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Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/18/2012 19:52:32 MST Print View

I thought it would be cool to post a thread in here capturing pictures of our four legged hiking partners. Post pictures that you particularly like or perhaps of them suited and booted in action on the trails.

-Breed (If known)


Meet Luna: ^o^
-Doberman/Beagle Mix
-8.5 Months

Edited by Superfluous_Grizzly on 11/18/2012 19:59:16 MST.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - MLife

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends on 11/18/2012 20:27:04 MST Print View

Here is Eva:
-breed unknown
-3 years
-60 lbs




Always itching to go!


Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Allie on 11/18/2012 22:45:54 MST Print View

Here's Allie
- Australian Cattledog x some sort of shepherd?? (guessing)
- around 6 yo
- 60 lb

don't leave me behind!

2012-08-19-wildcat 063

scenic overlook

Alex Eriksson

Locale: Austin, TX
He's hardly ultralight on 11/18/2012 23:09:01 MST Print View

Axl's the same hound in my profile picture and always accompanies me hiking or pretty much doing anything, including work....
- Name: Axl
- Breed: Boxer
- Age: 3.5y
- Weight: 75-80lbs

In the woods on our last trip (need to get him a waterproof stuff sack for the blanket):

At work the next day after our adventure:

Edited by aeriksson on 11/18/2012 23:10:18 MST.

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Good stuff, keep em' rolling! :D on 11/19/2012 00:39:50 MST Print View

John: The 3rd pic of Eva is really awe inspiring. Has a certain mystique vibe.

Sharon: The 2nd pic of Allie had me rolling out of my chair with laughter. She should be the poster dog for the brand of shoes she is wearing.

Alex: I miss my boxer (lived until she was 17). Beautiful, smart and extremely loyal breed of dog. He's certainly not UL, especially that TONGUE! Love his brendal colors. :P

Thank you all for sharing. Animals are great... I won't post my Siamese cat though, unless I get requests. haha

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - MLife

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: Good stuff on 11/19/2012 20:14:12 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing, your pictures crack me up!

Daniel, that 3rd picture has a guy at my office convinced that my dog is part wolf. In reality, she pooped about 5 seconds after the picture was taken.

Alex Eriksson

Locale: Austin, TX
Re: Good stuff, keep em' rolling! :D on 11/19/2012 21:59:17 MST Print View

Axl is my first boxer and so far I can definitely attest to his loyalty. When we're out in the woods he's great about staying close, especially when I'm setting up camp and I've let him mill about off-leash. He's never farther than about 30' away. From a practical standpoint he's great for hauling me off steep grades if I need the helping tug. Plus as his packweight lightens as he eats his food I can unload stuff from mine into his!

I'd actually love to get him a better sleeping setup than what I have now. His little orange Samsonite travel blanket has sufficed on mild evenings but I know at some point he's going to need a small quilt and pad in cooler temps, especially if I have any hope of keeping him off my SynMat UL (which I suspect will be less resistant to dog-nail punctures versus my old regular SynMat). Also need to get him an insulating layer of some kind. I know Ruffwear makes a number of dog-jackets although I'm not sure which one would work the best for him.

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Hiking buddy on 11/19/2012 22:39:59 MST Print View

10 year old Queensland Heeler mutt mix
Her backpacking days are over but we take a short trail hikes nearly every day.

Hiking buddy

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
dogs on 11/20/2012 07:05:24 MST Print View


fishing ninjas


Bodhi, 4 yr old Pitbull mix, about 70 lb

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
suit on 11/20/2012 09:57:37 MST Print View

Ike, what is that full body suit your pitbull is wearing? Looks warm!

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: coat on 11/21/2012 03:59:49 MST Print View

It's from K9 topcoats. Pitbulls are not the most cold tolerant of breeds.

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
You just never know on 11/29/2012 09:36:07 MST Print View

Name: Molly
Breed: Brittany
Age: 15
Weight: 39 lbs

As if in a flashback to that scene in "A Christmas Story" where Ralphy discovers a pink bunny outfit underneath the tree, a few years ago Molly received a ridiculously dorky 'little yellow riding hood' rain cape from one of my relatives.

They begged us to put it on her, take some pics and then email them some (proof?) photos.

I dutifully took Molly out on the first rainy day and put on her cape. She looked up at me as if to say, "You've GOT to be ****ing kidding me."

The irony is...after a few times out in the rain with the cape on she discovered it was a heck of a lot better than getting soaked whenever we went out on the trails on a soggy day. Now, she won't set foot outside when it's raining without the rain coat.

Go figure...

Rain? Whatever...

Brittany's wear Prada?

Edited by transdimensional on 11/29/2012 09:37:43 MST.

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
keep the pics coming! on 11/29/2012 09:44:50 MST Print View

I forgot to mention that I really enjoyed seeing all you folks' dogs.

Made my day.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/29/2012 10:00:34 MST Print View

Name: Mushka

Breed: Mini Pinscher/Manchester Terrier (She's from the shelter, so who knows for sure. She's taller and leaner than a lot of pinschers and has a white chest so I suspect she's more Manchester.

Age: Almost 3

Weight: 15 pounds

This dog was born to run. Has done a 22 mile trail run with me and still wanted to play fetch later that day. She's quite the predator as well. A neighbor's chicken got into our yard the other day; She ate the entire chicken, whole, everything except the wings. Completely defied the laws of physics...I don't know how a whole chicken fits into a stomach way smaller than my fist. Terribly bloated, it did slow her down for a few hours. She's quite fond of squirrels as well. Caught her eating the back half of one on our couch a month ago...

Nice thing about the small size for backpacking: Doesn't require much food or water, if she overheats she can ride my pack and she doesn't require any sleeping gear...tucks into my sleeping bag or a jacket rather well.


Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
Mushka on 11/29/2012 10:20:11 MST Print View

Mushka is my hero.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/29/2012 15:56:15 MST Print View

"She's quite the predator as well."

She looks like a born ratter alright. How's she do with snakes?

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/29/2012 17:25:06 MST Print View

We've had 3 run ins with rattlers so far; every time I saw the snake as soon as she did and I yelled at her (making her freeze) before she had much time to think about it.
So I still don't really know if she'd go for one, though she seemed hesitant with them.

Our biggest problem is coyotes; she's really good bait when trail running at night. I've had to stop running with her after dark in one canyon because we've been confronted or trailed so many times.


Next dog I want is a boxer. I love the ridiculously soulful look about them.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/29/2012 18:31:22 MST Print View

Never backpacked with them, but definitely my babies. I lost Chance, in front, a couple of years ago. Casey's still prowling the back yard, digging up moles and chasing rabbits. She's closing in on 14 now. Both were pound puppies.


Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 11/29/2012 19:34:33 MST Print View

"I saw the snake as soon as she did and I yelled at her (making her freeze) before she had much time to think about it."

Wise call, Craig. For a dog that size, no matter how feisty, the first mistake is probably going to be the last.

She probably wouldn't fare well with Ol' Wiley either. That canyon scene has to be a little weird, I'd think. I can just see their eyes glowing in your flashlight beam. I ran into about a half dozen of them one time solo up in Wright Lakes Basin, in broad daylight, and that was a mind concentrating moment for me. They left me alone, but for a brief moment I wasn't so sure how things were going to turn out, and my gut got real cold. Running into them at night when you're basically chumming them in with a small dog is probably even more so. Sort of like surfing and Great Whites? ;0)

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
FYI on 11/29/2012 20:18:22 MST Print View

Craig, just an FYI that you can get your pooch an injection that goes a long way towards protecting them against hemotoxic rattlesnake venom.

Since you live amidst rattlers I bet your veterinarian knows about it and could help you out.

Living in Texas we have poisonous snakes everywhere, so I have been getting shots for my dog for years (without any noticeable side effects.)

Just something to consider.

- Ken

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
snow dogs on 11/29/2012 20:20:10 MST Print View

Douglas, those are some happy looking snow walkers you've got there. Hope you get to take your remaining dog out this winter.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Capturing Our Four Legged Friends on 11/29/2012 22:34:43 MST Print View

Here's the most recent good picture I have of Hysson, a 3/4 Lab, 1/4 Golden Retriever who is a "release" dog from Canine Companions for Independence. This was taken several years ago in Wyoming's Wind River Range. I need to take some more pictures, since he's going on 11 years old so probably won't be around for many more years. He certainly doesn't think he's an old dog, though; half the time he thinks he's still a puppy! We did have a big scare last summer when his blood tests showed his kidneys were starting to go. Fortunately, after getting him on a lower protein diet (primarily adding cooked rice and veggies to his kibble), his kidneys are back to normal.

When he reaches his 11th birthday, since one dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, both of us will be the same age!In Marm's Lake, Wind River Range, WY

Edited by hikinggranny on 11/29/2012 22:36:13 MST.

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
Hysson on 11/29/2012 23:19:24 MST Print View

Mary, Hysson is adorable.

And he's lucky to spend his golden years with someone who cares for him.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Bixby on 11/29/2012 23:58:10 MST Print View

This here is Bixby. 100 lbs of mischief and entertainment. We think he's mostly yellow lab and around 4 now. We bailed him out of doggie jail a little over three years ago.

Kenneth C Herbst

Locale: The Alamo City
Bixbie on 11/30/2012 08:33:01 MST Print View

Beautiful photos!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Capturing Our Four Legged Friends on 11/30/2012 16:34:18 MST Print View

Lots of wonderful dog pics here, but that first photo of Bixby is really special!

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Great! on 12/01/2012 22:23:33 MST Print View

Thank you all so much for posting. I had not checked this thread in almost a week and was happy to see so many more responses.
Tonight I left Luna in her crate while my girlfriend and I went out for dinner. We came home and my roommate had her out and her tail seems to be either dislocated or broken. He has no clue what occurred (he's not someone who would hurt an animal and was just as upset as us). She doesn't seem to be in horrible pain but looks like I'll be visiting the vet come Monday ($250 extra if I take her on Sunday unfortunately).
Anyway, the pics of your kids made my night. Thanks :)

William Lotman
(wl1193) - F

Locale: East Bay
Zeena Female Durch Shepherd on 12/02/2012 09:02:56 MST Print View

RIPZeena as a puppy

William Lotman
(wl1193) - F

Locale: East Bay
One more photo of Zeena on 12/02/2012 09:11:35 MST Print View

loves to chase

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - MLife

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: One more photo of Zeena on 12/02/2012 09:29:42 MST Print View

William, what a great action shot! And a very pretty dog.

@ Daniel: has Luna's tail seen any cold water recently? When my dog's tail area gets hit by cold water (usually from a river), her tail will some times seem "broken" for a couple days afterwards. It stays down and rarely wags, but it doesn't seem to bother her much. After a few days, it's back to normal. My vet says there's nothing I can do about it besides wait it out.

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Limber Tail Syndrome on 12/02/2012 22:30:49 MST Print View

Thank you for getting me through the door on researching this. It was cold and rainy here last night. I think this is what happened since she is already showing signs of healing. Strange condition! I'm glad its not broken.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
RE:Capturing Our Four Legged Friends on 03/13/2013 13:29:53 MDT Print View

Whoa! I missed a dog thread?!!

This is Kai. (AKA, the Trail Queen.) Actually Kairi. Named after a video game character, my kids tell me. 4 year old Golden Retriever. About 60 lbs. She's a rescue. Her mom and litter were confiscated during a drug bust. (What kind of self-respecting drug king pin has Goldens?) Her mom and the pups were malnourished and she was also the runt of the litter. She's a bit nervous. She doesn't really care for camping but is a hiking machine. She used to go backpacking but now mostly sticks to day hikes. I tell people she is a 14er specialist. She seems to be part cat and is extremely nimble on rocks.

Here's the cat part:

Kai in tree

Loves hiking:

Me and Kai on Huron

Camping, not so much:

Kai camping

And this is my backpacking buddy, Buddy. Almost 3 year old Golden. 82 pounds last time I weighed him but needs to slim down a bit, even with all the exercise he gets. Happiest, friendliest dog you'll ever meet. Best backpacking partner you could have if you don't mind shedding and the smell of wet dog. Ready for anything and everything.

Cruising a stream:

Buddy in stream

Wet and happy:

Wet Buddy

Us at the Cirque of the Towers in The Winds:

Me and Buddy at the Cirque

The rare trip together on an overnight on the CT

:Buddy and Kai on CT

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: RE:Capturing Our Four Legged Friends on 03/13/2013 13:49:21 MDT Print View

"(What kind of self-respecting drug king pin has Goldens?) "


If some rival drug runner tried to invade his place, the Golden would attack and lick him on the face.


Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 03/13/2013 15:05:10 MDT Print View

This Corky, a Tibetan Terrier. I he is 8. He likes to hike, but his mom (my wife Joyce) won't let him backpack -- he needs to stay home and protect her when I am gone. Not to mention his coat gets too long. Weight is 35 lbs.

corky camping
Camping in the Southern Sierras.

joyce and corky
Corky having a bad hair day, after jumping in a creek.

corky busted
Corky is not allowed in the flower beds. Here he is busted. When he saw me he knew he was in trouble :)

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 03/16/2013 10:10:01 MDT Print View

Her name is "Shasta" like the mountain not the drink, lol
She's half Border Collie/Mc Nabb weighs about 25 lbs on a good day.
This dog loves to hike, but at home she's a spastic, just does figure 8's in the backyard all day long, my backyard looks like a moto cross track with burms and jumps.

When we're out on the trail she knows all her commands, stop, left, right, up, down sit, lay, heal, stay, and so on, but at home she looks at me like you're kidding right, this is my yard! I do what I want here buddy, but really she's pretty good I tend to exaggerate a bit.

I do need to get her rattle snake trained though and vacinated, she would probably think it's a play toy.

This is the first week when I brought her home, I'm glad she finally grew into those ears.


Our first hike to Sespe Creek.


Just chill'n behind the tarp in the shade ready to go hiking.


Jonathan J
(Jonathan_Jessop) - M
Re: Capturing Our Four Legged Friends - Pet Pictures on 03/16/2013 18:31:57 MDT Print View

Nice Mora knife :) Did you make that design on the handle? Did you make that cup?

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Thread bump on 09/18/2013 13:13:34 MDT Print View

Bumping this thread!

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Thread bump on 09/18/2013 13:26:58 MDT Print View

I already posted to this thread, but here's a more recent shot:

2013-08-12-2013-08-14-emigrant 300

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Thread bump on 09/18/2013 13:29:55 MDT Print View

What is your dog's gear base weight?


Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Re: Re: Thread bump on 09/18/2013 13:41:32 MDT Print View

"What is your dog's gear base weight?"

I don't know, Bob, but I'm considering asking the Zimmerbuilt guy to make her a cuben pack.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Thread bump on 09/18/2013 13:45:14 MDT Print View

I don't know. A dog with a cuben fiber pack and some Vuarnet sunglasses would really be stylin'

Then add some matching dog booties, and that would be some beast.


Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Thread bump on 09/18/2013 15:18:15 MDT Print View

My rescue Pit "Moose". He's a weekend, day-hiking warrior.



Darren Graff
(Packfan) - F

Locale: Sierra Nevadas
Vinny on 04/01/2014 23:23:26 MDT Print View

My buddy vinny in dog paradiseDogDogDogDog

Marshall Uhl
(sendcakeplease) - M
Buzz Lightyear on 05/26/2014 22:25:05 MDT Print View

Here's my pup at Hungry Packer lake in Sabrina Basin, CA Sierra. He's a Cairn Terrier, like Toto and weighs in at around 17 lbs. buzz1

Edited by sendcakeplease on 05/26/2014 22:25:47 MDT.

Travis Bernard
(DispatchesfromtheNorth) - M

Locale: Ross River
In the Spirit of Winter on 12/12/2014 18:22:58 MST Print View

and all things good and outdoors. My always enthusiastic hiking partner.

Freya winter

Freya's Winter

Hope everyone is enjoying winter in their own backyard.

Edited by DispatchesfromtheNorth on 12/12/2014 18:29:39 MST.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
oh boy! my favorite! on 12/18/2014 17:20:59 MST Print View


Afraid of wildlife:

Loves water:

Great trail dog! summit

Post-hike nap:

CharlieDog and I:

Edited by Jenmitol on 12/18/2014 17:26:44 MST.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Charlie Dog on 12/29/2014 21:47:28 MST Print View

The water photo of Charlie Dog is beautiful. He looks so happy.