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  1. #31
    OlTrailDog's Avatar
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    I just hopped on to report on the Ruffwear Highlands Landing pad that I picked up today at Bob Wards for $17 and change. Then I noticed the above pics with the Landing Pad being used. A dog late and a dollar short ;-) Anyway +1 on the LP from Ruffwear....when it is on sale. The reason I am extra excited about this is because I normally roll my CC foam dog pad as a pack liner. The LP will work great for this too because it is light weight and easily conforms to the pack sides. Or you can fold it up if that is your thing. Plus it has the exterior shell which my previous DIY CC pad didn't. Belle says yes to comfort.

  2. #32
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    ID 05 Airfield
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    RR, HH Safari Deluxe, NX 150, WBBB
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    Lost my 9th Lab at age 13 awhile back and have a new 7 month old full size female poodle and my plan is to train her to use a foam pad in the boat, canoe, raft, truck, car and camping. Shelter will be as needed/ appropriate for conditions probably using a GI poncho with a stick or hiking pole to hold up center/edge and rocks (we have lots and would say to anyone needing rocks...help yourself) or stakes on the corners. A little rope and shock cord as needed which worked for Labs.

    Over the years most of my dogs have never wanted shelter and prefer to sleep outside tents but usually under a tarp...not sure how the new pup will react but she is kennel trained at home. Most dogs just want to be close by and we have a wolf/bear problem too depending upon location. Good luck with your dogs!!

  3. #33
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    So Cal
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    My Jack Russel (22lbs) perfers to sleep with me in the hammock but he has to be dead tired... otherwise he all ears and barking...

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    Senior Member kattdogg's Avatar
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    Stockbridge, WI
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    First thing I did was swap gear, my boys carry the gear that I need to get to quickly and I carry their stuff.
    I used to take my German Shepard with me all the time but now once it hits zero he stays at home, I take my Siberian Husky with me till it gets to 70 at night, then he stays home, anything below minus 20 I leave them both at home (until I get my smokehouse). half the time to husky digs a hole and crashes outside of the comfy warm bed I have made him.

    They get higher calorie meals when we are out no matter the time of year.
    During spring and fall
    They have a footprint made out of tyvek, it is in the bathtub style that way their pads do not slid off onto the ground and get wet, it is also stacked out. Their pads have been just a piece of closed cell foam and a piece of reflextic that I put in a home made sleeve. They have down alternative blankets that I use when it shouldn't rain or be to wet, if it is going to get wet I have some old fleece blankets they get. Because they are both long haired this gets the Shepard easily down to 30 to 20 degrees. They also get any of the insulation that I am not using while I am sleeping(jackets to long underwear, if I am not using it I have it tucked around them.

    Winter
    I usually have a polk during the winter so it is completely different. underneath them is outdoor rug piece that I put the tyvek on so it doesn't slid around (also gives me a spot to step to get out) they get their ccf and reflextic pad and then they get an blow up pad, then fleece and wool, and again any insulation I am not using they get to have.

    Biggest thing is I always set up my tarp to windbreak and I am very low to the ground then so that I can reach over in the night and touch them and readjust their insulation!
    To only step where others have stepped means not to have your own adventures. Live, Love, and Adventure so you may leave your own foot prints!

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    Since you are from NOLA, what is your definition of cold weather? Is it 40-50d, 10-20d? if the latter, then you need something a bit more protective, but if the former, then simply a fleece blanket. These animals are adept to fighting off cooler weather and are built to curl up to conserve as much heat as possible. But a nice blanket the he\she can lay on and have it wrap over would probably work well. If the latter, I think an old piece of ensolite would work especially if it is in 3 pieces that you could duct tape together a floor and 2 walls, creating a corner, that he or she can snug into (I carry about 8-10' of tape on an old snapped off pencil) . In the AM, just untape the ensolite and pack up. Relfectix works as well, but you should sand it so that your dog doesn't simply slide off it.

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    Oh wow, I didn't even know all these options even existed for dogs!! I take my Miles with me on my hiking/backpacking trips and he sleeps in my hammock with me. I think he would legit claw his way out of any shelter if I tried to make him sleep separate from me. He wants to be next to me at ALL times. He's small but mighty, so he works PERFECT as the best little trail dog and small-size hammock-heater. :-) Here's him snuggling with me:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medicpathetic View Post
    I need something warm for him to sleep on but it has to be lightweight and packable. Does anyone have any recommendations? I could build him a hotbed when we get there but it's a lot of work and time consuming so I have already ruled that out as a possibility.

    Thanks in advance...
    My Chow would be comfortable in the hammock at 65-lbs at the foot end with a suitable wool blanket over the foot end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeennddaa View Post
    Oh wow, I didn't even know all these options even existed for dogs!! I take my Miles with me on my hiking/backpacking trips and he sleeps in my hammock with me. I think he would legit claw his way out of any shelter if I tried to make him sleep separate from me. He wants to be next to me at ALL times. He's small but mighty, so he works PERFECT as the best little trail dog and small-size hammock-heater. :-) Here's him snuggling with me:
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    Oh, my heart. What an adorable pup. My dog sleeps below my hammock and periodically will nose tap me through the night to make sure I'm still there and not sleeping too soundly.

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