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Summer Rafting

June 14th 2010 5:54 am
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Dad and I did our first trip for the summer season of 2010. Saturday,June 12 was mostly sunny after some thin clouds in the morning and we had a nice trip rafting down the Delaware River. I had the raft all to myself as Dad likes to ride in the tube which he attaches to the raft via my retractable leash. We rode thru some rapids,had lunch on a small island and in general just had a wonderful day! In fact we enjoyed it so much that Dad went back again yesterday and we did another raft trip. There was some rain from time to time as we rafted down the river yesterday and when we stopped on an island for lunch,Dad propped the raft up with an oar creating a temporary shelter so that we could have our lunch out of the rain!
Looking forward to many more trips before the season is over.
First mate,



June 7th 2010 5:42 pm
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Woofs to all my Dogster buddies! Dad and I have been away for the past 3 weeks on a backpacking trip in Virginia`s Blue Ridge mountains then we went down to sunny Florida to visit Key West,the Kennedy Space Center,and Dad`s sister and my german shepherd cousin,Julie. We just arrived home recently and more details and pix will follow.




May 14th 2010 5:42 pm
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Dad drove me down to the SPCA where he volunteers this morning and had me microchipped. The chip was inserted into my skin via a BIG needle (OUCH!) and can be read with a scanner at any animal shelter or vet office. The tracking number on the chip can then be traced back to my dad`s phone and address. We are leaving sunday morning for a week of backpacking in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia`s Blue Ridge mountains and dad wanted to take this extra precaution in case I should become lost again. He plans on taking no chances though and has a musher steak out cable to attach to a tree when we stop for lunch or set up camp at night.
Looking forward to our trip,



May 9th 2010 8:15 am
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Good news! My Dad went back to the area yesterday where I was lost to leave a shirt there with his scent on it as well as some food. I had heard Dad calling me over the past 5 days but when I would try to home in on where I thought his voice was coming from,I could never find him. Finally,as I was wandering thru a nearby retirement community yesterday morning, a delevery driver spotted me and called Dad`s cell phone. We were soon reunited and I am in good shape,no injuries! In fact,since it was such a nice day Dad drove to the Wawa,bought us some food,and we spent the afternoon hiking anyway! So happy so be home again and thanks everyone for all the kind comments. Dad will be MUCH more careful with me in the future!
Enjoying the comforts of Home,



May 7th 2010 6:37 pm
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Dad took me for another hike along the Raritan Canal towpath near Rocky Hill,NJ on May 4. As he opened the car door,I caught the scent of a deer or other creature and bolted off into the woods before Dad could snap the leash on me. Dad searched the area for 2 days even sleeping in his car overnite but he could not find me! He went home and returned on day 3 and posted flyers in the area. I am scared and alone out here in the woods at night! I desperately want to find my way home soon!


Doggie Smells

April 14th 2010 4:14 pm
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Dad recently began volunteering at his local animal shelter,the Pennsylvania SPCA.Whenever he comes home from a day of volunteering there,there are lots of interesting dog smells on him from all the dogs that he has walked that day! At first I was jealous that he was spending time with other dogs,but after he explained to me that these dogs are sometimes in their cages for days at a time without a walk,I felt sorry that some dogs don`t have the nice life that I do and was totally understanding of his spending time there. After all,I was once a shelter dog myself!


Summer in April

April 8th 2010 12:17 pm
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Yesterday,April 7 2010, Dad took me for a nice day hike along the Raritan Canal in central NJ. As we hiked in the early morning hours,it grew progressively warmer and as we reached a stone canal spillway about 4 miles into the hike,dad decided that it was warm enough for a swim! He began by gently lowering himself into the chilly canal water after leaving most of his clothes on the bank so that they would stay dry. By stages he acclimated himself to the water and was eventually able to take a short swim and actually enjoy it! Unbeknownst to him as he was doing this,I caught the scent of deer and was off in an instant on a prolonged chase! Upon completion of his swim,Dad discovered that I was nowhere to be found! He walked up the canal towpath for about a mile and a half before doubling back. A few other runners and cyclists reported seeing me in the area which gave him hope to continue searching. He eventually located me after almost 2 hrs of searching and we resumed our hike.

Upon reaching the 6 mile run wilderness area at the 6 mile point ,we left the canal towpath to hike in that area. Dad found a secluded beach along 6 mile run where we stopped to have our lunch beside the stream in warm sunshine! Dad and I had a shorter hike than originally planned in the 6 mile run area due to my deer hunting "expedition" and we returned to the canal towpath to resume our return hike. Dad and I got in a few more short swims here and I disturbed a snapping turtle who was sunning himself alongside the towpath. Got my snoot out of the way just before he snapped at me! It was a relaxing hike on a warm summerlike april day! Some photos from this most enjoyable hike are here!
Warm April Canal hike



March 8th 2010 3:16 pm
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Dad took me for a 21 mile hike along the Delaware canal yesterday. It was warm and sunny,mid 50`s,and we had a nice hike. I have developed a case of wanderlust recently and have been taking my time coming back when off leash. Dad had me tied up to a tree using a steak out line while we had lunch,but the leash frayed and broke. Dad thought I was just sunning myself down by the river (it is a long steak out line) while in reality,I was romping thru the woods! Undoing the line from the tree after lunch,Dad realized that there was no dog attached! He searched for over an hour for me before his cell phone rang and some atv riders said that they had me about a mile away. We were reunited but it was a scary unplanned adventure and the 3rd time I was "lost" in a week! Hiking back in the afternoon,we saw some bamboo trees near Frenchtown,NJ. An unusual spot to see such a sight!

Bamboo forest


Iditarod 2010

March 6th 2010 3:47 pm
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Dad and I watched the start of Iditarod 2010 this afternoon. While we would like to see Lance Mackey win and set a record ( 4 straight wins in a row,this has never been done before), the real thrill of the Iditarod for us is just the idea of wildnerness travel with a dog team! This is something that dad and I do to some degree and so it has special meaning for us.
Some other mushers that we are following this year include Zoya Denure who together with her husband John Schandelmeier run a team comprised of shelter dogs and rescued former sled dogs. Also Blake Freking and Karen Ramstead who run teams of purebred siberian huskies! We wish all the mushers and dogs a safe trip to Nome and will be eagerly following the race each day.


Late Winter Hiking

February 28th 2010 3:11 pm
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The winter days are growing longer now and spring is just around the corner. The snow covered pathways along the Delaware Canal will soon be replaced by grass and the greenery of trees. Just a week ago,Dad and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset along the canal as we were ending a winter hike. As we took in the setting sun,we could only think that in just 3 months we would be rafting by this very spot!winter sunset

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