My name is Wild Child! I’m also affectionately known as Jacqui (pronounced Jackie) off the trail. I’m a small-town, Alabama girl currently living in Virginia who loves backpacking, hiking, and traveling with my fur child and best friend, Panda. We have lived and hiked all over the south and along the East Coast and we’re always looking for new adventures!

Our greatest adventure to date is the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and we are currently planning a future Calendar Year Triple Crown.

backpacking mountains


When I chose to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with Panda my biggest challenge was finding relevant information about long-distance hiking and backpacking with a dog, and the information I did find was scattered and often fragmented. This meant I’d find a piece of info here and a hiking tip there, but nothing cohesive. Needless to say our trip included a lot of trial-and-error. Thankfully, Panda was a champ through the entire thing.

My intent with this blog is to create a site that provides comprehensive information for hikers, backpackers, and travelers with dogs, as well as some helpful tips and tricks for those without them.


Best dog gear. Dog-friendly hostels and motels across the U.S. How to know if your dog is suited for trail life, or not. How to tell if your dog needs to come off the trail.


Pacific Crest Trail. Appalachian Trail. Continental Divide Trail. The Florida Trail. The Great Western Loop.


Where to board your best friend while you’re gone. How to save money boarding. Must have canine travel essentials. My favorite places and spaces to visit in the United States.


My goal is to always provide you, my visitors and readers, with quality content, and I am open and eager to hearing your suggestions for:

  1. New blog topics
  2. Guest posts
  3. Website feedback

So, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or drop me a comment! I look forward to hearing from you!


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