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No Debate: Dogs Are the Best Adventure Companions

Every year we ask our Instagram followers to share the best shots of their number one adventure buddy. As our audience has grown, so has the quality of replies. Big or small, these furry friends prove that when it comes time to hit the trail, the lake, the slopes, or wherever you get outside, dogs cannot be beat. Here are 20 of our favorites.

Photo - @sam__davis: “This guy thinks #nationaldogday should be a federally recognized holiday... Also, our vet recommended that he wears sunglasses on snowfields and glaciers lol #dieseltheadventuredog”

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Photo - @sam__davis: “This guy thinks #nationaldogday should be a federally recognized holiday... Also, our vet recommended that he wears sunglasses on snowfields and glaciers lol #dieseltheadventuredog”

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(Photo: @sam__davis)


Camp Guard

@nkqualtieri: Even giant burly dudes squeal over his cuteness. It's kinda the best @butchtheborder

@nkqualtieri: Even giant burly dudes squeal over his cuteness. It's kinda the best @butchtheborder
(Photo: @nkqualtieri)


Snowball Fight

@lyndsnow: The verdict is in: Summit loves snow as much as we do. #snowysummits

@lyndsnow: The verdict is in: Summit loves snow as much as we do. #snowysummits
(Photo: @lyndsnow)


Adventure Trio

@kdayracing: Warning! The knuckleheads are on the loose.

@kdayracing: Warning! The knuckleheads are on the loose.
(Photo: @kdayracing)


Titanic Moment

@cunningham_christine: Wind in our lips and hair.

@cunningham_christine: Wind in our lips and hair.
(Photo: @cunningham_christine)


Trout Slayer

@jila_monster: While Owen spent his time bagging scree piles (O'Calkens -11,500ft), Gus and I were slaying these beasts.

@jila_monster: While Owen spent his time bagging scree piles (O'Calkens -11,500ft), Gus and I were slaying these beasts.
(Photo: @jila_monster)


Backpack Friendly

@roamrydes: Shred dog #traildog

@roamrydes: Shred dog #traildog
(Photo: @roamrydes)


Astro Pup

@alisontravels: Then we land on the moon...#vanlife #maxtravels

@alisontravels: Then we land on the moon...#vanlife #maxtravels
(Photo: @alisontravels)


Earmuffs

@cunningham_christine: Colt’s first ride in a bush plane #birddog

@cunningham_christine: Colt’s first ride in a bush plane #birddog
(Photo: @cunningham_christine)


I’ll Wait

@yogalifenutrition: My #bff Akasha and me on the top of the mountain for the Midnight Sun this midsummer.

@yogalifenutrition: My #bff Akasha and me on the top of the mountain for the Midnight Sun this midsummer.
(Photo: @yogalifenutrition)


Pocket-Sized

@alix_vagabond: Sparky took his first major#mountain fall yesterday...posing for this picture. "Sparkkkyyyy...NOOOOOO!" I cried aloud as I chased after him, then I held him in my arms till he regained consciousness. He's ok now. Don't worry!

@alix_vagabond: Sparky took his first major#mountain fall yesterday...posing for this picture.
(Photo: @alix_vagabond)


Will Row for Treats

@micholascage: Dog days… #onaboat

@micholascage: Dog days… #onaboat
(Photo: @micholascage)


Blanket Buddies

@landlecoq: Best Friends #wherewillwegonext

@landlecoq: Best Friends #wherewillwegonext
(Photo: @landlecoq)


Pug Life

@pugventure_photo: This is Mack on the summit of #FirstSister with #MountChocorua in the background. #MackThePug California, here we come.

@pugventure_photo: This is Mack on the summit of #FirstSister with #MountChocorua in the background. #MackThePug California, here we come.
(Photo: @pugventure_photo)


River Date

@clairecudahy: Down by the river #adventuredog

@clairecudahy: Down by the river #adventuredog
(Photo: @clairecudahy)


We Done Yet?

@hike.rinse.repeat: Because my dog is epic....and I really wish I was in a cold body of water right now.

@hike.rinse.repeat: Because my dog is epic....and I really wish I was in a cold body of water right now.
(Photo: @hike.rinse.repeat)


Small Dog Summit

@jimmimacc: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." True that! This 9 lbs #Pomeranian, Bailey, has summited 9 Colorado #14ers almost entirely on his own. Just thought you should know.

@jimmimacc:
(Photo: @jimmimacc)


Peak Nap

@m1ke_packer: Since it’s national dog day and all. Looking forward to some more snowshoeing with this guy right here. This was post peak nap, then he started running like a maniac again #bestfriend

@m1ke_packer: Since it’s national dog day and all. Looking forward to some more snowshoeing with this guy right here. This was post peak nap, then he started running like a maniac again #bestfriend
(Photo: @m1ke_packer)


Watchin' from the Dock

@morganleealain: This one… #adventurecompanion

@morganleealain: This one… #adventurecompanion
(Photo: @morganleealain)


We Found Love

@j_watson11: I think he likes me...hanging with Moose up on #mttam with @speakingofjulia ...no dogs were harmed.

@j_watson11: I think he likes me...hanging with Moose up on #mttam with @speakingofjulia ...no dogs were harmed.
(Photo: @j_watson11)

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