, Alina Blochlinger’s Border Collie, won our Reader’s Choice hands down with more than 800 votes. Alina, an avid skier, lives in the Austrian ski town of Kitzbühel, an area that’s perfect for hiking in the summer. “With Alice I hike do obedience training, dog frisbee, and skijöring.” Alice also gets to travel: this photo was taken on the beach in Italy.

3. TENNEY If Lauren Ayotte’s yellow Lab Tenney looks tuckered in this photo, don’t blame her. The shot was taken after a long hike up Pemetic Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park. While Lauren and Tenney live in Fayston, they like to explore New England. One of Lauren’s favorite adventures with Tenney was a day trip to ski Mt. Washington. “We skinned up Mt. Monroe, took a snack break at Lake of the Clouds Hut, did four laps in Oakes Gulf and then one long ski out of Monroe Brook,” she remembers. “Tenney had one long nap in the car back to Vermont!”


Vermont Sports, April 2016  
Vermont Sports, April 2016