Geocaching FitDog!

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geodogbadge12Hi, SlimDoggy Jack here. Today for FitDog Friday, we decided to get out and take part in this geocaching craze and join our friends Gizmo and Finn & Charley for GeoDog Day!

What is geocaching? Gizmo and Finn & Charley talk about it all the time on their blogs, but basically it’s kind of like a scavenger hunt and if you don’t know what that means, look it up 🙂  People all over hide these ‘caches’ and then using the GPS on moms phone you find them! I think there’s lots more to it with different levels of caches you can look for and you can take stuff or leave stuff in them – some are real easy to find, some are real hard. One thing that seemed to be in common with all of them was they were an adventure and a good outing to share with your human.  Maybe I could even get a little more exercise in.

Moms got the App for our phone and searched for nearby caches.  We wanted to start out slow, to see what this was all about and luckily  we saw that there was one just 3/10 miles from our house! Cool, we thought – nice easy one, we don’t even have to get in the car.  I hope that the cache is Bacon.  Or Steak.

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We grabbed sister Maggie and off we went. Just a simple afternoon walk. We both had already run in the morning and had a late morning walk, so this was purely a pleasure expedition with maybe a little mental challenge thrown in. And perhaps some Bacon.

We walked down to the bottom of our street and Maggie checked the app for the location and direction.  We take a left and head down the street.geodog jack

At first, I thought it was  in these bushes that I like to pee on.

But it wasn’t.

We go out the front gate and and walk past the mailboxes and if there was a beep-beep HOT, HOT, HOTTER alarm on the geocache App it would have been going off.

We walk over towards the mailboxes because that’s the only thing there and sure enough I spot it. Well not, really, momz did, but I helped.

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The cache was in a little Altoids tin stuck to the bottom of our mailboxes. geocache altoid

We opened it up, but I couldn’t really tell what was in there, a tiny little plastic bag with some papers and other stuff in it.  No Bacon 🙁




It wasn’t a terribly exciting geocache find, and our exercise was certainly not as strenuous as ‘normal’ for a  FitDog Friday, but hey, we’re senior dogs and this was our 3rd outing of the day.  Because it is FitDog Friday, dad told me that I should include a screen shot of my SlimDoggy app diary so you can see how many calories I burned. My run burned a lot more calories than our geocache (and you all know that running is my favorite exercise!) but the geocache expedition allowed me to get a few extra mini-treats — 28 kcals worth to be exact!

Jacks Activity Diary

Jacks Activity Diary


All-in-all it was a fun outing and now that we know what geocaching is all about I think I can get momz to do some more. From the looks of it, there are lots hidden in the park we go to almost everyday, so maybe we’ll look for one tomorrow.  Maybe that is where the Bacon is!


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  1. Awesome adventuring, guys. Any reason to get out is a good reason and geocaching sure looks like fun! I wish we’d had time to try it for this big day since EVERYBODY’s been talking about it but we’re learning so much it will be easy to get going when we have time!
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    • It was pretty easy and we had one so close to home it was pretty amazing…and we kind of live in the sticks!
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  2. Geocaching looks sooo much fun & another excuse to get out with your dog. What more could you ask for. Liked the way you measured your Geocaching activity using your SlimDoggy App & discovered you earnt some treats out of it….Clever doggy 😉
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    • Jack’s always looking for ways to optimize treat consumption.
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  3. Geocaching is a new thing to me. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

    ~ Jack
    Dog Training
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  4. Awesome adventure for you guys!!! Thanks for joining in our Geodog Day!!
    Finn recently posted…Finn Says, “It’s GeoDog Day!!”My Profile

    • Thanks for the inspiration. New ways to get out and get moving are always top rate in our book!
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  5. We go geocaching but Mom didn’t have the app so our geocaching is on hold until she gets it.

  6. That was kind of a bummer there was no bacon or steak, Jack, but glad you had fun anyway! We want to try this sometime too, but just couldn’t get it together to join in this time.
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  7. Woot! Thanks for joining Geodog Day & Congrats on your very first find! To up the exercise value you can find a hiking trail, then check the website…We’ve done up to 10-12 mile hikes, finding caches along the way and getting in lots of good exercise
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    • Yeah know – momz and dadz picked one that was way too easy!
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  8. Wow, congratulations! I wish I would find a cache with Bacon or a Steak. Or at least one with a a dead mouse, that would be not bad. Have a wonderful Geodog Day!
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    • Hey, I agree, a dead mouse would be good.
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  9. Just finished a wonderful walk, so I have space if I win those tasty treats! We did not do the geo caching, it is just too difficult to figure it all out and then with 2-3 dogs on leashes and holding a phone it is a program for disaster. We have so many other things we do we skipped this one. Mom likes to take us out together and not just one at a time, so unless at some point there is less dog or more human we won’t be trying it. It sounds like something that could be really fun if you take the time to get into it.
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  10. I take my two Cairns for a morning mile walk, and an evening mile walk every day. Three times a week they get to go on a two mile journey at our favorite spot during the day. I’ll have to look to see if there are any caches on these routes. It could be fun to snap a picture of my pooches finding a prize. I’m not sure I could really get into Geocaching on the regular, though.
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    • Looks like you and your Cairns certainly don’t need geocaching to get you motivated to get out for exercise. Good for you!
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  11. We at The Always Agile Labs love geocaching! We even have travel bugs that represent us (although both are currently missing in action) and tell about pet adoption! Riley’s traveled about 1800 miles from cache to cache before disappearing, and Jet’s made it almost 4000 miles!

    • Very impressive, to say the least.
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  12. Hi Y’all!

    If y’all have a park you can walk to, you don’t live in the sticks. To leave the yard I need a car, unless I just want to visit our one neighbor.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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    • True – it’s all relative I guess…for Los Angeles, we live in the sticks 😉

  13. We tried so hard to find our geocache and came up empty. That would have been pawsome if your geocache had bacon in it.

    • Yup. You would have found the cache if it had bacon too- the scent is more powerful than any darn geocache app!
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  14. OMGoodness! It never occurred to me that there might be bacon in there! Now I REALLY can’t wait to go geocaching again!

    Love and licks,
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    • Let’s start a new trend– bacon must be in each and every cache. There will be a lot more geodogs, for sure!
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  15. We just love to see how everyone is participating today!! Good thing you didn’t have to put your hand into a cob webby, dead leaf filled hole!! Mommy says if I had thumbs (what are those) my hand would have gone in the hole in the tree!
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  16. There is something to be said about mixing up your exercise routine and trying new things, even if they aren’t as intense! Have a great night! Lee and Phod
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    • Agree…leisurely walks are a-okay with us. Thanks for stopping by.
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  17. Isn’t Geocaching fun!!! And its always great to get in a fun hike to go with it.
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  18. You can trade the trinkets in the tin for something else. Maybe you should take something and leave bacon for the next dog 🙂
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    • Might be hard for Jack to part with any of his bacon, but it’s a good lesson in sharing.
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  19. How fun of you and Maggie to join in the geocaching day. Next time maybe bacon will be in it. You don’t know til you get out and look.
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  20. I never really heard about Geocaching until reading your blog post. Just one question, who puts the stuff out for the dogs to find?
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    • Folks that are part of this geocaching community. Anyone can hide one and then log it into the site.
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  21. You had an easy one good start! Love Dolly
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  22. We’ve never tried geocaching but we’ve been reading about it in Gizmo’s posts and would like to try sometime. We think anything that gets people and pups out – even if just for a short walk – is a good thing! It might be fun to incorporate geocaching into one of the hikes we lead sometime – now you’v got us thinking!

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  23. Good job on finding that cache. After reading all of these posts, I figure that I have walked by a million caches and never knew it…lol.

    • You probably have – the one we found was at our mailbox for pete’s sake!
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