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Hiking With Dogs is free and open to every dog-lover, but It runs on donations. 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.
A sure way to loose your dog, start a search mission, upset the host, is to believe that your dog saw you. Never do that! Get some secret code going with them that ensures that they see you. Pet them on their head, say there name, etc - every time they come back to check on you. No dog is too old or smart to get lost. I catch mine going in reverse every few weeks, know where they are at all times.
Anyone who has suggestions of hikes that are in out of the way places so we don't irritate people with our off leash walks please let us know!!
Anyone who would like to organize a hike/gathering at a favorite location or at a special time is welcome to send us a request. There should be parking for 20, If its a sunday hike. Less if its another day.
Anybody taking there dog on a vacation or day trip, etc and wanting to post pictures feel free. Post them to the latest hike, we'll leave them up for a week or so, or more, You just never know!
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. This seems to happen to first timers, no matter the hiking experience of your dog. Keep your eye on him/her closely your first hike.
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.
This meetup is open to all sorts of shapes and sizes, temperaments and dog breeds, from different backgrounds. It is your job to understand this. It is a very fun and friendly group, but please remember it is filled with lots of teethe! It is your job to remember to keep your dogs fun at a normal, respectable un-instigational level...who knows what sets who off...It is not recommended to allow your good friend to get him or herself into a situation that may prove painful in more ways than one...or worse. Even if it looks innocent and fun. Please respect and understand the breeds your hiking with. They are all different.
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. We have dogs from 5 lbs to 150 lbs on a given hike.
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.
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
To Contribute: From a computer go to the home page and the ''chip in'' button will be on the left side of our home page. From a phone use the Groups button and then go to HWD site. At the top of the screen is a red bar. Click on the three circles at the right side of the red bar. Use option ''view on web'' go to home page ''chip in'' button.
Arthritis Awareness: You can't tell who will get this and who won't. My feelings from past/present experience; It is much better to work to prevent this horrible disease, than to deal with it solely if it arrives. A good vet, who deals with active dogs, will tell you the same as below. I wish I had known, that's why it's on our home page.
An overworked joint that is inflamed gives the disease a foothold, because using an inflamed (swollen) joint is very damaging. But you can not tell its inflamed, till your dog tells you.
On the 8th day God did not create dog food. Buy good stuff. Real - healthy - food is a good extra in the bowl. Some dogs actually like vegetables. They all like meat.
10% less food and treats, keeps the joints - work load down.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Fish Oil, Less Weight, Low Impact and Being Active equals good joint health.
Help a healthy dog out of the car! (That is a very impacting thing to do.)
A coated aspirin with food, used as an anti-inflammatory before hiking really works. Though some vets may have reservations do to stomach problems and their pricier drugs. Jones takes a 325mg ecotrin brand aspirin. Ask your vet and/or research the mg dosage yourself. My previous dog took one for nearly 8 years as he got this dreaded plague at 4-5 years old. He lived to be an active 12-1/4 under vet care. Jones takes an aspirin as prevention. If he were to get arthritis, he would receive what ever works to help him at that point in time. Vet care.
Stay limber and active and Off the Concrete. (Any hard surfaces are no good.)
Dogs that distribute there motion with all there joints are probably less prone to inflammation as say, dogs that walk hard. But who knows. Its a roll of the dice.
The purpose of the above is for all of us to be knowledgeable and aware, pro-active if we choose, and always - with our fingers crossed.
Canine Massage: www.tuckerstouch.com For those of you needing to work thru a problem.
Good Reading and Advice: The Whole Dog Journal
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 :)
Anybody New To The Area: Take The Ticks / Lyme Disease Seriously.
* Ticks, Lyme Disease etc. Get your dog vaccinated for Lyme Disease, use frontline, advantix and switch every year. Lightly use a spray in the spring/fall. Spring and fall are the worst times. Check your self and your dog a couple times.
* Bees in summer.
* Hurt or cut paws from sharp rocks and terrain - broken glass.
* Fleas, and other parasites.
* Keep your dog off the thin ice in winter.
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.