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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Ingunn

    Our big dog friends pant constantly when we hike (I’m not used to it since our little furless guys almost never pant!), it’s just their version of sweating! If Bella does start showing signs of lethargy, a good tip I learned is to cool her belly down, apparently it helps a lot. Make her lie down in a stream or pour cold water on her belly.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve read that the panting is how they sweat but what is hard is recognizing what’s worrisome and what is normal.

  2. Kelly @ Finding a Skinnier Me

    Great minds think alike. We went hiking this weekend as well.

    Such beauty where you were hiking. You make me want to move to Oregon just to enjoy all the nature and hiking trials there. Or at least drive around hiking and camping.

    All our dogs pant pretty heavy while hiking, usually because they are running all over the place and really excited. I have noticed that Red pants when she is excited as well as hot. But our dachshund doesn’t pant much at all. Once a long long time ago, when we just had Red dog, she got heat exhaustion and we now are very aware of the warning signs. We usually hike somewhere they can get in the water and drink lots of fresh water. Also the belly trick does work, if you give them a shady spot to lay in or a water spot to lay in, they will cool down. Arya refuses to get in water but she will drink it to cool down.

    I love the last picture. Cats just love to sniff dogs when they have been outside. Mine does the exact same thing. Too cute!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oregon is a great place when the weather is nice. Winters are kind of depressing though. Lots of gray and rain!

      Do you let your dogs drink water out and about? Like from a creek? We always bring a bunch of bottled water and given Bella that.

  3. Lori

    Panting a lot is totally normal. It’s other signs of distress that you should be aware of like vomiting, stumbling, etc.

    That was a beautiful hike!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yeah she wasn’t doing any of that but the panting was very pronounced!

  4. Mark Stewart

    Awesome scenery in and around the Mt Hood areas. The mountain itself is a beautiful sight as you drive around the territory. There is so many places to see and so many things to do and experience. Highly recommend staying in the quaint town of Welches as your home base for exploring the many outdoor activities and attractions that Mt Hood territories can offer.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Welches is a great town and a good place to stay to explore Mt Hood!

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