Paws don’t have edges and sintered bases, but they sure seem to do the trick. Instagram has brought to light some of the most adventurous dogs who probably caught more powder than you last season. Get to know some of the most Insta-famous, plus up and coming, adventure dogs on social media. They probably can’t crack open a cold one, but man’s best friend sure knows how to shred.
Otto the Adventure Pup
Otto is the puppy of longtime adventurist Alex Borsuk-Hasenohr. Otto made his debut on her Instagram account this winter when he covered some steep terrain and freezing temperatures–all while nestled inside a backpack. Borsuk-Hasenohr started taking Otto on adventures by putting blankets in a large backpack, creating a cozy spot for him to nestle into. This way, even baby Otto never had to miss an adventure. Borsuk-Hasenohr said he would usually nap, and occasionally poke his head out to take in the view.
This spring was Otto’s first time on foot (or paw, rather) for a ski expedition. He seemed to instinctually know to avoid crossing paths with skis; this very well could be in his nature, as he is a border collie with very strategic chasing skills. This coming winter, Otto will join on every appropriate ski touring adventure with Borsuk-Hasenohr, likely not in the backpack, either.
Borsuk-Hasenohr’s key for keeping Otto healthy and happy on long, snowy adventures? Proper equipment and plenty of treats. She makes sure to keep an insulated dog jacket and waterproof booties on hand for harsh weather. Snacks throughout the day keep Otto’s energy up, that way he is hungry for pow, not just dinner.
Loki the Wolfdog
Loki has become a household name in the world of adventure dogs. Loki, better known as “Loki the Wolfdog,” is one of the original popular skiing dogs of Instagram, currently obtaining over a million and a half followers. He is a special blend of husky, malamute, and arctic wolf. Loki’s skiing career began at four months old. His owner, Kelly Lund, says that Loki thrived from day one because his huge puppy paws and small body created a useful “snowshoe effect.”
Now that he’s a fully-grown majestic animal, Loki makes the best skiing companion. He’s graceful, quiet, and built to endure cold weather. When skiing in the backcountry together, Lund goes in front and creates a path for Loki to follow so the deep snow doesn’t weigh him down (That’s what friends are for, right?) On resort-style terrain, such as their early hikes up Arapahoe Basin and the Mary Jane Territory at Winter Park, Loki leaves Lund in his dust. Get Loki going on a sunrise groomer, and you'll see how fast a dog can run.
Parker the Official Snow Dog
Parker is a Bernese Mountain dog, and is also the official mountain dog of Loveland Ski Area. Parker’s owner, Dustin Schaefer, is a long time employee of the Loveland marketing department. His best marketing strategy? Parker, of course! Parker helps with PR by attending pass sale events as his furry face is rather persuasive. Additionally, Parker lends a helping paw to the Loveland snowmaking team, as he joins them on the mountain in the fall when snowmaking begins and rides around in the snowcat.
Parker’s signature look is his array of colorful dog-specific goggles, all from the company Rex Specs, a brand he is an ambassador for. Parker also has a beer named after him, the “Bernese Mountain Brown Ale” at the Guanella Pass Brewery in Georgetown, Colo. When he’s not romping through the snow or marketing for Loveland, Parker is busy as a therapy dog for the Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Camp, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. He’s a big dog with a big heart, and it’s safe to say that Parker has a busier schedule than most of us!
Kicker Dog Muse
Kicker and his owner, Andrew Muse, are a dynamic duo living the van life. Muse is a year round adventurer, so it makes sense that he has a dog of many talents. Being a large, fluffy golden retriever, Kicker has become the star of Muse’s Instagram account that features footage of the dog charging powdery mountains, kiteboarding, and camping under the stars. Kicker and Muse were featured in the short film Cabins and Companions, showing the epic ski life of Kicker, his best dog friend Gru, and their outdoor enthusiast owners. Kicker also has his own personal Instagram account.
Kicker started adventuring at eight weeks old, when Muse tucked him away inside his jacket to keep the pup warm. He was carried a fair amount as a young dog until he became older and was ready to run more. Kicker fell in love with the snow, specifically digging holes in it. One issue that golden retrievers particularly face is those pesky snowballs that collect under their paws. Pro tip from Muse: spray your dog’s paws and belly with cooking spray. It’s safe, and keeps snowballs at bay.
If you want to keep up with these rad dogs and their current adventures, check them out on Instagram: Otto the Adventure Pup; Loki the Wolf Dog; Parker the Official Snow Dog; and Kicker Dog Muse. While you're there, check out SKI Magazine's Instagram account, too.