Re: Hello! (My intro)
- Kelly, thanks for the warning, but I'm all too aware of what you
mention. Argus is quite large at over 110 lbs, and has already had
surgery on both front shoulders. His vet monitors his progress
closely and has given us the go-ahead to hike as keeping the joints
active helps maintain the necessary muscular development needed by
any active dog. Argus' hikes are limited in length; his longest hike
even before surgery was 5 miles. Our Summer backpack trip will be 1
or 2 nights and only 5 miles down the trail. I'll likely carry his
supplies on that trip. We've borrowed dog packs for hikes, just to
get the feel on Argus' back. But, he's only carried clean-up bags and
a few treats.
Because of the early shoulder problems, I've had all his other joints
x-rayed for signs of trouble. I'm happy to say that after his
shoulders are 100%, there should be no other joint problems until his
--- In BackpackGearTest@y..., Asyndeton Canaan Dogs <asyndeton@e...>
> You need to be careful if you have a 10 mo old large breed puppy.Long
> hikes can stress the joints and growth plates and contribute to hiphis
> dysplasia and degenerative joint disease when he should be entering
> prime years. Large breed dogs' growth plates don't close until theyare
> around 2 yrs old. They shouldn't jump or do any sustained activitylike
> hiking, biking, LD walking and the like until they are close to 2.old.
> Just something to keep in mind.
> Kelly Riggs
> deannep1 wrote:
> > I'm really glad that Carolyn recently posted about BGT to another
> > yahoo group. I would have never known this group existed! I've
> > wanted to be a gear tester for several years, but just didn't know
> > where to make the right connections.
> > My name is Deanne. I'm a petite female at 5'1", 120lbs; 36 years
> > I've been an alpine snow skier for 32 years, a nordic skier for 3out on
> > years, a hiker for at least 10 years, and a backpacker for
> > approximately 3 years. I've been car-camping for as long as I can
> > remember. I guess that being a Californian has many advantages in
> > choice of outdoor activities.
> > I now have a 10 month old puppy that I've been starting to take
> > the trails as often as possible. He's been hiking, and campingwith
> > me already. His first real backpack trip is scheduled for thisable
> > Summer.
> > I would like to test and review gear because I think that I'll be
> > to contribute a viewpoint that many of the companies seem to bepetite
> > overlooking: the smaller-sized adult female. Just because I'm
> > does not mean that I don't participate in serious outdooractivities.
> > It also doesn't mean that kids' gear will meet my needs.searching
> > Additionally, with a very large dog at my side, I've been
> > for gear appropriate to his needs and how those choices will meetmy
> > demands.groups'
> > I look forward to submitting my 2 owner reviews and with the
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> Kelly Riggs
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