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Old 07-08-2014   #51
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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"They are the Toyota Camry of the dog world. They are not perfect at anything, but they are VERY GOOD at almost everything. Other breeds are much better at specialized areas, but in general, Labs are as versatile as they get for outdoor dogs."
That is funny. I have lab mixes from the pound. Get one as a pup and train it and it will be fine. My female is a lab/pit mix and is so mellow on river. She does class 3/4 just fine. NRS cfd (canine flotation device). It is a good idea to use cfds if doing any whitewater, as good swimming dogs, just like good swimming people, can still drown in funky river hydraulics.

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Old 07-11-2014   #52
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I treat my dogs like I do my kids. They have pfds and get pulled in the boat thru rapids. We also gage if we won't take our kids on it, our dogs don't go😀

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Old 07-13-2014   #53
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Luke n Iris in our new double oar rig cat on lower Gunnison
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Old 07-13-2014   #54
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My Dad has a wiener dog named Milo. He has been on many class III runs, and he survived a raft flip in the spring with his life jacket on. He's older now, so he doesn't do much barking, and we have to watch his body temp. He once jumped off the the bow of the raft on the north Santiam after a flock of ducks, without his life jacket. The little bastard sunk like a rock, but I managed to grab him. He was a pain in the ass when he was a pup, but he is pretty fun now. We took him on the Upper Clackamas a week ago and he did great.
Wishing I was on the river instead of surfing the web...
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Old 07-13-2014   #55
Castle Rock, Colorado
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Golden Doodle, Always wears Ruffwear PFD, Large. Has done class III repeatedly, doesn't bother him, but he seems to get bored on long trips. Likes swimming, but would never let it get in the way of a nap. Psycho dog with bears, but from a safe distance. He knows he's one of the hot designer breeds and is insufferably smug and condescending. Rides wherever he chooses, tho in class III sits in the open space ahead of the front bay.

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