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Want to Turn Your Dog Into A Pioneer Pet?


There’s a normal pet, and then there’s a pet pioneer. You may be curious as to what exactly “pioneer pets” are, as you may never have heard the term before. defines a pioneer as:

“a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others; one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress”

Going On An Epic Adventure With Your Dog

In a very similar way, pet pioneers are pets — including dogs, cats, horses and more — who join their owners for an adventure of a lifetime. With over 77 million pet dogs and 85 million pet cats flying the friendly skies, it seems that pet owners want to journey with their beloved four-legged friends to new heights and new discoveries.

Some owners, though, take exploration to a whole new level, bringing their pets on extreme adventures as they embark on the climb or ride of their lives.

Some popular pet pioneers

Some of the world’s most popular pet pioneers happen to be dogs, and this comes as no surprise. Dogs are considered to be “man’s best friend,” and they prove this by showing their owners extreme loyalty, dependability, care, and concern. This is why they make such great pet pioneers, as they are able to travel with their owners in nearly any climate and take on adventures with enthusiasm and courage.

Some of the most incredible pet pioneers include Rupee, a dog from South Africa, who accompanied his owner Joanne Lefson on a 10-day journey to Mount Everest’s base camp, venturing to an altitude of 17,000 feet. Learn more about “Expedition Mutt Everest 2013” in this CNN video.

Then there’s Laika, the Russian canine who was the first living creature to orbit around the Earth. As a dog lover, it can be sad to think about the reality of Laika’s story, but her contribution to space exploration cannot be denied.

Meanwhile, Titina, a little brown-and-white fox terrier from Italy, accompanied her owner on his Arctic expeditions, becoming the first dog to fly over the North Pole.

Preparing your pet for pioneering

While these pet pioneers are impressive, it’s unlikely that you’ll plan to take your pet on a similar death-defying excursion, but there are still ways to prepare your pet for pioneering experiences, even if they occur in your neighborhood or local area. The key is to always make sure both you and your pet are prepared for any unlikely event, including extreme weather conditions, encounters with wild animals and other threats found in nature—like bee stings or poisonous plants.

All you have to do is pick a destination, do a little research and soon you and your pet will become pioneers of your own adventure, no matter where it takes place. Your pet will appreciate your willingness to try new things—most of the time—and you will create many memories together for years to come.

Need inspiration?

Consider following a few adventureous dogs like Loki, Aspen, Gus (the all terrain pug) and Nori on Instagram.

There are many impressive pet pioneers out there, like the range of canine friends who have surmounted some truly incredible feats. Try preparing your dog for an epic adventure that will bring you closer together as you explore the world.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).

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