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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
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