"Not My Dog": Tales from Puppy Raising

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Well, maybe not THAT useful

You knew this was coming .. from the second-day stories off Mount Hood

A word to weekend warriors: Adding Fido to the checklist of climbing safety gear probably is not a great idea, local veterinarians and outdoors experts say.
Three climbers rescued from Mount Hood on Monday attributed their survival to locator beacons and a black Labrador retriever named Velvet who kept them warm as a storm raged overnight.
But bringing a pet up an 11,239-foot mountain can pose risks for owner and pooch.
Taking any but the most well-trained dogs on a winter climb is like bringing a small child up the mountain, said John Miller, search and rescue coordinator for the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

- Eugene Register-Guard

Bob's opinion was that Murphy, during certain points in his adolescence, would have been the one pulling the climbers off the mountain to start with..


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