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Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:20pm PT

just to be clear, that's not my photo, it's just the one I found

glad to tickle your neurons though

but, why is everybody else loaded up? hahahahahhaa
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
Did we ever decide if Chaz has a goatog or a dogoat?

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Dogoat sounds nobler to me.

Dec 13, 2012 - 11:53am PT
Credit: kennyt

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
More about our local coyote issues: we learn that neighbors had been feeding more than a dozen feral cats, but no longer are. That sounds like bad news for our local birds. We talked this over while watching three pairs of cardinals and a couple of blue jays flit outside our window.

But coyotes were howling a hundred yards from our house the other night. Sophie barked back, then decided she wanted to go indoors. We wonder whether the local coyotes might take an interest in the feral cat problem.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Dec 13, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
I keep looking over this 2000+ string and I never see an American Pit Bull Terrier among all the mutts photographed here. Don't climbers own Pitties? I know that Michael Donovan has a nice one, but doesn't anyone else have a nice Pit Bull to show off?

cf. Adopt-a-Pet at


How about a nice 120 lb brindle?

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Dec 13, 2012 - 03:34pm PT
pibble lovin
pibble lovin
Credit: mechrist

Wish I got a pic of her making out with that black lab pup in Bishop. Nauseatingly sweet.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 14, 2012 - 12:22pm PT
Freedom baby..


Not a dog, but a dog crate is used!


Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 14, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
^^^ warm fuzzy feeling video of the week^^^

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 14, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Credit: zBrown
Bad Climber

Dec 14, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
@Bob: GREAT shot. Love the quizzical expression.

Bad Climber

Dec 14, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Django after this most recent snow...

Morning color...
Morning color...
Credit: Bad Climber

Trad climber
North GA
Dec 14, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Cammie in her younger days
Cammie in her younger days
Credit: RadDawg

Trad climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 02:02am PT
Cheeseburger for his 12th birthday last month.

Credit: dlintz

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 15, 2012 - 02:16am PT
dlintz, ^^...HA....Love that picture!!
First time i laughed today...thanks.

ps, You could sell that picture to a card company...
but.. what would the card say?

ah....Little cammie...(-;

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 15, 2012 - 03:04am PT
Omg dlintz, that is one well behaved dog. You can see how much he wants that burger, but he will not disappoint.

Trad climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Lol. Thanks, guys. That was his "will you just take your damn picture so I can eat already" look. The more photos I shot, the less cooperative he became....but he did wait until I was done.

Trad climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 10:11am PT


And. . . dlintz. . . WHOA!


P.S. I love ALL doggies. . . TFPU, everybody!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 15, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
I probably tell the story every year on this thread....

My old dog Kaya was my best friend and companion for 15 years. She was the only constant in my life during a time of many changes.
She was the best crag dog and barely ever needed accomodating but in the last few years of her life , she needed help and I was happy to oblige.
On December 15th she finally let me know it was her time to go.
A mobile vet came to my house and administered the shot. I hugged her and spoke to her as she took her last breath.
I was gutted.
I cleaned the house fastiduously and tried to convince myself that her passing would open up so many possibilities for me. Those overseas trips I turned down, those places I couldn't take a senior dog- I could do it all now, free from guilt or worry.

Time passed differently after she was gone, and I realized I hadn't been missing out on anything since her passing. What I was missing out on was the love and companionship of a dog.

A year and a half passed before I entertained the idea of another. I searched shelters on line but I still couldn't do it, it didn't seem right or I wasn't really ready.

Then one day a little black dog appeared at my door, literally. I had been looking for a mid sized dog, maybe a cattle dog- a smart, dialed in, and agile breed. This little black dog was a chihuahua, definitely NOT who I was looking for.
I was set to make the drive back to Arizona for a holiday visit and had to make the decision quickly. Would this dog fit my lifestyle? Was I ready? A chihuahua, really?

Well I made the call to take her. She was a bit timid, as a street dog may be, but we hopped in my little Honda and started the seven hour drive, fueled by many Grateful Dead discs at high volume.
On I-10, right about at the turnoff for Josh, It dawned on me. It was December 16th.
Two years to the day of Kaya's passing, this little black 1/8th scale model shows up out of the blue on my doorstep.
I guess it was meant to be.
By the time we reached Blythe, she was dialed in to the program. I was able to let her out of the car with no leash, tell her to get back in and get in back- she followed commands perfectly and waited for the next. After less than 24 hours, she was my dog.
I named her Rosebud, after one of Garcia's guitars.

In Arizona she blew the minds of friends and family "you've only had this dog for HOW long?".
She was obedient, friendly, relaxed, and so perfectly trained you'd think I'd been working at it for years.

I took her to the vet for a once-over and to try and see how old she was. The vet said probably two years old.
I told the vet the story of Kaya and how two years to the day this little dog showed up.
Her response- "I think it just took her two years to find you".

Well, Rosebud has proven to be an amazing dog- a beyond capable crag dog and perfect companion. I love her so much, as you've probably seen in pictures on this thread.

So today, December 15th is a very special day for me.
Rest in peace sweet Kaya and Happy Birthday Rosebud.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 15, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
^^^^^^. Mmmmmmm.... Have you read "The Art of Racing in The Rain" or "A Dog's Purpose"? Yes, I'm a true believer they live on...

From amazon.            Difficult, sappy read, but the truth. <br/>
From amazon. Difficult, sappy read, but the truth.

Credit: SCseagoat


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