Hug your dog
I witnessed some really messed up shit yesterday. I was out on the river tubing since it's a bit low for boating, with a bunch of buddies in the afternoon and was having a great time...kicked back quite a few beers and was feeling good about it. We ran through Smelter, and stopped for a bit while some of our group went up to do it again (this was the first time through Smelter for a few of them). I opted to just stay in the water and stay warm. About 10 minutes passed, and something in my gut told me something wasn't right, so I got out to go check on them. On the way back up I ran into a girl from my group and saw the look on her face. Immediately I knew that someone was dead, just from her expression, so I took of running. Got up to the rapid and across the river was one of the guys from my group plus three other people trying to resucitate a Terrier. Apparently, just as my group was walking back up to do Smelter again, some guy came through with the Terrier on his lap, flipped and went under, along with the dog. Well, I'm not going to make any rude comments towards the guy, but let's just say he wasn't being very smart and had his dog on both collar AND leash. Well the leash got wrapped around a rock on river right and drug the dog down, where he stayed for between 3 and 5 minutes until they got to him. The guy in my group who went to help said that as soon as he started doing CPR on the dog, it just started foaming blood from the mouth. It was the biggest buzz kill having to watch that guy carry his dead dog all the way down to the parking lot. He lost his best friend because of a stupid mistake. So to all you dog lovers, go give your dog a hug and don't be stupid when it comes to dogs on the river. Get them a PFD, take off their collar and for gods sake, don't take them tubing.