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The lucky life
of a Utah born Labrador Retriever. "Bubba", he
traveled most of Utah and loved Moab the best! We've posted
some of his suggestions for a successful Moab trip with your
dog. Have a great time and prepare for your Moab trip
with your pet!
Rest in peace buddy. I miss you. Chris.
Bring one gallon of water for me to drink every day besides
yourself. Make me drink. If it's too hot outside put me in
doggy daycare. I don't want to die of heat exhaustion today.
I'm wearing a fur coat, you are not.
2. I love
Negro Bill Canyon and Hunter's
Canyon in the summer for hiking when it's hot. I can swim
and there is water running almost the entire summer. Make
sure to check for any leeches on me. They are harmless but
yucky. Bring a leash and be considerate of other hikers who
may think that a happy, wet, muddy dog is not that appealing
or who may frighten younger hikers. If your dog is aggressive
to other dogs or humans put him/her in daycare or under leash
control. Don't leave me at your camping spot tied up and alone.
Don't leave me in the car from May till October for more than
5 minutes or I may die. It may be 68 degrees farenheit outside
but it could be 120+ in the car very, very soon if it's sunny.
I will die very quickly in a hot car even if it is mild outside
and the windows are cracked. Dogs do die in Moab in vehicles
of heat exhaustion in relatively mild outside temps. Check
the weather forecast and do not
leave them in an enclosed vehicle!!!!
let me chase a small, scraggly coyote into the desert. He may be leading me to
15 of his healthy buddies hiding 100 feet away who are going to kill and eat me,
slowly. In general, don't allow your dog to chase any native wildlife.
Slickrock is fun for you but it wears my paws out in a very
short time and I will be limping in an hour. It is like sandpaper
to my paws. This WILL happen to your dog if you let him spend
time with you on slickrock. Do not bring your dog with you
on slickrock trail rides or hikes for extended trips. Put
me in daycare or let me hang out at camp, attended with friends
when you want to ride/hike slickrock please. Can you carry
me for a long time??
Please consider how long your trip is going to be, how
fast I can run, how hot it is and how much water/food you
have for me. It'll be no fun if I'm injured or die on your
trip to Moab. I rely on you for all decisions in regards
to my safety. Please plan accordingly.
Pack out my poop. Hey, I don't know how to use a
potty so I go just about anywhere. When I poop out on our
trip please pick it up in a plastic bag and pack it out. Most
trailheads have trash cans to dispose of it when you get back
from your day's activities.
Bubba and friends.
Just think a few minutes about your trip. Moab is hot and
wild in the spring, summer and fall. If you bring your dog
take a few minutes to plan for him/her. Make sure they have
plenty of water, food, shade, rest and the trip is within
their ability. Check the weather forecast and the high or
low temperatures for the duration. If it is too hot (85+ degrees
F+ ) plan on putting them in a kennel, daycare or leaving
them at home with friends. They rely on you completely to
make the right decisions for their safety. Planning, caution
and common sense will make for a fun, safe trip for you and