Mike Fietz



The Monticello-Saunders Trail is a classic local spot for all hikers, four-legged and otherwise. 

Take a hike: Getting your dog ready for the trail

From the Monticello-Saunders Trail winding gently up Carter Mountain to the cool streams and swimming holes of Sugar Hollow, Charlottesville is spoiled for choice when it comes to great hiking. And every one of those trails has one thing in common: They’re all improved by having a dog at your side. Sometimes a minor tune-up […]

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Take the lead: Why leashes aren’t optional

“He’s friendly!” she shouted as her dog came hurtling toward mine at ludicrous speed on the Rivanna Trail. Retrievers aren’t known for their mean streaks, so it’s not to say I doubted her, but I firmed up my grip on the leash just in case. As it turns out, the encounter was resolved amicably with […]

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Sowing trouble: When pets and plants collide

With an overdue spring finally coming into its own, it’s time for many of us to start spending some time in the garden. Whether you’re planting vegetables for the table or decorative plants to brighten up the yard, you can be pretty sure that your pets are going to be keen on inspecting the greenery. […]