Written by Kaydee Barker


One of the dangers of summer and fall, especially in Colorado, is that tiny nuisance called a tick. If you like to be outside with your dog, you need to know how to check your dog for ticks and remove them if necessary.

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Written by Kaydee Barker

Labrador in the Grass

The air is full of pollen, and many of us humans are struggling with stuffy noses, irritated eyes, and feeling “cloudy.” Don’t miss the signs that your pup might be feeling it too. *Disclaimer: This is not written by a veterinarian. Please consult with your veterinarian before treating your dog for allergies.

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Written by Lisa Mason


I love corn. Steamed, boiled, grilled or baked. On the cob or off. In salads, soups, breads or popped, in a large bowl, dazzled with a dribbling of olive oil and a dusting of parmesan cheese. It’s all good. My favorite is eating it on the cob, clutching each end of the ear, turning it slowly as I methodically move from left to right, dislodging and eating the kernels.

Read more: Some Thoughts on Corn...

Written by Lisa Mason

dogwithbrushHow often do you brush your teeth? Twice a day? After every meal? Chances are you’re pretty faithful to your dental routine. Now, how often do you clean your dog’s teeth? Hmmm…? We, unfortunately, probably don’t tend to our dog’s teeth as much as we should. Perhaps we even take their dental health for granted and assume that no real proactive care is necessary, especially if you have a puppy. But, as great and as necessary as those yearly veterinarian dental exams are, we need to do more. Oral hygiene is an area where we owners can have a real beneficial impact on the health of our dog’s mouths/teeth...and beyond.

Read more: Doggie Dental Care

Our Story

Owned by Chris & Nicole Van Ruler, Outdoor K9 is a pet store based out of Steamboat Springs, CO, that specializes in outdoor products for your canine companion.  The Van Rulers moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the spring of 2012. In Steamboat they found a a community that was both family- and dog-friendly, with endless outdoor recreational opportunities. This inspired the family, in their latest adventure, to move to Steamboat Springs, a place they wanted to both raise their family (currently two dogs and a little girl) and share their love of dogs and adventure with the community they love.

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