Hiking With Dogs is free and open to every dog-lover. This group is for anyone who wants to be outdoors in the company of dogs. Hikes will be setup in the Eastern part of CT.   Since the current leadership has some sense of direction, we may still get lost, but that adds to the fun.  Consider yourselves warned! :)

Please put your Hikers name and Your name in your description.

Anyone who has sugestions of hikes that are in out of the way places so we don't irritate people with our off leash walks please let me know!! There is a link below to suggest a meetup.

Anyone who would like to organize a hike/gathering at a favorite location or at a special time is welcome to send me a note and I will post the details.

 

Operating Principles - please read.

We really want to keep this dog hike group fun and loosely-structured but under control.  Here is a "charter" of sorts that we operate under:

  • Every human hiker is responsible for their own dog.  It is not the responsibility of the organizers or the other hikers to find your dog for you if he/she gets lost.  That said, we have always - and will continue to - help search for any wanderers.  But the final responsibility is yours;  please keep your dog on a leash if they tend to run off and not come back.
  • Please have a collar, name tag and cell number on it.
  • We are an off-leash hike meetup;  any fines for not being on-leash in a state park  or any where else are the responsibility of the dog's owner, not the organizers. You are welcome to keep your dog on a leash.
  • Hiking with Dogs Meetup is mainly for our four-legged friends to socialize with other dogs.  Although many human friendships and bonds are often formed among the owners, that's not the purpose of the meetup - just a nice by-product.
  • The first time locating our hiking spots is not easy. - We hike off at 10:00 am. Please set your schedule to arrive at 9:50 a.m. 10 minutes earlier than the start time. Organizers and the group may decide whether to wait or not, if - you call or text your lost. Dogs waiting around in a pack tend to get jittery and at times boisterous with each other. This is not good! So plan your trip accordingly. We try to keep the problem to a minimum. Dogs full of energy- do not take to sitting idly while we wait. Please look at your directions the day before and call or text if you are unsure. :)
  • Good Hikers aren't born their made, but
  • The actions of your dog are your responsibility: They should respect their fellow dogs. Please correct their behavior, we want you and them here. Keep your eye on them.
  • We who put the meetup on can not see all that happens on the trail, It's not our job to break up dog antics, but we do try. It's your responsibility to make your dog be-have. With that said - they're dogs!  They are in a friendly environment on our hikes and problems and all weird things work themselves out in a hike or two.  Come and enjoy the show, and show your buddy a good time.

 

Donations:
HWD is free. But the web site is not!  All members are asked to make a yearly donation of $15 per household, organizers included, to keep the website running. This will cover the expense of the site, plus money for chips dips and bones, no alcohol (byob) for a few small picnics. After the small fees for the donation transfer company are removed ALL remaining monies are given as charity in the support of veterans and dogs in the HWD name.       Please Contribute - Join the group, attend a couple hikes then please donate and donate again on your yearly member since date. We would prefer that you donate thru the machine.

Hwd's supports United States Military Veterans and Dogs, Service Dogs and any combination of. Bring your input to Jones/Chet

We have added a Paypal button/link for people to donate to this group to help cover the yearly expenses of running this site.  We have added some affiliate programs that will help sponsor this site if you click on the links on the right side to purchase your items we will receive a small percentage. Thanks for helping!!

 

Links of importance for dog lovers:
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com - I would like to ask everyone who is a member of this group to please Click the Purple button on this rescue site.  Every Click (once a day) provides free food for animal rescues. It is free and easy and a huge help!!

If anyone is interested in helping animals during an emergency here is the website to register.
http://www.ctsart.org/

Ruff Wear's Emergency Manual for your pup!

http://ruffwear.com/site/pdf/Ruff_Wear_Guide_to_Animal_Em...

Pet Airline!!!!
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1040...

 

Advice for the Trail: Things to look out for:

* Dogs run ahead and then come back looking for their master.- All ways acknowledge your hiker when they come back looking for you or they will get nervous and really go looking for their master! - NEVER ASSUME THAT HE/SHE SAW YOU!  Pet them on their head. That seals the deal. Or your dog will go hiking the trail in reverse and both you and them will be upset, including the host!!!  lol :)


* Hunters during hunting season
* Physical Exhaustion
* Heat Exhaustion
* Hypothermia
* Hurt or cut paws from sharp rocks and terrain
* Torn paw pads from excessive exercise
* Fleas, ticks and other parasites
* Keep your dog off the thin ice in winter. Bees in summer...Asteroid's and Meteorites etc.

Contact Chet 203-824-2253 (voice or text on sundays and e-mail during the week) with any questions, concerns. We are out there to have a good time.

 

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    Hurd Park/George Dudley Seymour State Park

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