After 9 Years Of Dedicated Service, A Hard Day At The Office
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Actually the first work day after the 9th anniversary of us hiring Caney to work as our dog back in 1999, after interviewing him at North Shore Animal Shelter.
Although it may look like a relaxing day at the office with his head in the clouds, he actually completely shredded his paw pads on this trip. His hind paws were bloody by the end of the ascent/descent to exit out.
This is in part to two things, the humidity keeping his paws and the rocks wet, the slickness from the humidity on the rocks, the course NH granite, the trip up the King Ravine (which the RMC guide says "This trail is NOT recommended for dogs"), and just the general steepness off all three days hiking.
Ironically, I just recently STOPPED carrying the paw repair kit. Definitely back in the bag for now on.
As cute as he is this is one tough dog, it was 60F and 100% humidity when we got up at 5am at 4200ft. The hike out in the same humidity felt like we were walking through a sauna, and it only got warmer. While it's pretty oppressive for a human, I know it was worse on him. He was panting non stop from camp to the car which was over 5 miles and 3.5 hours of hiking.
Typically, the daytime highs at 4000-6000ft in the northeastern US are only in the low 60s with much lower humidity than down in the valleys.
It was so hot my gear was soaked before we left camp, and his fur was soaked, and it never actually rained. Suffice to say, this little break in the 30mph winds (when they did please us with a gust) was well earned.