Friday, March 16, 2012

Mans Best Friend on the Trial

I have been doing some research online as I have been trying to move into taking my dog Lexi with Steve and I on a trip. There are a lot of things that I have to think about when it comes to the gear that I will need for Lexi to “pull her own weight” and the knowledge that I will need to have in order to make sure that there aren't any issues while we are in the woods.

Lexi lounging on her bed at my apartment. My girlfriend (her mother) made those
pillow covers for her and she loves sleeping on them.

Through my searches I have found that there is not a whole lot of information out on the Internet about hiking with your dogs. This is surprising to me when you take into account that there are so many people that like to hike with “mans best friend”. I am learning through experience and some further research that I am doing on the Internet and with others that have experience with this topic and I am thinking about making that a part of the GAHammockBros sites. What I am wondering is if I get together a pretty extensive information pool on hiking with dogs would that be something that interests you?

Lexi striking a pose when I got her, her UGA jersey. She didn't
take to having clothes on initially but she soon got used to it
and we don't have any problems with that anymore.

We met a guy on the trail this past weekend and was starting his second attempt at a through hike with his dog, “scout”. He had attempted this in 2010 and had gotten all the way to the Hudson River (around 1,300 miles) before he let the moral of the others get him down and make him quit. Scout was quiet a champion and loved the outdoors and even though I have been thinking about doing some hiking with “the beast”, I feel like seeing how happy scout was and the companionship that him and his master had was just the tipping point for me. I am going to do some research on the topic and be as prepared as possible for longer hikes with Lexi but I really want to know if that is something that you, the audience, would be interested in learning with me.

In keeping with our hammocking theme and belief, we plan on making Lexi a hammock dog. We are going to do some modifications to a hammock chair that I have and hopefully make an affective sleeping system for Lexi that would be encompassed by my rain system. I plan on making this system and testing out ideas that I have for making it effiecient and light weight as I progress. I would like to make Lexi the GAHammockBros Dog and let her share the passion that Steve and myself share for hammocking.

Steve and myself would really like to focus our efforts on things that will help the backpackers and hammock enthusiasts out when they are planning trips and out in the woods. This is one of the reasons that I am writing this blog at this time is to get some sort of an interest level on hiking with dogs and the ins and outs of safety, gear, and survival techniques. If this is something that I get good comments back on, Steve and I will work through getting some information on these items out on the net, as well as, some DIY projects that might be helpful to you and your companion along the way. Please let me know what you think about this idea and we will move along from there. I am going to post a poll on the right side of the blog so if you would just answer yes or no to the question that will give me a good feel for what everyone is thinking on this matter. Thanks for listening.


1 comment:

  1. I would love to see more information on hiking with a dog. We have a pretty good system now for our Weimaraner, but there isn't much on long distance backpacking with a dog (other than opinions on whether or not you should). When you figure out what gear you're taking for Lexi, a post would be great and I'm sure others would appreciate it too. If you're interested I posted what we use for Rooney,

    Happy hiking!