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By rob.calm
From Loveland, Colorado
Aug 28, 2013
Mother #1 on the Nautilus at Vedauwoo. Rob is calm on this happy offwidth

Warning: this is another dog at the crag incident. A week ago, I was at Vedauwoo. As we were climbing, we noticed a Dalmatian robustly climbing boulders. Anyway, going from where we were to the base of a new climb we had to scramble through an opening stepping on vertical blades of rock as seen in picture. As I was at the point, where the climber is in the picture, the Dalmatian came racing over and started climbing the vertical wall on the right. He got up about 8 feet, when he fell and did a back flip into me causing me to fall and hitting the ground. I wasn’t seriously hurt, but ended up with a seriously scraped right elbow.

The owners of the dog came over to me. Neither apologized and one started asking me medical type questions, e.g., can you move your fingers, can you raise your arm to the side. I asked him if he had special knowledge. He proudly he asserted he was a Wilderness First Responder. A bit irritated with them by that time, I just snorted (nothing against WFRs, I’m one myself, but I hope don’t ever come across as being such a know-it-all). Meanwhile, the dog was waiting for me to enter the slot so we could play the game again. I had to ask the owners to restrain the dog so that I could get to my climb.

After four decades of climbing this is a new one for me: hit by a falling dog.

Rob.calm

The slot
The slot


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Aug 28, 2013
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Glad you're OK Rob!

Personally, I can't stand dogs at the crags. Yours is a new one to me. But just another good example of why they should be left at home.

That the owners never apologized goes to their character. As in theirs is pretty shitty.


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By bearbreeder
Aug 28, 2013

but did anyone shout DAWWWWWWG !!!!

;)


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By Greg D
From Here
Aug 28, 2013
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W. <br />

These are the dog days of summer you know.


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By nicelegs
From Denver
Aug 28, 2013

Rob.Calm

80 something years old.

Crushing the wide at Vedauwoo, shaking off broken vertebra like a kid, and getting hit by falling dogs.

In my wildest dreams I hope to grow up to be you. I mean that dude.


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By gblauer
From Wayne, PA
Aug 28, 2013

Yikes...glad you are ok!


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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Aug 29, 2013
Cleo's Needle


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By Scott O
From California
Aug 29, 2013
Batman Pinnacle

I can't imagine trusting my dalmatian near a cliff.


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By David Sahalie
From on the road again
Aug 29, 2013

thanks to centuries of intense inbreeding, take the intelligence of say a Golden Retriever and divide by 100 and you have the Dalmation

As with all unruley crag dogs, I would advise a swift kick in the throat.


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Aug 29, 2013

Burn the dogs house down that will show em.......


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By Buff Johnson
Aug 29, 2013
smiley face

At least you didn't get taken out by a poodle.


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By CJC
Aug 29, 2013

David Sahalie wrote:
As with all unruley crag dogs, I would advise a swift kick in the throat.


You're really a joy to have around, Sahalie. Way to be.


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By tim naylor
Aug 29, 2013

no cats?


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By Greg D
From Here
Aug 29, 2013
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W. <br />

David Sahalie wrote:
As with all unruley crag dogs, I would advise a swift kick in the throat.


To the owner not the dog.


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By J Q
Aug 29, 2013
Me again!

Locker wrote:
Personally, I can't stand dogs at the crags. .



And I can't stand old noblets who climb like drying paint, what's an opinionated man to do?


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Aug 29, 2013
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"And I can't stand old noblets who climb like drying paint"


You've OBVIOUSLY never seen me climb. So many partners have tried to get me to slow down. Just NOT my way!

But you're forgiven for your ignorance.

;-)


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By ryan albery
From Cruisertonfieldville
Aug 29, 2013

There aren't bad dogs, just bad owners.


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By Doug Meneke
Aug 29, 2013

Aint that a bitch!


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By s.price
From PS,CO
Aug 29, 2013
 Morning Dew ,self portrait

David Sahalie wrote:
thanks to centuries of intense inbreeding, take the intelligence of say a Golden Retriever and divide by 100 and you have the Dalmation.

Your sweeping generalizations of Dalmatians just flaunts your ignorance of the breed.

My dalmatian understood over 100 commands and was much better behaved than most children I know.

He was awesome at frisbee, helped me score numerous ladies, could do a 20 mile mtn. bike ride and leave every one in the dust.

Any dog can be done in by inbreeding, just like humans.

Why was Axl such a good dog? Because I took the time to bring him up right. Wish more parents would do the same with there kids.

The least you could do is spell Dalmatian right if you are gonna slam them.


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By Em Cos
From Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2013

I hope you have video of your Dalmatian on his mountain bike. That would be YouTube gold.


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By Buff Johnson
Aug 29, 2013
smiley face

s.price wrote:
Any dog can be done in by inbreeding ...


Clearly, poodles have already been done in without any inbreeding, at all. A cross between a midget and a mosquito, the ankle biting vermin that they are.


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Aug 29, 2013

I have never read hate for a honest crag parrot just sayin…….


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Aug 29, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

s.Price.... +1

I have had 2 Dals in my life, Max and Mo' .... best dogs ever.


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By NickP
From Golden, CO
Aug 30, 2013

rob.calm wrote:
Neither apologized and one started asking me medical type questions.


I don't think I've ever heard a crag dog owner(or any other dog owner) apologize for their dog's actions. It's always some excuse. "You surprised him...", "He's just excited..."


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By SavageMarmot
From Nederland, CO
Aug 30, 2013

This post violated Rule #1. It has been removed by Mountain Project.


By David Sahalie
From on the road again
Aug 30, 2013

must be a slow week on 'ethical' debates, the players are at each others throats over a bad dog/owner story.


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