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Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 25, 2007 - 08:25pm PT
It's been a rough month but life's OK today.

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:33pm PT
Ahhhhhhhhhh. . . I love doggies!

What happened to his little legs - did he/she have to get heartworm treatment IV?


eKat
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
Now that's a happy pup! Was he/she ill or injured?
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
What's with the blue tongue?
cowpoke

climber
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:38pm PT
awh, Jack! what happened?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2007 - 08:50pm PT
The blue tongue he comes by naturally. Part chow, we guess -- he was found on the median strip of an interstate so we never met his parents. On-the-Road Jack has no trace of a chow disposition, though.

As for the leggings, he tore a hind-leg ligament and at the same time got real sick earlier this month -- we're not sure how or if those troubles are related. Ended up needing IVs in both forelegs for a bit. The flashy purple wrap is to keep those areas protected while healing.

The red bandana is his deer-season fashion.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:52pm PT
Well certainly glad to see he's looking chipper!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2007 - 09:57pm PT
Chipper enough I'm not lifting him into the car anymore!

Anyone else had experience with torn ligaments and how well they heal? We got an iffy description from the vet.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 25, 2007 - 10:08pm PT
Bianca (GoldenRetriever/YellowLab cross) blew out both ACLs. . . the surgeries were $1800 for the first and $900 for the second. Seems the procedure got dialed in and easier and faster. . . so when Skadi (GoldenRetriver/Newfoundland cross) blew hers out 10 years later I figured the surgery would be FREE!

HA!

They changed the whole thing and went with a patented procedure called a TPLO - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - and it was. . . HOLD ON TO YOUR SHORTS - $3600.

OUCH!

Bink recovered from hers faster than Skadi did. . . Bink was over them in about 2 months. . . Skadi (much bigger breed) took 10 months. We had to pick her up and carry her a lot.

Ended up taking a canvas shopping bag with handles and ripping it down the seams so we had a sling - with handles and we'd sling her around her belly/boobs and assist her to get out to PoopCity.

IT WAS HARD!

She's beautiful, though. . . and worth the effort!



SplashFwimmyFwimmyFwimmy!

Which, by the way, is the BEST exercise for them when they are recovering from TPLO and other related ligament injuries.

:-)

eKatAndTheBabyBlack

May Bink rest in peace!


bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 25, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
Larry...looks like he is doing great. Good luck to him. My two last year on a winter ride.



Blinny...nice looking pup. If you need any info on Ecuador...drop me a line.
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Nov 25, 2007 - 11:07pm PT
"On-the-Road Jack has no trace of a chow disposition, though"...

it's in there alright...

and COULD come out if taunted...

and that is how it SHOULD be...

but most likely the little doggy is cool simply because he is...





















LOVED...
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:29am PT
you guys should think about pet health insurance. we have it for our pup and it has paid for itself. she had pretty invasive stomach surgery, her colon/small intestine had adhered to the cavity wall due to IBD, we only paid a hundred or so if i recall correctly. we have our policy through VPI, ours doesn't do regular maintance type stuff. but covers virtually everything else
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 11:15am PT
DavisGunkie. . . doesn't your pet have to be a pedigree to get that insurance?

?

All my doggies have been half breeds. . . magnificent half breeds, but half breeds nonetheless!

?

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2007 - 11:32am PT
eKat -- thanks for your note. Jack's ACL is only a partial tear, so he doesn't need surgery "yet." But the vet said it's likely he will tweak it again and need an operation in the future. Your costs are in line with what we were told, yow!

But on the bright side, looks like your doggies have gone on to enjoy life.
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 12:20pm PT
not at all, my pup is a rescue and we have no idea what she is.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2007 - 01:02pm PT
DG, we thought about insurance for our mutt, but it seemed pretty expensive. You've found it cost-effective, though?

Guess we should watch out for "pre-existing condition" fine print too.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:07pm PT
Chiloe. . . . don't wait. . . the longer you wait, the better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) his chances of getting arthritis are. . . and the healing process takes WAY LONGER.

I know a big GoldenRetriever/Yellow Lab cross here in town who had a partial and the owners put off the surgery for too long and even though they pounded down the major fundage and had the TPLO, he never quite fully recovered and has serious arthritis and he's only 5.

:-(

He's beautiful and I'm glad he's still alive - but if the owners had just acted quicker I think he'd be back on the ball, as it were, instead of just being on the floor. . . asleep all the time.

You'd never know Skadi had it done and she's 11. (she had it done 5 years ago) She's fully certifiable, though. . . as in COMPLETELY NUTZ!

eKat
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
we just have the very bottom plan i think which covers essentially emergency or non regular type stuff

http://www.petinsurance.com/coverage/?a=7D380059-19BB-3E97-063B570CEB63188B&b=7D380068-19BB-3E97-06672A27B208ED30&c=7D380078-19BB-3E97-060FDFF49CAADCD5

23 bucks a month or so depending on coverage isn't that bad. Plus the first big expense you get, it will get covered easily
atchafalaya

climber
California
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:54pm PT
A dog's life is sweet. Hiking the Methuselah Grove trail at sunrise on t-day...

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 02:53pm PT


Nothin' like a little dog love to make your day!




TheBabyBlack and MyOwnSelf WAY out in the Ten Lakes Scenic Area.

eKat and SkadiTheVikingGoddessOfWinter



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2007 - 03:11pm PT
Bob, atchafalaya, eKat -- beautiful pictures of a climber dog's life. They're lucky to have us, and vice versa.
L

climber
The Church of the FSM
Nov 26, 2007 - 04:55pm PT
Awwwwww...this is a great thread!

I haven't been able to have a dog for years because of apartment life, so I'm getting all my doggie-love from your many photos and stories.

Please, please, please keep 'em coming!

Muy thanks...arf..arf..arf!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2007 - 06:18pm PT
This morning he went snuffling for varmints that live under the new snow.

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 4, 2007 - 07:06pm PT
Chil. . . that is one DARLING doggie!

Woof!

K
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Dec 4, 2007 - 08:03pm PT
So, this family living at the red took in a stray, who happened to be pregnant... And we ended up with two more puppies!





And the older dogs still love the dog park:

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 4, 2007 - 08:07pm PT
They're SO COOL.

BIG FEET!

K
Thomas

Trad climber
The Tilted World
Dec 4, 2007 - 09:16pm PT
Whoa... All of this talk about surgeries is making me nervous...

For those of you that posted saying your dog has had surgery on some ligament, how old was the dog?

I have a 7 yr old lab/hound mix that still cruises runs up to about half-marathons with me as long as it is not too hot. But I do wonder how much longer I will be able to do such runs with him.

Trail running without him will just not be the same.

Cheers to all the pups out there!

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 4, 2007 - 09:25pm PT
Bianca's first one was at 5 years old and her second was at 7 years old.

Skadi's was at 6 years old.

Skadi was REALLY, REALLY strong. . . She had been pullin' me on skis for years (and I ain't pint sized!) what got her was jumping up on a frozen deck and tweakin' it sideways. . the same way you and I would if we wrecked skiing.

Both dogs were from spay heavy. . . so if you dads out there have females. . . let them have ONE HEAT (no babies) to get the hormones runnin' THEN get 'em fixed.

So sad!

K
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 4, 2007 - 09:59pm PT
StellaBella LOVES it when it finally gets cold out!


Rocky loves it anytime, the silly goat!
Thomas

Trad climber
The Tilted World
Dec 4, 2007 - 10:08pm PT
Thanks for the info, Blinny.

Not to hijack the thread, but for those of you that have done a fair bit of trail running with your dogs, what can I expect over the years? He has done more 20 milers with me than I can count and a few runs that checked in at 30+ miles. Lately we have been staying near the 10-13 mile range and all seems fine. Cool temps, good water, and he is diggin' it.

Post up, runners with dogs--share your experiences!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 4, 2007 - 11:26pm PT
I am not much of a trail runner any more, but we still go out a lot, and I think that the things that made the biggest difference in Stella (she's got a congenitally gimpy leg that started getting arthritic when she was around 6) were glucosamine/chondroitin (I get the huge bottles for like $12.99 at Costco; lots of clients at our hospital have lots of good results with Cosequin but honestly, I can't afford it and the Costco people-stuff seems to work) and with her diet.

As she got older (she's 12ish now; this was more like when she was 7-ish), I switched her to a senior food (lower cal, higher carb, but had glucosamine/chondroitin in it) and she got FAT despite exercise. Switched to prescription weight loss (even fewer calories and more fillers) food and she got even FATTER. All her joint problems got aggravated. Her energy level went way down. I switched her to a very restricted amount of a higher protein food (Canidae. I just bought a bag of Innova EVO and we're going to give that a whirl starting next week.) and the difference was amazing. At ~9 years old she started acting like a puppy again. She's definitely slowed down a bit the past couple of years, but she can still pretty much keep up with us on 15 mile hikes and on the big scrambles up talus fields and whatnot. I don't make her carry a pack anymore, and if it's cold out, she's got a little jacket (she's an old lady! Would you send your grandma out without a coat to keep her joints from going creaky?). I notice that she doesn't really run off anymore; if we're on the trail she'll pretty much just stick right by our side from the get-go, but she still really seems to enjoy it. I keep a close eye on her and if she seems tired or limpy at all we take breaks (I'm a slug, anyway, so I don't mind them).

It's still hard for me to leave her home alone when we go out, particularly when Rocky can come with us (he's only like 3 or 4ish) so I find that whether I do it consciously or not, a lot of times when deciding where to go for the day, I'll take her into account and e.g. pick trails that are flatter. On the other hand, the reality is that she really is getting older, so sometimes I'll make her a nice treat (she likes it when I take peanut butter, kibble and chicken stock and freeze it inside a big bone) and leave her on her big, cozy bed at home.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2007 - 06:14pm PT
Swimming dogs ... puppy dogs ... snow dogs ... trail-running dogs.

It's no wonder so many of these critters show up in the Happy Threads too.
Thomas

Trad climber
The Tilted World
Dec 6, 2007 - 08:48pm PT
Aya, thanks so much for the detailed reply. My dog, Higgs, just received a clean bill of health on his annual check up, so let's hope that it stays that way.

Happy Thor'sday everyone--go do your pullups!

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 6, 2007 - 10:21pm PT
All I can say is. . . all my doggies would have run themselves to death to keep up with me. . . roller skiing, bike riding, backcountry skiing, track skiing, running. . . backpacking. . .

EVERYTIME I would take them along on an 8 - 10 hour (or 8 to 10 day) trip they kept up .. . no . . . they ran circles around me. . . then we'd get back to the car and they would completely pass out.

I'd ALWAYS feel that I had done them in for the very last time.

My heart would dive deep into my own selfishness. Blaming my addiction to running with the wind for KILLING my beloved beasts.

THEN. . . when I'd pull the old car up to the cabins, on the shores of the Mighty Sacramento River (where it's white water) they'd all spring to life, bound from the 53 Chevy Sedan Delivery, that I protected with my life, grab sticks (HA! More like trunks) and power down to the river for a serious, whitewater game of "Get Your Stick".

Each and every time they rebounded from what I perceived as imminent death I, too, bounded from my exhaustion with an even more dramatic throw.

They'll do what ever you want them to do.

You'll do what ever you think they want you to do.

They'll learn to adjust to your whim.

They will please you to the death.

That's where WE come in. We have to be smarter than they are. We have to protect them from ourselves.

Remember that they will go and go and go and go - even without water, to please you.

Remember that they will go and go and go and go - even if the bottoms of their feet are oozing serum.

Remember that they will go and go and go and go - even with a blown out ACL. . . they know no pain. . . all they know is LOVE FOR YOU.

Double bladed axe, eh?

Double bladed love, most assuredly!

If we just have the sense to be within their reality.

There's nothing like DogLove.

Nothing in all of our long and drawn out histories.

They're there.

Unconditionally - hoping WE have the brains to keep them safe!

Recognize and keep THAT magic alive for as long as you shall live!

WOOF!

eKatDogLoverBrat
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 6, 2007 - 10:22pm PT
Lacey here made it to over 14,000'. She had enough SPS and HPS peaks to qualify for membership in both organizations. Knew the San Gabriels better than most people, loved to backpack and carcamp. Made a couple of 5.9 moves once trying to follow her Mom. She did the Baldy-Iron Mtn. traverse among other adventures.

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 6, 2007 - 10:33pm PT
NICE, Gary!

Which came first, the Davenport or the Doggie?

GREAT MATCH!

I sorta have a thing about pretty Doggies on nice Davenports:



http://dogoftheday.com/archive/1998/September/16.jpg


Woof!

eKatAndTheBabyBlackOnBelgianTapestry(right there, right now. . . all these years later)

Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 6, 2007 - 11:42pm PT
Well eKat, you can tell which came first by looking at the condition of the davenport!

The sad part is that, as much as my gf wants a doggie, there isn't one for now. We go too many places where dogs can't go. It's cruel to leave a dog home by itself every weekend, so we don't feel justified getting another.
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 7, 2007 - 12:16am PT
Scout and Sydney.... Donner lake
dirtbag

climber
Dec 7, 2007 - 12:19am PT
Absolutely adorable Chiloe
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Dec 7, 2007 - 12:31am PT
DogLove

Is

DogLove

Is

DogLove

Is . . . .

The best love.

Grab those little tails.

Grab those little mouths.

Smell what breath they give you.

Chalk it all up to

SERIOUS DOG LOVE!

YAY!!

eKatDoggieBrat
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Dec 7, 2007 - 01:42am PT
This one is happy as hell as long as she gets a run in the hills every night.


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2007 - 09:15am PT
They'll do what ever you want them to do.
You'll do what ever you think they want you to do.
They'll learn to adjust to your whim.
They will please you to the death.
That's where WE come in. We have to be smarter than they are. We have to protect them from ourselves.


Wonderful post, eKat.

Great photos and stories from everyone. I hope we got more.
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Dec 7, 2007 - 09:24am PT
Classic doggie story...

My wife came home a couple nights ago after work. She'd read something during the day about bear encounters and how you should take your jacket or coat and hold it above your head all spread out to make yourself look bigger. So when she walks in the door (where she knew Riley would be looking for her when she came in), she runs a little experiment and holds her jacket up over her head all bear-style while coming down the hallway.

And my brave guard dog takes one look, then turns tail and runs...all the way through the bedroom and out his doggie door into the back yard. Didn't even bark.

What a weenie. But we love 'im to death.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2007 - 09:43am PT
And my brave guard dog takes one look, then turns tail and runs...all the way through the bedroom and out his doggie door into the back yard. Didn't even bark.

What a weenie. But we love 'im to death.


Heh, I'll bet that would work on my dog too. I've had other dogs who feared loud noises like gunshots, thunder, fireworks or sonic booms. Jack doesn't care about that stuff at all, but he freaks out when I chop firewood. Runs around to a back of the house, jumps up against a window sill and says "Please let me in now!"

He runs upstairs as soon as anybody bangs a pot in the kitchen, too. Comes back down when something smells good.
macalpin

climber
UT
Dec 7, 2007 - 10:11am PT
Gimme some turkey!

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 7, 2007 - 10:29am PT
Here's Teddy at the cliffs on the last day I was out this season. The weather was low 40's and I didn't want him to be cold.

bwancy1

Trad climber
Dec 7, 2007 - 10:43am PT
Busted getting into the garbage.

TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho
Dec 7, 2007 - 11:06am PT
Jack digs the choss in Leslie Gulch.

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Dec 7, 2007 - 11:29am PT
Bear/dog story...

So we're camped on the far side od Edison Lake in the Sierra's. It's nighttime, we're sitting around a nice fire chillin' with dog Maggie. Behind us, in the pitch-dark forest we here some twigs break repeatedly. We kinda joke that it's probably just a bear or something moving through, probing us. Maggie hears this too (she loves chasing rodents) and decides she's going to track it down. She trots off into to darkness and then starts barking furiously about 30 yards out of camp. I didn't like the sound of the bark so I grabbed a big stick and flashlight and went to investigate. I got a few paces out of camp and Maggie comes tear-assing past me to my wife. Maggie's got a horrified look on her and his shaking uncontrolably. Yep, probably a bear. I took a few more paces out of camp and I can hear a low grunting noise. I think Maggie surprised the bear and kindad pissed it off. I decide it's probably better to let him be. I figure if Maggie pissed him off that much he'd leave us alone, not wanting to deal with a small barking pest.

Maggie the bear pest.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 7, 2007 - 02:47pm PT
Not my Basset...but we have one just like this.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2007 - 02:52pm PT
Another true bear/dog story, starring Jack three Octobers ago.

Half an hour ago I was walking my dog in the woods. He suddenly took off like mad chasing a bear cub. Right after the dog chasing the cub comes mama bear chasing my dog. Yikes, I'm thinking, waiting to hear awful sounds, but the cub runs up a tree and the dog outruns mama, then suddenly it's just me and her. I walk backwards quickly, feeling like I'm on the corkscrew summit with no pro, calling loudly and clapping for my dog as I go. He's taking the Great Circle route home, I hear him barking bravely from a long way away. We both get back to the house safely and I tell my wife "You won't believe what just happened!"
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 10, 2007 - 02:45am PT
http://youtube.com/watch?v=uBqXGjBcTWg
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Dec 10, 2007 - 11:19am PT
Seeing that I like dogs better than people, I had to post up on this thread.

Bubba as a puppy.



Bubba’s first bird, training in the back yard.



Bubba after he busted his Femur in 7 places retrieving a throwing dummy this dummy threw across a drainage ditch.



Bubba last March on the ice of Lake Michigan, the leg is all better and he’s a good pal.




Prod.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2007 - 04:09pm PT
Nita -- Hey hey we're the Monkees!

Prod -- Bubba looks so dejected about that leg. And so happy when he's got it back.

Earlier today:



Jody

Mountain climber
Dec 10, 2007 - 04:19pm PT
I thought this was a thread about Crowley.

What a pleasant surprise.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 10, 2007 - 04:21pm PT
"Dogs have a habit of infuriating bears and flushing out ones which you would not otherwise get to meet."

 Alpine Guide to Southwest B.C. (1974)
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Dec 10, 2007 - 04:43pm PT
Hey Chiloe,

Actually he was pretty ok with the pin, but I was not so the picture is fitting. He had the pin rig for 12 weeks.

Prod.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2007 - 09:51pm PT
"Dogs have a habit of infuriating bears and flushing out ones which you would not otherwise get to meet."

Hah, that sounds like my experience!

On another occasion, he looked out the window and saw a mama and three cubs. Jack started barking fiercely at the window.
Of course we didn't let him out, but the cubs each scrambled 50 feet up separate pine trees anyway. Then they wouldn't come down.
Mama had to pace around the base of the trees for half an hour before they all came down and moseyed on.


Actually he was pretty ok with the pin, but I was not so the picture is fitting. He had the pin rig for 12 weeks

It's amazing how resilient they can be.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2007 - 06:42pm PT
Whilst scanning old climbing slides, I came across a few that made me stop.

Fred at Vedauwoo, 1974.



Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Dec 20, 2007 - 08:29pm PT
Jersey doing the 90/94 traffic report.

yeah, I'm a city slicker dog.

Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:49pm PT
Hey Happie, Stella likes to stay warm, too.


Rocky, though, he's tough!
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:57pm PT

the colder, the better!
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2007 - 05:50pm PT
Daisy...ears flopping in the wind.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2007 - 06:02pm PT
Bob, pretty much all of your modern photos could illustrate Tar's "mountain life" thread.

Really, all these doggies could too, even Euroford's watching traffic.
Big Kahuna

Ice climber
Hell Hardest climb I did was getting out of bed.
Dec 23, 2007 - 06:17pm PT
Richard

climber
Bend, OR.
Dec 23, 2007 - 06:28pm PT
Batman.....the unofficial Bend Schipperke at Tumalo Falls 12/22/07

Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Dec 23, 2007 - 08:46pm PT
Bump, Bump Bump!

(I love this thread... So I am using it to get "dream partner" off the front page. I don't mind nudity, but that was a bit too much for my little brain to handle! AF)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 17, 2008 - 10:03pm PT
When I put a rope near the front door this morning, Jack knew right away what was up.

"Can I come? I wanna come! I really wanna come! Please can I come too?"

"I'm sorry, Jack," I told him. "Remember how you got hurt last fall? You're not a talus-hopping
pup anymore. And besides, you're in no shape for the crags -- you nap like 22 hours a day!"

"You should talk! Couch potato! Gimp!" Jack wasn't buying my logic. "Take me with you, please?
Look, I'm dancing just to go!"

So I caved, what else could I do? And Jack got to be a crag dog one more time.

Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
Yonder (in the sagebrush)
Aug 17, 2008 - 11:35pm PT
People that say they lead a dog's life just wish they could.....
Bob....Your dog is a drunk!




Wait a minute....there was nudity & I missed it? (dammit)
cowpoke

climber
Aug 18, 2008 - 08:49am PT
The way he was bounding down the steep sections of the trail, I thought Jack made a darn good case for more than "one more time."
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2008 - 10:02am PT
Yeah, the dog looked a lot more agile than I did! And no less glad to be out.

Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Aug 18, 2008 - 10:21am PT
hmmpf. look at all of those uncivilized beasts!



Anastasia

climber
Not there
Aug 18, 2008 - 10:29am PT
This is my favorite thread! Oh, how I miss my fuzzy friends.
AF
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 18, 2008 - 11:37am PT
Fred.. loves to go fishing with friends.

cowpoke

climber
Aug 18, 2008 - 11:53am PT
Sometimes cragging days end prematurely. Annie lost the genetic crap shoot that comes with a full breed and recessive hair color.

Although the backyard adventures were the usual puppy stuff


and first couple years at the crags were excellent,


she's now about 90% blind at age 5 thanks to a degenerative eye condition.

The adventures are once again in the backyard or on level hikes with a leash primarily.


And, yet, she still recognizes the smell of the day packs and never misses the rattle of the leash.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2008 - 04:19pm PT
Euroford -- that's quite the regal expression, your caption sums it up. Especially right after
some mutt looking happy in the dirt.

Nita -- Jack went in an airplane once, but he's never been in a boat. Dogs do love to ride.

Cowpoke, nice arc your photos tell. Annie looks like she still gets a lot out of life.
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Aug 18, 2008 - 04:22pm PT
don't let him fool you, the only reason he's sitting still was the three hours of chase and frisbee at the dog park beforehand :)

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 20, 2008 - 09:57am PT
Daisy...

Hankster

Trad climber
Eldorado Springs, CO
Aug 20, 2008 - 11:11am PT
nita, love the Pug picture! The 1st Saturday of every month there is a Pug meetandgreet here in Boulder. You should see 30 or 40 of the little f*#kers running around like a herd of tiny buffalo, and not listening to anybody.......We just love ours, her name is Steak.

Caylor
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Aug 20, 2008 - 11:31am PT
steak. haha! thats awesome!

i love that dog park up in Louisville, nice park, lotsa nice dogs. one of the nicer spots jersey and i have been too.

i wish he wasn't such a maniac, can't have him off the leash unless we have a fence around!
bobmarley

Trad climber
WAS Auburn CA, NOW Seattle WA
Aug 20, 2008 - 12:10pm PT
Eeyore (right) with the SuperTopo dog, Rufas.

philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Aug 20, 2008 - 02:12pm PT
This is Goldie


here she is ready for adventure


With Rolo's cat Flaco


And after a hard days work


And going to work
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 23, 2008 - 08:39pm PT

Margy and Xena (warrior princess) at Suicide 2 weeks ago. Xena has some Chow as well, she is a wee bit feral (Xena not Margy).


OK, I take that back.
goatboy smellz

climber
cien años de soledad
Aug 24, 2008 - 09:19pm PT
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/08/22/argentina.dog.tale/index.html

"(CNN) -- A dog sheltered a newborn baby abandoned by its 14-year-old mother in a field
in rural Argentina until the boy was rescued, a doctor said Friday.

The abandoned infant was found in a field with this dog and her newborn puppies.

A resident of a rural area outside La Plata called police late Wednesday night
to say that he had heard the baby crying in a field behind his house.

The man went outside and found the infant lying beside the dog and its six newborn puppies,
said Daniel Salcedo, chief of police of the Province of Buenos Aires.

The temperature was a chilly 37 degrees, Salcedo said.

The dog had apparently carried the baby 50 meters from where his mother had abandoned him
to where the puppies were huddled, police said.

"She took it like a puppy and rescued it," Salcedo said.
"The doctors told us if she hadn't done this, he would have died.

"The dog is a hero to us."

Dr. Egidio Melia, director of the Melchor Romero Hospital in La Plata,
said police showed up at the hospital at 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday with the baby, who doctors say was only a few hours old.

Though the infant had superficial scratches and bruises
and was bleeding from his mouth, he was in good shape, Melia said.

The next morning, the child's mother was driven by a neighbor to the hospital
and told authorities that the
8-pound, 13-ounce infant is hers, Melia said.

The teenager was immediately given psychological treatment
and was hospitalized, he said. She has said little about the incident.

The child has been transferred to a children's hospital
in La Plata, 37 miles from Buenos Aires."


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2008 - 10:05am PT
Recognizing my sentimental nature, a friend loaned me this book a few days ago for reading
on a long flight. My plane never left the ground that day and instead I spent 8 hours
standing in lines at a foreign airport ... but I read the book cover to cover and it kept
me smiling despite how the day was going. I recognized just a few of my own dog's
experiences in Kerasote's well-told story of Merle. Anybody else here read this gem?

Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
up Yonder (someplace else)
Sep 1, 2008 - 10:25am PT
Haven't, but I will....Thanks for the tip.....cheers.




Dogs!
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Sep 1, 2008 - 01:33pm PT
bump

bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:01pm PT
i read it a few weeks ago and cried through the last two chapters...i, too, spent the last few days of my dog's life sleeping by his side, hand feeding him, and cleaning up his bowel movements...it was the least i could do for all that he had given me
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2008 - 03:16pm PT
From all the unleashed outdoors-activity photos we get around here, like eKat's water trips
or Bob D and his deserts, I'd guess there are a fair number of ST folks who could identify
with the author's perspective on sharing life with a "free-thinking" dog.

The book hooked me from about page 2, where a stray wanders up to the author as he's
gearing up for a raft trip, and says to him,
"You need a dog. I am it."
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:24pm PT


Yeah. . . this one came up to the shop one day and said, "You need an apprentice, and I am it!"

:-)

WoofTwang!

eKat
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:26pm PT
What does Skadi think of guitar making, and guitar music? Just curious - dogs can hear a lot more than we can, and many musical instruments produce a lot of undertones and overtones.

Not to drift too far (I did post a dog picture upthread), my father is quite musical and crafty, and has made things like a viola, a violin, and a harpsichord. Sadly, he's now quite hard of hearing. I don't remember if any of his dogs was musical.
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:32pm PT
My dogs are musical:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iQoUmlOLeg
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2008 - 03:34pm PT
I don't remember if any of his dogs was musical.

We useta have a dog who loved recorders, flutes, any kind of wind instrument --
she'd howl along very softly. And another who joined every coyote chorus, eager
for his Jack London moment. But what that dog most liked singing to was a
recording somebody had given us, "Songs of the Humpback Whale."
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
up Yonder (someplace else)
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
Hey, Chaz, looks like they blew that donkey's mind.......
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:50pm PT
Skadi LOVES being in the shop. . . she'll hang out right under the chip chute on the jointer and get covered with chips. . .



(Please note that she places her dollies on her bed and puts up with the cold hard concrete floor herself!)

Dad has to "dry clean" her before she's allowed back in the house. (that is, he has to BLOW her off with compressed air!)

:-)

AND. . . if I'm practicing, she will sprawl out on the floor as if somebody'd run her through a blender and poured her out at my feet!

I can sing her into submission. . . especially if there are loud noises out in the woods (gunshots/distant thunder).

Ahhhhhhhhh. . .

eKat

Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 03:52pm PT
I just ordered an audio copy of "Merle's Door" from Amazon.com. . . I've got a long drive ahead of me. . . so I might as well listen to a nice story!

YAY!

Thanks for the turn on!

eKat
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 1, 2008 - 04:00pm PT
Hmmm, I didn't post a photo of a dog on this thread after all. So here's Emma the dopey dog, my father's chick magnet and faithful companion. She was his third dog, and is wearing a vest knitted by my mother. Emma died in April - she was 13.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2008 - 04:12pm PT
Cool, eKat, I hope you like the book. It seems like a good one for listening.
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 04:22pm PT
MH. . . look at that little Emma!

:-(

AND. . . great, Chil. . . can't wait to hear it. I love audio books.

:-)

eKatCountinTheDays
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Sep 1, 2008 - 04:58pm PT
A couple shots of the pooch from our recent road trip...

So over this whole climbing thing... American Fork Canyon


Our last day of climbing after two weeks...Maple Canyon, Utah


Thanks for the props on that book...it's in my pile, but I haven't made it to it yet.
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Sep 1, 2008 - 05:23pm PT

L

climber
Just surfin' the tsunami of life
Sep 1, 2008 - 05:26pm PT
I am soooooooo getting that book, Chil. Thanks for the post.
Anastasia

climber
Not there
Sep 1, 2008 - 06:51pm PT
Thanks all of you for sharing for this IS my favorite thread.
AF



Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 09:05pm PT


TheBabyBlack and her MiniMe!

:-)

eKatDogMom
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 09:08pm PT


Dad and Doggie napping after Doggie's TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy)

:-(

eKat
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Sep 1, 2008 - 09:34pm PT
BabyBlack's got it good, E-kat.

Mine has to settle for Rat-Hole 6.


originalpmac

Trad climber
Sep 1, 2008 - 09:53pm PT
I have had to have posted both these pics twice.. but they doggies and doggies are rad...


and my dog...

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Sep 1, 2008 - 10:29pm PT

Teddy's latest photo, taken last Saturday out in the woods in the Mohonk Preserve
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Sep 1, 2008 - 10:33pm PT
I swear. . . every time I see that Teddy, I just wanna kiss 'im!

:-)

woof

K
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2008 - 10:26pm PT
Jack took several baths today.

hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:17pm PT


MAX, RIP, 2-99 to 9-20-08 I miss you buddy.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:26pm PT
chaz, love your Dobie. Have had a few myself.
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:42pm PT
Riley and Nora from last weekend, courtesy of Sooze...
nature

climber
Santa Fe, NM
Oct 18, 2008 - 12:15am PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2008 - 10:11am PT
Yesterday at Lake Chocorua:

Tan Slacks

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 18, 2008 - 11:40am PT
The gang of two, the JT posse

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 18, 2008 - 11:49am PT
dog threads simply kick ass!!!!
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Oct 18, 2008 - 01:03pm PT
Zack the world's biggest American Cocker (53 lbs)


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2008 - 06:04pm PT
Meet Thor.

Blinny

Trad climber
I'mNotMarkBlanchard!
Nov 28, 2008 - 06:43pm PT
I gotta ask. . . . is there anything better than dog love?

MissusBlack is scheduled for more "BigC" removal on the 2nd.

If you've got an ounce of love left over after you douse yourself and your own with all the love you've got, would you please offer it up this way?

We're trying to keep it together here. . . .

She's still my best friend in the whole wide world.

HolyBlackDoggie.

Why am I so sad?

Send some BIG LOVE if you've got it to spare, OK?

Prettty please.

Thank you.

xoxoxox

eKat and The Baby Black
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2008 - 07:23pm PT
I gotta ask. . . . is there anything better than dog love?

eKat, we've got doggy love to spare here tonight, sending some yer way.

Right now, our 60-pound whatsit is playing with the 7-pound chiweenie who came
to visit for the holiday. They play like King Kong with the airplanes.

Here, Thor takes his first walk in the woods.



Here, Thor learns about the ocean. He's about to get airlifted out of harm's way,
while his Dad gets wet shoes.

Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Nov 28, 2008 - 08:03pm PT
Thor looks like he'll make for a fine cat chaser, you can see it in his eyes.
Double D

climber
Nov 28, 2008 - 08:52pm PT
A couple of months ago it was a very sad day when I had to have Nokie, our Siberian Husky put to sleep. She lived a great life and had us totally "wired."



)-;
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 29, 2008 - 12:13am PT
hey there chiloe... and all.. say, BUMP... as---i NOW have my pup-dog that i wanted, when i had thought i would get a loan for a small older farm house---sadly, it all fell apart cuase i was self employed:
but--i didnt want to forget about the dog... my boss-lady let me get it, in spite of my tiny place and 5 cats... and extrememly low pay check :O

so, bump... :)

i will post her pics tomorrow, as i have to go sleep now... odd hours make me not feel too alert... used to be--- i was doing right-fine... :) ... seems odd now, for me...

god bless to all...

*say, doubleD... sorry, as to the loss of your dear dog...
powen01

Trad climber
Louisville, KY
Nov 29, 2008 - 01:29am PT
"steak. haha! thats awesome!

i love that dog park up in Louisville, nice park, lotsa nice dogs. one of the nicer spots jersey and i have been too.

i wish he wasn't such a maniac, can't have him off the leash unless we have a fence around!"

Euro, if you're talking about Louisville, KY... if you're ever back around here, check out http://louisvilledogs.netfirms.com/index.html

There are fences at Tom Sawyer, and now I think the Cherokee Park run has a fence as well.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2008 - 11:04am PT
Chaz:
Thor looks like he'll make for a fine cat chaser, you can see it in his eyes.

He'll never chase a fisher cat or a bear up a tree, as Jack has done. But today Thor is
doing something Jack will never do: flying across the country with his people. He's
supposed to stay in this carry-on doggy bag, but Thor has charisma, so on the way
out here no one minded that he spent the whole flight free, snuggled down between his
adoptive parents.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 29, 2008 - 01:18pm PT
The great Swedish physician and humanist, Axel Munthe, was also renowned for his love of animals. His lyrical romance, The Story of San Michele, is as much about animals as anything. It was one of the best selling books of the 20th century. He had this wisdom on a sad subject:

"Alas! the life of a dog is so short and there are none of us who have not been in mourning for a lost friend. Your first impulse and your first words after you have laid him to rest under a tree in the park, are that you never, never wish to have another dog; no other dog could ever replace him, no other dog could ever be to you what he has been. You are mistaken. It is not A dog we love, it is THE dog. They are all more or less the same, they are all ready to love you and be loved by you. They are all representatives of the most lovable and, morally speaking, most perfect creation of God. If you loved your dead friend in the right way, you cannot do without another. Alas! he also will have to part from you, for those beloved by the gods die young."

Munthe lived from 1857 - 1949, was the youngest doctor then qualified in France in 1880, and was renowned for treating anyone, from the very poor in the slums during epidemics, to the royal family of Sweden. San Michele was his villa on the island of Capri in Italy, where he spent much of his life. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Munthe
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 29, 2008 - 02:50pm PT
hey there all, my ex put my dogs life through much sorrows, in different ways, due to him not allowing the best for them--which i could not understand why....

then, he finally took some of my dogs away, because the lady next door did not like it when one of them had pups... he took his anger out on her, at the poor dogs... they had never bothered him before...

my sadest and one of my very very few regrets in life, was how our second dog had to life, in one of our old shacks we lived in---we had to keep it tied too much so it wouldnt get hit by cars, and one day, we found it dead.... we dont know if the neighbor poisoned it or not--it was very sad.... i fogot how we got the dog, too---it might have been to replace the one that he put outside oneday ( i stupidly had trusted him, and it never came back)... yes---it has been said that poor folks should not have dogs... but i had taken good care of it, until i learned he would not allow from more expansion of the yard for it... so i felt very wrong, that i had hurt the god.... i think i have forgiven myself finally---it had just loved the dog and not wanted it to have that sad life that we all were kind of having at that time...

well, when things were better, that is when i had the two newer dogs and he pretty much ruined the home we tried to have, and took the dogs to the pound at that time.... now, i can see that it must have had to go that way---as i got out of town fast, about ?a month later? or so... maybe someone adopted the dogs, but most lilkely not....

too sad... but i was not able to get the back, as, i had no place to take them... very good dogs they were... (need to stop crying, now, huh, :( .... yep)

okay, well now, here i am on my own and i have cats, and never thought i'd ever have the pleasure to have another dog...

here she is... pattie-ann-marie... i will go upload some pictures and post them here soon (few more minutes)...

it is a good thing that the good lord knows my heart and what happened, or i would feel very bad and dirty for what happened to my beloved dogs... yet, at times, i still do feel very sad for it-----just like what mighty hiker posted: the notations from the man, that he mentioned, just a bit above this post... dogs are special
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 29, 2008 - 03:18pm PT
hey there... thankful for my new pup-dog:

patty-and-marie (first, at the animal rescue/pound):


at home on HER sofa, but she sleeps in her crate til house-trained, before she had her harness on:


her first day home:


her favorite toy:


patty-ann, out in the snow (she points, too--she is part lab, and part shar-pei) (never seen this combo before, but i have heard they are common now)...


she loves to run--but seems to just like taking a walk, best of all:


here is her black tongue (i had to use peanut butter to get her to open up):


here is a good view of her WRINNKLED COAT---she has a very thick neck, when i got her home, i now have to use a harness, or her collor is either too tight, or slips off:




*ps, there is also a dog hybrid called, sharp eagle, and they are crossed between a shar-pei and a beagle... they almost look like her, too, but perhaps shorter?

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2009 - 05:34pm PT
Chaz

Trad climber
Boss Angeles
Jan 1, 2009 - 10:19pm PT
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 1, 2009 - 11:05pm PT
hey there... what a very dog-inspirational-adventure-mode pic (the one just above, by chiloe) and, what an interesting and very different pic (the second)


say, here is patty ann marie and her snow-spying photo:
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 2, 2009 - 10:38am PT
hey there... what a very dog-inspirational-adventure-mode pic (the one just above, by chiloe)
and, what an interesting and very different pic (the second)


Thanks, neebee. And Chaz sure has something offbeat to contribute from his kite-camera.

BTW, Jack (gazing seaward above) has a black tongue as well. At the kennel where we
parked him a few days ago, they wrote down his breed as "chow X".
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Jan 2, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
Boxers are ALWAYS in your business!!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 2, 2009 - 01:57pm PT
hey there chiloe.... say, i was wondering how chaz did that... i had never seen anything like THAT before, and not even in magazines, etc... very well done, chaz....



say, that is funny, chiloe... "chow x" oh my....

say. i wonder how big patty ann will get, i can tell she has grown some, even now... she is very nice, but she really does like to mouth-up the cats... she does stop when i tell her, but she gets carried away, nearly, but never vicsious.... it still seems like too much rough stuff for me to used too, after having labs before, seems they were gentler...
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 2, 2009 - 06:17pm PT
Daisy...laying low.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 2, 2009 - 06:31pm PT
hey there rwedgee... oh my... say, is that your dog? if so... how did THAT happen? doggie stuck in cat door?


cute shot... :)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
The comfiest place around.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 22, 2009 - 05:51pm PT
my daughter, Lily Weimaraner

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 05:58pm PT
Peter, that is great!
Chaz

Trad climber
Boss Angeles
Mar 22, 2009 - 06:11pm PT
perswig

climber
Mar 22, 2009 - 08:03pm PT
Betty, helping me look for the start of, no lie, Man's Best Friend.


Betty and Ghillie - "WTF was that?"


Sara and Mooch and a recon of Whitehorse.


Dale

Edit: That'll make her day, Rokjox. Thanks!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 08:18pm PT
Whitehorse appears outta condition.
perswig

climber
Mar 23, 2009 - 06:41am PT
No, Larry, it's just the sit-start that's currently unavailable.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Mar 23, 2009 - 08:37am PT
norwegian elkhound. we called her yeti.


she ran off into another story before she was one.

transient bunch. those scandanavians.
Anastasia

climber
Not here
Mar 23, 2009 - 11:10am PT

The best companion you can have for a weekend in Mammoth. He loves snow, enjoys hiking, packs small and eats left overs. What more can you ask for? Plus he comes along with a fantastic family.
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Mar 23, 2009 - 11:14am PT
Talk about packing small!
FeelioBabar

climber
Sneaking up behind you...
Mar 23, 2009 - 11:24am PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2009 - 11:52am PT
All these dogs seem to be leading high-quality lives.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Mar 23, 2009 - 12:22pm PT
Unfortunately the old osteoarthritis is catching up with old old Stella pretty hard, so a lot of the time she has to stay home when we go climbing - but Rocky gets to go out!




Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2009 - 12:41pm PT
Aya, where are you finding all that snow-free granite?

It's windy and cold here today but you can tell spring's on the way.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 23, 2009 - 12:43pm PT
Larry the lead-dog is going into retirement at 9 years old after very successful dog-sled races.

http://www.adn.com/iditarod/2009/story/729908.html


AP photo
Hankster

Trad climber
Eldorado Springs, CO
Mar 23, 2009 - 02:32pm PT
This thread shall LIVE!!!!



Caylor
Shrug

Trad climber
Mar 23, 2009 - 03:20pm PT

Scout after the last big snowfall we had.


Fetch time.


Ball ball ball ball!


Siblings




Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Mar 23, 2009 - 10:34pm PT
Chiloe - it's not granite - it's... well, whatever the dacks are made of (but I know it's not Granite). That's the Spider's Web. Southwest facing so catches tons of sun. Climbed three days there last week (in tank top!) and watched people climbing at Chapel Pond across the way the whole time!



ps Esthesia, on the dihedral that's in the arete on the left there, is a mega classic arete climb!!!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Mar 23, 2009 - 10:42pm PT
Shrug, I had like the same scene in my backyard a few years ago. So weird!!!


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2009 - 02:38pm PT
Apprentice crag dog learns technique from old pro.

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 26, 2009 - 02:42pm PT
How many times have people said "I'm jealous of all the places your dog gets to go"?
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jun 26, 2009 - 03:18pm PT
The Crack n00b Monster.


Photo by Blitzo.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 26, 2009 - 05:11pm PT
hey there, say all... i got some new pics of patty ann marie... no money to get them out though...

will try to sell a dream catcher or something and put the pics up this weekend...

just saw the dog thread here and got reminded... :)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
Ah, neebee, you mean to say you're shooting film?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2009 - 05:29pm PT
Yesterday:

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 26, 2009 - 05:32pm PT
I've noticed that a fair number of outdoorsy dogs have bandannas tied around their necks, in place of or sometimes in addition to collars. I was wondering why?
dsqrd

climber
Jun 26, 2009 - 06:11pm PT
it's a gang thing.
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jun 26, 2009 - 06:37pm PT

Life in the dog patch. Mr Q. Me and Tillie,at home.
L

climber
Just takin' the long way home...
Jun 26, 2009 - 07:07pm PT
That's amazing, Chil. Jack doesn't look like he's aged a day since you started this thread eons ago. Not even a fleck of gray in his muzzle (OK...maybe a little...makes him look "distinguished"). What a cutie!

What's his secret...açaí juice in his water? Goji berry bones?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2009 - 07:33pm PT
What's his secret...açaí juice in his water? Goji berry bones?

Rimadyl.

That and a young female companion.

dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jun 26, 2009 - 09:15pm PT


The two criminals at Reynolds’s ( Vedauwoo )
L

climber
Just takin' the long way home...
Jun 27, 2009 - 12:40am PT
Well, it's one of the greatest truths in this life that love will keep you young...and here's more proof.


Cute "criminals", Dogtown. Fess up--what did those two do to be labeled such? Pee on the wrong outcropping? ;-)
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jun 27, 2009 - 05:42am PT
That’s about it, they piss all over the place ! Oh and they will beg, barrow, still and do trick’s for food also. ( The two criminals) I love them.

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2009 - 05:46am PT
I am so jonseing that sherman granite.... time for a new dog, too....
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 27, 2009 - 11:33am PT
Ozzy on Mt Hood.

I can't believe how much we all love Ozzy, it's really quite wonderful.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 27, 2009 - 06:29pm PT
hey there say, chiloe.... wow, sure wish i was ... oh my... (seems i am more "shooting my mouth off" as i dont have the pics to back it all up, oh my! ).... ;)

well, i really love to take pics... ever since i was young.. got married early though and never had money to do so...

i got a little returnable walgreens camera... you take it back and they refilm-it-up for you... :)

then, you start shooting... oh my, as we all know, PAYING for it, is another matter...

SAY---i saw the pictures and they are really neat... i may just take my last bit of money and get them out... to share here...

*i wish i had a neat camera, as i really do take neat pics... would have like to use them ol' zoom-in lenses, too... i saw some neat birds the other day...

wellllllll, here i go... if i have enough so i dont have a zero bank account, i will get them... (i am not that neglegent, folks, i balance what little bits of money that i have, well... i just dont got any, as i dont have a job any more... sadly)...

and my leg still hurts...

oh my, but my heart is HAPPY... and all cause of the good lord and my cats, grandkids, and:



MY REALLY COOL, REALLY NEAT PUP-DOG!... THANKS FOR THE NEAT DOG THREAD HERE, YOU ALL.... :) :) :)

I LOVE MY NEW DOG... (waited far too many years to have one again, and after far too many sad times)...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 27, 2009 - 06:34pm PT
hey there, say dogtown...

wow, sure love that "green contacts" eye-color look, in the ol' pup-dog...


(is he going for his cat-imitation) ... :)

*oops, or her... not sure which it is...



and say, rocjox... (hope i remembered to spell that right)...

say, there is nothing like a good ol' dog bringing itself a book to read, while you climb....



(ooops, oh my... or is THAT your book....?)
*won't be for long, if you aint careful...

;)
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 27, 2009 - 06:39pm PT


TheBabyBlack (may she rest in peace) four years ago out on the back deck with her "I Love You" Dolly.

:-)

eKatMissesHerDoggie


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2009 - 08:18pm PT
Mighty Hiker:
I've noticed that a fair number of outdoorsy dogs have bandannas tied around their necks, in place of or sometimes in addition to collars. I was wondering why?

We useta be hippies?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
eKatMissesHerDoggie

eKat might someday have a new doggie not to ever forget the old one, but to pass the love on.
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:20pm PT
Mighty. . . here's what Skadi wore around her neck. . .

LOVE DOLLIES.



:-)

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2009 - 08:25pm PT
neebee, I think ya need to go digital. Perhaps the taco can help you.
reddirt

climber
Elevation 285 ft
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:25pm PT






Friday, June 12, 2009
Laney Wu Dec 1996 - June 12, 2009

Laney was brought to the end of her life last Friday.

Laney was a dog's dog. In fact, she was Baobei's dog (the tricolored bagle - beagle/basset above). She followed BB & me home in March 1997 when we were on the campus of the University of Georgia. She was 16 pounds & had been dumpster diving. She grew into the quintessential lab, always playful, loved to fetch anything thrown & loved to swim. Her coat was much softer than a labs. Running my hands through it was like petting a giant mink; so soft, silky & shiny. Though at times she was not the most vocal of dogs, she loved barking at the moon & into the night sky. She was a stealthy thief & loved taking big finds back to her kennel so she could fully indulge herself uninterruptedly. She was overflowing with love & affection. There are many lab muttts out there but only one Laney. We love you & miss you dearly.
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:28pm PT
Rest in peace, DearLaneyWu.

:-(

OhMyAchingHeart!

eKat
reddirt

climber
Elevation 285 ft
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:35pm PT
eKat, thanks for your kind words. we are still very sad. Laney would want me to eat a few (boxes of) donuts for her...
perswig

climber
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:38pm PT
"She was a stealthy thief & loved taking big finds back to her kennel so she could fully indulge herself uninterruptedly."

With those eyes, she probably was forgiven everything.

Sorry for your (and BB's) loss.

Dale
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 27, 2009 - 08:41pm PT
You're welcome, red.

It takes a while to heal from this loss, let me tell you!

Skadi crossed the RainbowBridge in April and I'm still finding little things around the property that knock me to my knees. . . part of an old bandage that got lost in the snow, a dolly, one of her booties. . . and just yesterday, one of her favorite sticks. . . with her little gnaw marks on it.

:-(

Whew.

Good luck.

ox

eKat


perswig

climber
Jun 27, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
Since NE started channelling Seattle's weather, sparse climbing but lots of dog walks.

Mooch and Ghillie surveying their kingdom.

The Chief

Trad climber
From the Land where Mogols still roam!
Jun 27, 2009 - 11:13pm PT
The THREE STOOGES roaming the backroads & trails of our Eastern Sierra backyard in search of fresh lines...




My Son after a morning assisting me with some Skinning of backyard snow....


And, helping me Navigate some local waters...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2009 - 11:27pm PT
Laney wu, thanks for being there for Reddirt and Baobei, all those years. Good luck, all.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:24am PT
hey there, say all... okay, i am back! ...

i slept all day, cause my leg hurt...
then, i actually took ol' pup-dog to the store and go the pics!

i took out some that were no good, and i still got a 18 bucks left in the bank... good little gal that i am... :)

(but not sure if it is right to get the pics the out, but i needed some good cheer, here)...

so then, i went for a short walk with the neighbors... leg didnt hurt til i got home...
then---i worked on scanning the pics and all the etc...

and TAADAA... here we go!

i will post them in sets...
first this one:

*Note--the neighbor's yard, for Patty to run in (but the indoor pics, are at my little home)...


IT'S THAT OL' TAIL that gives her away, huh? ;)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:26am PT
hey there say... now this one:


*Note--she is not biting, though the picture looks like it

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:27am PT
hey there say, now this...


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:29am PT
hey there, say, all.. and lastly...





*mm, not sure if they worked.. will have to backtrack...
oh my
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:36am PT
hey there... OOOPS... TOO SMALL.... oh my...

i will be back and edit... :(

:)
FINALLY ALL EDITED... while my mind has been very
busy along two vastly different thought trains...
in the midst of jello's post, too...
so this was a very unusual night...

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:37am PT
hey there say, awww, reddirt and ekat.. :(
sorry for the loss of your dear doggies...
i too, have had my sad doggie stories... :(
god bless..

hey there say, perswig.. oh my... what a lovely play-yard in the great outdoors...
man oh man, what a place.. seattle, huh? oh my! and NICE dogs... :)


wow, chief(?) hope i got that right... nice dogs...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2009 - 05:09am PT
hey there say, bump for jbar... :)

this is patty ann marie, since winter... :)
she has grown into a fine pup-dog...

see the above pics sequence...

*still gets too excited when she sees other dogs and people... she is a real love and sweetie... a good dog...

edit: she would have been a dead dog, there, where i used to work.. as were so many other wonderful dogs...

the gal there, always "killed off" the big dogs, cuase they were more work... :(
jbar

Social climber
urasymptote
Jun 28, 2009 - 06:10am PT
Wow neebee. Patty sure looks like trouble! :o)

Redirt - sorry to hear about Laney. I'm sure she would want you to eat a whole box of Krispy Kremes! We're just lucky we could have such good friends to share a part of our life with.
Hankster

Trad climber
Eldorado Springs, CO
Jun 28, 2009 - 07:27am PT
Redirt, sorry about the Lanester. The Hindus say that "a dog decides when to come into your life, and when to leave". Much love.

Caylor
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 28, 2009 - 11:55am PT
YAY, neebee. . . Patty is DARLING!

DogLoveIsMagic!

Thanks for postin' up!

oxox

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2009 - 01:56pm PT
So we took our two mutts out for dinner last night, at our favorite waterfront restaurant.
Leashed them to the outdoor table while we enjoyed food and drinks, watching clouds
darken above the Great Bay.

It was Sophie's first trip of this sort, she was on probation to see whether she'd behave.
Needn't have worried. Both dogs wagged their tails and made friends with passersby,
several of whom stopped to chat and tell dog stories of their own -- kinda like here on ST.

"Are they both rescues?" people asked, and smiled more to hear the answer.
eKat

Mountain climber
BITD2
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:59pm PT
YAY, Jack and Sophie.

DogLove!

ox

eKat
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा, co
Jun 29, 2009 - 07:07pm PT

irie & laredo
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Jun 30, 2009 - 12:28am PT
Saddle up the pooches, it's summer alpine season!
What, everybody doesn't take their best friend up Mt Hood?

eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jun 30, 2009 - 01:04am PT
goat. . . ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Reilly. . . rad!

:-)

DogLove!

eKat
cowpoke

climber
Jul 1, 2009 - 02:38pm PT
still soggy in new england, but the kids and dog don't seem to mind. a few pics from a walk, swim, and shake in the park today:










Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2009 - 03:12pm PT
Goatboy, Reilly, Cowpoke --
Still more signs that climbers' dogs are fortunate.
perswig

climber
Jul 2, 2009 - 02:32pm PT
More dog. More fog.



The dogs are in better shape than I.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2009 - 02:38pm PT
The dogs are in better shape than I.

A friend of mine took his dog to the vet for a checkup. The vet commented that the dog had
been gaining weight, and could use more exercise.

My friend realized with embarassment that the fat dog came about because he himself no
longer went jogging.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2009 - 02:01pm PT
Yesterday brought disheartening news for us, while our fur people went on about life.

This picture is for eKat, with thanks.



And thanks to Cowpoke, who shared a day with his daughters -- one of them took this photo.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:07pm PT
That is a real sweet picture. Keep the happies coming.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 7, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
Yay, Chil and family!

Thanks!

oxxo

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2009 - 03:13pm PT
A good crag dog knows what not to chew.
(Yesterday at Whitehorse Ledge.)

L

climber
It's a big ol' Moon a singing to me now...
Jul 11, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
Aaawwwwwwww eKat...I just went back a couple pages and read about TheBabyBlack. I wasn't around when she sauntered over the Rainbow Bridge, and I'm glad I wasn't. You'd posted so many great pix and stories of her, I'd have been crying for a month for your doggie and my virtual pet.

Don't know if anyone posted this in honor of Skadi; after Rainbow Bridge, it's my favorite accolade to the four-footed keepers of our hearts. It's for you and Laney, too, Reddirt.



"A Dog Well Remembered"

by Ben Hur Lampman, 1925

We are thinking now of a setter, whose coat was flame in the sunshine and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree or an apple or any flowering shrub of the garden is an excellent place to bury a good dog.

Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer or gnawed at a flavorous bone or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. Yet it is a small matter. For if the dog be well-remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where the dog sleeps. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pastureland, where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog and all one to you, and nothing is gained and nothing is lost --if memory lives.

But there is one best place to bury a dog. If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call--come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they shall not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing:

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.


...in the heart of her master.


eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 11, 2009 - 09:15pm PT
Yeah, L. . . it was hell. . . . too much taking of the chop these days, for me!

:-(

Thanks for your nice post.

ox

eKat
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 11, 2009 - 09:24pm PT


Postin' up again. . . just cause I need to share the love.

My God. Where have we all been over the last few months. . .

I love you all.

oxox

eKatWithTheMemoryOfTheMagic
captaintight

Boulder climber
San Diego
Jul 11, 2009 - 09:28pm PT
Introducing, The Dude, or Doodle Bug as he is affectionately known.

We spent ~5K on keeping him alive during the first year of life.

However, he has never shown any thing but an absolute zest for life. He has "it".





eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 11, 2009 - 09:33pm PT
Ahhhhhhhh, CT. . . DoodleBug is DARLING!

So much DogLove!

Thanks a million for postin' up.

oxox

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2009 - 09:55pm PT
In all these pictures, you can see they've got souls.

eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 11, 2009 - 09:57pm PT
Oh. . . that LittleJack!

Hope he's all loose and flexible these days. . . a lot of love was in that little bottle of Rimadyl!

oxox

eKat
L

climber
It's a big ol' Moon a singing to me now...
Jul 12, 2009 - 12:35am PT
Kath,

That is a priceless photo of Skadi. She's just glowing with doggie love--look at those eyes...and the doll on her back--OMG...too funny!


CT--Doodle Bug is such a cutie! What price love, eh? When it comes right down to it...we talk about the money...but we'd all rather have the love.



Word, Chiloe. Word. Only I'd go a step further and say the perfection of dogs (and the myriad other pets we love) is that they have soul...and very little else.

No ego to get in the way of sharing their affection whole-heartedly and without reservation.

No petty little mind that has them hating someone because of the color of their skin, or their political beliefs, or their country of origin.

A remarkably short-term memory when it comes to getting scolded and incredibly long-term when it comes to all the fun things you've done with them.

And the amazing ability to eat the same DOG FOOD day after day after day, and still get excited each time you fill the bowl. Simply amazing.
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jul 12, 2009 - 01:24am PT

At the dog Patch Today.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 12, 2009 - 01:50am PT
EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVOURITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVOURITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVOURITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVOURITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVOURITE!
1:30 pm - BOOHOO - BATH - BUMMER
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVOURITE!

Edit: I'm not the author of this or the following post. Someone sent it to me by e-mail. I thought a little humour might not be amiss.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 12, 2009 - 01:52am PT
EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY
DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favourite chair...must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was as...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odour of the glass tubes they call "beer.." More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 12, 2009 - 01:56am PT
hey there say, mighty hiker... ahhhhhhh, you are so "in the know" about these critters... being that i live with cats and dogs, you gave me a great smile just now....

*have not had a dog for near 10-11 years.... i sure missed that daily:

"OH BOY, ETC.... ETC... ETC..."


ps:
i have a few notes my from active-cat-diaries as well, i must double check first, if you have perhaps covered them all...
;)
L

climber
It's a big ol' Moon a singing to me now...
Jul 12, 2009 - 02:03am PT
Hahahaha Anders! Soooooo true!

The cat diary is perfection.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 12, 2009 - 02:24am PT
hey there mighty hiker, say, here is the current word on the trail from the cat-journels of the "fabulous-five":


-->spread the word... warning... it has just now been discovered that said-mountain-trail "catwalk shelf" has been blockaged!!!! no more access from northwest kitchen valley, to north-east food supply...

it has been bouldered-up by HUGE vases, a LONG large radio, glass candles and a glass-statue--now those tons of "shaled shaped" clutter are no more ours to knock-through on our way to a good meal!!!!

repeat, there is NO access to said-catwalk-trail... REPEAT! there is NO ACCESS to said-trail!!!

we MUST by-pass knocking down shale-shaped frame-photos (i know, i know, huge fun, now gone, adding insult to shock), all due to said-blockades at BOTH ends of trail....we must cross into wild-goofy-dog territory, there is no other way to the "north-east stairway-provisions climb"... sad but true...

if we want to eat, we trail through "dog camp"... seek out various enclaves of "cave shelters" if you can...

your're own your own, i'm making a run for it now! ...

why the HECK our critter loving home-renter feeds us on the stairs, i'll know... LEAST we get a good sleep, come summit-time though---AND---relief stations ARE still available there... i'll be the first to add "it's a good thing"... dogs hanging-out near our litter, just ain't my thing...


okay here i go,who's next? i can eat for five you know, so you best be making tracks... over and out... ;)














ahhhhhhhhhh, the sound of adventure... hmmmm, say, is that DOG i hear????















;) meow....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 12, 2009 - 02:27am PT
hey there say, mighty hiker, as for patty ann marie... the ol' pup-dog... now that all her "OH BOY"s are down... she's into "I LOVE SOFA MODE"....

right comfy, she is too....

*she'll be starting all over tomorrow with some right-good "OH BOY"s, as the kids are all coming over...

god bless, once again, thanks for the realllyyyyyyyyyy neat doggie and cat share... you got a KNACK, there, mighty hiker...

;)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2009 - 10:16am PT
eKat:
Hope he's all loose and flexible these days. . . a lot of love was in that little bottle of Rimadyl!

Yup, he knows he feels better. This morning he played "chase" with Sophie, like a bear trying to catch a fox.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2009 - 11:00am PT
L, your Lampman quote is wonderful.
L

climber
It's a big ol' Moon a singing to me now...
Jul 12, 2009 - 08:02pm PT
Thanks Chiloe...always brings tears to my eyes for some reason...good tears, but tears nonetheless.



Dogtown--That photo of you and The Criminals made me smile BIG!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 13, 2009 - 01:30am PT
hey there dogtown.. say, my computer downloads slow, so i did not see that NEAT photo the other night... saw L's post so i waited a bit... and presto! ...

awwwwwwwww, really cute pup-dogs... well, dogs, i know... hardly puppies now... i just like the word pup-dog...

patty ann marie is such a pup-dog... she's got some growing still to do.. but she is one year now, so they say... (meaning the vet)...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 15, 2009 - 05:55pm PT
It is with deep sorrow that I must report the passing of Midnight.


(June '08)

On Sunday the 12th.
He came into our lives from the pound via Petsmart in 1995. He was full grown then, estimated to be 3-4 years old at the time.

A 'dwarf newfoundland' he was nonetheless a big dog @ 85lbs. As magnificent as they come, he could wag his tail while lying on the floor and make the whole house shake with this percussion. He never told us about his past, but for a couple of years he had an aversion to getting in to high vehicles like my Trooper, though he would, inadvertently, push you out of the way in his enthusiasm, to get in a car 'for a ride!'
Glossy /weird black coat, massive head, he rarely barked, but could howl with the best... I could never tell if his eyes were classic Newfie Brown or had just the yellow touch of the wolf.




Yesterday, Bastille day '09 was the 17th anniversary of the passing of Alobar,



my best friend from '85-92. He ran half marathons, climbed fifth class slab on a number of occasions, could catch a frisbee above my 5.11 head( a sixty pound dog) and was the only witness to the first ascent of Lucille.

Many climbers (Russ, Cilley Raypole, Jwaugh,Christian Griffith etc) met, knew, and interacted with him.



Today i like to think of Skadi, Midnight and Al Swimming and cavorting together.




Hipshot and Alobar both RIP, which do you think was the alpha? The 60# dog or the 7# cat?
L

climber
Nowhere in particular...and I'm going back soon...
Jul 15, 2009 - 05:58pm PT
Aaawwww Jaybro--I'm sooooo sorry! (I love that pix of Midnight.)

Midnight's still with you, my friend...you just can't see 'em.


Big hug to you,
L
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:11pm PT
Thanks, I know.

And Dogtown, killer family portrait! Who let those three dawgs out?
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:11pm PT
Ahhhhhhhhh, phooey.

I'm so, so sorry, JayBroMan.

:-(

MidNightDoggie is with TheBabyBlack and they are playing stick and going fwimmy.

oxox

Kath
perswig

climber
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:21pm PT
Very sorry, Jaybro. He had wise old eyes.

Dale
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:29pm PT
Man. . . I just have to say it again. . . phooey.

I'm so sorry.

:-(

Kath
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:35pm PT
I feel your pain Jaybro. Given the choice, how many of us would
trade a few of our own years if we could give them more time?

Here's a couple shots in a series I've started called "Dog with Five Tennies"
In the first one, he's basically out like a light, pounded from a full day at the crag.
Why he's hugging my Tennie, who knows, but he was so cute.



L

climber
Nowhere in particular...and I'm going back soon...
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:37pm PT
Whoever said only women love shoes???
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:38pm PT
http://s21.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid21.photobucket.com/albums/b296/rwedgy/beach037.flv&fs=1&os=1&ap=1

This is Cookie at the beach last week. She's a white boxer I foster(take her home and out for a few days when I can) from Boxer Rescue Los Angeles. She's a super dog but nobody wants her because she's deaf. Been at the kennel almost a year now, trapped in a 4'x6' run, getting short walks on the weekends when we have enough weekend volunteers. Her 1st trip ever to the beach and boy did she ever make the most of it! Played non-stop for 6 hours. I thought she was going to rub a hole in her nose from pushing this rock around.
We've been at capacity(80 dogs max) for almost a year now, placing as many as 22(average~8) in a weekend but due to the current economic and housing situation we can easily take in 22 more on Monday and be right back at capacity.
Always get a dog from a shelter or rescue. They'll be greatful forever. And go by and walk some dogs if you can spare the time.

http://www.boxer-rescue-la.com/available.htm
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:57pm PT
Hoh man!!

There is a bond between people and their close dogs that is deeper, or maybe closer, in many ways, than that exists between humans. The Novelist Milan Kundera expressed this in a way that to my experience, has not been improved on, in the Novel, "The unbearable lightness of being". That is not one of the parts of that novel / movie that gets the most attention. I have had fairly recent conversation with the best offwidth climber ever™ where she mentioned that that was the part of that novel that resonated with her, as well. Perhaps she will chime in, though she doesn't do the taco...

I am a lifelong fan of P-funk and brother George's atomic dog, as well.....
perswig

climber
Jul 15, 2009 - 07:25pm PT
Right on, rwedgee.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2009 - 07:26pm PT
Jaybro, I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your friend Midnight, who looks more than
a little like our Jack.

I could never tell if his eyes were classic Newfie Brown or had just the yellow touch of the wolf.

Jack's eyes look brown in daylight, like your photo of Midnight. In the dark, reflecting my headlamp,
they glow an eerie amber.

It's all the more eerie because our other dog, also brown-eyed in daylight, glows blue-green in the dark.
L

climber
Nowhere in particular...and I'm going back soon...
Jul 15, 2009 - 07:29pm PT
OK...that is one Sweet Smart Boxer!
Ain't picking up no t-ball an' gettin' a mouthload a sand. Nope, not me!

What a cutie!



If only I lived on a Dog Ranch...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 15, 2009 - 07:35pm PT
We are who we are, Chiloe, my daughter and I have have eyes that vary in the ambiant light, I call mine blue, she claims green. I think we are both closing in, though other people say hazel.

My best to Jack! and the little one whose name i forgot.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2009 - 08:06pm PT
and the little one whose name i forgot.

That would be Sophie, whose innocent expression doesn't fool us anymore.

cowpoke

climber
Jul 15, 2009 - 08:28pm PT
Ahh, but she's so cute!


and with her big brother:


As Chiloe knows, both of those pics were taken by either my 11 or 8 yr old daughter, both of whom are now crazy about photographing doggies. A couple from the dozens they took of our Annie last weekend:




But, so sorry about Midnight, Jaybro. Uggh, it is really tough losing a good dog.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 15, 2009 - 09:12pm PT
We live longer than our dogs, that can be a problem. Also when you are with your dog, they give it everything. Few humans can provide hat much commitement. It's always a tragedy, but there is always a friend, waiting around the corner, as big as that corner might be.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 1, 2009 - 12:09am PT
"That son of a b#&%h never takes me anywhere"



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2009 - 10:13am PT


Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Sep 5, 2009 - 03:37pm PT







headnet to keep the deerflies off, she totally appreciates it
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 5, 2009 - 09:18pm PT
how many people are lucky enough to receive a clown nose, from a close cannine?
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Sep 5, 2009 - 11:12pm PT
Peanut aka "Chicky"



Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Sep 6, 2009 - 03:33am PT
Chicky, wanting to go back into the closet!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 6, 2009 - 05:01am PT
hey there say, all, ....

yep... it's a dog's life among the ol' cats:



but due to her getting her hugs each day, she is near unfazed by the cats at all:



patty ann and me, during one of her walks in the "lesser outdoors"... meaning: we live too far away from the "great outdoors"... ;)

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2009 - 08:13pm PT
Thought of eKat this morning when we gave Jack a chewy pill from a jar labeled Skadi.
Later, he frolicked in the bay. Came home smelling like seaweed, and patiently got hosed.

dogtown

Gym climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Sep 26, 2009 - 09:43pm PT
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 27, 2009 - 01:34am PT
hey there dogtown, say, sure loves those GLOWING EYES... :O

for me, its the cats that seem to catch the camera light... patty hasn't yet...


*say, i had to leave her for a few days, as the neighbors watched over her... (and the cats)...

every time i saw a dog, i missed her---when i got home, she had NOT forgotten me, and still loved me...

the cats were easier to adjust naturally, but this was still a bit new to ol' patty ann marie...


also: i love all these dog-share-pics, so if i dont' mention any specific, it is due to they all download slow, so each time i come to visit, i see more and more...
thanks for all the neat "family" pics, you all.... :)
dogtown

Gym climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Sep 27, 2009 - 03:25am PT
Neebee,

Thanks for being so sweet! I love them dogs! All of them! Hell animals in general, we would be in a bit of a spot without them eh? I know I would be!



Dogtown.
BillO

Boulder climber
Whittier, CA
Sep 30, 2009 - 05:46pm PT
Lucy flying after seagulls on her beach.
Lucy flying after seagulls on her beach.
Credit: BillO
And going for the big jump.
And going for the big jump.
Credit: BillO
Only to come up a little short.
Only to come up a little short.
Credit: BillO
Rcklzrd

Trad climber
San Juan Capistrano
Sep 30, 2009 - 06:12pm PT
Well, it's certainly a dog's life for this one, adopted from a rescue group about six months ago, but sometimes I think he's more wolf than dog!

Credit: Rcklzrd
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Sep 30, 2009 - 07:30pm PT




Robja

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 30, 2009 - 07:49pm PT
Hopefully this works, my two boys, the golden is still charging, lost the Chessie a year ago to old age


Credit: Robja
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2009 - 01:24pm PT
Comfort puppy. Making life better.

nature

climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 22, 2009 - 01:28pm PT
it helps a little. but it's not the same.
Sita (The Little Sucker) and Snook
Sita (The Little Sucker) and Snook
Credit: nature
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2010 - 10:26am PT
It feels like early spring here this weekend.



bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:34am PT
Chiloe, I'm sure you're aware of how happy a Beagle is off-leash in the outdoors.

I miss my old pups....
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2010 - 12:12pm PT
That's no beagle, that's a terribeagle! They're even worse.

We bailed her out of the dog pound thinking that such a small puppy would be happiest
indoors, and indeed she snuggles nicely on the couch. The other side of her personality
turns out to be unexpectedly feral, however. She's got several "projects" these days, deep
in the woods, which appear to be holes she's digging to China. I've tried explaining to her
that in the forest, she's not at the top of the food chain. Like a teenager she doesn't care.

So you're right, she's so full of joy running free that everyone who sees has to smile. We
worry some and hope it works out, but my odd thought is that risks and all I would live for
such free moments too, if I came back as a dog.

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 7, 2010 - 12:33pm PT
That's awesome, Chiloe. Good on ya for rescuing a dog and setting her 'free'.
Hankster

Trad climber
Left Hand, CO
Mar 7, 2010 - 12:43pm PT
Dogs drewl, I mean rule. Here is this mornings walk. Yesterday was magical Superslab in Eldo day with the wife, saved lives and all.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#148286

Caylor
L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 7, 2010 - 01:48pm PT
"...but my odd thought is that risks and all I would live for
such free moments too, if I came back as a dog."

Isn't that like the true meaning of love? Understanding the risk of loss, but willing to engage heart (and head), with empathy, so that each life is made a little better? Filled with a little more tail-wagging joy?

I figure that's why pets come to us...to allow our hearts to expand (like the Grinch on the peak when he's holding the sled...his heart just grows and grows and grows).

These photos make me miss my collies sooooooo much...they were the last dogs I had, and losing them to the ex was almost worse than death. Luckily, I get to turn around and look at a couple of Persians lounging here...who promptly put me in my sub-species human place...;-)
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 7, 2010 - 02:51pm PT
First test-photo-flight of what looks like the new gusty-squirrelly-really-high-wind (Joshua Tree) kite in the hills behind my house.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2010 - 04:35pm PT
who promptly put me in my sub-species human place...;-)

An anthropologist described the Yup'ik view of seals and other animals as nonhuman persons.
I like that perspective.
L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 7, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
That's how I feel about most animals, Larry. They may not look like us, or communicate the same...but they love, play, grieve and hurt just like we do.

Only they're more pure about it. They do it all with such innocence and wild abandon.




Cool ariel photo Chaz!

I saw the ones you posted earlier of you pooch...really liked those, too.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 7, 2010 - 07:41pm PT
Doberman's are trippy dogs....it's mostly our perception of them, but they alwaysa struck me as 'different' than other dogs. Not in a bad way, just different.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 7, 2010 - 07:43pm PT
They're certainly different.

I have four dogs, but the Doberman is the only one who follows me around all day long, no matter what I'm doing. Velcro-Dog, it's a common trait among Dobermans.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Mar 7, 2010 - 09:18pm PT

Irie


Laredo
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 12:36pm PT
There's a dog who knows she is loved.
slevin

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 8, 2010 - 04:27pm PT
it all started 7 years ago in Kyrgyzstan...
it all started 7 years ago in Kyrgyzstan...
Credit: slevin
As you could see, the dog grew a bit and his owner gotten a bit older...
over the years we developed a relationship based on trust and mutual r...
over the years we developed a relationship based on trust and mutual respect
Credit: slevin
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Mar 8, 2010 - 04:29pm PT
Ahhhhhhh. . . all these lovely beasts!

I miss my SkateKey!

:-(

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 04:56pm PT
eKat, you gonna find a new friend?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 8, 2010 - 05:34pm PT
Eva...the black lab with Daisy.

So glad we got Eva..she is a bundle of joy.

eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Mar 8, 2010 - 05:38pm PT
Oh, Chil. . . I'm battling with that AS WE SPEAK!

I'm a true doggie person. . . and I really, really miss Skadi. Maybe it's because last year at this time I was watching her slip away.

:-(

Don't feel like I could ever replace her. . . and sure as shootin' don't think I could ever go through that kind of pain again. It was HIDDIE.

We'll see what the next few months bring.

I'll be packin' it up to go back to TheHolyMont, soon. . . we'll see what it feels like to be there without her.

?

oxoxo

eKat

Hankster

Trad climber
Left Hand, CO
Mar 8, 2010 - 05:40pm PT
I gotta ask Slevin, how many pounds?

Caylor
slevin

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 8, 2010 - 05:50pm PT
I gotta ask Slevin, how many pounds?
You probably know you not gonna be the first one asking that question :) 170 or so, depending on before or after a meal (as well as before or after a dump)... I weigh 140, so he beats me in wrestling sometimes.
Babai is a safety-concious climber...
Babai is a safety-concious climber...
Credit: slevin
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Mar 8, 2010 - 05:55pm PT
What a MAGNIFICENT BEAST!

:-)

Woof!

eKat
slevin

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:09pm PT
I know this would be showing off, but here is an "official" picture of my pets...
need a real fast lens to get a shot like this - coat is a little perpe...
need a real fast lens to get a shot like this - coat is a little perpetual motion machine...
Credit: slevin
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:12pm PT
You're ALWAYS spozed to show off your 'nimals!

:-)

Thanks for postin' up!

eKat

Here's my old beast - may she rest in peace!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#148551

Used to sing a little song to her:

Sweetest beast in the whole wide world

Missus Koatish

Baby Girl!

:-)

L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:16pm PT
Babai is gorgeous!!! OMG! But what is Coat? Looks like a ringtail cat!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 06:22pm PT
How's that coatimundi as a pet?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:25pm PT
More coatimundi photos and stories:
http://supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1092794/Photo_of_your_pet_climbing
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:27pm PT
My first thought to that picture was "OMG, he's got a ringtail cat for a pet!" Great shot too.
Incredible, gorgeous dog, breed?

I'm going through old prints and slides today to scan, I found some great ones of my old dog Max. Miss him.
slevin

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 8, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
Yeah, thanks for cross-posting. Here's me breast-feeding her when we first adopted the little bugger:
soon she will be asking for a beer instead
soon she will be asking for a beer instead
Credit: slevin
and here is a bit more climbing, I'd venture to say in the 5.11s range:
a towel ring, one move boulder problem with a nasty landing (the o...
a towel ring, one move boulder problem with a nasty landing (the open toilet is right there)
Credit: slevin
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 9, 2010 - 05:56am PT
hey there say all, finally made a bit of a patty-ann-marie running collection, to try to get her in action...

though, i say that she is "slower, here in the "medium and slower paces"---she still is going at a good clip... so i was lucky to take these pictures...

all portions, are when she is not at full speed, except for #5---that ...
all portions, are when she is not at full speed, except for #5---that was the fastest i've seen her go, yet, and she does it quite often... :O
Credit: neebee

whew, she is too fast to film very well, but lately, she'd been going slow, due to the fact that she stalls-out and doubles back to get a frisi out of the flower pot...

much more important than a fast racing-days, sometimes... :O

*slevin.. really neat pics! of the critters... very differnt type photo collections...

*ekat... i dearly love that swimming picture... yet, i always feel so sad, then, as i know how special she was ... :(

*mighty hiker, thanks for the neat link...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2010 - 05:20pm PT
Spring weather on Saturday:



eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Mar 22, 2010 - 05:23pm PT
Look at that LittleJack!

HipHopHappyPup!

:-)

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2010 - 06:00pm PT
Yeah, dogs at the beach are happy dogs.
L

climber
Training for the Blue Tape Route on Half Dome
Mar 26, 2010 - 12:49pm PT
Jasmine's Story

I don't know Jasmine, but her story seems to be the quintessential thing about dogs which make us love them so much.



In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.


In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary was run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.


Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two goals: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.


Jasmine
Jasmine


Jasmine, however, had other ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all new animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.


Jasmine and her little fox
Jasmine and her little fox


Geoff related one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned at a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."


"But she's like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the fear out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings with much less stress. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."


Jasmine and Fluffy
Jasmine and Fluffy


Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits - and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role.


Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and...
Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.


"They are inseparable," said Geoff. "Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."


Mum and fawn.
Mum and fawn.


Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.




Pictured from the left are: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell/Doberman mix; Fluffy, a dumped domestic rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine.

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 26, 2010 - 12:54pm PT
What a cool story.

goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Mar 26, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
Very sweet story!
slevin

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 26, 2010 - 01:02pm PT
that is soo cool...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2010 - 01:11pm PT
Lovely, that brightened up the day.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 26, 2010 - 01:16pm PT
All various stages of our pups.







neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 26, 2010 - 02:34pm PT
hey there say, L... oh my... what a lovely story about the greyhound.... it hurts dogs so much, to have been pushed aside from life... and here is her new life...

very special ending to an awful story-start.... she sure makes a good mama....
thanks so much for sharing this....



well, back to our pups and such:

well, here is a bit more of ol' patty ann marie:

Credit: neebee


Credit: neebee

Credit: neebee


these next are really something strange to see, in sequince...
dont have time to add them all... but:
she uses her hind quarters, as a unit... when not just at a regualar trot:

thus, when you catch her, at the right time, she looks down-right funny!
here, her legs are seen in the air...

Credit: neebee

here FEET ARE NOT on the hill, as it may appear... they are still in the air:

Credit: neebee

one of my best "catches" so far (along with the full speed raceing that i posted in the other set of pics, before this post):

hmmm, part deer, perhaps?  ;)
hmmm, part deer, perhaps? ;)
Credit: neebee


very fun and funny critter, she truly is!
:)

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 26, 2010 - 02:39pm PT
L, that's an awesome story! Thanks for sharing it.


Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born.
(from the previous page)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2010 - 03:24pm PT
I'll be at the office until 6:30 or 7:00 tonight, long after everyone else has gone home for the weekend. (It's a conference call to Fairbanks, different time zone!) Then I'll walk across a dark empty parking lot and drive home.

But when I pull up the driveway, Leslie lets the dogs out, and they charge around my car with their tails wagging like my arrival was the single best thing to ever happen on this planet. No matter how the day went, it gets happier at that point.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 26, 2010 - 03:33pm PT
L, that was a great story. I just re-read it for the second time this afternoon as an excuse to get out of the dusty wood shop. Thanks for posting!

A couple of years ago I was teaching at an alternative high school, where we identified a different "Pillar of Character" that the students should strive for each month. One of the pillars was loyalty.

We illustrated examples of loyalty with stories of dogs who went above and beyond for their masters. Some laid next to their master's body for days, guarding them until help came. Others would find their way to their owners grave site every day after death, and remain there to "sit" with them. Of course everyone knows about Balto and the inspiration for the Iditarod, but I also introduced the story of John Muir and Stickeen from Glacier Bay.

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/john_muir_writings/stickeen/an_adventure_with_a_dog_and_a_glacier.html

Then there is always Lassie, running her legs ragged getting Timmy out of that damned well...
Tendon

Boulder climber
Fort Collins, CO
Mar 26, 2010 - 03:55pm PT
My best friend.
Frank goes bananas
Frank goes bananas
Credit: Tendon
Fly Frank Fly
Fly Frank Fly
Credit: Tendon
chilln...nuff said
chilln...nuff said
Credit: Tendon
can't imagine life without him.
Hankster

Trad climber
Left Hand, CO
Mar 26, 2010 - 04:10pm PT
A freakin' barn owl sitting on a buncha dogs and rabbits? If anything was cuter than a basket of bunnies (wait, there's one of them as well). .........DAMMIT THAT IS CUTE!!!!!! How can you usurp the Choti cuteness?

Caylor
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 26, 2010 - 04:11pm PT
Tendon wrote:
can't imagine life without him.

None of us can imagine our lives without our four footed friends, and yet, by the design of nature, it almost always happens that they leave us.

Thankfully we have other things to look forward to, to distract us, and the capacity to handle our grief. Imagine how confusing it must be for a dog to have their entire world gone in a heartbeat if we were to leave them suddenly.

This is one particular animal that holds my utmost regard, short of humans.

And if I had to choose between humans and a dog to be stranded on a desert island alone with, well, umm, the humans better bring a resume! Unless they look like either Ginger or Mary Ann.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Mar 26, 2010 - 04:13pm PT
This has been posted around a bunch.
Pretty cool, excuse me if you've seen it.
But if you haven't you've got to check it out.

Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Dog- Friends at First Sight
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Mar 26, 2010 - 04:16pm PT

The Muir story made me think of:

As a kid growing up on the ocean in New England I was told many old stories of fisherman being rescued from peril by a dog. You do not see it much any more but when I was a kid it was common that at my local town wharf three out of every five local fisherman's trucks would have a large (most often black) dog in the bed. These dogs would often be Newfoundland or big Black Labs. They would sit calmly no matter the time of year, heat of summer or dead cold of winter, all day long waiting for their master's return. In the meantime they would lounge and seem almost catatonic. But the second their master's boat came into view at the harbour mouth they became total awareness.
A common story over the years:
The lobsterman or inshore fisherman comes into harbour. Pulling along side his skiff/mooring, he takes the mooring painter and walks out on the foredeck and zing, didn't realize it was icy. Or for whatever reason winds up going in the drink and weighs to much wet to get himself back into the skiff let alone the fishing boat. To far of a swim to shore for the old fisherman and time of the essence. Waisting no time the 'Newfy' seeing his master in peril bails out of the truck, down the gang plank and right off the end of the float into the icy water and rescues his master. Usually in the middle of winter, in the back of a harbour things are pretty quiet and there is not a lot of people around to observe goings on. But when a massive Newfy is huffing and puffing, making a beeline across winter harbour waters all of a sudden a people take notice.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2010 - 05:57pm PT
We once had a dog so fierce, he made four drunks climb on top of their car. We were glad to see that!

Our current dogs aren't so fierce and wouldn't save us from drowning. Cute though.
L

climber
Training for the Blue Tape Route on Half Dome
Mar 26, 2010 - 10:26pm PT
"A freakin' barn owl sitting on a buncha dogs and rabbits? If anything was cuter than a basket of bunnies (wait, there's one of them as well). .........DAMMIT THAT IS CUTE!!!!!! How can you usurp the Choti cuteness"



Caylor--you made me geyser grape juice through my nose-- tank-oo-berry-muts!


Yeah, I read Jasmine's Story and got a little teary-eyed...not so much because she was abused (which is really horrible), but that she recovered from it and went on to display such unconditional love to everything that came her way.



Edge--Corgi: The Original Cutest Dog On The Face Of The Planet


David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Mar 27, 2010 - 12:50am PT
Credit: David Knopp

here's my wise guy.
reddirt

climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 01:01am PT
he looks like my bagel's cousin

Credit: reddirt
not exactly the spittin image angle but you get the idea

Credit: reddirt
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 27, 2010 - 04:24am PT
hey there say, edge... after all my pics last night, never got a chance to come back and say, how cute the little pups are...

also, the black lab, with banana edition...
and... the next pup-dog additions too...

pup-dogs sure make one feel good... (speically when the cats, are sleeping) ... thanks for the new pups here... enjoyed them all...

:)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2010 - 08:57am PT
Tendon -- that cool cirque in the background, where is it?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Mar 27, 2010 - 10:22am PT
Here's a few of the day to day dogs i've encountered on the job in the last couple of weeks in the greater Oroville area.

Oroville dogs
Oroville dogs
Credit: Timid TopRope
It's my nature to bite your heel, sorry
It's my nature to bite your heel, sorry
Credit: Timid TopRope
cutey
cutey
Credit: Timid TopRope
There's a goat on my ear
There's a goat on my ear
Credit: Timid TopRope
shadow dog
shadow dog
Credit: Timid TopRope
willie!!!!!

Trad climber
99827
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:48am PT
Ran across this photo of Burton from 8/08 the other day. He just turned 12.

The haircut and pose crack me up.

You should have seen the caliper.


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Missing photo ID#151235
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Mar 27, 2010 - 02:44pm PT
redd your bagel is a beauty. i hope my little man gets there like that.
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Mar 27, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
timid what do you do out there?
Tendon

Boulder climber
Fort Collins, CO
Mar 30, 2010 - 01:44pm PT
Chiloe,

That awesome little cirque is the Chicago Lakes Gully on Mt Evans, CO.
The wall is called the Black Wall.
Check Mtn Proj for more details...

Tendon
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
Ah, I saw your picture and thought "Somebody ought to climb that!"
But I suppose that's why you were there.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 30, 2010 - 02:58pm PT
Our friend Scruggs. He's a happy dog!



Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 30, 2010 - 03:00pm PT
BJ

climber
Mar 30, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
Corgies rule! My step dog is Roy the corgi
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2010 - 03:56pm PT
Edge, I like your pics and stories.
BJ

climber
Mar 30, 2010 - 07:23pm PT
All these photographs are great, but right now I got a special place for Edge's corgi. Here is my special pal Roy, my step dog

Credit: BJ

Credit: BJ

Credit: BJ
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 30, 2010 - 07:32pm PT
BJ, I love that second shot!
BJ

climber
Mar 30, 2010 - 07:38pm PT
That look is really common if he wants you to do something, or if you're eating people food. Cause lets face it, people food is something special
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2010 - 10:38pm PT
Life is OK.

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Apr 11, 2010 - 10:41pm PT
good stuff, Chiloe...that's a satisfied pup.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 16, 2010 - 01:06pm PT
Our town demands yearly rabies shots, so last weekend my wife took Penny for hers while I was out climbing.

She had a reaction to the shot, and when I got home, her face was all blown out of proportion. Apparently it had been much worse than this, but after a frantic call to a veterinary hospital, followed by a call to the breeder, my wife ended up running out for Benedryl and slamming one down her throat.

I am sure Penny would have rather gone climbing with me.

At least the swelling was going down by the time I saw her.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2010 - 01:34pm PT
Poor Penny! Good thing she's got good people.
Pate

Trad climber
Apr 16, 2010 - 02:53pm PT
Sally girl enjoying the sun last week.
Credit: Pate
And not enjoying the Bring Your Own Dog groomer place the other day.
Credit: Pate
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 3, 2010 - 03:05pm PT
Walking down the kite. (the string's anchored about 400' behind me)



I have four dogs. One follows me everywhere I go - Velcro Dogs, they're called - and the other three don't give a damn.

eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 3, 2010 - 03:24pm PT
OHHHHHHHHH. . . I LOVE everybody's doggies!

WOOF!

oxoxoxo

eKat
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 3, 2010 - 03:43pm PT
Here's my big boy Gus as a little pup....

My giant puppy Gus
My giant puppy Gus
Credit: Charlie D.

Here's a couple pictures of Gus with his little sister Ginger....

Big brother Gus with little sister Ginger
Big brother Gus with little sister Ginger
Credit: Charlie D.

Ginger and Gus
Ginger and Gus
Credit: Charlie D.

They like to go skiing like me....

Ski day out Echo
Ski day out Echo
Credit: Charlie D.

The kids moved out and the dogs moved in, love the beasts.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 3, 2010 - 03:45pm PT
OH, my!

What kind of doggies are those, Charlie D?

eKat
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 3, 2010 - 03:52pm PT
Gorgeous doggers, Charlie!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 3, 2010 - 03:54pm PT
eKat,

Bouvier des Flandres, from north eastern France and Belgium. Great dogs, most are black with cropped ears, they are an old world bred of herders and cart pullers.

We have three all fawn color, the bred was nearly lost during WWI hauling the wounded from the front. Also legend has it one bit Hitler in the ass so he put a price on their head, I love that one and can only hope it was one of Gus' distant relatives.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2010 - 04:38pm PT
Here's my big boy Gus as a little pup....

Charlie's first photo says it all.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 3, 2010 - 04:45pm PT
Charlie D. . . I am FULLY in love with your doggies! Thanks for the info on them.

Tell me, how do they do around LOUD NOISES, like thunderstorms and gunshots? Are they OK?

The loss of Skadi:

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Missing photo ID#155952

blew a hole in my heart the size of New Jersey. . . and NOTHING'S come close to filling it. . . until I saw your doggies. It would be nice to have such a beast. . . if it could handle loud noises without needing to be drugged!

:-)

oxox

THANKS!

eKat

BillO

Boulder climber
Whittier, CA
May 3, 2010 - 06:09pm PT
Spot and Lucy the speed demon.
I think this is how Spot in the background saw Lucy foreground.
I think this is how Spot in the background saw Lucy foreground.
Credit: BillO
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 3, 2010 - 06:12pm PT
HA!

Nice doggies!

ox

eKat
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
May 3, 2010 - 06:18pm PT
Eva...10 months old...stole my heart at day one!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 3, 2010 - 06:53pm PT
hey there all...say, patty loves doing tricks...
but NOT a certain one... but:

wow, patty finally has DONE it...

:)
she started out a bit slow though:

first here is her "pitiful" roll over" ...
she would freeze up, in a ball, and not move...

so---i little by little taught her on the sofa...
:)

then, when i said "roll over" she'd run to the sofa, and do this:

Credit: neebee

now, the other day, few days back, she did this!
she finally does it.... :)

she gets this wild glint in her eyes and races around, and seems to say:
"so you want me to roll over, huh? well, i'll show YOU a roll over...
just you WATCH THIS!"...

then, she rubs her head in the grass, and tests it, and rolls her shoulder into it, and then sudden after a few pushes... there she goes...

then, she wants to run around all silly after she does it:
but, she wants her treats, FIRST! OH MY...

here is the final results, of much coaching:

Credit: neebee

here is a bit of that WILD LOOK she gets, to "get into it"...

Credit: neebee

NOW:
here's her other newest trick, in case any of you all missed it:

































Credit: neebee

edit: oops, forgot, credit to unknown original artist, and
then, to patty, who just could NOT let this "cat" out do her... :)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 3, 2010 - 07:21pm PT
Whoa, Neebee, givin' Cosmique and Watusi a run for their money! Nice!

My brother has a new doggie but he won't come inside:

Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly

He really likes the heated driveway!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 3, 2010 - 07:22pm PT
hey there reilly, say, after all this time... i still can't stop laughing at that picture.... :)

oh my!
:)

oh my reilly---your "dog" pcitures finally loaded while i was in another window..

oh my! ... what A DOG... never saw that, the first time i saw your
reply.... cute fox... :)

nice smile, for that... :)

kuan

Sport climber
CA
May 3, 2010 - 08:15pm PT
Love this thread!!!

Here's Sombra:


...in her former life as a super canine. Leaping bounds,


Scaling new heights:


Defying gravity:


We were training French Ring, until I decided it was a better investment of time, energy, and money just getting out and loving the great outdoors!

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 3, 2010 - 08:20pm PT
Thanks for all the nice photos!

Posting from Photobucket:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=897941&msg=897971

Should still work. Or send me a PM.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 3, 2010 - 08:23pm PT
hey there say, kuan... wow what a mighty dog...

oh my... (patty ann marie, dont look)...

*she just may hide, if she sees all that...
:)

thanks for the share...
:)
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 3, 2010 - 08:30pm PT
eKat,

They don't get overly anxious with thunder and I'd say Gus is pretty mellow and loves people although he does challenge other alpha male dogs. He did freak out at our beginning of the ski season waxing party when some bombs went off and disappeared for a hour or more. Ginger has a lot more energy and really does not like people all that much. Gus' mom is totally mellow, he was one of 13 puppies! The one thing about Bouvier's is they have major hair. They don't shed but if you don't keep them cut they'll turn into a wooly beast. The other thing is they are not great in snow, the hair between their pads ice up and they end up with powder balls hanging all over them. They are extremely loyal to their masters and a great family dog. We'll always have Bouvier's, they're great.
Ginger sitting pretty
Ginger sitting pretty
Credit: Charlie D.
Gus
Gus
Credit: Charlie D.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2010 - 08:34pm PT
I was impressed by Sombra's jumping talents, then even more so by how the story turned.
kuan

Sport climber
CA
May 3, 2010 - 08:35pm PT
Mighty: Thanks, I got it to work. All it took was a little patience for my dinosaur of a computer to download.

neebee: She IS mighty! I really lucked out!

Charlie D.: You could try smearing a little Vaseline in between your dogs pads to prevent ice balls from forming. Or buy booties, which are a little less dignified but amusing nonetheless.

Chiloe: Sombra is equally impressive scaling class 5's and leaping over fallen logs, and dare I say, more fulfilled and stimulated!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 4, 2010 - 04:16am PT
Credit: FRUMY
Credit: FRUMY
supafly

climber
May 4, 2010 - 02:49pm PT
a few pics of our rhodesian ridgeback, Cedar.


learning to fly as a puppy.
Credit: supafly

bouldering with dad
Credit: supafly

guarding the gear stash
Credit: supafly

sticking his nose where it doesn't belong
Credit: supafly

being a chameleon
Credit: supafly

discovering snow for the first time
Credit: supafly

muddy dog after a bike ride
Credit: supafly

they grow up so quickly!
Credit: supafly






bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 4, 2010 - 03:16pm PT
Awesome looking pups, everyone!
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
May 4, 2010 - 05:07pm PT
knee deep doesnt bother these dogs. <br/>
12ft tall tree
knee deep doesnt bother these dogs.
12ft tall tree
Credit: flakyfoont
a job well done
a job well done
Credit: flakyfoont
happy dogs.
from left to right,
Sasha, 135lbs
Talkeetna, 90lbs
Gnanook(thyroid problem) was 166lbs.
now around 116lbs
Going out to cut the xmas tree off
burnside road (ca89/88 access )
when my dogs are the happiest
when my dogs are the happiest
Credit: flakyfoont
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
May 4, 2010 - 05:53pm PT
recent additions to sled team.
Meadow Muffin
Meadow Muffin
Credit: flakyfoont
Meadow
Meadow
Credit: flakyfoont
getting ready to dig a hole , or shred something
getting ready to dig a hole , or shred something
Credit: flakyfoont
Kiera Siren Meadow
Kiera Siren Meadow
Credit: flakyfoont
what are you lookin at ?
what are you lookin at ?
Credit: flakyfoont
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 4, 2010 - 05:59pm PT
flaky, that's what I've heard about them. Dogs that are happiest at work!

Nice looking team, ya got. That and the pups!
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
May 4, 2010 - 05:59pm PT
After work at Ballbuster Rock.
Smokey,  my freinds Matt and Karens lab.
Smokey, my freinds Matt and Karens lab.
Credit: flakyfoont
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
May 4, 2010 - 06:07pm PT
me Charlie D.
I know Gus..... Yeah right, he's a good dog....
That dog has broken a new camping lantern and framed me as the culprit! (Perhaps we should not be surprised with him being French and all)

He tried to asert his "Dominant Dog" move on me when while I sat quietly drunk on the floor watch ski porn.... Oh I know Gus and He is not a good dog.

I bet if you shave his paw you will find a tatooo that says "Death" and he is probably sporting some sort of switch blade in the curly fur...

Oh and if my Basset was alive, he would have made Gus his B***ch.


Ok, back to cute animal pictures.
Shrug

Trad climber
The hell that is the midwest...
May 4, 2010 - 06:50pm PT
Scout
Scout
Credit: Shrug
My black lab Scout ^ (I posted about this in the holiday thread (I think)) had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy in December 09 to rebuild her left knee.

Well.... Here's her new knee:
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy <br/>
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Credit: Shrug
She's healed up (about 99% full use of her left knee according to the Dr.) and we've moved on to her right knee last week.

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 5, 2010 - 12:49am PT
GhoulweJ, You Germans obviously have something against the French (Gus), perhaps stemming from times past when Gus's great, great something bit your fearless leader in the ass! Your fondness of the submissive Coby (British basset hound) also likely stems from your desire to win at your national sport which you should give up having lost twice!

The alpha Gus
The alpha Gus
Credit: Charlie D.
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
May 5, 2010 - 12:53am PT
Credit: dogtown
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
May 5, 2010 - 11:49am PT
CharlieD.
That photo only reinforces my thought that Gus is involved in gangs (he is clearly flashing a "Yo Camino K9's" symbol with his out stretched right paw).

I expect if you were to inspect his "dog house" you would find he is hiding away some leashless street walking b**ches probably of the Black Lab persuasian and a stash of hippie laced doggie bites that "The First One Is Free" he distributes to unknowing chihuahua puppies.

That dog has you and his mother fooled.... Fooled I tell you!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 5, 2010 - 02:23pm PT
GhoulweJ, "my thought that Gus is involved in gangs" LOL!!!!!!!!

Gus relaxing at Sugarloaf
Gus relaxing at Sugarloaf
Credit: Charlie D.

Jay must of found the dog treats.
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
May 5, 2010 - 02:32pm PT
Credit: drljefe
Sangre de Cristo

RIP Kayalove
dsqrd

climber
May 5, 2010 - 03:39pm PT
Shrug - killer doggie pool! Got a pit mix w/ dual TPLO's - she's doing great, 8 yrs old, 3 years post surgery. Runs and hikes like a champ. Good luck w/ yours!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 5, 2010 - 03:53pm PT
Ginger
Ginger
Credit: Charlie D.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 5, 2010 - 04:05pm PT
eKat,

Abby the lab has since passed, here she is with Gus in training as part of our rotation strategy, you've got to have a beast!

Abby & Gus
Abby & Gus
Credit: Charlie D.
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
May 5, 2010 - 04:43pm PT
Just had to post a photo of Piper. So many great dogs here.
Piper at the beach in Incline Village.
Piper at the beach in Incline Village.
Credit: rectorsquid
She's small but looks a bit big because of the low camera position. Ok, smallish at 35 lbs.

Dave
nita

Social climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
May 5, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
Charlie D, Those have got to be the cutest dogs in * Dog Land.


My girlscout  Table Mt.
My girlscout Table Mt.
Credit: TimidT
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 5, 2010 - 08:05pm PT
Charlie D. . . dang. . . what a team those two are!

YAY.

AbSoFrikkenLootLee DARLING!

Thanks for postin' up!

I DO NEED A BEAST!

:-)

eKat
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 5, 2010 - 08:05pm PT
And. . . that Piper's a cutie, eh?

LOVE DOGGIES!

:-)

eKat
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 6, 2010 - 02:17am PT


Life's ruff.
Shrug

Trad climber
The hell that is the midwest...
May 6, 2010 - 08:19am PT
dsqrd - Thanks! she loves that thing.

That's great to hear, I hope she's able to do the same thing. The second knee is recovering 10X faster then the first.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2010 - 12:02pm PT
We tried to buy our dog health insurance, after the incident on page 1 of this thread.
Figured that costly joint surgery just might be in his future.

Unfortunately, the insurance company figured that out too. Poor Jack was rejected
due to his "pre-existing condition!" We took it personally, as if parents.

Fortunately, he got better (knock on wood), and still romps in the woods or the surf.

FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 10, 2010 - 11:45pm PT
Credit: FRUMY
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 14, 2010 - 02:42am PT
oliver
oliver
Credit: FRUMY
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 14, 2010 - 09:17am PT
Lets Go!!!

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2010 - 10:18am PT
Dogs love to ride, don't they?
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
May 14, 2010 - 12:39pm PT
Skipper and Piper at the beach.
Skipper and Piper at the beach.
Credit: rectorsquid

Skipper, in the back, gets car sick and seldom sticks his head out the window. He also never chases balls or squirrels.

Piper, on the other hand, is actually a dog and does all of the expected dog stuff. Yeah Piper.

Dave

[edit to add this better photo of Skipper]

Skipper posing.
Skipper posing.
Credit: rectorsquid
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 14, 2010 - 01:21pm PT
Chiloe - sorry I missed it earlier, but re: TPLO or TTAs for CCLs in dogs - the deal is basically that if you do them early, they'll help slow down the progression of osteoarthritis considerably, so young active dogs benefit greatly from them. However, they're not NECESSARILY going to help your dog return to function any better, in other words, if you do nothing, and just treat the pain, eventually the joint capsule will tighten up, sort of taking the place of the function of the CCL (preventing the tibia from sliding forward, exactly like in a person), and they'll be more or less good to go again (in the average dog. Different for like working dogs, who need to be absolutely 100%). However, the osteoarthritis will definitely progress much more quickly if you do nothing.

There are also various other intra- and extracapsular repairs that can be done (for example, replacing the busted CCL with what is essentially fishing line); they're more likely to actually help the dog when you do them than a TPLO or TTA is, however, a TPLO or TTA that works is likely to help MORE (in the short term) (if that made sense the way I explained it...)

In the long term, whether you do TPLO, TTA, intra/extracapsular repair or nothing, the outcome is the same - they get arthritis. Intra/extracapsular techniques tend to break down in a couple of years so the progression of OA tends to be similar to doing nothing (but sometimes they work really well for years and years), and like I already said, TPLO and TTA will just retard the progression of the OA.

There are loads of varying opinions on this; if you talk to an orthopedic surgeon they'll always tell you to do surgery, whereas other doctors may tell you to do nothing.

For what it's worth, I'll tell you what I did (since I get the feeling that our dogs are kind of similar in age and size). Stella, who is 14 now, ruptured her CCL last November. I decided to do NOTHING because she's 14, and honestly I feel that it's more than likely that she will be dead before the subsequent osteoarthritis catches up with the joint. She was 3 legged lame for a couple of weeks after it ruptured (she did it jumping out of the back of the truck), and then over the next month or so gradually regained use of the leg. She had pretty severe atrophy of the muscles for a while.

However, it's now however many months later it is (6 or so) and she is back pretty much 100% (because she was old and a little creaky to begin with). She runs around, picks fights with Rocky (our 6 year old dog), and loves her antiinflammatory meds so much that she is jumping in the back of the truck again. Her muscles have also filled back in. I'll take some video of her next time I'm upstate (two more weeks of vet school left this semester!! WOOO!!!) because you would never believe that she's 14 or that she has no CCL in that leg.

Obviously I'm not suggesting that this be your course of action - I don't know your dog and you need to talk to his doctor about it! But I just wanted to caution you that surgery is not necessarily always the only or best option, especially in an older dog.
atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
May 14, 2010 - 01:28pm PT
The TPLO surgery is a huge waste of money, and bad for your dog. Don't do it, stick with the fishing line method. The only reason vets push for it is to charge you more.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2010 - 01:37pm PT
Thanks, Aya, your information is much more detailed but our vets too told us "on one
hand ... but on the other hand" so we ended up deciding against surgery. Jack gets
around fine on all fours today, not so agile as he useta be but he's 12 now, which the
chart at our vets says = 77.

Livin' a decent life, though. (That's something I love about all these climber-dog photos.)
Here he is last week on a mountainside 3 miles from the road.



BTW, I think you've made a great career choice.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 14, 2010 - 04:12pm PT
I shot my dog...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mj8LEplwlo
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 14, 2010 - 04:15pm PT
That's Jack sayin', "Gimme your sammich!"

funny video, Edge...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2010 - 04:20pm PT
That's Jack sayin', "Gimme your sammich!"

What I like about that picture is he's not looking at the sammich.
He knows grab-and-run is not the right trick.
Instead, he's looking soulfully into my eyes. That is the right trick.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 14, 2010 - 04:25pm PT
I love school. It's way betetr than dumb old grad school ever was.
Credit: Aya K
Credit: Aya K

I love that all the kids are getting along!

ps atch - vets aren't recommending TPLO and TTAs to make money... they're recommending them because when they work, they result in a much more satisfactory return to function that on average lasts far longer than an intracapsular repair. If anything, especially after considering the money invested into the materials and the time invested in learning the procedures, I suspect intracapsular repairs net more profit.



atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
May 14, 2010 - 04:36pm PT
"vets aren't recommending TPLO and TTAs to make money"

uhh, yea, right...

Aya, TPLo's cost approx $4500, and the fishing line procedure costs around $1500. I am unaware of any research that supports the TPLO or TTA procedure as more effective than fishing line. And in my dogs case, the recovery from the TPLO procedure was so severe that I could never recommend the TPLO to anyone faced with the choice. He never recovered from it.

Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 14, 2010 - 05:32pm PT
Atch - I fail to see the point you're trying to illustrate by quoting the prices of the procedures; I already explained that the difference in price is due to the investment that surgeons put into the procedures.

But more specifically, to perform TPLOs, there is a huge investment in materials (ie the special bone saws, sharpeners, TPLO plates and so on; there is a ton of TPLO specific stuff that needs to be bought before the first one is ever performed; the materials that end up in the knee in a TPLO or TTA cost literally thirty times what the materials the end up in the knee for a LSS do) and continuing education (you need to take a special course to be certified to perform a TPLO, and then get extensive training with surgeons experienced in the technique subsequent to that to perform it adequately, whereas plenty of general practitioners who are comfortable doing surgery are comfortable performing lateral sutures) and the actual time (this is a big difference! A TPLO on average takes FOUR TIMES as long to perform as a LSS), effort and skill involved in performing them. After all, you're cutting clear through a bone! So anyway, that's why it costs so much more.

As for return to function, osteoarthritis and all that, Lazar, et al in Vet Surgery 2005 - looked at a bunch of dogs with TPLOs and LSS (the fishing line method) and compared pre-op rads with rads 12 months post-op, found that the dogs with the worse scores for OA as graded by radiographs were 6x more likely to have had a LSS than TPLO. Long term, from a different study? Running the dogs over a force plate showed no difference in knee function. It's pretty equivocal when you look at the dog population as a whole. There is, however, a general suggestion that large, active dogs do better with a TPLO vs a LSS, where as smaller or less active dogs do just as well with a LSS. I can't find a reference for any study showing this offhand, but even in my own experience I've seen several lab-sized dogs who have had a LSS in one knee and a TPLO in the other where the LSS blew out a couple of years later. Pretty irrelevant since it's a sample size of like 3, but it is in line with the general feeling in the orthopedic community.

Like I said, there is plenty of evidence that in the long term, no matter what you do, things end up the same, and I see nothing wrong with doing a LSS (or nothing!) if it is appropriate in the dog (ie not obese, not >80lb, etc). But to say that TPLOs are performed only to make money (presumably based on your negative experience) is unfair. The choice to do a TPLO or a LSS or something else should be based on the individual dog, the owner's expectations, and the surgeon's personal experience with the procedures. There really aren't any hard and fast rules.

Rocky says RAWR, RABIES!
Rocky says RAWR, RABIES!
Credit: Aya K

eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 14, 2010 - 05:49pm PT
My GoldenRetriever/YellowLab cross, Bianca's, first knee surgery (pre-TPLO) was $1,800.00, it healed just in time for her other knee to blow out. . . and that surgery, also pre-TPLO, 2 years later, was $900.00. . . same hospital, same DVM.

In 2003, 10 years after Bianca's first surgery, the TPLO had been perfected and patented. . . and Skadi's blown out knee cost $3,800.00 - same hospital, same DVM.

HohMahn!

eKat

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
May 16, 2010 - 03:08pm PT
Eva, resting.

drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
May 16, 2010 - 04:01pm PT
Credit: drljefe
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 17, 2010 - 03:12pm PT
Pretending to be coy; Jasper could win an Oscar for this performance.



Penny, Guardian of the garden, herder of the asparagus.

diablo

Trad climber
sd,ca
May 17, 2010 - 03:37pm PT
Mr.Bear....in his element.
Mr.Bear....in his element.
Credit: diablo
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 17, 2010 - 04:52pm PT
More old photos of Gus;

Gus as a pup
Gus as a pup
Credit: Charlie D.
Gus the pup
Gus the pup
Credit: Charlie D.

hooblie

climber
from where the anecdotes roam
May 22, 2010 - 12:49pm PT
after an exhausting day of flushing out the possiblities...

Credit: hooblie

a dog's just gotta get some beauty sleep. it's not pretty to watch...

Credit: hooblie

but it get's the job done.

Credit: hooblie

signed, ASTRA!

~~~

edit: here's a tip for any of you fellow blondes out there
in need of a little doghouse redemption.

have a merry old time chewing up some nice red lipstick,
it really sets off those floppy dog lips.

then ease back to the party in that droll, non-chalant way.
the folks point and wiggle, sound really jolly... and well,

seem to forget about that glorious roll in the dead stuff
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 22, 2010 - 12:51pm PT
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

:-)

eKat
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
May 25, 2010 - 06:27pm PT
three wee norwegians perched on the edge.
eyes shining with the brightness of beyond.

"jump in" i tell them.
but they not yet trust their guide.
Credit: Norwegian
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 27, 2010 - 03:41pm PT
Credit: Reilly

(Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images / May 22, 2010)

A dog competes during the fifth annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach south of San Diego.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 27, 2010 - 06:54pm PT
Ginger in training w/ Gus......
Ginger & Gus on patrol
Ginger & Gus on patrol
Credit: Charlie D.
Ginger destroying an object......
Credit: Charlie D.
Gus guarding the entry portal......
Gus
Gus
Credit: Charlie D.
The beast Gus relaxing......
Gus
Gus
Credit: Charlie D.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 27, 2010 - 07:10pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#158709

Methinks it's time to fall in love again!

I'm going down to meet this little guy tomorrow!

SOMEBODY STOP ME!

oxox

eKat
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 27, 2010 - 07:18pm PT
eKat, have you ever gone to look at a puppy and not brought it home? Congratulations, what a beautiful little pup.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 27, 2010 - 07:24pm PT
HA! Charlie D. . . I've never gone to look at a puppy before!

That's weird, eh?

Seriously, all the beasts in my life came to me.

WHOA.

Thought provoking!

eKat
perswig

climber
May 27, 2010 - 07:26pm PT
Right on, Kath.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 27, 2010 - 07:33pm PT
I ain't stoppin' ya, Kath. Look at those puppy eyes!!!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 27, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
Thanks, Dale!

I've never had a WHITE Golden before!

:-)

eKat
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 27, 2010 - 07:35pm PT
Oh, Bluey. . . it's that little mouth! I just wanna kiss 'im and smell that garlic puppy breath!

He was born on the Vernal Equinox. . . how cool is that?

New life

NEW LOVE!

oxox

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2010 - 09:16pm PT
Ah, eKat, I was waiting for this.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jun 18, 2010 - 11:38am PT
Ah, sun!



"You talkin' to me???"
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 18, 2010 - 11:51am PT
Where's eKat's followup report on the puppy?
seth kovar

climber
Bay Area
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:56pm PT
Just leave me alone and let me sleep...
Just leave me alone and let me sleep...
Credit: seth kovar

Itty Bitty
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 18, 2010 - 01:07pm PT
Ahhhh. . .

Update on puppy. . . the breeders had to reschedule our meeting - then I had to leave for Montana. . . so I never got to meet my precious little white doggies.

There are new litters. . . might check in with the breeders when I get back to Shasta.

Must have been a sign!

:-(

eKat
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 18, 2010 - 02:20pm PT
Nice looking pup, Seth. Looks like a black version of mine...

The salute is 'America is #1'!!!
The salute is 'America is #1'!!!
Credit: bluering

The dog is the smaller one without the FishLid.


Buddies.

FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jun 18, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
it's hard learnen to be a climbing dog
it's hard learnen to be a climbing dog
Credit: FRUMY
i think i'm getting it
i think i'm getting it
Credit: FRUMY
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jun 18, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
Bluering that picture "Buddies" is classic!

Here's my furry kids...

Fall Hike
Fall Hike
Credit: Charlie D.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 18, 2010 - 06:51pm PT
Thanks, Charles, that's why I took the pic. The dog was my buddy first, before John was born. She (Maggie) has been my partner for a while. Even when I nap in the desert...


good dog.
nita

Social climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Jun 19, 2010 - 02:22am PT
puppy beauty rest.
puppy beauty rest.
Credit: Timid

Trying hats on my big puppy....12 years ago..
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 19, 2010 - 02:51am PT
hfey there nita say... wow, my step granddaughter recently did that with their dog... will have to find the pics tomorrow and show you...
funny stuff...

dog have a way of looking so very important in hats, dont they...

say---it does not seem to work that way, with people-folks though... hmmm, wonder why.... people just look, well, so people-ish in hats... :)

(not bad, mind you, people can look neat in hats, but just not as important as dogs look) ....
:))
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 19, 2010 - 01:56pm PT
cool story!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37779928

Hopefully they get adopted by caring people.
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:19pm PT
Crag. . . it's time to dust off Cush's FloatCoat and let the poor beast go fwimmy!

:-)

WOOT!

eKatAndSkadiFromHeaven
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:27pm PT
I LOVE CUSH!

YAY!

Skadi LIVES!

OXOXOXOXOX

eKat

P.S. I'm SMILING SO BIG MY FACE HURTS!
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:40pm PT
You and your beast are welcome!

Skadi LOVED going fwimmy on the EastSideOfTheRangeOfLight and it's only fitting her FloatCoat should live on in those waters!

OXOX

eKat
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:47pm PT
Assuming that we camp again at Yellow Pine during FaceLift, perhaps everyone should bring their doggies. We could have a designated doggie day care person to look after them during the day, and they could have tons of fun.

Hopefully Bluering will bring Maggie - odd, he doesn't seem a dachsund sort of person, which is what she looks like.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 21, 2010 - 11:40pm PT
Maggie is 'unplayful' with other dogs at first. Usually growling until she realizes it doesn't work on bigger dogs. It's the chihuahua in her (with the dachsund and terrier).

She tends to be a PITA around others, so I leave her at home when I can, or when I know other pups are gonna be around.

She's a sweetheart to people though. It's that damn chihuahua trait that gets her going....
Bequita

climber
Jun 25, 2010 - 11:15am PT
Credit: Bequita

Hocus 'n the Prez
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jun 26, 2010 - 09:34pm PT
Eleven month old Eva attempting to leap across the Rio Grande. Youth, strength and fitness know no boundaries.

eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 26, 2010 - 09:49pm PT
WOOT!

Now, THERE'S a BigBlackBeast!

:-)

eKat
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2010 - 11:40am PT
This is another cool shot of Eva...you can see the stick out in front of her in the air...her eyes stuck like glue to it.

eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 27, 2010 - 11:42am PT
DooHood. . . Eva is MAGNIFICENT!

I just want to wrap myself around her. . . MAN. . . nothin' like a BIG strong BabyBlack!

SPLASH. . . fwimmy, fwimmy, fwimmy!

:-)

eKat
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jun 27, 2010 - 11:44am PT
great dogs great thread. ekat hows the hunt for your beast going? best of luck - the beast that gets u will be having the best of luck for a life time.
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 27, 2010 - 11:52am PT
FRUMY. . . no beast, yet. . . kinda got hosed by the breeders back in CA. So I had to put the whole thing on hold while I fired up to my place in Montana.

All these GREAT photos of FABULOUS doggies keep my magic alive, that's for sure!

:-)

eKat
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2010 - 12:04pm PT
Kat...I hope it all goes well for you with the new baby in your life. Eva is a special gift that came to us. We searched for a really good small breeder and really hit the jackpot. She is a wonderful addition to our family. She is a lap dog stuck in a Lab's body. :-)
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 27, 2010 - 12:06pm PT
HA!

I've always called my labs, Lapridorians!

:-)

YAY!

SO glad you're lovin' Eva. . . she's RAD!

ox

eKat
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 3, 2010 - 07:13pm PT
Life's Ruff, especially when you have to follow around some bald-headed jackass flying a kite in a cornfield.





This is behind the Holiday Inn in Santa Nella.
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jul 3, 2010 - 07:15pm PT
HA!

Great shots of puppy love and doggie from above!

WOOT!

eKat