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trekking with your dog!
dogs are natural born explorers! But before you and Rover
go trail blazing, here are some things you should to put
on your "to do" list. Make sure you check these
items so that you and Rover would have a smashing time.
sure Rover is in good shape. He should be
physically sound. If he has just recovered from
illness give him at least 3 weeks rest before going on
sure Rover has gone thru all his vaccination.
It is important that your dog's health is in tip top
condition as there might be other pooches around, you
don't want Rover to "share" his condition
with them and vice-versa.
sure Rover's nails are all trim and proper. His
paws happen to his only 2 pairs of "Nike
ACG" for life. Make sure his "laces"
are tied properly. You dun want him losing a nail
during the track.
sure Rover is not fed too full prior to the
trek. He will be bouncing around and running up and
down during the trek. A dog throwing up in your ride
does not make you look cool.
sure you have a proper leash & collar for
Rover. A retractable leash is a good option. In tight
places you can shorten the leash so that it does not
tangle the branches and make Rover look like a monkey.
On down hill terrains you can lengthen the leash so
that Rover has more line too pull and does not make
you end up being like Jill tumbling down the hill.
sure there is enough clean water for Rover to
drink. A thirsty dog is not a happy dog. Food after
the trek would be an option depending on your dogs
sure Rover has some form of "protection". No
doggie condoms needed, Just some form of flea &
tick repellant is sufficient. Give him a coat so
that he does not bring home unwanted guest.
form of first aid kit would also benefit you
and Rover in emergencies. For safety practice, one
unit of the trekking group should bring the first aid
kit just in case. Usually a St. Bernard would be
Rover a nice clean bath
his paws for any injury especially between his nail.
his body for any cuts or bruises
for flea or ticks
and you can take a nap now.
should respect nature or what's left of it. Jungles are
being torn down globally to make a path for
progress. Forest depletion alone is equaled to 14.1
million acres every year In the year 2070, mega cities
like New York and Tokyo, trees are rumored to be only
available for view at a museum. Fortunately, most of
us will not be around to witness this sad situation but
what about our next generation? Certainly a thought to
should start respecting our nature in a bid of hope for it
to stay around longer for us. Keep it clean. Do leave any
trash in there. If Rover would to poo in there, pick it up
in a bag and dispose of it properly. You can also opt to
bury it near a tree and return a favor to nature.
(1995) stated forests cover 27 % of the world land
surface. It also indicated that, over the 10 year period
from 1980 to 1990, 9.953 million ha of forests
disappeared every year
FAO (1997) issued the global annual forest depletion rate
for the period of 1990 to 1995 as 11.269 million ha,
deforestation rate became -0.3% per annum. According to
latest FAO estimates only 26.6 % of global forest cover
remained. If the forest degradation can be considered the
situation can be more serious."
A. K. Myint
Forest Resources Specialist, ICIMOD
would happen if your dog got lost?
Rover wearing a dog tag with his name and your number on
it? Can you describe him? Try closing your eyes now
instantly! Describe your dog! Now open your eyes and check
to see if you're right. Does he really have four white
you have made your list of things to do! You are ready!
Have fun exploring the trails with your pet!
Submitted by Mr Daniel