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KD Talbot
10-25-2007, 08:18 PM
Our little dog Emma completed her second round of the New Hampshire 4000 Footers Saturday. Afterwards she stopped in to see Steve Smith for a doggy treat and a pat on the head. Congratulations Emma! Thanks for taking us on all those hikes!

10/20/07
North Kinsman 4293’ and South Kinsman 4358’

10.2 Miles 3550’ Elevation gain

Kevin, Judy and Emma
In March we set out to get the Kinsmans on our winter list. We were turned back at North Kinsman by high winds and blowing snow. After a very cold lunch in the trees just past the summit, we decided to forget the hike over to South Kinsman, it would be there another day. South Kinsman was left dangling there like the proverbial carrot for the rest of the year as we ticked off 18 other 4000 footers to bring the total for the year to 23. This brought Emma to the summit of each of the 4000 footers for the second time, with the exception of South Kinsman, so, this trip was for her. We made the hike from the west side of the mountains this time, using the Mount Kinsman Trail for the first time. On each of our previous trips we had hiked from Lafayette Place Campground to Lonesome Lake, then along the Fishin' Jimmy Trail to the Kinsman Ridge Trail to reach the summits. The hike from this side was a refreshing change which included a short side trip to Bald Peak, a small knob just west of the main trail which has an excellent view of the surrounding area. The foliage was past peak with the maples being mostly bare and the yellows of the birches and beeches dominating the colors. The day was gray and though the forecast was for the skies to clear, they never did. After watching Emma begin to limp after our last few hikes, we had started her on rimadyl for after hike pain management, but today, back in her element, the White Mountains, she didn't appear to have ever had any problem. The mountain air seems to shift her gears from aging dog to a 2 year old again. She went along the trails without a trace of limp and though she now stays closer to us and mostly on the trail she seemed to be her old self again. It really amazes me what this little dog has done with us, and we have truly been blessed to have had this little hiking partner just walk into our lives all those years ago. As if she knew why we were there, she led the way along the trail. She seemed anxious when we made the side trip to Bald Peak, as though she was aware that this was not our destination. "Come on! Let's go! I want to get to South Kinsman and celebrate with some jerky!" The dog is amazing. I know a lot of people don't think dogs belong out on the trail. We get a lot of snickers when people see a dog of her stature out climbing a four thousand footer. We've been scolded for taking her on long hikes above treeline, especially in the Presidentials. Let me tell you, this dog has never had a problem on any of these hikes. It is as though she was made for hiking in these hills and she is never happier than when she is along the trail. She got her 4000 footer patch at the same ceremony Brutus got his all season patch, and now she has done them twice. If she never gets them all in winter like Brutus it will be because of us, not her. Not bad for a dog the size of Brutus's head! She may never equal the feats of Tom and Atticus, but again, it will be because we are holding her back with our own inadequacies, not because of her own inability. I'm not sure if Brutus or Atticus ever climbed Huntington Ravine, but she did, twice! Maybe not too bright on my part for taking her there, but she undertook the challenge and came out shining both times. I'm sure along with Brutus and Atticus there are many other dogs who made amazing treks across these mountains, and now, I feel, Emma has earned a place among them. We certainly hope she is our trail companion for many more years, and we're sure she will amaze us along the trails on every outing. We can't express in words what she has meant to us, but to sum it up, no one could ask for a better little hiking buddy!

Pictures here:

http://ghostflowers.com/white_mtns4000/kinsmans102007/kinsmans102007.html

KDT
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Rich
10-25-2007, 09:09 PM
Let me be the first to congratulate you, Emma! Way to go! Make sure you notify the AMC to get your award, and a bone! :rolleyes:

KD Talbot
10-25-2007, 09:17 PM
That's why I stopped at the Mountain Wanderer in Lincoln to see my old friend Steve Smith. He wrote the book on the 4000 footers. He gave me my first award, and this time I got a bone, too!

Emma

FisherCat
10-25-2007, 09:55 PM
Good goin' Emma, don't let the bipeds slow you down in the future!

Brad
10-25-2007, 10:01 PM
Congratulations Emma!

Steve M
10-25-2007, 10:19 PM
Nice job Emma! What's next? I know...The entire length of the AT. Better start planning KD!:D

Charlie
10-25-2007, 10:22 PM
way to go Emma i wish my human farther would get off his butt and take me up there :D

Rosie

kaseri
10-25-2007, 10:23 PM
I've seen some truly amazing trail dogs. A hiking friend of mine has a dog that will go ahead (if allowed) and waits at the next cairn or trail junction sign. One time while the dog was waiting for us at a trail junction he said to his dog "Which way should we go girl?". She began to sniff the air and went down the correct trail. I was really impressed by that.

Charlie
10-25-2007, 10:48 PM
when I'm on a search with Rosie in the woods i don't need to know the way out all i need to do is say wheres your truck Rosie and she will take me back to it .

Brad
10-26-2007, 05:26 AM
My daughter in law's prior guide dog was the same way. Except we would do it at the shopping mall when we were done - "where is the car?" And she would take us through the parking lot to the car. Even now sometimes I forget to look where I park the car forgetting that Sprite is not here to help me find it later.

stearnzie
10-26-2007, 06:48 AM
very cool! My 6 month old chocolate lab, Nola, has already ticked off two :D

...hoping to emulate emma's feat, and what a feat it is!

billysinc
10-26-2007, 08:16 AM
Duncan sends his congratulations................woof

http://www.summitpost.org/images/medium/350922.JPG

Charlie
10-26-2007, 10:43 AM
nice looking dog

billysinc
10-26-2007, 10:53 AM
Thanks, Ditto Charlie, he's not a hiker though. Duncan's just too big to go too far. My fear is that we'd get a few miles in and he would just lay down. (unless I had a 50lb pack full of treats) There are many times I go hiking and wish I had a companion like Emma or Rosie.

Charlie
10-26-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks, Ditto Charlie, he's not a hiker though. Duncan's just too big to go too far. My fear is that we'd get a few miles in and he would just lay down. (unless I had a 50lb pack full of treats) There are many times I go hiking and wish I had a companion like Emma or Rosie.


Rosie is a bloodhound and she is OK on trails on in the woods but she would not do good on the rocks .they don't have the balance because they use there nose and not there eyes ,the folds of skin cover her eyes 1/2 way when here head is down .thats why she walks into car bumpers ,trees and other things