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The Dog Blog is a community of ordinary dog lovers who have come together to discuss our extraordinary dogs. Each Monday, a new topic is introduced. If you've got an opinion, share it. If not, look for the current "anything goes" topic and introduce a discussion of your own. On Fridays, weigh in about your training questions and successes.
Your host: Mike Lewis is a little-dog nerd and the proud owner of Eddie and Jillian, a pair of Yorkies who think they're huskies, and Lucy, a sweet Chessie. R.I.P., Rusty. Contact mlewis@adn.com

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Anything goes: What's up with your pack?

My apologies for the lack of posts lately. I'm off camping until the 13th, and I'd hoped to do an update or two from Seward but the cellphone service was particularly bad and I couldn't get online.

I'm back in Anchorage for the day before heading out again for the rest of the week, but I thought I'd stop by and say hi and see what everyone else is up to.

Eddie, predictably, didn't do well during the fireworks celebration. I put on his Thundershirt and left him in the trailer with my MIL, but he still shook and paced and stopped eating for the 30 minutes of the show. Poor guy.

Jillie was a champ. Fearless and a good camper. She refused to eat on Day 1, probably due to the nervousness of being knocked out of her comfort zone. All she wanted to do was eat grass. But she bounced back over the next three days, and her appetite returned.

I always forget how much work it is to camp with dogs. They can't be trusted off-leash in a campground, and you have to manage their penchant for wanting to bark at every camper who walks by. We did pretty well. I forgot the X-pen that I usually keep them in camping, but we had a popup trailer that worked well when I needed a break.

Only other scare was the eagle who landed in the tree directly above our camp. I have no doubt he spied me walking the Yorkies minutes earlier and wanted to see if he could pick up an easy snack. Not this time, baldy. They were leashed pretty much every second when they weren't in the trailer.

I saw a lot of bad behavior from dog owners as well, including the one guy who punched his unleashed dog for chasing after my leashed dogs in the campground. While I appreciate him intervening, he wouldn't have had to if his dog had been tethered. Makes me wonder why some people bring their dogs on trips. Given the choice between being dropped off at the kennel in town or beaten, I think most dogs would choose a kennel. If you can't come up with a system that works, leave your dog at home.

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