Thanks Nate. She has been a great trail buddy, but this year I can tell she's really slowing down. I wanted to make sure that I captured some good shots of her before she gets too old to travel with me anymore.
The cabin in the video is Butler Cabin on Mt Mansfield. At the time, a friend of mine was the caretaker, so my dog and I went up to visit a couple nights a week. In my opinion, it's the nicest cabin on the LT.
I've found that the two biggest issues with getting a dog to like overnight, wilderness camping out are (a) not letting them get too cold and (b) helping the calm down at night. First, I think that most people assume that dogs don't get cold at night, but that seems like a big mistake to me. Unless a person wants to give their dog free range to find a nice bed spot, they had better bring/share a sleeping pad and blanket. Second, my dog is very alert, so it takes some work relaxing her in the woods at night. She's hearing and smelling all sorts of things that I'm not even aware of outside.
Finally, I'm a big supporter of the leash, and not just for safety. I like hiking WITH my dog. I have a friend who's dog just orbits around her in the woods. You can hear the dog, but it's kind of off doing it's own thing. I like being right with my dog.