Although Mittens is the "star" of this book (that's her on the cover), more than a dozen dogs, big and small, were enlisted to help select the best trails for optimum canine enjoyment throughout the region. These trails do not require leashes (except in parks as designated). More than two-thirds of the hikes are on lesser known trails where travel is very light among other users and where you're unlikely to meet horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles. They offer shade and lakes or streams for your canine companion to play in and keep cool. Advance alert is given, trail by trail, on any canine hazards to watch for. Additional features include what to pack for your pooch, including The Ten Canine Essentials and a doggy first-aid kit, plus a list of documentation you need to cross the US- Canadian border with your dog.Romano, Craig is the author of 'Best Hikes With Dogs Inland Northwest', published 2005 under ISBN 9780898868586 and ISBN 0898868580.