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[at-l] Re: Hiking with dogs...

kahlena wrote:
> For anyone thinking of doing a Thru this year with your dog or for
> anyone who hikes with their dog somewhere away from home.
> I hate to try and talk anyone into more weight on their back but....
> Make sure you have a good, clear, reproducable picture of your four
> paw friend with you.  Or better yet, a REWARD LOST DOG poster prototype.
> Leave the place and date spaces blank so that, God forbide, the worst
> happens you can get copies made at Post Offices, grocery stores or
> print shops quickly, and start circulating them.  The faster you can get
> such flyers around the better your chances of success.
> Also, make arrangements with a neighbor, friend or whomever to have
> their phone number listed as a contact for anyone who finds your buddy.
> Your dogs normal ID may be worthless if it lists an address and phone
> number that are no longer valid. If your Vet is willing, use their
> number since their phone is usually manned 24/7 at least by an answering
> service. You can check with them periodically while you search.
> A pre hike visit to the vet should be on your schedule.  Your buddies
> shots should be up to date..(stash proof of same in your pack) and
> your dogs overall health should be evaluated.  Xrays may even be in
> order if your dog has never been evaluated for hip problems that would
> prove disasterous under the stresses of the trail.  Your vet may have
> suggestions for additions to your first aid kit ...doggy first aid.
> I know you thru hikers are getting busy with prep now but these things
> are important too.              Signed Kahley et all

Really great advice.  I have a question.  I thought dogs weren't allowed 
on the AT -- clearly, I must be wrong??  Just curious.

Mare and friends
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