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Posted: 9/7/2010 7:47:06 AM EDT
Pix at http://ilbob.blogspot.com/2010/09/more-lessons-learned-walking-dog.html

The cheap day pack I bought is working pretty well. I have been wearing it daily while walking the dog just to get used to a pack again. The pack has an upper outside pouch where I can put a wallet or other stuff I don't need to access while walking. It came with a detachable key ring which is not so useful, but I took a small snap ring and added it to the ring and can hang my keys from that. The keys hang inside an inner pouch that keeps them quiet.

The pack came with a Velcro strap at the top above the bladder pouch. It took me a while to figure out it was to hang the bladder from. There is some kind of elastic strap sewed to the hole where the drinking tube exits the pack, but I have not figured out what that strap is for. It seems kind of Velcro-ish, but does not seem to have a purpose, at least not one I can discern. The instructions (such as they are) that came with the pack and the bladder don't mention anything about the purpose of either strap.

I thought one of the outside pockets would be perfect for my cell phone, but it turns out that it's not reachable while wearing the pack and I like to take pictures with the cell phone while walking. I have been wearing a pair of shorts lately while walking that have no belt so it is not real secure on my waistline. I tried putting it in my pocket but that the cell phone pedometer function does not work well in the pocket.

The dog watering fiasco continues. I had a fancy dog water bottle with built in cup that I put in the outside water bottle pouch on the pack. The dog refuses to drink from it for some reason.

So I put it away and got an old lemon juice bottle and filled it up with water and put it in the pouch. Someone had given her a collapsible water bowl made of nylon of some sort that I rolled up and put in one of the outside loops on the back of the pack. She will drink from it, but does not seem to like it much. Neither is accessible while wearing the pack. I have been thinking about other possible arrangements, but nothing convenient comes to mind. It's not like it's that big of a deal to slip the pack off to get at them, although with the leash looped around a wrist, its not as easy as it might be. She seems to prefer drinking from mud puddles and creeks to the water bowl in any case. Having the lemon juice bottle filled with water means we can both use it though, so it is a backup to the bladder, which might turn out to be useful.

I have started to equip the pack. I added some wet wipes and bug repellent. I wanted some DEET lotion, but could only find aerosol or pump (I guess it is late in the bug season so the choices are limited), so got the pump. I thought I might need the bug repellent while hiking in the local state park on the horse trails, but the bugs have not been bothering either of us so I have not used it.

I got a small first aid kit at Wal-Mart. I think it was 97 cents. Mostly bandaids of various sizes and a couple wipes. It came in a nice little case though, and there is plenty of room to add more stuff. I really wanted the case as much as anything. I had previously purchased a waterproof pouch on eBay for this purpose, but it turned out to be too small to get my hand in. I figure if I need the first aid kit I need to be able to get into it promptly. I kind of had in mind using the plastic box as a repair kit of sorts and the waterproof pouch as a first aid kit, but for now the plastic box is the FAK, such as it is.

I added some duct tape, a hanky, and a roll of bags of the type I use for picking up after the beagle. They are pretty tough, yet fairly thin and light weight. I think they must hold about a quart and I use them like a glove to pick up after the critter. Often I grab unto grass or other plant material and yank it out of the ground and I have never had any of the bags tear or puncture on me (which would be kind of disgusting).

Last but not least is a combo whistle, flashlight, compass, thermometer (in Celsius), storage container, mirror, magnifying glass with lanyard. I got it from meritline.com. Not sure where I ran across them but they sell all kinds of cheap little novelties that I cannot resist. I get an email from them a couple times a week with their specials of the day. I think the 8 way combo whistle was $1.29 shipped from Singapore. I have bought other stuff for like 39 cents shipped from China or Singapore. I can't mail a postcard across the street for 39 cents but somehow they can ship me merchandise for 39 cents including shipping from China. Most of the stuff I have bought from them has turned out to be an outstanding value for the price.

9-4-10
Today we went to the park and the critter and I walked for an hour and 20 minutes. Most of it was on a horse trail, but perhaps a mile was on the road. I would guess somewhere between two and a half and three miles total. It got a little warmer while we were walking. I had started out with my sun glasses and wind breaker on but they ended up in the pack. No creek for the beagle. She loves creeks. She took a drink from a couple of mud puddles. She seems to think mud puddle and creek water is some kind of delicacy. I gave her some water from a water bottle, but I really think she wants creek water. My wife called my cell phone while we were walking but it did not come through and she left a voice message. I guess there is no cell service in at least part of the park. It seems odd given that there is no place in that park where you are more than a few hundred yards from a paved road, although with all the trees you cannot see much.

No sign of tiredness from the creek beagle today. It was between 65 and 70 degrees. She was raring to go and probably could have gone on all day.

Despite the relative smallness of the park, and my familiarity with it, it occurred to me it is pretty disorienting being in the woods where you cannot see more than 50 feet in any direction and the trails meander around a lot. Even knowing where the trails go, and they are very well marked, it is easy to lose track of where I am. This park abuts an Interstate so traffic noise is helpful for knowing what direction is what. I think I will print out a trail map and get a compass, just to do some map practice. I think my old compass must be with my old day pack because I cannot find either.

9-7-10
Was planning to take the dog to the park for a nice walk on some horse trails first thing in the morning, but I had left my hiking stick in my wife's car and she had gone somewhere and I don't like walking on those trails without a stick, so I decided to just go out in the neighborhood for a normal walk. I had on a tee shirt and pair of shorts, which was inadequate clothing and after I stepped off the porch the brisk wind and cool temperatures got to me. We ended up walking around the block and coming back home because I wimped out. Lesson learned - make sure your gear is available when you need it and adequate to the task at hand.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:18:47 PM EDT
FAIL!
Both of your threads and NO PICTURES of the DOG!

Post a pic of the beagle, or I'm call'in BS


My Beagle is lovin the cooler weather.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:40:56 PM EDT
As for access to cell phone. Is there a D ring or any place to hang a pouch off?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:11:46 AM EDT
1. Carry some TP in a zip lock bag and matches/lighter.
2. Why carry a water baldder and not use it? Just unsling one side and pull out collaspable water dish and fill from drinking bladder. Your dog sounds like it doesn't like the chemically treated tap water.
3. Carry a knife

CD
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:15:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 8:41:34 AM EDT by ilbob]
Originally Posted By TNhick:
FAIL!
Both of your threads and NO PICTURES of the DOG!

Post a pic of the beagle, or I'm call'in BS


My Beagle is lovin the cooler weather.


I posted many beagle pix on my blog. It's too much trouble to try and post them here. Much easier on my blog.

http://ilbob.blogspot.com/

I have since posted pix from our latest adventures on my blog. I am on vacation this week and thought I would get some light hiking in. I am kind of nervous about doing anything more serious because my ankles get sore and I don't want them to give out 3 miles away from civilization. I am trying to get some boots with some ankle support as the soles on the Chinese made jungle boots I had wore out, but so far I have not found anything I like locally and I may have to try and find some mail order. It seems like boots with actual ankle support are not real popular these days. There are tons of work boots that way, but that seems unnecessarily heavy and not so comfy.

Originally Posted By JPC:
As for access to cell phone. Is there a D ring or any place to hang a pouch off?

The main reason I want the cell phone on my waistline is for the pedometer function which does not seem to work when worn anywhere else. I have taken to bringing a real camera with me the last week or so because I can take much better pictures. It's been cool lately so I have been wearing pants that have a belt now and the phone is reasonably secure on the belt. Something to think about for warmer weather though. I could hang some stuff off the shoulder straps I suppose. I suspect the pedometer function would not work there very well though since it did not seem to work when in the pouch on the side of the pack. I do appreciate now why people like LBE so there is a good place to put stuff you want access to without having to drop the pack.

Originally Posted By Combat_Diver:
1. Carry some TP in a zip lock bag and matches/lighter.
2. Why carry a water baldder and not use it? Just unsling one side and pull out collaspable water dish and fill from drinking bladder. Your dog sounds like it doesn't like the chemically treated tap water.
3. Carry a knife
CD

I don't have any TP but I do have some wet wipes that would suffice in a TP emergency. Keep in mind that the creek beagle and I are not 50 miles from nowhere on our hikes. I do need to add a poncho. I was a bit nervous the other day when we were out and the clouds started looking a bit ominous.

As for the water, it was the same water she normally drinks. For some reason she is very picky about what she will drink out of. At home she mostly drinks out of coffee mugs, as she does not seem to like drinking from her SS or plasticbowls one bit. OTOH, she seems to feel that mud puddle and creek water is some kind of delicacy. Go figure.

I never really thought about filling her bowl from the bladder. I shall have to try that. Thanks for the idea.

I have a small pocket knife and I recently added a multi-tool to my pack. My preference would be a longer fixed blade knife but it is a class A misdemeanor in the state of Illinois to have any knife with a blade over 3 inches long in any park or other public place.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:14:00 PM EDT
OK, I beleive you now.
She's a healthy looking beagle.
Mine found me as a stray about 4 years ago. I never thought about having a Beagle before, but He's one of the best Dogs I've had. Great personality, but stuborn as can be.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 4:09:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TNhick:
OK, I beleive you now.
She's a healthy looking beagle.
Mine found me as a stray about 4 years ago. I never thought about having a Beagle before, but He's one of the best Dogs I've had. Great personality, but stuborn as can be.


This is my 4th beagle. All rescues of one sort or another. My first came from the pound and was a beagle/dachshund mix. Samantha (Usually just Sam) was really stubborn, but a delightful dog. Her short little legs could not carry her real far real fast. She was a major league escape artist though. Digging, climbing, whatever. I can't tell you how many times someone would call to tell me they had found her 3 or 4 miles away. I got her from the pound.

The second beagle (Frederica - usually just Fred) was a puppy I got from an ad in the paper for $50. She had papers that I sent in but I had her spayed because I did not want puppies. I got her few months after Sam in 1986. It was always Sam and Fred. They were pretty much inseparable. Fred was a homebody and would not leave on her own but would follow Sam wherever she went if Sam managed an escape. Fred eventually learned to jump up on the porch railing and then out into the front yard, but she would just go out and lay down by the mailbox and wait for me to come home.

I used to walk Fred and Sam together for a block and then go back past the house and leave Sam on the porch because that was about all she could do. She would sit on the porch and wait for us to come back.

Sam passed away and I got another pound beagle - Princess. mostly I ended up calling her Woofie. She was about as good a dog as one could ask for. She was not an escaper although a couple of times she snuck away when I had her out in the unfenced front yard and she saw her chance. She did not run away. Just kind of waited for a moment or two of inattention on my part. Several times she went down the street to a party someone was having. I guess she wanted in on the fun. Fred passed away about a year after I got Woofie. Woofie was actually my ex-wife's dog who ditched both of us. I think I might have ended up with the better end of the deal.

Wilma came to live with my current wife and I in Feb of 2007. Woofie passed away in May of that year. Wilma also came from the pound. When she was found, she had a bandanna on so she belonged to someone, but she was not claimed. It's kind of a weird story how we came to get her. I was doing a Google search at work for something work related (yes - once in a blue moon my Internet activities at work are work related) and somehow something I typed in called up the local county animal control. So I started looking and saw they had a beagle. I mentioned this to my wife, not really intending to get another dog. The next thing I know, she and my mom had gone out to the pound and adopted her.

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