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[pct-l] Are dogs alowed on the trail?
- Subject: [pct-l] Are dogs alowed on the trail?
- From: email@example.com (dude)
- Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 16:26:58 -0400 (EDT)
I certainly agree with people who indicated to be careful about over-
working your dog. I killed my dog 3 years ago taking him mountain
biking for 30 minutes. He was too loyal and tried to stay with me
despite his total exhaustion and over-heating. He litterally
collapsed while trying to stay up with me.
I also agree that the cougar issue is moot. Your dog may help warn
you about approaching bears, but I wouldnt count on him/her defending
you against a bear. I would guess that a bear would eat a dog for
As far as getting the dog in shape, I guess it depends on how out of
shape it is to start with. I agree with Brick, starting 30 miles per
day to get the dog in shape may not be the best approach. You may
need some training beforehand.
There are plenty of places that sell dog packs. I am pretty sure
that Mountainsmith sells them I was at REI for the memeorial day
sale and they had some too. A google search for dog-pack should give
you plenty of results. I would try to talk with someone who has used
them to find out how to fit them and what the pitfalls are.
Also, there are plenty of previous posts about this topic over the
last few years. Definitley check the archives.
Lastly, from what I understand, it is almost impossible for a dog to
hike the whole way without booties. I have heard from many people
that the rocks just tear up their paws in no time. I would look into
that for sure.
> I'm planning on hiking the pct this next summer and was wondering
> if I could take a dog the whole way. The first half will be done
> in 2003 and the second in 2004. It was suggested that I take our
> dog to possibly prevent against cougars ... and also to get her in
> better shape. I was wondering if it was either legal or plausible.
> I could also use any links to sites for dog packs, gear...
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