Playing With Dogs on the Outdoor Demo Tour

Events

This week I’m going to start with the most important news from the Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor Demo Tour. James and I finally made it to Sonic! Sure, it was 20 minutes out of the way and we were already exhausted from a long, but productive demo day at Mansfield Hollows State Park in Connecticut it was totally worth it. If we had a Sonic in my native White Mountains I would probably frequent that establishment much more often. There’s just something about having your food delivered to your car via roller skate equipped employees that’s just awesome. Too bad our giant 24’ trailer prohibited us from utilizing this. That and maple syrup coated fries made the side trip totally worth it (James thinks its weird, but I thought it was delicious).

Anyway, this post will be dedicated to the furry, four legged companions I’ve come into contact with on the tour. After all, the hardest thing about the tour so far was that I had to leave at home my almost 5 year old lab, Willow.

My girl Willow: At the young age of 5 she’s done the majority of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers. A real trooper, she’s completed the wildcat ridge trail twice—one of the more rocky, difficult sections of the Appalachian Trail.

My girl Willow: At the young age of 5 she’s done the majority of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers. A real trooper, she’s completed the wildcat ridge trail twice—one of the more rocky, difficult sections of the Appalachian Trail.

However, the frequency at which I run into other dogs to play with makes the void entirely bearable. With the exception our current base of operations (James’s house), which has an eel and some geckos, everyone whose been nice enough to put up with us for a day or two or six has had a dog. And nothing helps me stop missing Willow like playing with dogs of all kinds.

Another Willow I met in my travels: being a husky she preferred to observe at a distance.

Another Willow I met in my travels: being a husky she preferred to observe at a distance.

Just the other night we crashed at a house with 2 Chihuahua/dachshund mixes, one of which “Jack” decided to make my sleeping his nest for the night after several failed attempts at claiming it for myself.

Taking a break from blogging to give Jack some love.

Taking a break from checking email to give Jack some love.

Virtually all demos thus far have had an abundance of dogs. Whether they’re participating on paddle boards, or just exploring the world with their human counterparts, four-legged adventurers are always welcome on the Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor Demo Tour.

D.O.G. on an S.U.P.

D.O.G. on an S.U.P.

Someday, I’m hoping I can go for a SUP paddle down the Saco with Willow, but she, being a lab, has a rather hard time staying still. Maybe by the time I get home I’ll have some time to practice the concept of ballast and staying put with her, but probably not. Heck, I can’t even get her to stay still in the car unless we’re both exhausted after a day of hiking. I can remember being entertained for like 3 hours by “Lulu” at one of our staff training events, an energetic 3 year-old Chesapeake retriever who appeared to be about as excited about playing fetch in the water as James is when it comes to playing insanely complex board games. Hours went by, and I began to think how nice it would be to get that excited over the simplest of life’s pleasures.

As the tour progresses, I look forward to meeting more of these guys and gals, for there’s never a dull moment at an event with dogs running around. Tomorrow we prepare for another staff training event on Washburne Island of the coast of Massachusetts, I’m stoked! More dogs to play with? Probably. CLICK HERE to see where James and I will be next and BRING YOUR DOG. If you can’t make it and still want to have more fun outside with your pooch, check out our huge selection of dog gear!

 

Until next time, Cheers!

Ben Cargill


An employee of our North Conway, NH store since 2009, Ben is excited to be hitting the road as one of our 2013 Outdoor Demo Tour drivers. Ben was born and raised in the White Mountains where he started skiing and biking at a young age. He spends his free time hiking the High Peaks of New Hampshire, shredding the backcountry and skiing or running with his dog. He recently finished hiking all 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire and hopes to take on the Appalachian Trail some day.