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2.1 mile hike? With bags? No problem!

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After working towards longer and longer hikes (Jack can handle 3 miles no problem now), we decided to take a break and try a shorter hike with some additional weight.  Before his amputation, we bought Ruffwear’s Palisades Pack, which comes with a Ruffwear Harness and the saddle bags/water reservoirs  for backpacking.  Jack no longer carries real weight in the saddle bags, but I have noticed they’re handy for adding small things in, to set him off balance when we’re walking/hiking and make him strengthen different parts of his body.

Yesterday we took off on the 2.1 mile wooded trail near our house for a much-needed hike.  Jack carried a collapsible water bowl and the leashes with absolutely no problem.  He never lagged behind his four-pawed siblings and didn’t hesitate to dart off into the brush after rabbits like he loves to.

All in all, I think we’re getting back to a great level of fitness.  I don’t think we’ll ever tackle those day-long hikes that we used to do, but who knows what we can accomplish?


Water break with the little brother, Toby.


Swim break with sister Abbey!

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~ by Jack & Jill on August 25, 2012 .

4 Responses to “2.1 mile hike? With bags? No problem!”

  1.   maximutt Says:

    I love a dog with saddlebags! Lookin’ good Jack! Looks like you’re up for any adventure that comes your way!!

  2.   samdog Says:

    Right on Jack! I just showed Samdog your handsome photo. We agreed that Jack is awesome and if Jack can do it, so can we!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3.   princess Says:

    He’s looking really good. So rugged and tough!

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