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Old 10-22-2010   #11
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Here is my Norwegian Elkhound, Tanja, on the Rogue River. She loved being out in the open, but was terrified by the rapids. We figured out that if she faced backward on the raft and couldn't see the rapid coming, she would just hunker down and not panic. But she really wasn't much of a water dog.


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Old 10-22-2010   #12
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I've taken my Humane Society special Black Lab / Weimaramer on the river a bunch since we got her. She loves the camping and running around, but isn't so keen on the whitewater. She'll lean on me for security, usually getting in the way of a rowing arm at just the wrong time.

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Old 10-22-2010   #13
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my 1st crontribution

this picture is a perfect example of my old dog getting in the way of rowing too. she loved being on the water, camping, and barking at geese. we had to put her down last winter at almost 15 yrs. this thread brings back some great memories with her. thanks for starting it!

i'll post the 2nd dog's photo when i can track one down.
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Old 10-22-2010   #14
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Here's a 'vicious' Rottweiler from the pound, a few days from death. He was terrified of water and everything else when I got him, now he sleeps on the cat whenever it is in the driveway. Only time he acts remotely protective is when someone strange touches the boat, my beer cooler is safe!

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Old 10-22-2010   #15
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This thread brought tears...

So I have to share. I rescued my Molly off the Bisti Highway south of Farmington when she was no bigger than my two hands. She was the dogstick- the dog by which all other dogs should be measured. Last November, at 14 years old, I had to put her down due to cancer. I'm not ready yet, but when I am, a rescue dog will be the way I go again- a more grateful dog never lived.
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"There is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together, and have a long day of it?" -Wind in the Willows
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Old 10-22-2010   #16
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Found a photo from the Deschutes this year.
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Old 10-22-2010   #17
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My river gargoyle

This is my river gargoyle. She watches me playboat and tries to jump in to come out and "save" me. I have seen her take a few trashings in strong eddies. Gotta love a friend that will do that just to be next to you. She is a friendly pup, but has a protective side when comes to my boat, beers, and babe (wife). Here's to the friend that don't care if you swim, don't have any money, and haven't taken a shower in weeks!
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Old 10-22-2010   #18
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I LOVE everyone's pictures and stories! Your mutts are beautiful!

We have 3 river dags, all of which are pound puppies. The dog on my profile is Hank, who is the most experienced of them all- and even though he does not like to swim, he loves to make rafting! I don't really like to swim either though...

The other two are a lab-pit-greyhound mix who was on her third trip at the pound due to her extreme activity level and a young pit who was going to be killed at the Denver shelter. Now they swim like fish for hours, and will run beside our mountain bikes bombing downhill sections for miles!

I've got to get a picture of all 3 of them.

We had a rottie who loved to boat as well. Rosie was not the most graceful swimmer...she sank like a stone...

And Dan, my friend Diana Wacker has been talking of a May Deso trip and your name has come up a couple times. Hope you've been caving a bit

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Old 10-24-2010   #19
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I've been down Deso twice with Diana......I'd love to go again if I can break away from work. It's hard to do that time of year when you own a nursery and everyone wants their landscape installed. I've never done Deso on a private trip....always as a guide for the high school trips. If I can break away.....I'll be there!!!!

If you ladies want to go caving.......let me know and we will go.
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Old 10-24-2010   #20
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Let's do Deso/Gray in May! My birthday is May 5, and in '09 when we hit the canyon on 5/9, the flow was a perfect 17K.
I may even have a dog by then to keep yours company...
spelunking soon? count me in...
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