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Long Haul Trekkers - Jen and Sitka

About Long Haul Trekkers

Long Haul Trekkers is an award-winning multi-media brand featuring a blog, shop, and courses (coming soon!) for the adventure dog parent run by dog mom extraordinaire, Jen Sotolongo. You’ll find content about trying new outdoor sports with your dogs, dog-friendly travel itineraries, gear reviews, and dog training tips.

Readers of my blog can find their next dog-friendly adventure, have confidence bringing their dog along on a new sport, and can trust my training advice because I have worked with professional trainers to create the ideal trail companion. 

I am an advocate for balanced training methods because I have experienced first hand the freedom and safety they provide for my dog in the outdoors.

My in depth gear reviews include products I have personally tested myself, or that I have researched extensively. You won’t just find the top selling products on Amazon here. No, I vet everything I recommend, and if I wouldn’t buy it myself, I won’t recommend it to you.

The Foxey Doggo shop features exclusive designs as well as products made by pet industry entrepreneurs that pass my buying guidelines. You’ll find innovative products made by creative entrepreneurs, including women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC that fall within the quadruple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit, Purpose.

Long Haul Trekkers has been featured in Adventure Cyclist Magazine, Bicycle Times, Travel Oregon, The Bark, and more.

Meet the Team

Jen Sotolongo

Jen is a single dog mom to Sitka and founder of Long Haul Trekkers. She is also a freelance journalist, content marketing writer, and author of the Falcon Guidebook The Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs

She has been a dog mom for over 10 years and has had pets throughout her life. Jen is an enthusiastic dog trainer wannabe who has a soft spot for reactive dogs and loves working with them to shift their mindset and show them the world isn’t such a scary place, after all.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, where you can find her and Sitka trail running, exploring the mountains or enjoying a post-adventure craft beer. She’s also a fantastic vegan cook and sourdough bread baker.


Sitka

Sitka is 4-year-old rescued Red Heeler mix from Hood River Adopt a Dog. He loves trail running, rolling in any snow patch he can find, and all things water, except baths. No thank you.


Sora 2005-2018

Sora was the dog who inspired this blog. She was an Australian Shepherd adopted from Family Dogs New Life in Portland, OR in 2008.

She joined Jen and Dave, her partner at the time, on their two-year bicycle trip across Europe and South America. After a recurring battle with cancer, she went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2018.

Sora traveled to nearly 30 countries on her adventures, graced the cover of a magazine and served as the face of adoption for an animal rights group in Medellin, Colombia.

Sora was the original adventure dog of the pack and inspired this blog. She was Jen’s heart dog and the love of her life.

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