Sniffing Out the Best Burgers Between Tucson, Arizona, and Hatch, New Mexico

Sniffing Out the Best Burgers Between Tucson, Arizona, and Hatch, New Mexico

One of the McSquare Pack’s traditions is stopping for delicious burgers on road trips. Matthew and I began this habit a few years ago as we passed through Hatch, New Mexico. If you haven’t had a Sparky’s Green Chile Cheeseburger, you’re missing out!

Now whenever we plan a road trip, we check out our burger options. When we decided to visit Cochise’s Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains, we sniffed around for mealtime options and discovered Wicked Burgers.

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Visiting Arizona History at Cochise Stronghold in the Coronado National Forest

Visiting Arizona History at Cochise Stronghold in the Coronado National Forest

Learning more about the history surrounding the places we live is a value Matthew and I share. After Thanksgiving, we drove out to the Coronado National Forest in the Dragoon Mountains to visit Cochise’s Stronghold.

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Pack Field Trip to the Most Dog-Friendly Winery in Southern Arizona

Pack Field Trip to the Most Dog-Friendly Winery in Southern Arizona

Enticing October weather in Southern Arizona encourages people to explore a little farther from home. I discovered a socially conscious dog-friendly winery that Matthew and I knew we had to visit with our dogs.

Bernie and Lizzie were excited too since they’ve never been to a winery, but they anticipated bountiful sniffs on this adventure.

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Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie McSquare prides himself on being a well-read Labradoodle, so one of his favorite dog-friendly places to visit in Tucson is Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

I like browsing for books and working on some of Canine Good Citizen skills in a friendly environment. Bookmans East has several comfy chairs throughout the store. As we walked by, several people made "awww" sounds, so I asked if they wanted to meet Bernie. In addition to practicing walking through crowds nicely, we were also practicing sitting politely for petting.

Plus we found some great photo opportunities!

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Walking Through Crowds & Browsing at Bookmans

Walking Through Crowds & Browsing at Bookmans

As our Canine Good Citizen Test closes in, Bernie and I decided to train at a location entirely new to him.

Thankfully, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a dog-friendly local store with late hours. They're open daily until 10pm. We spent about an hour practicing loose-leash walking and walking through a crowd.

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Lizzie Continues to Overcome Her Fears

Lizzie Continues to Overcome Her Fears

Lizzie and I took another solo trip over to La Encantada Shopping Center for her to practice some loose-leash walking and being quiet when presented with random people noises.

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All Thrusters GO! Bernie McSquare Launches His Recall

All Thrusters GO! Bernie McSquare Launches His Recall

Since I remembered our 33-foot lead on yesterday's visit to La Encantada Shopping Center, Bernie and I focused our efforts on practicing two tasks for the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test:

Coming When Called
Sit and Down on Command / Stay

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Prepping for Canine Good Citizen at La Encantada

Prepping for Canine Good Citizen at La Encantada

Over the weekend, Bernie and I decided we needed to get serious with our prep work for our Canine Good Citizen Class. The CGC test is a mere five weeks away, so we decided to see how many skills we could pack into a Friday afternoon visit.

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Out and About on a Rare Overcast Tucson Day

Out and About on a Rare Overcast Tucson Day

A couple of weekends ago, the pups and I woke up to a chillier overcast day for Tucson. We headed out to Agua Caliente Park to explore a new place.

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Roaming the Rillito River Park Path

Roaming the Rillito River Park Path

Loop between Brandi Fenton Park and North Swan Road

Bernie, Lizzie, and I have a few walks that we just love. One of them is the 3.5 mile section of the Rillito River Park pathway between Brandi Fenton Memorial Park and N. Swan Road.

This pathway offers a nice mix of paved pathway and soft trail to help vary your route. There are also numerous features along the way that I like to use for training opportunities.

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