New Desert Sunrise Collection from Ruffwear

Since 2020, Ruffwear has partnered with artists to create unique designs. A portion from each sale in the Artist Series goes to the artist’s chosen nonprofit organization.

This year, Ruffwear partnered with Vernan Kee, a Native American from the Navajo Nation, who designed a series of dog leashes, collars, and harnesses.

The design was inspired by the weaving tradition of the Navajo Nation.

Ruffwear Artist Series Leash

Kee remembered the many Indigenous women who raised him and how they would gather together and practice native weaving techniques. He remembered the sights and sounds of them weaving; and the elaborate patterns of geometric shapes that would emerge.

His designs for Ruffwear’s Artist Series is a way for him to honor his heritage and celebrate the traditions of the Navajo women in his life.

Every purchase of this collection, Ruffwear will donate 5% of the total revenue to the non-profit recipient chosen by Vernan, Turquoise Paw, an animal rescue within the borders of the Navajo Nation to support efforts in population control and education and most importantly, to provide the humane choice of no kill sheltering by maintaining a volunteer-based, safe harbor network. 

The Desert Sunrise Collection includes the Flatout Leash, the Flatout Collar and the Front Range Harness in this beautiful Desert Sunrise themed color way.

Flatout Collar Product Review

We were sent the Artist Series Flatout Collar to try out.

Ruffwear Artist Series Collar

The Flatout Dog Collar from Ruffwear is an everyday-use dog collar with an easy-to-use side release buckle.

It’s packed with Ruffwear essentials, including separate ID tag attachment point with tag silencer, webbing that will last, and an aluminum V-ring leash connection point.

Ruffwear Flat Out Dog Collar - Desert Sunrise
Ruffwear Flat Out Dog Collar – Desert Sunrise

Out of all the collars we’ve used for Parker, this one is my favorite. In part, because of the design. Kee’s geometric pattern is beautiful and it makes Parker all the more handsome.

I also love the V-ring leash attachment. It’s hardy and easier to clip to. This feature is really beneficial when on the trail, I will keep Parker off-leash, but will need to clip him in quickly when other distractions are nearby or when the trail gets too risky..

It also feels great knowing that a portion of the purchase goes to such a great nonprofit. Parker feels great about that too.

The Flatout Collar can be purchased online or at your favorite pet store.

Ruffwear Approach™ Dog Backpack Review

When hiking with our dog, Parker, our biggest challenge is carrying all the things.

Our backpack is already full of snacks, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and water for the human kids. Yet, we still have water, water bowl, snacks, and poo bags to pack for our canine kid.

Ruffwear sent us their Approach Backpack to review just in time for school to be out and our summer outdoor adventures to begin.

Ruffwear Approach Backpack
Ruffwear Approach Backpack

The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is a harness for dogs that offer saddlebag storage and all-day comfort for your four-legged family members.

The saddlebags contain four total zippered pouches; enough space for water, dog bowls, snacks, food, and those pesky poo bags.

During our testing period, we took Parker on several multi-hour hikes. We were able to store ample supplies, but it is worth noting that Ruffwear suggests that dogs carry no more than 25% of their body weight and to start them out with lighter loads to build up their endurance.

Parker is a big dog and eventually, he’ll be able to carry around 20 pounds. For the testing period, he carried anywhere from 3-7 pounds of supplies. And even with that, there was plenty of room for more light items.

The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is made of a light and durable 150 denier polyester. The saddlebags have a radial cut to provide a comfortable fit and throughout our hikes moved easily with Parker.

Each side has a lower main compartment zipper and an upper side stash zipper. The lower pockets were the perfect size for flat water bottles, food, leashes, and stashing full poo bags. The smaller pockets up top were great for snack bags and his collapsible water bowl.

Ruffwear Approach Backpack
Ruffwear Approach Backpack

On the top of the Approach Backpack, Ruffwear has a padded handle to lift Parker up and over large boulders or sections of trail that were too technical for him. Next to the handle is a metal v-ring for leash attachment.

On the underside of the pack, there is a five point adjustment system. There are three points of adjustment on the chest plate and two additional straps on the underside of the backpack. This allows you to size accordingly to your pup’s size and make sure that the pack is stable, but not too tight; just enough to remove any sway or shifts in the pack.

During each hike, I monitored Parker to make sure the pack was comfortable. Throughout his tail was wagging as he walked down the trail.

After the hike, after I removed the pack, I inspected Parker to make sure there was no rubbing caused by the pack and there wasn’t. He seemed very comfortable throughout.


Overall, I was very impressed with the Ruffwear Approach Backpack. And so way Parker!

It is a very well made, comfortable, and durable piece of hiking equipment.

If you are wanting to hike with your pup and not carry all their crap, this is a great investment. The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is a winning combination. Any time I pull it out, Parker gets excited because he knows a hike is coming!

Voited Pet Blanket Review

Our furry gear tester, Parker, was immediately in love with Voited’s Premium Recycled Pet Blanket that they sent us to review.


We’ve been working on “place” with Parker and it became an instant new favorite place with it’s soft micro-fleece.

Full length, it is 54×37 inches. In our house, we keep it folded in half, which is the perfect size for Parker.

The Premium Recycled Pet Blanket is made from high-quality, recycled Ripstop with an antibacterial and antistatic treatment. Given that it’s the height of shed season, it repels fur well with a good shake.

It can be used a variety of ways. From protecting furniture to functioning as a bed in your car or tent. It’s perfectly cozy to take anywhere to snuggle with your pup.

I am looking forward to the warmer months to use while camping. Given how Parker has claimed it, it’ll also be perfect for car rides as a consistent and familiar bed.


Voited’s Premium Recycled Pet Blanket can be purchased on their website and retails for $90.

Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl Review

The Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is an outstanding product that I highly recommend to any pet owner.

Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl

The bowl is made of high-quality, dent-resistant material, ensuring that it will last a long time, even with the most active and enthusiastic dogs. The bowl can hold up to eight cups of kibble or water, making it perfect for even the biggest and thirstiest dogs.

My dog Parker loves to drink from the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl. He never spills water or slobbers all over the floor, thanks to the large size of the bowl. This has been a game changer for me, as I used to have to clean up water from the floor multiple times a day. The bowl is also dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning up after Parker a breeze.

Another great feature of the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is its non-slip bottom. No matter how enthusiastic Parker gets while drinking or eating, the bowl stays put, preventing spills and reducing the risk of accidents. The non-slip bottom also ensures that the bowl won’t move around while Parker is eating, allowing him to eat in peace without being disturbed.

Finally, the design of the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is simply stunning. The bowl has a sleek, modern look that will complement any home decor, making it a great choice for pet owners who value style as well as functionality.

In conclusion, I am extremely satisfied with the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl and would recommend it to any pet owner looking for a high-quality, durable, and functional dog bowl. Parker loves it, and I’m sure your furry best friend will too!