We're a group of dog lovers who are ready to go "BEYOND THE SIDEWALK" with our best friends. Our main goal is to actually spend quality time with our pups doing fun things, instead of just hurrying through the daily grind of walking around the neighborhood.
You do NOT have to live in West County to join, we have members from all over 3 counties. We welcome new Event Hosts, if you want to plan an outing in your own area.
The pace of our hikes is more relaxed, our groups are smaller, and trails are reasonably easy. We take our "goof off" time seriously, especially if there's a puddle, creek, lake or river around. Our hikers and their dogs sometimes get dirty and wet, but the dogs always have a good time.
We walk at a moderately brisk pace & cover about 2.5 to 3 MPH, unless otherwise specified. That's not slow/not fast. Hikes are generally 3-6 miles long, about 1-2 hours of actual walking, plus play time.
If you're looking for a power-hiking group, this isn't it! There are lots of other great meetup groups out there for that. We're about spending QUALITY TIME with our dogs. However, we ARE a hiking group, and a lot of our hikes require you to be reasonably fit.
WE REQUIRE A PICTURE FOR MEMBERSHIP, PREFER ONE OF YOUR PUP. Be sure to include his/her breed and name in your profile. Unlike other meetup groups, this really matters to us because of the "DOG" factor. Please also include a last name or initial or even a number, if you have a common name. It helps us keep our members straight and makes the Organizers job a LOT easier.
Take just a minute to read it before your first hike with us, or before you sign up. We expect our Dog Pack members to adhere to these policies at all times. When we have a group of dogs on our hikes, we really do need a few rules to protect all of our pups.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL MEMBERS HIKE AT THEIR OWN RISK. ORGANIZERS AND EVENT HOSTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES TO YOU OR YOUR DOG. WE TRY HARD TO MAINTAIN ORDER ON OUR HIKES, BUT YOUR SAFETY (AND YOUR DOG'S SAFETY) IS ULTIMATELY UP TO YOU. IF YOU READ AND FOLLOW THE RULES, YOU'LL ENJOY YOUR DAY A WHOLE LOT MORE.....AND SO WILL THE REST OF US.