Dogs and Cats in the Backcounty — What Breed?

Post by blogger | November 15, 2006      

Lisa wants a pug. I couldn’t find one, but she can have a poodle if I can have a cat (a feline with a 457 ci V8, actually).

Backcountry skiing dog and cat.
Backcountry skiing mechanized access somewhere in Colorado. Photo by B.C.



11 Responses to “Dogs and Cats in the Backcounty — What Breed?”

  1. adam olson November 15th, 2006 7:17 am

    I recognize that old Thikol cat! it used to belong to the ski co in snowmass. when I drove that old snocat it was named 9cents. Cafe Suzanne used it as a food/trash hauler. In its later years it was a fuel cat. hauling (and leaking) diesel fuel all over the mountain. Im glad to see its duing well in retirement.

    ao 🙂

  2. Andrew McLean November 15th, 2006 8:46 am

    Whoa…! An avalanche poodle!

  3. Mike Marolt November 15th, 2006 8:46 am

    Have to get you that sticker for your truck Lou;

    big boy toys come on trailers.


  4. Debbie Kelly November 15th, 2006 8:47 am

    I am sure you are correct in assuming the RFAC did not start forcasting earlier due to budget constraints. Give them a plug for donations every now and then. We are so lucky to have a local forcast center and I think all backcountry skiers should support it financially at whatever level they can. I would hate to see them fold due to lack of donations whick they depend heavily for their income. Thanks.

  5. Clyde November 15th, 2006 11:57 am

    It should be noted that Olav V, forme King of Norway and an avid skier, had a poodle named Troll. He is quoted as saying “Avalanche poodles might be considered the exception to the ‘no dogs on soft snow trails’ rule.”

  6. Derek November 15th, 2006 12:40 pm

    I owned a small Bombardier cat for a while, good times. Eventually sold it and bought a sled, then sold the sled. I ‘almost’ bought a cat yesterday again, but my wife knocked some sense into me.

    They are fun, but they do consume a fair amount of time with maintenance. And parts are never cheap.

  7. Jurkowitsch November 15th, 2006 1:32 pm

    My biggest concern of domestic ski pals is SIZE; so, the dog should provide enough meat for the whole party “IF” a survival situation is encountered!! Also, the hide/fur can help provide a warm cover for the oevrnight situation!!
    As for cats – they are O.K. – abit small – and I do love ’em, but i can eat a whole cat in one sitting!!

  8. Dhelihiker November 15th, 2006 2:22 pm

    Does the dog drive while you ski? That would be cool!!

  9. Mark Worley November 15th, 2006 3:43 pm

    There are folks who collect old cats, and yeah, they are cool but can be a sinkhole for $$. Oh, I guess skiing can be like that too. Anyway, a cat skiing operator in Montana figures about half an hour of maintenance for every eight hours of operation, and I think that is for a fairly new snowcat.

  10. Lou November 15th, 2006 5:51 pm

    You guys are cracking everybody up…

  11. Steve Seckinger November 16th, 2006 6:17 pm

    I thought this thread was about pugs! Pugs are great dogs and have a lot of “size” in a little package. Not too good in the snow however unless they are wrapped in fleece and being carried in the sled. We’ve had ours for about 8 years.
    (Lou, we can get you the info on the breeder in Denver if you want)

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