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03.31.2011– (Vail, Colo.) – The tenth anniversary of the Teva Mountain Games (TMG) in Vail, June 2-5, is going to the dogs, literally. TMG, the nation’s largest mountain sports, art and lifestyle festival, is pleased to announce the Eukanuba Rocky Dog Trail Run presented by Ruff Wear – an on-leash one mile or 5K trail race held on Vail Mountain for dogs and their owners.
Daddy bought a Ruff Wear Flat Out leash for him to use when he takes me out hiking or camping. The biggest difference between the Flat Out and a regular leash is a quick-release buckle on the handle, so it can be easily clipped around a pole, a tree, or a human. As far as leash goes, I think it’s a pretty cool design. Not that I like to be tied to a leash, but when daddy needs it, he can clip me to a tree, or clip the leash around his waist so I can pull his big butt up a steep hill… talk about being lazy… not only does he wants me to carry his stuff, he wants me to help him hike!
Anyway, I’d give the Flat Out leash three paws up out of four.
Pros: ease of clipping around objects, allow humans to free up both their front paws to operate camera, drink water, etc.
Con: the plastic quick-release buckle can’t hold a strong puller like me. Once I saw a squirrel and I was able to pull open the buckle by a quick lunge.
Daddy said he’s taking me hiking today, I’m very excited. Of course, I didn’t know he was gonna let me carry all the water and stuff…
Daddy has been pretty busy lately, so he hasn’t been able to take me out on long hikes. He still takes me running every other day though, and some times he takes me on a short hike in the hills behind the old village of Shuhe.
Yes! Snow! The white fluffy stuff that falls from the sky and cools the tongue. I love it love it love it rrrrruve it!
For any human who uses a long leash with their dog, but also let their dogs play off leash, daddy has an easy method to quickly shortening the leash to keep it out of the way when the dogs are off. This is a common climber’s trick called “daisy chain” to keep long slings and cords compact and organized. The best part of this trick is when you do need the long leash again, it’s just one quick pull to get the whole thing undone.
Step 1: find a leash. Shown in the photo is a Ruff Wear Flat Out leash, but you can use any leash you have. Loop a section of the leash close to the end that connects to your dog’s collar.
Step 2: take a bight (a doubled-over section) on your side of the leash and feed it through the loop you’ve created in step 1. You’re essentially creating a quick-release overhand knot. At this point if you take both end of the leash and pull them away from each other, everything should come undone. If you pull and end up with a tightening knot in your leash, start over, you’ve done something wrong.
Step 3: take another bight of leash and feed it through the loop you’ve created in step 2. Repeat this step until the leash is shortened to your desired length. Again at this point everything is still quick-releasable, if you pull the leash from both ends the whole thing will come undone. If you end up with a tightening knot somewhere, you’ve done something wrong.
Step 4: you need this step to keep the whole thing from coming undone. If you’re using a Flat Out leash, it’s quiet simple: just unclip the plastic buckle on your end of the leash, and clip it through the last loop you’ve created in step 3. Now the Flat Out leash can be clipped to your waist, or clipped to a pack somewhere to keep it out of the way. If you’re using a leash without the plastic clip, you just need to feed your end of the leash through the last loop you’ve created in step 3. Now your leash can either be easily stowed, or clipped to your dog and used as a short leash.
A Ruff Wear Flat Out leash shortened by using the plastic buckle to clip through the last loop.
Regular leash can be shortened by feeding the end of the leash through the last loop.
To release the daisy chain, just undo the last step (step 4), then give the whole thing a pull (or if you’ve clipped it to your dog as a short leash, undo the last step and let your dog pull for you), all the knots should come easily undone, unless your dog has been pulling you on the short leash, in that case the first knot needs a little manual attention.
Isn’t it a quick and easy way to adjust the length of your leash? If you liked this method, or have any questions, please leave them in the comments!
Today (Feb. 3) is the Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac system, so may there be lots of rabbits for me to chase, when daddy takes me hiking with him.
Happy New Year! Polar here wish every dog and their owner a healthy, safe, happy year 2011 filled with many walks in the hills! To celebrate a new year, here are some photos from the camping trip I took mommy and daddy on during the last full moon night.