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Dogs on 14ers

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Dogs on 14ers

Postby bigboof » Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:36 pm

I know that dogs have climbed all the 14ers in colordo.

I was wondering what kind of dogs have done so and if anyone knows if it has been done by a beagle....

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby spangle71 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:46 pm

Having two beagles myself....I would not take them on any pass class 2....maybe some class 3. Depends on what shape your beagle is in and how comfortable you are with your dog going. I hike 14ers with humans and take my two four legged friends on other hikes. I know my two love getting out...I feel it is my responsiblity to make sure I choose hikes that are appropriate for them not putting them or anyone else who is hiking with us at risk.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby Hunter » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:31 pm

Get some dog boots! I've lost count of the number dogs I've seen whose paws are bleeding from talus. Ok, I'm off my soapbox.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby bigboof » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:37 pm

yeah, just wondering....he has done 12 now, snowmass being the most difficult. never had any problems with his feet though

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby OBC13 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:45 am

Hauling a heavy dog off a 14er is not fun for the rescuers or for the dog. I have only heard of this happening on occasion. It is probably a function of the sharpness of the rocks and the size of the animal. If there is such as thing as dog boots then I would reccomend them at least being in the hiker's pack like moleskin for the hiker. Maybe just put them on at the start of the rocks. Probably should get the dog used to them before the climb.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby pouceo » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:13 pm

Hunter wrote:Get some dog boots! I've lost count of the number dogs I've seen whose paws are bleeding from talus. Ok, I'm off my soapbox.


Heh... I named my dog Talus :D

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby travisrsauder » Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:02 pm

I'm looking to start climbing 14ers with my dog and I've already been advised about the above mentioned booties. My question is this, where do I find the dang things? Also any advice on which "brands" or types work best would be appreciated.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby AdgePeakster » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:14 pm

REI sells dog booties...Ruff Wear is the kind I've seen and the kind we use for our Golden Retriever
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby Floyd » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:21 pm

AdgePeakster wrote:REI sells dog booties...Ruff Wear is the kind I've seen and the kind we use for our Golden Retriever


A tip on these things - if your dog has any nails they will rip through the fabric quickly. I keep the booties in the bag in case my labs need them. Floyd would rip through a pair the 1st or 2nd time out and at $40 a pop I was spending more on my dogs shoes than my own.

As far as your beagle, he/she may fair better than the bigger breeds from what I've seen on the trail. Feel free to PM me if you want my opinion on certain mountains.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby covfrrider » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:42 pm

Here's a trip I did with my dogs... One made his first 14er summit, the other wasn't feeling so well.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4426&start=100&cpgm=tripmain

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby COmthigh » Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:22 pm

Refer to recent forum "Booties for GSP?" Some good advice from those who know. I'm trying the pad hardeners as suggested by a vet. She makes some good points. Good luck.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby kgmo » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:07 pm

COmthigh wrote:Refer to recent forum "Booties for GSP?" Some good advice from those who know. I'm trying the pad hardeners as suggested by a vet. She makes some good points. Good luck.


Although a beagle could probably make it up several 14ers, I would not take it up most of the 14ers. I am not going to say it wouldn't/couldn't make it, but I will say that I wouldn't encourage it. Yes dogs have been up all 14ers, but just because it has been done, doesn't mean it is a good idea. My own dog has been up 21 14ers, including some class 3 climbs, but I have carried out my own dog after a fall. Would I love him to do all the peaks with me, absolutely, however, it is one thing to assume the risks with class 3+ climbs, it is quite another to risk the life of your dog, and other climbers (rock fall caused by your dog). It is an individual decision, and I don't want to start a debate (there are plenty of other threads that have dealt with the issue). That is just my personal opinion, and professional recommendation. I'm happy to answer specific questions if you would like to send me a pm.
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