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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Six Pack View Post
    Indy is a German Shepherd and he runs trail like it's his job. If I say "ride" or "bike", he goes crazy. If I touch my bike, he runs to the front door and waits.

    To the dog haters out there...
    Indy is trained to run right behind my bike and as long as you leave him alone, he probably won't even pay any attention to you because he is too busy doing his job. He has never caused anyone any problems on the trail. AND I haven't had issues with anyone else's dogs when I ride.

    To the dog owners out there...
    Show respect to others by making sure your dog is properly trained. Riding buddies, other trail users and even YOUR DOG will respect you more. Use your head. Leave the pooch at home when you know it is the right thing to do.

    I wish I really could be as wonderful as my dog thinks I am.
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    Would get one tomorrow but a family member is allergic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnryder56 View Post
    Ridgebacks are generally considered prefect mtn bike dogs. So don't be too pessimistic about Bear. Maybe take her out on a tuesday morning at a safe (for dogs that don't know what they are doing around mtn bikes) trail area and test Bear out. You might be pleasantly surprised. Dogs loving running with the Pack! Bring a friend or two along that knows what the plan is as well (if they have a trail dog, even better), helps to create a pack.
    Yep! They're fast, and have great stamina. My border collie tries to herd me when I ride in the back yard, too, but once I get him out from behind the fence he just wants to run. Doesn't have a ton of long stamina, though. I get skittish about anything longer than 10 miles in ideal conditions.

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    border collies are however supposed to have exceptional stamina - made to run the fells all day long herding sheep.

    mine seems to be no exception, but she also needs to be entertained - just riding out on fire roads at a constant 15+ km/hr and with no play stops quickly becomes boring for her and she visibly looses interest. change to single trails with play stops and swimming opportunities every 3 to 5 km and she'll run 40km (on soft woodland floor, mostly out front).

    on steep and rocky terrain, as here in the alps, we do shorter 25km routes in order to help protect joints and paws - although (typical border collie) she would go further if i let her. all routes are thus lots of riding up (steep and slow) with trails back down (so fast but with frequent pauses), and she gets to drink and/or swim at every opportunity.

    we've been doing this for 3 years, and so far so good.

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    Me and Keeper at Millstone (VT)

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    My dog Luna after ascending Welch Mountain in Thornton NH. Never misses a ride!
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    I would be curious to know if there actually exists any Anglo-American mountain bikers that don't have a dog ??

    Im thinking that animal is very rare

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    I would be curious to know if there actually exists any Anglo-American mountain bikers that don't have a dog ??

    Im thinking that animal is very rare
    None of the guys I ride with own dogs. I think I'm the only one that wants a dog, but I'm not Anglo

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    Love this thread....

    Many breeds are good trail dogs, some are exceptional. But as "lets go out for an adventure" trail buddy, there is no one better. My Chessie loved it. She was never particularly fast, but if it was slow and technical terrain and moderate temp, she seemed to love the run. Even though she's no longer with me, man, do I cherish those memories.

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    Lab down

    Chancey couldn't run with the bike because she liked to run into the front tire. She had passion and everyday was Christmas morning. We put her down tonight and it was pretty dang sad for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Chancey couldn't run with the bike because she liked to run into the front tire. She had passion and everyday was Christmas morning. We put her down tonight and it was pretty dang sad for everyone.
    Sorry for your loss, it's the worst part of having pets.

    I have been going through photos of long gone pets, and it's still difficult.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    Sorry for your loss, it's the worst part of having pets.

    I have been going through photos of long gone pets, and it's still difficult.
    Really, I think it's part of the reason we get enjoyment out of them though. If they lasted forever we wouldn't cherish them as much while they're here. Because every pet comes as a close-ended proposition and we know the average life-span, I think we make the most of the time we have. I know I always look back and wonder where I could have been a better owner to my pet (had more quality time, better hunting opportunities or whatever). Thanks for the note
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    Sorry for your loss, it's the worst part of having pets.

    I have been going through photos of long gone pets, and it's still difficult.
    I'll raise a post-ride pint to that tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconpunch79 View Post
    None of the guys I ride with own dogs. I think I'm the only one that wants a dog, but I'm not Anglo

    interesting... it seems like I am the only white boy in Arizona that doens't own a dog..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    I'll raise a post-ride pint to that tonight!
    Me too.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    He may not be the fastest one out there but he loves to ride with me. He can pull off about a good 6 miles with me. Half lab half dauchshound. Basically a miniature lab. Here we are pulling off a little urban assault in Napa.
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    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    I am going to see if my pup can break the 10 mile mark with me this evening. He has plenty of energy to burn.

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    If he's anything like ours he won't even be tired by the time you get home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Really, I think it's part of the reason we get enjoyment out of them though. If they lasted forever we wouldn't cherish them as much while they're here. Because every pet comes as a close-ended proposition and we know the average life-span, I think we make the most of the time we have. I know I always look back and wonder where I could have been a better owner to my pet (had more quality time, better hunting opportunities or whatever). Thanks for the note
    I have been staying away from this thread due to losing my best friend 2 weeks ago.
    Sure enough reading these stories brings tears.
    Glad i have read now,it does heal......Some

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    Quote Originally Posted by targeezer View Post
    I have been staying away from this thread due to losing my best friend 2 weeks ago.
    Sure enough reading these stories brings tears.
    Glad i have read now,it does heal......Some
    Sorry to hear about your loss. I know that feeling of losing a pet which is why it took me 10 years to get another dog. Its tough, but I tell myself that I won't have my dog for a long period of time and just try to make the most of the time I do have with him. To make sure he having the best life and thats he's unconditionally loved.

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    Hot but happy puppy.
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Jasper on Ben Lomond

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    I don't take my camera on rides very often, but was working on a trail documentation project, so had to take a few pics of my pup while on the ride. This one was about 26 miles and 7000ft. He did great.

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    River monster/happy cooled off dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    Sorry to hear about your loss. I know that feeling of losing a pet which is why it took me 10 years to get another dog. Its tough, but I tell myself that I won't have my dog for a long period of time and just try to make the most of the time I do have with him. To make sure he having the best life and thats he's unconditionally loved.

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    Pretty incredible how much passion i see on this site,about more than just bikes.
    Biking being an individual sport, well...... i could see it being different.
    Nice place to hang out.

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