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TANNER JANE STICKERS

I’m proud to share my latest sticker collaboration with the Dog Crazy couple, Nate and Dani Wyeth! As a long-time Golden Retriever owner myself, when I first laid eyes on Tanner, this sweet senior Golden stole my heart. If you’ve ever loved a Golden Retriever or cared for any breed senior dog, you already know how precious they are and know that this sticker is a must have for you!

Photo: @natewyeth

Meet Nate and Dani Wyeth of Bend, OR, pup parents to Tanner Jane, an 11-year-old Adventure Golden Retriever, “the best pup ever” said Nate & Dani.

Where are you both from and where do you call home now?

Dani grew up in White Pine, Michigan. An extremely small town in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Nate grew up in Lansing and Farwell Michigan. We both went to college at Central Michigan University, where we met and started dating. We now live in Bend, Oregon. We moved to Bend the day after our wedding and have been here for over 10 years.

Dani, please tell us something about you people may not know.

I grew up in a town with more black bear and wolves than people. I graduated with 14 other people, and my high school closed the day I graduated.

“I am an ambassador for Women Who Hike. Women Who Hike is a worldwide organization that empowers women on and off the trail.” – Dani Wyeth

Dani, I read that you are into Theatre, do you want to tell us about that?

I am the Education Manager at the Tower Theatre in Bend Oregon. I manage a program called LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now) where I help inspire student creativity and enhance teaching skills by presenting educational, live performances for students.

Dani, your Instagram profile says you are a brand ambassador, can you please tell us more about this?

I am an ambassador for Fabletics, an activewear line created by Kate Hudson. I also am an ambassador for Women Who Hike. Women Who Hike is a worldwide organization that empowers women on and off the trail. You can follow us on social media @womenwhohike. Through our online communities and group hikes, you can connect with women who hike all over the world.

Nate, please tell us something about you people may not know.

Something about me that a lot of people don’t know is that I’ve been flying airplanes since I was 15 and am an instrument-rated pilot. I don’t fly planes as much as I’d like, but it’s fun to go up occasionally with photo buddies to get a new perspective of our amazing backyard here in Bend.

Nate, how / when did you first discover photography?

I’ve been attracted to photography for as long as I can remember; from carrying around my grandfather’s old 4×5 when I was a little kid, to shooting on my first real film SLR camera that I still use today. That took me through a photojournalism minor in college which really helped me to learn the fundamentals of photography, including developing my own film and making my own prints.

Nate, do you have anyone you look up to as a mentor, or other major influences with you work?

I find influence not only through other people but through nature and the feeling I get when I’m outside. I’ve had several mentors throughout my photographic life, including my grandfather and father. Of course, there are the classics like Ansel Adams whose work I’ve always admired, but I also enjoy discovering my own brand of photography that makes me unique.

Nate, is photography more of a hobby or profession for you? How can people get in touch with you to inquire about working with you?

While I have a regular 9-5 career in marketing and design, I also have my own creative agency that specializes in photo/video production, web+graphic design, and digital marketing consulting including social media management. In addition to doing that professionally, I run a stock photographer website and work as a content creator and influencer/ambassador for several brands in the outdoor industry; where my passion lies. I’m always up for new projects and would encourage anyone who wants to potentially work with me to reach out to me.

Photo: @natewyeth

Photo: @natewyeth

Tell us about the type of photography you enjoy the most and the type of clients you typically work with.

I’m happiest when I’m in the outdoors, so naturally, I’m happiest with my camera in the outdoors. I focus a lot of my time making inspirational landscape and lifestyle images, and work with companies who are in search of that type of imagery and videos. Most of my clients are in the outdoor industry, but I also have agents in the beer and cannabis industries (yep, Oregon).

Is there anything new or different you look forward to learning or doing in the future with your photography?

As a marketing person, I’m always keeping eyes on trends in this quickly moving digital world. These trends always push me to develop, and to create engaging and inspirational pieces of work. I continually look forward to more travel, and to aligning my passions for travel, being outdoors, and photography even further in the future.

Nate and Dani, on Instagram, you both share images of awesome outdoor adventures. Tell us about your relationship with the outdoors and what drives you to get outside and share your experiences.

DANI – When Nate and I started dating, I had never really backpacked, camped, or hiked for that matter. I grew up in an area surrounded by that lifestyle, but as a teenager, was more interested in school sports than being in the outdoors. Nate grew up hiking and loving the outdoors, so when he asked me to go on a backpacking trip with him, I thought, “why not?” I was hooked. Ever since being in the outdoors is our number one priority. We are the best versions of ourselves when we are outside.

I know when you’re in the mountains every ounce counts, please tell us about the type of photo equipment you cannot leave without when head out on outdoor adventure.

It’s always hard to decide what you bring on a backpacking trip and what you don’t, and it always depends. On shorter trips, I’m more likely to bring more gear, but on longer trips, you’ve got to be pretty selective. If I can, I like to bring two camera bodies with me so that I can run a timelapse and shoot video with one camera, while getting stills with the other. Currently, that means I’m carrying my a7riii or a7iii for the stills, and an a6300 for the timelapse and video. My number one lens, and the lens that I use 95 percent of the time, is my 27-70 f/2.8. It’s super versatile, fast, and covers most general focal lengths. If I’m feeling up for it, I also bring a 16-35 f/2.8 and my 70-200 f/2.8 if I’m feeling even more up for it. I’ve always got a couple of extra batteries, and generally also bring along a Goal Zero Venture 30 power pack and Nomad 7 solar panel to keep that charged. I’ve always got a lightweight tripod with me and a Gorillapod, in addition to a microfiber cloth or two, and a blower bulb. All of this gear fits nicely into a foam camera insert I found on Amazon that takes up less room in my Gregory backpack than my sleeping bag. I keep my camera with 24-70 strapped to my left strap on my backpack using my Peak Design Pro Clip for easy access.

“When I got Tanner as a puppy, the name she’d been given from the breeder was Runner…The first time I took her out on a leash to run, she put on the skids, and wouldn’t budge.” – Nate Wyeth

Do either of you have any future adventures, either planned or on a bucket list you’d like to share?

In less than one month, we get to check something off our adventure bucket list, as we will be backpacking through the Enchantments in Northern Washington! Our bucket list seems to grow more than it dwindles because we are always researching new places to visit. We want to see it all! Visiting Iceland last year was an amazing experience and we can’t wait to get back there.

Tanner is a Golden Retriever, which I’m a big fan of! When you got Tanner did you seek out a Golden or did she come to you in another way?

It was sort of a her coming to me situation. I was in my last year of college, and my mom called me up one day to tell me that a neighbor down the road had a litter of Golden Retriever Puppies and had one left. She knew I’d been toying with the idea of getting a Golden after college, ever since I had one who was my best friend growing up.

She was in kind of a bad home, so I knew I had to get her out of there. We’ve been best buds ever since, with life getting better day by day. Especially because Dani came into our lives shortly after that.

Tell us something about Tanner we may not know.

When I got tanner as a puppy, the name she’d been given from the breeder was Runner. This appealed to me since I was running about 10 miles a day at the time, and looked forward to a running buddy. The first time I took her out on a leash to ran, she put on the skids, and wouldn’t budge. I don’t’ know what her deal was, but she didn’t have any interest in running with me until nearly a year later. Now she can’t stop running everywhere she goes. Even as she approaches 12 years of age.

Does Tanner have a favorite type of adventure? My dogs love the water!

Tanner will swim in any condition, it is by far her favorite outdoor activity. Now that she is older, her favorite thing to do is lay in the water and watch her surroundings. She also LOVES the snow!

Does Tanner enjoy being photographed? Do you have any special techniques that help you photograph her?

She hates it! She will look at the camera and pose until you hit the shutter button. Treats work well, but lately, she has been into holding sticks for the camera.

I can imagine adventuring with Tanner requires a good amount of preparation, what sort of challenges have you faced taking her with you?

Tanner’s age has been the biggest challenge as of late. Unfortunately, she can’t keep up with us like she used to. She is on a regular regimen of CBD oil and joint supplements to help with her arthritis, which really seems to help! When we do adventure with her, we make sure there is access to water, treats, and lots of love and attention.

Can you offer some advice to others on what you’ve learned being in the outdoors with Tanner. For example, what are some things people should consider before heading out, what type of gear, etc.

When you’re packing for yourself and the ten essentials, keep your dog in mind. Things like extra dog food, treats, a way to filter water for them, and a dog first aid kit are all important.

These items don’t take up a lot of space in your backpack or theirs and are nice to have along in the event of any unexpected adventures.

Have you ever had an adventure with Tanner not go as planned? Tell us about this.

Yes! One summer we decided to summit a local mountain, South Sister. Tanner was three and extremely energetic, so we took her along. It’s a 12 mile hike with almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain. She was a trooper until about a mile from the summit. Nate and I chatted and decided that one of us would stay back with her while the other reached the summit, and then we would switch. I decided to try summiting first. Tanner wasn’t having it. No way was she going to let one of us go without her. We eventually all made it and were rewarded with a giant snowy glacier at the top, which Tanner very much enjoyed

When Tanner is not out on an adventure, what does a typical day look like for her?

Tanner is extremely lazy in her old age. She typically will sleep in, eat, and take a nap. Sometimes she comes to work with Nate or I, but she usually stays home and sleeps. Once we get home from work, we try to go for a walk or play ball in the backyard. One habit that Tanner has forced us into is “out back sits”. When we get home from work, Tanner will yell at us until we join her in the backyard to decompress from our day.

Does Tanner have a favorite snack or food treat?

So many! Some of her favorite are peanut butter, turkey, and sweet potatoes. She also loves Zukes treats!

When Mike approached you about doing a sticker collaboration, what were your initial thoughts, and why did you decide it was right for you?

At first, I was unsure people would want a sticker of Tanner, but after seeing how many people love her when we post a picture of her, we decided to give it a go. Lots of folks say Tanner reminds them of their old dog, so we wanted to share that with whoever might be interested.

For those who may be interested in doing a similar collaboration, please share your experience working with Mike on this sticker.

Although we’ve never met Mike in person, I have gotten to know him through social media a bit and am grateful for this new friendship. He’s kind, easy to work with, and a fellow dog lover (and even more so, goldens!)

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