08-22-2012, 05:06 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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I've been following this story. It does appear the owner really does love his dog, if the pictures of him with her are any indication.
BUT, he's an idiot for several reasons.
- First, he kept going up the mountain despite the fact his dog was getting her feet all cut up.
- Second, its clear his dog was not pre-conditioned to this sort of strenuous hike.
- Third, he was so focused on getting to the top for his own sense of accomplishment that he disregarded signs of distress from his dog.
- Fourth, he made only a rudimentary attempt to rescue her. Apparently he called 911 and was told there are no dog rescues.
- Fifth, he was too dumb to figure out a plan for himself. Its not that hard. You get an empty pack and put the dog in it. Bring a buddy to trade off if you need to. This is not rocket science.
So in the least the guy is unobservant about his dog, and not persistent in rescuing her. He may be perfectly fine to her in ordinary life, but clearly he had no judgement about taking her up a 14K mountain. Dumb, inconsiderate, not observant and not empathetic. He does not deserve to have her back.
I too, would be all for the rescuers being allowed to keep the dog, if they want her, or having her placed in a home that really wants her, which I'm sure would be easy to do as this story has generated a lot of interest. You could be super selective about that next home.
I've hiked with dogs at elevation. They need to be in shape and have hardened feet from lots of smaller hikes. You need to know what they can and cannot do. You need to carry water and food for them, lots of water in fact, and stop often to keep them hydrated and offer regular snacks as they burn through calories like crazy. They feel the obligation to follow you where ever you go, so you need to provide for their physical needs, and keep an eye on how they are doing. And if they are having a tough time, you need to be willing to stop or turn around and go back. That's just a no brainer. Its like having a kid on the hike. That other being's needs come before everything else, including your own personal goals or agenda.