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Old 05-21-09, 06:22 PM   #1
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Sam and the MTB rides

One of the reasons I got a new MTB is to take my Golden Retriever Sam to our favorite local park (Goosepond Mtn State Park) and run him while I ride the Fly Ti. We've done that twice in the past two weeks, most recently tonight. What a blast. On a downgrade I hit 22 mph and I couldn't drop my dog, he really can sprint. And he really does love it. Me too. Makes me feel like a boy out for a run with his dog. Didn't have a dog when I was a kid.

Man, that was just too friggin great. Pics of my dog and the bench we rode to below. We only went three miles but the Zen was just over the top. I'm getting a feel for what Sam can tolerate, next time we'll go a little further. Great workout for him. God I do love that dog. Sheer joy tonight.



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Kewl, Don't let Sam dehydrate.
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Nice. Thanks for sharing and careful you don't burn down that bench when you light your bong.
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Tell me you haven't taught the dog your self-loathing.

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Nice, PCad.

Nothing like bein' a boy with his dog. Doesn't get any better than that!

Now, if I could just figure out a way to take my big ol' cat Joseph Smith out ridin' with me, I'd be in heaven, too.

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Kewl, Don't let Sam dehydrate.
You actually have to be very careful about letting large dogs drink water when they're exercising, they can develop bloat - that's where their stomach flips over. That's what killed Marley in 'Marley and Me'. Common problem with dogs like retreivers. I give him a little water when we're riding, then wait until we get home and he's cooled off.
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You actually have to be very careful about letting large dogs drink water when they're exercising, they can develop bloat - that's where their stomach flips over. That's what killed Marley in 'Marley and Me'. Common problem with dogs like retreivers. I give him a little water when we're riding, then wait until we get home and he's cooled off.
unfortunately all dogs can suffer from this deadly condition but medium to larger dogs with deep chests (especially great danes) are the most at risk. there are lots of theories on how to prevent it but no sure fire method .

common theories are:
let your dog rest a couple hours after heavy excercise before feeding
maintain a healthy weight
smaller more frequent meals
feed/water in a calm environment
slow gradual diet changes (when a change is needed)
raised food/water dishes (although this was supposedly debunked)

as a past great dane owner who almost lost one of his dogs to this condition i just thought i'd put this out there.

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unfortunately all dogs can suffer from this deadly condition but medium to larger dogs with deep chests (especially great danes) are the most at risk. there are lots of theories on how to prevent it but no sure fire method .

common theories are:
let your dog rest a couple hours after heavy excercise before feeding
maintain a healthy weight
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feed/water in a calm environment
slow gradual diet changes (when a change is needed)
raised food/water dishes (although this was supposedly debunked)

as a past great dane owner who almost lost one of his dogs to this condition i just thought i'd put this out there.
Thanks Ryan, much appreciated.
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One of the reasons I got a new MTB is to take my Golden Retriever Sam to our favorite local park (Goosepond Mtn State Park) and run him while I ride the Fly Ti. We've done that twice in the past two weeks, most recently tonight. What a blast. On a downgrade I hit 22 mph and I couldn't drop my dog, he really can sprint. And he really does love it. Me too. Makes me feel like a boy out for a run with his dog. Didn't have a dog when I was a kid.

Man, that was just too friggin great. Pics of my dog and the bench we rode to below. We only went three miles but the Zen was just over the top. I'm getting a feel for what Sam can tolerate, next time we'll go a little further. Great workout for him. God I do love that dog. Sheer joy tonight.
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Now, if I could just figure out a way to take my big ol' cat Joseph Smith out ridin' with me, I'd be in heaven, too.




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The only real problem is Sam doesn't have thumbs, so he can't roll the joints, and I've forgotten how after 25 years.

Whoah.
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I can roll one with one foot. Sam's just not paying attention.
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I can roll one with one foot. Sam's just not paying attention.
Sam and I are far too high on Zen and Endorphins to ever pollute it with ganga.
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Nice Pcad. Thats a great looking dog.....he just needs a team kit to match his human.
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Yeah, I have a BOB trailer. Unfortunately, I think if I put Joseph in it and tried to roll with him in it......... we're talkin' CAT FREAK OUT!

But I can still dream, can't I? I wish he could do this:

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Pcad 20+ Out racing Sam!
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What a photochop job, need work on my skills man!
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The only real problem is Sam doesn't have thumbs, so he can't roll the joints, and I've forgotten how after 25 years.
I hear it's just like riding a bike!
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And to think at one time I could drive a stick shift VW, roll a joint and never spill a drop of my beer. And so could most of my friends.

Times have changed.

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And to think at one time I could drive a stick shift VW, roll a joint and never spill a drop of my beer. And so could most of my friends.

Times have changed.

Whoah.
They certainly have, and we have gotten older. I'm probably thinking mostly about those of us (and myself) who are now 50-something, when that kinda activity was pretty prevalent. There was a LOT of years for me when dope smoking was all-day, every day.

Times have changed.

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[QUOTE=kenhill3;8963884]Nice, PCad.

Nothing like bein' a boy with his dog. Doesn't get any better than that!

Now, if I could just figure out a way to take my big ol' cat Joseph Smith out ridin' with me, I'd be in heaven, too.



I don't mean to be rude, but why in the heck is your cat named Joseph Smith?
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I don't mean to be rude, but why in the heck is your cat named Joseph Smith?
Not rude at all.

By GF and I have traveled and ridden our bikes a lot in the Southwest, and that has included a lot in Utah. If you take a look around, start reading some about Mormonism, you're gonna find some pretty bizarre stuff about Joseph Smith and the Mormons. While we have been amused by this history, we have also been outraged by a lot of. I won't go into it here.

Suffice it to say that we wanted (in some weird way) to express our displeasure about all this by naming a cat after him. We just usually call our cat Joe, though.
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