My dog Sawyer

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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Randy » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:43 am

The sign of a good pet owner is one who puts his dogs interest above his own desires, you seem to have this at heart. I rescued a dog in CO 8 yrs ago and my intent was to have a hiking dog. I tried everything, every method possible to get my dog to hike. Alas one day I realized it was not to be. That was 8 yrs ago and to this day when I get home and my dog jumps on the couch so I can say hello, I know how much my dog means to me, can she hike? no, but when where cruising crosscountry and I reach over to pet her, she growls at me turns around and licks my face before returning to the window, I wouldnt trade my dog for anything.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Pivvay » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:53 pm


Best of luck to you and Soy now and in the future. Hopefully he taught my young pup a thing or two when we all hiked Culebra. He is a wonderful dog and I'm sure you guys will enjoy every day together, 14ers or not.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Dozer » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:45 pm

ezsuperkev wrote:Thanks for making me nearly lose my sh*t at my desk. That was beautiful. Dogs are the greatest animal !!!!

Me too, man. Funny, I can listen to the news talking about people getting killed here, there and everywhere, and it doesn't affect me. But hear about a dog getting hurt and I just cant take it.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Vermont Refugee » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:05 am

I similarly had a great dog that passed on, unfortunately in the press of my life (job, kids) I didn't get to do as much with him as you did with Samyer. The most difficult thing about a good dog is that their life cycle is different than ours: It was easy to assume 'Bear-man' would still be snuggling up to strangers for more 20 years, but his body just didn't let him. He ran with me anytime I could get out, but I wasn't able to be with him at the end. Thanks for the various 'Ten commandments'; they're a good reflection on what sustains our lives.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby spangle71 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:47 pm


I have followed your post for the past few years....I have always had respect for what you had to say. I had to put one of my hiking partners down last was by far a very sad time...I hope Sawyer and you will share many more memories together even if they are not on approaches to our highest peaks in our beautiful state. Thanks for sharing your guys journey with us.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Athos791 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:00 pm

Very touching post.. As someone who had to retire my dog from hiking last year I know how you feel. Bobo is 15 now, and doesn't hike with me anymore. Stay open to the idea of a new hiking partner tho! Bo's brother Gunner has started right where he left off. Let us know when you book comes out, I would really love to read it!
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby comin2getcha » Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:49 pm

Josh and Sawyer -- You may remember that I had a police K9 - Magnum - who was my partner on the street for almost 9 years. He came to me on his first birthday and I had to put him down a few months following his 11th. He was incredibly loyal to me -- protecting me more times than I can remember. I was accused of loving him more than anyone else in my life. That's not true -- but damn close. He went everywhere with me -- much like you two. I understand the bond created between both of you. I can understand how difficult it would be for you to finish the 14ers without him. I'm not ashamed to say publicly that when I put Magnum down I cried for two days straight -- one of the most heart wrenching things I've ever experienced.

Cherish your memories of the climbs with him -- honor him with your book. I wish you both all the best.

Be safe,

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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby jmurph » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:02 pm

Excellent series of posts. I got my first dog when living in the hills outside of Durango in 1977. Despite later moves to Buffalo, then NYC after a year in the mountains she was always a 'rock dog'. Must be something in the blood of a high altitude dog. Never had another one like her.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby Inky6900 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:19 am

I wanted to again thank everyone that posted here. I've been checking this thread over the past week and it means a great deal so many climbers wrote so many nice things. I remember the climbs Soy and I did with some of you and it brought a smile to my face when I read your posts.

When my book about Sawyer is complete, I will let you all know. This has been almost a nine year project now. I documented everyone of our climbs and will include these among the other masses of information the book has. It is a project I am excited to share with the climbing community, dog lovers and people who love Colorado. If you are passionate about any of these things as much as I am, I really think you will enjoy the book. I will finish the book in 2009 and hope to have it released in 2010.

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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby alpenglow » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:04 pm

Great post, Josh, about your golden. We lost our golden quite a few years ago. She was 14 1/2 and brought in the newspaper up until her last day. If our paper wasn't in the driveway she would just go to the neighbors and get theirs. She ran with me almost every day until she was around 12 but then started to really show down. I rescued a wonderful greyhound from the track fearing I would loose our golden and the new dog would keep her company, it worked because she lived another 2 1/2 years. By the way she was a rescued dog someone apparently dumped along the highway and some lady picked her up, took her to the animal shelter in Pueblo, drove back down and adopted her, and ran an ad for a "free dog". Goldens are true to their name. Sawyer must be too.
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby JoeyJ » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:27 am

alpenglow wrote: If our paper wasn't in the driveway she would just go to the neighbors and get theirs.

That made me laugh!! How'd the neighbors handle that event, or respond when their paper was taken?! Did they know how theirs disappeared?

Good idea both ways about keeping the other dog company- worked well for me also. Getting another hound before the older passes has helped the pup as she needs a pal to release all her high energy playfulness on- and helps the older hound be more active instead of just laying around 24\7 = they have no choice but to be stimulated when the young dog is jumping all around playing with them and giving them constant company!
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Re: My dog Sawyer

Postby alpenglow » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:13 am

Joey wrote:
That made me laugh!! How'd the neighbors handle that event, or respond when their paper was taken?! Did they know how theirs disappeared?

Our paper usually came in an orange wrapper and our neighbor's was blue. So when a blue one showed up in Sienna's mouth I had to return it to the neighbor's driveway and wrap up an old paper as a decoy, place it our driveway and send her out again. She would have collected everyones paper if given the chance.

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