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Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
That IS an awesome shot ... wicked cool.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 15, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Here's my annual post commemorating my companion of 15 years, Kaya, and her successor Rosebud.

Kaya lived to 15, passing on December 15th.
Two years later, to the day, Rosebud literally just showed up on my door.

These dogs have been there through all the highs and lows, freezing nights and broiling days, breathtaking summits and sunny beaches, Manhattan high rises and desolate deserts. They have gone everywhere with me.

Loyal, smart, loving and dialed in to the program, they have been my best friends and climbing partners for most of my adult life. They helped make me who I am.

Happy birthday Rosie and run free forever Kaya love.

Credit: drljefe

Credit: drljefe

Photo manip by Peter Haan
Photo manip by Peter Haan
Credit: drljefe
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 15, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Sorry for loss, Jefe.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 15, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Resting up for a walk at halftime.
Resting up for a walk at halftime.
Credit: Edge
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 15, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Rosie looks adorable, Jefe.
And Kaya, magnificent.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 15, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
RIP Kaya! Enjoy Rosie, Jefe, she looks like she found the right spot with you!



Edge is that a puddle of blood 'neath that tree stump?

Just teasing you: as a forester responsible for the death and dismemberment of thousands of ancient woody beasts, I feel like I need to give someone sh#t to alleviate my sense of guilt.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 15, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Queen Bella enjoys the mid winter sun


DMT
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Dec 15, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

Seamus,Jessie and Marcy waiting to get skiing.

2 foot of fresh.
2 foot of fresh.
Credit: wilbeer
Rick Vena

Trad climber
SF,CA
Dec 15, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Drool-cicle on Bernal Hill
Drool-cicle on Bernal Hill
Credit: Rick Vena

Tango!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 15, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
Droolcicle, classic!

Dingus, Dancer is awesome.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 15, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Weird Dancer resembles like Kaya and Bella favors Rosie huh?

DMT

Ps dancer wears a towel just like that to keep warm on her bed will take a pic when I get the chance

I like that little dog.
Dancer and Dingus chillin in the sun
Dancer and Dingus chillin in the sun
Credit: Dingus Milktoast
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 16, 2013 - 10:14am PT
I put old Stella to sleep (at 16 1/2) at the end of last summer right before moving from the Adirondacks to CO. She was physically in reasonable shape, but with horrible arthritis (for which she was on 4 drugs, plus joint supplements), and her lifelong regular bouts of skin infection were becoming more and more frequent and I basically had her living on antibiotics 24/7. Decided one morning that it was a good day, and went out and dug a hole under the stump of her favorite peach tree. Called up my tech at work and had her bring some supplies over from the hospital Drugged her up well, carried her out, stuffed her face with cookies and as they were falling out of her mouth, I did the deed myself. It was very peaceful. She's buried there now, under a bunch of day lilies, and I feel a ittle weird that there she is, and some day if and when I sell the house, nobody will know about her being there. I also feel a little weird that I don't even remember the day that I did it, but I guess that's not really important.

Rocky is kind of enjoying being and only boy and has turned into a total mamas boy (he never was before). He's ten now, and a bit of arthritis is starting to catch up to him. He's having some fun in Colorado, though!


This was our last real hike in the Adirondacks before we moved
Algonquin, with Colden and the new trap dike slide in the back
Algonquin, with Colden and the new trap dike slide in the back
Credit: Aya K
Credit: Aya K

Driving out in the cab of the truck with a dog, two cats and a bird (in the cage under the cats)
Just a little cramped
Just a little cramped
Credit: Aya K

Rocky is in the Rockies now....*eyeroll*
Loving Boulder
Loving Boulder
Credit: Aya K
sullly

Trad climber
Dec 16, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Poet laureate Billy Collins is a dog lover. Really. But his irreverence below is spectacular.

The Revenant - Billy Collins

I am the dog you put to sleep,
as you like to call the needle of oblivion,
come back to tell you this simple thing:
I never liked you--not one bit.

When I licked your face,
I thought of biting off your nose.
When I watched you toweling yourself dry,
I wanted to leap and unman you with a snap.

I resented the way you moved,
your lack of animal grace,
the way you would sit in a chair to eat,
a napkin on your lap, knife in your hand.

I would have run away,
but I was too weak, a trick you taught me
while I was learning to sit and heel,
and--greatest of insults--shake hands without a hand.

I admit the sight of the leash
would excite me
but only because it meant I was about
to smell things you had never touched.

You do not want to believe this,
but I have no reason to lie.
I hated the car, the rubber toys,
disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives.

The jingling of my tags drove me mad.
You always scratched me in the wrong place.
All I ever wanted from you
was food and fresh water in my metal bowls.

While you slept, I watched you breathe
as the moon rose in the sky.
It took all of my strength
not to raise my head and howl.

Now I am free of the collar,
the yellow raincoat, monogrammed sweater,
the absurdity of your lawn,
and that is all you need to know about this place

except what you already supposed
and are glad it did not happen sooner--

that everyone here can read and write,
the dogs in poetry, the cats and the others in prose.



thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
^in retort^

My hound eats all the range rotted ribs and piles of horseshit to which he may help himself. As far as disliking my behavior with him, well, there are indeed those chimneys and exposed scrambles through which I drug him, all those times I pulled him down off the overhung ledge above 'gainst his will, forcing him into dog-scruff whippers. I would like to think that it is all forgiven for the free-range, poop-sniffing, bunny-yip-chasing dog stuffs that I smile to see him do.









the needle of oblivion, though, really is the true story of human-dog interaction: in another epoch, another day of canid-hominid interaction, 'twas knott the needle of oblivion but the skull-crushing club of the desperate and hungry man. although I don't ever think about eating mine hound, the truly awful part about finding a new canine companion is the knowledge that you will statistically outlive them.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
sullly

Trad climber
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Ok bravecowboy, same author (Collins), heart-rendering pooch poem:

“A Dog on His Master”

As young as I look,
I am growing older faster than he,
seven to one
is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,
I will pass him one day
and take the lead
the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever manages
to cross his mind,
it would be the sweetest
shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
^Is that why those hounds are so damn sweet?^



eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 17, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#335771
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 18, 2013 - 02:08am PT
Tioga that was Bad Assssssssssssssssss!

THANKS

DMT
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:58am PT
why all dogs go to heaven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7znI_Kpzbs


and proof that cats are satan's spawn
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