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Hikers Carrying Dogs: A Gallery of Sweetness and Hilarity

Posted by Washington Trails Association at Jun 30, 2021 02:04 PM |
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If you hike with a dog, there are usually a few extra safety considerations you need to take into account before you head out on trail. Not only do you need to keep yourself safe and happy, but you need to keep your pup safe, too. And sometimes ... that means giving them a ride.

If you hike with a dog, there are usually a few extra safety considerations you need to take into account before you head out on trail. Not only do you need to keep yourself safe and happy, but you need to keep your pup safe, too. Ideally, you've planned a hike well within your dog's limits. But sometimes ... they still need a ride.

Whether they were nervous about a water crossing, hurt their paw or were simply just too tired at the end of a long day, here are some photos of hikers giving a lift to their pups. 


Sophie being carried by her human across a log bridge over a river.
"The poodle Sophie is my best friend. She did fine all day long, and out of the four rivers we crossed, this was the only spot where she struggled. She was too afraid to cross the river on her own. So we crossed together." Photo by John Raybar.

Noodle the dog in a backpack
"Noodle blinded by the beauty of Summit Lake." Photo by Alvina Wong.

Tehya catches a ride in a backpack after injuring their paw at Tiffany Mountain.
"Tehya has a sore paw and is getting a ride from Dad." Photo by Catrina Kindahl.

A tired dog is draped around the neck of a smiling hiker.
"Sometimes our hiking companions get too doggone tired on a long hike." Photo by Russ Hamerly.

Elliot the dog in a backpack
"Elliot loves hanging out on the trail." Photo by Kelli Hedstrom.

Roxy the dog at Sourdough Gap
"My daughter posing with our dog Roxy on the way down from Sourdough Gap. Roxy had gotten tired so we were carrying her since her little legs have to work so hard to keep up!" Photo by Heather Rutledge.

Pup hitching a ride at Gold Creek
"The best adventure partner." Photo by Sukanvisa Pearyoo.

Old pup in backpack
"An old pup hitches a ride." Photo by Andrea Baker.

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Yama otoko on Hikers Carrying Dogs: A Gallery of Sweetness and Hilarity

So many young hikers not having kids and instead having pets (“fur babies”). So sad. Nothing better than introducing young people to hiking, wilderness and conservation and no better way to do that than to have kids and introduce them to these things. Of course you can’t stick kids into a kennel. Millennials: kids are the course of happiness.

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Yama otoko on Jul 04, 2021 12:16 AM

EagleWatchers on Hikers Carrying Dogs: A Gallery of Sweetness and Hilarity

Way to go dog & nature lovers! No better way to follow the spirit of the on-leash rules and totally make the day of any passing dog-loving hikers, especially kids.

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EagleWatchers on Jul 19, 2021 12:38 PM